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Saint John, N.B. Customs House Passenger Lists 1815, 1832, 1833-1834 & 1837-1838

1815 - 1832 - 1833 - 1834 - 1837 - 1838

The Lieutenant Governor, Council and Assembly of New Brunswick enacted a provincial statute in 1832, entitled "An Act to Regulate Vessels Arriving from the United Kingdom with Passengers and Emigrants" (2 William IV Chapter 36). The statute imposed a duty of five shillings for each passenger landed which was to be paid by the Master of the ship. The funds collected by the Treasury, were to be directed toward the caring for ill and destitute immigrants. It is in this manner, that all cargo manifests, including the passenger lists, became part of the Customs House records retained by the province. In 1835, the provincial Secretary was given responsibilty for all Customs House returns (5 William IV Chapter 49).
On June 29th 1877 the "Great Fire of Saint John" engulfed the business district, destroying more than twenty-five public buildings, including the Customs House. A new Customs Building was built in the same location, and the lists below were discovered in an old vault in that building. These lists appear to be the only surviving passenger records for the port of Saint John for this period, and contain the names of more than 10,500 passengers and crew (some men worked their passage).
(The records for the "Famine" period might have been in the possession of Moses H. Perley, the Emigration Agent at Saint John 1845-1850, and whose personal papers were lost in a subsequent fire. Saint John passenger lists from 1900 onwards, are microfilmed, and are available from The Library and Archives, Canada.)
Every effort has been made to correctly transcribe the names represented on the passenger lists below, but be aware of possible errors or omissions. The lists are not uniform in the amount of information they may contain and there are many spelling variatons even for some quite common names. There was no way to interpret whether the abbreviation Jno. was being used to represent John or Jonathan, so "John" has been used in each instance.
Note: #1. As it was not required to pay passage or landing tax for infants (under 1 year), they do not appear to have been included on most of the lists. In some lists where no name for infants is mentioned, they are indicated as (unnamed infant).     #2. The ships sailing from Belfast appear to contain several "English" passengers, although they are not identified as such.     #3. On the lists on which two arrival dates are shown, the earlier date indicates the ship arrival at the quarantine station at Partridge Island; the second date is when the list was received at the Customs House at St. John after being cleared by the Health Officer at quarantine. All ship arrivals below are arranged chronologically in order of the ships' arrival at St. John.

  • 1815
    • ship Favourite sailed from Glasgow October 22nd 1815
  • 1832
  • 1833
    • brig Symmetry sailed from Londonderry September 8th 1832 / arr. January 29th 1833
    • Caledonia sailed from Liverpool February 23rd 1833 / arr. April 10th 1833 (4 pass.)
    • brig Luna from Dublin / arr. April 12th 1833, William Horner Fotherington, Master (1 unnamed adult)
    • ship/bark Independence sailed from Kinsale March 18th 1833 / arr. April 17th 1833 (& crew)
    • bark Alchymist sailed from Falmouth March 21st 1833 / arr. April 25th 1833
    • bark Charlotte Lungan sailed from Liverpool March 22nd 1833 / arr. April 29th 1833 (7 pass.)
    • ship Wolfes Cove from Glasgow / arr. May 13th 1833, Peter Hamilton, Master (1 adt. & 3 ch.,unnamed)
    • ship Ward sailing from Limerick March 26th & Tarbut Station April 4th 1833 / arr. May 1833
    • bark Lady Campbell sailed from Greenock March 29th 1833 / arr. May 1833 (& crew)
    • brig Trafalgar sailed from Kilrush (Limerick) April 3rd 1833 / arr. May 1833 (5 pass., & crew)
    • Amynta sailed from Plymouth April 3rd 1833 / arr. May 1833 (16 pass.)
    • Perceval sailed from Plymouth April 6th 1833 / arr. May 1833 (11 pass.)
    • ship Lord Goderich sailed from London April 6th 1833 / arr. May 29th 1833
    • brig Neptune sailed from Warrenpoint April 9th 1833 / arr. late May 1833 (& crew)
    • brig Madawaska sailed from Londonderry April 18th 1833 / arr. late May 1833
    • brigantine Jane from Lenvick ? / arr. May 31st 1833, James Hose??n, Master (1 adt. cabin pass. unnamed)
    • ship Wakefield from Liverpool / arr. May 31st 1833, Amos Armstrong, Master (13 unnamed pass.)
