Re: three-month Atlantic crossing by wooden sailing ship in 1880s? #poland #general

Bill Rubin

The South Street Seaport Museum in New York City had at least one steel-hulled sailing ship when I visited in the 1980s. These sailing ships had more room for goods, products, and passengers because they didn’t need the room or the weight for coal or later diesel fuel. There were also ships with sails and a steam engine as an auxiliary source of power. Even though a few steam-driven ships were starting to make the trans-Atlantic trip in the 1840s, it was many, many years before commercial sailing ships ceased operation.
I believe it is very possible that your grandfather traveled to the US aboard a vessel that had sails.  
This is what I found while searching the Internet.

-Bill Rubin
Belmont, MA

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