On this day in 1852, my 16 year old great great great grandmother Louisa Gerbing departed from Hamburg, Germany for Quebec City, Canada with her parents Friedrich and Marta, and her 4 siblings Franz-19, Christian-17, Dorothea-12, and Maria-7 on the ship the Anna Catharina, piloted by Captain Gehm. Friedrich’s occupation was maurer or mason. According to the manifest, his place of birth was Vieselbach, Preussen. It is a tiny town outside of Erfurt.
It was cheaper for them to take a ship to Canada and the trip would have lasted around 90 days.
The final destination of the family was Chicago.