Deaths at sea during transatlantic crossings #general

Pamela Jacobs

According to my grandmother (reported by my mother), she sailed from Liverpool to NY in 1907, accompanied by her 6-month-old son. She stated that the infant became ill and died during the sea voyage. Assuming this is accurate, would there be documentation somewhere that might confirm this? When I read the ship's manifest, I think i see a barely legible notation next to his name stating "died" in parentheses. But I could be seeing this because I'm searching for it.

On the same topic, what would have been the disposition of the body of an infant who died at sea? Burial at sea? Would there have been a mechanism for notifying the child's father (who was already in the U.S.) of this event?

Sherri Bobish


I once saw a NYC death cert for someone who "died at sea."

Have you checked the NYC death records?


Sherri Bobish
Princeton, NJ