David Brownlee in Canada

The story of David Brownlee who travelled from Scotland to Canada in 1821.


David Brownlee - Submitted by Michael Haase, great, great grandson of David Brownlee

David Brownlee came with his mother to Canada on the Ship Commerce. They sailed from Greenock Scotland, a sea port on the River Clyde to the west of Glasgow, under Captain Cloverdale, May 11, 1821 and arrived at Quebec on June 20. The Ship held 422 passengers representing nine emigration societies. During the voyage there were 3 deaths and no births. The groups left for Glasgow on thier own. From Glasgow to Greenock the Clyde Shipping Company carried them for a fee. The cost to cross the Atlantic was 3 pounds. The emigrants were taken by steam ship from Quebec to Montreal, and from there to Lacine. From there the families proceeded to Prescott in a flotilla of flat-bottomed boats. Each could carry about three families with their luggage. After a week they arrived at Prescott. There they camped for two weeks or so, waiting until the passengers from all the ships were assembled. Then came a five day trip by wagon -- 74 miles over poor trails Lanark.

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