The Thornton


Most of the Saints aboard the Thornton became members of the Willie handcart company.

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The company journal reported “light baffling air”or “baffling winds” three times during the second week on the ocean. These shifting winds, together with some headwinds, slowed the ship’s progress so much that drinking water had to be rationed. Robert Kirkwood described how James led the Saints in uniting their faith to seek divine help in this predicament: “A meeting was held on deck at which President Willie announced that we had made but little progress the past week. Although sailing pretty well, it had all been zig-zag owing to the winds. It was proposed that we hold a fast day on Tuesday…that we may pray to the Lord for more favorable winds.”


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