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The bark "Maria Magdelena" carried 369 tons and one hundred and forty seven passengers under the direction of Captain D. Smit.  The following letter from passenger J.C. van Niel informs us about part of that voyage.

On March 29, 1848, we sailed from Rotterdam to Hellevoetsluis where we waited for favorable winds which came on the 25th. Father Heinige from Amsterdam left us in the morning and by mid-afternoon we took off for the deep sea.  Then followed the never-forgotten song led by the Gerrits and Lochmans, "Farewell to all of you for today we have to say goodbye." Everyone seened to join into the song even those in a mood of sadness and comtemplation.

One day the bureau of Miss Lochman was placed in back of the ship and Father van den Broek used it for an altar for daily Mass.  In stormy weather he gave jan Wigman permission to hold the chalice.  Every evening all joined in the rosary and sang the "Salve Regina" before retiring. One of the families, a man an a woman and their two year old son, cried and complained so bitterly that the captain felt compelled to give them one of the life boats to return after two days at sea.  No one knows wether they made it back safely or not.

From New York we took a steamboat to Albany and from Albany to Buffaloon a canal boat.  In Buffalo, father van den broek quarrelled with the captain who wanted a second payment to continue onward.  We travelled on to mackinac and from there we transferred to little ships to Green bay.  From there we traveled up the Fox River to Little Chute where we arrived on June 10, 1848, after a sojourn of eighty-three days.

Passengers of the Maria Magdalena
Number Name Age Occupation
1. Arend Sanders 41 Farmer
2. Cornelis Sanders 7
3. Steven Sanders 25
4. Jan Sanders 4
5. Constantine Hamers 35 School Teacher
6. Gertruda Arnold 39
7. Jeanette Hamers 8
8. Constant(male) Hamers 6
9. Petronella Hamers 4
10. Anna Hamers 2
11. Jan Sanders 44 Farmer
12. Helena Sanders 40
Cornelia Sanders 9 months
13. Johan Sanders 14
14. Hendrik Sanders 13
15. Willem Speel 12
16. Martinus Speel 4
17. Michiel Speel 51 Farmer
18. Jacoba Speel 42
19. Maria Speel 11
20. Klasina Speel 10
21. Frederik Speel 9
22. Peter Speel 8
23. Cornelis Giesbers 22 Farmer
24. Johannes Giesbers 17
25. Antoinette Maassen 53
26. Cornelia Giesbers 10
27. Martin Kempen 27 Shoe Maker
28. Adriaan Van Rooy 40 Farmer
29. M. v.d. Heuvel 25 Carpenter
30. Anthony Rothof 38 Smith (blacksmith)
31. Reinier Simons 58 Farmer
32. Willem Simons 17
33. Gerard Simons 15
34. Johanna Simons 13
35. Jacobus Ermes 45 Farmer
36. Cathatina Gerrits 45 Farmer
37. Martinus Gerrits 27 Farmer
38. Gertruda Gerrits 21
Catharina Gerrits 9 months
39. Jan Adriaans 34 Carpenter
40. Jan Snelders 60 Carpenter
41. Jan Opgang 27 Carpenter
42. Geertje Roovers 27
43. Guurtje Opgang 4
44. Cornelis Hink 31 Farmer
45. Tryntje Roovers 30
46. Fredrik Hink 7
47. Jacob Glas 25
48. Guurtje Hink 4
49. Tryntje Hink 2
50. Hendrik Derks 40 Farmer
Gerardus Derks 9 months
51. Hendrina Boom kemp 27
52. Louis (van de) Wys(t) 38 Farmer
53. Willem van (Land)? 33 Carpenter
54. Theodorus Willemsen 32 Farmer
55. Wilhelmina Boomkamp 38
56. Jan Willemsen 9
57. Maria Willemsen 7
58. Gerard Willemsen 5
59. Hendrik Willemsen 3
60. Helena Willemsen 1
61. -- Jansen 40? Farmer
62. (female) Boonkamp 26
63. Catharina Jansen ?
64. Johannes (or) Johanna Jansen 42
65. Jan Jansen 4
66. Michiel Jansen 1
67. Johanna M. Diels 5
68. Willem Diels 30 Farmer
69. Gertruda Diels 27
70. Hendrina Takken 30
71. Lammenus Hoorneman 33 Carpenter
72. Jacobus Broersen? 35 Carpenter
73. Martinuns Gerrits 25 Farmer
74. Herman Frans 25 Carpenter
75. Jan Gerrits 55 Farmer
76. A.M. (female) Kremers 68
77. Elizabeth Giesbers 22
78. Petronella Giesbers 15
79. Peter Kremers 70 Farmer
80. Marianus Lenskens 17
81. Johannes Van Oyen 20 Farmer
82. Joannes Giesbers 55 Carpenter
83. Jacomyn(f.)Vogelzang 55
84. Willem Raap? 25 Farmer
85. Arnoldus Mientjes 26 Farmer
86. Jan Tooni 34 Farmer
87. Elisabeth Gerrits 25
88. Antoon Klaassen 26 Carpenter
89. Maria Mulders 25
90. Jacob Dicks 56 Farmer
91. Hendrik Pipliehuizen 45 Farmer
92. Herman Van den Heuvel 26 Farmer
93. Hendrik Hermans 30 Farmer
94. Hendrik Van den Heuvel 26 Farmer
95. Frans Pesch 31 Farmer
96. Martinus Van Doren 22 Farmer
97. Maria Koenen 18
98. Hendrika Koenen 9
99. Hendricus VAn Kampen 36 Farmer
100. Jan Bloemers 23 Farmer
101. Johannes Koenen 14
102. Martinus Koenen 7
103. Jacobus Koenen 41 Farmer
104. Cornelia Jacobs 45
105. Gerardus Koenen 5
106. Theodorus Koenen 16
107. Theodorus Kersten 26 Carpenter
108. Wilhelm Jansen 5
109. Theodorus Jansen 31 Carpenter
110. Elisabeth Van Akkeren 34
111. Jan Jansen 9 months
112. Leonard Ruisch 26 Farmer
113. Jacobus Kersten 25 Farmer
114. Gerard Siebers 35 Farmer
115. Willem Van der Zand? 35 Farmer
116. Pieter Boots 35 Taylor
117. M.(male) v. Neuwenhuizen 33 Taylor
118. J.(male) v.d. Mosselaar 31 Painter
119. Hien Baas 17 Shoe Maker
120. Cornelis Baas 13 Shoe Maker
121. Jacobus Appelman 30 Farmer
122. Geertje Botman(female) 41
123. Betje Appelman 3
124. E. Rekman 21 Taylor
125. S.B. Bos or Ros? 43 Farmer
126. F.J.Doesburg 28 Farmer
127. B.(male) Gasseling 28 Baker
128. R.B. Degens 27 Taylor
129. Wilhelmina Van Muyden 28
Elisabeth Degens 9 months
130. Catharina Baas 23
131. Martha Lochmans 28 Taylor
132. Theodorus Lochmans 34 Taylor
133. Johanna M. Lochmans 24 Taylor
134. August Lochmans 21 Carpenter
135. j.H.(male) Lochmans 23 Baker
136. Petrus Bongenaar 26 Farmer
137. J.C. Van Niel 25 Farmer
138. H. (male) Rioche 23 Watch Maker
139. Father Theodore van den Broek 44 Priest
140. -- Outmine 30 Priest?
141. -- Smit Captain
142. -- Wigman
143. (not clear)