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Flowers left for John Irwin
In 1849 Seaman John Irwin wrote to his sister Frances from Bremenhaven, Germany:".... We left Copenhagen the 2nd of August and arrived in Stockholm on the 10th. The entrance to this place is beautiful, in fact some of our Officers who have been nearly all over the world say that they have never seen anything to equal it, the entrance is composed of hundreds of Islands, some of them very close together. We passed through one passage that was so narrow that on one side of the Ship you could have jumped ashore and on the other side have nearly done the same, when we arrived in Stockholm we fired a national salute of 21 guns, and as the City is built on hilly islands and the harbour very narrow, the Echo through the hills was tremendous and a great many windows were broken by the confusion. Stockholm is the most delightful place we have been to this cruise. The people are very hospitable and well mannered and the Society good. There are several buildings that are worth looking at namely the Royal Palace and the Cathedral in which a great many of the kings of Sweden are buried. The people treated us very well here and gave us several entertainments, 2 of which I attended, we left here after a five days stay with a great deal of regret, stopped at Copenhagen 3 days, just long enough to get provisions for the Ship aboard, left there and stopped at Elsinore 1 day. I went ashore there and saw one of Mothers old friends Mrs. Kuper. We left there and arrived in Bremerhaven on the 6th of September, and here we are fast anchored in the Muddy Weser again and expect for a good long stay. ....."He was aboard the US St Lawrence there to train a German Navy. Thirteen years later the German and Austrian fleets defeated the Danish in the Second Schleswig War.
- Wagondrussel
 Added: Aug. 12, 2012

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