Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | June 3, 2013

June 3 [1859 and 1861]

Mary Brewster’s journal for her voyage from 1845 – 1848 ended on March 8, 1848 when the Tiger arrived home (Stonington, CT). Mary and her husband, Samuel did not return to sea for their last voyage until June 1848. However, Mary’s journal-writing did not resume until July 13, 1848. Therefore, Mary Brewster’s entries will resume on this blog starting July 13, 2013.

Mary Lawrence, [Fri.] JUNE 3 [1859]: “A thick fog. Good Return close by us. Captain Fish came on board in the afternoon. He brought me a jar of pickles and a jar of current jelly; also brought us a few pickled codfish, which he procured of a Oahu brig, and a salmon. We in return for many kindnesses gave him two pigs. Milton Fish also came on board. He is fourth mate and a boatsteerer. I invited him into the cabin and had a nice talk with him. I never saw him before, but I knew his father and mother; indeed they are relatives of Samuel’s.”

Eliza Williams made sporadic journal entries during June 1861. She made the following entry for [Wed.] June 3rd [1861]: “Between 4 and 5 O’clock this afternoon the man aloft raised {spotted] Whales. Mr. Morgan’s boat lowered with my Husband at the head and Mr. Morgan as boatsteerer. It was late, but they thought they would go down and try their luck. Mr. Morgan’s boatsteerer  is sick. The Whale showed a very good chance to strike and they struck him soon after they lowered, putting two Irons into him. He ran badly some of the time and fought a good deal. They could not get near enough to lance him, and it was fast getting night. I got the Baby [her daughter] to sleep and went on deck to see the fun. While up there, the Whale came quite near the Ship and I had a nice chance to see him. I could see almost his whole back breaching, turning flukes. Then off he would go, giving the boat’s crew a nice ride [sometimes referred to a ‘Nantucket Sleigh Ride”]. While I was on deck I could see that it was setting in a thick fog, and I began to wish they would come aboard. Since I came below, my Husband came aboard with the Second Mate [or Officer]. He has gone back to the other boats. They are still hanging on to the Whale, but I don’t think they will save him [succeed in killing him], for he is spouting clear [rather than spouting blood; a sure sign of impending death] yet and it is most dark and a thick fog. The Ship is keeping along after them.”


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