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Title: M. Smyth, S.S. Pretorian, to Mr. John J Smyth, Castledamph.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Mary/23
SenderSmyth, Mary
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationon her way to Canada
Sender ReligionProtestant (Presbyterian)
OriginShip Pretorian
DestinationCastledamph, Co. Tyrone, N.Ireland
Recipient Gendermale-female
Relationshipwrites to her family
SourceCopyright Retained by Mr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge, Co Tyrone, castledamph@btinternet.com
ArchiveMr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge.
Doc. No.0410094
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 27:10:2004.
Word Count1229
TranscriptEnvelope addressed to:-

Mr. John James Smyth
Co Tyrone

Postmarked on Front:-

SE [--?]

Back of Envelope:-

Arrived Tuesday
Oct 1st 1901

[3?] 10
SE 31

10 15
SE 30

Motif on envelope:-

S. S. Pretorian
Monday Sept 16th 01

Dear Father Mother Sister s and Brothers

Just a line or two
to day as I can't sit up
much at once I have been
sick since we got on.
I have vomited all I
have eaten since. John Joe
is sick too James is a
little not much but John A.
has not been sick atall [at all?].
I hardly knew that yesterday
was Sunday atall [at all?]. there was
none of us able to go to
Service only John A. Us four
began to sing hymns at night
at the corner of a table but
it was not long to [until?] they all
joined in [and?] a young lady
played the Piano.
Today there was four or five
of them sitting on deck
singing songs. Some very good
singers here. I sit out on
deck in the chair & the
rugs round me I don t know
what we would do if we hadn t
I forgot untill [until?] now that this
is the Plumfair day. I suppose
by this time it is scattered.
We have a grand dining room
three tables in it Eight Electric
lights it is grand.
But the beds are dreadful there
is no room in them atall [at all?] every
room holds four only one can
dress at a time, it is just like
if there was another bed on the
top of ours only narrow holds
me & I sleep on the top one step
on the lower one to get up.
There is always a parade
on deck on [in?] the Evg [Evening?]
walking up & down & there is that many up
that the [they?] havn t [haven t?] room to pass.
I haven t walked none yet only
out & in & I feel very stiff,
but I must soon try it
This ship just rolls from side
to side I thought last night I
would be thrown out of my bed.
She is rolling so much that the
delph was upset & broken &
they have to board the tables to keep
the plates on while eating.
James says there is no fun on this
one besides the others that he came over
in there is only another young girl
besides me all old ones.
There is a stewardess
to look after the ladies when they are
sick. She attends me well. Everyone
has there [their?] own seat at the table & when
any one [anyone?] is missing they are all [inquiring?]
are the [they?] getting better. I have only
been able to come to the table once.
Wednesday after breakfast something
better today but far off well yet
I don t eat as much in one day as
I should do at a meal.
We had a Concert last night. I
will send you a Programme later
on There was 4 or five came down
from the first Saloon. Proceeds
[amounted?] to £1- 7S we gave 1/6 for
Programme [or?] 6D each for collection.
This is a very nice day must go
out on deck. Yesterday was wet and we
did not get out atall [at all?].
We expect to sight land tomorrow
Evg. [Evening?] Thursday. I ll give you the
distance we went each day.
Saturday 288 miles Sunday 307 Monday 296
Tuesday 200 Wednesday 321 Thursday 315
Wednesday Night 1 o clock your
time I suppose by this time
you are all sleeping we are
after having a good many
plays tonight; and a [Walse?]
in the middle by J. J. and James
& two other men I must go
to bed.
Thursday Evg. [Evening?] This was a very
nice day got out on deck all
day Saw a great many Icebergs
& some was [were?] very near us we
are in the Straits of Belisle
Saw the the (Sic) coast of Labrador and
Newfoundland. A very rocky
looking place. We saw about
3 dozen fishing boats also
two Whales. Everyone was out
looking at the icebergs running
from one side of the ship to
the other to see both sides.
We expect to land on Sunday
but is afraid we won t get
a train that day.
I am very well to day I
think I have the sickness
all over This is the first
day I have been able to sit
up and I am able to eat a
good deal more than I did
but not very much yet. There
is always three or four courses
each meal, but there was a
few days I tell you I did
not eat much
I think if you would see me now you
would think I was failed a
a (sic) good deal I know my
hands has [have?] got very thin
anyway but I ll soon take
it in again. The steward told
me the first few days when
I eat nothing that the Company
would have profit of me
but I think I ll have my share
before I leave yet!
I see preparations for another
Concert tonight there is a
young man here & he is always
Plannings (sic) something Brooks is
his name & a very nice singer
Such a lot of people & all
from different place (sic) & for
different places but all
associate together like as they
knew you all your life and they
were talking last night that
they would be sorry to separate
[separate?] after being with them
for a week I suppose on Sunday they
will all be going their own way
I expect to post this tomorrow
Friday at Rimouska [Rimouski?] The steward is just after giving round stamps
& I have got a few envelopes
from him Alan Line Mail Steamers
We had a lovely dinner today
& a nice Plum Pudding after
Nuts Apples Oranges & all are down
on the table every day besides
Roast goose turkey ham & eggs
Letices [lettuces?] & all sorts anything you like
Friday: Evg. [Evening?] Well we had a very good night
last night they put up a screen in the
corner of the saloon & that was where they
prepared all. & when they were ready to
show the [they?] lifted up the screen for 16 seconds
The [They?] showed Venus & a doctor visiting a sick
child had one of these little ones laid down
& the sheets all on him & the doctor exam [examined?]
him and the father & Mother crying beside him.
They showed Love & a good many other things
but last of all was the Sentence from
each different nation there is not that many
here altogether & yet they are from eight different
nations we have a German, English
Scotch Irish Welsh American Canadian
Australian. You will see the list of all that
is here altogether [to?] turn out that everyone
was called in one by one acting there [their?] own
side James was the Irish had a pipe [in?] his
mouth & a muffle round his neck & he spoke
Irish Every one gave a sentence in their own language
We are going up the St. Lawrence today passed
two ships & we passed one yesterday & one another
day This is a lovely day I expect you are putting
in corn.

No More at Present

M. [Mary?] Smyth

(Written Top of Page 1)

I have got no
Pen so I don t
know how
you will
read it

(Written Top of Page 4, upside down)

Hope you are all well since we left

Transcribed by Elizabeth Prentice