|1837 - 1849||1850 -1862|
Most of the people in Ole Nattestad's party settled in Fox River at Jefferson Prairie.
Nearly all the emigrants of 1839 sailed from Gothenburg, only one vessel sailed directly from Norway to America.
During this year the first settlers also started to arrive in Koshkonong.
|Brig "Washington": Belonged to timber-merchant and ship-owner H.E. Møller in Porsgrunn. The vessel had a gross tonnage of 90.1/2 kml. She sailed in the spring of 1842 from Larvik with a cargo of iron from Fritzø ironworks. 63 emigrants from Telemark were onboard. She arrived in New York on July 30. The passage had lasted 55 days. The captain was Herman Roosen Smith. There was a cholera outbreak on Washington, but nobody died. Letters and reports of this passage were printed in the paper "Skiensposten" July 22 and September 5.|
|"Ellida" departed Drammen beginning of June with 43 out of the 63 people from Tinn who emigrated this year. When she arrived in New York August 8, 9 of the passengers were dead. The captain was Jansen from Flekkefjord.|
|The ketch "Prøven" left Langesund June 18 for Le Havre. Arrived July 12. They continued their voyage on the American vessel "Tuskina", which departed July 28 and arrived in New York September 5.|
The following vessels were according to the newspapers occupied in the emigrant trade this year:
|Vessel's name||Captain's name||Owner/Home port||Departure||Arrival|
|Columbus||Capt Chr. Hassel||Duus in Kragerø|
|Æolus||Thorbjørnsen||H. Biørn in Kragerø||Kragerø||New York via Le Havre|
|Vinterflid||O. Ellingsen||Hans Cappelen in Skien||New York|
|Salvator||Johan Gasmann||Jacob Müller in Porsgrunn||May 12||New York July 13|
|Washington||Leutenant Herman Schmidt||Porsgrunn||May||New York|
|Axel & Valborg||Cornelius Blom||Le Havre|
|Thora||Johnsen||M.C. Mathiesen's widow in Porsgrunn||New York|
|Vandringsmanden||C.F. Wamberg||Porsgrunn||New York|
|Kronprinds Oscar||Halvor Arveschoug||Porsgrunn||New York|
|Venskabet||Capt Blom||Skien||Le Havre|
|Familien||Capt Petersen||Porsgrunn||Le Havre|
|Ellida||Capt Werge||Porsgrunn||Le Havre|
|Flora||Capt W. Monrad||April||New York|
The Norwegian and Swedish Consul in Le Havre, C. G. Brostrøm, sent June
30 a letter to the Treasury Department, in which he complained about the bad condition of
the emigrants who arrived in Le Havre. He mentions 6 vessel from Bratsberg Amt which had
very bad conditions for the travellers. These were: "Thora",
"Familien", "Ellida", "Eolus", "Venskabet",
"Axel og Valborg".
This letter led to the establishing of the first emigration-commission, which were supposed to collect information and and to come up with a law to regulate the traffic. Capt. Johan Gasmann wrote to the commission in December and gave his opinion about the vessels' installations, number of passengers etc. He advised that no-one travel via Le Havre, as one could easily wait 3-4 months for a vessel to New York.
In upper Telemark 689, and in lower Telemark 429 traveller-passports were issued this year alone.
In "Skiensposten" on Friday July 7th, 1843 there was mentioned that, out of those emigrants who travelled with Capt. J. Blom to Le Havre, 28 persons is returning to Porsgrunn, because the transport to America was 3-4 times more expensive than calculated, due to the large amount of German and Norwegian emigrants arriving in Le Havre.
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