Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | August 31, 2014

30th-31st August 1849

Mary Brewster, THURSDAY [August] 30th [1849]: “Strong gales from West and rugged. Made East Cape at 3 AM. Had snow squalls with thick weather — most of the morning. At 12, we passed East Cape — with a light breeze — the land begins to be covered with snow and bears a winterish appearance. Spoke the Two Brothers, Capt. Jenney spent the afternoon on board. At 9, wind left us and it is a smooth as if there had been no wind for a week. Spoke the Cowper. Capt. Cole made us a visit of an hour or so; is in a great hurry to get to Lahaina having left his wife there –“


Mary Brewster, FRIDAY [August] 31st [1849]: “Light winds from W to WSW and beautiful clear weather. Passed the bay where we first came to anchor when surrounded with ice. Saw the village of Ruguse, where friend Notocken lives, looking far pleasanter than when we passed it before, it being a low neck of land the snow soon melts and this time [was] entirely free [of ice] — At 9 this morning husband concluded to leave this region and we are now bound to Honolulu — I am truly glad to leave and when we passed East Cape I could not help saying ‘glad I leave and I hope I shall not see it again. The business on board is boiling [the whale blubber into oil or ‘trying it out’], stowing down oil, and regulating ship — Saw 4 ships steering South.   LAT. 65’6   LONG. 170.”


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



  1. Very excited to have found this. I live in the house in which Captain Cole’s wife was born. Is that the complete record for August 30?

    • Yes. This is the entire entry for that date.

      • Did you transcribe these yourself? Where is the original?

        I’ve done some fairly extensive research into the families that lived in my house. Capt. Cole is one of the best documented, although the information is scattered.

      • The original document can be found at the Center for Research and Collections at Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic, CT.

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