Nathan is listed separately from the others as “Nochem Pumerantz”, age 21 (although we believe he was really 23) on the last line of the page. Chana-Raisel is listed as 40 although she was most likely 43 or 44.
The FRIESLAND / LA PLATA was built 1889. 7 ,116 gross tons, length 437ft x beam 51.2ft, clipper stem, one funnel, four masts (rigged for sail), steel hull, single screw and a speed of 15 knots. Accommodation for 226-1st, 102-2nd and 600-3rd class passengers. Built by J & G.Thomson, Glasgow and launched for the Red Star Line on 15th Aug.1889. Her maiden voyage from Antwerp to New York started on 7th Dec.1889 and her last voyage on this service started on 10th Jan.1903.
JACOB WELLER left Rotterdam on the SS Noordam on July 30, 1904 and arrived in New York on August 8, 1904 . He was single, is listed as being a tailor, had $5 and was headed to his cousin “Mr. Movsahowitz at 43 Edrid St. NY”. (We have no record of any such cousin.) The ship manifest lists him as "Jacob Welles", age 20, from London.
CHANA BEREZNYAK-FRIEDMAN sailed on the SS Noordam, leaving Rotterdam on April 8th, 1905 and arriving in NY on April 19th. She stated she was going to her husband, A. Friedman at 310 "Kinsington" St., NYC. She is listed on the manifest as Chaina Friedman, age 25, wife, from Prusany and is listed as having no money.
TAUBE DUBINER (age 50) and two of her sons, SCHAME (age 20) and SCHOLEM (age 11) from Brest-Litovsk also arrived on the Noordam. They sailed from Rotterdam and arrived in NY March 3, 1908. Taube, who was already widowed, is listed as being 4'10.5" tall with brown hair while Schame was 5'4" tall with brown hair and gray eyes. The were all headed to Taube's other son, Davis-Libe Dubiner who was living at 42 Gouverneur St. in NY.
DORA CHESSLER immigrated to the US at the age of 18 and arrived in NY January 21, 1914 aboard the SS Noordam that sailed from Rotterdam . She stated she was from "Wisoiki, Russia" and was going to her brother, Yankel Czesler at 317-319 E. 3rd Street, NYC.
CHAIA SAFER-BLINDERMAN and two of her daughters, RACHEL BLINDERMAN and ANNA BLINDERMAN, immigrated to the US on June 9, 1914. Chaia listed her brother "Izik Safer" as her closest relative back home.
NOORDAM / KUNGSHOLM 1901
The NOORDAM was a 12,531 gross ton vessel built in 1901 by Harland & Wolff, Belfast for the Dutch company, Holland America Line. Her details were - - length 550.3ft x beam 62.3ft, one funnel, two masts, twin screw and a speed of 15 knots. There was accommodation for 286-1st, 292-2nd and 1,800-3rd class passengers. Launched on 28th Sep.1901, she sailed from Rotterdam on her maiden voyage to New York on 1st May 1902. On 17th Oct.1914 she was damaged by a mine in the North Sea, but repaired and resumed sailing on 26th Mar.1915. On 3rd Aug.1917 she was again damaged by a mine and was then laid up for the duration of the war. She resumed service between Rotterdam, Plymouth, Brest and New York on 9th Mar.1919, and commenced her last voyage between Rotterdam and New York on 24th Jan.1923. She then went to the Swedish America Line, who refitted her to carry 478-cabin class and 1,800-3rd class passengers and renamed her KUNGSHOLM. On 15th Mar.1923 she started sailings between Gothenburg and New York, and on 7th Nov.1924 between Gothenburg, Halifax and New York. On 6th Oct.1926 she went back to her previous name of NOORDAM and resumed sailing between Rotterdam and New York and in December of that year, became a third class passenger ship only. She commenced her last voyage on this service on 16th Apr.1927, was then sold and scrapped at Hendrik Ido Ambacht in 1928. [North Atlantic Seaway by N.R.P.Bonsor, vol.3. p913.]
