Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | January 7, 2014

7th January [1849 and 1860]

Mary Brewster, MONDAY [Jan.] 7th [1849]:“Wind from North to NNE with hard rain. The prospect seems flattering, a long passage. Ends with rain and fog heading NW to W by N.   LAT. 32.36   LONG. 160.44”

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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Mary Lawrence, [Mon.] JANUARY 7 [1860]: “We have been pursuing the even tenor of our way for several days. Have been engaged in washing, ironing, and putting up pineapples, besides my regular routine of work. We have been saving our white sugar nearly all the voyage for this occasion and have put up a famous lot in jars, bottles, etc.  Have had a hard rainstorm today, almost without intermission. A ship in sight which we signalized this forenoon and found to be the Rambler. If it was good weather, probably we should have a gam.”

Mary Lawrence’s 1860 journal entries include January 8-9, 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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