    • ship John from Liverpool / arr. June 1st 1833, Thomas Russell, Master (1 adt./3 ch.,unnamed)
    • bark Pallas of Cork, sailed from Cork ? 1833 / arr. June 1833 (& crew)
    • brig Billow sailed from Londonderry April 13th 1833 / arr. June 1833 (& crew)
    • brig Zephyr sailed from Sligo (Ballyshannon) April 11th 1833 / arr. June 1933 (& crew)
    • brig Zephyr from Donegal, undated, referred to as "List 2" filmed with Oct. 1833
    • brig Dorcas Savage sailed from Belfast April 4th 1833 / arr. June 1833 (& crew)
    • brig Thomas Hanford sailed from Cork April 6th 1833 / arr. June 5th 1833 (& crew)
    • brig Ann(e) from Penzance / arr. June 7th 1833
    • John & Mary sailed from Belfast April 24th 1833 / arr. June 7th 1833 (& crew)
    • Hibernia of Kinsale, sailed from ? / arr. June 1833 (& crew)
    • brig Sea Horse sailed from Dublin April 17th 1833 / arr. June 12th 1833
    • brig Trial sailed from Londonderry April 20th 1833 / arr. June 1833 (& crew)
    • ship Active from Londonderry / arr. June 13th 1833, Jasper Robson, Master (no list - 233 adults, 15 children under 14 years and 25 children under 7 years)
    • ship Ellergill sailed from Londonderry May 6th 1833 / arr. June 15th 1833, William (Han), Master (no list - 217 adults, 36 children under 14 years, 63 children under 7 years & 5 infants under 1 year)
    • brig Bartley sailed from Londonderry April 12th 1833 / arr. June 1833 (& crew)
    • brig Maria sailed from Belfast April 19th & Irvine May 2nd / arr. June 17th 1833 (& crew)
    • ship Branches sailed from London May 2nd 1833 / arr. June 18th 1833
    • brig Salus sailed from Londonderry April 26th 1833 / arr. June 1833 (& crew)
    • Legatus sailed from London April 1833 / arr. June 1833
    • Britannia sailed from Sligo May 1st 1833 / arrived June 24th 1833 (& crew)
    • Margaret sailed from London April 15th 1833 / arr. June 1833
    • Elizabeth sailed from Galway April 20th 1833 / arr. June 24th 1833
    • Reward of Youghall sailed from Cork May 1st 1833 / arr. July 1st 1833 (& crew)
    • Jane Vilet arr. July 1833 (no list - 255 pass.; no further details)
    • brig Charity sailed from Kinsale, Cork May 21st 1833 / arr. July 5th 1833 (& crew)
    • Augusta sailed from Liverpool May 24th 1833 / arr. July 1833
    • schooner Susan Jane sailed from Sligo (Ballyshannon) May 16th 1833 / arr. July 16th 1833 (& crew)
    • ship Pacific sailed from Liverpool (May/June?) 1833 / arr. July 1833
    • brig Leslie Gault sailed from Londonderry (May/June?) 1833 / arr. July 1833 (& crew)
    • bark Edward Reid sailed from Londonderry June (11th) 14th 1833 / arr. July 1833 (& crew)
    • ship Caledonia sailed from Liverpool July 1st 1833 / arr. August 1833
    • ship Forth sailed from Londonderry June 24th 1833 / arr. August 1833 (& crew)
    • bark Eweretta sailed from Londonderry June 22nd 1833 / arr. August 1833 (& crew)
    • bark Greenhow from Liverpool / arr. August 14th 1833, Andrew Aiken, Master. (only 1 pass., Mary Kay)
    • William (of St. John) from Kinsale ? 1833 / arr. August 1833 (& crew)
    • brig William (of Fishguard) sailed from Cork May 31st 1833 / arr. August 17th 1833
    • brig Retrench sailed from London July 2nd 1833 / arr. August 1833
    • brig Ugoni sailed from Belfast May 23rd 1833 / arr. August 21st 1833 (& crew)
    • (ship) Providence sailed from Cork July 22nd 1833 / arr. August 1833 (& crew)
    • brig Silestria sailed from Belfast July 6th 1833 / arr. August 27th 1833 (& crew)
    • bark Alchymist sailed from Falmouth July 24th 1833 / arr. September ? 1833
    • brig Ann & Mary of Cork, sailed from Cork ? 1833 / arr. September ? 1833 (& crew)
    • brig Mary Ann sailed from Belfast July 20th 1833 / arr. September 1833 (& crew)
    • ship Quintin Leitch sailed from Newry August 7th 1833 / arr. September 1833 (& crew)
    • bark Sarah sailed from Bristol August 14th 1833 / arr. September 1833
    • brig Billow sailed from Londonderry August ? 1833 / arr.September 28th 1833 (& crew)
    • brig Thomas Hanford sailed from Cork August ? 1833 / arr. September 28th 1833
    • ship John sailed from Liverpool August 17th 1833 / arr. October 2nd 1833
    • brig Zephyr sailed from Sligo (Ballyshannon) August 19th 1833 / arr. October 1933 (& crew) see also List 2
    • ship Wakefield from Liverpool 1833 / arr. October 25th 1833, Amos Armstrong, Master (2 unnamed pass.)
