Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | January 15, 2014

15th January [1849 and 1860]

Mary Brewster, MONDAY  [Jan.] 15th [1849]: “Fine clear weather with a fresh wind which we think is the trades. Prospect more cheering and sighs not heard from my Companion this day. All sail out ship heading NW.   LAT. 21.23   LONG. 163.02.”

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, [Tues.] JANUARY 15 [1860]: “Sunday, or Raoul, Island in sight. About noon we came round to the landing place on the opposite side of the island, and Mr. Baird went in with his boat to get some onions, cabbages, etc. Just before he reached the shore, we raised whales and set the signal for him to return to the ship. Consequently we got no vegetables. Three ships in sight, the Belle, Northern Light, and E.L.B. Jenney. We spoke the Belle, Mrs. Brown and myself exchanged compliments. They report the William Thompson with 175 [barrels] sperm since leaving Oahu. He is making a grand voyage. We made the discovery some time after the boats lowered that they were schools of grampus that we were in pursuit of instead of sperm whales, which they very much resemble. After the boats had all returned to their respective ships and it was nearly dark, Samuel thought to run for them and have a gam, as they all appeared to be gamming; but before we reached them, they all braced forward as if about their own business, so we gave up out intention.”

Future posts made by Mary Lawrence are January 17-21, 23-29.


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