Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | May 17, 2013

17th 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. Therefore, Mary Brewster’s entries will resume on this blog starting July 13, 2013.

Mary Lawrence, [Tue.] May 17 [1859]: “Pleasant through the day. P.M. A strong breeze sprang up, which at night increased to a gale. Not a severe one by any means, but a heavy head sea which prevailed made the Addison pitch and rear quite furiously. Are in the vicinity of Cape Fairweather. Have seen the land along the coats, also Mount Fairweather. Saw four ships as a distance; they were neither chasing not boiling. In one of my boxes from home I had two tins of Quissett butter. Had one of them opened yesterday, and though not just from the churn, it tastes very nice to me. The butter we have now was very good when we left home, but in nearly three years time, of course, there would be a change, if not for the better. We breakfast at six o’clock in the morning; as it makes a long day, I let Minnie sleep on and get her breakfast by herself. I make her milk porridge usually, as we have quite an abundance of milk. Our goat had kids while we were in port and now gives a quart of more milk a day. We have pumpkin pies, puddings, etc., which we all appreciate. When I put Minnie to bed at night, her last words are: ‘Good night, Mamma. Please make me some porridge in the morning.'”

Eliza Williams made sporadic journal entries during May 1861. She did not make a journal entry for this date.


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