Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | June 24, 2014

June 24, 1849

Mary Brewster, SUNDAY [June] 24th [1849]: “This was an anxious day, for at one o’clock this morning the ice began to come upon us  — All hands called to get up anchor as quick as possible. The windlass would not work and it took a long while to get underway — The weather thick damp and cold enough — wind from SW stood to the ESE but the ice becoming thicker and extending like a vast continent could go no farther — tacked to the West stood through till 3 PM when it appeared more broken and we had less difficulty in keeping the ship clear. Saw several sea-lions & seals on the patches of ice as they passed they could have been shot from the ship if there had been time for such business. As it was it was work enough for all hands to work the ship. At 6 PM saw the land covered with snow looking dreary enough. Stood in till 8 fathoms was sounded then stood off again to get clear of a point which made out some ways. Mr. B. has been forward all day and at 12 tonight is yet on deck — it is now quite pleasant and light enough to write without a lamp. Thus closes another Sabbath of trial.   LAT. 64.18   LONG. 171.02.”

NOTE: Mary Brewster made journal entries for June 25-27, 29-30.


Mary Lawrence’s husband’s ship, the Addison arrived at her homeport of New Bedford, MA at sunrise on June 14, 1860.


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