Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | September 10, 2013

September 10 [1848, 1859 and 1861]

Mary Brewster, SUNDAY [September] 10 [1848]: “Trades very fresh with a bad heavy sea. Weather squally and very unpleasant, ship pitching and jerking every way. This is dull lonesome times on board. Nothing new to be seen save a finback, which are everywhere. Oh, I long for something new. What a life to lead, constantly rocked on the billow, how cheering the thought of home and its enjoyments when contrasted with the Sailor’s lot, but I despise repining when one is well and comfortable and if only happy in mind we can be contented.   LAT 19.20 South.”

Mary Lawrence, [Sat.] SEPTEMBER 10 [1859]: “Dead calm and thick for most of the night. Towards morning a slight breeze sprung up. Samuel did not sleep much. About 4 A.M. heard a sound as of breakers very near; could not tell whether it was land or ice. Thick throughout the day. Heard foghorns once form another ship. About 4 P.M. it lighted up so that we saw what we supposed to be East Cape and found the during the calm we were carried to the northeast by a very strong current.”

Eliza Williams, [Thurs.] September 10th [1861]: “It has been quite a pleasant day, a strong breeze but nearly ahead, we having tacked about all day to gain a little. Some of the time, the land has been quite near, it is deep water close in shore. I suppose that the jib boom might touch the rocks and not be aground. It is very high bold land and quite barren looking. It is quite dull with us now, nothing going on except mending sails, picking over potatoes or something of the kind. It is 4 weeks since we got a whale and I am very much afraid that we will not get another this season, the season is most up.”

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