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.

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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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