Search Our New Beta Online Collections!

Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 120, July 23, 1855

<< Back to search results

View this document

From collection:Part of:

Identifier: DX03912642

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 120, July 23, 1855

Description: Describes a meeting onboard the Washington to discuss the poor quality of food offered to the passengers.


of the Captain, tells a deliberate lie, asserting there’s always ice-water on table at dinner. Six voices rebuke him, Captain slaps his face and kicks him in the rear. He was a very wafer of a man, and everybody didn’t like to see the big Captain hit him, and every body says so. Captain justifies himself, and goes below, — we follow. Captain is supposed to be rowing the Stewards &c, won’t come into the fore-cabin, having already put his head in, and seen the meeting assembled. I have to address ‘em, reporting details, others speak also, (a quiet sort of Canadian Clergyman among them,) and finally ‘tis resolved that we constitute ourselves a jury on future dinners, our verdict to be rendered when in sight of New York, and if unfavourable to be echoed in the New York, Southampton, and Bremen papers. Meeting breaks up, passengers congregate about in knots, Captain appears very much porked-up, and there’s quite an assemblage of gold bonded caps on the mid-deck. Captain puffs his cigar in disturbed manner, and gesticulates energetically in conversation with mates or purser, is afterwards seen moodily looking downwards into the engine room. Many eyes are turned to the paddle box here the two who wide-awake hats appertaining to myself and [Henry] Stansfield are seen, we evidently being regarded as the “mouth pieces of meeting.” But at supper time, the tables contents are of better quality, there are big pitchers of water and glasses, and bread (not buiscuit alone,) with a clean table cloth. And the Captain appears making a halting, but conciliatory speech, (principally addressed to Stansfield and myself,) intimating that everything is to be properly done in future, — if not we’re to appeal to him. His feelings, he says have been rather damaged by the fact of our getting up a meeting, — but he wishes us to be well cared for &c &c Supper is a great success, but

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1855-07-23

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Food
Ocean travel


| More

Disclaimer: We are working to create a web-based collection index. Information available through this website should be considered "draft only."