Land of Opportunity: Woman Seasick During Atlantic Voyage
Once seasickness passed, immigrants danced to celebrate destination of the land of opportunity.
Norddeutscher Lloyd Bremen
An Bord des D., Dresden
Febr. 28, Mar. 1
Your nice letter I received and it was good. It was a pleasure on the first day on board of ship to hear from you. I didn't expect that.
Now I am going to fulfill your wish and write you a few words. I hope you are okay. We experienced a lot here already.
The twentieth of Febr. the ship went to sea at Twelve o' clock noon.
I found company with some young girls and a married couple.
The first night I slept good until Sunday morning I couldn't even stand up anymore. I was so seasick. I had to stay in bed on Sunday and below they were dancing. The next morning it was better. We landed twice, Febr. 21, at 6 o' clock in Scherbourg, France and on Febr. 22 at 4 P.M. in Ireland. There we saw land and that was great.
Monday we had a storm and at times very windy. We could not be on deck very much.
Last night we had a costume festival. Then we danced.
Today I'll finish the letter. I think we will be in Halifax. We will let those on board who are going to Canada. Tomorrow evening we will be in New York. Monday early we'll go on land. Then will be the train ride.
Now I'll write your parents and my family. Now I hope we will land in good shape.
from Elisabeth Holscher
Submitted by Olga Feyerherm
West Point, Nebraska
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