Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | January 18, 2014

January 18 [1849 and 1860]

Mary Brewster, THURSDAY  [Jan.] 18th [1849]: “Hard rain coming in torrents and no wind during the day. Ship heading every way. Towards night a breeze from SE came to our aid and at 9 this evening we are just moving through the water and every appearance of more rain.   LAT. 18.50″

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, [Fri.] JANUARY 18 [1860]: “We have been standing today from Curtis Island to Hope, or French, Rock. About noon we raised a school of sperm whales, sure enough. Lowered all four boats, but they were going windward three times as fast as a boat could pull [row], so were reluctantly obliged to give up the chase and return to the ship.”

Future posts made by Mary Lawrence are January 19-21, 23-29.


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