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                Rough weather at Sea.
smashing in the saloon, stools chasing each
other, and one of the women-passengers howling
mournfully.  A dash of salt-water in at my
port-hole, wetting me and saturating things in
the lower berth.  Dressed with some difficulty
and turned out.  Really rough weather; woman
passenger washed out of her berth into the saloon.
More howling.  Fellows staggering about; Capt
King alert and attentive.  Halpine carried into
a cabin aft, where his odour would be less percep-
tible: last night he had an attack of delirium
tremens and was chanting vociferously, before the
beginning of the gale.  On deck, forwards, pre-
sently to descend to an irregular and highly comic
breakfast, most of us squatting on the floor against
our cabin-doors, bracing our feet against some-
thing, or holding on to things in general.  Thus
we were served with relays of ham, crackers
and coffee, all idea of  setting a table  being im-
possible.  Then on deck again.  A heavy sea
on; a big wave wetting some of the fellows to the
skin, I escaping by a few seconds.  Amidships,
talking with the engineer and others, then below,
scribbling with difficulty.  A promiscuous hap-
and-scramble dinner of broiled ham, biscuit
and pickles.  A doze afterwards: then on deck,
to find the weather rather worse than better.
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty: page sixty-two
Description:Regarding a storm at sea.
Date:1862-06-16
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Food; Halpine, Charles G.; King, Captain; Locus Point (ship); Ocean travel; Travel
Scan Date:2010-09-10

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty
Description:Includes Gunn's descriptions of his experiences as a war correspondent for ""The New York Tribune"" at Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, especially Hilton Head, Port Royal, St. Augustine, Key West, and the end of his experiences with the Army of the Potomac during the Peninsular Campaign when he had to leave camp due to illness.
Subject:African Americans; Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Civil War; Diseases; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marches (U.S. Army); Medical care (U.S. Army); Military; Military camp life; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Port Royal, South Carolina; Hilton Head, South Carolina; Key West, Florida; St. Augustine, Florida; Virginia
Note:Thomas Butler Gunn was born February 15, 1826, in Banbury, England, and came to New York in 1849. During the Civil War he worked as a correspondent for the New York Tribune and the New York Evening Post. He returned to England in 1863, and died in Birmingham in April 1903. The collection includes twenty-one volumes of his diaries, including newspaper clippings, letters, photographs, sketches, and various other items inserted by Gunn. Diary entries date from July 7, 1849, to April 7, 1863, and include his experiences with the New York publishing and literary world, his descriptions of boarding houses, his travels throughout the United States, and his experiences traveling with the Federal army as a Civil War correspondent.
Publisher:Missouri History Museum
Rights:Copyright 2010 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.