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From: "Rob Weeks" <>
Subject: Plymouth Passenger lists
Date: Tue, 12 Oct 1999 15:09:55 +0100
Many thanks to all the helpful people who replied directly and to list. It
has made me think out the problem and the other questions to ask.
In the second part of my question, I was fishing for the practicalities of
travelling from Devon to Western Canada in 1865 and would have been
better put as -" Would there be any good reason why , in the mid 1860's
,anyone who lived near Plymouth would leave for Western Canada from a
different port? "
Having just returned from a holiday in BC where I did a little digging on
historical matters ,it struck me that travel across N America would not
have been easy. There were no roads or railways across the Canadian
Rockies and I am not sure how he would have crossed the States. ( any
suggestions?). Also I remember from O level geography that some (or all?)
of the St Lawrence ports would be ice bound for part of the Winter. He
was not a wealthy man as he was a copper miner in PeterTavy so what I am
trying to work out is his likely route to the Canadian gold fields in 1865
or so. My guess is that he would have gone as far as he could by sea.
Does anyone know of a good reference book or site that covers the
practicalities of crossing N America around this time?
Rob Weeks, Preston, Lancs.