Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | October 12, 2013

October 12 [1848, 1859 and 1861]

Mary Brewster, THURSDAY OCTOBER 12th [1848]: “The last three days have been very warm and pleasant with a light wind and clear sky. Saw and spoke ship Dartmouth of N. Bedford 4 months out no oil. Capt. [Abraham] Pierce came and spent the afternoon with us which visit we enjoyed very much. We are always glad to have company & see ships.   LAT. 36.40”

Mary Lawrence, [Wed.] OCTOBER 12 [1859]: “The wind blew very strong through the night with very severe squalls. We ran through the night until about three o’clock, when the squalls were so severe and not being very clear, Samuel thought it advisable to luff to until daylight. At daylight we commenced running again and in about two hours raised the land. Found our chronometer about ten miles out of the way. We went through the One Seventy-two Passage. Saw three islands. Had a strong breeze through, which with the heavy sea and immense tide rips occasioned some knocking about. Raised a ship five or six miles ahead of us in the passage. Towards night we came to the conclusion that the weather had considerably improved.”

Eliza Williams, [Sun.] October 12 [1861]: “This morning, we had a strong breeze; the wind increased in the night and was squally, and carried away the main top sail yard. The wind has been increasing all day and now is blowing a pretty bad gale. Have shortened sail all day till we have got down to the mizzen top sail. The ship is rolling very bad, much worse not having the main top sail set. They have been to work all day getting a [new] yard ready to send up.”


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