The bark Martha was built in 1853 at Searsport, Maine, by Wm. Mcgilvery & Benj. Colcord (Marshall Dutch) as the "Fanny Buck". She was later bought by Ludvigsen & Schjeldrup and others in Christiania, Norway. The Martha had a tonnage of 546 tons gross, her length was 130,7 feet x beam 28,4 feet, her depth was 17,8 feet. The ship was sold to Finish owners and renamed "Onni" in 1904. (The 1866 departure might actually be another ship than the Martha described here.)
In 1866 the bark Martha departed from Bergen on Apr. 27th, and arrived at Quebec on June 11th. Her burden was given to be 252½ Norwegian Commercial lasts. She was sailing in ballast, and was carrying 292 steerage passengers and 14 cabin passengers. One passenger died on the passage. On May 5th, Anne the 3 month old daughter of Osmund Osmundsen Opsanger 25, and Johanne Johannesdatter 26 died. When the Martha arrived to the quarantine station at Grosse īle on June 7th, two of the passengers were sick with measles. The ship was detained at Grosse Īle until June 10th, and arrived Quebec on June 11th. She was mastered by Capt. J. Janson and had a crew of 15. The passenger list was archived by the National Archives of Canada [NAC].
In 1867 the Martha departed from Christiania on May 1st, and arrived at Quebec on June 17th. She was mastered by Capt. L. Thorsen. Passenger agent was Plesner & Bruun. The passenger list for this voyage was archived by the National Archives of Canada [NAC]. The passenger were also listed in the Christiania Police Emigration Records, kept by the Statsarkivet in Norway
|Newspaper announcement from Hamar Stiftstidende Feb. 2nd 1867; Kristiania to Quebec. Ship Martha, mastered by Capt. I. Thorsen, burden 255 Commercial lasts, class A. 2, copper hooded, fasts sailing, permanent and light between deck, painted white under deck, unusually beautifully and comfortable equipped, will depart for Quebec about April 8th. We are signing up passengers for low fees, and promise all kinds of help at arrival. About the conditions in America we will say nothing, to prevent anyone for getting the impression that we have said something wrong. Kristiania January 18th, 1867, Plesner & Bruun, passenger agents.|
In 1869 the Martha departed from Christiania on Apr. 22nd, and arrived at Quebec on June 14th. She was sailing in ballast and was carrying 255 steerage passengers and 4 cabin passengers. On May 23rd, a man by the name of And. Christophersen Svendby died of phthisis (wasting away TB?). She was mastered by Captain L. Thorsen and had a crew of 14. The passage was announced in the Hedemark and Christiania newspapers. Passenger agent was O. N. Tandberg in Christiania. The passenger list for this voyage was archived by the National Archives of Canada [NAC], and has been transcribed and included in our online passenger list database. The passenger were also listed in the Christiania Police Emigration Records, kept by the Statsarkivet in Norway