    • ship Bolivar sailed from Plymouth September 5th 1833 / arr. October ? 1833
    • ship Triton sailed from Warrenpoint August 30th 1833 / arr. October ? 1833 (& crew)
    • ship Aurora sailed from London September 12th 1833 / arr. November 6th 1833
    • bark Lady Campbell from Greenock / arr. November 8th 1833, James Whyte, Master (1 unnamed pass.)
    • bark? Peggy sailed from Plymouth September 14th 1833 / arr. November 1833
    • brig Margaret sailed from Greenock August 26th 1833 / arr. November 9th 1833 (& crew and cargo manifest)
    • schooner Sarah sailed from Belfast September 21st 1833 / arr. November 26th 1833 (& crew)
    • bark Beverley from Liverpool 1833 / arr. November 27th 1833, J.S. Lawson, Master (only 1 pass., William McCameron age 29)
    • brig George Gordon Liverpool 1833 / arr. December 7th 1833, Thomas King, Master (1 unnamed pass.)
  • 1834
    • brig Thomas Hanford from Cork ? / arr. early ? 1834 (3 unnamed adults; no further details)
    • brig Matilda sailed from Cork March 19th 1834 / arr. April/May ? 1834 (& crew)
    • bark New Brunswick sailed from Liverpool April 7th 1834 / arr. May 1834
    • brig Joseph Anderson sailed from London March 18th 1834 / arr. May 10th 1834
    • bark Beverley from Liverpool / arr. May 12th 1834, J.S. Lawson, Master (1 adult & 2 children under 7 years, unnamed)
    • ship/bark Independence sailed from Kinsale (Cork) March 22nd 1834 & Castletown Bearhaven, April 5th 1834 / arr. May 12th 1834
    • ship Quebec sailed from Glasgow April 1st 1834 / arr. May 10th/12th 1834
    • brig William sailed from Londonderry April 2nd 1834 / arr. May 10th/13th 1834 (& crew)
    • brig Fenwick Keating sailed from Liverpool April 8th 1834 / arr. May 17th 1834
    • ship Pons Ælii sailed from Cork April 7th 1834 / arr. May 19th 1834 (no list, 246 pass. see statement)
    • brig Breakwater sailed from Plymouth April 12th 1834 / arr. May 19th 1834
    • bark Lady Campbell sailed from Greenock March 22nd 1834 / arr. May 1834 (& crew)
    • brig Charity sailed from Kinsale (Cork) March 21st 1834 / arr. May 17th 1834
    • Edwin sailed from Dublin April 5th 1834 / arr. May 21st 1834
    • brig Latona sailed from Exeter April 11th 1834 / arr. May 24th 1834
    • brig Neptune sailed from Newry April 7th & Warrenpoint April 9th 1834 / arr. May 24th 1834 (& crew)
    • Hannah arr. May 1834 (no further information)
    • brig Cupid sailed from Newry April 9th 1834 / arr. May 26th 1834 (& crew)
    • brig William & Robert sailed from Liverpool April 16th 1834 / arr. May 28th 1834
    • brig Breeze sailed from Dublin April 12th 1834 / arr. June 2nd 1834 (20? pass. ashore at Dipper Harbour)
    • brig Maria sailed from Cork April 21st 1834 / arr. June 2nd/4th 1834 (& crew)
    • William Ewing arr. early June 1834 (no passenger names listed; no further information)
    • brig Ambassador sailed from Londonderry April 26th 1834 / arr. June 4th/5th 1834 (& crew)
    • brig Leslie Gault sailed from Londonderry April 15th 1834 / arr. June 4th 1834 (& crew)
