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

October 10, 1849

Mary Brewster, WEDNESDAY [October] 10th [1849]: “Went on shore this morning. Have made calculation to take our meals at the Mansion House and we have hired a room close by to lodge at — It seems like being home to see so many familiar faces and so many old acquaintances. I cannot realize we have been home since we were at this place — Honolulu has improved very much — and is quite a growing place — there are many new families and are constantly coming from all quarters — The government is entirely under American influence and managed by them. The King is a mere cipher and is dependent entirely upon his ministers and does nothing without their sanction and approval –.”

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Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | October 9, 2014

6th, 8th, 9th October 1849

Mary Brewster, SATURDAY [October] 6th [1849]: “Light winds from E to ESE and squally. Latter fresh trades. Saw two ships one of them the Almira now out of sight. A fine evening with beautiful weather. In two days we shall be in port [of Honolulu].   LAT. 23.24   LONG. 154.17.”

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Mary Brewster, MONDAY [October] 8th [1849]: “Fresh trades and fine weather. At 9 AM made Maui, at dark Molokai in sight 30 miles distant. Light sails all in. Ship heading W by South. Two ships in sight today.   LAT. 24.52   LONG. 155.54.”

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Mary Brewster, TUESDAY [October] 9th [1849]: “At 12, came aback this morning we were clearing land at 9 o’clock was at anchor. A number of our Arctic fleet have arrived. The pilot informed us of the death of Capt. Winters with the loss of his ship. It went ashore in a thick fog, was full, everything was lost. Capt. W- went on board of his brother’s ship the E. Frith and died about a week afterward. Mr. Damon, Capt. Fales, and several has been on board — tomorrow we go ashore to pick me out a room. How glad I am to leave the ship and do feel truly thankful to God that we have thus far been preserved amid so many dangers and are again safely at anchor and where we can hear from friends and home –“

Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | October 4, 2014

October 2nd and 4th [1849]

Mary Brewster, TUESDAY OCTOBER 2nd [1849]: “Our ship is as clean as can be — the house also having been painted and fixed up in fine style. I have been busy enough the last week and since we have got into this weather the weeks passed very fast. We all suffer from the heat and feel almost suffocated when in moderate warm weather — but I can get along with it and do enjoy this fine smooth sea. No fear now of big seas and heavy gales. Can go to bed with the assurance of a good night’s rest and no fear of being washed overboard –.”

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Mary Brewster, THURSDAY OCTOBER 4th [1849]: “Light bafferling winds from N and NE — hope to get the trades so we can get along. We are all ready for port, ship in fine order, house cleaned and looking finely. Capt. Coffin of ship Almira came on board and passed the afternoon, 26 months, 900 sperm — has a man sick with the scurvy and is fearful he will die if he does not get in soon.   LAT 26.34   LONG. 152.44.”

 

 

 

Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | September 28, 2014

27th September 1849

Mary Brewster, THURSDAY [Sept.] 27th [1849]: “This is the first pleasant day we have had. The weather has been bad enough. On the 17th it commenced blowing hard with very rugged [seas]. 18th worse, during the night ship broached to twice, split foresail, blowed away the fore topmast stay sail. Stove [damaged or broke-up] one of the boats and broke and split the bulwarks — wind fair, ship before it and rolling constantly. I spent three days and nights below — it not being safe on deck — We have now got through the sorest part of the passage and I am truly thankful it is as well with us as it is — weather is plenty warm and we can easily dispense with the fire — tomorrow the ship is to be cleaned. It will be great luxury to have a clean house and ship — LAT. 33.20   LONG. 153.44.”

 

Mary’s next journal entry is dated “Tuesday October 2, 1849″.

 

Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | September 15, 2014

September 15, 1849

Mary Brewster, SATURDAY [Sept.] 15th [1849]: “Light winds with tolerable weather the last week. A ship near but Mr. B. did not speak her knowing the ship — it is the Jeanette our old consort. It is pleasant to see a sail in this region but she sails so much better than we do that by tomorrow she will be out of sight. Wind continues fro SSW — ship going with a good full [sail?] — “

Mary Brewster did not make any journal entries dated September 16 – 26th, 1849.

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

Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | September 9, 2014

9th September 1849

Mary Brewster, SUNDAY [Sept.] 9th [1899]: “A gale of wind for two days and it was rugged enough — All day calm and heavy swell, a light puff of wind occasionally, wind from SSW and unpleasant enough. Ship acts badly owing I suppose to all the oil being in the lower hole [hold] — Wind fair, it is roll roll — ahead, pitch pitch. Well, it can’t be helped.”

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

Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | September 6, 2014

6th September 1849

Mary Brewster, THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 6th [1849]: “Up to this date we have had good weather; have got all ready for blows and bad seas. From the appearance without we shall have it very rugged soon — Weather thick and cold, wind ahead, ship heading W.”

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

Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | September 2, 2014

September 1-2, 1849

Mary Brewster, SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 1st [1849]: “Light westerly airs with beautiful clear weather. I have been busy fixing for rugged weather. Mr. B. has been on board of the Two Brothers and passed the afternoon. Finished boiling. Stowed down the oil and the decks are quite cleared up. [The day] Ends with fine weather —   LAT. 63.48    LONG. 174.44.”

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Mary Brewster, SUNDAY [August] 2nd [1849]: “Quite winterish sleet and snow, real cool and misty weather. I begin to dread the passage — oh how glad I shall be if we ever get into good weather it will be a great treat. We have got a good wind and if we had a ship which would sail the passage would not be much. As it is it will take us some time longer — I’ll never go to sea again in a dull ship, never can get anywhere, at any rate I will try and keep my husband at home. Then there will be no fretting about passages being made.   LAT. 62.37   LONG. 174.44.”

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

Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | August 31, 2014

30th-31st August 1849

Mary Brewster, THURSDAY [August] 30th [1849]: “Strong gales from West and rugged. Made East Cape at 3 AM. Had snow squalls with thick weather — most of the morning. At 12, we passed East Cape — with a light breeze — the land begins to be covered with snow and bears a winterish appearance. Spoke the Two Brothers, Capt. Jenney spent the afternoon on board. At 9, wind left us and it is a smooth as if there had been no wind for a week. Spoke the Cowper. Capt. Cole made us a visit of an hour or so; is in a great hurry to get to Lahaina having left his wife there –“

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Mary Brewster, FRIDAY [August] 31st [1849]: “Light winds from W to WSW and beautiful clear weather. Passed the bay where we first came to anchor when surrounded with ice. Saw the village of Ruguse, where friend Notocken lives, looking far pleasanter than when we passed it before, it being a low neck of land the snow soon melts and this time [was] entirely free [of ice] — At 9 this morning husband concluded to leave this region and we are now bound to Honolulu — I am truly glad to leave and when we passed East Cape I could not help saying ‘glad I leave and I hope I shall not see it again. The business on board is boiling [the whale blubber into oil or 'trying it out'], stowing down oil, and regulating ship — Saw 4 ships steering South.   LAT. 65’6   LONG. 170.”

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

Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | August 29, 2014

Agust 29, 1849

Mary Brewster, WEDNESDAY AUGUST 29th [1849]: “At 12, wind moderated, got the ship fixed so she would lay better. Sea continued short and bad. 6 AM wind hauled and continued to blow from SW to W. Set the foresail at 12, set the mizzen topsail trying to get under the land. ’10 o’clock’ weather improving, sea not so bad.”

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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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