By Lucille H. Campey
The times whilst Aberdeen's 'fast crusing and copper-bottomed' ships carried emigrant Scots to Canada are dropped at existence during this interesting account of the northern Scotland exodus in the course of the crusing send period. Taking readers via new and little-used documentary assets, Lucille H. Campey reveals convincing proof of excellent ships, sailed by way of skilled captains and controlled by way of respected humans, hence tough head at the perceived imagery of abominable sea passages in leaking previous tubs. And by means of contemplating the importance of send layout and dimension, she opens a brand new window on our knowing of emigrant go back and forth. rather than focusing on the extraordinary situations of pain and mishaps, to be present in anecdotal fabric, Campey's strategy is to spot all the emigrant sea crossings to Canada made on Aberdeen crusing ships. gazing the ships which accumulated passengers from the port of Aberdeen in addition to these which amassed emigrants at Highland ports, specifically Cromarty and Thurso, Campey finds the procedures at paintings and the folks who labored backstage to supply the providers. Her following of the emigrant Scots directly to their New international locations in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and top Canada offers us with a chance to work out how occasions in Canada have been influencing either the choice to to migrate and selection of position. those emigrant Scots succeeded, usually after tricky beginnings, and may endow Canada with their wealthy traditions and tradition which continue to exist to today.
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1821 08 Thistle Allan, Robert 96 Tobermory Pictou & Quebec 53 arrived at Pictou & 43 at Quebec. QM Oct 19; //June 22. 1823 07 Emperor Alexander Watt, Alexander 160 Tobermory Sydney, Cape Breton & Quebec Many of the passengers originated from South Uist. In the following year, the Inverness Journal printed a list of 30 heads of families giving parish origins. The Quebec Mercury recorded the arrival of 49 settlers at Quebec. QM Oct 7; //Jan 30, 1824. 1828 05 Universe n/k 464 Stornoway Sydney, Cape Breton Louisa n/k 170 Stornoway Sydney, Cape Breton Immig.
52 Stornoway 1817 Minerva Strachan,W 26 Fort William n/k 150 Tobermory 06 Quebec Halifax & Quebec 26 men,women & children. The Minerva arrived back in Aberdeen from Quebec in November with a timber cargo. 504/33/3. 1818 Perseverence MacLaren, The Pictou Book, 119. 46 Pictou The Timber Trade Grows and Emigrants Follow, 1816-30 Year Mth Vessel Master Psgr. Nos. 504/35/2; Immig. NS, 49. Oswald, James 120 Tobermory Pictou 1819 Laing 264 Tobermory Pictou & Charlottetown 07 Morningfield 64 people arrived at Pictou and 200 at Charlottetown .
Meanwhile, Aberdeen shipowners like Peter Ritchie were seeking their passengers further afield. Fares could be found from the increasing numbers in the Highlands and Islands who wanted Atlantic crossings. Ritchie had spotted the sale details for the Perseverance in 1811 and purchased it. By 1814 he had sent her to Cromarty to collect passengers and soon after that, on three further occasions, this 112-ton galliot took Highlanders to British America. Probably a former bulk carrier for coal, it seems an odd choice.