Submitted by scott on Thu, 10/14/2021 - 10:34
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We were at sea now, for a very long voyage—we were to pass through the entire length of the Levant; through the entire length of the Mediterranean proper, also, and then cross the full width of the Atlantic—a voyage of several weeks. We naturally settled down into a very slow, stay-at-home manner of life, and resolved to be quiet, exemplary people, and roam no more for twenty or thirty days. No more, at least, than from stem to stern of the ship. It was a very comfortable prospect, though, for we were tired and needed a long rest.

From: Itinerary of the Quaker City Excursion, (MTDP 00308) 

  • 7 Oct SLC and companions departed Cairo for Alexandria and boarded the ship; QC departed Alexandria, 5:00 p.m.
  • 13 Oct QC arrived at Cagliari, island of Sardinia, 9:00 p.m.; departed at midnight without disembarking passengers.
  • 15 Oct QC arrived at Algiers, 3:30 p.m.; departed, 5:30 p.m., without disembarking passengers.
  • 17 Oct QC arrived at Málaga, 1:00 p.m.; departed, 4:00 p.m., without disembarking passengers, and arrived at Gibraltar, 11:00 p.m.
  • 18 Oct SLC and companions13 departed Gibraltar at noon, traveling overnight by horseback and carriage to Algeciras, Vejer, and San Fernando.
  • 19 Oct SLC and companions boarded the 4:00 p.m. train for Seville, arriving at midnight.
  • 22 Oct SLC and companions traveled by train to Córdoba.
  • 23 Oct SLC and companions returned by 9:00 a.m. train to Seville; departed Seville for Cádiz, stopping briefly in Jerez.
  • 24 Oct SLC and companions arrived in Cádiz; QC departed Gibraltar, 6:00 p.m.
  • 25 Oct QC arrived at Cádiz, 7:30 a.m.; SLC and companions boarded at 10:30, and QC departed Cádiz, 11:00 a.m.
  • 28 Oct QC arrived at Funchal, island of Madeira, at noon; departed, 8:00 p.m., without disembarking passengers.
  • 11 Nov QC arrived at St. George, Bermuda, at daybreak.
  • 15 Nov QC departed St. George, 8:00 a.m.
  • 19 Nov QC arrived at New York City, 10:00 a.m.

To Jane Lampton Clemens and Family
24 October 1867 • Cádiz, Spain
.Cadiz, Oct. 24.

Mark Twain visited Bermuda on eight separate occasions of various durations.  His first visit was from Monday, November 11 to Friday, November 15 of 1867, the final port of call of the Quaker City voyage, before returning to New York.   According to Rasmussen, this was not in fact his first visit.  He reports that the Quaker City stopped there on the way to the Azores in mid-June of 1867.

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