Mary Rowland

Remembers

In the schooner Stephen H. Townsend, she wrote, in a later memorandum of her seafaring life...

I sailed from New York to Havanna from thence to Boston, from Boston to Bridgeport, Conn., from thence to N.Y. [then] I went to L[ong] I[sland] and remained till Oct. 1853 [when I] sailed from New York to Sierra Leone, West Coast of Africa, in the winter of 1854 bringing back to N.Y. a Cargo of Dry hides and Peanuts In the Spring [of] 1854 [I sailed] From N.Y. to Terragona in Spain carrying out a full cargo of stones and bringing back to N.Y. wine Almonds & figs, in June I remained in L.I. till Oct. then went to N.Y., Etta was a young babe.

In Brig Thomas W. Rowland Sailed from N.Y. in 1855 to Buenas Ayres with a cargo of Flour. From thence sailed with a Cargo of Salted hides form Antwerp ... Then Sailed for Genoa with a cargo of Sugar from thence proceeded down the Mediterranean seeking freight and went to Malaga, Spain. There loaded the Brig with Lemons Raisins WIne & Figs and sailed for New Orleans. 1856, At New Orleans took onboard a Cargo of four and sailed for Rio Janeiro from thence returned to New Orleans with a Cargo of Coffee in 1857 Sailed from N.Y. with a Cargo of Cotton to Marseilles, France... and went down to Malaga and loaded the Brig with Wine Raisins & figs and went to New Orleans. from N.O. went to Genoa with a Cargo of Cotton.

In 1858 ... proceeded to Palermo, Sicily, There took on a cargo of Oranges and Lemons and proceeded to Philadelphia. And from thence to N. York... 1859 Sailed from N.Y. with a Cargo of Merchandize to Mobile, Alabama... there loaded with lumber and went to Rio Janeiro, At Rio Janeiro loaded with Coffee and went to New Orleans, from N.O. went to N.Y. and the Brig went to France. I remained on Long Island untill Aug. 1860 Then I went to Boston and joined my Husband there from thence we sailed to Philadelphia. There loaded lumber to Buenas Ayres. From Buenas Ayres went to Rio Janeiro...after remaining in that port 2 months being detained for a cargo... took in a Cargo of Coffee and went to Malta... At Marseilles we loaded Wine and went to Rio Janeiro Expecting to obtain a Cargo of Coffee to the U.S., but the War was then raging between the North and South and Merchants dared not ship their property fearing it might fall into the hands of the privateers that had begun their devastations on Vessels bound into or owned in Northern Ports and the southern Ports were many of them under a blockade... so we were obliged to go the long distance in ballast to N.Y....