Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | July 26, 2013

July 26 [1848, 1859, and 1861]

Mary Brewster, WEDNESDAY JULY 26th [1848]: “At 10 this morning we went ashore, got halfway there when a shower overtook us and before we reached the land we were quite wet – At the shore a gentleman met us who introduced himself as Capt. Fales of the ship Margaret, said his wife at the hotel and he would wait upon me up there whilst Mr. B. was transacting business – After quite a long walk I was ushered into the presence of Mrs. Fales a sister whaler with two little girls who had started some 6 weeks ago on this cruise – It was truly delightful to see and converse with a female who had some little experience in the Sailor’s life – Time passed merrily and the dinner was soon announced where we introduced to some Captains who were all whalers and just from home. Some with a little sperm oil and others about catching one. After dinner all left and the last injunction I received was, Mary, be ready when I call for you – this was from my partner –“

Mary Lawrence, [Tues.] JULY 26 [1859]: “Cleared up a few minutes in the morning so that Samuel obtained a glimpse of our position. About 10 A.M. a strong breeze came up, so that Samuel deemed it best to take up the anchor. Thick during the day, and our position anything but pleasant: land in every direction besides a current to contend with. We made short tacks.”

Eliza Williams, [Sun.] July 26 [1861]: “We have had the good fortune to get a whale. Last night, about eight o’clock, we raised one bowhead; they lowered one boat. Very soon there was a plenty of whales about; they thought that some of them was devil fish. The boats had not been down over twenty minutes when Mr. Morgan struck one. The rest then left and it was so late it was of no use to chase them. Before 12 o’clock, Mr. Morgan had his whale alongside. All hands then had some hot coffee and something to eat, then commenced cutting in [processing the whale blubber, etc.]. They had him all cut in before 6 o’clock this morning and it was lucky they did commence in the night for it begun to breeze up this morning and increased to a gale before noon.”


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