Today I give you the menu from U.S.S Wilmington on Washington’s birthday in 1910. The ship was in Canton, China at the time, but there is nothing even vaguely oriental on the menu – nor should there be, for such an important national day. I am not sure then, why ‘English’ ham is there – perhaps it was symbolically routed in recognition of the Washington’s success in leading the American army to victory over her colonial masters. The other puzzle, which perhaps a military historian can answer, is why the menu styles the U.S.S Wilmington as ‘the trophy ship.’
Queen Olives Celery
Roast Goose Roast Chicken
Giblet Gravy Cranberry Sauce
Mashed Potatoes Sweet Potatoes
Lemon Custard Pie
Chocolate Layer Cake
Jelly Roll Slices
Oranges Bananas Apples
Cigars Cigarettes Mixed Nuts
Chestnut Dressing – Mrs. L.A.Lancel
1 lb. chestnuts boiled, 1 lb. beer, ½ lb. fresh pork, chopped all together. Season with salt and pepper; add ¼ loaf of baker’s bread soaked in water and drained, and 2 beaten eggs.
San Rafael Cook Book, 1906.
Quotation for the Day.
Birthdays are nature’s way of telling us to eat more cake.
I don't know about why the USS Wilmington was called a trophy ship but I looked her up and she's had quite a career. She was active in the Spanish American War, sailed up the Amazon River and crossed the ocean to sail up the Yangtze River.
I'd conclude she deserves the title considering all she had done for the US Navy.
Oooooh, sounds like Thanksgiving! Mouth watering now. And what a great recipe for stuffing - with beer! Yummy!
One does wonder why it wasn't a Virgina baked ham. And what are 'Queen Olives'?
Les - it certainly sounds like she deserved the title of trophy ship, but I suspect there was some particular story associated with the name too.
Marcheline: it does sound like Thanksgiving!
Judy: I wondered about the Virginia Ham myself. I think Queen olives were just large olives, but I admit I havent looked it up. Fodder for another blog post, perhaps?
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