Accounts of Voyages, Diary &
Journal Extracts &c.
- Diary Account of Charming
Molly voyage, 1760
Henry Evans diary excerpt of his voyage from Massachusetts to Halifax
in 1760. Includes list of passengers.
- county Wexford to Quebec, 1819
Extracts from a Diary kept by Samuel Baker during the voyage from Ireland
to Quebec. After arrival at Quebec, the family took passage to Montreal
in the steamboat Malsham, August 20th. The Baker family settled in
- HMS Weymouth Portsmouth to Algoa Bay (Port Elizabeth) 1820
The daily Captain's Log, and the
Muster Roll of the passengers on board. The Log also recorded the names
and date of death of those who died, before sailing, and during passage.
Picture of model of the ship.
Wonderful varied shipping and emigration / immigration related
newspaper clippings, from a Victorian scrapbook, which was compiled
generations of the seafaring Dalton family - Captain James Dalton
1817 - 1882 & Captain
Peter Dalton 1847-1911 and
- Chelsea Pensioners to Upper Canada, 1830-1839
Lists of Military out-pensioners who emigrated to Upper Canada and
correspondence about their hardships.
- Accounts on sinking and passenger
list for the Cataraque /Cataraqui, 1845
Comprehensive account, with correspondence, and list of Passengers
lost & saved on the barque Cataraque. Cataraque, of Liverpool,
Finlay master, from Liverpool bound to Port Phillip with 369 Bounty Emigrants
in Bass Strait August 4th 1845. See also Cataraque 1845
- Rotterdam, 1847
A description and picture of Rotterdam in 1847, as depicted in the Illustrated
- Around the Horn
1849 - Passenger Diaries (SELMAN-COLORADO-CRESCENT)
Journal accounts of the: barque Selman, bound from
New York for San Francisco in 1849 and the: brig Colorado,
bound from Boston
around Cape Horn to Valparaiso, and the: ship Crescent,
bound from Salem, Mass. to San
Francisco, 1849-1850. Mentions and lists, of passenger names.
- Rules of 1849 for the SS Great Britain
The onboard "rules" for passengers on the ship Great
Britain in 1849.
The "rules" were enacted to be in compliance with the "Passengers Act" which
also made rules for ship owners and ship masters, to ensure the comfort and well-being
of passengers, on British ships.
- Journal of the voyage of barque Fatima, from London & Plymouth
to Port Adelaide, 1850
A day by day journal kept by the 15 year old Mr.
Henry Hobhouse Turton, beginning with February 7th entry to the
completion of the voyage on June 11th 1850.
- Accounts from the Lyttelton Times,
Shipping News from the Lyttelton Times, of December 1850 and
January 1851 ship arrivals, with accounts of the voyages
of four ships from Plymouth - Charlotte Jane, Southby, Sir George
Seymour & Randolph.
- Impressions of New Orleans, 1853
New York Times news item about the Irish and German influences in New
Orleans in 1853.
- Highlands & Islands Emigration
The Highlands & Islands Emigration Society arranged for the emigration
of more than 4,000 persons to Australia 1852-1854. This is account of
one such emigration, aboard the HMS Hercules in 1853-1854.
- Voyage of the Jane Boyd, 1855
Diary written by Gordon Michie EWING during the course of his journey,
with his wife and young family, from Aberdeen, Scotland, to Quebec,
'America', aboard the
sailing ship Jane Boyd in the year 1855
- Voyage of Illinois to Panama
then John L. Stephens and finally Pacific to British Columbia
Edward White, one of a group of four Wesleyan Missionaries sent to
British Columbia, tells us through his Diary entries, about his trip
from New York in the Illinois, and over the Isthmus
of Panama (by rail), then onboard the John. L. Stephens to
British Columbia in 1859.
- Launch of the Lady Egidia, 1860 (Passenger
Account(s) of the launch of the Lady Egidia and her
Maiden Voyage from Glasgow, Scotland 1860 arriving at Dunedin, New
List of Passengers & lists of births and death onboard.
- Plymouth to Natal, voyage account, 1861
" How I came to Natal in 1861 by J.A.B., Maritzburg, July 1900 . . .
published in the Natal Witness Monday August 20th 1900."
