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Suffolk sail boat in Azores - 1881

Updated: Oct 22, 2020

The Journey Of The Suffolk – 1881

Posted August 4, 2010 by azores2hawaii in Uncategorized.

The bark Suffolk arrived in St. Michael, Azores, on April 1881, after taking on board Portuguese immigrants for Honolulu, sailed from Ponta Delgada, St. Michael on May 14. Crossed the equator in the Atlantic in longitude 82 degrees west on May 30th. Same day, we signaled British ship “Trinidad” of Grenock, from Newcastle bound for Java, being 33 days out to sea. Next day we signaled the British steamer bound north. Passed within 15 miles from the island of F emando de Moranha, a convict settlement off the coast of Brazil, June 16, in latitude 44 degrees south and longitude 47 degrees West. We had heavy gales from the southwest, accompanied with fierce winds, rains and hail squalls and a mountainous sea, the ship behaved nobly. The gale lasted for 5 days. Off Staten island on the 23rd of June and rounded Cape Horn on the 24th. Off the Cape Horn, we had a constant succession of gales from the west, accompanied with snow and hail storms and were over a week between 56 degrees and 58 degrees south, and longitude 60 degrees and 75 degrees west. We crossed the equator in the Pacific on the 7th of August and experienced light winds and pleasant weather to the arrival of the port of Honolulu Harbor, August 24, 1881. It took 102 days from Ponta Delgada, St. Michael.

During the passage, there were 12 births, and 8 deaths. At no time during the voyage were there any case of infectious disease reported among the passengers. Of the 8 deaths, only 2 were adults. The captain of the Suffolk was Byford. We are happy to also record the very cordial welcom