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Ships' Passenger Lists


The Polaria sailed April 4, 1883 from Hamburg to New York. Among its passengers were the Roloff family and several others listing Osterwein, East Prussia as their last residence.

Polaria Manifest

Carl Roloff would go on to homestead in North Dakota with his wife Auguste, and daughters Auguste and Emelia (who apparently traveled separately from the family. Theresa, of course, came to Chicago. The son Herman Roloff was previously unknown to us. Note that, after the Roloffs, we have "Franz" Heinrich, Male, 19 years old, from Osterwein, Arbeiter. I believe that this is really Fritz, Friedrich Robert Heinrich, Jr. Following him is J. (Johann?) Zulewsky with his wife Bertha. I believe Bertha is another - the eldest - Roloff daughter, sister to our great-grandmother Theresa and namesake of our Grandma Bertha Heinrich Ziemer Kelm.

About the Polaria:

The Polaria was built by C. Mitchell & Co., Walker-on-Tyne in 1882 for the Carr Line of Hamburg. She was a 2724 gross ton ship, length 300' x beam 38.2', straight stem, one funnel, two masts, iron construction, single screw, and a speed of 10 knots. There was accommodation for 1,100 3rd class passengers only. Launched on Feb. 2, 1882, she sailed on her maiden voyage from Hamburg to New York on April 27, 1882. In April 1888 she made her last Hamburg - New York voyage for the Carr Line, and in May of that year went to the Hamburg America Line with the rest of the Carr Line fleet. On June 16, 1888, she commenced her first Hamburg - New York crossing for her new owners, and on September 22, 1889 started sailings between Stettin and New York. She commenced her last voyage on this service on March 2 1893 ( 20 round voyages) and on June 6 1895 started her last Hamburg - New York voyage. On August 28, 1895 she commenced her last Hamburg - Philadelphia - Baltimore crossing. In July 1903 she went to a British company and later the same year was resold to German owners and scrapped in 1904 at Hamburg. - From North Atlantic Seaway by N.R.P. Bonsor, Vol.1, p. 395. (posted by Ted Finch 11 Jan 1998)

On the Australia, Louise Hardt HEINRICH is listed with D. (Daniel?), Gotliebe, and Adolf GERGOLLA in the ship's register as the steamer left Hamburg on April 26, 1883. The German list identifies her as a 59-year old Frau from Osterwein. The Gergollas are 52 and Adolf 12. They traveled steerage, arriving in New York Harbor (probably processed by immigration officials at Temple Garden) on May 14. The New York list describes Louise as "mother-in-law" and credits her with one box of luggage.

Australia Manifest

About the Australia:

The Australia of 1882 was built by C.Mitchell & Co. of Walker-on-Tyne, England, in 1881 for the Carr Line of Germany. She was a 2119 gross ton vessel, length 297.9ft x beam 37.1ft, one funnel, two (extremely tall) masts, iron construction, single screw and a speed of 10 knots. There was accommodation for 800-3rd class passengers only. Launched on 16/4/1881, she sailed from Hamburg on her maiden voyage to New York on 9/6/1881 and commenced her last Hamburg - New York run for this company on 9/5/1888. In May 1888, she went to the Hamburg America Line and resumed sailing from Hamburg to New York on 3/7/1888 for three round voyages. Transferred to the Stettin - NY service on 14/6/1889 for one round voyage and commenced her last run from Hamburg to Baltimore on 5/2/1896. On 26/1/1902 she stranded in the River Scheldt near Antwerp and on 27/1/1902 she broke in two. [Posted to the Emigration-Ships Mailing List by Ted Finch - 10 September 1997]

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