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The following list was extracted from various sources. This is not an all inclusive list but should only be used as a guide.

Tapscott Line of Packets

This TAPSCOTT Line advertising poster was found included in an envelope mailed from Liverpool on [?] 30th 1849. The letter was mailed by a gentleman who then boarded the CONSTITUTION on the 6th August, bound for New York. From New York he then sailed "around the Horn" to San Francisco. I think we can safely assume an 1849 date.

Tapscott Advertising  Poster

 

William Tapscott was an "American Packet ship" broker, who kept offices on Regent's road, Liverpool, and Eden Quay, Dublin. He worked in conjunction with his brother James, who was New York-based and specialized in selling prepaid passages to established immigrants who now wished to bring over loved ones. Together, they fleeced the unsuspecting in the grand fashion of the laissez-faire businessmen. From a member of TheShipsList, we have also received this excerpt about the Tapscott brother's Line. It is undated.

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The following is an advertisement of Tapscott's. The Tapscott brothers were systematic villains, whose frauds began with their advertisements. This one flagrantly exaggerates the tonnage of every ship named. The Garrick, here is said to be 2,000 tons, was in fact 895.

UNITED STATES

TAPSCOTT'S AMERICAN EMIGRATION OFFICE

St George's Buildings, Regents Road.

The following FIRST CLASS PACKETS will be despatched on their appointed Days, as under:-

For NEW YORK

Master

Tons

To Sail

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Chase

1800

This day

WATERLOO

Harvey

2000

26th May

CONTINENT

Drummund

2300

1st June

E.Z.

Hartshorn

1800

3rd June

QUEEN OF THE WEST

Hallet

2500

6th June

HENRY CLAY

Truman

3000

11th June

MANHATTAN

Peabody

3000

16th June

ARCTIC

J. Zerrga

2500

20th June

KOSSUTH

Bolt

2500

26th June

ANTARCTIC

Rickers

2500

1st July

WEST POINT

Allen

2000

 

J.H.SHEPARD

Ainsworth

1800

 

CENTURION

Coombes

2000

 

FIDELIA

Furber

2500

 

CONSTITUTION

Briton

3000

 

LONDON

Hubard

3000

 

RAPPAHANNOCK

Cushing

3000

 

GARRICK

Adams

2000

 

SIDDONS

Elridge

2000

 

ROBERT KELLY

Cone

2500

 

A.Z.

Chandler

1800

 

LIVERPOOL

Elridge

2000

 

  • The above Ships are of the largest class, commanded by men of experience, who will take every precaution to promote the health and comfort of the passengers during the voyage.
  • Surgeons can have free Cabin Passages by the above Ships.
  • Private Rooms for Families, or persons who wish to be more select, can at all times be had, and deposits of 1 each, to secure berths, should be remitted, which shall have due attention.
  • Persons proceeding to the interior of the United States can know the actual outlay, and make the necessary arrangements here to be forwarded, on arrival at New York, without one day's delay, and thereby avoid the many annoyances emigrants are subject to on landing at New York.
  • Drafts and Exchange for any amount, at sight, on New York, payable in any part of the United States, can at all times be furnished to those who prefer the safer mode of taking care of their funds.

For further particulars apply, post paid to
W. TAPSCOTT & CO. Liverpool, and
7, Eden-quay, Dublin.
Agents for W.& J.T. Tapscott & Co., New York

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This is a Windlass Shanty. The windlass shanty would be sung when the ship was being "warped" out of harbour at the beginning of a voyage. A long rope would be made fast to a ring at the quayside and run around a bollard at the pier-head and back to the ship's windlass. The Shantyman would sit on the windlass head and sing while the "spokesters" strained to turn the windlass.

TAPSCOTT (We're all Bound to Go)

As I walked out one morning, all down by the Clarence Dock,
Heave away, aye, me Johnnies! Heave away!
'Twas there I spied an Irish girl conversing with Tapscott.
And away my Johnny boys! We're all bound to go!

"Good morning, Mr. Tapscott." "Good morning, me dear," says he.
Heave away, aye, me Johnnies! Heave away!
"Oh do you have a packet ship to bear me over the seas?"
And away my Johnny boys! We're all bound to go!

"Oh, yes, I have a packet ship. She's a packet of note and fame.
She's lying at the Waterloo Dock and the Henry Clay's her name."

"Bad luck unto the Henry Clay and the day that she set sail.
For them sailors got drunk and broke into me bunk and they stole me clothes away."

"'Twas at the Castle Garden they landed me on the shore
And if I marry a Yankee boy I'll sail them seas no more."

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The following if from The Atlantic Ferry, by A. Maginnis, 1892, pp 252-253.

(Dated 1854)

Tapscott's American Packet Offices.
General Office: Oldhall, Oldhall Street.
Passenger Office: St. George's Buildings, Regent Road.

The following First-Class Packets will be despatched on their appointed days, as under:

For New York Tons. To sail.
Manhattan, Peabody 2500 This day
Centurion, Coombs 2000 25th July
Chimborazo, Gilchrist 1800 30th July
Constellation, Allen 3500 -
Houghton, cotter 1800 -
E Z, Hartshorne 1800 -
Forest King, Allen 2000 -
Coosawattee (new), J. Paxton 2000 -
Northampton, Reed 2500 -
A Z, Chandler 1800 -
West Point, Mulliner 2000 -
Andrew Foster, Hollerton 2000 -
Shamrock (new), Doane 3000 -
Progress, Chase 3000 -
Continent, E.B. Drummond 2000 -
Empire (new), Zerega 2000 -
Philanthropist, Wilson 1800 -
Helios, Nason 2000 -
Kossuth, Dawson 2550 -
Dreadnought (new), Samuels 2500 -
Adriatic, Jack 1500 -
Albion (new), Williams 2000 -
Emerald Isle, Cornish 2000 -
Antaractic, Stoufer 2500 -
Edward Stanley, Robinson 2500 -
Benjamin Adams, Drummond 2500 -
William Tapscott (new), Bell 3000 -
And succeeding Packets every Five Days.

For Boston

Carnatic, Devereaux 1500 18th July

For Philadelphia

Saranak, Decan 1000 12th Aug
Wyoming, Dunlevy 1100 12th Sept
Tuscarora, Turley 1232 12th Oct
Tonawanda, Julius 1300 12th Nov

The above Ships are of the largest class, and commanded by men of experience, who will take every precaution to promote the health and comfort of the Passengers during the voyage.

Private Rooms for Families, or persons who wish to be more select, can at all times be had, and deposits of 1 each, to secure Berths, should be remitted, which shall have due attention.

Surgeons can have free Cabin Passages by the above Ships.

Persons proceeding to the interior of the United States can know the actual outlay, and make the necessary arrangements here, to be forwarded, on arrival at New York without one day's delay, and thereby avoid the many annoyances Emigrants are subject to on landing at New York.

Drafts and Exchange for any amount, at sight on New York, payable in any part of the United States, can at all times be furnished to those who prefer this safer mode of taking care of their funds. For further particulars apply, post-paid, to

W. Tapscott and Co., Liverpool, and 7, Eden Quay, Dublin,
Agents for W. and J.T. Tapscott and Co., New York.
Tapscott's "Emigrant's Guide," Fifth Edition, can be had by remitting Six Postage Stamps.

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