through her well-kept archive of nautical journals and memoirs in the year 1853 Sarah Nitchie Howland SARAH SAILS Sarah accompanied her husband
on a 10-month voyage around the world in 1853 Captain Williams Howland They traveled with their intelligent and inquisitive 2-year old son Willie Determined I am to keep a journal and when I have once fairly commenced I know it will be a pleasure – the very act of scribbling of thoughts, feelings and occurrences. Also it will be most pleasant to review at some future day – if I may be so happy as to see it – and then, if my Willie lives and I can in any way make this interesting, what a treasure it will be for him to look back upon and know somewhat of the doings and thoughts of his parents and self in younger days. Sarah kept a beautifully written Journal of the entire journey in which she wrote nearly every day not only about life at sea and the exotic places they visited during interesting times but also sharing her views on social, political and religious issues of the day Captain Howland commanded THE SEA SERPENT An extreme clipper One of the fastest of its day New York around Cape Horn to San Francisco across the Pacific Ocean to Hong Kong, Macao & Canton across the Indian Ocean around the Cape of Good Hope a stop in St. Helena and back to New York AROUND THE WORLD
IN 313 DAYS! The journey began in New York Harbor February 12, 1853 The Gold Rush...dirt roads... lively entertainment... old Missions...duels... and a Chinese Exhibition! First Stop ... SAN FRANCISCO June 1-12, 1853 SARAH read at least 50 books...wrote letters home... mended clothes...and kept a JOURNAL! OVER 200 DAYS AT SEA
WILLIE loved playing on deck and reading with his mom SARAH & WILLIAMS often took 2 hour evening strolls on deck JULY 23-31, 1853 They spent a week with friends in Hong Kong
Beautiful gardens... formal dinner parties... and lovely walks by the sea Then had their own home for a month in MACAO... AUGUST 1-SEPTEMBER 5, 1853 Commodore Matthew Perry Naval Officer Opening of Japan Bayard Taylor Author & Diplomat The Howlands met many interesting people in Macao Gideon Nye Merchant & Philanthropist Dr. Peter Parker Physician & Missionary
SEPTEMBER 6-9, 1853 They spent a few days in Canton before setting sail for the long trip home ST HELENA NOVEMBER 14, 1853 The Sea Serpent made a day stop at this remote volcanic isle in the middle of the south Atlantic where Napoleon was exiled for 6 years until his death
They visited Napoleon's residence Longwood House as well as his first tomb DECEMBER 20, 1853 The Sea Serpent arrived home just in time for Christmas! BACK TO NEW YORK Read SARAH'S JOURNAL to learn more about Sarah, Williams & Willie Places They Visited People They Met Life at Sea and The Mid-1800's THE JOURNEY BEGAN FEBRUARY 12TH 2021 Journal Entries were entered on the days Sarah wrote along with the information pertinent to that day
THE JOURNEY ENDED DECEMBER 20TH 2021
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MEET THE HOWLANDS
Sarah Nitchie Howland
Sailing all around the world with her family yet longing for a home they can call their own.
Captain Williams Howland
An A1 Seaman and Navigator and a Gentleman of much dignity, who usually wore kid gloves when he came on deck.
Little Willie Howland
Only 2 years of age, inquisitive and intelligent, Willie has lived more of his life at sea than on shore.
FOLLOW THEIR JOURNEY
The Sea Serpent
This extreme clipper was a slender, rakish, handsome looking craft and it was one of the fastest of its day!
The 313 day journey took them
from New York to San Francisco
then the Far East…
the long way!
The largest city and busiest port in the United States