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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 126, July 30-31, 1855

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Identifier: DX03917951

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 126, July 30-31, 1855

Description: Describes the captain of the Washington.


inflictions, to which the execrable quality of the recent feeds greatly contributes. Unpleasantly fragrant cow-beet, putrid sour-krout, dish-clout soup, and lukewarm water form the staple of our mid day meal, and one has to take refuge in hominy and dried apples from sheer hunger. [Vincent] Reynolds, (who has been a butcher, and who looks born to the vocation,) has a private conference with Engineer or Head Steward, and learns particulars of the Captain [Cavendy]'s history, how he was a low Deutche boatswain in the U.S. navy, how he became Captain of a Jamestown steamer, and thence, making himself useful on board the "Atlantic" (during her memorable accident voyage,) got promoted to his present perch, to which he has but recently assumed. How he, the Captain, aims at doing the economical, to curry favor with Owners of vessel, sends back the good meat brought aboard, and is detested by the crew. How he intimated subsequent to our memorable deputation, that "the Scoundrels" (we, — second cabin-eers) "didn't know when we were well off!" This is noised abroad and the Captain is decidedly unpopular. I got hold of a "Pictorial Picayune" for July 4 of the present year, and there find a pictorial detail of poor Yatman's duel hoax, evidently the work of Alf Waud, the hero figuring as "Phatman." Singing, and an abortive attempt at dancing occurs on the fore-deck at even-tide, the sunset being beautiful to see. Subsequently, I fetch [William] Conwarth from his berth to look over the vessels side, upon the myriad of phosphorent sparkles, which fall in a perpetual shower from the great paddles, dance amid the foam-flakes dashing by the vessel's side and drift far off into the darkness astern; while from the first cabin saloon comes the bumping and jolting of dancers,

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1855-07-30

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Food
Ocean travel


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