Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | April 8, 2014

8th April [1849 and 1860]

Mary Brewster, SUNDAY [April] 8th [1849]: “Have been passing innumerable small islands laying on the east coast of Corea about 16 miles off. At night raised some ahead — I shall be really glad when we get into the Japan Sea, it is not very agreeable to be so near land and we cannot trust to the charts, as many of them are not laid down.   LAT. 33.42   LONG. 127.40.”

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Mary Lawrence, [Sun.] APRIL 8 [1860]: “The same weather. Samuel is almost beside himself to be detained here, off Cape Horn of all places. Fortunately we have moonlight nights, which we hoped to have until we were out of danger from ice, but at this rate we shall hardly so do. We have very long nights here requiring lights below before five o’clock. The last remaining parakeet died today. We were sorry to lose him. The snow has fallen to quite a depth several times today. This morning it was over shoe. Made 48 miles the last forty-eight hours. Saw two ships this morning bound to the north in an opposite direction from ourselves.”

NOTE: By 1st April, Mary Lawrence, her husband, and daughter were headed towards Cape Horn (southern-most tip of South America), and as indicated by her journal entries, it often took days or even weeks to get to and around the Horn. Every day, as Mary noted in her journal, she endured often unpredictable and horrible weather. For Mary, rounding Cape Horn this voyage took close to two weeks, between April 1-12, 1860.

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