Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | August 20, 2013

20th August [1859 and 1861]

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

Mary Lawrence, [Sat.] AUGUST 20 [1859]: “Quite calm today, too much so to be successful in taking anything. Boats down for the most of the forenoon. Mr. Huntley spoke Mr. Whittens’ boat. He said he had been wanting to see me all the season; thought I could tell him considerable news. They took a whale day before yesterday, which sank. They succeeded in pulling him up this morning. As our boats were coming aboard, a ship signalized to one of them to come on board. Mr. Crocker went and returned with a letter and a package of [news]papers for us from Mr. Whitney. We have received our mails quite regularly for the last week. I wish they might come, but it is probable that we have received the last, and much more than we expected. I was glad to see in one New Bedford papers the safe arrival of the United States schooner Guthrie, of which brother George is clerk. We also heard by letters received of the safe arrival of our bone and oil in New Bedford that we sent home last fall. Whale oil was quoted at fifty and fifty-five cents per gallon and Arctic bone eighty to ninety-five cents per pound. That is much better than we feared. After tea we received a call from Captain Sanborn and Mr. Whittens of the Omega, and soon after Captain Newman of the bark Covington came on board. They were both in the Cape Thaddeus cut. Captain Newman has six whales and Captain Sanborn is now boiling his seventh. There is no one in the fleet (ourselves excepted) who I would rather have the oil than Mr. Whittens. I am truly glad for him. I could give him favorable intelligence of his wife up to February 18. Minnie gave him her wee bit of a note that she received from Lizzie to carry home, as he could not see to read it here. Thirty ships in sight within a few miles of Cape Lisburne. Is it any wonder that we do not get oil? Yet one dares to leave for fear he might lose his chance of getting even one whale.”

Eliza Williams, [Thurs.] August 20th [1861]: “We have been running along the land looking for the boats. We raised the Ontario towards night and soon had the pleasure of seeing our boats coming from the ship. They are now on board and two of the Othello’s boats. She has not yet hove in sight. The men have had a very wet and unpleasant time and have not seen any whales.”


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