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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 172, August 21, 1860

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Identifier: DX02766460

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 172, August 21, 1860

Description: Describes witnessing fights among the sailors on the Devonshire, resulting in several sailors jumping overboard.



“Cleared from this Port.”

a sufficiently spacious cabin and were soon joined by [J.R.] Hamilton and [Jesse] Haney. [A.F.] Banks went off to the latter’s office and to Harper’s to get books for [Frank] Bellew, and presently returned. Last came [Fitz James] O’Brien, looking much better than he has of late. The usual delay in getting a sailing-vessel off, and by 1 or 2 we hauled out into the stream. Desultory talk and looking-on, bread and cheese, ale and porter below, anon a bottle of brandy on deck. Day overcast and squally, promising rain. Most of the crew had come aboard drunk and we witnessed a certain amount of the brutality which underlies our half-civilization, in the way of beating and worse. There was a savage fight too between two of the crew, which with what had preceded it, induced a man to jump overboard. “Here goes for One!” he said, making a clear dive into the water and swimming out splendidly. He had timed it well, for a boat was passing, which presently took him in — not before he had shouted from the river bidding ship or ship-tyrants to go to hell! Three minutes after another splash announced another sailor overboard. He had a desperately long swim for it, would, I think, have gone to the bottom, for, at last, he had thrown his hands up in helpless fashion, if the shouts we uttered had not attracted the notice of men aboard

coverage:New York, New York, Church Street

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1860-08-21

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries


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