Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | February 9, 2013

February 9 [1848, 1859 and 1861]

Mary Brewster, WEDNESDAY [Feb.] 9th [1848]: “Very strong trades from NE with hard squalls and rugged. Ship had a considerable water in her tonight which in no ways alarming to me for when we have a bad sea and are by the wind, she takes a quantity in. I dread a leaky ship and hope that this is one will prove as good [a] home as she had this far on this long voyage. LAT. 6.23 LONG. 43.34.”

Mary Lawrence, [Wed.] FEBRUARY 9 [1859]: “Captain Sherman of the Cynthia sent down for more goods today. He wants but one whale to fill his casks, which will make him a thousand barrels. The Oahu Has taken sixteen whales and the Antilla six. It seems too bad that there should be so many whales thirty miles up the lagoon where a ship cannot go and so few down here; but the ships all draw too much water to cross the Divides, so the small craft has that whaling ground to themselves.”

Eliza Williams, [Mon.] February 9th [1861]: “It has been a very fine day and a good breeze, making it cool and comfortable out of the Sun. We have been up the river this afternoon, gunning, but did not get much game. Saw a plenty of all kinds of Birds, Alligators and Sharks — saw the Pelicans catching fish. They dive down into the water, catch a large Fish, which swells the large bag under and attached to their long bills, to its full size. Sometimes they get one so large that it is with difficulty that they swallow it, and sometimes the bag is broken by the Fish. Tonight Capt. Horn came aboard and took  tea with us. He says that the People at the Town have been having a jolly time over some weddings. Four couples have been married. He says their good time consists in the Men getting drunk and the Women dancing.”


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