Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | December 30, 2013

December 30, 1848

Mary Brewster, SATURDAY [Dec.] 30th [1848]: “The trials of life, the changes on ship board. Steward has been sick a day or two and we have had things mixed up at a droll rate, to say nothing of the style, and as he cannot be got along with peaceably the cook was taken in his place and fills the office of both, hope for more regular times. The evil one has entered all hands and all seem to see how bad they can be, this is some of the beauties of a sailor’s life, which with a head wind is delightful and rainy.   LAT. 71.10   LONG. 159.35.”

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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