Departure was set for late afternoon on the 22nd of June. Shortly after noon, the brig sea wolf tied up alongside. Just in from Sam Oasheca, she carried there remains of twenty seaman and marines who had died during the typhoon thats what the Trenton Valdalia and Nipsic lost at pia harbor in march of 1889 Families were quickly shuttled to state rooms, prior to placing the bodies on the al-ki steaming back across the harbor, the bodies were unloaded, and once out of sight their goodbyes were made to family and friends.
By the following morning “all officers and a number of the men sick.” The rough weather was a sign of things to come. “Running guard with all men on roster 2 hrs.” To guard against fire injury to public property, disorder, etc: Inspection under arms .Lieutenant Commander Mead received report in plain clothes (a brown plaid sack suit) Weather getting colder. 
The bearing sea detachment was typical of the corps of the day. Approximately half of the men were naturalized citizens, the rest being foreign born, predominantly of Irish extraction six of the privates had recently enlisted at Mare Island, Nonetheless the average time in service was well over five years. The youngest Marine was fifer Eugene McFadden, one of the field music’s. An orphan from Sonora, McFadden had given his civilian occupation as “musician” and there for had been allowed to enlist when he was still sixteen. The oldest man was Private James Griffin whose first enlistment began in 1868. John B. Donahue detachment first Sergeant, was unusual enlisting in 1886, he was promoted to corporal in 1887, to sergeant in 1889, and in February of 1891 to First Sergeant. 
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