Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | March 18, 2012

March 18 [1847, 1858 and 1860]

Mary Brewster, THURSDAY [Mar.] 18th [1847]: “Cloudy with very fresh winds and light rain squalls. The ship rolling and squeaking at every lurch. The articles which are not stationery are going in all directions. These light vexations are some of the beauties of a voyage to sea. Well, hope whispers a flattering tale, that in a year from now we will be moored in the harbor of Stonington, which I hope may be the case, all well and full of oil to smooth the way for a welcome reception from the said owners and agents, which I care but little about as long as she [ship] is full. It is the height of my ambition.   LAT. 21.9   LONG. 145.09 W.”

Mary Lawrence, [Thurs.] MARCH 18 [1858]: “The Benjamin Tucker arrived today, bringing as passengers Captain Andrews, lady, a pair of twin boys, who were wrecked in the brig Francis on the coast of California, living in a tent on the sand for four weeks before they were taken off. They are going to occupy the next house, taking their meals with us. This P.M. Mrs. Gibbs, Samuel, Minnie, and myself went on board the Addison to see what I had for her. We intend leaving for Oahu tomorrow, and Miss Chamberlain, the teacher, will accompany us, as it is her vacation and much pleasanter on board a ship for passengers than those little native schooners.”

Eliza Williams, [Sun.] March 18th [1860]: “It has been a very fine day. Saw a sail this morning from masthead. We thought likely it was a Whaler and were in hopes it was the South Boston, but soon we saw her from off deck and made her out to be a Merchantman, probably bound for Shanghai or some other Chinese port. She looked nice. She had more sail than we had.”

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