Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | June 11, 2013

June 11 [1859 and 1861]

Eliza Williams made sporadic journal entries during June 1861. On Thursday, June 11th she wrote: “Was quite foggy this morning but has cleared away so that we can see several miles. Have had a good breeze and are about through the Straits — through the most dangerous part. The name of this Strait is La Perouse — Saghalin Island on one side  and Yezo on the other. We passed quite a large Japanese Tower on Saghalin Island. There is a Russian Settlement near by, on the same Island.”

Mary Lawrence, [Sat.] June 11 [1859]: “A pleasant day with a nice breeze. Made the land in the afternoon; saw Mount St. Elias rearing its lofty head far above the clouds. Two ships in sight, one close in by the land. In the afternoon raised, for a wonder, a right whale. The boats lowered very soon; chased several hours without success, although getting quite near several times. It was a very large whale, and how I did want them to get fast. However, it is encouraging to see one occasionally even if we are not to have them. We began to fear that they were all dead.”

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.


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