Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | March 5, 2013

March 5, 1848

Mary Brewster, SUNDAY MARCH 5th [1848]: “A gale of wind all day from NW with very heavy weather. So I was obliged to keep in bed all day — Middle of the afternoon sea runs so high with the wind blowing a gale I was sent below. Husband said he could take no comfort whilst I remained. Saw a small Brig laden with lumber, she passed quite near to us and to me looked too small for such seas and I felt I should prefer the Tiger and should be very unwilling to exchange situations. The Barque has been in sight all day which seems pleasant to see we are not alone.    At 6, wore ship West and lay to for better weather. This has been a very unpleasant day and I think the most so of any I have ever passed at sea. Towards night wind came out NNW — very cold and blustering with light flakes of snow — However, within we have a fine fire and can keep warm. Not so with the poor fellows on deck, who look quite homesick about these times.   LONG. 70.30   LAT. 38.36.”

NOTE: AT this writing, Mary Brewster’s husband’s ship was approximately 264 miles due east of Ocean City, Delaware; and about 228 miles south of Stonington, CT (Tiger’s home port) — or NEARLY home.

Mary Lawrence did not make a journal entry for this date in 1859.

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


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