Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | July 30, 2013

July 30 [1859 and 1861]

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

Mary Lawrence, [Sat.] JULY 30 [1859]: “A wonderful circumstance. When we called this morning, the sun was shining bright. ‘Now for a washing day,’ thought I, ‘if it is Saturday.’ So I went to work; had a large wash, it being four weeks since I had one before. Just as I got about half through, the fog came thicker than I ever saw it before. I was obliged to put my white clothes in soak and dry the colored clothes in the cabin. Several ships in sight, also land. Saw Point Hope, a low point which makes out about fifteen miles. The land there is very deceiving, the water deep until you are close in. I was very glad we had an opportunity of seeing it before the fog came on. There is quite a settlement on the point. Saw the Caravan, another poor one. After dinner I made some cake to put away, for as we are in the midst of ships, it is likely that we shall have more or less company while there is no whaling to do.”

Eliza Williams, [Thurs.] July 30th [1861]: “It has been a very nice day and smooth but we have not seen any whales. There are no ships in here. There is a Russian settlement not more than 15 miles from where we are laying. A boat load of them came off today. They call themselves Ocoots. They brought fish, and some skins boots and shoes to trade. They seemed to want tobacco most; they would give 5 salmon for two plugs of tobacco. They are fine salmon and we had some for supper. These men were a stout, hardy and healthy looking lot, smarter looking than the Tongvose. I think they say there are plenty of whales in here.”


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