This collection consists of letters written by Fred S. Meady (died 1913), who worked on steam and cargo ships, and his wife,
dating from 1878-1889. Fred's letters describe life at sea, and Sarah's describe life at home in Maine, and on the ships when
she joined Fred.
Fred S. Meady worked on steam and cargo ships and often spent months at sea or
waiting in various ports for the ships to be loaded with cargo such as cotton,
sugar, and coal. He often traveled to New Orleans, Louisiana, but also made trips to
Galveston, Texas; Port Costa, California; San Francisco, California; Le Havre,
France; Liverpool, England; and Ilo Ilo, Philippines. He married Sarah Sager, from
Gardiner, Maine, on November 26, 1879, and she joined him on ship for several trips,
including voyages to Hong Kong, Liverpool, and various ports within northern
California. Sarah had at least two brothers, George and Henry, and possibly a sister
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