M993X.5.1529.2 | Searching for stowaways

 
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Wood engraving
Searching for stowaways
Anonyme - Anonymous
1850, 19th century
Ink on newsprint - Wood engraving
12.5 x 15.3 cm
M993X.5.1529.2
© McCord Museum
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Keywords:  Figure (1339) , Figure (1339) , Print (10661)
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This illustration was published in a section of the Illustrated London News on July 6, 1850 next to an article devoted to emigration in Great Britain. This excerpt deals with people who stowed away on the immigrant ships:

"The scene in the Waterloo dock, at Liverpool, where all the American sailing packets are stationed, is at all times a very busy one; but, on the morning of the departure of a large ship, with a full complement of emigrants, it is peculiarly exciting and interesting. The passengers have undergone inspection, and many of them have taken up their quarters on board for twenty-four hours previously, as they are entitled to do by terms of the act of Parliament. Many of them bring, in addition to the boxes and trunks containing their worldly wealth, considerable quantities of provisions, although it must be confessed that the scale fixed by the Government to be supplied to them by the ship is sufficiently liberal to keep in health and comfort all among them, who, in their ordinary course of life, were not accustomed to animal food. (...)

Vessels carrying as many as 100 passengers must be provided with a seafaring person to act as passenger's cook, and also with a proper cooking apparatus. A convenient place must be set apart on deck for cooking, and a proper supply of fuel shipped for the voyage. The whole to be subject to the approval of the emigration officer."

Taken from the article accompanying this image in The Illustrated London News, July 6, 1850.