Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | December 8, 2012

December 8 [1847 and 1860]

Mary Brewster, WEDNESDAY [Dec.] 8th [1847]: “Fresh gales from W and squally with hard rain and hail. I begin to long to get around the Cape, am really tired of so many squalls by night and by day, though it is much pleasanter now than when we came out; then it was all heavy winds and I was seasick nearly all the while. Now we have fair winds and I am not sick in the least which convinces me that I am a real sailor. Saw a finback blowing near the ship, these whales are seen in most all latitudes and if they could be taken would yield a large amount of oil and save a great portion of the time now spent after right [Right] whales.”

Mary Lawrence did not make any journal entries between December 1 – 24, 1858.

Eliza Williams, [Sun.] December 8th [1860]: “Another beautiful day. This morning we passed some of the most barren land that I ever saw in my life. It was a portion of the mainland, and there was nothing but rocks and dirt — not a vestige of vegetation could be seen; but this is not a fair representation of California. I know that there is a plenty of beautiful  land in the Country. This is only the barren Coast. This Lower California. At 10 O’clock we came to anchor in Turtle Bay. It is a fine Harbour but not a fine landscape as far as the Country is concerned. It has an unpleasant aspect — the land, uneven and rocky with scarcely any sign of vegetation. From the Ship I cannot see a tree or even a shrub. It is beautiful weather here, the water smooth, a plenty of Birds, and it looks pleasant after all. There are four Ships besides us — the Congress, Capt. Stranburg; the Jeanette, Capt. Winslow; the Coral, Capt. Sisson; and the Florida, Capt. Fish came in and anchored this afternoon. Mrs. Fish is on board, so I have a Lady for a Neighbor.”

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