|Passenger List Heading from September 8, 1866, page 1|
On page three of the 13 page passenger manifest, the Thomas Family is listed:
|SS Virginia, September 8, 1866, page 3|
The ship they sailed on was the SS Virginia, part of the National Shipping Line. It was built by Palmer's Shipbuilding and Iron Co., Newcastle, England. The ship had three masts and one funnel, an iron hull and a clipper bow. In 1872, the ship was renamed Greece. The following is a photo of the ship from 1863 with the name it would eventually get in 1872.
The entire passenger list of approximately 630 passengers on the sail that arrived in New York harbor on September 8, 1866, was steerage. About one quarter were Irish and the rest were mostly English citizens.
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