Numbers on 1895 UK passenger list #unitedkingdom #general

Gail H. Marcus

Can someone explain the numbers that appear in the columns after "profession, occupation" on this passenger list?

Gail Marcus

Jill Whitehead

The headings at the top of the columns tell you what the numbers relate to. You have ages of passengers for example. You need to look down the column and refer to the column heading in each case.

Jill Whitehead, Surrey, Uk

Gail H. Marcus

I do see that this is what the heading of the column says, but in this case, the numbers I see are clearly not ages.  The ages are given in another column.  It looks like the numbers in the first column are preceded by a symbol.  It looks like a symbol for pounds in some cases, but there is another symbol as well.  And the numbers are all 4 digits (or even 5 in one case), so if it is money, it's quite a large sum for those days, so I'm not sure what it's referring to. 

Gail Marcus

Laurie Sosna

I looked through all nine pages in the manifest.
They are recorded in this order: 2nd cabin, Steerage, Saloon passengers
Second Cabin and Steerage Passengers have it, Saloon passengers don't.

I don't think it's a pound symbol, I think it's a Z, which is often written with a bar across the middle.
There are other letter/number sequences, beginning with A, H, P, U, X
Some are only number sequences 03/4155
I'm wondering if they are ticket numbers? But not every group has one.
I compared it to the manifest on the NY end, to see if anything popped up to explain it. There isn't anything there.
Manifests from the late 1890s often have inconsistencies,  but this one is a doozy.

Laurie Sosna
San Francisco, CA


Could they be cabin numbers?

Henry Best,
London, UK.

Gail H. Marcus

Here is an explanation I received though private correspondence:
I can’t decipher the actual symbol that precedes the numbers, but I think the numbers themselves are actually the contract ticket numbers, which are not entered in the column headed “no of contract ticket”. I don’t know why they have been entered in the “age” column, other than perhaps the practical reason that the “contract ticket” column wasn’t wide enough. The clerk clearly didn’t adhere to the form with regard to other nationalities of passenger, notably in the Irish column, which has been used to record destinations.
This was provided to me by Prof. Marjory Harper of the University of Aberdeen who maintains a website on Scottish emigration:

I have her permission to post this response and her name.

Gail Marcus