Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | August 3, 2013

August 3 [1859 and 1861]

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

Mary Lawrence, [Wed.] AUGUST 3 [1859]: “Quite pleasant in the morning. In the afternoon another gale sprang up, or the third edition of the former one. We have kept our position quite well off Point Hope. The wind is north so that we cannot go where we wish. Eight ships in sight during the day.”

Eliza Williams, [Mon.] August 3 [1861]: “My husband has been off and got a whale. He had a poor crew, all Kanakas [native Hawaiians], but Antoin, the steerage boy, was boatsteerer. I was on deck and saw my husband strike the whale. He made the white water fly for a moment and then run very fast, but they soon killed him and brought him to the ship as soon as the tide turned in their favor. It is a small whale but larger than the other. There seem to be a plenty of them here but all small. They are easy to strike but, if we do not find larger ones, we will leave and go outside [the bay] where we came from. There have been a great number of Russians aboard all day. Five boats came alongside at one time. Their boats are large and made of skins with just a light framework inside to stiffen them. They are rude looking but strong. They catch whales in them. I have one of their irons, a rude imitation of ours. They are made of bone and pointed with stone, and made fast to a pole with raw hide straps. The are successful in getting a whale sometimes. They also get white fish and other large fish. I should think that they live in their boats a good part of the time for I saw fires in them with large pots over the fire with ladles in them as if they were cooking them. In one boat, I saw two women. I could only tell them by their faces for they were dressed just like the men and helped pull the boat. The had small hands but so dirty, if there could be any difference, they were more dirty than the men. They smiled to me when I looked over the rail but they would not come up the side as they were afraid. We gave them something to eat. One boat went to help my husband when he got fast to a whale. They are all hands now on deck cleaning the bone save the gum. They eat it and think it is a treat. Some of them will dip the pieces in dirty oil and suck it off and repeat it till they eat all they want. They will sell anything they have about them for tobacco.”


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