The page for Tuesday, January 15th says:
Morning bright and nearing Colon. Some excitement, Will we get our mail onboard SS Allianca leaving at Noon. Harbor of Colon impresses one --- 12 pekges cause concern Met Capt Crossman - Mr Prescott Trip by rail pleasant. many sights of canal work - over 200 millions spent. Boy on top of freight car 1/2 the way. Sight of nude children. Oranges, palms cocoanuts galore. Panama reached, say good bye to pleasant travelling companions. Our train or car run down to La Boca to catch the tug Bolivar then trasferred to Manavi Sail 8 p.m. 3 pieces of baggage missing Nicolas comes to "Comerote numero diez" to inform us supper is ready. I no sabe - he no sabe big grins. says their is a pair of us. Think of not being able to tell when you invited to eat. Menu is in Spanish. Philadephia - man of war is in harbor. We are now sailing under the British Flag - Glad I've my US passport (as always, you can click on the image to get a larger view) Questions and comments:
I have no idea what the word before “children” is on the 11th line.Thanks to Mike Rossetti for identifying the word as “nude”.
- This day describes landing in Colon, and taking the Panama railway across the isthmus to Panama (city), and catching another ship.
- Colon is a sea port on the Atlantic side of Panama (in 1901, there was no Panama, it was part of Columbia).
- Panama is a sea port on the Pacific side of Panama.
- In 1895, Captain Crossman was the captain of the Allanca when it was fired upon by a Spanish warship.
- In 1903, Herbert G. Prescott was the assistant superintendent of the Panama Railroad.
- “Camarote numero diez” (not Comerote) means “Cabin number ten” in Spanish.
- [August 13] Corrected the name of the ship to “Manavi”