    • bark Perseus sailed from Londonderry April 22nd 1834 / arr. June 4th/6th 1834 (& crew)
    • bark Protector sailed from Londonderry April 19th 1834 / arr. June 2nd/5th 1834 (& crew)
    • brig Trafalgar sailed from Galway April 30th 1834 / arr. June 9th/10th 1834
    • brig Mercator sailed from Sunderland April 18th 1834 / arr. June 11th 1834
    • brig Ann & Mary sailed from Cork April 27th 1834 / arr. June 13th 1834 (& crew)
    • brig Sea Horse sailed from Galway April 29th 1834 / arr. June 1834
    • brig Highlander sailed from Londonderry May 11th 1834 / arr. June 12th 1834 (& crew)
    • brig Dorothy sailed from Sligo April 28th / arr. June 13/14th 1834, Thomas Lamb. Master (no list, 179 pass)
    • bark Ceres arr. June 1834 (no pass. names, 24 adults & 7 children; no further information)
    • schooner Nancy sailed from Londonderry May 2nd 1834 / arr. June 1834 (& crew)
    • brig Betsy Heron sailed from Belfast May 6th 1834 / arr. June 16th/18th 1834 (& crew)
    • brig Daniel O'Connell sailed from Londonderry May ? 1834 / arr. June ? 1834 (& crew)
    • brig Susanna sailed from Dublin May 10th 1834 / arr. June 26/27th 1834, George Conway, Master (no list, 78 adults, 14 children under 14 years, 13 under 7 years, 6 infants; two children died in passage)
    • brig Eleanor sailed from Londonderry May 7th 1834 / arr. late June 1834 (& crew)
    • brig Charlotte sailed from Cork May ? 1834 / arr. June 30th 1834 (& crew)
    • brig Nicholson sailed from Sligo May 12th 1834 / arr. June 30th/July 3rd 1834, Daniel Bowen, Master (no list, 152 adults, 14 children under 14 years, 16 children under 7 years, (12 infants) and 9 crew members)
    • brig Lady Douglas sailed from New Ross April 29th 1834 / arr. St. John's, Nfld. June 17th 1834 & St. John, N.B. early July 1834
    • schooner Jane sailed from Galway May ? 1834 / arr. July 1834
    • brig Levant Star sailed from Cork May 9th 1834 / arr. July 9th 1834 (& crew)
    • brig Dorcas Savage sailed from Belfast May 12th 1834 / arr. July 11th 1834 (& crew)
    • bark Cassandra from Liverpool 1834 / arr. July 11th 1834, James Greig, Master (no list, 20 pass.)
    • schooner Sarah sailed from Belfast May 24th 1834 / arr. July 1834 (& crew)
    • brig Robert Burns sailed from Londonderry June 6th 1834 / arr. July 1834 (& crew)
    • brig Admiral Lake from London / arr. July 30th 1834, John Rodd, Master (no list, 15 pass.)
    • brig Zephyr sailed from Ballyshannon June 7th 1834 / arr. July 29th/August 1st 1834 (& crew)
    • brig Britannia sailed from Sligo June ? 1834 / arrived late July or early August 1834 (& crew)
    • brig Thomas Hanford sailed from Cork June ? 1834 / arr. August 2nd 1834
    • brig Eleanor Gordon sailed from Londonderry June ? 1834 / arr. August 1834 (& crew)
    • ship Sir Robert H. Dick from Liverpool / arr. August 6th 1834, Alexander Elder, Master (no list, 16 pass.)
    • bark Adelaide from Liverpool / arr. August 6th 1834, Robert G. Moran, Master (no list, 10 pass.)
