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BurdenBuiltShipowner or operator Dimensions
325½ kl 1847 at Medford, Mass., U.S.A S. Thorbjørnsens enke, Skien, Norway 142.2ft x 31.9ft x 21.4ft 
 1847 Launched as the Helen McGrawAtlantic Journey ID 8486
 1866 Captain P. A. Stoesen  from Porsgrunn Apr. 16 to Quebec May 28  Passenger list: Passenger list 
 1867 Captain P. A. Stoesen  from Bergen Apr. 25 to Quebec May 31   
 1870 Captain P. A. Stoesen  from Christiania Apr. 22 to Quebec June 20   
 1870 arrived in Quebec with some 360 passengersAtlantic Journey ID 9937
 1906 ScrappedAtlantic Journey ID 8485
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

She was a 703 gross ton vessel. Owners: S. Thorbjørnsen's widow in Skien 1864-1885. In 1885 it was owned by V. Shaaning and P. A. Christensen. 1893-1906 she was owned by H. Christensen (A/S Roska) in Langesund.

In 1866 the Roska departed from Porsgrunn on April 16th, and arrived at Quebec on May 27th. She was sailing in ballast, and was carrying 324 steerage passengers and 1cabin passenger. Eight of the passengers died from cold and debility on the voyage. They were: the 1½ yr child of Stenar Johannesen 25 - 2 yr daughter of Ole Halvorsen 30 - 2, 9 month children of Aslak Halvorsen 34 - boy [idiot], son of Knud Halvorsen 21 - 1½yr child of Peter Thorsen 31 - 6 yr child of Even Olsen 50 - 1 month child of Aron Andersen 24 - When the ship arrived at the quarantine station on Grosse Île, 3 were sick, one with phthisis, one from a blow on the head and one from senile-debility. In addition to the 8 deaths Christoffer Knudsen 52, died May 27th, of consumption, 1 hour after ship cleared Grosse Île. The Roska was mastered by Capt. Stoesen and had a crew of 17

In 1867 she was announced to sail from Skien, but sailed from Bergen. She departed from Bergen Apr. 25th, and arrived at Quebec May 31st. Captain was P. A. Stoesen

In 1870 the ship Roska departed from Christiania Apr. 24th, and arrived at Quebec June 20th. She was sailing in ballast, and was carrying 367 steerage passengers. All well at arrival. There was one birth on the voyage, on May 30th, son of Andreas Sørensen (29) and Kirsti Olsen (26) was born. The Roska was mastered by Capt. P. A. Stoesen, and had a crew of 17. Her burden was 652 tons.

Newspaper announcement from "Correspondenten" Mar. 16, 1866: Passage to America. Frigateship Roska, burden 325 Kom-Læster (Commercial lasts), mastered by Capt. P. M. Stosen, will sail with passengers for Quebec from P. M. Petersen's shipyard in Porsgrunn Apr. 12th this year. This first class ship has a new copper hood, is fast sailing, has a high and spacey between-deck, and will give an excellent accommodation for emigrants. Details about freight and conditions will be given by the undersigned, where registering of passengers will take place. Skien February 1866, J. Ericksen.

Newspaper announcement from "Correspondenten" June. 25, 1866: Amerika. Fregateship "Roska" Capt. Stosen arrived safe to Quebec on May 28; on the voyage 1 person died from tuberculosis, namely Christopher Knudsen Tvedt from Laurdal in Telemark, in addition 8 small children also died, now to be made known to relatives and friends by the emigrants. Skien June 22 1866. J. Ericksen.

Newspaper announcement from "Correspondenten" Dec. 22, 1866; Passage to America. Fregateship "Roska", burden 325 Læster, mastered by Capt. P. A. Stosen, will sail with passengers from Skien to Quebec in Apr. 1867. She is a good sailing ship, in very good condition, and the best of accommodation will be offered. The ship which this year sailed with passengers from here to Quebec, made the voyage in 43 days. Registering will take place at the undersigned. Jacob A. Nielsen. Skien November 1866.


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