Norway Heritage logo
Ship Helvetia, Christian Tofte Main Page >>

BurdenBuiltShipowner or operator Dimensions
229Ż kl 1845 at Nova Scotia, Canada Christian Tofte, Drammen, Norway  
 1859 April 14 leaving Christiania for Gothenburg with ice, Capt. IsaksenAtlantic Journey ID 7796
 1859 Aug. 2 Boston from GothenburgAtlantic Journey ID 7797
 1859 Aug. 17 leaving Boston for St. George N. B.Atlantic Journey ID 7798
 1860 Captain G. A. Haagensen  from Drammen May 10 to Quebec June 11   
 1860 July 6 Quebec for LondonAtlantic Journey ID 7799
 1860 Aug. 4 Gravesend/London from QuebecAtlantic Journey ID 7800
 1860 Aug. 23 London for DrammenAtlantic Journey ID 7801
 1860 Oct. 5 Gravesend/London from DrammenAtlantic Journey ID 7802
 1860 Oct. 22 London for DrammenAtlantic Journey ID 7803
 1861 April 29 leaving Drammen for Quebec with 320 passengersAtlantic Journey ID 7804
 1861 Captain G. A. Haagensen  from Drammen Apr. 29 to Quebec July 5   
 1861 Aug. 22 Quebec for LondonAtlantic Journey ID 7805
 1861 Sept. 28 off Sheerness (The Thames); from QuebecAtlantic Journey ID 7806
 1862 April 9 Gravesend/London from Drammen Atlantic Journey ID 7807
 1862 July 5 off ěresund; from Sundsvall to London with timber, Capt. HaagensenAtlantic Journey ID 7808
 1862 July 26 Gravesend/London from SvartvikAtlantic Journey ID 7809
 1862 Aug. 11 London for ChristianiaAtlantic Journey ID 7810
 1862 Sept. 2 leaving Christiania for Holland with wodwareAtlantic Journey ID 7811
 1862 Sept .17 Texel from ChristianiaAtlantic Journey ID 7812
 1862 Sept. 25 Texel for DrammenAtlantic Journey ID 7813
 1862 Nov. 8 Gravesend/London from DrammenAtlantic Journey ID 7814
 1862 Dec. 4 leaving Gravesend for DrammenAtlantic Journey ID 7815
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 ship Helvetia was built at Nova Scotia, Canada in 1845. She was owned by T. Tofte in Drammen. Her tonnage was 229,5 Norwegian Commercial lasts. A ship by this name sailed with emigrants from Farsund in 1848 and arrived at New York Aug. 7. She was mastered by Capt Syversen. This is probably the same ship that was sailing several voyages in the 1860-ies. The newspaper notice below was printed in Morgenbladet in 1860, it tels that a crowd of people from Hallingdal and other parts of Oppland had arrived to Drammen to depart for America on the Helvetia. She sailed from Drammen about May 10th and arrived at Quebec June 11th. She was mastered by Capt. G.A. Haagensen. Because the National Archives of Canada [NAC] did not start the archiving of passenger lists before 1865, and the Norwegian emigration records did not start before 1867, there is no surviving passenger list for this voyage in any of those archives. Timeline to records. In 1861 she departed Drammen on Apr. 29, and arrived at Quebec on July 5. She arrived the arrived the quarantine station at Grosse ╬le on July 3rd where she was detained for 2 days in quarantine. The ship sailed in ballast, and was carrying 339 steerage passengers. There were 5 deaths on the voyage. She was mastered by Captain G.A. Haagensen and had a crew of 17. There is no surviving passenger list for this voyage, see above. She was announced again in 1862, but no confirmation has been found for a voyage this year.

Morgenbladet May 6th, 1860


Emigrant Ship databases

Agents & Shipping lines
Shipping lines, Norwegian agents, authorizations, routes and fleets.

Emigrant ship Arrivals
Trond Austheim's database of emigrant ship arrivals around the world, 1870-1894.

Norwegian departures
100 Years of Emigrant Ships from Norway - indexed by year 1825-1925
Passenger lists
Norwegian Emigrants 1825-1875 Pre 1875 Norwegian emigrants, passenger lists
  >> Steamships
       arranged by shipping line
  >> Sailing ships
  >> Historic Documents
       & passenger lists
  >> The Voyage
  >> Ports - harbors
  >> Yards & Construction
  >> Miscellaneous
  >> Pioneers & Settlements
Images added during the last 14 days
You can add images of ships and other related motives by using the "Upload Image" link within the appropriate category.
A selection of articles dedicated to help you in your genealogy search for your Norwegian ancestors. Transcripts and pictures of historic documents in connection with the ships and emigration. Also including articles about Pioneers & Norwegian Settlements Around the World
Articles about selected ships ships and special events in their history. Descriptions of some of the great maritime disasters involving emigrant ships, like the wrecking of the steamer Atlantic of the White Star Line, sinking of the ocean liner Empress of Ireland and the Thingvalla line steamer Norge disaster. Check this section if you have an interest in shipwrecks.
This section contains articles describing the transatlantic voyage, the condition of the steerage accommodations and the experience of an ocean travel on an emigrant ship. You will find in-depth studies concerning the emigration process, statistics and facts, and information about the immigration processing centers line Castle Garden and Ellis Island.
10 last postings: