Re: Changing occupations on a ship passenger list #general


Marian
 

I agree with David, these changes were likely made aboard the ship by the purser or other officer.  The occupation information in particular was made more specific.  Instead of simply "laborer" or "domestic" they became cap maker or tailoress.  Rather than unskilled labor, for which there was often an oversupply in the US, these skilled trades made them less likely to appear as likely public charges.

Why these corrections are only on one page may result from, as David said, the ticket selling process.  People from the same locality were to be listed together.  People from the same locality likely purchased their tickets from the same agent.  If the agent did not provide complete information that would show up in a block on the page or pages listing those people.

Marian Smith

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