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1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 910 On the Atlantic

2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 breasting the waves. Have heard of waves running “mountains high”
but that was the first time I had seen them. The ship is all
iron, very staunch, rides the sea nobly, but these great waves made
a shock and noise like striking a rock, waves far higher than
the ship would break and fall upon the ship many tons in weight and
run down the deck in rivers- deluging even the hurricane deck
so that passengers were driven below, some seamen were disabled
by being dashed around on deck. The wind was not proportion-
ably so great as the waves but we had the sails disabled, two
of them shivered considerably. A stairway and piece of railing was
washed away. We kept in our staterooms clinging to our seats
in no little anxiety-regarding the ships ability to stand it, but by
nine oclock the cyclone had passed and we ^were^ again on our way
with all sail [sic] set although the ship was yet taking great waves
in over her bows. Thirty sailors at a time were sent aloft
to furl great flapping sails and as they spread themselves along
the yards we watch with anxiety knowing the impossibility
of rescuing them in such a sea. I saw two of their caps sail
away into the ocean- The next morning a ship passed us
a few miles distant with only one mast standing out of three,
but she made no signals and moved on with sails on the single mast.
On board were several eminent men who joined in organizing
evening entertainments. We have listened to an able lecture from
Elder Evans the head and front of Shaking Quakerism in America
upon his principles and the objects of his visit to England (and several
of his converts are on board), a tall deliberate old man who “holds his own”
skilfully [sic] against the seven or eight sectarian preachers on board.

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