Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | November 18, 2013

November 18, 1848

Mary Brewster, SATURDAY [Nov.] 18 [1848]: “A ship in sight early this morning. Spoke her at 10, the Abraham Barker of New Bedford. Capt. Barker came on board and stayed till sperm whale was cried [seen] from aloft. He hastily left us and went on board his ship, which was near. Waited till the whale come up when lo and behold they were humpbacks. Feel sorry that the Capt. left us as we were having a very pleasant visit and as the weather was favorable he could [have] spent the afternoon. ” 

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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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