Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | August 18, 2013

August 17, 1859

Mary Brewster did not make any journal entries from August 17-September 4, 1848.

Mary Lawrence, [Wed.] AUGUST 17 [1859]: “About half-past 4 A.M. raised whales but could not get near them. In the forenoon lowered again. The whales appear to be very wild, and no wonder when there are so many ships looking out for every whale that spouts. About half-past eleven the bark William Gifford, Captain Baker, ran down and spoke us. Mrs. Baker and myself passed the compliments of the day. Captain Baker wished Samuel to take Minnie and myself and bring us on board. Samuel did not want much to go, as he wanted to be on the lookout for whales, but finally consented to carry us and return immediately, which he did. Just as we were ready to start, Captain [William] Earle of the Jireh Swift [out of New Bedford, MA] came on board for a few moments; he has taken five whales, one of the favored few. He accompanied us on board the William Gifford. After dinner he and Samuel left, each for his own ship, and throughout the afternoon every ship had four boats down [hunting whales]….Captain Baker [of the Gifford]….have two children, a boy of five years and a girl of fifteen months. Little Charlie was delighted to see Minnie, the first child he had gammed with since leaving home. He shed tears when she left. I found a letter on board from sister Sarah which thought old was very acceptable. After tea we had an addition to our company of Captain Lawrence of the Addison, Captain Lowen of the Gay Head, and Captain Clark of the Bartholomew Gosnold. Captain Clark has taken nothing since we saw him: two whales. Captain Lowen has taken one whale this season. Mrs. Baker gave me a jar of honey, a tin of preserved quince, a bucket of Munganui potatoes, which are far before Sandwich Island potatoes, and gave Minnie some coconuts, which pleased her very much. We carried the children a couple of apples, a paper of figs, a few eggs for Mrs. Baker, and Minnie carried Charlie a picture and Mary a string of beads. Captain and Mrs. Baker and myself had a nice time talking about good old Falmouth. Our boats spoke the Cleone this afternoon; nothing this season.”

Eliza Williams was silent between August 15-17, 1861.


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