On Deck in Rough Seas

The weather continued windy on April 22, but Eliza Baylies Wheaton was determined to spend at least some of the day outside her cabin.  Having spent the entire previous day indoors compelled her to make a great effort to get out on the deck in the afternoon.  Her husband ventured out first, and with the help of his cousin, he reached the upper deck.  David Holman then helped Eliza Wheaton to the lower deck and stayed there with her for half an hour, after which she returned to her stateroom, sick again.

“Scarcely anyone could walk straight but plunged from side to side,” she wrote.

In the evening, the wind became a gale, and Wheaton passed a “fearful” night.  “Ship rolling so bad,” she noted, “that my feet were often some inches higher than my head.”


Eliza Baylies Wheaton, Travel Journal, Wheaton Family Collection (MC089), Marion B. Gebbie Archives & Special Collections, Madeleine Clark Wallace Library, Wheaton College, Norton, MA.

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