Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | March 3, 2013

March 3 [1848 and 1859]

Mary Brewster, FRIDAY [Mar.] 3rd [1848]: “Fresh gales from SSW all day, and very rugged. Ship heading N by W 1/2 W. At 10 this morning saw a ship under short sail steering East. Soon after passed a small Brig laying too. Weather continued to be worse. The sea kept crashing in over the deck and wind blew a gale. As it grew worse I was sent below and of course went to bed and there remained till middle of the afternoon when I went above and stopped as long as it was safe. The sea was running very high and we were afraid that we should ship one [wave] which would take the [deck] house off. At 2 PM we re-entered the gulf [stream] and with fair wind we are in hopes to cross it [the line/equator?] by tomorrow. Ends very rugged and I am bound below for the night. Nothing but Mn [Main] topsail and foresail out.   LAT. 35.52   LONG. 71.31.”

Mary Lawrence, [Tue.] MARCH 1 [1859]: “Steward is very lame and sore today. His feet and ankles are very much swollen, and he look as if he had seen hard times. He seems very humble, and I can but hope that it will be a lesson to him. Went on board the Reindeer to pass the day. Had a very pleasant time as usual. How we shall miss these pleasant gatherings when we get to sea. It seems very much like home gatherings, only home friends are not with me.”

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


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