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

July 2 [1859 and 1861]

Eliza Williams made sporadic journal entries during July 1861. On [Thurs..] July 2nd, 1861; Eliza wrote: “It has been a fine day and a good breeze. Raised a right whale and lowered for him. Before noon, three boats were after him but could not get near enough to strike and came aboard. After dinner, he was quite near again, and the boats went down again but could not get near him. He seemed to know that there were boats about and dodged them well. We are now going to leave this ground and think of going to the Northeast Gulf to look for bowheads.” 

Mary Lawrence, [Sat.] July 2 [1859]: “We have decided to go through Unimak Passage, as we never shall get anywhere else with these winds, if luckily we may get there. Considerable rain has fallen this week, and fogs have prevailed. I have been almost sick the past week with a severe pain in my head and face brought on by a cold which settled in my teeth. Finbacks have been around the ship in great abundance today. Killed two from the ship. They turned up close by the ship, but before we could get a boat to them, they sank to the bottom.”

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.


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