PAULINE SAFER arrived on the POTSDAM August 23, 1904. The Potsdam Ship’s Manifest lists “Pesche Seifer” on the 3rd line. It says she was 20 when she arrived in 1904, she was a “tailoress”, she paid her own passage, she had $2.50 with her and she was going to her brother-in-law—J. Friedman 127 E. 59th St. ??? She is also listed on the Detained Aliens list. The reason for her detention is listed as "Sis" (whereas others are listed as "Bro") and the disposition is "Cousin, Mrs. Fanny Friedman, Date: 24 AUG 1904, Meals: 1 bkfst, 1 dinner, 1 supper". To date, we do not know who Fanny Friedman is.
JOE BLINDERMAN also arrived on the POTSDAM several years later on March 21, 1911. He listed his brother-in-law Abraham Friedman on 115 Broome Street at his US destination.
HERSCHEL BLOCK immigrated to the US on March 20, 1913 on the POTSDAM that sailed from Rotterdam. He came from "Pusene, Russia" and he was 26 years of age and married. He listed his wife, "Rochel Bliacher" as his nearest relative from whence he came and stated he was going to his brother-in-law, Nathan Pomerantz who was living at 433 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn at the time.
The POTSDAM was a 12,606 gross ton ship, built in 1899 by Blohm & Voss, Hamburg for the Holland-America Line. Her details were - length 550ft x beam 62ft, one funnel, two masts, twin screw and a speed of 15 knots. There was accommodation for 282-1st, 210-2nd and 1,800-3rd class passengers. Launched on 15/12/1899, she sailed from Rotterdam on her maiden voyage to New York on 17/5/1900. In 1904 her funnel was lengthened by 23 ft to improve draught and made this ship easily recognizable. She commenced her last voyage from Rotterdam to New York on 24/4/1915, and then went to the Swedish American Line and was renamed "Stockholm".
The Pennsylvania sailed from Hamburg. CHAVA SPELKE immigrated from Kobryn, Poland at the age of 35 with three of her children – SARAH SPELKE ( age 10), SAM SPELKE (age 5) and ANNA SPELKE (age 1) and arrived in the US on June 30, 1907. Her husband David had immigrated to the US in 1904 and was working as a blacksmith – although we suspect – based on their daughter Anna's age, David made at least one trip back to Kobryn. Their youngest son, Henry, was born in the US in 1908.
PENNSYLVANIA / NANSEMOND 1896
The PENNSYLVANIA was a 12,891 gross ton ship, length 557.5ft x beam 62ft, one funnel, four masts, twin screw and a speed of 14 knots. There was accommodation for 162-1st, 197-2nd and 2,382-3rd class passengers. Built by Harland & Wolff, Belfast, she was launched for Hamburg America Line on 10th Sep.1896. Her maiden voyage from Belfast to New York started on 30th Jan.1897 and on 22nd Mar. 1897 she commenced Hamburg - New York sailings. On 24th Sep.1902 she rescued the crew of 13 from the sinking Norwegian barque BOTHNIA who had been fighting against rising water for 17 days. The PENNSYLVANIA rammed and sank the Hamburg schooner GERTRUD on 8th Mar.1910 in the mouth of the River Elbe. The same year she was rebuilt to 13,333 gross tons with accommodation for 404-2nd and 2,200-3rd class passengers and on 18th Jul.1914 commenced her last Hamburg - New York sailing. At the outbreak of the Great War, she took refuge in New York and in April 1917 was seized by US Authorities. Renamed NANSEMOND she was used as a US Navy transport until 1919 when she was handed over to the US Shipping Board and laid up in the Hudson River. In 1924 she was scrapped.[North Atlantic Seaway by N.R.P.Bonsor, vol.1,p.402][Great Passenger Ships of the World by Arnold Kludas, vol.1,p.32]
CELIA BLINDERMAN (indexed as Ciwje Blmderman) immigrated to the US March 15, 1910 on the SS Rijndam at the age of 16. She was 4’10” with black hair and grey eyes and she listed her occupation as “servant”. She and her sister Ronya who arrived in 1913 both listed Abram Friedman, 260 Madison St., NYC as their contact in the US.
