Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | August 24, 2013

August 23, 1859

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

Mary Lawrence, [Tues.] AUGUST 23 [1859]: “Samuel was called at two o’clock this morning to go aloft. Raised whales standing towards the ice; sent the boats in and had the good fortune to get whale number two for the Addison. They killed him in the ice, and we went through the ice with the ship afterward to get the whale. I had thought, after my experience of last season [The year before, in the same location, the Addison was badly damage from a cake of ice] in the ice, that I should be frightened if we should make the attempt to go through this season, but I was not frightened at all. Some of it appeared to be quite solid, but there was plenty of room to work the ship without coming in contact with the large pieces. While were going through, I saw a sight that I hardly expected to see. Three boats from the bark Lark, of New London, were fast to a whale; the whale took them right alongside of our ship….Minnie and I watched with great interest until he turned up [died]. After getting our whale alongside, we went out into clear water on the opposite side from where we came in. Six ships in sight. Saw the Helen Mar take a whale last night. Captain Willis came on board this morning; was very gale to see us, only it reminded him almost too much of his own family. He has taken two whales; picked up a dead whale on Kodiak and taken one bowhead here. His two are just equal to our one. In the afternoon saw the William Gifford with a whale alongside and after supper saw the boats towing a second one to the ship, a famous beginning. I am really glad for them.”

Eliza Williams did not make any journal entries from August 22-26, 1861.


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