Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | April 14, 2014

14th April [1849 and 1860]

Mary Brewster, SATURDAY APRIL 14th [1849]: “Have had bad weather and a gale which lasted two days. Today it has been rather better weather. Saw six sail and if the ships are as plenty through the Sea there will not be many whales.   LAT. 36.04   LONG. 130.00.”


Mary Lawrence, [Sat.] APRIL 14 [1860]: “Fine weather with occasionally a snow squall. Raised three ships bound as we are. One of them outsails us. We keep up with the second and beat the third. Made 180 miles in 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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