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SS Virginian 1909
« on: Thursday 08 February 18 10:35 GMT (UK) »
Hi everyone, my grandfather was one of Britain's thousands of youngsters from poorer families emigrated out to Canada in the early 20th Century. He travelled from England (Liverpool) on the SS
Virginian on the 2nd April 1909.


Does anyone know what this crossing was like? Weather conditions etc.
A tough ask I know....but no harm in asking. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. :)

Thanks

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Re: SS Virginian 1909
« Reply #1 on: Thursday 08 February 18 17:30 GMT (UK) »
Try looking at this.  I haven't read it but I wouldn't expect to see any mention of ships in it.

https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/binaries/content/assets/mohippo/pdf/c/p/apr1909.pdf
Ashford: Somerset, London
England: Devon, London, New Zealand
Holdway: Wiltshire
Hooper: Bristol, Somerset
Knowling: Devon, London
Southcott: Devon, China
Strong: Wiltshire
Watson: Cambridgeshire
White: Bristol
Windo - Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire

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Re: SS Virginian 1909
« Reply #2 on: Thursday 08 February 18 19:43 GMT (UK) »
That's very helpful, thanks. I'd found a postcard online which suggested it was a rough crossing and your link confirms a deep and significant depression out in the northern Atlantic in the early days of April.
As the conditions for steerage passengers on the steamers was well-known to be challenging at the best of times, I can imagine that a significant storm would have caused a world of suffering. Poor people.
THANKS AGAIN

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Re: SS Virginian 1909
« Reply #3 on: Thursday 08 February 18 20:00 GMT (UK) »
Glad you found it helpful.  ;D    As I said I didn't really read it just had a quick glance to see if it might be suitable.
Ashford: Somerset, London
England: Devon, London, New Zealand
Holdway: Wiltshire
Hooper: Bristol, Somerset
Knowling: Devon, London
Southcott: Devon, China
Strong: Wiltshire
Watson: Cambridgeshire
White: Bristol
Windo - Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire