Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | December 19, 2013

December 19, 1848

Remaining 1848 journal entries of Mary Brewster will be posted for December 22, 24-25; 27-31.

On TUESDAY, [Dec.] 19th, 1848, Mary Brewster wrote: “The last week has been very lonesome and unpleasant, a gale of wind continually with heavy seas. Today has been the most unpleasant day of all, during the night wind breezed up to a hard gale, got in the sails and the ship rolled the waist boat under breaking her to pieces. At 4 in the morning I got up and dressed as I could not lie in bed, the ship rolled so heavily which with the seas which would break over the house made me feel that the house was not a safe place. The middling of the day it moderated, so some sail was made. Today we have been jogging along under easy sail and hope soon to see better times.   LAT. 48.21   LONG. 106.32.”

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Mary Lawrence’s did not make any entries from November 2 through December 1She did not make another journal entry until the Addison left the port of Honolulu on December 2, 1859 for the final voyage toward home.

Mary Lawrence’s next journal entry will be posted on December 20. For the remaining month of December, there are only seven additional entries; Dec. 23-28; and December 31, 1859.

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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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