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BurdenBuiltShipowner or operator Dimensions
206½ kl 1847 at Arendal, Norway Christian Stephansen, Arendal, Norway  
 1850 March 2 leaving New Orleans for Petersburg, Capt. EydeAtlantic Journey ID 9602
 1850 November 4 New Orleans from BordeauxAtlantic Journey ID 9603
 1850 November 9 in the harbor of New Orleans bound for TriesteAtlantic Journey ID 9604
 1850 November 30 leaving New Orleans for Trieste (Capt. Eyde) Atlantic Journey ID 9605
 1851 Captain J. A. Paulsen  from Arendal Nov. 5 to New Orleans Dec. 23   
 1851 August 1 leaving Morant Bay, Jamaica for LondonAtlantic Journey ID 9606
 1851 September 25 London from Jamaica (Eyde)Atlantic Journey ID 9607
 1851 October 11 leaving London for ArendalAtlantic Journey ID 9608
 1852 Arrived New Orleans after a journey of 48 daysAtlantic Journey ID 9609
 1852 January 3 in New Orleans loading for Bordeaux, cleared Jan. 23Atlantic Journey ID 9610
 1852 March 21 leaving Bordeaux for New Orleans, Capt. PaulsenAtlantic Journey ID 9611
 1852 June 14 New Orleans from BordeauxAtlantic Journey ID 9612
 1852 July 3 loading for Europe, leaving July 10 for BordeauxAtlantic Journey ID 9613
 1852 July 25, spoken to at 26°23'N 79°34'WAtlantic Journey ID 9614
 1852 August 21 Bordeaux from New Orleans, loading wine and general goods for CaliforniaAtlantic Journey ID 9615
 1853 April 20 San Francisco from BordeauxAtlantic Journey ID 9616
 1853 May 24 leaving San Francisco for CallaoAtlantic Journey ID 9617
 1853 August 3 Callao from San FranciscoAtlantic Journey ID 9618
 1853 October 1 Callao from Chinchas (with Stephansens Brig Amerika, Capt. Thorsen)Atlantic Journey ID 9619
 1853 October 11 leaving Callao for EnglandAtlantic Journey ID 9620
 1853 Passed Cap Horn November 10 under NW storm and severe snow and hail-showerAtlantic Journey ID 9621
 1854 January 27, Portsmouth, England from CallaoAtlantic Journey ID 9622
 1854 March 3 Vlissingen for ArendalAtlantic Journey ID 9623
 1854 April 24 leaving Arendal for Stavanger with 33 emigrantsAtlantic Journey ID 9624
 1854 Captain J. A. Paulsen  from Arendal - Stavanger May 2 to Quebec June 10  Passenger list: Passenger list 
 1854 Spoken on May 24 at 43°N 37°W from Norway to Quebec after 21 days at seaAtlantic Journey ID 9625
 1854 July 19 Quebec for London. August 23 off Deal: from QuebecAtlantic Journey ID 9626
 1854 November 27 Bordeaux from SkellefteåAtlantic Journey ID 9628
 1854 December 3 loading in Bordeaux for New Orleans, Capt. PaulsenAtlantic Journey ID 9629
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

The bark Arendal was built in 1847 in Arendal. She belonged to Christian Stephansen of Arendal. Her tonnage was 206,5 Norwegian Commercial lasts. This ship also rounded Cape Horn and sailed to California. The Arendal sailed with emigrants from Norway in 1851 and 1854. In 1851 to New Orleans, and in 1854 to Quebec.

Newspaper announcement for the conveyance of emigrants on the Arendal in 1851
Newspaper announcement for the conveyance of emigrants on the Arendal in 1851

from "Den Vestlandske Tidende", Arendal 27th Sept. 1851

"Passenger accommodation from Arendal directly to New Orleans. As soon as the "Arendal" returns from London, she will leave with passengers in the end of October directly to New Orleans. As there is still space, emigrants are requested to give notice written or oral to the undersigned. The ship "Arendal" is a good sailor, and offers good accommodation for passengers. It is copper hooded and in all ways a solid ship, and I feel safe to recommend her. She is classed A-1 in the Lloyd's register of shipping. Arendal September 23rd 1851, Christian Stephansen".

Newspaper notice regarding the Norwegian emigrant ship Arendal

Newspaper notice from "Den Vestlandske Tidende" Nov. 8th 1851: Arendal November 8th. Wednesday the ship "Arendal", Capt. Paulsen departed from here for New Orleans with 89 emigrants. The emigrants were from different parts of the country, and only a lesser part from around here. Even from Røros people had arrived here to enroll for the passage. The ship could due to its tonnage have taken a larger amount of passengers, so those traveling on her will have a good accommodation.

The following is a translation of a voyage account written by Johan Olsen Brunstad.

The ship left Arendal on November 5th at 8 o'clock in the morning. The same afternoon the passengers saw the last of their homeland disappear under the horizon. With favorable wind they crossed the North Sea and entered the British channel after two and a half days. Favorable wind brought them through the channel and the 10th day they were off Madeira. At this stage many of the emigrants was suffering from seasickness. Brunstads wife and two of his children were sick for two days, but not as seriously as many of the other passengers. The temperature was very high all the time during the Atlantic crossing, in particular before they reached the Vest Indies, when the thermometer had shown 30 degrees [Celsius], but the evenings were calm. When the weather was good, the atmosphere had been joyful with song, music and dancing. They also had different Christmas games that would last in to the late hours. When the seasickness was over they had no more sickness on board, and there were no deaths during the journey.

After 3 weeks at sea a child was born by a woman from Tyldalen. The child managed fine and was increasing it's weight. During the crossing they had observed a few other ships, that had all left behind, as non of them could put up with the speed of the "Arendal". They also observed several big fishes, but not much more for at least 5 weeks, but water and sky. On December they could se the coast of St. Domingo at their left, and it had made the passengers happy to see land, after such a long time without the possibility.

On December 13th they could se the coast of Cuba at their right, and sailed along the Cuban coast for 3 days, when they entered the Mexican Gulf. On December 21st they saw the American coast, after having had the pilot onboard 40 miles off the coast. All of the passengers were very happy, and thanked the Lord for his safe guidance on their voyage across the Atlantic. Not a single storm had occurred, and none had been seriously ill.

When we arrived in the Mississippi delta, a huge steamship met them and towed them up the river along with 3 other ships to New Orleans. When they had their Christmas eve dinner they were 75 miles from New Orleans, and it was a very nice evening for the passengers. They talked about their homeland and their relatives and friends back home. In the morning of December 25th, just after sunrise they first got the sight of New Orleans. At 9 o'clock the anchor was dropped, and the passengers could set their feet on American soil for the first time. They thought the city was huge, and that there was a lot of movement there. Brunstad says that in the harbor there were thousands of big ships, and among them 5 - 600 steamships. Some of them had an enormous size. On December 27th they left the ship, and took farewell with Captain Paulsen and 2. Mate Karl Hagerman, which had become a personal friend of Brunstad and his family during the voyage.

The passengers now traveled by steamship to Alexandria in Red-River, and from there on a smaller ship to Shreveport where they arrived in January 3rd 1852. They suffered from bad treatment by the sailors and other passengers on this last stage. But there were allot of struggles still ahead.

The account was published in in an article by Kåre Sveen in "Gammelt frå Stange og Romedal" 1975, issued by Stange Historielag

In 1854 she departed from Arendal c. Apr. 15 for Stavanger and departed from there to Quebec on May 2. She arrived at Quebec June 10.


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