Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | February 20, 2013

18th February [1848, 1859 and 1861]

Mary Brewster, FRIDAY [Feb.] 18th  [1848]: “Light winds from SE with smooth sea and pleasant. A general painting of the ship outside today which is some small change. Saw a Barque heading SEast. All sail out, ship heading NW.   Lat. 21.06.”

Mary Lawrence, [Fri.] FEBRUARY 18 [1859]: “Two of the boats went fishing today. Made a great haul; got nearly two boatloads. Captain Allen came on board in the afternoon and passed the night with us.”

Eliza Williams, [Wed.] February 18th [1861]: “Have had a very fine day. Have the Whale cut in and commenced to boil. It is very fat blubber. While they were cutting in, the Sharks were very thick about. I saw the Men cutting them with their spades. If they cut them [sharks] in the back of the neck, they will die instantly. I saw them cut a number in that way — They spun around and around, turned on their backs and sunk out of sight. They [sharks] did not get much of the Whale, for the Men kept fighting them off.”

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