John Smuin and Family Arrive in America 8 July 1869

Ship SS Cella built 1862 brought John Smuin Family to America in 1869

John Smuin and Jane Honey immigrated on 8 July 1869 to United States John Smuin, 48, M, labourer, Jane Smuin, 46, F, John Smuin, 16, M, Eliza Jane Smuin, 10, F, and Louisa Smuin, 5, F, arrived at the Port of New York on 8 July 1869, aboard the SS Cella from London; English citizens, attending to reside in New York.

When they arrived in New York, the family did not have enough money to all travel to Salt Lake, so they sent sixteen year old John on ahead, and waited for two years for the family to save enough to bring them to Zion by train

Here is the New York Passenger List:Smuin, John Family NY Passenger List 1869

Smuin, John Family NY Passenger List 1869. entry

Ship SS Cella

The CELLA was a 2,058 gross ton ship, length 297.4ft x beam 34.4ft, clipper stem, one funnel, three masts (rigged for sail), iron hull, single screw and a speed of 10 knots. There was accommodation for 16-1st, 50-2nd and 500-3rd class passengers. Built by Neptune Iron Works, Waterford (engines by Smith & Rodger, Glasgow), she was launched for the British owned London & New York Steamship Line in 1863. Her maiden voyage started on 8th Jul.1863 when she sailed from Liverpool for Queenstown (Cobh) and New York. On 1st Sep.1863 she started her first London – Havre – New York voyage and started her last sailing on this service on 5th Dec.1869. Sold to the Hughes Line of Liverpool in 1870 and used on the Liverpool – Suez – Bombay route. In 1881 she was chartered to Cie Bordelaise in Feb.1881 and made two Bordeaux – New York sailings. In 1887 she was sold to Turkish owners and renamed SHARKI. No longer listed in 1891. [North Atlantic Seaway by N.R.P.Bonsor, vol.2,p.597]

Here’s an interesting report from that passage:

“Steamship Cella Gleadell, London, April 10, via Havre, 14th, with merchandise and 526 passengers, to Howland & Aspinwall. Had strong westerly wind the entire passage; about 10 miles S. E. of Scilly passed a newly coppered vessel—bottom up—about 160 feet long.”


Passenger Ship Index Roll 322

National Archives Microcopy Series M-237 List Dec 1869-Jan 11 1870 # 1368-1435 # 1-20 NOTE:These are NOT passenger lists but a list of the ships that are on Roll 322.

CODE:Ship #/Ship name/Port of Departure/Date of Arrival/Captain

ALL ships arrive Port Of New York

Ship SS Cella dep 1869

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