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May 15, 16, 17 & 18, 1930

The Diary of Evelyn Forrest’s Trip to Palestine
Thursday, May 15, 1930
On the Atlantic — S.S. Andania

Both of us slept late this morning. It has stopped rolling for the first time since we struck the ocean. Perhaps that is the reason we did not hear the breakfast bell. The stewardess very kindly sent us breakfast even though it was late.

I unpacked the trunk and put on my blue dress for lunch. Sent the brown one and Richard’s suit to be pressed for the Captain has invited us to tea in his cabin at 4:30 p.m. During lunch, a heavy fog settled over us and the boat had to slow down and sound a warning whistle every few minutes. It became very dense, and the Captain had to postpone his tea party because he was needed on the bridge. The fog lifted about six and we passed some immense icebergs. They certainly looked ominous. Remember the Titanic.


Friday, May 16, 1930
On the Atlantic — S.S. Andania

Fog and rain of last night is repeated again today. It is a little warmer than yesterday. We seem to have passed beyond the arctic current and out of danger from icebergs now.

Although the fog is pretty heavy the Captain held his “tea party” today and we had a very enjoyable half an hour over our teacups before the hurried summons to the bridge brought it to an end abruptly. An officer in a dripping-wet slicker saluted the captain said, “Your presence is needed on the bridge, sir.”

Dressed in my brown evening dress, blue beads for dinner, and the musical concert tonight. It was very much enjoyed by all the first class passengers as well as those in the tourist cabin. Then I read until midnight.


Saturday May 17, 1930
Andania in the Gulf of the St. Lawrence River

It was so foggy that we had to stop from 2:00 a.m. until 5:00 a.m. Then it was daylight, but we could proceed only by great blasts from the fog whistle every few minutes. In 114 days we have covered 26,699 miles—by water 18,186 miles. On land we have traveled by auto and train 8, 219 miles and by air 294. The average has been 228 miles per day. We have been in countries run by 20 different governments. Passed through 16 different tribes in Africa (of which there were five French colonies—Guinea, Ivory Coast, Haute Volte, Soudian and Senegal).

The sun is shining now, the fog has lifted and we are steaming ahead full speed. Now in the St. Lawrence River the scenery is wonderful. Wrote many cards and letters.


Sunday May 18, 1930
Andania in the Gulf of St. Lawrence River

No Service today and everything is full of bustle and expectancy. We are to reach Quebec about 1:30 p.m. A letter from J. D. Williams announces the death of Dr. W. M. Turnbull by auto accident. This is certainly a very strange providence—one of the mysteries we will never be able to understand until we meet Jesus face to face.

Spent most of the day in the lounge reading. The scenery is beautiful on either side of the river the snow-covered mountains lift up to the sky—their heads high above the peaceful river. The quaint little villages are nestled in among the hills.

6:00 p.m. We went ashore at Quebec and enjoyed an auto ride. Sailed again about 8:00 p.m.

St. Lawrence River
In the Lower Admiralty Group near Lost Channel, St. Lawrence River, Canada