The Trip Across the Ocean

On board the ship.
Passing the time.
Being counted.
Land !

Preparing for the Journey
The Next Part of the Journey

Arriving in the New World

The Trip To a New Home

On Board the Ship

 1. "The Emigrants" by Knut Ekwall, (1843-1912)

Travel across the ocean was not fast. Sailboats took months to glide across the seas. Later, steamships traveled across the sea in about three weeks. There were no airplanes in those days, so no one was able to fly across the ocean in just a few hours.

2. Passing the time.

Activity: What to do on the long trip across the ocean? Look back at the painting on the top of this page. See if you can find some things that could keep you busy during the three weeks you were on board ship. Write a paragraph telling what you would do during your long trip across the ocean. You can look at the picture at the top of the page to get some ideas.

3. Being counted

Throughout the journey, everyone was checked and counted. It was necessary to check each person along the way to make sure they hadn't become sick from another person or from the effects of travel. Also, it was necessary to keep track of everyone as they got on and off the ships. Each person carried a card to to tell who they were, what they looked like, where they were from, and where they were going.

2. Pictures of steamships and an identification card.

4. Land!

The most exciting part of the trip was sighting land! After weeks at sea, the thought of firm, solid land beneath their feet caused everyone to be very excited. Many questions ran through the minds of the children and grownups alike. What would the new land be like? Will I make new friends? Will it truly be better than the life I had before? Will I like my new home? Getting ready to land at the port was both exciting and scary. What would the people at the port be like? Will anyone in my family be sent back to the old country?

 

Preparing for the Journey
The Trip Across the Ocean
 

The Next Part of the Journey

Arriving in the New World

 

The Trip To a New Home

 

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Photo Credits:

1. "The Emigrants" by Knut Ekwall, (1843-1912)
© American West. European Emigration
(used with permission)
http://www.americanwest.com/swedemigr/pages/emigra.htm
 

2. Steamships and Identification card

© Family History Research. Passenger Ship Manifest Sheet
(used with permission)
http://familygenealogy.com/pasship.htm