3 Replies Latest reply on Sep 29, 2021 12:52 PM by Josette Schluter

    Seeking information about the length of passenger ship voyages.

    Jean Svadlenak Wayfarer

      My grandmother's family arrived in New York, on June 9, 1891, on board the S.S. Gergovia, from Naples. 


      I am trying to determine how long they were at sea--from Naples to New York.  The ship manifest shows date of arrival--but not date of departure from Naples. 



      I appreciate any insights or sources to determine how long this voyage took. Thank you.

        • Re: Seeking information about the length of passenger ship voyages.
          Susannah Brooks Pioneer

          from Philadelphia Inquirer 19 May 1891

          I wondered why it took so long to arrive in New York and it seems to have sailed around the Mediterranean before coming to the US. 

          from the New York Herald 9 Jun 1891

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          • Re: Seeking information about the length of passenger ship voyages.
            Josette Schluter Tracker

            Dear Jean Svaflenak,

            Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


            We searched the National Archives Catalog and located Passenger Lists, 1817 - 1897 of vessels arriving at the Port of New York in the Records of the U.S. Customs Service (Record Group 36) that may include the lists of SS Gergovia for June 9, 1891. For more information about these records, please contact the National Archives at New York (RE-NY) at newyork.archives@nara.gov.


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            As you have already discovered, this series of records has been digitized and made available online by Ancestry. There may be a fee for using Ancestry. Instead, please check for access at your local library as many library systems subscribe to these sites, making them free for their patrons.


            While passenger lists typically document the port and date of departure for a vessel, this particular vessel only documented the departure port and not the date. Fortunately community member Susan Brooks has located newspaper clippings that give an indication of when the vessel left Europe. The clipping from the New York Herald is especially useful in establishing a timeline for this vessel's journey from Europe to the United States.


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