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

18th August [1859 and 1861]

Mary Brewster did not make any journal entries from August 17-September 4, 1848.

Mary Lawrence, [Thurs.] AUGUST 18 [1859]: “I lay awake for most of the night with the toothache. In the morning it left me, but I was confined to bed for the most of the day with a violent sick headache. Lowered for whales with everybody else in the forenoon. Captain [William] Earle of the Jireh Swift happened to be the fortunate one. A strong breeze for the south today. P.M. Spoke the Helen Mar Captain Worth came on board for a few minutes; nothing this season. He brought his pockets full of walnuts to Minnie. He also brought us letters from Thomas and Mercy at Talcahuano written in April. He saw them at that place. They were all well; had received my package that I sent by Captain Stewart in October. Thomas had not been very successful on Guafo the past season; taken 150 [barrels] sperm. He also brought us a package of papers from Lahaina friends, also letters from Mr. and Mrs. Brayton as late as the fifteenth June. He left his wife and wife’s sister at Lahaina; left them at Paita last season. After tea we raised whales again; lowered the boats, and Samuel thinks they would have struck had it not been so rugged [rough seas]. It was almost too much so to lower. The weather looked bad, and as the ice was quite near us and we might be obliged to carry sail to keep off, and our ship being so light, Samuel thought it best to stow down some of our oil which we had on deck. So about nine o’clock they went to work. Samuel was on deck through the night, and Minnie slept with me.”

Eliza Williams, [Tues.] August 18th [1861]: “At three o’clock this morning, the second mate came down and called my husband, telling him that the ship was dragging her anchor. It was breezing up quite strong from the Northeast and the prospect  was of a bad blow. She soon began to drag worse and we had not much room to spare. My husband did not like to call all hands to heave up the anchor, they had been broke of their rest so much, so he slipped it and got under way, and came out.” 

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