Tips for a Sea Cruise – 1891 Style

The following article titled “For Ladies Off to Europe” appeared in The Critic and Record, Washington, D.C., May 6, 1891

          Mrs. Andrew Carnegie  is about as good a model in the matter of steamer dress as the average woman can have to follow. She crossed on the Servia last October with some four hundred other passengers, and her shipboard toilet was the simplest and most sensibile that walked the deck or jumped at sight of porpoises or sketched icebergs in watercolors. It was a plain frock of black serge, with a hint of white at the throat, and with a black felt hat and a black veil: Over this she wore a black refer jacket, and below it the perpetual whirlwinds which blay boorish jokes in mid-ocean seometimes exposed broad-soled, low heeled comfortable shoes.
          Stateroom arrangements add much to or take much away from the comfort of the voyage. It is well to bear in mind that when you want a thing you will want it in a hurry. The stateroom trunk needs to be so arranged that you can loay your hands upon any article of its contents at a minute’s notice. It is a good plan to review your packing and make sure you know just where you have put needles and pins and fresh neck ribbons. A big linen toilet case, with pockets, to hange against the wall is a luxury. When once you have tried it you will call it a necessity. It should hold all the things you need in dressing,. and it a second wall case holds your shoes and stockings also you will regard it with affection. It is sometimes an object at sea to avoid stooping. Women who are not good sailors know why.
          Heavier wraps will be needed for twelve hours before landing than in midocean. When that rocky bovine hear, the bull and the cow and the calf, are sighted off the coast of Ireland, the ship’s doctor gives the warning, “See that you don’t take cold in the chill breeze off the land.” And then with joy the rugs and the chair and the steamer cap are consigned to storage and in creamy brown tweed, with a little coral pin at her throat, the sensible woman may go ashore with a long English waterproof of darker brown over her arm, and may journey with a light heart to great, gray London town.

          Click here to learn more about travel by sea in the 1890’s.

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