"News" from 1909: Exchanges of Courtesy - concerning Capt. Haddock

Mark Baber

Jul 4, 2000
MAB Notes: 1. This is an excerpt from a longer article entitled "Princes of
the Atlantic" 2. Capt. Pritchard was master of Mauretania.

Sunday Magazine Of the New-York Tribune, 26 December 1909
Original article digitized by the Library of Congress
Retrieved from the Library of Congress' Chronicling America web site,

Exchanges of Courtesy
An incident typical of the fine little courtesies existing between
transatlantic Captains happened one evening aboard the Oceanic. Captain
Haddock, her commander, and several friends were discussing the
possibilities of tariff revision, when suddenly there came a knock on the

"Come in," said Haddock, and a steward entered and stood at attention.

He wore the uniform of the Cunard line, and his presence on a White Star
vessel puzzled the visitors.

"Ah, Edward," said Captain Haddock to the strange steward, "how are you?"

"Quite well, sir," replied the young man, holding up a bundle of English
newspapers. "I've brought these with Captain Pritchard's compliments, sir.
He wishes me to say that he had northwest gales to the Banks, and four hours
of fog from Wednesday noon, sir. On Thursday forenoon in forty-one twelve,
sixty-five fourteen,. we saw a dismasted barkentine drifting to the
s'uthard. sir."

"Much obliged, Edward." replied Captain Haddock as the steward was retiring.
"Express my thanks to Captain Pritchard and ask him if he will take dinner
with me on Sunday."

"That is not one of your men, is it?" asked one of the visitors after the
steward had gone.

"No, it's Pntchard's boy," said Haddock. "Pritchard is very thoughtful. He
leaves Liverpool three days after we clear Southampton, and always brings me
the latest London papers."

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