Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Titanic 105 Years Anniversary 15 April 1912

RMS Titanic was a British passenger liner that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean in the early morning of 15 April 1912, after colliding with an iceberg during her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City.

I asked for ice, but this is ridiculoussaid John Jacob Astor IV, according to legend ...

1. The RMS Titanic was the world’s largest passenger ship when it entered service, measuring 269 metres (882 feet) in length, and the largest man-made moving object on Earth. The largest passenger vessel is now Harmony of the Seas, at 362.12 metres.
2. The ship burned around 600 tonnes of coal a day – hand shovelled into its furnaces by a team of 176 men. Almost 100 tonnes of ash were ejected into the sea every 24 hours.
3. The ship's interiors were loosely inspired by those at the Ritz Hotel in London. Facilities on board included a gym, pool, Turkish bath, a kennel for first class dogs, and a squash court. It even had its own on board newspaper – the Atlantic Daily Bulletin.
4. There were 20,000 bottles of beer on board, 1,500 bottles of wine and 8,000 cigars – all for the use of first-class passengers.
5. The Grand Staircase on board descended down seven of the ship’s 10 decks and featured oak panelling, bronze cherubs and paintings. Replicas can be found at the Titanic Museum  in Branson, Missouri.
6. The staircase at the White Swan Hotel in Alnwick, contains banisters from the Grand Staircase of the Titanic’s sister ship, the Olympic. They are presumed to have been identical.
7. Only 16 wooden lifeboats and four collapsible boats were carried, enough to accommodate 1,178 people. That's only one-third of Titanic's total capacity, but more than legally required.
8. There were 246 injuries and two deaths recorded during the ship’s 26-month construction in Belfast.
9. Twenty horses were required to carry the main anchor.
10. 100,000 people turned up to see the ship’s launch on May 31, 1911.

More at www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/lists/titanic-fascinating-facts/

Ancestry's Titanic Collection consists of:

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, RMS Titanic Fatality Reports, 1912
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, RMS Titanic Graves, 1912
Titanic Survivors, Carpathia Passenger List, 1912
UK, RMS Titanic, Crew Records, 1912
UK, RMS Titanic, Deaths at Sea, 1912
UK, RMS Titanic, Outward Passenger List, 1912

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Souvenir Saturday: Hamilton family in Durban

The Hamilton Trio:
Cathrine (violin), Beth (piano),
and Bill (Cello).

The trio, taught by Miss Valerie Fisher, a well-known music teacher
of Durban, played frequently at concerts, weddings and other
events in Durban during the late 1920s and 1930s. Cath later married
William Bell Gadsden and Beth married Richard Bance. Bill married Ann Millar. 

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Entrance to the Bay of Natal: early 20th century

Liner entering the channel of the Bay of Natal early 20th c
by C Shrubsole
Note the Bluff, with lighthouse and signal station; fishing dhows;
turbanned fishermen on the wharf.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Passenger Lists: finding your South African ancestor

A perennial query on this blog is, How do I find my ancestor's arrival by ship in South Africa? The answer: with great difficulty. Passenger lists are all over the place: there is no continuity of records, certain periods are not covered at all, certain types of passengers may have limited coverage etc. 

Here are some links to discussions and articles on the topic, of which the basic information has not changed since the original posting.





RMS Nyanza: Passengers on Deck 1877

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Passengers to Natal: Medusa, Silvery Wave, Tirsah 1863

October 1863, Medusa, Silvery Wave and Tirsah arrivals, 
also departure of the Norman.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Passengers per Priscilla to Natal 1860

Steerage passengers on the barque Priscilla 1860

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Passengers from Australia to Natal 1872

St Kilda passenger list June 6 1872:
from Australia to Natal

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Passengers from Natal to Australia 1853

The Wee Tottie was another ship which carried emigrants from Natal
to Australia in February 1853, when they found Natal did not come up to
their expectations. If you have a missing ancestor check if he
decided to try another colony.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Passengers on Golden Age, 1854

Natal Mercury 12 July 1854

Note that these are not arrivals but departures for Melbourne,
Australia. After the influx of settlers to Natal under the Byrne and other schemes,
not all emigrants were satisfied with the new Colony and sought greener
pastures. Many of them were equally dissatisfied with Australia and
duly returned to Natal in due course. If you've lost an ancestor in SA it is worth
checking departures for Down Under!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Passenger list L'Imperatrice Eugenie to Natal 1859

From Natal Mercury  April 14 1859
Note the Himalaya transport carrying unnamed rank and file.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Passenger List Estafette brings Dutch settlers to Natal 1858

Arrival of Estafette, from Amsterdam,
Natal Mercury 26 August 1858

Natal Mercury 2 Sept 1858

Monday, January 9, 2017

Passenger List Pembroke Castle UK-SA November 5 1889

This passenger list appeared
in the Natal Witness of  7 Nov 1889.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Early Durban: a home of the 1850 settler period

Settler home in early Durban ca 1850s,
showing wattle and daub construction with thatch roof. There would have been no glass for windows - just a canvas flap. Floors would be baked mud or cow dung, dried and polished to a glossy shine.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

New Year Greetings

Mole thanks all blog visitors for their
participation, comments and other input
over the past year. See you in 2017!!