Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | June 19, 2013

June 19 [1859 and 1861]

Eliza Williams made sporadic journal entries during month of June 1861. For [Fri.] June 19th, Eliza wrote: “It was foggy this morning for a spell, but came off quite fine. Last evening, saw and spoke the Bark Pacific, Captain Howland. My Husband went aboard and got news. Capt. H. has seen several ships about here. None of them have seen any whales on this ground yet. He has seen the South Boston, the Florence, the Camilla and others. The whales are her though; this afternoon, the first mate’s boat got near enough to dart one, but missed. My Husband struck a large one and lost him.”

Mary Lawrence, [Sun.] June 19 [1859]: “The morrow has come, and it is calm as a clock and as delightful a day as one often witnesses. I was glad, for I wanted to go, knowing that I should enjoy myself, the captain being excellent company. We started about 11 A.M. and arrived again Addison at 10 P.M. We all passed a very pleasant day, Captain Winegar enjoying it very much; it reminded him so strongly of home. Minnie attracted much notice as usual. She is generally the center of attraction with company. She is not afraid to speak, and her replies are generally to the point and usually interspersed with some salt remarks. The captain gave me a couple of pounds of green tea, a couple of tins of preserved pineapple, and a few shells. I forgot to mention that we carried him a little pig and gave him a piece of fresh pork. The cook gave Minnie a little china tea cup and saucer, which pleased her very much. For dinner [the noonday meal] we had roast duck, potatoes, onions, some very nice biscuit, coffee, mince pie, and for dessert preserved peaches, pineapples and quinces. For supper [the evening meal] we had oysters, cold duck, biscuit, preserved pears, mince pie, doughnuts, and cookies, Captain Winegar doing the honors very well. We arrived home [back to the ship] delighted with our visit.”

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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