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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 123, July 30, 1860

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Identifier: DX02736794

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 123, July 30, 1860

Description: Describes an excursion aboard the Great Eastern.



Supper on Board.

I met [Frank] Leslie aboard within half an hour of my embarkation, and with him, two or three of his acquaintances. At his invitation we all adjourned below for champagne, just before which I had recognized Rondel, with a friend, whom I found again subsequently, two hours later, ascending up the rigging with them, to the main-top, where we had a grand view of the scene — as memorable a one as any I have witnessed. Some dozen others were in the same elevation position. A goodhumored English sailor came up with orders to dislodge us; only our party obeyed him, when we sat on the rattlins a good while. Removing the tar from our hands by the application of butter, below, we took sundry drinks and presently I lost my companions, in time chancing on Leslie and party again. Outside of Sandy Hook we descended to get supper. The saloon densely crowded, as see context; we had to wait, obtaining nothing but champagne, till Leslie’s patience was exhausted, when he moved to another table. Here, by the foray’s of a half-drunk acquaintance of Leslie, baked by my rescuing a chicken from under the knives of the carvers, we procured a tongue, a lobster (which was too bad to be eaten) bread and butter and presently beef, which sufficed to make a decent meal. On deck again — hither & thither — losing and finding people amidst the crowd.

coverage:New York, New York, Church Street

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1860-07-30

Type(s): Diary

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Food
Ocean travel


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