The Ship “Scandinavia”

The ship “Skandinavia,” according to Clara Cook in Homestead (p. 26), was the ocean vessel bringing Elias Borreson and his wife Kari Eriksdatter to America in 1869. She indicates they left May 11, their route being La Crosse.

What more can we learn, I wondered? I came across the site which has listings of immigrant ships, manifest of passengers, and more. There I found the “Scandinavia” listed, including a departure May 11, 1869 from Christiania (Oslo). This looked promising, although a search didn’t yield our ancestors’ names. I gathered that was due to the incompleteness of the records to date.

On the same site was this copy of an announcement from Anchor Line:

Anchor Line Scandinavian service - 1869 booklet

The announcement for the Anchor Line Scandinavian service is from an 1869 booklet that was issued by the Henderson Brothers, general agents for the line. They were based in Christiania. The booklet gives information about intended sailings from Christiania every Tuesday afternoon at 5 o’clock, calling at Christiansand on Wednesday morning at 10 o’clock. The ships would sail for Edinburgh and Glasgow, to connect with the line’s transatlantic steams which would be leaving out of Glasgow for New York twice a week. For steerage accommodation from Christiania . . . to New York, the fee was 33 Speciedaler (about $39), 2nd class accommodation was 42 Spd. (about $49), and 1st class was between 75 and 85 Spd.” [Note on the above: May 11, 1869 is a Tuesday – this fits.]

“The first general agent in Norway was David Aleksander Bruun Murray (1869), as representative of Henderson Brothers in Glasgow. The authorization was to convey emigrants by steamship from Kristiania to Leith, from Leith by railway to Glasgow, and from there by steamship to New York, and by railway to the final destination in America.”

Assuming that Clara’s information is correct, we may have the route by which Elias and Kari came to Wisconsin in 1869. More on this in the next post….

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4 Responses to The Ship “Scandinavia”

  1. Sandra (Borreson) Kretlow says:

    I belong to I have been working on entries from Clara book onto a family tree on . I was looking up Elias Borresen and Kari Erksdatter on when their ship came in. I have found a difference from what Clara has stated. They both arrived Jun 8, 1869 at age 30. Under Race and Nationality it is listed as Swedish probably because the ships origin was Sweden. Departed from Glasgow, Scotland and Londonderry, Ireland destination USA. Arrival: New York by the ship named Britannia. Which is different than what Clara states.

    • Glenn says:

      Thanks for the correction, Sandy. I am wondering if they were listed as Swedish because Norway was still under Sweden’s rule at the time they immigrated to America.

  2. Mark Schwartz says:

    You said you found a website,, and I have recently found another norwegian record website, As long as you know where your ancestors were from in Norway, you can search or read through census and vital records. I am not descended from the Borresons, just the Estensons. My father, John Schwartz, was the son of Frank and Irene Schwartz (nee Boe). She was the daughter of Ole and Gina Boe (nee Estenson), and she was the daughter of Peter and Fredrikke Estenson (nee Flikkeshaug). Peter was the brother of Bertinus, as recorded in the book Homestead by Clara Cook. Really like your website! Always wanted to have a relative blog!

    • Glenn says:

      Thanks for stopping by the blog – and making the family connection. From time to time, I hope you find a few items of interest. Yes, I have heard of that Norwegian record site you mention, but I haven’t explored it yet. Thanks!

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