At sea on S.S. Clairton

Tuesday, July 24, 1928

Monday a strong wind whipped up waves, but rollers weren’t large. Weather was cloudy with occasional rain during afternoon. After lunch we have a fire and life-boat drill. Jack, Geo and I are in Rudy’s boat, he being the 2nd mate. In the morning we helped O’Connor, 1st mate, with some discharge slips and cargo charts. Passed the George Washington at a distance of about 3 miles and could see her fine through the glasses.

Sunday I had read my third novel and Monday night I finished my fourth. Sunday we made 296 miles and Monday 287. The clocks are set ahead about 25 minutes a day. Today the strong wind again whipped up the waves and the boat rolled more than it has up to this time. Still no sign of sea-sickness. Captain brought a sailing chart down to us.

Most every night we gather in the lounge and shoot the gab. When Rudy is around the talk runs to the two things he is interested in—women and fights. He has had many interesting experiences with both. The Capt. is a great sport and tonight we were all trying all the match tricks we know. Finished fifth novel and started on 6th. We continue to have good food, but a great abundance of onions throughout.

Tonight it is very windy and cool. The moon is beautiful shining over the waves. Three boys came on board at Boston, Bill Richardson 22, Tom Hearne, Jr. 21, both of Richmond and Geo. Tomlinson 20, of Boston. They are all lots of fun, Bill especially. It is fun to listen to his southern brogue. He looks a bit like Duck Quackenbush but has a football build and he plays the game. Also acts a bit like Duck. I enjoy playing the victrola as it brings back memories. We get radiogram news every day at breakfast. My back and shoulders are peeling for the second time this year.

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