Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | October 12, 2012

October 12 [1847 and 1858]

Mary Brewster, TUESDAY OCTOBER 12th [1847]: “Crossed the equator today [The sailors had the expression of ‘crossing the line’ when a ship crossed the equator]. We have beautiful weather with the SE trades strong enough for any ordinary ship [meaning not a Clipper ship] to sail 7 knots, but the Tiger appears in no hurry and only moves at the rate of 5 knots.   LAT. .3 South   LONG. 155.55.”

Mary Lawrence, [Tues.] OCTOBER 12 [1858]: Yesterday a sad event occurred which cast a gloom over our whole company – the death and burial of William Kalama, a Kanaka [a native Hawaiian]. He has been off duty some time; did not complain but appeared to be running down. Samuel gave him medicine and tonics. We had no idea that he was so low until they told us he was dead. He was on deck the day before. I went on deck at sunset to hear the funeral service read before he was consigned to the deep. It seemed rather aggravating after being so long from home to die as it were within sight of it [the Hawaiian or Sandwich Islands]. This P.M. Captain Slocum made us another visit. The wind has not been fair for several days. We shall not be able to fetch Maui, where Samuel intended to go first, and we shall have hard work to fetch Oahu unless the wind hauls. Have had no trades as yet.”

Eliza Williams did not make a journal entry for this date in 1860.


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