Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | August 21, 2013

August 21 [1859 and 1861]

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

Mary Lawrence, [Sun.] AUGUST 21 [1859]: “Samuel was called at two o’clock this morning to go aloft. He thought that if we could raise whales very early in the morning before they were stirred up, we should stand a better chance of getting one; but not a spout was to be seen. Forty-three ships in sight; not one of the lot had boats down, and out of the forty-three, three only were boiling. What a prospect! A strong southerly breeze today, but pleasant. The whales seem to have left the ground. Perhaps they have gone into the ice, as they were chased so much yesterday. Finished boiling this morning.”

Eliza Williams, [Fri] August 21st [1861]: “We got under way this morning, about 9 o’clock, we spoke the Othello; her boats have gone aboard. Both the Othello and we stood in the bite to take our anchors that we slipped in the last gale but we did not either of us find them. We could not see the buoy that was attached; it was pretty rugged and we did not look long but left. The Ontario got hers the other day, yesterday I think. Capt. Killmer has seen whales since he has been gone and he told my husband that he would tell him where. I suppose that he intended to come on board but the breeze kept getting stronger till it increased to a gale. It is from the Southwest and is blowing hard tonight. We are steering the same course with the Othello and she is not far off.”


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