Herman Ferdinand Arendsee

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About Herman Ferdinand Arendsee

Herman, age 27, and his wife Louise, age 22, arrived at the Port of NY on April 20, 1872, aboard the ship "Electric" from Hamburg.

It’s a good thing he came when he did on that ship, since it almost didn’t make it 7 months later. In fact, 4 years earlier things had gotten a little scary. Here is a history of the ship that Herman came on:

The U.S. (later Hamburg) ship ELECTRIC was a "medium clipper", built at Stonington/Mystic, Connecticut, by Irons & Grinnell, launched on 5 September 1853, and registered at New York on 10 November 1853. 1046 tons (1273 tons in the New York certificate of registry); 185 ft 1 in x 38 ft 7 in x 21 ft 5 in (length x beam x depth of hold). She was owned first by G. Adams, and later by the Gerry family of New York. She made a single voyage around Cape Horn to California, sailing from New York on 15 November 1854, and arriving at San Francisco on 4 March 1855, a passage of 116 days. She sailed from San Francisco on 24 March 1855, and crossed the Pacific to Hong Kong in 48 days. From Hong Kong she proceeded to Shanghai, from where she sailed to New York in 106 days.

Aside from this single round the world voyage, the ELECTRIC served in the transatlantic trade, in particular between New York, Havre, and Antwerp. On 30 July 1856, she was purchased from Brower, of New York, for $62,250, by the Hamburg shipowner Robert Miles Sloman, who continued to employ her primarily in the North Atlantic trade. On 2 November 1868, she sailed from Hamburg with 350 passengers and a general cargo, and on 21 December 1868, went ashore at Great Egg harbor, New Jersey. Her passengers were landed on the beach, her cargo was lightered, and she was towed to New York, where extensive repairs were made. On 7 November 1872, while bound from Hamburg to New York, she was abandoned, leaky and nearly full of water, in lat. 40 North, lon. 55 West. Her crew, together with the crew of the British bark CHASE - which the ELECTRIC had earlier come upon in a sinking condition - were picked up by the HELMESBRAND, Kjaer, master, and landed at Queenstown (Cobh), Ireland.

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"Herman Ferdinand was born 14 March 1845 and was married in Germany to Louise Kietzman. They came to America in April 1872 and settled in Wausau, WI. The ship's passenger list shows his occupation as joiner and various other records show his occupation in Wisconsin as carpenter, pattern maker, and moulder. Herman and Louise had 6 children - Emma Wilhelmine who died at age 8, Berthold Herman, Ida who died in her late teens or early 20s, Rudolph Gustav, George, and Helen Elizabeth. Herman died 12 January 1904 in Wausau, WI and is buried in Pine Grove Cemetery in Wausau."

Source: Nancy Arendsee's 1995 Christmas letter)

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Herman Ferdinand Arendsee's Timeline

1845
March 14, 1845
Duhringshoff, Brandenburg, Germany
1874
1874
Age 28
1875
1875
Age 29
1877
1877
Age 31
1881
1881
Age 35
1887
1887
Age 41
1895
1895
Age 49
1904
January 12, 1904
Age 58