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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 99, August 21-22, 1853

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Identifier: DX04028466

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 99, August 21-22, 1853

Description: Describes his journey on the steamboat, Pacific, from Sault Ste. Marie to Mackinac Island in Michigan.

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below, many keeping it up all night.

22. Tuesday. Nought to be descried but the wide waters, and all anticipations astir about reaching the Sault [Sainte Marie]. This we effected by 7 1/2 A M. I, with the privileged tarried & breakfasted aboard the [Sam] Ward, & then sitting on the baggage cart, was with it conveyed across the portage to the Pacific. Got much matter from the driver touching the Sault. He held that the completion of the ship-canal would smash the place, inasmuch as vessels would pass through to Superior, without stopping, everything necessary being procurable at much cheaper rates at the large cities below. The St Marie folk do no more fishing in the rapids near, than is needed for their own wants, & tis no picturesque place, like Mackinac to invite tourists stay, so it has but little prospect of thriving. Aboard the Pacific, greetings with Frank Noble & others, and after two hours delay, during which we saw the laggard Baltimore come in, above the Portage; off we start adown the river. Of it, bathe and its p scenery heretofore gone over I say naught. But the wind blew fiercely, the water raged and roared, and ‘twas as rough as ever I experienced it on the Atlantic. Staggering, reeling, lamp-swinging to and fro, chair and table upsetting, and sudden disappearances into cabins after an excessively good diner, were the order of the day. I am as usual all right, and in the afternoon have a snug doze in [George M.] Swan’s berth, Kinder above, and a chat with him after. He has circumnavigated the world, talked much of China & California. By 5 o’clock Mackinac’s tall lime-stone cliffs are descried, and I sit down to supper beside Mr Greenwood & his son, with the knowledge that I shall disembark in an hour or two’s space. A great bustle on the little dock, men shouting the name of the

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1853-08-21

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Steamboats
Superior, Lake
Great Lakes (North America)
Diaries
Mackinac Island (Mich.)
Transportation
Travel

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