Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | October 3, 2013

3rd October [1848, 1859 and 1861]

Mary Brewster, TUESDAY OCTOBER 3rd [1848]: “Fresh winds from north with rainy weather. A few finbacks have been seen, also a great quantity of birds which keep in the ship’s wake. Latter part sun came out and closes less rugged. All the sail out. Steering ESE.   LONG. 13.19”

Mary Lawrence, [Mon.] OCTOBER 3 [1859]: “A strong breeze from the north. Spoke the Good Return in the forenoon cutting in a dead whale which she picked up in the morning. Out olfactory nerves assured us that it was so some time before we spoke him. The gale increased throughout the day. I think Samuel would have started to go out today had we not so many whales yesterday. Two ships in sight besides the Good Return.”

Eliza Williams, [Fri.] October 3rd [1861]: “We have had a gale of wind all day and have gone 200 miles the last 24 hours. The ship has been rolling very bad and this morning she shipped a sea when Willie [her son] was on deck. He was standing in a good place to catch it all, it knocked him down and the poor little fellow was rolling in the scuppers all drenched through with salt water.  The boy [cabin boy] brought him down, he looked as if he had been overboard. He made a great noise about it, I had to change him and wash him, clothes and all.”

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