    • schooner Ranger sailed from Londonderry June 17th 1834 / arr. August 1834 (& crew)
    • brig Preston sailed from Sligo June 28th 1834 / arr. August 13th 1834 (& crew)
    • bark Liverpool from Liverpool / arr. August 22nd 1834, Nicholas Johnston, Master (no list, 6 pass.)
    • ship Samuel sailed from Liverpool July 22nd 1834 / arr. September 1834
    • brig William from Londonderry / arr. September 16th 1834, William Lawton, Master (no list, 21 pass.)
    • bark Frederick sailed from Liverpool August 16th 1834 / arr. September 28th 1834
    • bark Beverley from Liverpool ? 1834 / arr. late September 1834 (6 pass. no further information)
    • brig Leslie Gault sailed from Londonderry August 8th 1834 / arr. late Sept. or early Oct. 1834 (& crew)
    • ship Orient sailed from Belfast September 3rd 1834 / arr. October 13th 1834
    • ship Canton from Glasgow / arr. October 14th 1834 (cargo manifest only; 3 unnnamed pass.)
    • Cupid arr. October 1834 (no further information)
    • Independence arr. October 1834 (no further information)
    • bark John Bently 484 tons / arr. October 1834 (no further information)
    • brig William & Robert sailed from Liverpool August 19th 1834 / arr. October 21st 1834
    • bark Ceres from Sligo / arr. October 21st 1834
    • bark Lady Campbell from Greenock ? 1834 / arr. October 1834 (no further information)
    • bark Protector sailed from Londonderry September 6th 1834 / arr. October 1834 (& crew)
    • Katherine arr. October 1834 (2 pass. no further information)
    • James Lemon sailed from Londonderry September 20th 1834 / arr. Nov. 4th/5th 1834 (& crew)
    • brig Comet from London / arr. Nov. 6th 1834, George C. Hunt, Master (1 pass. Caroline Ferguson)
    • ship Jennet from Bristol / arr. Nov. 14th 1834, David Laidley, Master (1 pass. William Howell)
    • brig Thomas Hanford sailed from Baltimore, Ireland October 11th 1834 / arr. November 26th 1834
    • ship Sir Robert H. Dick sailed from Liverpool November 10th 1834 / arr. December ? 1834
  • 1837
    • (brig) Thetis of Troon, sailed from Cork Ireland April 12th 1837 / arr. Bathurst, N.B. [May / June] 1837 (& crew)
    • bark Robert Watt sailed from Cork May 30th 1837 / arr. St. Andrews, N.B. July 24th 1837
  • 1838
    • bark Pallas sailed from Cork April 17th 1838 / arr. St. Andrews, N.B. May 16th 1838 (& crew)
    • brig Industry sailed from Cork ? 1838 / arr. St. Andrews, N.B. July 17th 1838
    • ship Mary sailed from Newry ? 1838 / arr. St. John. N.B. ? 1838 (all remaining ships to St. John, N.B.)
    • brig Harmony sailed from Strangford April 29th 1838 / arr. June 7th 1838
    • brig Susan Maria Brooke sailed from Ballyshannon April 28th 1838 / arr. ? 1838 (& crew)
    • brig/schooner? Susan Jane sailed from Ballyshannon May 12th 1838 / arr. June 22nd/23rd 1838 (& crew)
    • bark Susan sailed from Londonderry May 12th 1838 / arr. June 22nd/23rd 1838
    • bark Rebecca sailed from Liverpool ? 1838 / arr. July 4th 1838
    • ship Prudence sailed from Londonderry May 23rd 1838 / arr. July 11th/14th 1838 (& crew)
    • brig Britannia sailed from Ballyshannon (Sligo) June 27th 1838 / arr. August 14th 1838 (& crew)
    • schooner/brig? Condor sailed from Londonderry July 4th 1838 / arr. August 25th 1838 (& crew)
    • brig Susan Maria Brooke sailed from Donegal ? 1838 / arr. October 15th 1838
    • bark Caronge sailed from Londonderry ? 1838 / arr. October 27th/29th 1838

Source: Provincial Archives of New Brunswick - RS23E Customs House Records 1816-1838 [sic 1815] - Microfilm numbers:- F9798 1816-1834 & F9799 1837-1838

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