Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | August 5, 2013

August 5 [1848, 1859 and 1861]

Mary Brewster, SUNDAY AUGUST 5th [1848]: “Calm and light weather has attended us all the past week. Have seen one ship during the week. Any quantity of fish round the ship. Dolphin and skip jacks, fishing over the stern has been the amusement of the day. Some ten or so have been caught. I try to amuse myself as well as I can in reading but some of the Sabbaths are very long.”

Mary Lawrence, [Fri.] AUGUST 5 [1859]: “A thick fog in the morning. Cleared up several times for a short time through the day. In the afternoon quite a strong breeze. About 8 P.M. we very nearly came in contact with the ship Champion. Saw her in the fog only just in time to escape her. I have feared land and ice in fogs before, but I never thought so much about ships. We spoke with Captain Coffin after passing him. He said that he thought he had seen three bowheads that day.”

Eliza Williams, [Wed.] August 5th [1861]: “We have had a fine day, and are now about on the spot where we got our first whale. About eight o’clock tonight, we raised a great number of bowheads. All the boats lowered and very soon the second mate got fast to one. My husband went up and lanced and killed him. They have just brought him alongside and are going to cut him in tonight. It is a small one and they were all small that they saw. We think they are the small whales that we saw in the Bay.”


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