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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 121, July 23-25, 1855

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Identifier: DX03913527

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 121, July 23-25, 1855

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


the kicked Steward is sulky as a dyspeptic devil, and talks spitefully, nor is his temper improved by a few remarks from [Henry] Stansfield, on the absurdity of it.

[24. Tuesday through 25. Wednesday] Squally weather for the most part; mornings of blended rain and driving spray, combined with vicious head winds, which occasionally slackening or veering to another quarter, sometimes tempt the putting forth of a side sail only to result in its almost immediate withdrawal. Our Eighth day finds us not yet half way across the Atlantic. Passengers discover the monotony of a sea voyage, lie 'twixt sleep and awake in their berths of afternoons, play cards in the fore-cabin, or drift here and there into fragmentary converse with one another. Sea-sickness has become a thing of the past, our latest convalescents being "the Doctor [William Hyde]," and [Nelson] Newcombe. Between the former and the Deal-born Briton, a slight quarrel, originating in a dispute at cards has occurred; and much funniment been evolved therefrom, each adversary being confidentially informed of valorous and bloodthirsty intentions on the part of the other. Two young Deutsche varlets scampering about on the top of the vessel, yester-evening, sound the bell which signals the immediate stoppage of the engines, — hence results a rope partition making sacred from passengers part of the roof promenade. Our meals are temporarily better served, but the materials continue to be rather adapted to Germanic than English taste; the Teutonic stomach being verily no squeamish one, as I, dining one day at the nether end of the table among the Deutchers, have an opportunity of seeing. Small and ravenous boys plaster inconceivable quantities of butter on hard biscuit, coarse skinned and indifferently washed seniors wallow in greasy pork and strongly scented, half warm,

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1855-07-23

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Food
Ocean travel
Card games


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