Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | January 19, 2014

19th January [1849 and 1860]

Mary Brewster, FRIDAY  [Jan.] 19th [1849]: “Have passed the day very uncomfortably. The weather so hot and sultry that one can hardly move. No wind, no shade, all are annoyed with the heat and all work suspended on deck. Then these long tedious calms are enough to vex the most patient roll, roll slap goes the sails round comes the ship everybody looks cross and dear husband is sighing but all in vain for a wind which will carry us into cooler weather.   LAT. 17.00.”

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, [Sat.] JANUARY 19 [1860]: “We lay around the rock through the night hoping to see whales waiting to be caught, but nothing of the kind greeted our eyes. About 11 A.M. experienced quite a severe shock of an earthquake, which jarred us considerably.” And from someone by the name of Bowman also wrote in his/her journal dated the same day, “….the ship was like a vessel going over a sunken shoal, but strange to relate the shock was not felt aloft by those that were aloft….”

Future posts made by Mary Lawrence are January 20-21, 23-29.


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