The exact date I arrived in Australia from Germany.
How do I know this after years of not knowing?
I had a letter from my sister, who had contacted the National Archives and got copies of the relevant passenger list.
I NEVER would have thought to do such a thing. Mostly because I know where I came from and roughly when, but there are no ties there for me.
I rarely think about Germany.
Apart from telling people I'm a Hamburger. (born in Hamburg)
As far as I know, I have no family left there. Maybe there's a cousin or three, I know I also have relatives in Sweden, according to my family tree , but I've never known any of them and don't feel the need to now.
So I have the photocopied list with my name on it, listed as (Surname, first initial) E for emigrant, F (female) age 1 year S. child. The S means single.
(Well, I should hope so! Being married at age 1 doesn't seem right!)
In reality I was 9 months old upon arrival, but being close enough to one year, that's what they put. If you were under 6 months your age was listed in months. I know this after reading through the list and seeing another entry for a F 5m S Baby.
Almost all the passengers were from Germany, with a few from Austria and Greece.
Included with the letter were a few pages all about the ship we arrived on:
ANNA SALEN, constructed as the MORMACLAND, built 1939.
Ex MORMACLAND/ARCHER/EMPIRE LAGAN/ANNA SALEN/TASMANIA/UNION RELIANCE
The ANNA SALEN was built in 1939 as the MORMACLAND by Sun Shipbuilding & Drydock Co; Chester for Moore-McCormack Lines.
She was a 11,672 gross ton ship, length 494ft, beam 69.2 ft, single screw and with a service speed of 17 knots.
In 1940 she was taken over before completion by the US Navy and refitted as an auxiliary aircraft carrier.
In 1941 she was commissioned by the British Royal Navy as HMS ARCHER and was used for convoy protection duties. She collided with and sank the American SS BRAZOS on 13th January 1942, was badly damaged and towed stern first to Charleston.
In 1945 she was taken over by the Ministry of War Transport, renamed ARCHER and refitted as a cargo ship.
Managed by the Blue Funnel Line and renamed EMPIRE LAGAN, she was returned to the US Maritime Commission in 1946.
Purchased by Sven Salen of Stockholm and registered under the ownership of Rederi A/S Pulp, she was rebuilt as a passenger ship with accommodation for 600 single class passengers and renamed ANNA SALEN.
Used as an emigrant ship on various routes, she started a single round voyage between Bremen and Quebec on 2nd July 1953.
Sold to Cia Nav. Tasmania, Piraeus in 1955, she was renamed TASMANIA and placed on the Piraeus-Melbourne service of the Hellenic Mediterranean Line.
In 1958 she was rebuilt to 7,638 gross tons and in 1961 was sold to China Union Lines, Taipeh and renamed UNION RELIANCE.
On 7th November 1961 she collided with the Norwegian tanker BERAN in the Houston Ship Channel and was beached on fire. Towed to Galveston on 11th November, she was sold in January 1962 to be scrapped at New Orleans.
then there's a little "added information"
The Swedish immigrant ship Anna Salen was heading back to New York after attending the Olympic games in Helsinki with some 630 passengers and crew aboard when she collided with the Norwegian whale factory ship Thorshovdi some 3 1/2 miles SE of Duncansby Head. It was thick fog at the time and both ships suffered damage. The Anna Salen had bow damage and the Thorshovdi had damage to her port side, fire broke out on both ships but tis was soon brought under control by the ships crews. The Thorshovdi carried on her way but the Anna Salen was piloted in to Scapa Flow where repairs were effected by Metal Industries, after repairs she was allowed to resume her passage to the United States. Date of incident 13th August 1952.
(three days before I was born)
That's quite an interesting history, although there seems to have been a lot of colliding going on (*~*)