Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | December 24, 2013

23 December 1859

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

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Mary Lawrence’s next journal entries will be posted on December 24-28. After that, for the remaining month of December, there is only one additional entry for December 31, 1859.

Mary Lawrence wrote on Sunday, DECEMBER 23 [1859]: “Raised a bark today, the first sail we have seen since we lost sight of the Behring. A fever has prevailed to quite an extant on board for a number of days. The second mate, a boatsteerer, cooper, steerage boy, five or six men forward, and now Minnie is down with it. It does not run very high and is similar, I think, to the boohoo [fever; a common ailment among whalemen, after visiting the Sandwich, or Hawaiian Islands].”

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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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