Voyage from Europe to Boston, May 7–July 4, 1832

Maximilian's expedition began with a 48-day voyage from Europe to America. Maximilian, Bodmer, and Dreidoppel departed from the Dutch port of Helvoet on the brig Janus. Always at the mercy of the weather, the sail-powered ship was frequently subjected to violent storms, then becalmed by windless days. The ship's passengers risked drowning or depleting their food and water supplies before reaching Boston on July 4, 1832. Maximilian, however, discounts the dangers by stating: "Voyages to North America are become everyday occurrences, and little more is to be related of them than that you met and saluted ships, had fine or stormy weather, and the like..."

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