Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | June 18, 2013

18th June [1859 and 1861]

Eliza Williams made sporadic journal entries during month of June 1861. For [Thurs.] June 18th, Eliza wrote: “It has been a fine day. We have not seen a ship yet, nor one whale. Have been going some over the ground, tacking about, have not had much wind though.”

Mary Lawrence, [Sat.] June 18 [1859]: “We are again bound south, Samuel being satisfied there is nothing here for him. The other ship has got mad by her looks and is off with main royal and studding sails out. In the afternoon, she being quite near us, we luffed to, and Captain Winegar lowered his boats and came on board, bringing us a bag of corn and three bottles of port wine for my special benefit. His son came on board with him, a very interesting lad. Minnie enjoyed his visit very much. I don’t think he enjoys a sea life very much. Poor boy, it made him think so much of his mother to see me, ‘Oh’, he says, ‘I am so glad my mother used to give me such good consul, for I don’t think I shall grow to be so wicked as some of our boys are,’ referring to the sailors. I put some little notions for him. After he had been on board a short time, we raised something which was thought to be a dead whale, but it proved to be a carcass of no value to anyone. When Captain Winegar left, he invited us to pass the next day, which was Sunday, on board his ship. He felt that it would do him good to have a lady on board and insisted upon our coming. Finally Samuel told him if it was calm so that we could get nowhere, we would come.”

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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