Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | January 16, 2014

January 16 [1849 and 1860]

Mary Brewster, TUESDAY  [Jan.] 16th [1849]: “Early this morning two sperm whales were seen, boats lowered and chased a long while but could not get near as they were going quick to windward. The wind being very light and ahead as usual the ship could not keep [up] with them. Weather very warm with it nearly calm.   LAT. 19   LONG. 163 W.”

Through most of January 1849, Mary Brewster made nearly daily journal entries. However, most of them are very brief.  Oftentimes, Mary’s journal entries are reflective of 19th-century whaling ships’ logs entries that typically would have been made by the captain or first officer of the vessels.


Mary Lawrence, [Wed.] JANUARY 16 [1860]: “We lay off and on the island through the night. In the forenoon Mr. Baird went in with his boat’s crew. It is a small and rather a desolate-looking island, inhabited only by two families, although one of the men has two or three wives and a dozen or two children. The bark Belle is in sight. In the afternoon experienced quite a severe thundershower. It rained very hard and was so thick that we could not see a ship’s length for several hours, in consequence of which the boat did not get back until about 7 P.M. We procured some onions, cabbages, and green corn, which was a great treat to us, being the first we have had since we left home. After the shower was over, the Belle tacked for us and about 7 P.M. lowered a boat, and Captain and Mrs. Brown and their little Lyman came on board. They stopped until about 10 P.M., and we had a very pleasant call from them. They have taken 100 barrels sperm since they left Oahu.”

Future posts made by Mary Lawrence are January 17-21, 23-29.


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