Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | August 7, 2013

August 7 [1859 and 1861]

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

Mary Lawrence, [Sat.] AUGUST 6 [1859]: “The gale through the night and this forenoon was very severe, but about noon it moderated a little. The Speedwell still in sight. I wish it was good weather so that I might visit Mrs. Gibbs — if we could not see any whales, that is. I forgot the most important intelligence to note in my journal of yesterday. We saw a ship verily and truly cutting in a whale, the first we have seen this season. We have not even seen a smoke not spoken but one ship that has taken a whale. Surely these are hard times indeed. We are supposed to be on the ground now where the whales were taken last year, but if the weather is to be as rough as it has been since August came in, there will be a small chance in July and a gale of wind thus far every day in August. Who will say these are not hard times? About 9 P.M. saw what were supposed to be three right whales.”

Eliza Williams, [Thurs.] August 6th [1861]: “We raised the ship again in shore and stood in and spoke her. She is the Othello. My husband did not stop but a few moments but came backmost disheartened for they have taken in here 800 bbls. of oil. They have got all large whales. The Ontario is in sight and Capt. Kilmer says that he has taken 7 whales. Now the Othello’s boats are towing another whale; so much for good luck.”


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