Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | June 14, 2013

14th June [1859 and 1861]

Eliza Williams made sporadic journal entries during month of June 1861; [Sunday] June 14th: “It has been a fine day, and a good fair wind. There is not anything going on worth mentioning. On deck, they have been butchering a hog. The cooper has been making me a bathing tub to bathe the baby in; it is a very nice one. He has taken a great deal of pains with it; it has got eighty pieces in it, made of African cedar, and narrow strips of boat board between the staves.”

Mary Lawrence, [Tues.] June 14 [1859]: “The officer of the watch came below about four o’clock telling Samuel there was a ship five or six miles off that wanted to speak us [communicate], so we sent down to her. She proved to be the Julian, of New Bedford, Captain Winegar came on board about 5 A.M. and stopped until 9 P.M. He is very good company, and I enjoyed his visit very much. We heard the Montreal having one whale, and the Corinthian two, and the Majestic two. Raised whales, for a wonder, in the afternoon. Both ships’ boats went down but did not succeed in striking them. There was a heavy long swell, which prevented their seeing the whales to good advantage from the boats. Yesterday we started south intending to go to Kamchatka ground [near the Okhotsk Sea/Russia], but in consequence of seeing these whales, we shall cruise over this ground tomorrow. Captain Winegar has his son, fourteen years old, on board with him. I sent him a couple of books and paper of figs by his father.”

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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