Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | February 22, 2014

22nd February [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, THURSDAY [Feb.] 22nd [1849]: “Took the trades yesterday after a succession of rain squalls, and have had a good breeze ever since. Saw an eclipse of the sun today through the quadrant, commenced about 12, and lasted till one P.M.   LAT. 13.18   LONG. 166.00 East”


Mary Lawrence, [Fri.] FEBRUARY 22 [1860]: “Passed between Stewart Island and the Traps, a ledge of rocks seven or eight miles from shore. Spoke the Marengo in the afternoon. Samuel went on board and Mr. Eldredge, the mate, came here. He brought Minnie some lozenges that his little daughter Minnie put up for him. Captain Weld sent me some teaspoons, as he thought it was too bad that one solitary spoon should perform such a round of duty. He also sent us some reading matter. Saw one of our Falmouth men, John Green, fourth officer, from whom I gathered considerable information.”

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