The struggles of the Shenandoah accorded with the struggles that "filled our minds." Alone on the friendless sea, "we were without a home or country, our little crew all that were left of the thousands who had sworn to defend that country or die with her, and there were moments when we would have deemed that a friendly gale which would have buried our sorrowful hearts and the beautiful Shenandoah in those dark waters.
"What a contrast to those gay hopes and proud aspirations with which we had entered upon the cruise. How eager we had been to court danger. Now gloomily and cautiously we avoided recognition. The very ship seemed to have partaken our feelings and no longer moved with her accustomed swiftness."