¶ 2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 Sept 4th At 10 1/2 A.M. we reached Sandy Hook and “slowed up” for a pilot boat to reach us (No 17) The young men on board had bet a “pot” of two and half English shillings each upon the number of the pilot boat which would first reach us.
¶ 3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 There are twenty four licensed boats and a steamship must accept the first one who applies- These little boats sometimes cruise three or four hundred miles, dropping one after another of its dozen (or less) of pilots until exhausted- They receive $5. Per foot, of draught of water by the ship-
¶ 4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 We cast anchor within the Bay and waited a few minutes for the clumsily little steamer bringing the quarantine Doctors. The chief “Pill” did not accept our Surgeons report but required all cabin passengers to collect in the grand Saloon for his inspection- Then, on deck, each one of the steerage passengers were required to march before him. Afterwards each one of the crew (140) were required to answer to the pursers roll-call, while the Trunks and traps were being drawn up from the “hold”.
¶ 5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 A few minutes after leaving Quarentine [sic] we had the pleasure of catching a sight at our dear Father among half a dozen other men who had came in a little steamer to meet us and they sailed beside us for an hour before we could come together. Anchored loaded the luggage onto the lighter and landed at a custom house wharf (about 3 oclock) where our luggage (store boxes and all) went through a very superficial examination- the result of judicious introductions from high custom house officials-