MARY ATKINS #100travelHERS
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Birth: July 7, 1819; Jefferson, Ohio
Death: September 14, 1882; Benicia, California
Occupation: Rural schoolteacher in western New York; school administrator in Ohio; founded Benicia Academy, now Mills College
Notable journeys: Described as “perpetually restless,” Atkins sailed for Shanghai on November 10, 1863, and spent 115 days abroad, with stops in Hawaii, Japan, Yedo Bay, Yokohama. Spent another year in England in the late 1860s to study school systems there before moving around the United States in various education jobs until her death.
Notable work: The Diary of Mary Atkins: A sabbatical in the Eighteen Sixties
Quote: “In the evening I played euchre for the first time in years. At eight the mate came in hurriedly, ‘There’s a light over the lee bow.’ The Captain hastened on deck with a light, for we have no signal lights. The vessel was not twice the ship’s lengths. By putting down helm and tacking ship, we escaped collision.”