19th Sat Father, Mother, Mary, Hatty, Annie Put-
nam, Robert, and Ellen Bancroft, Clara Bigelow,
Libby Gardener, Amelia Holmes, and I went to
see the "Kearsarge," the ship that took the Alabama
Captain Winslow is it's commander. When we
walked over the plank fixed for people to

walk over from the wharf to the vessel by, a man
stood ready to "give the ladies a jump." It was so
funny. The idea of his lifting great – oh! No! I
'mustn’t say that' – lifting Young ladies down
one, or two steps, as if we couldn't walk down our
selves! On board, Father made the acquaintance
of a jolly old tar, who had been in the "Kearsarge,"
at the time of it's battle with the Alabama. The nice
old man took him all round, and I followed close
at his heels, so that I might hear all that he said
about their machinery for making the salt water
pure enough to drink. Then he took my arm, and
showed me where the cooking was done for every sail-
or on board. It was a little place about 4 ft square.
He showed us the machinery, of the ship, and
told us where the balls from the pirate Alabama
had struck us. But soon his dinner time came, and
then he left us. I saw a sailor carrying a plate of
hot potatoes somewhere. We met Mr Charles Stor-
row, and Mrs S, Lillie, and Annie Phillips on board
Soon we discovered a place on the side of the ship
where there was a ladder, placed perpendicularly
on the side and leading onto a kind of raft, on
which a boat was fastened, and whenever any
body wanted to see where the ball (one of the balls)
from the Alabama had struck the Kearsarge (It
was the rudder) Hatty, and some others were the
first to go. Then Mary, Annie Phillips, Lilly, and
Charles Storrow, and Amelia Holmes, and I deter-
mined to go, so we climed down the "fearful"
ladder, and waited for the boat to come back for

Soon we were all safely in
the boat, and the jolly
boat-man rowed, or rather
pushed us round the rud-
der of the ship so that we
could see the ball, and
the hole which it had made,
in the rudder. We began to
try, and get some little
sticks from inside the hole which the ball had made
but the man asked us not to, as he had to answer
for all the little pieces. But when we were out of any-
body's sight, he said he couldn't resist the tempta-
tion of giving us a piece! On the way home we
went through two markets, and into Faneuil Hall.
Annie Phillips, Lillie Storrow, and I played battle-
dore, and shuttle-cock in the afternoon. I went up
to 317 with Fanny Hawes, who came to see me also.
In the evening Fanny Bradlee came here, so as to

go home with Kitty who was
here. She, and I played C,
and S together a little while.
Grandma Upham is sick.

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