Excerpt from Chapter 4 – “Atlantic Crossing”

Published July 20, 2016

The Inheritance | George E. Smith

Excerpt from Chapter 4 – “Atlantic Crossing”:

HEAVY RAIN SLASHED THE PLATFORM as the London
train pulled into the port of Plymouth. Lady Caroline and Dr.
and Mrs. Donaldson stepped off the coach and immediately spotted
a liveried servant from St. Katherine’s Tin Mines, Ltd. He
quickly placed his identifying sign in the boot of the enclosed carriage
and helped his guests to their seats. He then supervised the
loading of their luggage into a separate cart that was covered with
a canvas tarpaulin.

The trip to the wharf where the SS Cartwright was berthed took
a half hour. Longshoremen helped position boxes, trunks, and commercial
cargo near the ship’s crane for loading on to the deck. In
spite of the stiff offshore wind and heavy rain, the loading of the massive
mining machinery and personal luggage went smoothly under
the supervision of Mr. Portman, the first mate. When the loading of
the ship was completed, Captain Beresford personally escorted his
passengers to their staterooms in the aft section of the vessel. As lines
were released from the ship small but powerful tugboats guided the
ironclad into the harbor channel and then into the Atlantic Ocean.