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

January 13th, 1901

The page for Sunday, January 13th says:

Beautiful day. Boy & I said
the Rosary. Off Haiti. See land -
11 a.m.  Bishop McCable held services
in the Salon. Passed Navassa Isle,
no more land to be seen until Colon.
Read Thomas a' Kempis.
All hands cheery at meals.
Bishop to write to C.E. World of the
trip. McHorney to write to the Irish World
Long 74° 59' West
Lat  18° 15' N
Run 297 miles
Nearly rand down a Norwegian fruit
steamer at 5 oclock a.m.  4 sharp whistles
awakened me. Capt. thinks the watch was
Navassa Isle - 700 white slaves
either sulphur or asphaltum beds -
Mr. Felipe Ehrman, Banker of Panama
informant. Navassa Island 161 miles - Colon.
My first Sunday awa from home
thoughtful of church duties.
A chat with C.G.F.
To bed at 10 p.m.
Heavy rain at 11:40 p.m.
(as always, you can click on the image to get a larger view)
Questions and comments:
  • Thomas a’ Kempis was a medieval Catholic monk and author.
  • Navassa Island was a source of guano, claimed by the United States.
  • C.G.F. is Charles G. Francklyn (see entry for January 9th
  • In November 1903, Felix Ehrman was the Vice-Consul-General in Panama.
    • On November 6, Secretary of State John Hay instructed U.S. Vice-Consul-General at Panama City Felix Ehrman to “enter into relations” with the Government of the Republic of Panama when it appeared to meet conditions of a de facto government having the support of its own people.
    • He died on March 23, 1909

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