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

23rd July 1849

Mary Brewster, MONDAY [July] 23rd [1849]: “A splendid day so smooth, scarcely a ripple on the sea — and a constant noise whale blowing close to the ship; walruses tumbling and spouting, and I have been quite amused with a queer-looking thing. I would think it was a sea dog — it has a face exactly like a monkey — the rest of the body is like a seal. It shewed no fear and came up close to the ship, to look at it William got an iron to fasten to it but it looked so innocent he left it and I was not sorry. This afternoon I have seen several and have spent the day in looking out of the window and on deck. 9 ships in sight some whaling and all busy — We got a large whale to the ship, the largest one I ever saw, they have just finished cutting. The sun is not quite down; at 11 o’clock light as any part of the day — This is much pleasanter than I ever expected to see it in this region, weather very warm and pleasant — and it is very favorable for whalemen — “

NOTE: During July 1849, while in the Bering Sea, Mary Brewster made daily journal entries through July 18th. After that, her entries were more sporadic. Mary did not make any journal entries for July 24-25, 1849.


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


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