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1868 Voyage of the St. Andrew

(The following was written by Isabelle Reid McLeod, b.1858 in Dalmellington Scotland and d. 1929 in Hancock Co. IA, date unknown, and was in the possession of Maude (Olson) McCormick. With thanks to Donald McCormick, Isabelle's great-great-grandson.)

Isabelle sailed on the St. Andrew from Glasgow with her parents in 1868. In later years she wrote down her memory of the trip. She misremembered the year of the sailing.

C-4522 ST. ANDREW Glasgow, Scotland 1868-04-15 / Dublin (Kingstown), Ireland 1868-04-16 / Londonderry (Moville), Ireland 1868-04-17 Quebec, Que. 1868-05-03
(MTL) Montreal Ocean Steamship Company (Allan Line) List Number: 2; Captain Edward Scott

From the passenger list:
McLeod, John 47
McLeod, Agnes 32
McLeod, Mary 11
McLeod, Isabella R. 9
McLeod, Agnes I. 6
McLeod, Janet 3
McLeod, John inf

When I was comparatively young my folks thought fit to leave their native land in order to make the U. States of America the land of their adoption. So to attain such we took shipping at the Broomilee, on the river Clyde, Glasgow. It was on the 14th April 1869. All hands and passengers having got on board the St. Andrews, that was destined to carry us to our future home, we set sail down the noble river. That proved a smooth and delightful sail until we came past the north of Ireland, but as soon as we fairly passed there and the roll of the ocean made our vessel toss with the salt breeze blowing nausea set in among the passengers, it changed the appearance of matters very much. In the course of a few hours some where about 400 who before were hearty, gleeful and full of spirit were knocked down by it. Very few escaped it. In about the course of a week the most of them were up and able to go round again. Then all went well for a while ---- we use to gather up on deck to see the billows gather in great form ---- then they would break up and disperse in a hundred forms. One day a Sabbath it was too, the sea began to seethe and boil. ( what the sailors called a ground swell ) so that the vessel began to heave and toss at a tremendous rate, in fact, to such an extent that the passengers were all put down below and the hatches closed to prevent them going on deck to see what was going on and also to prevent them from being carried overboard, but by the creaking of the cordage and the incessant tramp, tramp, tramp of the seamen in the discharge of their arduous duties combined with the heaving and lurching of the vessel purely indicated that the storm was terrific, not one of us could walk or stand while it lasted, no, nor even sit without having a fast hold of something or other. By the next morning it had to a considerable extent passed off and in a day or two all was again tranquil. The next thing that seemed noteworthy was the great quantity of ice that floated around us. The Gulf of the St. Lawerence was a literal cover with it. We, however, passed among it at a very slow rate and reached Quebec on Sabbath the 3rd May. So wishing Capt. Edward Scott and the fine old vessel St. Andrew good bye every one took his own way perhaps to meet some other day ---- Meet did say, no, very few of us will ever meet: The greater number were going to various parts of Canada. Some to different parts of U. States of America. The good bye that was there and then exchanged will be a long and lasting one.

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