Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | January 25, 2014

January 25 [1849 and 1860]

Mary Brewster, THURSDAY [Jan.] 25 [1849]: “A breeze for which we are thankful. Saw three islands this morning, and at 10 AM made Tootoowilla [Tutuila] 30 miles distant. The wind being light we did not get to it in time enough to see much of its beauties, it being 12 miles off at 9 this evening, took in sail and are now laying aback until morning when we shall run in and land. I anticipate a pleasant day and shall be ready for an early start the morning for the shore. “

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 25 [1860]: “A fair wind and ahead, which makes Samuel look sober, as we have had a long passage and he is in great haste to get on whale ground. In the afternoon our three pigeons which the Damon boys gave Minnie flew from the ship, and the wind was so strong that they could not get back. We thought they were lost, but Samuel wore ship, and we fetched them. Right glad were they to get on board again, being much fatigued with their journey.”

Future posts made by Mary Lawrence are January 26-29.


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