Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | October 8, 2013

October 8 [1848, 1859 and 1861]

Mary Brewster, SUNDAY [Oct.] 8th [1848]: “Commenced with fresh winds from W and cloudy, middle light from NE but very rugged, ends calm with heavy swell which causes the ship to roll heavily and keeps one constantly in motion. When night approaches I am rejoiced and feel glad to get into bed, though there is not much rest to be taken, but it is a change.”

Mary Lawrence, [Sat.] OCTOBER 8 [1859]: “The wind very hard through the night and considerable rain fell. Towards morning it moderated some. After breakfast the wind hauled to the westward, and we had the benefit of what I think may be called a violent gale from that quarter> Carried away our main topsail in the squall.”

Eliza Williams, [Wed.] October 8th [1861]: “We have had a fine day and a good breeze. We are going right along again. I have been working. On deck, they have been breaking out the [whale] bone to scrape I, dry and clean for market.”


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