Thanks once again. Such an eye opener!
> On Mar 26, 2019, at 5:50 PM, Teri Cleaveland <bunnypurple51(a)gmail.com> wrote:
> Very interesting! Thank you for posting!
> Teri Cleaveland
> Ps 37:4-7
> On Tue, Mar 26, 2019 at 4:43 PM Martin Briscoe (W10 desktop)
> <list(a)mbriscoe.me.uk> wrote:
>> Looking through my book on the ANNIE JANE (1853), a few notes.
>> There was a group of 100 tradesmen from Scotland on the ship. They went down to
Liverpool on a steamer with their tools etc. They arrived on the evening of Thursday 18th
August and had arranged to spend night on board. Next morning to went to hire carts to
moved their luggage from Clarence Dock to Albert Dock. They found that the sailing had
been delayed by four days, not an unusual occurrence with migrant ships. Passengers paid
a deposit then the rest of the fare before departure. They were paid a shilling a day by
the ship's agents during the delay, lodging houses were full of people trying to get
by on that shilling. Delays of up to a fortnight were not uncommon. The lodgings cost
fourpence a night with the use of a fire for cooking. Emigrants said that with being away
from home they could easily spend more than the shilling.
>> The Glasgow tradesmen had to leave their sea chests and barrels of provisions
uncovered at the docks. Next morning they force the agent down to the docks t let them
board the ship before any of their possessions were stolen. Most took one look at the
dark space where they were allocated berths and paid an extra five shilling to upgrade to
>> It was a legal requirement that the migrant ships were inspected by a
Government emigration agent. They checked the stowage of cargo and were supposed to check
every passenger had an allocated berth. The only fault was the state of the water
closets. He declined the certificate because the six steerage water closets were dirty,
badly designed and shoddily constructed. The Glasgow joiners were put to work rectifying
>> They were towed out into the North Channel by a steam tug and released from the
tow off Rathlin Island.
>> The ship was straight away found to be disorganised with over 400 passengers
trying to get fed at the same time. The passenger gave their name and berth number and
were issued with food or water. Their name was then ticked off but many found their name
had already been ticked off. The crew were supposed to weight the ration but only had
small scales and they were difficult to use as the ship rolled around.
>> Passengers began to complain about not getting their entitlement of tea,
biscuits, bread, oatmeal, rice and water. The small galley was chaotic as people all
turned up at the same time, trying to prepare their meals. Those not in the first group
would find all the hot water had been used. Some complained they could not get breakfast
before midday. Under an act of parliament in 1852 provisions should have been issued
cooked but ship owners ignored this.
>> Three days into the voyage the wind increased and the three topmasts broke. The
fore-hold hatch had only a loose covering of planks and these were damaged by the falling
spares so torrents of freezing sea water was pouring in. Debris was being washed around,
passengers' chests broke loose and were being thrown about. By next morning the
damage had been cleared away and the ship resumed its journey to Canada on reduced sail!
>> Most of the women and children and many of the men would not risk the dangers of
the main deck, which at times was awash with sea water, to get to the steerage toilets.
>> They got back to Liverpool.
>> They were to be given four shillings each as subsistence for their stay in
>> At sea they had been supposed to be given during the period at sea ten pounds of
oatmeal each but only received one pound and no flour or salt.
>> It was found that two brothers and their sister had had no berths because the
numbers had been duplicated and allocated to some others.
>> Martin Briscoe
>> Fort William
>> Ancestry DNA, FTDNA (B68554), GEDMatch (A374507)
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