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My Trip Abroad 1909: John Radford Abbot’s Diary: September 5 – 14

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

USS Rijndam (Ryndam in transcription)

Sunday, Sept. 5.

Stiff wind blowing all day and the ship pitched arute(?) a little. All the A.M. we were in sight of the English coast. Passed a lot of ships including the Red Star Liner “Zealand”. Read most all day long. Anthony Hope’s books. There was service at 3 P.M. but Thayer was the only one of us to attend.

Monday, Sept. 6

After breakfast I bpught a cap from the barber. Abe had lost his overboard. Fine day but with a lot of wind and a pretty good sea. About 10 o’clock a woman jumped overboard The ship was brought round and remained for an hour but she was not recovered. I had a little attack of seasickness and missed both luncheon and dinner. Read practically all the time To bed at 11. Listened to the music, played checkers and read in the evening.

Tuesday, Sept. 7

Beautiful day. Sea calm but with long ocean swell. Saw several porpoises. [word crossed out and unreadable] Read and played ringtoss all morning and same in P.M. with shuffle board also. Some fun in second cabin. Listened to music and read play in the evening

Wednesday, Sept. 8

Fine day with quite a little sea. Played games and read most of the time.

Thursday, Sept. 9.

Beautiful day. Sighted the “Rhein” No G. [unreadable scribbles] L. [unreadable scribbles] about 9 o’clock and overhauled and passed her at 2:15. Passed within ½ mile of her. Played games, read, etc.

Friday, Sept. 10,

Another fine day. Abe marked the photos. A big dance was held at 8:30 on the promenade deck.

Saturday. Sept. 11

Good day with quite a sea on.

Sunday, Sept. 12

Another beautiful day We lay on the sun deck and read most of the time. The night was one of the finest I ever saw. The whole sea was shining with phosphorus It was most wierd and beautiful.

Monday, Sept. 13

Beautiful calm day. Played shuffle board and ring-toss all the A.M. Passed the Nantucket light ship about 2 and saw several small sailboats afterwards. In the evening there was an impromptu dance. Packing.

Saturday, Sept. 14*

The SS Rijndam/Ryndam (official name USS Rijndam) was owned by the Holland America Line, for whom she served as an ocean liner. She was launched in 1901 by Harland & Wolff, Ltd. of Belfast, Northern Ireland, but later seized and commissioned in 1918 by the U.S. Navy. There, she served as a troopship and transport, making a total of six trans-Atlantic voyages during World War I. Before she was decommissioned in 1919, she made a grand total of 26 voyages across the Atlantic. After her decommissioning, she was returned to her original owner, resuming her pre-war career until she was scrapped in 1929.

*Saturday, Sept. 14 is the final entry in John Radford Abbot’s diary. There is no writing on the page other than the date. According to records from the Holland America Line, September 14th was the day of arrival and subsequent disembarkation in New York for this specific journey.


My Trip Abroad 1909: John Radford Abbot’s Diary: September 3 – 4

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016
View of Boulogne, France

View of Boulogne, France

Friday, Sept. 3.


Started out with a lot to do. Abe got some money at Cook’s, and then we went into Brentanos(?) and bought some books. Then we went into the Louvre for 2 hours and finished that up. Saw some fine modern paintings. Luc at Durval’s. Bought some postals and Dale got his films. Then we went out to Napoleon’s tomp, Chamber of Deputies and Arc de Triumphe Dandy view of city from top. Met Pat Barton. Boins(?) de Boulogne and back to our hotel by the under ground (very good). Sported up. Dinner at Durval’s. Called at the Hotel St. Pères but M on Miss Fanny Stevas(?) and Mrs. Kumkardt(?) but they were out. Walk and bus home. Fine day.

Saturday, Sept. 4.

Paris, Boulogne, “Ryndam”

Early breakfast. Then all except Thayer got a hair cut and we packed up our suitcases. Took a walk to the P.O. but nobody got a letter. Came back and got lunch at a nearby Durval’s. then took a taxi to the Gare du Nord. Found Miss Fanny Stevens waiting for us there and we had a talk with her. at 12:33 we left for Boulogne. Dandy train. no stops. We were 1st class. Got to Boulogne at about 3:30 in a pouring rain and got aboard the Tender. Big crowd. Rough weather. Boarded the Ryndam about 4:30 and secured our seats at table and steamer chair.