Sarah Kjrsten (sarahkjrsten) wrote in little_details,
Sarah Kjrsten

Transatlantic Voyage 1850

My MMC, Francis, travels by ship to London in 1850 (or thereabouts) he meets my MFC, Charlotte, and the two fall head-over-heels in love and marry. Now they want to go back to New York together. My questions mostly revolve around travel by ship at the time (if anyone could point me to any resources I would be very, very grateful)

1. Francis' personal wealth falls around upper middle class/lower upper class. Would he purchase first or second class tickets?

2. What ship line would he be most likely to book passage on?

3. How would he go about purchasing these tickets? Would he go to an office at the harbor? Work through someone like a travel agent? If Francis has already purchased his return ticket (how common would that be?) would he be able to also book passage for Charlotte after their marriage? Or would he have to purchase two tickets on an entirely different ship?

Basically any information on transatlantic voyages for second/first class passengers from 1845-1855 would be amazingly helpful. I just want to get Francis and Charlotte from London to New York!

Setting: London, England -> New York City 1850 (give or take 5 year in either direction)
Google Search Terms Used: transatlantic voyage 1850, transatlantic victorian era, victorian era, ship 1850 (as well as Victorian London by Liza Picard and A Writer's Guide to Everyday Life in the 1800's)

I found information about immigrant passenger lists, an account of life aboard a whaling vessel in 1850, and contents of merchant ships, but nothing close to what I need to know.
Tags: 1850-1859, ~boats and other things that float, ~travel: sea travel

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