The bark Juno became quite a legend in the history of Norwegian emigration. The Juno was owned by Adam W. Muller of Bergen. The first voyage we have recorded for the Juno sailing with emigrants from Norway, was in 1843. She departed from Bergen on May 11th, and arrived at New York on July 14th, there were 96 passengers noted on the passenger list. One of the passengers was the famous Norwegian pioneer of emigration, Kleng Peersen, who is best known for his connection to the sloopers on the Restauration. On beforehand captain Bendixen had traveled around the countryside working hard to recruit passengers for his ship. His efforts to was criticized in the Bergen newspapers. The passenger list from this voyage is archived by NARA and has been filmed: Roll # 52 list # 462.
In 1844 the Juno departed from Bergen on May 7th, and arrived at New York on June 24th mastered by Capt. Bendixen.There were 110 passengers noted on the passenger list (archived by NARA and has been filmed: Roll # 55 list # 485). Her next voyage was in 1846 when she departed from Bergen on Apr. 24th, and arrived at New York on June 18th she arrived at New York on the 18th of June. She was carrying 112 passengers, and was mastered by Capt. Bendixen. The passenger list from this voyage is archived by NARA and has been filmed: Roll # 62 list # 496.
In 1849 she was also mastered by Capt. Bendixen. She departed from Bergen on June 9th, and according to the passenger list she arrived at New York on Aug. 20th. How ever, there is a discrepancy between this date, and the date given in the letter presented below. One of the passengers was Nils Torkelsen Hallanger [named Niels T. Ødven on the passenger list]. In a letter to his family in Norway he later told about the voyage. The ship was delayed for 3 weeks in Bergen due to unfavorable wind. They weighed anchor on June the 9th in the evening, and sailed on a strong breeze from the North out in to the North Sea. They had this favorable wind until the 11th, when they had passed through the British channel. The ship sailed quite close to the shore. After this they had stormy weather with wind coming from west. Most of the passengers suffered in some extent from seasickness, except for a few, among them Nils' parents in law [Lars P. Ødven and Gertrud Tollefsdatter]. Nils him self was sick for 5 - 6 days, but his wife [Britha Larsdatter Ødven], who was pregnant, was sick for most of the time. On July the 6th she gave birth to a son, who was baptized on July the 12th. The Captain had demanded that the child was to be called after the ship, so he was named Lars Juno Nilsen. They arrived at New York on the 10th of August [the passenger list is dated August 20th] , all was well. In New York they signed a contract with a Norwegian Agent called Johan Holfeldt to travel from there to Milwaukee. They left New York on August the 14th and traveled to Albano, to where they arrived on the 16th. There they boarded a canal boat that was pulled by two horses. On the 23rd they arrived in Buffalo where they boarded a steamship that took them to Milwaukee. They arrived on the 28th of August. In Milwaukee they had to make new contracts for the transportation to Spring Prairie. The fare was 13 Dollar. They arrived at Spring Prairie where allot of Norwegians had settled on the 3rd of September.
["Fra Amerika til Norge, Norske utvandrerbrev 1838 - 1857" (From America to Norway, Norwegian
emigrant letters 1838 - 1857) by Orm Øverland and Steinar Kjæheim]
In 1850 the owner of the Juno announced, that if a sufficient number of passengers enrolled, she would sail for Charges (near Panama) on October the 20th. It is not known if she actually did sail for Charges that year, probably not. In 1852 she was mastered by Capt. Huun from Bergen. She arrived at New York July 12th carrying 136 passengers. She was announced to sail with emigrants to New York in 1853, but this voyage has not been confirmed by any of our sources, and did probably not take place. In 1856 she departed from Bergen on Apr. 30th and arrived at Quebec July 5. She was mastered by Capt. Huun. 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. Timeline to records