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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 90, August 20, 1853

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Identifier: DX04112361

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 90, August 20, 1853

Description: Describes a race between the steamboats Sam Ward and Baltimore on Lake Superior.


soon pronounced to be the “Baltimore.” They near us, and cheers are given. Soon the two vessels are together, great crowdings and interchanging of greetings, I above, on the roof of the upper deck in company with the Livermores, red-mustache, (who’s not a bad fellow, and hight Buckley;) and other feminines, watching the scene. We’re off again, having taken two or three of the “Baltimore’s” passengers ashore aboard, some of ours going off to them. From one, Van Anden, (“Saut” man) I learn, they started on Saturday, have seen but little, also that the fellow who fell overboard from the canoe in Monday night’s storm swam to shore. He ought to have been drowned, and I shall drown him in print for the sake of the incident. But I doubt the identity of the case. T’was far from shore, and a wild night, also his rescued comrade said he couldn’t swim. The poor fellow was drowned after all. Sitting in the stern part of the boat, imbibing lemonade and talking to girls. Bertha [Livermore]’s just a pretty girl and no more, mouth is faulty. But her eyes and curls, and a delicate little suggestion of a moustache remind me of Lotty [Kidder]. I rather think “Nellie” Burtenshaw,” as she writes herself has the kindest face aboard, but her eyes are too near together. She’s married. / A race ‘twits ‘twixt us and the Baltimore, they firing up at a great rate, volumes of white smoke issuing from their chimney, black from ours. They got ahead of us, cross over defyingly, and pay for the bravado, by dropping astern, and staying there. During the race, all the girls are inquiring whether we can’t beat em, all the old ladies, hoping no racing is to be done, are commencing a mild fainting fit. / Writing. A talk with Frisell in his cabin, at his invite, over a glass of excellent brandy. The most notable man on board this,

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-08-20

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Great Lakes (North America)
Superior, Lake
Canoes and canoeing


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