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below, many keeping it up all night.
  22.  Tuesday.  Nought to be descried but the wide waters, and
all anticipations astir about reaching the Sault.  This we effected by
7 1/2 A M.       I, with the privileged tarried & breakfasted aboard the
Ward, & then sitting on the baggage cart, was with it conveyed across
the portage to the Pacific.    Got much matter from the driver touching
the Sault.    He held that the completion of the ship-canal would smash the
place, inasmuch as vessels would pass through to Superior, without stopping,
everything necessary being procurable at much cheaper rates at the large cities
below.    The St Marie folk do no more fishing in the rapids near, than
is needed for their own wants, & tis no picturesque place, like Mackinac
to invite tourists stay, so it has but little prospect of thriving.
Aboard the Pacific, greetings with Frank Noble & others, and after
two hours delay, during which we saw the laggard Baltimore come
in, above the Portage; off we start adown the river.    Of it, bathe and
its p scenery heretofore gone over I say naught. But the wind blew
fiercely, the water raged and roared, and  twas as rough as ever I
experienced it on the Atlantic.   Staggering, reeling, lamp-swinging
to and fro, chair and table upsetting, and sudden disappearances into
cabins after an excessively good diner, were the order of the day.    I am
as usual all right, and in the afternoon have a snug doze in Swan s
berth, Kinder above, and a chat with him after.     He has circum-
navigated the world, talked much of China & California.   By
5 o clock Mackinac s tall lime-stone cliffs are descried, and
I sit down to supper beside Mr Greenwood & his son, with the 
knowledge that I shall disembark in an hour or two s space.
A great bustle on the little dock, men shouting the name of the
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page ninety-nine
Description:Describes his journey on the ''Pacific'' from Sault Ste. Marie to Mackinac Island in Michigan.
Date:1853-08-21
Subject:Great Lakes (North America); Greenwood; Greenwood, Jr.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Mackinac Island (Mich.); Noble, Frank; Pacific (Ship); Sam. Ward (Ship); Swan; Transportation; Travel
Coverage (City/State):[Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan]
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six
Description:Includes descriptions of Gunn's writing and drawing work in New York, a visit to the Catskill Mountains, attending the wedding of his friend Charles Damoreau (Brown), a visit to the Crystal Palace in New York, his friend Lotty's difficult marriage to John Whytal, a sailing trip around Lake Superior, a visit to Mackinac Island in Michigan, a visit to Mammoth Cave in Kentucky, and a journey by horseback from Kentucky to Louisiana with friends.
Subject:African Americans; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; Native Americans; Publishers and publishing; Slavery; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Michigan; Wisconsin; Ohio; Kentucky; Mississippi; Alabama; Louisiana
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 2011 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.