Clearance Emigrant Ships
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Emigrant Ships Admiral

(in August 1851 it was sent to Loch Boisdale on South Uist to bring people, a lot of them by force to Canada)
Source: The Highland Clearances by John Prebble, page 265 Asia

(Around 1841, three hundred Ross-shire emigrants sailed in her but she did not get further than Plymouth. There her rotten hold filled with water and she was declared unfit. Her passengers, who had been close to starvation since she left Cromarty, were put ashore and all record of what happened to them was lost.)
Source: The Highland Clearances by John Prebble, page 198


(Just before Christmas 1852, after three years of demoralizing delay, the people of Sollas sailed for Campbeltown in the steamer Celt. The old, the sick and the unwanted were left on the island, listening to a piper's lament until the ship could no longer be seen. At Campbelton the people joined other emigrants from Harris ansd Skye aboard the frigate Hercules. She sailed on 26 December. When she stopped at Queenstown for water and mails, there was already smallpox belox decks.)
Source: The Highland Clearances by John Prebble, page 264


In 1836 the Colonial Office was told (and this after the passing of a third Emigration Act) that when the Ceres and the Kingston arrived at Nova Scotia the former was without water, and the latter had enough for a day only. The Kingston, with 340 passengers, was carrying far more than the legal number, and aboard the Ceres the rotten wood of temporary berths had collapsed, killing two children. Despite certain suffering, and possible death, many people without the passage money stowed away aboard the emigrant ships. his happened so frequently that Customs officers took constables and coastguards aboard when they checked the sailing-lists, and they searched each ship before it sailed.
Source: The Highland Clearances by John Prebble, page 195


Australia was happy to welcome the emigrants, and those whom the Society sent later in the Militiades, the John Gray, the Chance Gray, the Chance and the Flora. They were offered immediate employment, in sheep-stations. (Circa 1851?)
Source: The Highland Clearances by John Prebble, page 205


In the Summer of 1801, George Dunoon advertised the sailing of the Sarah and the Dove from Fort William for Pictou. Had the laws then governing slave-ships applied to these emigrant vessels, they would not have been allowed to carry more than 489 passengers. Dunoon filled the tiny holds with 700, emigrants from Lord Reay's country, from the clan-lands of Seaforth, Fraser and Cameron. If they believed his promise that in Nova Scotia they would find a tree that supplied fuel, soap and sugar (he probably meant the maple) they may have found the nightmare voyage endurable, but it is unlikely. Forty-nine people died on the Sarah alone, and the suffering of all was so terrible that it was remembered in Nova Scotia for more than a century.

Two years after the departure of the Sarah and the Dove Thomas Thelford... did a report and he urged that something be done to prevent over-crowding to guarantee adequate provisions for all the emigrants. The passenger Act of 1803, which followed, produced some odd responses...
Source: The Highland Clearances by John Prebble, page 194


It carried in 1813 people, Gunns from Kildonan, to Canada. Seven of them applied for grants of land in Selkirk settlement. Selkirk took 100 of them and these made the party that sailed from Stromness on The Prince of Wales, in convoy with the Eddystone which arrived with servants and officials of the Selkirk's settlement, and under the protection of a sloop-of-war. Selkirk was no philanthropist, he made it clear that the sea-passage would cost each emigrant 10 pounds. The money was paid, and many of the people were able to bank more with Selkirk, to be drawn upon when they reached Canada.
Source: The Highland Clearances by John Prebble, page 114

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