Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | July 28, 2013

July 28 [1859 and 1861]

Mary Brewster did not make a journal entry for this date in 1848.

Mary Lawrence, [Thurs.] JULY 28 [1859]: “Foggy through the night. In the morning cleared up a little so that we raised the ship close by. We have passed East Cape, and now if this breeze holds on for a few hours, we shall be in the Arctic, where I sincerely hope the fog will leave us. There has not been a day for the last month that we have not experienced more or less fog. About noon the wind left us, so we concluded that we would have a gam. We were almost afraid to, fearing that we should learn that they had been doing well in the Strait. We hauled up the mainsail and set the colors for the captain to come on board, when who should make his appearance but Captain Coffin, our last year’s acquaintance of the Champion. I was very happy to see him. He has taken one right whale and picked up one finback this season. We did not grudge it at all, for he was one of the fleet that went into the Islands clean [without any whale product] last fall, as now it looks we shall do the same this season….Most of the ships [from last season]….thought it of no use to go there so early this season, tearing their ships in pieces and getting nothing….The Mary And Susan took 1,600 barrels, the Eliza Adams 1,400, Nassau seven whales, Omega seven, Mary six, William C. Nigh six….Captain Coffin reports eight ships in sight of him yesterday. Came through Unimak straits in company with the Julian, [which] had taken nothing. Captain Coffin had been in the Bering Strait ever since the eighteenth in company with a dozen or more ships trying to get through. The Good Return had taken nothing, the Speedwell nothing, the William Gifford nothing, Cleone nothing, Robert Edwards nothing, Arab nothing, Christopher Mitchell nothing, etc. Misery loves company, and it is comforting to know that we are not alone.”

Eliza Williams, [Wed.] July 28th [1861]: “Last night, we got the raft of water off about 12 o’clock. They said that they could fill a cask in a few moments. It is as nice as any ice water I ever drank at home. Mr. Morgan brought me a bucket full of flowers, the handsomest and largest variety of wild flowers I think I ever saw. To stand on the deck and look at the land, one would not think they could be found there.”


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