In 1874, Charles Henry Manship and his wife Adaline and daughter Kate traveled to Glasgow, Scotland at the invitation of family friend, James Smith. Manship made extensive entries about the trip in journals and letters, now in the collection of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. The following journal entry is in Manship’s own words:
Jackson Missi May 20th 1874. My wife daughter Kate & myself started at 3 oclock A. M. for New York where we were to ship for Glasgow Scotland. Arrived at N York on Saturday 23rd at 8 oclock A. M. put up at the Pacific Hotel. After refreshing ourselves called at the offices of the Anchor Line of Steamers. Secured our tickets for the trip or voyage across the Atlantic on the Good Ship Bolivia to sail on the following Tuesday, May 26th at 12 oclock hr. This matter being disposed of we were at leisure to see as much of Gotham as Sunday, Monday & 1/2 of Tuesday would allow us. At presizely 12 hr. Tuesday May 26th we set sail with fine weather passed out to sea at sun set. Our beautiful ship of 425 feet length & 415 foot breadth is a masterpiece of nautical architecture. Every part and parcel being as nearly perfection as any one traveling the great ocean. The saloon being highly ornamental & the Music Hall above splendidly supplied with Parlor Organ, Piano, a fine Library & indeed all the comforts of life on shore or sea & being officed by Capt Morrow & a thorough Co of officers, the voyage was one of uneventful pleasure, with of course the usual, sea sickness attending a first voyage. My wife & Kate having their full share. Nothing of special interest occurring during our voyage except seeing the spouting of innumerable whales on the banks of Newfoundland and two or three Icebergs, two of them quite close to us. The Cabin Passengers being from all parts of the Globe gave all the variety in that direction we could ask, the number being about 100 & Sterage passengers 175. We made the trip in 10 1/2 days from port of N York to Glasgow, reaching the latter place at 6 oclock on Saturday morning. We found our friend Smith & his daughter Christina awaiting our arrival at the Anchor Peer. Mr Smith throwing to the breeze the Battle Flag of the 10th Missi Regiment Which had the effect of confusing me somewhat. The bars in the corner of the flag being a close resemblance to the British Flag & the distance being so great as to prevent an identification of either person or Mr Smith or the Flag. Still I could not but think it was him & a signal from him. But as then the Pondrous ship was slowly drawn nearer & nearer to the peer, the whole mistery was solved & our Dear old Friends person identified which resulted in a wild shouting of joy from land & ship.