Built by Harlan & Wolff Limited, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 1901. 12,527 gross tons; 575 (bp) feet long; 62 feet wide. Steam triple expansion engines, twin screw. Service speed 15 knots. 2,282 passengers (286 first class, 196 second class, 1,800 third class). Built for Holland - America Line, Dutch flag, in 1901 and named Rijndam. Rotterdam-New York service. Laid up in 1917 due to World War I. Chartered by United States Navy, American flag, in 1918. Used as a troopship. Rotterdam-New York service 1919-28. Scrapped in Holland in 1929.
DAVIS-LIBE DUBINER, age 19, (aka David Rubin) also immigrated on the Rotterdam. He sailed from Rotterdam to NY arriving July 23, 1900. He was single, from Wisoki-Litovsk and was traveling to his brother, M. Dubiner at 27 Market St. in NY.
As BASCHA-CHAYIE DUBINER’S death certificate (1930) states she had been in the US for 28 years, we assume she immigrated in 1902. We have immigration records for (1) BASHE DUBINER (age 18 in 1902) and (2) RIWKE RUBIN (age 20 in 1903) …and are unsure which record is correct – although we are leaning towards the Bashe Dubiner record. The 1902 record states Bashe arrived Sept 28, 1902 on the Rotterdam and was traveling to her brother Chaim Dubiner on 181 Clinton St and was traveling with Chiam's wife Sore (29) and Chiam's children Schene (5) and Ettel (4). We have two unknown Dubiner's... could one be Chiam?
RONYA BLINDERMAN immigrated on the SS Rotterdam on March 20, 1913. Ronya and her sister Celia (who arrived in 1910) both listed Abram Friedman, 260 Madison St., NYC as their contact in the US.
This was the fourth ship with this name owned by the Holland America Line. She was a 24,149 gross ton ship, length 650.5ft x beam 77.4ft, two funnels, two masts, twin screw and a speed of 16 knots. There was accommodation for 530-1st, 555-2nd and 2,124-3rd class passengers. Built by Harland & Wolff, Belfast, she was launched on 3rd Mar.1908 and on 13th Jun.1908 started her maiden voyage from Rotterdam to New York. Her last voyage started on 23rd Feb.1916 and she was then laid up due to the risk of damage from mines and U-boats. She resumed Rotterdam - Brest - New York sailings on 24th Jan.1919 and in 1920 was converted from coal to oil fuel. In Apr.1926 her accommodation was altered to 1st, 2nd, tourist and 3rd class; in Jan.1930 to 1st, tourist and 3rd class; in Jun.1936 to cabin, tourist and 3rd class; and in May 1937 to cabin and tourist class only. Her last Rotterdam - New York - Rotterdam voyage started on 21st Nov.1939 and in Jan.1940 she was scrapped at Hendrik Ido Ambacht. [North Atlantic Seaway by N.R.P.Bonsor, vol.3,p.913]
KASRIL WEALER and his wife SARAH BLITZ-WEALER immigrated from Vilna, Poland in 1912 with their two year old son, LOUIS WEALER. Their ship landed in Galveston, TX. On the way over, Louis contracted chicken-pox and they were quarantined until he recovered. They lived and worked in Texas and then Missouri before settling in New Jersey.
