Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | February 17, 2014

February 17 [1849 and 1860]

Through most of 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, SATURDAY [Feb.] 17th [1849]: “Has come another week is passed. I pause to think how quickly fled. Soon our last week on Earth will be spent, and where, oh where, shall the close find me. Lord, fit me to meet it in peace, and whilst living may I make the proper improvements. Wind is light. Weather warm and pleasant.   LAT. 12.32   LONG. 174.52”


Mary Lawrence, [Sun.] FEBRUARY 17 [1860]: “Raised a ship in the morning; spoke her about noon. She proved to be the Eliza F. Mason, Captain Smith; said he took two whales ten days since about here but had seen nothing since. He did very well here last season. He wanted Samuel to go on board, but he said he would lower for nothing short of a whale while it was so rugged. Mrs. Smith and child were on board.”


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