Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | March 2, 2013

2nd March [1848 and 1859]

Mary Brewster, THURSDAY MARCH 2nd [1848]: “Moderate wind from the W all the morning. At 11, it changed, and out went studding sails. This afternoon yards squared and weather pleasant, wind from SE. At 10, husband is on deck and they are taking in studding sails and wind is increasing. He [husband] sits up till 12, as he wishes to carry all sail he possibly can and in this squally region it is not safe without one pays strict attention. He feels anxious to reach his harbor and there land his precious self. I have been writing the last hour and am now bound out to see and to walk with my dear husband who has just come in and says the wind is SSW.   LAT. 33.23   LONG. 70.25.”

Mary Lawrence, [Tue.] MARCH 1 [1859]: “As I was to be home today [on board ship] today, I thought it best to go to washing; but before doing so, made half a dozen pumpkin pies, which were quite nice. Sent two boats up the lagoon today fishing; will probably stop all night. I hope they may fall in with the steward and bring him back again. Captain Ashley [and] Captain Willis came on board in the forenoon and made us a call. Captain Willis brought us a piece of fresh pork, which was very nice. Captain Chatfield and Captain Jernegan passed the evening with us. About duck I was on the house with Samuel, and Mr. Forsyth came and said there was a boat coming with the steward in it. He could hardly get up the side; he reeled like a drunken man. He came and asked Samuel’s forgiveness; told him that he would be most faithful servant to him that anyone ever had if he would take him back; said he had nothing to eat except a small piece of bread that he took with him and not a drop to drink.  He had traveled constantly; when he tried to come back, he lost his way and was about laying down to die when he saw fires. He followed the smoke until he arrived to where a boat’s crew were from the Levi Starbuck *; could just say, ‘For God’s sake give me a drop of water,’ and fell to the ground. In all human probability, if he had not found those men as he did, his bones would have been left there like many others who think to better themselves by leaving their ships. Captain Jernegan had three men to leave yesterday [deserted] that have not yet been heard of. The Dromo and the Majestic left today.”

* NOTE: Three years later, during the American Civil War, on November 2, 1862; the Levi Starbuck, mastered by Captain Thomas Mellon, would be overtaken by the Confederate raider the Alabama [pictured below]. When crew of Captain Mellon saw the raider from the masthead, Mellon tried to outrun the Alabama, but as was proven time and again, molasses-slow whaling vessels even with full sail out, were no match for the Confederate raiding vessel. Once the whaleship’s stores were tranferred to the Alabama, the ship was burned and captain and crew were held captive, and eventually put ashore at Martinique of the West Indies. Captain Mellon didn’t return to New Bedford, MA until January 1863.

Eliza Williams did not make any journal entries from Feb. 27 – Mar. 25, 1861.


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