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

December 24 [1848 and 1859]

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

Mary Brewster wrote on SUNDAY [Dec.] 24th [1848]: “All are longing for pleasant weather, wind continues from NW. Ends blowing fresh with reefed sails….   LONG. 180.50 East.”

AN INTERESTING NOTE: At some point on this date, the Tiger crossed the International Date Line [180 degrees] and Mary’s next entry was also dated as December 24, 1848. She explains why in her second entry for the same date:

“This brings us in West longitude [of the date line] and by calling this day Sunday [also] keep our reckoning good. Have got one [extra] day ahead of friends at home. Hope soon to see some whale or a ship. This has been a long passage and I long to breathe the land breeze.   LAT. 47.51    LONG. 170.56.”

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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 Monday, DECEMBER 24 [1859]: “Spoke the bark this morning, the Lagoda. Captain Willard came on board and passed the day. Minnie sat up a little today after tea. As it was the night before Christmas, Minnie hung up her stocking. Samuel went on board the Lagoda with Captain Willard on his return to look at his chart. When he came back, he bought a very handsome portmanteau for Minnie and a cake of soap as a Christmas present from the captain.”

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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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