Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | February 27, 2014

26th February 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 did not make any journal entries between February 25-March 1, 1849.


Mary Lawrence, [Sun.] FEBRUARY 26 [1860]: “This morning there was quite a row on deck. We have been pumping oil for some days, and Samuel wished to ascertain whether it was a general leak or whether a cask had been stoven [broken], so he told them to break out a little. The boatsteerer and eight or ten men that shipped at the Islands thought it was not their business to do it, as they had no share in the oil, so refused duty. Samuel called them all aft, and after some confusion and considerable noise, they all agreed to go to work. About 10 A.M. we went onshore. Instead of Captain Greaves taking us to his own house as we anticipated, he took us to the house of Mr. White, the merchant of the place, where we were very pleasantly received by Mrs. White. His is ‘the house’ of the place, adorned with lawns, walks, arbors, waterfalls, brooks, caves, etc. Although it is but two years since he lived there, he has made many improvements. They have three children, Mildred, Florence, and Constance, whose society Minnie enjoyed very much. She dined with the children in the nursery at 1 P.M. while we took a lunch. As their dinner hour was 6 P.M., we did not dine with them but returned on board about 3 P.M., as Samuel was anxious to be on board again. We visited their garden and orchard, ate our fill of peaches, which were very abundant, and brought a basket filled with them on board.”


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