Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | June 22, 2013

22 June [1859 and 1861]

Eliza Williams made sporadic journal entries during June 1861. For [Sun.] June 21st, Eliza wrote: “The fore part of the day has been fine but s strong breeze, about nine o’clock, the very welcome sound of there blows was heard from aloft. There were three or four Right Whales in sight. The boat was lowered, a large cow with a calf showed a good chance, and the fourth mate soon went on and struck her. She ran very bad and the Capt. kept up all the time. It was very rugged, and after holding on some time, they lost the whale, line, and all. So goes our luck. It set in thick fog not long after.”

Mary Lawrence, [Wed.] June 22 [1859]: “Samuel went on board the Julian to get some work done by his blacksmith, as we have none. Took Minnie with him, as he intended to stop the most of the day. Mr. Shepherd, the mate, presented her with a little china doll, which she thinks of calling Emma Shephard. They returned home about 4 P.M., Captain Winegar accompanying them.”

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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