Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | December 20, 2013

20th December 1859

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

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Mary Lawrence’s next journal entries will be posted on December 23-28. After that, for the remaining month of December, there is only one additional entry for December 31, 1859.

As noted in Mary’s journal [December 2-20] 1859]: “We kept in company with the bark Behring, for Boston with a cargo of oil, for several days. Nothing of interest occurred until we saw a school of sperm whales December 20. It was dead calm, and the boats pulled nearly all day after them without success. We were then in the vicinity of Jarvis Island. We have almost a new crew on board now. We have ten or twelve that came out from home with us; the remainder are a new set with the exception of Mr. Parker, who was our third mate last season and is now promoted to second mate, and a boatsteerer.”

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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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