AB Steele’s Shipboard Journal – 31 March 1886

Arose rather late, partook of a hurried breakfast, procured a cab as quickly as possible and booted down to Fenchurch Street Station just in time to catch the special train for the pier – arriving safe at the Royal Albert Dock we got our luggage on board as soon as possible, selected our berths and made ready for the night.

We then proceeded to have a good look through the vessel. To look at the grand saloon she appeared more like some grand hotel than anything else.

We turned at 9.30 in for the first night on board. The stewards told us that we should not sail until morning, we made ourselves comfortable for the night.

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