Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | January 9, 2014

9th January [1849 and 1860]

Mary Brewster, TUESDAY [Jan.] 9th [1849]: “A breeze today from SE – who would have thought – truly we are blessed today, blow winds and don’t stop till we get along some ways on our course. Weather begins to improve and we will soon be where it will be very warm.   LAT. 30.19    LONG. 159.58.”

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.


Mary Lawrence, [Wed.] JANUARY 9 [1860]: “Found the Rambler in sight this morning. About 9 A.M. Captain Willis set his signal, and soon after Samuel, Minnie, and myself went on board and passed the day very pleasantly. This meeting with families as sea is very pleasant for all concerned, particularly so for the children.”

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


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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