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"On Feb 4, 1846, Ship Brooklyn pulled up her anchor and was towed out to sea by a steamboat at 2:00 PM. History tells us that it was on the very day the Mormon Pioneers crossed the icy waters of Mississippi under the leadership of President Brigham Young for their westward journey. Daniel said the Saints lived together on the ship somewhat after the United Order style, all eating together in the large room, excepting Sam Brannan and Captain Richardson, who had more enviable quarters. The same large room was held for morning and evening prayers, and on Sundays Church services were held where all were admonished to live together in harmony and love. Many faith promoting testimonies were borne and soon a choir was organized, and all joined in singing the songs of Zion, which was their destination. He said the elements combined to make unity. The third day out a very strong wind tossed the boat back and forth making many seasick, and they obliged to remain in their bunks and could not go on deck for exercise and fresh air. This storm kept up the three or four days. Daniel stood it wonderfully as he was more or less used to high seas in his travels back and forth from Windsor to Boston with trips mostly on sailboats. When the wind abated, the passengers resorted to the deck parades for exercise and fresh air. He said on March 3, 1846. The ship drifted into summer like weather and they crossed the Equator. Many tricks and jokes were played on some of the passengers. They were amused by the many flying fishes and the porpoises racing along the ship, first in the water then leaping high into the air. Now and then could be seen a whale spouting water high above the sea. Daniel was frequently found studying his surveyor's book of instructions he received when he purchased surveyors instruments, before leaving Boston, and had received only three days of instructions from his teacher. These studies qualified him for enumerative employment, as we shall see later on in his memoir. While Daniel could not sing, yet he listened to any solos and congregational hymns being sung as the ship glided smoothly along the eastern coast of South America. Suddenly the weather became colder and heavy seas and storms came up, causing ice to form on the sails and rigging, making the masts almost uncontrollable. Captain Richardson came down into the large room to warn the Saints of their eminent danger and warned them to prepare for the worst. At his astonishment he found them singing and praying with the utmost peace and composure, evidencing their faith in their trusted God to guide them to their Promised Land afar..."

-- from Life and Travels of Daniel Stark And His People--

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