Alcoholics Anonymous history topics: Sister Ignatia Gavin's childhood, sailing from Queenstown, Cobh, County Cork, Ireland to America, in 1896, on the SS Indiana, A.A. history
 
Seven-year-old Ignatia sails from
Ireland to America in 1896

by Fiona D. (County Mayo, Ireland)

Sister Ignatia (Bridget Della Mary Gavin) was born on 1 January 1889 at Shanvalley, Burren, in County Mayo, and died on 1 April 1966 in Cleveland, Ohio.

The harbor at Queenstown (today called Cobh) during the 1890's, the port where Sister Ignatia left Ireland to go to America

The harbor at Queenstown (Cobh),
County Cork, Ireland, in the 1890's

March 28, 2009

On further research of the emigration records I have found that the Gavin Family sailed from Queenstown (now Cobh) in Cork to Philadelphia USA on April 2nd 1896, arriving in Philadelphia on 17th April 1896. The Gavin family were not "two boaters", they sailed directly from Queenstown to Philadelphia, as has been reported in other accounts. The terms two-boater and three-boater were coined to describe Irish-American families whose meandering migratory paths to the United States had begun with a sea voyage from Ireland to Newfoundland.
The port at Queenstown (today called Cobh) in Ireland during the 1890's, Sister Ignatia going to America

The harbor at Queenstown (Cobh),
County Cork, Ireland, in the 1890's

They sailed on the SS Indiana which was built in 1873. She belonged to the International Navigation Co of New Jersey, which later became the American Line.

SS Indiana, Sister Ignatia going to America

The SS Indiana

This was a 3,104 gross ton ship, length 343ft x beam 43ft, one funnel, two masts, iron construction, single screw and a speed of 12 knots. There was accommodation for 46 first, 132 intermediate and 789 third class passengers. Built by W. Cramp & Sons, Philadelphia, she was launched on 25 March 1873. She commenced her first voyage on 27 October 1873 when she sailed from Philadelphia for Queenstown (Cobh) and Liverpool. On 6 March 1889 she was chartered to Red Star Line and completed a single round voyage from Antwerp to New York. In 1891 she was fitted with triple expansion engines and rebuilt to accommodate intermediate and 3rd class passengers only. On 1 December 1897 she commenced her last voyage from Liverpool to Philadelphia and 28 March 1898 sailed from Philadelphia for Seattle, where she was sold for service on the Pacific. On 3 April 1909 she was wrecked at Cape Tosco, Mexico.

Fiona D.


Irish emigrants

Irish emigrants at the harbor at Queenstown (Cobh)


Below is a transcript of the details recorded for the Gavin Family.

Name: Pat GAVIN
Date of departure: 2 April 1896
Port of departure: Queenstown
Destination port: Philadelphia
Destination country: USA
Date of Birth:
Age: Adult
Sex: Male
Occupation: Labr
Notes:
Passenger recorded on: Page 2 of 3

Name: Barbara GAVIN
Date of departure: 2 April 1896
Port of departure: Queenstown
Destination port: Philadelphia
Destination country: USA
Date of Birth:
Age: Adult
Marital Status: Married
Sex: Female
Occupation: Wife
Notes:
Passenger recorded on: Page 2 of 3

Name: Bgt GAVIN
Date of departure: 2 April 1896
Port of departure: Queenstown
Destination port: Philadelphia
Destination country: USA
Date of Birth:
Age: Child
Marital Status:
Sex: Female
Occupation: Child
Notes:
Passenger recorded on: Page 2 of 3

Name: Pat GAVIN
Date of departure: 2 April 1896
Port of departure: Queenstown
Passenger destination port: Philadelphia, USA
Passenger destination: Philadelphia, USA
Date of Birth:
Age: Child
Marital status:
Sex: Male
Occupation: Son
Passenger recorded on: Page 2 of 3

Ship: INDIANA
Official Number:
Master's name: Thompson
Steamship Line:
Where bound: Philadelphia, USA
Square feet: 2456
Registered tonnage: 2426
Passengers on voyage: 58



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