Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | February 2, 2013

2nd February [1848,1859 and 1861]

Mary Brewster, WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 2nd [1848]: “Well here we are once more out and going along at the great speed of 3 knot an hour. Surely this is not quite Steamboat speed, but slow and sure is our motto. The land was in sight this morning but tonight could not be seen from masthead. The wind is light and very pleasant. We have a fine lot of Oranges which will last us some days and they al seem to be enjoyed by all. I have been busy all day in trying to regulate and pick up and prepare for rugged weather which I anticipate the coming month —   LAT. 5.40   LONG. 34.40.”

Mary Lawrence, [Wed.] FEBRUARY 2 [1859]: “Samuel went fishing today. Got about a hundred mullet and a few flounders. The boats took a whale in the main lagoon today, which was taken to the Scotland.”

Eliza Williams, [Mon.] February 2 [1861]: “The boats brought in word that one of the Florida’s boats had another Whale, in shore a good ways from the Ships. It was late for them to tow him so far, so we got under way and our company went aboard of their own Ships. They got the Whale alongside about three o’clock this afternoon. It was a large Cow Whale and fat. They think she will make about 50 bbls or Oil. There were plenty of Sharks about but they ate but little. It is a nice green spot here by the river. Mr. Morgan fired at another Whale today but lost him by the line becoming fouled. The Florida’s boats got a California Grey today, also a Killer.”


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