Can I localize anyway an ancestor who died on open sea? or the case of the missing shiplog #latinamerica #records
Can any of you please give me a pathway to elude the brickwall I've
found in my genealogic search?
All my family arrived to Argentina (entre Ríos, Basavilbaso) in 1894 in
a trip organized by the Jewish Colonization Association (JCA). They
departed from Odessa, but they were originally from Belz (Bessarabia).
Time ago, reading an argentine marriage certificate, I've learned that
my greatgrandfather, who was in that trip, died on open sea, but I don't
know anything else.
I have read (I don't know if it is true) that on that time, if anyone of
the passengers died on board, he or she were buried at the journey's
nearest port, or, if the ship was far away from any port, they simply
were thrown into the sea.
I assumed that such an important event ought to be noted down in the
steamer's shiplog, so I thought that If I could get on the shiplog, I
could solve my greatgrandfather's mistery
The following are the data I have up to now:
Surname and name: BALBACHAN MOSHE (MOISHE BEN HAIM)
Birthdate: Circa 1839
Hometown: Belz (Bessarabia)
He departed form Odessa with his own family (twelve persons) on board of
the ship "Bosforo" (october 5th, 1894, List XXIII JCA, Soroki II group).
They arrived to Genoa, where they had to change to the vessel "Manilla"
(both ships, Bosforo and Manilla owned to "Navigazione Generale
Italiana" company). The Manilla's route could probably be
Genoa-Nice-Marseilles-Barcelona-Santa Cruz de la Palma (Canarias)-Rio de
Janeiro-Sao Paulo-Montevideo-Buenos Aires where Balbachan family arrived
on november 11th,1894, but without Moshe.
Until here all right, but... (always there exists a "but"):
1) The "Navigazione Generale Italiana" company doesn't exist anymore and
I don't know where to get the Manilla's shiplog between october-november
2) Another source of information could be the ship's manifiests in each
of the route's ports, but, once again, how can I get these pieces of
3) This is a long shot, but who knows? In this trip to Buenos Aires
there were 224 passengers on board of the Manilla. A death on board is a
quite important event just to forget easily, so perhaps in any of these
families could have been any comment transmitted from father to son and
so on...but how can I get in contact with thousands of descendants from
those original 224 passengers?
All help you can give to me, will be welcome!
Thank you very much
Eduardo Luis BALBACHAN
Buenos Aires, Argentina
The Central Archives For The History of The Jewish People Jerusalem lists the following on their website:
"The archives of JCA’s Argentinean office, which was located in Buenos Aires."
You may want to contact The Central Archives and pose your question to them.
Good luck in your search,