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

February 25, 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.

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Mary Lawrence, [Sat.] FEBRUARY 25 [1860]: “We were within ten miles of Akaroa heads this morning when the wind died away. Marengo near us and a sloop in sight. About noon the wind breezed up, and we anchored in Akaroa Harbor about 4 P.M. The bay makes up eight or ten miles so that the harbor is perfectly landlocked. It was Saturday with us, but as we knew it was the Sabbath on New Zealand we took this day for our Sabbath. Quite a number of boats came off to us, and I have had a very polite invitation from the harbor master, Mr. Greaves, to go onshore tomorrow, which I needed no urging to accept. One of the gentlemen brought off a basket or peaches, which he presented us, and several brought apples, which were a great treat to us.”

(Below) Akaroa Harbor, New Zealand

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