Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | December 29, 2013

29th December 1848

Mary Brewster, FRIDAY DECEMBER 29th [1848]: “Fresh winds from West and squally. Weather very cool and unpleasant, should the wind continue fair we shall soon be where it will be mild and fine weather. The calculation is to stop at Roratonga and get recruits which will be something of a change — Long faces are the rage today on board the Tiger, it seems the calculation of several of the men were to run away when we arrived at the Sandwich Islands. The course being altogether different they are disappointed and I imagine they think a chance will occur where they can leave without being taken [discovered and/or arrested], poor fellows. The kanakas [native Hawaiians] look ditto, their fair island they will not see short of a year and they begin to feel sick, no use, we are bound to Guam, from there to Japan Sea.   LAT. 43.40   LONG. 160.34.”

Remaining 1848 journal entry of Mary Brewster will be posted for December 31. As for January 1849, she was nearly consistent in making daily journal entries and as a reflection of that, I will most likely make daily posts as well.

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Mary Lawrence’s last journal entry for the month of December 1859 will be posted for December 31. During January 1860, although Mary’s daily entries remained sporadic, her first two entries for January 1 and 2 are quite extensive.

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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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