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

February 23 [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, FRIDAY [Feb.] 23rd [1849]: “Fresh trades with occasional rain squalls throughout the day. Wind fair with all sail out steering West, ship making nearly three degrees today.   LONG. 163.17.”


Mary Lawrence, [Sat.] FEBRUARY 23 [1860]: “Fine weather in the forenoon. A strong breeze after dinner which soon amounted to a gale. About 4 P.M. spoke the Rambler; had taken nothing since we [last] saw him. Saw Mrs. Willis and the children. Afterward spoke the Marengo again. Minnie’s pigeons flew on board the Rambler and did not return, as there was such a strong breeze. We saw them fly but thought nothing of it, as they had frequently flown on board other ships while we were speaking and immediately returned. Minnie regretted the loss of them very much, but her papa tells her that he will get her some more in Akaroa [New Zealand] where we are now bound.”

View of Akaroa, New Zealand from land


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