The Polaria sailed April 4, 1883 from Hamburg to New York. Among its passengers were the Roloff family and several others listing Osterwein, East Prussia as their last residence.
Carl Roloff would go on to homestead in North Dakota with his wife Auguste, and daughters Auguste and Emelia (who apparently traveled separately from the family. Theresa, of course, came to Chicago. The son Herman Roloff was previously unknown to us. Note that, after the Roloffs, we have "Franz" Heinrich, Male, 19 years old, from Osterwein, Arbeiter. I believe that this is really Fritz, Friedrich Robert Heinrich, Jr. Following him is J. (Johann?) Zulewsky with his wife Bertha. I believe Bertha is another - the eldest - Roloff daughter, sister to our great-grandmother Theresa and namesake of our Grandma Bertha Heinrich Ziemer Kelm.
About the Polaria:
The Polaria was built by C. Mitchell & Co., Walker-on-Tyne in 1882 for the Carr Line of Hamburg. She was a 2724 gross ton ship, length 300' x beam 38.2', straight stem, one funnel, two masts, iron construction, single screw, and a speed of 10 knots. There was accommodation for 1,100 3rd class passengers only. Launched on Feb. 2, 1882, she sailed on her maiden voyage from Hamburg to New York on April 27, 1882. In April 1888 she made her last Hamburg - New York voyage for the Carr Line, and in May of that year went to the Hamburg America Line with the rest of the Carr Line fleet. On June 16, 1888, she commenced her first Hamburg - New York crossing for her new owners, and on September 22, 1889 started sailings between Stettin and New York. She commenced her last voyage on this service on March 2 1893 ( 20 round voyages) and on June 6 1895 started her last Hamburg - New York voyage. On August 28, 1895 she commenced her last Hamburg - Philadelphia - Baltimore crossing. In July 1903 she went to a British company and later the same year was resold to German owners and scrapped in 1904 at Hamburg. - From North Atlantic Seaway by N.R.P. Bonsor, Vol.1, p. 395. (posted by Ted Finch 11 Jan 1998)
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