Tuesday, April 22, 2014
EDWARD COMING TO AMERICA
I always assumed that my Great Grandpa Edward Sherlock left for America from Queenstown, Ireland. Well, today, I located a document -- Passenger Lists Leaving UK 1890-1960 -- that tells me differently.
According to this document that I found on Findmypast.ie, Edward Sherlock departed from Liverpool, England on 21 Oct 1891 for New York. I guess he could have still left from Queenstown but went to Liverpool first.
Edward Sherlock, who was 21 years old at the time, sailed on the ship Majestic. He was one of 1181 passengers. The SS Majestic made its maiden voyage from Liverpool to New York in April 1890. The trip took 6 days and 10 hours to complete. On a west bound trip back to Liverpool, it set a record for the fastest crossing of the Atlantic. The record was short lived when a sister ship completed the crossing faster 2 weeks later.