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Captain James Sumner

Captain James Sumner

JAMES SUMNER—(NATIONAL " EGYPT"). From a photograph by Messrs. Brown, Barnes, and Bell, Liverpool. GGA Image ID # 12ebb346a3

Next to him [Captain R.W. Grace] in order of seniority is Captain James Sumner, of the Egypt. There is nearly 1000 tons difference in the size of the Arnerica and the Egypt. The same relative difference of weight prevails in the case of the two commanders.

Sumner is short of stature, though not slight of build. He is twelve years the junior of Grace, and runs the latter a bard race for general popularity. He has been in the employ of the company ever since it was established, and has made a name for himself as a thorough sailor and a pleasant man which seems to grow and expand with each succeeding year. A passenger would never die of ennui while Captain Sumner is near at hand.

The other vessels of the National fleet are officered by good men, not, however, generally known, for their ships do not usually carry saloon passengers; but when any one of them, like Captain Heely, the big,energetic commander of the England, happens to rescue a shipwrecked crew, as he did not long ago, the newspapers make the public acquainted with their sterling traits.

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