Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | February 12, 2014

12th February [1849 and 1860]

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 Brewster, SUNDAY [Feb.] 11th [1860]: “Fresh trades with hard squalls and very rugged, all sail out steering by the wind, trying to get to the North. We still have a strong current which sets us to the West. Ship came aback for a spout, which proved to be a humpback. Whilst laying aback I saw 3 large dolphins and a shark. By the time a line could be procured the ship was underway and we left them behind.   LAT. 4.09   LONG. 178.28W.”


Mary Lawrence, [Tues.] February 12 [1860]: “A gale still continues. It comes in squalls of wind and hail with great violence. Saw a sperm whale playing around the ship in the morning; nothing seemed to disturb him. Query: Would he have been so still had it been good weather? About noon it moderated a little. Raised land to the leeward, the Snares, as they are called, two small islands around which it is very good whale ground if we can only have the weather.”


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