Towards the end of this exhausting journey, the "Comt. [Committee] of Arrangements" (a group formed on board the ship to keep everyone entertained) and the crew celebrated the Fourth of July with true patriotic fervor. Here are some excerpts from Mr. Buckley's account of the festivities:
"[A]t half past twelve [a.m.] precisely, the thunders of theCapitol burst forth in the following most sublime and extraordinary manner: by some mysterious and unknown agency the lamps between decks became suddenly extinguished, and down from the main top, or some other place, came thundering with awful and startling effect, the cook's tin boilers, tin pails, dishes, plates, &c. The effect on those below was truly astonishing ... [M]any innocent looking individuals apparently just awakened, came on deck rubbing their eyes and muttering what a d----d infernal noise, poor fellows they were unconscious of the cause.
The first thing after daylight I took a look round for our acquaintance of yesterday, [the ship] Daniel Webster, and there he was about three miles astern all sail set, chasing the Capitol and coming up hand over hand.
The Comt. of Arrangements prepared the order of exercises which commenced at ten o'clock ...