Brides' Journal Project
The Brides' Journal Project was a collective writing project by fans of the late 60's TV show,
"Here Come The Brides". The series took its inspiration from
actual historical events—Asa Mercer's quest to bring marriageable women from New York to
The writing project was inspired by that trip, as well as by events portrayed in the series. Through the creation of individual characters, each writer created the persona of one of the passengers on the journey aboard Clancey's ship, the Shamus O'Flynn, as it travelled from
New Bedford, Massachusetts, to Seattle, Washington Territory. The
interinary used as a guide for the writers generally follows Mercer's original route, and the duration of that trip, approximately five months, is the same time over which the project was completed.
The "brides" were recruited after they responded to an announcement
Interested parties submitted
short bios of themselves to the Messrs. J. Bolt in order to be accepted on the voyage.
Soon after, even the local newspapers expressed their
opinion, but it mattered not, for the brides set sail for Seattle on January 16th.
The brides occupied their time in many ways, which can be read about in their journals. Look at the journals by bride or by date.
Occasionally, the brides met for conversation.
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