Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | November 19, 2011

November 19, 1846

Mary Brewster, TUESDAY NOVEMBER 19th [1846]: “Light breezes with NW wind with very pleasant weather.  At 2 we passed the Island of Margarita and entered the bay. Ship got into the current when it was strong which took the ship very fast towards the reef — Got the boats out and they commenced towing but it did not alter her course. Fortunately a breeze sprung up which carried us by; had it not been for that we should have gone ashore — At 5 we got into the bay and came to anchor some miles from the entrance. Saw a boat coming towards us, when they altered their course and returned after one of our boats had spoken her; reported two ships in the bay, Hibernia and Brooklin, both from New London [CT]. Capt. Smith sent us word that it was very bad place to get in with a ship and said we had better go right out for the Brooklin had got [ran/ran aground] ashore  coming in and injured her bottom and Capt. Jeffrey had gone to La Paz to see the American consul about it.   Capt. Smith was here last season and the conclusion is that he does not want any company. But here we are this evening and as husband is not frightened and knows all about the bay we shall remain. Saw several birds and fish a plenty a number fishing over the stern of the ship. All well and in good cheer.”

Martha Brown’s journal entries ended on Nov. 11, 1848, when she was reunited with her husband who finally returned to Hawaii after being about six weeks overdue.

Mary Lawrence did not make any journal entries Nov. 19 and 20, 1857.

Eliza Williams did not make any journal entries between Nov. 17-25, 1859.


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