Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | September 6, 2013

3rd September 1859

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

Mary Lawrence, [Sat.] SEPTEMBER 3 [1859]: “A strong breeze which almost amounts to a gale through the night and continued through the forenoon. Several ships in sight. About 3 P.M. raised a whale. The weather had moderated sufficiently to lower the boats, although it was pretty rugged. Called the watch and sent off all four boats. How little we thought that the death angel was hovering over us and that one of our number was then leaving us, never more to return. It was even so. Poor Frank’s days are numbered, and he is now in the world of spirits. Oh, these sad events are the worst of whaling.

Not much time had elapsed after the boats had left before we heard a joyful sound of ‘A boat fast!’ [The harpoon had struck the whale and remained lodged in whale]. Joyful at all times, but more especially to us now after being so unfortunate this season. Mr. Huntley fastened to him [ the whale] and fired a bomb lance into him. After Mr. Jackson fastened and then went on the whale to lance him. While he was rolling over from the effects of a bomb lance, the whale capsized the boat, throwing all hands into the water instantly. They had all regained and were clinging to the overturned boat when the whale made a second attack, perhaps to see what it might be. Whatever might have been his motives, he made a dash at the boat and stove it almost to atoms. The men, when they saw him coming, jumped again into the water, and poor Frank was not seen afterward. He could not swim, and he might have got injured in some way.

Mr. Jackson was brought on board immediately with his crew by Mr. Parker. He was hurt, he thinks, by the whales flukes. His knee is badly swollen but otherwise not seriously injured. And after all this chapter of accidents, when the whale was killed, what were our feelings to see him sink to the bottom. The boats stayed by him for some time and would probably have succeeded in pulling him up had there not been such a heavy sea. As it was, the irons came out, and the boats came on board, saw, weary, and discouraged. Samuel sent Mr. Parker to find the remains of the boat, if it was possible, as all the craft, bomb gun, etc., belonging to her was there, but it could not be found.

The wind breezed up as usual towards night, and we who could retired to rest, weary and sick at heart. Frank was a Portuguese about twenty years old, one that we brought form home with us and a very good man; but he is gone, making the third body we have committed to the sea this voyage. Oh, that it might be the last! May it be a warning to us all to be prepared so that when the angel of death draws near, be it sooner or later, we may be found ready, one and all.”

Eliza Williams did not make any journal entries from August 28-September 4, 1861.


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