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Re: Rathje

Posted: 28 Feb 2013 7:22PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hello. Your posting struck a chord with me because my 2nd great grandfather was a man from Hamburg, Germany who jumped ship in Adelaide or so family stories told. My research revealed he was reported as a ship's deserter in Sydney in 1855 and the ship's listing reveals him as the Danish "kook". Since he never changed his name, it is probable that he opted for a one way voyage only but ships' captains always listed these seaman so they could claim any unpaid wages (often the amount of the reward for the deserter)!

I have found an entry for "Rathje H", who is listed as one of the Chief Fireman on HOHENSTAUFEN of Bremen that arrived in Sydney in 1889

- http://mariners.records.nsw.gov.au/1889/04/136hoh.htm

Additionally, I suggest that you look through the entries for emigrants found at

- http://www.rootdigger.de/

These may assist you with some leads to pursue or consider contacting Web site owner Klaus Struve, who may be able to provide additional assistance.

Good luck,
-Frances Bluhdorn-
Sydney, Australia
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