The Perils of Pre-Revolution Ocean Travel

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46 thoughts on “The Perils of Pre-Revolution Ocean Travel

  1. This was an example of a major expedition crossing major oceans I assume.

    I would assume shorter trips were far more pleasant than this description of ocean travel over-all? For example, people crossing the Mediterranean, or boats following the shore line from Europe down to Africa, etc. I imagine the fatality was far less as they had more of a chance to replenish supplies and head to local ports to seek medical aid. But the large-ocean travel ventures I could understand being a challenge.

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  3. Good post & insightful reminders of typhus, rough conditions. Once here, unless they came to join seated relatives, they wd be clearing land on the frontier, or edge of wilderness. We take for granted not only the foliage being tamed and crude roads and paths being cleared, hut the evil beasts – panthers, mountain lions, bobcats, snakes, etc.

  4. My parents, bless their hearts, emigrated to NY in 1970 from Germany. Not sure of the conditions but told their was better leg-room in flights back then.

  5. One aspect that a lot of people don't consider is the size of the ship. When I was very young, I had the opportunity to tour a reproduction wooden ship. In its original era, it was considered ocean-worthy. By today's standards, it is tiny! A rolling sea would be absolutely treacherous on such a small, light vessel.

  6. To borrow a phrase from "Humptydumptytribe", "We are living in Paradise in the end times". He chronicles his life as humanity, purportedly, is dying.

  7. Did anybody ever make the water stay clean by boiling it? Would that even work? Didn't they drink beer on ships for this reason?

  8. Thank you for sharing this information and how tragic with these sick people and with so many death. It is very interesting to know how perilous travel was.

  9. You can choose to live a simple life today. Pick a career that you can do in a small town. Move to the countryside. Buy an old farmhouse. Grow your own veggies and raise your own chickens and rabbits. Buy only natural fiber clothing made in your own country/continent. It's really just a question of mentally letting go of all the consumer objects that our society has grown accustomed to. Make like-minded friends, because your old ones will think you're nuts.

  10. So I just so happen to be writing a historical fiction novel involving pre-revolution ocean travel and up pops your video. Thank you Mr. Townsend!

  11. I'm just glad that when you walk into a doctor's office nowadays "bleed the patient" is not the first thing out of anyone's mouth.

  12. Heck , it wasn't just the major travel that was potentially dangerous and difficult. The closest store to my house now is about 5 miles ,when i realize i dont have say butter for a meal, i can hop in the car and go and be back in 15 minutes, tops. Back then, let's assume i'm more well off than most and actually have a wagon and a team. (Otherwise i'm looking at a 10 mile round trip , on foot, it what would be pretty darn cold conditions ) To the barn, bridle two horses while ( hopefully) not getting bit nor kicked, hitch them to wagon with all that harness ( its harder than it looks) ,take off .Return some 2 hours later from the cold trip, unhitch horses ,put them back in barn . Go back to wagon, only to realize you left the butter back at the store on the counter when you decided to carry the 4 50 pound bags of feed you got while you were there out to the wagon first. D'oh ! Mutter obscenities under your breath while you unload the 50 pound bags in the cold .

  13. Life was simple then because people's entire focus was on surviving. That gave them purpose for sure and cut out a lot of the other stuff going on around them, but anyone who has been or knows someone in poverty knows it isn't an enjoyable state of being…If people want the simple life now they can have it without having their sole focus being on survival, but then of course you have to wonder what will their focus be? I think thats where we are as people right now, we need to figure out what our life's purposes will be and it isn't easy making that choice for ourselves. Our ancestors never got that choice, but they sure as hell wanted it!

  14. Always curious, what books were you reading from for these events? Always looking to expand my personal library. Also, side note, sounds like the sickness hitting these people in the ship was smallpox, mainly from the symptoms going from fever and flu like symptoms to pustules all over the body.

  15. Thank you Jon for a look into the past. It must have been exceedingly hard on people that lived in the cities and villages that got what they needed by buying or bartering and trading for what they needed or wanted and finding that everyone onboard needed or wanted the something. The captain or an enterprising crew member could stock the most things that passengers ask for and sale or traded for a hansom profit. That's what I would do and I'm sure that was done sometimes.

  16. The fellow with the itches and pustules, sounds a lot like salt rash. Basically caused by being doused in the salt water and then not having the opportunity to rinse off with fresh. It can feel like walking around in clothes made of sandpaper. The resultant rash/abrasions can lead to further infections.Of course the classic sea going disease was scurvy. Cook solved that one though.

  17. When driving up I-95 I often think of how many generations of ancestors would have found 70 mph a truly terrifying speed, and at howlong it would take to get between NC and DC for family visits.

  18. When grandpa was in camp before france the spanish flu epidemic was on . Many soldiers died in the camp. he had been in long enough he was hardened. The new recruits dropped like flies. You could look right down the casualty list.

  19. My great, great, great, great Grandfather was on a convict transport ship from Ireland to Australia. The convicts were held on the ship for months in harbor for months before sailing, only being allowed on deck when they were out to sea. He was only 14 years old and was accused of theft of a sheep, but we think it was because he had been taught to read and write. The convict ships were horrible, prisoners chained together below deck, I can't even imagine. It was not in the 1700's but in the early 1800's. Frances MacCrohan actually ended up getting a "ticket to leave" by capturing a notorious highway man, he then sailed from Australia to San Francisco with his wife and many children before starting his new life in Washington!!! Talk about a well traveled person. I am most certian that the trip to the USA was much better than the trip to Australia…

  20. My grand father clerked in a delousing station in Saint Naziere France for soldiers returning home from world war one. Your clothes went one door you another. Got dusted with poison. You were told to sign a paper that you were as healthy as the day you entered the army. no one was but then you went to a hospital for a month. everyone signed the paper.

  21. I took a cruise ship trip around Cape Horn. Having showers, fresh food, air conditioning, satellite navigation and not being completely subject to the wind made it pleasant. I don't think I would want to sail around Cape Horn like they did in the 17th-18th centuries. One thing they still worry about aboard is illness. Every time we embarked and entered a dining area we were greeted by a steward with hand cleanser. They asked us if we had any symptoms before embarking the first time, too. Nope, I'm glad to be living in the 21st century!

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