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At the turn of the century, the price of the lowest priced sterrage tickets were $25-35 depending on the port of embarkation. Since the price of a ticket was often too expensive for the poor people remaining in Europe, it was often sent back from the earlier arrivals to America. One ticket was equivalent to 2 or 3 weeks wages and after room and board an immigrant might have 50/week to save.

Many emigrants travelled with someone from their town. The support of people they knew was critical during the voyage and upon arrival.

P.S. I beg to add, having omitted it in its proper place that, the remedies resorted to for preventing the disemmination of the scarlet fever were: washing with caustic lime and chloride of lime, all the berths, decks and other fittings once a week, and sanitising often, also sprinkling the bedding and other articles frequently with the chloride of lime.

EMPLOYMENT- There was no employment for the people, they being too lazy and insubordinate to do any useful work.
Schools were established under the Chief Superintendence of one very able and Christian teacher John Vidler; whereby the children in general received some instruction and wherefrom they derived some advantage, the greater number having been, at the time of embarkation, perfectly illiterate, not having the most distant knowledge of the rudiments of the English language.

The Surgeon of the " William Roger " ..... 64 Pounds
The Surgeon of the " Maitland " ............. 46 Pounds

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At the turn of the century, the price of the lowest priced sterrage tickets were $25-35 depending on the port of embarkation. Since the price of a ticket was often too expensive for the poor people remaining in Europe, it was often sent back from the earlier arrivals to America. One ticket was equivalent to 2 or 3 weeks wages and after room and board an immigrant might have 50/week to save.

Many emigrants travelled with someone from their town. The support of people they knew was critical during the voyage and upon arrival.

Voyage to the U.S. - Understanding Your Ancestors


The Emigrants (1971) - The Criterion Collection

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