I have gathered enough information that I am able to get an idea of how my great-grandmother, Signe M Johansson, got to the United States from Sweden.

Signe Maria Johansson was living in Pjatteryd, Kronobergs Lan, Sweden at the time she left1. Headed for Boston1, she left Sweden from the port in Malmo 1 on August 26, 19101. Her ship took her to Liverpool, England2, where she boarded the S.S. Saxonia2 on August 30, 19102. On September 8 19102, Signe arrived in Boston, Massachusetts2  It seems she had no relatives with her on the trip, but all the people had traveled with her from Malmo, Sweden2. She referenced her father, Johan A Petersson, living in Osmakop, Pjetteryd, Sweden as her  nearest relative2. From Boston, she was headed to Marblehead, Massachusetts2. She was going to meet James R Watts in Marblehead, roommate and friend of  her soon to be husband Henry W Anderson2.

1Ancestry.com, Emigraten Popular, 1783-1951, Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2000.,Aug 26 1910, Emihamn Database, Call Number 1910:2531:1135, Signe M Johansson.

21820-1943 Boston Passenger Lists, Ancestry.com. Boston Passenger Lists, 1820-1943 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2006. Micropublication T843, Roll 154, September 8 1910, S.S. Saxonia, Signe M Johansson.

This is the passenger list she is recorded on.



Fig 1. Signe M. Johansson record in the passenger manifest. She arrived in Boston on The S.S. Saxonia, 8 Sept 1910.

This is the ship that my great-grandmother, Signe M Johansson, arrived on in Boston, Massachusetts. This ship sailed from Liverpool, England which is where she arrived after sailing from Malmo Port in Sweden.

Fig 2. S.S. Saxonia

Fig 3. Ship Information

Ship Name: Saxonia
Years in service: 1900-1926
Funnels: 1
Masts: 4
Shipping Line: Cunard
Ship Description: Built by John Brown & CO., Clydebank, Glasgow, Scotland. Tonnage: 14,197. Dimensions: 580′ x 64′ (600′ o.l.). Twin-screw, 16 knots. Quadruple expansion engines. Four masts and one funnel. Distinctive Liner, as she had the tallest funnel ever fitted to a ship. Cost about $1,600,000 to build.
History: Passengers: 160 first, 200 second, 1,600 third. Maiden voyage: Liverpool-Boston, May 22, 1900. Transferred to Trieste-New York service in 1911. After the First World War she was placed in the Liverpool-New York service. Sold to Dutch shipbreakers in March 1925. Broken up by 1926. Sister ship: Ivernia. Note: Her funnel too was of the same height (106 feet high from deck level) as the Saxonia’s.

Courtesy: Ancestry.co.uk

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