Account of the authors' voyages aboard the Union
Steamship Co. Norman and then aboard the HMS Gorgon, in 1861.
- Nonconformist Emigration, London to Auckland, New Zealand, 1862
The emigration of 800 British Nonconformists to the new
colony of Albertland, in New Zealand. Aboard the Matilda Wattenbach and
the Hanover, to
be followed by the William Miles and the Ida
- N.Y. to Glasgow Iowa /
Liverpool to N.Y. Helvetia, 1867
Dairy accounts of the voyages of Robert Nicholson Tate, from New York
to Glasgow aboard the Anchor Line ship Iowa,
with return from Liverpool to New York, aboard the National
Helvetia, in 1867.
- Hibernian News from Voyage
Jovial Newsletter published onboard the Hibernian during a voyage to
Quebec in 1868
- 1870 Emigrants on the Ganges and Tweed
Illustrated London News article and picture, depicting the
departure from London of the Ganges and Tweed with a large party of
emigrants from the East-End Emigration club, bound to Quebec in 1870.
- 1869 Emigrants on the Crocodile (London Dockworkers)
Hampshire Telegraph article about the first emigration from
Portsmouth to Quebec of unemployed Admiralty Dockyard Workers from
and Portsmouth. Links to Passenger List and Photograph of ship.
- 1870 Emigrants on the Crocodile (London Dockworkers)
Illustrated London News article and picture, depicting the
departure from London bound to Quebec, of discharged Admiralty Dockyard
Workers, onboard the Crocodile in
1870. Links to Passenger List and Photograph of
- Port of Bremen in 1870
Descriptive Illustrated London News article about Bremen, "in
time of war" in 1870.
- Scotch Colonists to New Brunswick,
Full account of the organization and the emigration of the first
Scots to the "Scotch Colony" in New Brunswick in 1873, aboard the Anchor
ship Castalia. Picture of the ship, and link to the
- Polynesian account of voyage from Liverpool to Quebec 1875
Two accounts, one a letter from a steerage passenger, the other a newspaper
account with a cabin passenger's perspective of their voyage, where
they were "stuck in the ice" for about 9-10 days.
- Voyage account of the ship Hesperides, 1875
The ship Hesperides sailed from London and Plymouth in May 1875 and arrived at Port Adelaide, South Australia in August 1875,
with nearly four hundred emigrants, The link above also includes the passenger list &c.
- Account of the sinking of the Cospatrick,
Sad account of the burning and sinking of the ship Cospatrick,
south west of the Cape of Good Hope, in 1875, with the loss of 474
lives. She was sailing from Gravesend to New Zealand with 429 emigrants
& 43 crew. Pictures of Cospatrick and of one of
her rescuers, Nyanza.
- Burning of records at Saint John, New
Illustrated article about the devastating fire
at St. John, New Brunswick in 1877 which destroyed a vast portion of the downtown
area, including twenty-five public buildings, one of which was the Customs House,
with the loss of the Passenger Records. Link to a Photograph of the Customs House
after the fire.
- Loch Long account of voyage
from Glasgow to Melbourne in 1886
Account of the voyage by Jane Scott Snodgrass (1856-1928) as written
her mother Margaret (Lennox) Snodgrass, in Scotland. Photograph of the Loch
- Days of the Old Packet, New York Times 1891
Contrast between Present and Past Atlantic Liners, Reminiscences of the Old
Passenger Ships—Most of them were Flyers—Hardships from which Present Passengers
- To the Klondike, 1897
From The Illustrated American. A Californian novelist describes with graphic
accuracy the stirring scenes at the wharf when ships sail for the Klondike,
- Britannia to New Orleans
with Sicilian Emigrants 1898
Arrival of the Fabre Line, Britannia, as recorded by The
Daily Picayune, New Orleans, in 1898. The ship sailed from Marseilles,
via Palermo, with 408 Italian immigrants.
- Fire on the Ocean -- an offsite blog
This blog is intended as a place to examine, explore, and discover information about SS Volturno, the Uranium Line immigrant steamship that caught fire during a storm the in the North Atlantic on 9 October 1913. Unlike RMS Titanic just 18 months earlier, ten ships responded to Volturno's distress calls, and all but 132 of the 654 on board were rescued. (Regrettably, most of the victims died before the rescue ships arrived on scene.)
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