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BurdenBuiltShipowner or operator Dimensions
401½ cl 1840 at Amsterdam, Holland   
 1870 Captain E. Berentsen  from Bergen Apr. 28 to Quebec June 30  Passenger list: Passenger list 
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In 1870 the ship Mercator departed from Bergen on April 29th, and arrived at Quebec on June 30th. She was sailing in ballast, and was carrying 402 steerage passengers. There was an outbreak of measles on board, and when they arrived at the quarantine station at Grosse Île the passengers were landed. There was six births on the voyage. On April 27th, Cristine Marie, the daughter of Niels Andersen Kval and wife Kristi was born and on April 29th the child of Hans and Synneve was born, but died shortly after, on May 11th. Also on May 11th, Oline, the daughter of Hans Pedersen and Britha Hølm was born. on May 20th, Marie, the daughter of Ole Christoffersen Sjøthem and Marit Eriksdatter was born and on June 1st, Amund, son of Lars Bjørnsen Aashum and Britha, and finally on June 17th Marie, the daughter of Ingvald Christophersen Mørka[ri] and Guri Østensdatter Bolstad was born. All together there were five deaths on the voyage. The child mentioned above and on May 26th, Dorthea Berentsdatter Rütlien (2), daughter of Marthe Larsdatter Rütlien died, on May 29th, Christoffer (9 mo.) son of Henrik Eriksen Holmstad and Berthe died, on May 31st, Berthe age 9 months, daughter of Knud Ottesen and Irma, and last on June 4th, Andrea Johannesdatter Marum age 18, the sister of Ole Johannesen Marum passed away. The Mercator was mastered by Capt. E. Berentsen, and had a crew of 13. Her tonnage was 401½ Norwegian Commercial lasts.


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