May 13 Saturday – At 10 a.m. the SS Kaiser Wilhelm II sailed for Genoa, Italy from New York
May 19 Friday – Sam was en route to Genoa on the Kaiser Wilhelm II. Based on an account of the voyage by H. W. Mead to the editor of the Brooklyn Eagle, June 25, 1893 p.6, “Brooklyn People in Lucerne,” “On the sixth day we came to and passed the Azores, with two of the islands in sight.” The article relates some of the entertainment on the voyage, including a contribution by Mark Twain:
May 23 Tuesday – En route from New York to Genoa, Italy on the Kaiser Wilhelm II, Sam’s notebook:
Reached Gibraltar Tuesday at dawn. I did not go ashore. We sailed again at 8 o’clock [NB 33 TS 11].
Based on an account of the voyage by H. W. Mead to the editor of the Brooklyn Eagle, June 25, 1893 p.6, “Brooklyn People in Lucerne”:
On the tenth day, in the early morning, the anchor was dropped in the harbor of Gibraltar, where we were enabled to pass a short time on shore. Beside the officers and soldiers of the English garrison were to be seen long lines of the neighboring Spanish peasantry bringing to the early markets flowers, fruits and vegetables in great panniers on the backs of diminutive donkeys, which were led by the father of a family, the mother and children often being added to the burden of the small, but indispensable and patient donkey.
Wednesday, May 24. Sailing along the Balearic Isles this forenoon. Due at Genoa tomorrow night. A perfectly smooth voyage, but unspeakably tedious. I am older by ten years than I was when I left New York. That fact is, the voyage is too smooth [NB 33 TS 13].
May 25 Thursday– Sam reached Genoa on the Kaiser Wilhelm II. His notebook gives 7 p.m. as the time of arrival [NB 33 TS 13]. Note: He spent the night in Genoa as he did when going to the US.
May 26 Friday – Sam’s notebook from Genoa to Florence:
Left for Florence 12.32 p.m. Friday, first class (about 30 fr.) in a car that goes through ohne Umsteigen [NB 33 TS 13].
Sam did not reach Florence until May 27;