Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | May 26, 2013

May 26 [1859 and 1861]

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, [Thurs.] May 26 [1859]: “This morning we got up, they came down and told there was a bark hauled aback for us to speak. We ran down and found it to be the William Gifford, Captain Baker, of Falmouth, with his wife and two children. They wished Samuel to go on board and take me, but I was not very well, and Samuel thought it was coming thick, so he went alone for a short time. Found a box on board for us from Sarah, filled with bottled berries, originally, and a loaf of cake. The bottles were all broken except for two and the contents had penetrated all the reading and the loaf of cake nothing but powder. Minnie said they had sent a nice lot of ginger. It was some time before we found out what it was. We went different ways after that; he went to the eastward where we had been, and we are going to the westward again on the ground where we saw those whales, if happily we might see them again. Saw one whale today going to the windward.”

Mary Lawrence and Minnie/courtesy Francis F. Jones

Mary Lawrence and daughter Minnie; circa 1851 (Minnie is three months old).

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Liza Williams made sporadic journal entries during May 1861. Here is her entry for May 26th [1861]: “White Rock is in sight from aloft. This has been a noted Whaling place; it is not of much note nowadays.”

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