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

8th November 1859

Mary Brewster did not make any journal entries from November 6-11th [1848].

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NOTE: Mary Lawrence’s journal entry for NOVEMBER 1, 1859 is three pages long (eleven paragraphs). Additionally, she did not make any entries between November 2 through December 1. Therefore, the journal entry for this date will be divided into eleven installments, a single paragraph will be posted for the next eleven days (or through November 11).

Mary Lawrence, [Tuesday] NOVEMBER 1 [through 30] 1859: “….Two other captains died in the Okhotsk Sea this last season, Captain Tallman of the Midas and Captain Waterman of the J.D. Thompson, both of them leaving families at home. Reports came by the Okhotsk fleet confirming the loss of the Ocean Wave and Phoenix, about which there had been so much anxiety. The Ocean Wave was lost, and all on board found a watery grave. The Phoenix was lost at the same time within a very short distance, and all were saved. We were also pained to hear of the death of Mr. Baxter, who came out with us as second officer. He left us a year out, then went a short cruise south in the Ocean Wave, procured his discharge from that ship, went to Fraser River, returned again to the Islands, sailed for home in the Trident, and was washed overboard in a gale of wind off the River La Plata….” (To be continued tomorrow, November 9).

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Eliza Williams, her husband and their two children, aboard the Florida anchored safely in San Francisco Bay on the afternoon of October 26, 1861; ending a three-year whaling voyage.



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