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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.
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.
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.
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 further particulars apply, post paid to
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,
"Good morning, Mr. Tapscott." "Good morning, me dear," says he.
"Oh, yes, I have a packet ship. She's a packet of note and fame.
"Bad luck unto the Henry Clay and the day that she set sail.
"'Twas at the Castle Garden they landed me on the shore
The following if from The Atlantic Ferry, by A. Maginnis, 1892, pp 252-253.(Dated 1854)
Tapscott's American Packet Offices.
The following First-Class Packets will be despatched on their appointed days, as under:
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,
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