2 Replies Latest reply on Apr 8, 2021 5:47 PM by John Connacher

    Port of New York maritime records

    John Connacher Newbie


      I am looking for what information is available about ships arriving in the Port of New York in 1880's  Specifically I am trying to investigate if my Great Aunt was born while her mother was traveling with her father (ships captain) on a Merchant Ship.  I am wondering if a birth at sea on a non passenger ship would be documented (ships log is unavailable).  I have documentation that claims she was born on Apr 5th 1882 in  Saint Augusta, Florida and was baptized 8 days later on Apr 13th 1882 l in Brooklyn NY.

        • Re: Port of New York maritime records
          Charles Miller Adventurer

          Dear John Connacher,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          Here is a Microfilm List of New York Passenger Arrival Records, 1789-1957, at the National Archives at New York City (RE-NY). https://www.archives.gov/nyc/finding-aids/immigration-microfilm.html


          For more information about these records, please contact the National Archives at New York (RE-NY) at newyork.archives@nara.gov.


          Additionally, there is a series of microfilm records, Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, 6/17/1897-7/3/1957. Unfortunately, it appears that these records only exist in microfilm. https://catalog.archives.gov/id/300346


          These records are located at the National Archives at Washington D.C.- Textual Reference (RDT1).  You can contact them at Archives1reference@nara.gov .


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          We hope this is helpful.  Best of luck with your research!


            • Re: Port of New York maritime records
              John Connacher Newbie

              Hi Charles Miller,

              Thanks for your reply.  As I noted in the original post, the ship in question was not a passenger ship, but a merchant ship, so I do not think the passenger arrival records will provide any value in this case.

              I was hoping that upon arrival for merchant ships there were other medical records captured (possibly for people who were sick, had died in transit, or those born at sea)