Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | June 25, 2014

25th June 1849

Mary Brewster, MONDAY [June] 25th [1849]: “Came to anchor at one last night in 9 fathoms — waited till this morning found ice coming thick and fast — up with the anchor and kept the ship underway till 4 o’clock seeing but very little ice in again anchored, it being thick fog. The ice cannot be far off though for it is very smooth and calm and we can hear it at a distance surging & splashing sounding like the sea breaking against the shore — All hands have been to work helping fix the anchor stock which was broken by the ice coming against the chain — 8 o’clock about ready to go to bed — Cry of land — fog cleared and we were near the land and some three miles distant a large park of ice extending as far as we could see it is calm we shall remain  as it is quite important for to get sleep and rest as there has been none since we have been in the ice –“

NOTE: Mary Brewster made journal entries for June 26-27, 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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