Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | September 16, 2013

September 16, 1859

Mary Brewster did not make any journal entries between September 15-19, 1848. 

Mary Lawrence, [Fri.] SEPTEMBER 16 [1859]: “Moderated some in the morning; continued to do so until it was nearly calm. Then a thick fog set in. After tea raised four whales very near the ships; lowered the boats. They had not been down fifteen minutes when the starboard boat struck. They had just got two irons nicely into him when he sounded [dove below the surface], taking the whole of the line, about 300 fathoms, with him. Had it been clear, they might possibly have fastened to him again; but it was just as thick as it could be, and then boats came on board again after being absent about half an hour. This makes the fifth whale we have struck this season and succeeded in saving two of them. If we only had the weather, think we should stand a chance of making a good season’s work yet. I am very sorry to be obliged to record the death of Minnie’s white hen (Minnie). She was the one that we brought from home with us. Minnie claimed her, so we did not kill her with the rest, and she became quite a pet on board. We hoped to carry her home again. She [the hen] has had bunches in her throat. Several operations have been performed on her, but as fast as one was taken out, another would grow. She could eat nothing, and we thought it best to have her killed and put out of misery, which was done today. We become exceedingly attached to such pets on shipboard. Three ships in sight today.”

Eliza Williams did not make any journal entries from September 13-19, 1861.

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