Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | March 4, 2013

4th March [1848 and 1859]

Mary Brewster, SATURDAY [Mar.] 4th [1848]: “Slept very well during the night. Weather no better this morning. Wind from W and squally with rain. Middle strong gales from NW to N and cloudy. Saw a Barque steering the same as we are supposed to be — a brother whaler. Latter almost calm with a very heavy swell and variable winds. The Barque in sight some 5 miles distant. Have not sailed much the last 24 hours and are about in the middle of the Gulf stream.   LAT. 37.06   LONG. 70.19.

Mary Lawrence, [Fri.] MARCH 4 [1859]: “Our boats came back last evening, loaded with fish. Sent them around, or rather a supply of them, to all the ships. I thought we would have the captains here today that had no wives with them. I would have liked to have invited them all but thought the steward hardly able to attend to it. Captain Chatfield went out this forenoon, so that we only had two captains to dine with us, Captains Jernegan and Lester. Had a fish chowder, a large stuffed and baked fish, coffee, bread and butter and preserves, and a roll pudding. Had some huckleberry pies made for supper, but they did not stop. Captain Jernegan sent a boat in to look for his men [who deserted a few days earlier]. They saw a flag put up and their names written in sand about twelve miles from the beach, but nothing more of them. They found the skeleton of a man which they supposed to have died this season. His name was also written in the sand near him, but they could not make it out. We are now painting the ship outside and in; expect she will look equal to a clipper [ship] when she gets on her new dress.”

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


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