Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | May 11, 2014

May 11 [1849 and 1860]

Mary Brewster, FRIDAY [May] 11th [1849]: “Found an opening an got through the ice without sustaining any damage.  The weather pleasant and not as cold. Well, the ice is past — and what will come next — The two ships in sight — As we are near land we came aback for the night.   LAT. 46.25   LONG. 148.11.”

NOTE: Lots of “floating cakes of ice” were common in the Okhotsk Sea, even as late as May 10 and beyond, depending on the year’s weather.  Numerous Charles W. Morgan (7th voyage) logbook entries dated 23rd April through 17th May 1865 in the logbook recorded: “….working through ice….” The same ice condition continued until 17th May, when the entry changed to: “Ice open!” Additionally, at least one whaling wife, when writing in her journal referred to the Okhotsk Sea as “a sea of ice.” Likewise, for captains, wives and crews, all those HUGE moving, floating cakes of ice caused many sleepless, anxious nights for all aboard; until by the end of May or beginning of June, finally broke up, melted and/or floated south.


Mary Lawrence, [Fri.] May 11 [1860]: “Made 108 miles in twenty-four hours. It takes us a long time to get to the line [equator]. At this rate we shall not be home before the middle of June.”



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