Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | January 14, 2014

January 14 [1849 and 1860]

Mary Brewster, SUNDAY JANUARY 14th [1849]: “No change as yet in the weather, wind continues from the same quarter with occasional rain squalls. awe are now too far to the westward of Roratonga and the wind is from the East, rather than beat here a few days we are bound along to touch at the Navigator Islands. Wind seems to be against us turn which way we will. Weather is getting very warm.   LAT. 23.30   LONG. 162.”

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, [Mon.] JANUARY 14 [1860]: “We have had almost a dead calm ever since the ninth. Have gone but a few hundred miles. Today we had a little breeze. The weather has been very warm and uncomfortable. In the afternoon the Rambler ran down to us, and Captain and Mrs. Willis, Henry P., Jennie, and Jimmie came on board and stopped until 9 P.M.”

Future posts made by Mary Lawrence are January 21, 23-29.


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