Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | January 21, 2014

21st January [1849 and 1860]

Mary Brewster, SUNDAY JANUARY 21st [1849]: “Arose this morning with high expectations of a breeze all day as we had a light wind from SE. The sun is to powerful for it to last at 10 AM we were becalmed. Same old times. Ends ditto with very sultry weather.   LAT. 16   LONG. 167.”

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 21 [1860]: “A strong breeze, but almost ahead. We have very fine weather now, just cool enough for comfort. We have experienced very warm, trying weather since we left Honolulu. Minnie and myself are fully agreed that we prefer going north to sperm whaling in warm latitudes. About a week ago the steward throwed all the teaspoons we used for breakfast overboard in his dishwater. Samuel reproved him for his carelessness, but as he had not been at sea for some years, thought not much about it. We managed to find just enough to set the table with, and this morning he did the same thing again! So now we have one teaspoon left, and that does execution for all of us as a public stirrer, Samuel using it first, then I take it, then the mate, and so on down. It caused us a great deal of merriment at the table, but really I think it is no laughing matter. What we shall do when we have company is what troubles me.”

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


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