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Shipping Related Events of 1862

In 1862 the United States was in the midst of a Civil War. England was worried about the possibility of an invasion of the North American colonies (Lower Canada, Upper Canada, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia) by the US and so began to reinforce her military and naval presence there. The Illustrated London News (ILN)started off in January with the death of Prince Albert and then went on to the Exposition and finished the year with the marriage of Princess Alice. They started with the American Civil War, the Trent Affair, reinforcing Canada, depression in Manchester due to the lack of cotton and finished the year with the American Civil War. There were floods in California, volcanoes, small battles in various parts of the world and new ships a plenty being made.

The following articles are taken from the 1862 issues of the Illustrated London News. North America was upper most in many minds as England watched the events unfold in the United States. You will find articles on the canals, railroads, troop ships, and even on the US ships of war as they fought a brand new battle of the ironclads.

Added to this collection from the ILN are some immigration records kept by Mr. James MacPherson, Immigration Agent at Kingston, Upper Canada in 1862. Since no passenger lists were archived in Canada pre-1865 this is a wonderful resource found in the Archives of Ontario. See also Ships to Canada 1862 for ship arrival dates and comments and also the 1862 Immigration report (off-site).

Items From The Times of 1862

Illustrated London News

  • July
    • Federal Gun Boat - Memphis
  • August
    • HMS Gorgon to the Zambesi River
    • Clipper-Ship Cornwallis, of the Black Ball Line
    • Reinforcements for the French Mexican Expedition
    • US Ship?
  • September
  • October
    • President Lincoln's Proclamation
    • Auckland Harbour, New Zealand
    • Confederate Steam-ship Iona
    • The New Australian Clipper Royal Family
    • "The Emigrants Farewell." Painting
    • Disastrous Gale
  • November
    • Confederate Sloop-of-War "290" or Alabama
    • Dudgeon's New Double-Screw Iron Steam-ship Flora
  • December
  • Immigration Records From Kingston, Ontario

    Kingston was a major port on the Great Lakes and much of the immigration traffic heading to the

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