Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | January 8, 2014

January 8 [1849 and 1860]

Mary Brewster,  MONDAY [Jan.] 8th [1849]:“Thick rainy weather all day, wind from North some of the day, remainder calm and they are at this time tacking ship. Well, go ahead, for she will head nowhere in particular but it will keep you busy.”

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, [Tues.] JANUARY 8 [1860]: “The rain still continues. The Rambler in sight. Luxuriated today in roast chickens for the cabin and a pork sea pie for the forecastle, with occasional lunches of pineapple, bananas, and coconuts. It cleared up a little in the afternoon, and the Rambler ran down to speak us; but just as we were within hailing distance, the rain came down in torrents. Captain Willis wished Samuel to take Minnie and myself and come on board. (He said he had but one.) He could take her in a monkey jacket, but Samuel thought it was too rainy. We had the pleasure of looking at Mrs. Willis and the children, and possible we may have a gam yet, as we are bound in the same direction. I should like much to have a visit from them.”

Mary Lawrence’s 1860 journal entries include January 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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