Dispatched to New York

We found this receipt amongst the Uttoxeter overseers accounts which shows that they paid £20 for the Erams family for passage from Liverpool to New York on the ship Glasgow. This was an American ship making its first return voyage to the US. It came into Liverpool in May 1832 with a cargo of cotton bales. The Glasgow left Liverpool on 18 June and arrived in New York on 30 July 1832. Passage in steerage cost £2 per head, so the family may have comprised as many as 10 persons. No wonder the Uttoxeter overseers were keen to dispatch them so far away! Reports of arrivals in American newspapers estimate the number of steerage passengers on the Glasgow at 160, which must have made the family’s 6-week journey a rather crowded one.

Bernard ticket