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Title: [?] to [?]: Describing Voyage from [Ireland?] to New York.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
Sender Genderunknown
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
Recipient Genderunknown
Relationshipre passage from Liverpool to New York
SourceT 2642/1/226: Photocopied by Courtesy of Mrs Spence.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9007140
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by JM 06:09:1993.
Word Count282
TranscriptThe distance from Liverpool to New York
is 3.l00 miles so these two new Cunarders
will be able to make the passage in less
that 4 1/2 days, during which time they
will consume 1000 tons of coal each day in
their furnaces exclusive of what will be
burned in the galleys for cooking and
in the saloons and staterooms for heating.
On the night of the 26th instant
we had the heaviest gale of wind in
Great Britain and Ireland since 1894,
but scarcely damage has been done either
here or at Tullylagan. James Hamilton
of Glebe Cross, now a District Councillor
was over here to day with me. I owe
you a sum of money for portage &
Commission on cheques which I will
include in the one I enclose.
There is a food supply society formed
If our fleet suffered defeat and England
or Great Britain was blockaded we have
not a food supply for more than 6 weeks.
It has been estimated that
22 acres of land are necessary to sustain
one man on fresh meat. The same piece
of land if devoted to wheat culture
would feed 42 people; if to oats 88;
potatoes, Indian corn & rice 176; and if
to the plantation of Bread fruit tree
over 6000 people; but the bread fruit
tree will not grow in Great Britain.
The greatest meat eaters in the
world are the people of America. US
whose average consumption is 176 lbs [pounds?] per
annum; the English come next with
an average of a little over 110 lbs [pounds?]: the
French eat only as much as the English;
and the people of Germany, Austria and
Italy still less.