Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | January 2, 2014

2nd January [1849 and 1860]

Mary Brewster, TUESDAY JANUARY 2nd [1849]: “Thick rainy weather, wind from NE to NNE. Latter light breeze from SW with a heavy swell which keeps the ship pitching badly….”

Through most of January 1849, Mary Brewster made nearly daily journal entries. However, most of them are very brief.  Oftentimes, Mary’s journal entries are reflective of 19th-century whaling ships’ logs entries that typically would have been made by the captain or first officer of the vessels.

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Below, is an exact replication of Mary Lawrence’s journal entry for [Wed.] JANUARY 2 [1860]: “We have been busily engaged in putting up pineapples in jars to take home, providing they will keep. Not a ship in sight today. We all left Aitutaki last night. I think Mr. Royle’s family must feel rather lonely today. They appear to enjoy society very much, and no wonder, for there is only a few weeks in the year that they have the pleasure of beholding a white face, out of their own family. They all look forward to the shipping season with great anticipations. I never had the pleasure of eating as much pineapple as I wished before. Oh, how luscious they are! It would be a mockery to put sugar upon them to eat as we do at home. I am very fond of all the tropical fruits.”

Mary Lawrence’s 1860 journal entries include January 7-9, 14-21, 23-29.

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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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