List of ships arriving in Boston

How can I find the passenger list of a ship?

The National Archives has passenger arrival records, sometimes called “ship passenger lists,” for arrivals to the United States from foreign ports between approximately 1820 and December 1982 (with gaps). The records are arranged by port or airport of arrival.

Where did immigrants arrive in Boston?

Many newcomers initially settled in the North End and Fort Hill (near the present financial district), as older Yankee residents moved out. By mid century, however, Irish and other immigrants were fanning out to the South and West Ends and to nearby settlements in Charlestown, East Boston, Cambridge and Lynn.

What ships did immigrants sail on?

Immigration & Steamships

Vessel Year built Dimensions
Adriatic 1857 3,670 tons
Adriatic 1906 24,563 tons; 709′ x 75′
Africa 1850 2,227 tons
Alaska 1881 6,392 tons; 500′ x 50′

What are passenger lists?

Passenger lists are typically used by family historians to document their immigrant ancestor’s trip to their new country, but don’t overlook the possibility of finding ancestors who were visiting relatives, traveling for business, or for pleasure.

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