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Bremen was the main port of departure for German emigrants bound for America.  However, some emigrants did not depart directly from their homeland, but would first take a small steamer, known as a "feeder ship" to a British port where they would embark on a transatlantic steamship to America.  Those who left Prussia directly for America usually traveled by boat, and later by railway, to Bremen to begin their journey to their new homes.  Ships leaving Bremen travelled north up the Weser River to the North Sea and on to America, sometimes stopping in Southampton, England.  Most Germans emigrants travelled as steerage passengers.

In America, major ports of entry included New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and New Orleans.  Baltimore was designated as the port of entry for the North German Lloyd Line, whose first ship, the Baltimore, arrived in 1868.  Baltimore was second only to New York as the greatest port of entry for immigrants, but The North German Lloyd Line, established in 1857,  brought more German immigrants through Baltimore than any other port.  On their return trips to Germany, the ships transported tobacco and other cargo from Baltimore.   

Basic Ship Info



Bark or Barque


Sailing ship.  Differentiated from a "ship", by its rigging. A bark has 3 masts, with the foremast and mainmast square rigged and the mizzenmast fore-and-aft rigged. Barks were often rerigged as ships and vice-versa.


Sailing ship.  Differentiated from a "bark", by its rigging. A ship is square rigged on all three masts, with a gaff sail on the mizzen mast. It was often called a "full rigged ship" A "ship" is a vessel of at least three square rigged masts, each composed of a lower-mast, top-mast, and topgallant mast. Each is outfitted with a yard and a full complement of square sails.


Sailing ship. The brig was usually a much smaller vessel than the bark and ship rigged vessels.  The brig has two masts - fore and main -both of which are square rigged.  The foremast is made in three spas and square-rigged.  On the mainmast there is a standing gaff to which is rigged a small fore-and-aft sail.

(SS or S.S.)

Steam powered ship. Also often rigged for sail.



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This is an excellent website with superb databases and links ~~

Saxonyroots (ship database)
Saxonyroots (passenger name database)
These are additional excellent ship links - many of these sites have additional ship-related links ~~
Castle Garden
Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild (ISTG)
Palmer List of Merchant Vessels
Holland-America Line Ship Index
CIMO - Cimorelli Immigration Manifests Online
Great Ships - Postcard & Ephemera Collection



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