The purpose of this project is to record as many of the ships bringing ORIGINAL settler pioneers (Heads of the family groups) to South Africa so that researchers can identify family lines and descendants.
Secondly, current researchers who are descendants of these families will be able to identify fellow researchers.
Note : These ships do not include those in the 1820 Settler sponsored settlement programme.
Between July 7, 1858, and November 16, 1859, 2344 immigrants arrived at Algoa Bay on eight vessels:
New Great Britain
The EP Herald (December 16, 1859, p 3) published a table with the statistics of this immigration scheme which saw 4633 people arriving at the Cape - about the same number as the much more famous settlement of 1820.
Esmé Bull, Aided immigration from Britain to South Africa 1857 to 1867, Human Sciences Research Council, Pretoria, 1991 :
p 19: "It is difficult, now to imagine what conditions must have been in 1858, but imagine living for two and a half months with 226 passengers in an area less than half the sixe of a tennis court. A tennis court, wire to wire, measures 118 ft by 59 ft and the Aurifera, the smallest of the ships was 125 ft long and 24 ft 6 in wide with 6 ft 6 in headroom between decks. She carried 226 settlers. The larges vessel Gipsy Bride was 190 ft long and 38 ft wide with 7 ft 6 in headroom and carried 413 passengers."
p 28: Indian Queen (1050 tons compared to Gipsy Bride's 1487 tons) left Liverpool on 20 May 1858 with 403 settlers and arrived in PE 63 days later on 23 July 1858. "A well fitted ship which had excellent ventilation. The conduct of the passengers was very good. No illness occurred except a few cases of diarrhoea among the children. The preserved meat was bad and the supply of milk and eggs inadequate for the number of children on board. School was tolerably well attended and good progress was made... The immigrants commended both surgeon and captain for their care and attention."
How to Participate
If you have an ancestor who was an pioneer Settler who arrived by sea :
- Get yourself added as a collaborator
- Navigate to your ancestor's profile
- Under the "More Actions" link choose "Add to Project"
- Select the Ships to South Africa in the 1800's" project.
In order to become a collaborator please join the project using the request link under "actions" at the top right of the page. Visit Geni Wikitext, Unicode and images which gives a great deal of assistance. See the discussion Project Help: How to add Text to a Project - Starter Kit to get you going!
How to add a link is explained in the attached document - Adding links to Geni profiles to projects.
- Include in the "About Me" section of each person a brief biographical sketch of their lives. Also include their Ship name and arrival date if known, and if possible, the Ship's list.
- Include a photograph/painting of your ancestor if one exists. In the interests of uniformity please use one of the images attached to this project as "flags" for pioneers where there are no other photos available. It easily identifies the actual person who was on one of the ships when browsing the Tree.
- Your ancestor's profiles should be marked as "public" and not "private".
- All included profiles should include full identifying information including birth and death dates as well as birth and death locations. It would also be very helpful if the immediate family of your pioneer ancestor, (their parents, siblings and children) profiles were public profiles also.
- Do not make public any profiles of living people.
NOTE: All pioneers included on this project will have their profiles editable by other geni.com collaborators of this project.
S.S. Arundel Castle
S.S. Avondale Castle
S.S. Barden Tower
S.S. Braemar Castle
S.S. Carisbrook Castle
S.S. Carlton Tower
S.S. Carth Castle
City of Afra
S..S Conway Castle
S.S. Doune Castle
S.S. Dover Castle
S.S. Drummond Castle
S.S. Duart Castle
S.S. Dublin Castle
S.S. Dunbar Castle
S.S. Dunolly Castle
S.S. Dunottar Castle
S.S. Dunrobin Castle
S.S. Dunvegan Castle
Earl of Southesk
S.S. Garth Castle
S.S. Grantully Castile
S.S. Harlech Castle
S.S. Hawarden Castle
S.S. Howarden Castle
John & Lucy
S.S. Kinfaun Castle
Lady of the Lake
S.S. Lismore Castle
S.S. Norham Castle
S.S. Pembroke Castle
S.S. Roslin Castle
S.S. Tantallon Castle
S.S. Taymouth Castle
S.S. Tintagel Castle
S.S. Walmer Castle
S.S. Warwick Castle
- Ships arriving or departing the port of Cape Town, South Africa
- Passenger lists as a primary source in SA family history research