Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | January 23, 2014

January 23 [1849 and 1860]

Mary Brewster, TUESDAY 23rd [1849]: “Light airs which cannot be called wind has at intervals been perceived at times the last two days intermingled with calms which are easily observed. At 4 this afternoon saw an Island a long way off.   LAT. 15.23   LONG. 168.16.”

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, [Wed.] JANUARY 23 [1860]: “Rugged and blowing fresh, so much so that it was not suitable to wash. Raised a ship in the morning to the windward. As he wished to speak to us, we hauled aback [slowed down].  About noon we spoke; found her to be the Sea Gull, Captain and Mrs. Nichols, sperm whaler.  It was too rugged to gam, which disappointed us very much, as we were acquainted at home. They were bound up to French Rock. Mrs. Nichols and myself almost wore out our pocket handkerchiefs waving them.”

Future posts made by Mary Lawrence are January 24-29.


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