Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | April 24, 2014

24th April [1849 and 1860]

Mary Brewster, TUESDAY [April] 24th [1849]: “Everything remains the same on board and the whale [blubber] is tried out [processed into oil] and stowed away — It is ‘lower away’ and ‘there she blows’ but the prospect is dull — whales are wild and hard to strike. Spoke the Illinois from Sag Harbor, been here three months and has taken 3 whales — Got a whale today but alas he sunk and as our boats could not haul him up they reluctantly cut off and lost him with 3 shot line of 6 irons & c. Capt. Purrington came on board, thinks the prospect dubious — “

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Mary Lawrence, [Tues.] APRIL 24 [1860]: “A hard gale through the night, and the old Addison rolled as hardly ever a ship rolled before. Every dish or article of furniture that could by any manner of means get out of place did so. Moderated towards morning and has remained so through the day, but there is still quite a sea. Made 180 miles the last twenty-four hours. Samuel has entirely recovered from his lameness and has been on deck the most if the day. The weather begins to feel quite warm again. Had our stove removed from the cabin today and have bid farewell to stoves and fires below for the remainder of the voyage.”

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