Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | April 12, 2014

12th April 1860

Mary Brewster did not make any journal entries for April 11-13, 1849.


Mary Lawrence, [Thurs.] APRIL 12 [1860]: “A strong, delightful breeze sprang up last night, and we are flying through the water with all sail set as we have not done for the last two weeks. By observations today we have passed Cape Horn and are now in the broad Atlantic, whose waters wash the shores of our beloved home, which now seems very near. Saw one ship today under short sail trying to get to the southwest. That wind that is fair for us is ahead for him. Made 210 miles the last twenty-four hours.”

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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