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

Archive for November, 2011

August 19th, 1901

The page for Monday, August 19th says:

Arrive at Esmeraldas.
S. S. Company refuse check for
tickets.
Mr. Arroyo secures our boarding
house and meals. Go to Mr. Arroyo
secure our money from checks -
on Tuesday (tomorrow)
$200 not enough for 1st Class passage
to Panama - for myself and son.
Will have to go steerage.
Cost $214-
Decide to sell Galvanic Battery.

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

 

Questions and comments:

August 18th, 1901

The page for Sunday, August 18th says:

Tough day on Balandra - come
to anchor - rough.
Worry a little - boat is small.

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

 

Questions and comments:

  • At least they’re close to the coast – but still – having the boat sink would be a disaster.

August 17th, 1901

The page for Saturday, August 17th says:

Sail at 6 A.M. from Limones, Ecuador
Cross seas and head winds.

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

Questions and comments:

  • I think, but I don’t know for sure, that they are headed south to Esmereldas.

August 16th, 1901

The page for Friday, August 16th says:

Go aboard Balandra at night at Limones Ecuador.

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

Questions and comments:

  • Balandra is a South American coasting vessel, of about 100 tons having one mast. Also knowns as a Bilander.

August 15th, 1901

The page for Thursday, August 15th says:

Limones, Ecuador

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

Questions and comments:

  • Tuesday’s entry said that they would be in Limones until Saturday.

August 14th, 1901

The page for Wednesday, August 14th says:

Limones, Ecuador

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

Questions and comments:

  • Tuesday’s entry said that they would be in Limones until Saturday.

August 13th, 1901

The page for Tuesday, August 13th says:

Reached Bourbon 8 p.m. Campo had no money -
Came to Limones with me to secure same.
Remained there 2 1/2 days and then left us.
We stand until Saturday A. M.

Cashed a $500 draft -
Belisario Estarfrian - send books.

Things looks bad - Sell "Boy's" gun
for $20 - feel better.

Playadorians cry at my leaving.
Give a gun salute in leaving.

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

Questions and comments:

  • Limones is also known today as “Valdéz”, and is on the Pacific coast.
  • As you go downriver from Playa de Oro, you reach Concepcion, then Bourbon, and then Limones/Valdéz.
  • “Belisario Estarfrian” (sp?) – I can’t find a reference to that.

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