Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | August 10, 2014

August 8-10, 1849

Mary Brewster, WEDNESDAY [August] 8th [1849]: “The last few days we have had fog and wind ahead; it is not from the south and we have been sailing north all day. Weather warm and pleasant . At 4 PM spoke the Jeanette of N. Bedford [MA]. Mr. B. went on board, Capt. West came back with him and stopped some time; he is bound north so we shall have company. At 11, saw a whale but it is getting too dark now to lower at this late hour –“


Mary Brewster, THURSDAY [August] 9th [1849]: “Pleasant weather; made Burney’s Island [along the Siberian coast] the stood to east. Soon fell in with whale and got one — the Jeanette chasing but got none. Saw 2 ships some ways off — 11 o’clock and the whale is cut in.   LAT. 67.34   LONG. 173.55.”


Mary Brewster, FRIDAY [August] 10th [1849]: “Weather continues good. Lowered for whale; did not get one for it [fog] came in thick. Boats came back quite lively. On board boiling and catching many more [whales] in thought.”



Mary Lawrence’s husband’s ship, the Addison arrived at her homeport of New Bedford, MA at sunrise on June 14, 1860.


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