BRESLAU / BRIDGEPORT / LARKSPUR 1901
The BRESLAU was a 7,524 gross ton ship, length 429.3ft x beam 54.3ft, one funnel, two masts, twin screw and a speed of 13 knots. Accommodation for 60-2nd and 1,660-3rd class passengers. Built by Bremer Vulkan, Vegesack, she was launched for North German Lloyd, Bremen on 14th Aug.1901. Her maiden voyage started 23rd Nov.1901 when she left Bremen for New York , and on 3rd Apr.1902 she started her first Bremen - Baltimore sailing. 10th Sep.1903 first Bremen - Baltimore - Galveston voyage, 24th Mar.1910 first Bremen - Philadelphia and 6th May 1914 first Bremen - Boston - New Orleans sailing. Her last voyage for NGL started 8th Jul.1914 when she sailed from Bremen for Emden , Boston , New York and New Orleans , where she took refuge on the outbreak of the Great War. Seized by US Authorities in Apr.1917, she became the US Navy transport BRIDGEPORT . In 1943 she was converted to the US Hospital ship LARKSPUR and in 1946 became the US Army Transport BRIDGEPORT. Scrapped in 1948.
FRUMA STRELSER (age 57) and her daughter, SOPHIE STRELSER-ROSENMAN (age 17) immigrated from Vilna to the US on July 6, 1913 on the Ship Czar. They paid their passage themselves and had $50. Fruma is listed as a housewife and Sophie (listed as Scheina) was a "tailoress". Sophie is listed as 5'3". My earliest memories of Sophie are that she was considerably shorter than me - and I'm only 5'2"! "Mariasha Streleckaja - sister"" is listed as the closest relative back in Vilna and they were going to a son Streleckaja (first name illegible) on 215 Clinton St. in NYC.
All of Fruma’s other children had immigrated prior to their arrival. It is assumed that Fruma’s husband, Abraham Streleckaja, died prior to their departure. Upon immigration, the name was changed from Streleckaja to Strelser.
CZAR / ESTONIA / PULASKI / EMPIRE PENRYN 1912
The CZAR was a 6,503 gross ton ship, built by Barclay, Curle & Co, Glasgow in 1912 for the Russian American Line. Her details were - length 425ft x beam 53.2ft, two funnels, two masts, twin screw and a speed of 15 knots. There was accommodation for 30-1st, 260-2nd and 1,086-3rd & 4th class passengers. Launched on 23rd March 1912 , she sailed from Libau on her maiden voyage to Copenhagen and New York on 30th May 1912 . Her last voyage on this service started on 17th Jul.1914 and on 13th Sep.1914 she commenced Archangel - New York sailings. After the Russian revolution, she was transferred to British registry and placed under the management of the Cunard SS Co. and in 1921 was returned to the East Asiatic Co of Copenhagen (owners of the Russian American Line). They renamed her ESTONIA and placed her on the transatlantic service under the description of Baltic American Line. On 11th Jan.1921 she sailed from Glasgow for New York , Danzig and Libau, and on 23rd Feb.1921 commenced Libau - Danzig - Boston - New York sailings. In Feb.1925 she was refitted to accommodate 290-cabin and 500-3rd class passengers and in Mar.1926 was again altered to 110-cabin, 180-tourist and 500-3rd class. Her last Danzig - Copenhagen - Halifax - New York voyage started on 31st Jan.1930 and she was then sold to the Polish owned Gdynia-America Line. On 13th Mar.1930 she started a single round voyage between Danzig , Copenhagen , Halifax and New York and was then renamed PULASKI. She started sailing between Danzig , Halifax and New York under this name on 25th Apr.1930 and commenced her last N.Atlantic voyage - Gdynia - Copenhagen - Halifax - New York on 18th Aug.1935. Transferred to the Gdynia - Buenos Aires service on 28th Feb.1936 and started her last voyage on this route on 21st Apr.1939. On 24th Aug.1939, just before the outbreak of WWII, she sailed from Gdynia for Falmouth and was used as a troopship during WWII, was renamed EMPIRE PENRYN under British registry in 1946 and was scrapped at Blyth in 1949. [North Atlantic Seaway by N.R.P. Bonsor, vol.3, p.1356; vol.4, p.1511-12] [South Atlantic Seaway by N.R.P. Bonsor, p.465]