Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | February 12, 2013

12th February [1859 and 1861]

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

Mary Lawrence, [Sat.] FEBRUARY 12 [1859]: “Samuel went fishing this morning, found that he could not get in the lagoons, so went to another place and filled his boat with oysters. He got a large kind called rock oysters, and had I been onshore in a starving condition, I should never have thought of their being anything eatable in such unsightly looking rocks. One oyster nearly fills a saucer. We had them fried in butter for supper, but they were rather too sweet for me, though they were nice. I like the tree oysters much better than those, however. In the afternoon Samuel and Captain May went seining, Stayed until about 9 P.M. Had a large fire on the beach, thinking it would attract the fish, but the water in the lagoon was too low. The ship that was ashore yesterday is off again, but we have not heard whether she received any damage.”

Eliza Williams, [Thur.] February 12th [1861]: “We are having such beautiful weather in this Bay all the time, and if we only had a plenty of whaling business, all the time or even a part of the time, we would be perfectly satisfied with our quarters for the present, but on the contrary, the boats go off day after day and bring nothing back. Today the fourth Mate struck a Whale and from some cause did not get fast, so we lost him. He stove [damaged] the boat a little.”


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