Queen Emma in New York, 1866.


Emma, the Queen Dowager of the Sandwich Islands, Visits Brooklyn, the Navy Yard, and Sails Down the Bay—Callers at Her Hotel Yesterday, &c.

Her Majesty of the Sandwich Islands, Emma, is determined, it would appear, to see the lions of the famed city of New York while she has the opportunity, and yesterday she extended the pardonable curiosity, which it is not scandalum magnatum to say her Majesty shares with the rest of her sex, to the sister city of Brooklyn. At half-past nine in the morning Queen Emma left her hotel, accompanied by Miss Grinnell, Miss Spurgeon, Major Hopkins, and lady-in-waiting, and drove down Broadway, to the Fulton ferry, whence Her Majesty and suite crossed to Brooklyn. The first place visited was Greenwood cemetery, with the beautiful scenery around which the party was much delighted. On the way back, they stopped at the photographic gallery in Fulton street, where the Queen sat for her portrait.


Pursuant to the announcement made in yesterday’s Herald the entire party then paid a visit to the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The hour appointed for her arrival was half-past one o’clock, and for one hour an assemblage of the citizens of Brooklyn and elsewhere commenced collecting until the mass numbered upwards of three thousand persons. The gates of the yard were closed to all persons except those who had passes signed by the chief officers. Half-past one arrived, but no tidings were received of the Queen. The crowd commenced to get impatient, jokes were passed to and fro to the parties on both sides of the street, when at length, at twenty minutes to two, two open carriages appeared in sight, containing the Queen, suite and attendants. It was observed as the carriages entered the yard that the first one contained her Majesty, Miss Spurgen, maid of honor; Mr. and Miss Odell; and the second Major C. Gordon Hopkins, of the Hawaiian army, and Miss Grinnell, maid of honor. As the party entered the gates the marine guard were formed in line and received her Majesty at “present arms.” She returned the compliment with a polite bow, the carriages proceeding to Admiral Bell’s quarters, in the Lyceum building. Arriving at this point the honored guest was received and assisted from her carriage by Captain Alexander M. Pennock, chief executive officer of the Navy Yard, who in turn introduced her to Rear Admiral Charles H. Bell, the commandant. The Admiral tendered his arm to the Queen, who promptly accepted it, and the party proceeded to the portico on the second story of the Lyceum. When Queen Emma alighted, the Marine battalion, commanded by Captain Collier, were drawn up in line, presented arms, while the Navy Yard band played the air of “Hail Columbia.” A detachment of the crew of the United States ship Vermont fired a salute of twenty-one guns from the Cob deck battery, and the Hawaiian flag was displayed at the main topgallant masthead.


On the balcony of the Lyceum the party were all seated, when Captain Pennock, who acted as master of ceremonies, commenced the introduction of the distinguished persons present to her Majesty, among whom were Rear Admiral S. C. Rowan, Mayor Hoffman, of New York, Post Captain Mullaney, Rev. Dr. Vinton, Captain Trenchard, Major General G. Wilson, Commander W. D. Whiting, Surgeon Eversfield, Paymaster Barry, Paymaster Davis, Chief Engineer King, Naval Constructor, B. T. Delano, James F. Farrel, Admiral Bell’s Secretary, Mrs. Admiral Bell, Mrs. Commander A. C. Rhind and others.


Queen Emma was dressed very plainly and received the complimentary remarks addressed to her in the most amiable, self possessed and lady-like manner. She wore a small, plain mouning bonnet, and plain barege mourning low-necked dress, without any ornament, and a camel’s hair shawl of mixed black and white colors. She seems to be a patron of prevailing head-gear, as she wore a “waterfall” of no small dimensions. Her Majesty displays a splendid contour, a pair of lustrous black eyes and has an easy carriage of her person that displays cultivation and refinement.


After a short time spent at the Admiral’s quarters the party proceeded to the shiphouse, where the monster iron-clad Kalamazoo is under course of construction. The party ascended the staging to the deck of the vessel, when Admiral Bell gave her Majesty a succinct description of her anticipated qualities.


The party then proceeded to the quay, where the Admiral’s splendid barge, manned by a crew of sixteen colored sailors, took them on board and proceeded to visit the United States receiving ship Vermont. As the barge left the wharf the yards of the vessel were manned by the crew, which was done in good time, the sailors on the fore yards facing aft, and those on the main and mizzen yards facing forward. The barge was rowed very gently from shore to the port main gangway of the Vermont. All the officers of the ship were standing in line on the quarter deck. The company of marines, Lieutenant Breeze, were formed in line on the starboard side of the ship, the band on the right, and the crew on the fore part of the main deck. The Queen, on reaching the deck was received by Commander A. C. Rhind, of the Vermont, a salute of twenty-one guns was fired, and the Hawaiian flag was run up at the main; at the same time all the men and officers on deck, with the exception of the guard, uncovered their heads. The guard presented arms, the drums were rolled, the band struck up the National anthem. Her Majesty was then escorted through the ship, at the conclusion of which she expressed her pleasure at the cleanliness and orderly appearance of everything on board. The honored lady guest was then escorted to the quarter deck of the vessel, where the party was seated when a sociable conversation, lasting three-quarters of an hour, was enjoyed, during which the ship’s band played an overture from “Norma,” variations from “Carnival de Venise,” “Once More” galop, and several other pieces. On leaving the vessel the same ceremonies were gone through with as on her arrival, after which the party proceeded to shore and to the residence of Admiral Bell, where her Majesty and suite and party were entertained to a collation presided over by Mrs. Admiral Bell in person. A short time was spent in pleasant conversation, when the royal party was escorted to principal wharf, when Queen Emma re-embarked in the Admiral’s barge and proceeded to the United States cutter Cuyahoga, which was at anchor in the stream waiting to take her Majesty on a trip in the bay and rivers. On the departure of the vessel another salute was fired and the ceremonies were ended.

The trip down the bay was thoroughly enjoyable and was pleasantly varied by a few remarks from Mayor Hoffman and one or two other guests at a collation at which her Majesty was present.


The following gentlemen called at the Brevoort House yesterday and left their cards for the royal guest, who was absent during the whole day from her quarters:—E. M. Archibald, Esq.; H. B. M. Consul at this port; Lieutenant H. W. Grinnell, U. S. N.; Stephen Massett who inaugurated the first spectacular amusement set on foot at Honolulu in 1850; Professor C. S. Lyman of Yale College, who was a teacher in the Royal School and preceptor of the Queen; W. Hepworth Dixon, editor of the Athenaeum; and Joseph U. Orvis, President of the Ninth National Bank.

(New York Herald, 8/11/1866, p. 8)


The New York Herald, Whole Number 10,938, Page 8. August 11, 1866.

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