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Historical encounter

Last post 09/29/2013, 8:46 AM by batgirl. 7 replies.
 
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Re: Historical encounter

09/29/2013, 8:46 AM
Just saw your message. I, too, am looking forward to glimpsing Grosse Isle (too bad we can't stop, though perhaps there will be a chance for an excursion?). My great grandfather came over from Ireland at the time of the Great Famine (1847...he was about 11 years old) along with his parents and at least 2 brothers. The ship they were on was called "The Freetrader" and it had one of the worst records of all of those so-called "coffin ships": nearly 1 out of every 3 passengers would not reach their destination. Thankfully for me, my ggf did, but his elder brother was not so lucky: he died of "ship fever" (typhus) and is buried on Grosse Isle.

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02/11/2013, 9:45 AM

Thank you for sharing your story with us Susan!

 

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02/04/2013, 4:53 PM
I am also excited to be in the area of my Mom's French-Canadian ancestors, who arrived in the 1600s!

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11/18/2012, 2:48 PM
Thanks for sharing your lovely story Susan, looking forward to meet U!

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10/24/2012, 5:26 PM
What a lovely bit of "specialness" for you !

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10/24/2012, 5:24 PM
Such a lovely bit of "specialness" for you !!

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10/24/2012, 8:21 AM
How amazing!  So happy you will have this opportunity.

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Historical encounter

10/23/2012, 8:40 PM

The start of this trip will be significant for me as we will be sailing by Grosse-Île, Quebec (east of Quebec City), which is the earliest landing of my family in Canada in May 1902. My grandmother was 6 years old when all of steerage aboard their ship were quarantined for 2 weeks on this island in the St. Lawrence because one passenger was discovered with small pox. She along with her two younger sisters, younger twin brothers and parents were on their way to Calgary, then part of the Northwest Territory, from Leeds, Yorkshire, England. Their time on this island of graves formed early and profound memories for the young girls and I am very happy to have the opportunity to sail past.

I have been to Montreal but the rest of the cruise ports will be new and exciting!

Susan

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