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166½ kl 1847 at Vig, Grimstad, Norway by Vig Værft M. Paulsen, Christiania, Norway  
 1850 Captain Hugo Lous  from Christiania Dec. 19 to San Francisco Sep. 8   
The information listed above is not the complete record of the ship. The information was collected from a multitude of sources, and new information will be added as it emerges

In 1850 the owners of the yet not ready built ship announced that their new built copper hooded ship Amerika Paket would sail with passengers from Christiania to San Francisco in October. The tonnage of the ship was 174 Norwegian Commercial lasts. The passenger fee would be 120 Speciedaler on steerage and 150 Speciedaler on saloon. Hugo Lous was engaged as master, and went to Grimstad where the ship building was in process. Hugo Lous was not impressed with what he did see in Grimstad, the project had been very badly managed. Lous managed to get the project going, and in the middle of September he came with the ship to Christiania. The ship was then fitted for passengers on steerage. The passengers had been prospected the best accommodation on board. Many of them complained loudly that the promises about the conditions on board had been false. Most of the passengers is said to have been Swedes, but there where also a number of Norwegians. They all had in common that they wanted to go to California to look for gold. On December 19th of 1850, the ship left from Christiania with 76 passengers, among them two women. The ship first sailed to England to be hooded. On January 28th of 1851 the ship arrived in London. The passenger where not happy with the conditions on board and gave in an official complaint to the Norwegian consul in London. The captain managed to calm down the passengers and on February the 23rd of 1851 Amerika Paket sailed for San Francisco. During the crossing the ship had to go in to Falkland Islands to get new supplies, the food they had brought was either eaten or spoiled. This made the passengers even more angry with the company. Amerika Paket arrived in San Francisco on September 8th, and the passenger immediately complained to the Consul there. They wanted compensation for the way they had been treated and their sufferings on the journey. The ship captain and the passengers came to an agreement, so the captain paid the passengers a total of 1500 Dollars in compensation.


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