Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | February 9, 2014

9th February [1849 and 1860]

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 Brewster, FRIDAY [Feb.] 9th [1849]: “Crossed the line [sailor slang for ‘equator’] today and are once more in North latitude. At 10 this morning discovered a small island some 5 miles distant. It appeared two or three miles long North & South with no trees, low and sandy, as there is no such island laid down in the charts or books I gave it the name of Brewster’s Island. The latitude of it was 00.48 miles North Long. 176.30 West.   LAT. 0058   LONG. 176.23.”


Mary Lawrence, [Sat.] FEBRUARY 9 [1860]: “The wind has blown strong through the week, first from one direction and then from another. Saw a ship this morning. Passed a [whale?] carcass in the afternoon. Raised a ship just before dark. We were laying to; he was running before the wind. Spoke us as he passed; proved to be a large merchant ship, probably from Hobart Town or Sydney. A very strong breeze.”


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