Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | June 8, 2014

June 8 [1849 and 1860]

Mary Brewster, FRIDAY [JUNE] 8th [1849]: “Wind blowing so fresh through the night was obliged to take in sail and lay to — This morning wind form West and rugged, did not see anything of our whale. I suppose it is a long ways to windward. Made some sail and proceeded on. Spoke the E. Firth boiling, having gotten a whale early in the day and saved it before it became too rugged — Oh what long faces because they saved their whale and ours is gone. What selfish mortals we all are — I can’t see who is to be blamed here, certainly we could not keep the fluke chains [from] parting — Nor could we help it if it took them a great while to kill the whale — nor even after it was gone they could have lowered a boat and got it. So I think it is best to make as little fuss as possible. I wish we had it but that don’t fetch it.”

Mary Brewster’s remaining journal entries for this month were made for June 15, 17; 21-27; 29-30.


Mary Lawrence, [Fri.] June 8 [1860]: “Today I have been cleaning lockers, drawers, etc., putting up the slops that we had below, etc. I have gotten everything about ready in my department, but the other rooms try me sorely. Our steward is no hand to clean and takes no interest in making things look nice. He goes through the ceremony of cleaning and that is all. Saw a brig in the morning, and a ship passed close to us in the afternoon. About 2 P.M. a strong breeze sprang up from the right direction, and we now feel as if we were going right in to New Bedford. We are now in the Gulf Stream. Made 90 miles in twenty-four hours.”


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