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Thor Østgaard
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Posted - 01/01/2020 :  21:05:04  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Have had some help on Arkivverket finding the norwegian connection of Edward Olaf Freeman 1859-1915. His application for passport in Panama shows that he came to Seattle on the 14th of February 1878 on the bark Jennie Cobb from Montevideo, Uruguay.

His norwegian name is thought to be Einar Olaf Olsen, born on the 3rd August 1859. Same date as indicated on passport application.He is not listed in the emigrantprotocol.. He was released from a 8 month prison sentence on 30th August 1877 in Trondheim.

What was the marine traffic between Norway and Uruguay in 1877, and is it possible to find his name on any seamanlist?

Here are the link to the search in Arkivverket:øker-norsk-slekt-til-edward-olaf-freeman-seattle-1860-1915/

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Posted - 02/01/2020 :  03:41:20  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
From Shipping and Commercial List and New-York Price Current
Wednesday, Jan 31, 1866 ( a little bit early for your date) New York, NY
Page: 1

"Barque Jenny Cobb of and from Rockland, Me. with lime for New Orleans, was towed into Bermuda, 13th inst, in distress, the cargo supposed to be on fire. The J.C. is a new vessel, of 630 tons register, valued at $10,000."

Same voyage apparently, ill starred:
Portland daily press Monday, Feb 05, 1866 Portland, ME Vol: 5
Page: 3

"Capt Francis K. Cobb master of new bark Jenny Cobb, was swept overboard on the 8 ult. during a heavy gale, while on passage from Bermuda to New Orleans. Capt C was 23 years of age, and son of Francis Cobb, Esq. Rockland. He leaves wife and infant child."

From Herald Tuesday, Feb 19, 1878 New York, NY Page: 11 "SPOKEN
Bark Jennie Cobb, Small, from Portland for Montevideo, Dec 10, 1st 7 45N lon 26 all well."

Montevideo is in Uruguay, right?

Edited by - jkmarler on 02/01/2020 03:52:58
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Thor Østgaard
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Posted - 02/01/2020 :  08:26:35  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yes, correct. His passport application says Montevideo, Uruguay.

The last message, does this indicate that Jennie Cobb departs Portland on the 10th Dec 1877 with Montevideo as destination?
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Posted - 02/01/2020 :  15:19:24  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Not sure how to interpret it. The Portland referred to is probably Portland Maine which appears to be Jennie Cobb's home port. "Spoken" is often the headline in paragraphs in the shipping section of newspapers, not exactly sure what it means other than to say maybe plans are being discussed? I found no reference to Jennie Cobb landing in any place other than the southern or northern Atlantic & Gulf of Mexico ports.

There was also one brief mention of a schooner named Jenny Cobb no words on ports and the like. I did try as they access most "free" national newspaper sites but didn't find any transit by Jennie Cobb other than those already discussed.

The type in the article was a bit broken so am unsure what the message is trying to say after Dec 10.
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Thor Østgaard
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Posted - 03/01/2020 :  19:35:32  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks for the tip on Been doing some searches there. I believe one way to Uruguay, would be the stockfish export from Kristiansund. I am approching Nordmøre Museum to see what's available there
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