This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V23", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Moses Thatcher, an intelligent gentleman of Salt Lake City, believes that at the confusion of tongues which followed the building of the Tower of Babel, some descendants of Noah built boats and started at once, under the guidance of Providence, for an unknown land. In other words, they sailed from Asia to the American continent, and the Indians are their descendants " to this day." Mr. Thatcher fortifies his views by an extract from the book of Ethers, a part of the Mormon Bible. He says: "In the third chapter and third verse of same book, we find this language: 'Behold, 0 Lord, thou hast smitten us because of our iniquity, and hath driven us forth, and for this many years we have been in the wilderness; nevertheless thou hast been merciful unto us.' The first verse of the same chapter mentions eight as being the number of vessels built by divine command, and in which this colony crossed the great deep The sixth chapter gives a detailed account of their entering these barges, which were the length of a tree, with their families, animals, fowls, food, seeds, etc., and the Lord caused a furious wind to blow unceasingly towards the promised land. 'And thus they were driven forth, three hundred and forty and four days upon the waters; and they did land upon the shore of the promised land.'"
We see from this how slow ships sailed in the olden time. If these voyagers came from land to land in anything like a direct line, these vessels only made the trip of eight thousand miles at about a mile an hour. But if we give the widest possible distance in which the three hundred and forty-four days were consumed - say from the coast of Cochin China to the Isthmus of Panama - again say fourteen thousand miles - they only made a mile and three-quarters an hour, although with the aid of a furious wind blowing in their favor all the time. We see from this how wonderful has been the advance in nautical travel since father Noah's time.