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From: (Harry Dodsworth)
Subject: [TSL] Charles H. Marshall, Liverpool to New York, arr. Aug. 28, 1872
Date: Sun, 21 Sep 2003 14:44:53 -0400 (EDT)


The Black Ball Line was one of the best known lines of packet
ships. This was certainly one of their most unhappy voyages.
By 1872 most emigrants were travelling by steamship.

New York Times, August 29, 1872 (microfilm)
Arrived August 28
Ship Charles H. Marshall, [captain] Forester, (late Marshall)
Liverpool 49 ds with mdse and 400 passengers to C. H. Marshall & Co.
Took the northern passage, and had westerly winds throughout. Was
28 ds. W. of the Banks; had 5 deaths and 1 birth.
July 23 Capt. C. H. Marshall, a native of New York died, body
still on board.

49 days was a long passage (35 days was about average for the
packet ships). It is interesting that the Alexander Marshall, which
may have had the same owner, arrived on the same day after 25 ds.
Arrived August 28
Ship Alexander Marshall, [captain] Gardner, Liverpool,25 ds, with mdse
and 122 passengers to C. H. Marshall & Co. Made a northern passage,
and had light variable winds; was 14 ds. W. of the Banks.

New York Times, August 30, Death Notice
MARSHALL, At sea, July 24 of congestion of the brain, Capt. CHARLES
A. MARSHALL, Master of the ship Charles H. Marshall, in the 42nd year
of his age.

New York Times, August 31.
The funeral of Captain Charles A. Marshall, master of the ship
Charles H. Marshall, of the Black Ball Line, took place yesterday
from his late residence No. 17 Monroe-street. Captain John L. Taylor,
Captain Bairnson, Captain Gardner, Captain Peabody and the captains
of the Hudson and Ontario being pall bearers.

New York Times, September 4, 1872

Cruelty to Emigrants
Charges Against the Officers of the Black Ball Line

John H. Morton, boatswain of the Packet-ship Charles H. Marshall,
of the Black Ball Line to Liverpool, was sent before United States
Commissioner Osborne, yesterday, under arrest by the Commissioners
of Emigration, charged with having inhumanly treated Meyer Velt, a
German Jew, an emigrant passenger. The Marshall arrived on Thursday
[August 29], bringing 400 emigrant passengers, several of whom made
complaint of bad treatment. Similar charges have been brought against
this ship before.
Velt testified that he had been triced up with a rope and suddenly
let fall, and that the boatswain had repeatedly cuffed, kicked and
beaten him. Morton denied this, and said that he had "only shoved the
man around a little".
The Commissioner sent the prisoner back to Castle Garden, with a note
to Mr. Casserly, regretting that the law did not allow him to hold the
prisoner, and recommending that he be sent to a Police Court.
The Emigration Commisioners will investigate all the charges brought
against the management of the ship.

I was unable to find a report of further proceedings against Morton.

Harry Dodsworth Ottawa Ontario Canada

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