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Saturday, April 01, 2006

Records Titanic, or Leastwise Britannic

1837online.com has inked a deal to bring online 30 million records of passengers departing British ports between 1890 and 1960.

This includes the one and only voyage of Titanic, which was made into a Hollywood blockbuster starring Kate Winslet and Leonardo di Caprio.

The estimated 30m individual records include details of emigrations to Australia, North and South America, India and Africa. [Link]
This should also include records of all those emigrants—like my Finnish great-grandparents—who switched ships in England en route to the United States, and whose voyages did not end with a late-night swim in the North Atlantic.

1837online.com will start scanning the passenger lists this month, and hopes to have them online "towards the end of this year." This effort should nicely complement Travel to the U.K.—a project due for completion this summer that will place online records of ships arriving at U.K. ports between 1910 and 1960.

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