Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | May 1, 2013

1st May 1859

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, [Sunday] May 1 [1859]: “We have had quite moderate weather since we left. Some very warm pleasant days. Nothing has occurred of consequence to change the scene since we left. For several days we were in company with the Rambler, Captain Willis visited [“gammed with”] us once. He feels very lonely without his family; said he should feel still more homesick to enter his lonely cabin again after seeing us. We are now living upon fresh [meat], rather more of it sometimes than we care about: pork, chickens, ducks, turkeys, etc. As soon as it is a little cooler, shall have some of the pigs killed, baked up, and put down in barrels with lard.  Also have an abundance of sausage meat, hog’s-head cheese, etc. It takes too much for them all to eat. We had about forty when we left the last island.” 

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.


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