The story of Nathaniel McHorney's 1901 trip to Ecuador.

January 9th, 1901

The page for Wednesday, January 9th says:

Purser assigned us  to the
Captain's table. Also, were Miss Brouse
Bishop C. J. McCabe, Omaha, wife &
Countess of St. Germain, France.
Baron de Riveria, Panama, 1849
Mr. & Mrs. C. G. Francklyn & daughter
the table card read Mr. McHorney
and brother - boy to keep it.
Meridian taken at Noon each day
Lat  36° 28' N
Long 75°  0' W
Run 266 miles from the Hook
Fire drill at 4 p.m., scared but
collected - hunted up the boy -
Moon rose at 10 p.m. - thot a ship afire.
Went to bed and not so cold.
C.G.F. asked when I saw Gage last.
Mrs. C.G.F enquired some as to
my intentions for work.
Saw 2 shovel nose sharks
Write to Dan J Glavin, Camden,
North Carolina - Letter to be mailed
at Panama. Alliancia - I hope.

Weather perfect.

(as always, you can click on the image to get a larger view)

Questions and comments:

  • Charles Caldwell McCabe was a bishop in the Methodist Episcopal Church.
  • Charles G. Francklyn was a stockbroker in New York in 1900.
  • I don’t know what the word before “of sharks” is. N<>se?
  • I don’t know where the phrase “that a shift afire” fits in.

Comments on: "January 9th, 1901" (6)

  1. “shovel nosed sharks”?

  2. “thought a ship afire”?

    • I think you’re right, but the first word would then be “thot” – there’s definitely no ‘gh’ there.
      I’ve updated the transcription, but I’m not 100% convinced.

      • There’s more than a hint of an apostrophe there; perhaps it’s a deliberate shortening of “thought” to fit in the space. Written later as an afterthought? It’s a nice image; I remember being similarly fooled by an about-to-rise moon just a couple of months ago, up on the northern MN prairie.

        Why “scared but collected” in the context of a fire drill, I wonder? Perhaps “drill” means something here other than a dry run?

  3. Nurse sharks.

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