Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | December 25, 2011

Christmas Day at Sea [1846, 1857 and 1859]

Mary Brewster, THURSDAY [Dec.] 25th [1846]: “A merry Christmas to all the dear friends in Stonington [CT]; think possibly they may have spoken of me today with the like phrase, I wonder where Mary is today, imagination pictures me to them eating salt beef and sailing the deep. But, dear friends, you are mistaken. Here I am in a most beautiful bay with everything to make me happy and comfortable. A plenty of fish of many kinds, Oranges, Pomegranates, figs and no end to the fresh beef. 2 bullock on deck waiting for our use when wanted. Milk by the gallons and withal a happy and contented mind, and if you are happier yours must be a happy lot and different from all mortals — ”

Mary Lawrence, [Fri.] December 25 [1857]: “Christmas Day reminds us of home and friends. Minnie wished to hang up her stocking as usual, and I had a tin of candies which her Grandpa put up for her, Santa Claus managed to fill it very well. We sat down to a Christmas dinner of two roast turkeys, sweet and Irish potatoes, boiled onions, stewed pumpkin, and cranberries, pickles, and a nice Indian pudding made of milk and eggs. Had a goat killed for the benefit of

Eliza Williams, [Sat.] December 25th [1859]: “It is the Sabbath and Christmas Day. It has been very pleasant and everything quiet. It has been unusually warm today. No wind to speak of those living in the forecastle, to which, I should think they did ample justice, as there are but two legs remaining. In the afternoon they were cheered b y a sight of right whale; lowered boats, but it was rough and a heavy sea so that their efforts were without success, as he kept under water most of the time. About sunset again we heard the welcome sound of ‘There blows!’ but it was too late to send the boats in pursuit of them.”


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