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

July 18 [1847, 1858 and 1860]

Mary Brewster SUNDAY [July] 18th [1847]: “Went to the chapel this morning — Mr. Forbes preached — When the Sabbath arrives I long to be at home and there meet with those who assembled together. My feelings thoughts and affections cling to the dear people of Stonington with whom I used to meet. Oh pleasant hours and days, when shall I meet with you again and enjoy their society. Capt. Jolls of the Phillip Tabb is now stopping here. His ship was condemned and he will remain till a chance offers of which he will avail himself and start for his home.”

Mary Lawrence, [Sun.] JULY 18 [1858]: “Minnie’s birthday — seven years old today. How time flies! She feels quite old and has been telling me how it amuses her to think how foolish she was in her ‘younger days’, when she first came to sea, for instance. There have been nine ships in the bay today. Most of them came to an anchor, as it is a gale of wind and outside a heavy sea. The Nassau, Omega, Marengo, South America, Benjamin Tucker, Gay Head, Dromo, the French ship Manche, and the Addison brings up the list. After we had retired for the night, which was quite early, the captain of the Manche came on board to get information in regard to whales. He has not seen one for two months. Samuel got up to receive him, but he did not stop but a few minutes, as Samuel told him that the Nassau had taken off the captain and boat’s crew of the Napoleon from St. Paul; and learning that he had French sailors on board which he would like to dispose of, he left us and went to him, as he was in want of men.”

Eliza Williams, [Wed.] July 18th [1860]: “It has been quite calm all day, with the exception of a few minutes at a time, just long enough for us to take the anchor and get under way. Then we would have to let it go again. We have done so several times today. It is slow headway towards Okhotsk City. I suppose that the boats have got there before this. Sent one in shore this forenoon to see what they could see. Saw nothing but Muscle diggers and Seals.”

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