Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | November 16, 2013

November 16, 1848

Mary Brewster, THURSDAY [Nov.] 16th [1848]: “Light winds and good weather throughout the day. At 1/2 past 6, saw two whales. Ship going with a moderate breeze. Boats lowered, struck one and in 55 minutes the loose boat come to the ship, the whale was dead a short distance off — Wore ship, took the whale alongside, put on the fluke chain and by dark all on board again as though nothing new had been done. Thus ends this day, the whale alongside.”

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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.  Mary was silent and did not make another journal entry until the Addison left the port of Honolulu on December 2, 1859 for the final voyage toward home.

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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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