The Manships departed from Glasgow Saturday, August 15, 1874, aboard the ship Utopia, bound for New York. Their journey began with waves “running to mountainous proportions,” for the first few days, as Charles Henry Manship described in his journal. The rough sea caused many to become seasick, including Adaline and Kate Manship. They passed the time playing games and discussing issues of the day, and often ended the evenings with music and singing around the piano. Manship described the journey in his journal:
Monday Aug 24th 1874
Off the Banks of Newfoundland. Smooth sea but long heavy swell wind from S.E. light & balmy. Sun refused to arise clear this morning at 9 1/2 oclock. Commenced raining all have a locked up some playing checkers some chess & others writing up their travels. Kate better this morning & out to breakfast but tooth still aching. A child of one of the steerage passengers died today and berried soon after sunset, we were out at the funeral in the rain a short prayer by Rev. Mr Scott and the poor little child was let down into the great ocean. We are within 48 hours run now of N. York of course all anxious for the end of the voyage. The voyagers with very few exceptions are quite agreeable & the time has been passed rather pleasantly.
Tuesday Aug 25th 1874
Sun arose bright and beautiful this morning with light wind from N.W. all sail spread & a light sea. Everybody cheerful and anxious to see the shore. Kate still quite bad with the tooth ache. Not out to breakfast up to lunch and feeling better passed up to 4 p.m. 5 ships. Mother Careys chickens [storm petrels] in quantities are following our ship today all the passengers out the day being bright and pleasant this the first day the birds have followed us. At 3 1/2 oclock a little sparrow came on board & is flying about the rigging, much to the amusement of the little children & indeed every body seems happy except Kate who is still tormented to some extent with her tooth.