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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 231, December 27-29, 1853

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Identifier: DX04216380

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 231, December 27-29, 1853

Description: Regarding a fire that destroyed the ship Great Republic.


burnt. Behind another ship, also on fire, was dimly seen. The morning was a lovely one, clear, cold, frosty — blue unclouded sky and sunlight above. And atop of a great part on the wharf-edge, above the crowd sat [Charles] Damoreau. [Charles] Welden pointed him out; and after some clambering difficulty I got up beside him. There we sat for a full hour, looking on the burning ship [the Great Republic]. Ineffectual hose-squirtation was being done at the stern. The vessel had been scuttled, but she lay in fatally shallow water, and though aground, burning. Little jets of melted metal, lead or zinc gushed out of the sink holes, with hiss and splutter plunging into the heated water below. The wind blew sheer eastwards, or the hear would have been unendurable — had it blown up-river — more ships would have gone. As t’was I believe some two or three others were destroyed. Towed out all aflame into the river during the night, they must have presented a fine sight. Welden was very sympathetic about the loss — with me, the spectacle outbalanced all other considerations. Besides, the owners being rich men, here, — there’d really be a more tragic-spectacle evolved by the destruction of a lodging house with poor families goods in it. / Back, working all day & evening. [Alfred] Waud supped with me, at Taylor’s, and stayed till 11. And Davis came up-afterwards.

28. Wednesday. Drawing hard. Welden called, [John] Whytal & [Frank] Royal. Down town in afternoon, filthy, slushy walking, sleet & snow. [Edwin] Weeds & Post Office. Evening Waud with me. Reading, both. I, [Thomas] Carlyle, [Charles] Lamb Cagliostro &c.

29. Thursday. In doors, writing. Took a walk to Spruce Street in the afternoon with Picayune and words for

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Dates: 1853-12-27

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Fires
Books and reading


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