The immense quantity of luggage, pyramids of boxes, cases and chests, the indescribable quantity of beds and bedding that one would think that Heal & Son had been completely cleared out. Water cans, pannekins, stovepots, baths – enough to open a Warehouse in the Tin Ware line.
This immense quantity of luggage in lots belonging to each passenger, there to be measured …. All excess over 40 cubic feet having to be paid for by each passenger. The steamer is capable of holding about one fourth [of] the passengers and their luggage and so everybody is anxious to get to the vessel and arrange their cabin. The squeezing crowding, pushing and confusion is fearful. We did not get the 4 cases sent down by Pickfords in time for the first boat and had to wait four hours until she returned for the second batch. We were exposed without the slightest covering to a sharp, cold strong wind and rain all this time. My companions bore it bravely, perched on luggage enveloped in rugs, shawls and umbrellas, they weathered the storm on the Rock of Luggage splendidly.