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

18th July [1848, 1859, 1861]

Mary Brewster wrote on July 13, her first entry in several months, that during this voyage….”It is not my intention to keep a daily account during the passage as it is tedious and uninteresting….”  Therefore, true to her word, Mary did not make any journal entries from July 14 through July 17, 1848.

On TUESDAY JULY 18th [1848], Mary Brewster wrote: “A school of blackfish was chased early this morning and two were killed, one sank and the other was taken to the ship and cut in. This is the first excitement we have had and serves for a change from the usual round of duty. The weather is very pleasant, light wind and a very smooth sea all the time. Have seen two ships and spoken none as yet.   LAT. 39.59   LONG. 37.8.”

Mary Lawrence, [Mon.] JULY 18 [1859]: “Have experienced almost constant fog ever since we entered the bay. Have seen no ships nor whales except finbacks. There appears to be plenty of feed here, and there may be whales by and by, but Samuel feels as if he could not stop. He must be moving, and now we are bound toward St. Paul and thence to the Arctic, for we are poor; the eighteenth of July and not a whale this season. This is Minnie’s birthday — eight years old. I told her a month ago that when it was her birthday, I would a treat for her in the evening and she might invite all the offices to partake with her. SO she has ever since been looking forward to it as a great event. Saturday I made preparation, and I was fortunate in doing so,, for I suffered exceedingly Sunday night and the greater part of this day with a gathering at the roots of my tooth [severe tooth ache]. I was able to get up, however, and prepare the treat for her. We set the table and called the officers down about half-past 7 P.M. Minnie was so happy she hardly knew what to do with herself, and I think we all enjoyed it pretty well….

(Due to the extensive length of Mary’s journal entry for this date in 1859, it has been divided into two parts. The second half will be posted tomorrow).

Eliza Williams, [Sat.] July 18th [1861]: “In the morning, two of our boats came off. Mr. Morgan says they had a very unpleasant night. He did not sleep a wink. They were obliged to take to the beach, they could not look for a good place. It was dangerous being in their boats. There was no shelter where they landed nor any chance to build a shelter. It was raining very hard, they were obliged to turn their boats up on the stones, then they covered their sails over them, and that was their shelter. Some of them slept soundly. They had company from other ships and enough to eat. The water came very near to them.” 

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