Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | August 4, 2013

4th August [1859 and 1861]

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

Mary Lawrence, [Wed.] AUGUST 3 [1859]: “Thick a short time in the morning; afterwards cleared up fine, the pleasantest day of the season. Cape Lisburne in sight, but the wind is ahead, and we do not make much progress in beating. We are now forty miles from where we took our oil last season. Saw a whale after tea which we thought must be a bowhead, but proved to be a finback, an unheard-of circumstance in this ocean. Fourteen ships in sight at 9 P.M. The barometer goes up slowly, which indicates pleasant weather.”

Eliza Williams, [Tues.] August 4 [1861]: “About noon, it commenced to rain hard and the clouds looked bad and like to blow. We called the boats aboard. At three o’clock, the boats from up the Bay came aboard. They reported no whales up there. The Russians have been aboard all day. They slept in their boats last night, the boats made fast to the ship. Tonight, we have got under way and are going out. It is fine weather now.”


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