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Title: Inch, James to Inch, George, 1900
CollectionNew Brunswick Letters
SenderInch, James
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginShip Tunisian
RecipientInch, George
Recipient Gendermale
Doc. No.
Partial Date
Doc. Type
Word Count662
Genreaccount of passage
TranscriptS.S. “Tunisian”
Aug. 11th 1900

Dear Father:-

This is the 8th day out from Quebec and we have another days run yet before we reach the coast of Ireland. We have had a very favorable passage so far – Today is the roughest we have experienced a large no. of passingers sick as the vacant chairs at lunching denoted – The vessel is rolling a good deel at the present time and to keep myself seated & steady enough to write I have to brace my feet in The first part of the voyage down river (the St. Lawrence) was delightful and through the Gulf of St. Lawrence. We were delayed about 5 hours on the 6thon account of fog as we were nearing the Straight of Bellisle the most dangerous place on the route. On the 7th when I went of on deck we were had just passed out to the Straights and it was very cold which was accounted for by several icebergs being in that vicinity I saw several – 1 very large – There was one apparently grounded on the point of the Island when the “Scotts man” went ashore last Fall. There was The last land we saw was Bell Isle but we will soon be anxiously looking for a glimpse of the Emerald Isle – Since we have been at Sea the weather has been dull with the sun shining only occasionally – Last night was quite rough to a land man like me but the sailors call this fine weather – once and a while a breaker waive would break on the promenade deck. Passengers who have crossed several times in different Steamers say the “Tunisian” is the sturdiest boat they have crossed in and she certainly is fitted up in 1st class [stile]. I am very glad I took 1st cabin passage instead of 2nd as we have every comfort and convenience one could wish on Sunday there was church of England Services at 10:30 in the Dinning Room. Rev Pierre B DeLour conducted the Service Rev. Mr. Nealis and some other clergymen took part – There was services in other parts of the Steamer during the day which I did not attend – The Allens supply Prayer & Hymn Books The collection which go to the Seaman mission in Liverpool amounts to ₤55. not $ This Steamer is about 550 feet long and she has 3 Decks above the Saloon deck – The promenade deck just under the Bridge Deck is where most of the 1st class passengers pass the time during the day when not sick or too rough either walking or playing games or sitting down and reading –
I will inclose a list showing the number of passengers on board it gives the names of 1st class on inside but the total no on outside. This Steamer carries a crew of 166 about 80 of which are in the Stewards department so you see out that no. we have plenty of waiters to look after us The N.B. people on board are rather a little Clannish but nearly all the saloon passengers are very sociable and generally try to make the voyage as pleasant as possible. We are to have a concert tonight a program for which I have just spent a shilling – The proceeds go towards Seaman missions also.
I am well pleased with the friends I am traveling with we get along splendidly – Odell from St. Andrews and Conor Nealis are good fellows. The Tunisian has a heavy cargo consisting principally of Lumber = and a lot of [unclear] of unprepared match material which we took on board at Quebec & general cargo. We expect to land at [Moville] or Londonderry then via Belfast to Glasgow to the portion of Scotland we prefer to visit then go to London and from there to continent.
My love to all and trusting you are well
I am yours affect

James Inch

We have to mail our letter before 10 o’clock tonight