Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | April 30, 2013

April 30th

Mary Brewster’s journal for her voyage from 1845 – 1848 ended on March 8, 1848 when the Tiger arrived home (Stonington, CT). Mary and her husband, Samuel did not return to sea for their last voyage until June 1848. However, Mary’s journal-writing did not resume until July 13, 1848.

Mary Lawrence’s journal will resume tomorrow on May 1, 1859.

Eliza Williams made sporadic journal entries from Feb. 27 – May 7, 1861. Eliza’s future journal entries will be posted on May 8, 10, 11, 13.

Betsy Augusta (Knowles) Penniman, her son Eugene and her husband spent much of their first Spring (1864) at sea whaling in the Bering Sea and the Arctic.  They arrived in that locale about April 26 (1864) and remained in that vicinity through October 6, 1864. On October 7, Augusta notes in her journal that the Minerva was “bound out of the Arctic” and headed for Honolulu where she would remain from November 12th – December 5th. While in Honolulu she enjoyed the pleasantries of being on land: visiting with many other captains’ ladies and enjoying their society; going to church; horseback riding; doing lots of shopping; and the unusual treat of being on land for Thanksgiving Day, which during 1864 fell on the 29th of November. They celebrated Thanksgiving by dining on “turkey, plum pudding, peas, beans, pies, cakes and every thing nice. Was entertained in the evening by music from the piano and had a beautiful moonlight ride home.” From Honolulu, she set sail with her husband once again, but this time towards New Zealand.

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