Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | July 6, 2013

July 6 [1859 and 1861]

Eliza Williams made sporadic journal entries during July 1861. Eliza wrote on Monday, July 6th 1861: “About 9 O’clock, we raised muscle diggers or, as the Whalemen often call them, devil fish, so-called because they run so bad. There were a great many about today. We lowered two boats for them right away, after we first saw them. The fourth mate struck one and brought him to the ship before noon. He did not act bad, the fourth mate got overboard but nothing bad happened. The whale is s small one. I went up a few moments to look at him alongside. It was raining quite hard when I got up there. They had just begun to cut in [cut off the blubber]. Have seen a few scattering cakes of ice tonight. I suppose that there is a body of ice not far off; it is later [for large masses of ice] this season than some.”

Mary Lawrence, [Wed.] July 6 [1859]: “Quite thick with some fog. As we got hold of the land the day before, Samuel decided to run through into the bay, which we did with safety. Raised a ship in the afternoon. Saw the volcano on Unimak sending forth a perfect cloud of smoke.”

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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