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Re: Joseph Ziegelmeyer - Immigrant Ship
Posted by: Steve Ziegelmeyer Date: July 20, 2001 at 20:33:45
In Reply to: Joseph Ziegelmeyer - Immigrant Ship by Steve Ziegelmeyer of 62

Here is some additional information on the Robert L. Lane:


The U.S. ship ROBERT L. LANE was built at New York by Abraham C. Bell, and was launched from his yard at the foot of
Stanton St., on the East River, at 9 o'clock on the morning of 28 January 1854. The New York Evening Post for 27
January 1854, reports that her dimensions "were stated a short time ago", but the only earlier reference I can find to
this vessel in the newspaper is a notice in the edition for 17 January 1854, which states only that "[t]his vessel has a
full length figure of Mr. Lane upon her bow. She is a fine looking ship, and built in a superior manner..." The New York
Tribune for 28 January 1854 adds only that she was 1,400 tons burthen, but this is overly optimistic: her certificate
of registry, issued on 13 March 1854 (the day she cleared New York for New Orleans on her maiden voyage), states
that she was of 1,079 tons burthen [Forrest R. Holdcamper, comp., List of American-flag Merchant Vessels that
received Certificates of Enrollment or Registry at the Port of New York, 1789-1867 (Record Groups 41 and 36),
National Archives Publication 68-10, Special Lists 22 (Washington, DC: National Archives and Records Service, 1968), p.
599]. There may be a description of her in the New York Herald, which in the 1850's had the most thorough maritime
news coverage of all the popular New York newspapers and often printed lengthy reports of vessel launchings.

The ROBERT L. LANE was the first of several vessels built on the order of Lane, West & Co, 77 South St., New York,
for their service from New York to Havre (V. Mazin & Co, Havre agents), which was established in January 1854, and
was popularly known as the "Marine Union Line". In addition to the ROBERT L. LANE, the line consisted of the
CONNECTICUT (1081 tons), CONFEDERATION (1186 tons, lost near Liverpool, 7 January 1857), ST. BERNARD (711
tons, lost Berry Island, 23 March 1855), ST. PAUL (620 tons), METROPOLIS (964 tons), and, from 1855, SWITZERLAND
(1139 tons). In 1856, the vessels were advertised as sailing from New York the 17th, and from Havre the 1st of each
month. The line was discontinued in 1857, and I have no information on the later history or ultimate fate of the ROBERT
L. Lane.

Source: Carl C. Cutler, Queens of the Western Ocean; The Story of America's Mail and Passenger Sailing
Lines (Annapolis: United States Naval Institute, c1961), pp. 396 and 524.


1.Ship ROBERT L. LANE, [E.] Cornell, master, arrived at New York on the evening of Tuesday, 10 July 1855 (passenger manifest
dated 12 July 1855), from Havre 30 May 1855, with merchandise and 540 steerage passengers consigned to the New York firm of
Lane, West & Co. The ship ROBERT L. LANE (mistakenly called the R. S. LANE in the New York newspapers), Miner, master,
cleared New York for Havre on the evening of Saturday, 18 August 1855.

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