Eclipse in rhyme

An excerpt from "Caroline Isle: 4000 Miles Across The Pacific: 3 weeks on Coral Atoll. English & American Eclipse Expedition of 1883," by Winslow Jpton, U.S. Singal Service, Washington & c. Ray Woods, Science & Art Dept., S. Kensington, London.
An excerpt from "Caroline Isle: 4000 Miles Across The Pacific: 3 weeks on Coral Atoll. English & American Eclipse Expedition of 1883," by Winslow Jpton, U.S. Singal Service, Washington & c. Ray Woods, Science & Art Dept., S. Kensington, London.

While Edward Singleton Holden’s 1883 expedition report to the National Academies was written with all due respect, a handwritten manuscript from one of the U.S.S. Hartford’s crew suggests that the party had its lighter moments, especially during the 4,000-mile return voyage to San Francisco via Honolulu.

Written in rhyme, the sailor’s manuscript (pictured above) includes the lyrics of songs that Holden and the sailors made up and performed on the ship’s deck, including a line suggesting their cargo had included “bricks” and enough “liquor to make a regiment sick.”

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