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Title: Letter from a Young Man Who Sailed From Belfast to New York.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginHalifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Recipient Genderunknown
Relationshipre passage
SourceThe Belfast Commercial Chronicle, 23 September, 1812.
ArchiveThe Linenhall Library, Belfast.
Doc. No.9701196
Date23/09/1812 (?)
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 15:01:97.
Word Count123
TranscriptExtract of a letter from a young man who sailed from Belfast
for New York in the Magnet, Captain Drew, in June last. The
letter is dated "Halifax, July 30, 1812."
" We sailed 20th June - had a favourable passage until 18th
July - that day was taken without battle by the Ringdove,
British sloop of war and learned, for the first time, that
the British and Americans were at war; eight men and an
officer took command of the vessel and sent the sailors and
male passengers to the Ringdove: the Magnet and remaining
passengers were then sent into Halifax, from which they were
about thirty hours sailing. Some of the male passengers were
then put into the other prizes to assist at working them,
so the crew &c. got into Halifax in six different vessels,
the last of which arrived safe on the 25th. The passengers got
their goods and liberty" - The writer is much pleased with
the place, and thinks either the town or surrounding country,
may prove favourable for an adventure.