Mary Brewster’s journal for her voyage from 1845 – 1848 ended on March 8, 1848 when the Tiger arrived home (Stonington, CT). Mary and her husband, Samuel did not return to sea for their last voyage until June 1848. However, Mary’s journal-writing did not resume until July 13, 1848. Therefore, Mary Brewster’s entries will resume on this blog starting July 13, 2013.
Mary Lawrence, [Fri.] May 13 : “A strong breeze. A ship in sight at a distance. About 11 A.M. spoke the General Scott, Captain Huntting. Samuel went on board for a few minutes. They had taken nothing like many others, had been fast to whale a few days previous that stove [damaged] two boats, lost one man, etc. P.M. The gale is increasing so that after supper we lay to.”
Eliza Williams made sporadic journal entries during May 1861. On Monday, May 13th, 1861, Eliza wrote: “We have at last got into Hakodadi. We came to anchor about 9 O’clock. We anchored last night some miles from here. It was quite calm. About three O’clock a breeze sprang up, we took our anchor and got under way. Then we had a head wind and had to beat all the way in. The Pilot came aboard, and before we anchored, Capt. Randolph came aboard. There are quite a number of small Craft in here — about 400 Junks, and two Whalers — the South Boston and the Gratitude. There is one Steamer. The rain had been pouring down all day, so that I have not been ashore, but will go tomorrow. Several of the Foreign Residents have been on board to see us. Capt. Fletcher, Mr. Wilke, Mr. Bradford, and the Japanese Officials have been aboard.”