When Henry Nieland emigrated from Germany,
he traveled on a ship named the SS Tarifa. The Tarifa sailed from
Liverpool, England, stopped in Queenstown, Ireland and landed in
Boston, Massachusetts on August 23, 1869. Although we have not yet
found the immigration records for Henry's two sisters, it is probable
that they traveled to America on similar steamships.
SS Tarifa was a steam powered ship, but also had provision for sailing
by wind. There were two masts and one steam funnel. Henry traveled
in the third class compartment, also known as "steerage."
The following is a description of the SS Tarifa.
"The "Tarifa" was built for the
British & North American Royal Mail Steam Packet Co. which
later became Cunard Steamship Co. She was an iron built ship launched
on January 12, 1865 by J & G Thomson of Glasgow. She was 2058
gross tons, length 292.5 ft. x beam 38.2 ft., clipper stem, one
funnel, two masts, single screw and a speed of 11 knots. There
was accommodation for 50 first and 650 third class passengers.
She made her maiden voyage on July 22, 1865 from Liverpool to
New York and then, from 1865 to 1871 sailed mostly between Liverpool,
Queenstown and NY, often with stops at Boston. Transferred on
April 11, 1871 to the Liverpool-Queenstown-Boston service until
making her last trip on July 32, 31,1873. Subsequently mostly
Liverpool-Mediterranean service. Her engines were compounded in
1879 and she made her last North Atlantic voyage on November 8,
1888 from Liverpool-Queenstown-Boston and was sold and broken
up in Italy in 1899. (Posted to the Emigration-Ships Mailing List
by Ted Finch, 15 August 1997)"
Photo: The SS Tarifa was an identical ship
to the SS Allepo, depicted here. Click
image to enlarge
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