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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 116, July 20-22, 1855

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Identifier: DX03909105

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 116, July 20-22, 1855

Description: Describes his journey across the Atlantic to New York on the Washington.


me. I smoke and talk in moderation, and turn in early, getting up by about 7.

[21. Saturday through 22. Sunday] Damp squally days, some little drizzle falling, but more spray, fine and impalpable, but permeating and wetting everywhere, insomuch that when you, at night, turn into bed, tis suggestive of the cold water cure. Yesternight, (I wrote on Sunday,) was a rough one, the wind and ways waves in blustrous concert, the dash of water awesome to hear, and the vessel pitching so suddenly that I was once aroused as by a fall from a precipice. Overhead too, was horrific clamor both of men and foul weather. No games of “shuffle board” on mid deck d now, (‘tis a sort of ship billiards, chalked compartments being marked on the planks, and circular, flat, draught-shaped pieces of wood are propelled from some short distance into them:) our Captain superintending, cigar in mouth, and hands in pockets, and the first cabin passengers playing. No lying on cabin roofs, under lie of reversed boats, and beside masts and big iron chimneys, sitting in great coils of ropes, or smoking on the fire deck. Below in the fore cabin are games of whist in progress, and vociferous foreigners are at home in a congenially unwholesome atmosphere. Afternoons are dozed away in berths, and meal hours become grand epochs of the day. And now to fellow mortals. Captain Cavendy is, I guess, an Americanised German, a tall, sturdy man with short thick beard, and accent and speech to match, he appears good humored but more of the rough sailor than gentleman. The mates are short and keen-looking, crew American and German, waiters nearly exclusively belonging to the latter denomination. There are no great number of first cabin passengers, and they appear to be mostly from the European Continent. The notice-

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1855-07-20

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
Ocean travel


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