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Elizabeth and Robert T Broadhurst aboard the SS Baltic and SS Britannic

balticOne of the many unexpected things I discovered when starting genealogical research of these families was the large number of trips taken back and forth across the Atlantic. Not knowing ANY of their migration history before I began my research–but suspecting the families to be of modest means–I was expecting much more of this …

“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

And far less of this …


It sounds like a fun time was had by all at the bon voyage party. Elizabeth Aspin Broadhurst, 41 and her 4 year-old son Robert T. set sail from New York on 23 April 1931. Mother and son are shown on the ship manifest (click to enlarge)  upon their arrival into Liverpool 12 days later on 05 May 1931 …


Their return trip was aboard the S.S. Britannic departing from Liverpool on 18 July and getting into the Port of New York 8 days later on 26 July 1931.


A little more than four years later Robert T would die in a toboggan accident.

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