Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | January 27, 2013

27th January [1858 and 1861]

Mary Brewster did not make a journal entry for this date in 1848.

Mary Lawrence, [Thur.] JANUARY 27 [1859]: “Captain May and Captain Weeks with their boats’ crews came on board this morning to assist Samuel in cutting in the whale, as we had only one boat’s crew of our own to stop. Nothing was seen up the lagoons today. I believe I have not written down the loss of the bark Black Warrior, Captain Brown. She went ashore several weeks ago in what is called Seameron’s Lagoon. Captain Brown came here without stopping to the Islands and had his oil on board that he took north, which fortunately was but 200 barrels.”

Eliza Williams, [Tue.] January 27th [1861]: “We have had a splendid day. The boats went off this morning, and soon after, Mr. Morgan got fast to a Whale. They took him alongside the Florida about noon. I went on deck when they were close by. It was a pretty sight to see the boats, 12 of them, towing the Whale.”



  1. The reference to Seameron’s lagoon is probably to Scammon’s Lagoon. Charles Melville Scammon was the author of The Marine Mammals of the Northwest Coast of North America. This has excellent descriptions of the lagoon, of the California Gray Whale and other marine mammals from the coast of Alaska to Mexico.

  2. Is that bark the Black Warrior the same one that sailed from New London under the Williams & Haven house flag?

    • Nope, supposedly it is out of Honolulu, Captain Robert Brown.

      • Some New London whaling vessels were actually homeported in Honolulu. I will try to look into this more. There had been a revolt among the sailors on the Black Warrior out of New London at an earlier date than this. Maybe it is a coincidence, or perhaps she was sold out of the Williams and Haven firm. Thanks for your quick response!

    • Yes, same ship out of New London, Captain William M. Chappell: Departed 2 June 1845 and returned 25 April 1847 with 100 barrels of sperm oil; 2,100 of whale oil; and 23,000 pounds whalebone. However, earlier it had sent home another 21,135 pounds of bone.

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