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

12th June 1849


Mary Brewster, THURSDAY JULY 12th [1849]: “At 12 last night came to anchor fog so thick dare not run. This morning up anchor and let her drift current running North — Sounded occasionally and kept on. At 5 PM cleared up with very fine weather sun shinning beautifully found we were close to land — an in Bearing’s Strait. Saw the Diomedes Islands. High rocky land covered with snow also both continents Asia & America and I thought I was the first civilized female who had passed through the straits and probably shall be the only one this season –.   We saw 4 ships tow entering and one at anchor. The Plover some ways south of us we knew her by her rig & sails — 8 o’clock — finds us in the Arctic Ocean which is as the present time as smooth as a river. I have been out the last three hours admiring the view and highly gratified to think I have had the privilege of seeing both continents at a look — the Asiatic coast is high & mountainous not a vestige of grass, snow is melting and from some of the valleys nearly gone — Weather very mild and pleasant.   Whilst admiring the prospect, the sun was obscured by a thick fog and we cannot see a quarter of a mile.”

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


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