As the CSS Shenandoah continues her journey into the Northern Pacific, Midshipman Mason wonders if the ventilation duct in the Midshipman’s berth is about to turn from a turn from a pleasant supply of cool tropic breezes to a less pleasant supplier of arctic gales. Arctic gales spoiler alert: he is right to worry about this!
Back in the USA, the Northern States cope with their own cold wave of grief over Lincoln’s death, as his body is carried in state on a last railway journey back to Springfield Illinois. With the war in the continental United States reaching its end, questions remain about the war in the Pacific. Will the Shenandoah ever take another prize? Will the time-expired sailors re-enlist, and why does the plot of Dicken’s Martin Chuzzlewit annoy Americans so much?