Tour of Europe and the Holy Land aboard the Quaker City
“Itinerary of the Quaker City Excursion, (MTDP 00308).” In Mark Twain’s Letters, 1867–1868. Edited by Harriet Elinor Smith, Richard Bucci, and Lin Salamo. Mark Twain Project Online. Berkeley, Los Angeles, London: University of California Press. 1990, 2007. , accessed 2020-12-08.
Sat Jun 08, 1867
June 8 Saturday – Quaker City left New York at 2 PM for excursion to the Holy Land, the first organized pleasure party ever assembled for a transatlantic voyage. The ship carried only 65 passengers, way short of the 110 limit. Few were from Plymouth Church. Due to rough seas the ship got only as far as Gravesend Bay, off Brooklyn. The captain elected to drop anchor and wait out the storm for two days.
Mon Jun 10, 1867
10 June QC departed Gravesend Bay, 12:30 p.m.
Fri Jun 21, 1867
21 June QC arrived at Horta, island of Fayal, Azores, in the morning.
Sun Jun 23, 1867
23 June QC departed Horta, 11:00 a.m.
Sat Jun 29, 1867
29 June QC arrived at Gibraltar, 10:00 a.m.
Sun Jun 30, 1867
30 June SLC and companions took a steamer to Tangier.
Mon Jul 01, 1867
1 July SLC and companions returned from Tangier to Gibraltar in time for the QC’s 6:00 p.m. departure.
Tue Jul 02, 1867
“…we are just passing the island of Minorca”
Thu Jul 04, 1867
4 July QC arrived at Marseilles, 7:00 p.m.
Fri Jul 05, 1867
5 July SLC and companions departed Marseilles for Paris by an evening train.