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Title: J C Smyth, New York, USA to James A Smyth, Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, John Charles/1
SenderSmyth, John Charles
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationcarpenter
Sender Religionunknown
OriginNYC, USA
DestinationEssex Co., Ontario, Canada
RecipientSmyth, James Alexander
Recipient Gendermale
SourceCopyright Retained by Mr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge, Co Tyrone, castledamph@btinternet.com
ArchiveMr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge.
Doc. No.412011
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 06:01:2005.
Word Count392
TranscriptFront of envelope

Mr Jas [torn]
License Inspector
Essex Co

SEP 18
8 PM

[Back of envelope]


[Page 1]

Staten Island
Sep 16th 07

Dear Bro
I am just after completing
a letter to send home so I though
[thought?] I would write to you
and let you know that I am well
& enjoying good health. I suppose
you see by the papers of this
Monster of the Sea The "Lusitania"
she got into N York [New York?] Sat
a [at?] 11 30 am the largest Steamer
in the world

[Page 2]
790 feet long carries over
3000 she made the trip in 5d [5 days?]
2h [2 hours?] 34m [34 minutes?]
she did not beat the record held
by the German boat "Dutchland"
["Deutschland"] which everybody
though [thought?] she
would she was 2 hours late they
had fog to contend with & that
kept them back. her best days
run [573?] mls. & the German got
into the papers says its the wonder
of the world no stair ways [stairways?]
all elevators its a moving Hotel
the paper says I went to see her
sat I was within 10 feet of her
bow she fills the dock west 14
street the dock is 800 feet long
it seems

[Page 3]
to fit her nicely you
talk about crowds going to look
at any thing [anything?] it was
enormous & I believe the crowd
was greater yesterday "Sunday"
Wensday [Wednesday?] the public
will be admitted her sister ship
is coming on her maiden trip in
Oct the same dimensions speed
& Tonnage also They are built
on the Clide [Clyde?] "Scotland"
The White Star Line is getting
plans ready for 4000 tons which is
to surpass any afloat
You talk about your Caledonia

[Page 4]
she aint in it any more
This boat has got them all skinned
a mile in every way by the accounts
in the papers she got the best
salute of any ship that ever entered
N York [New York?] harbour There was
a flag 59 put up on the Singer building
the highest in the city or probably in
the world as a token of Welcom
[Welcome?] all the boats gave
her a salute as she came along
we stopped work to take a look
at her as she was passing it
surprized [surprised?] some of
them what they can turn out
over there if fact (sic)they
admit they are ahead

I must close

J C S [John Charles Smyth?]

Transcribed by Alan Houston