Methods of Travel

Oslo, Kristiansand, Stavanger, Bergen and Trondheim were the Norwegian ports from with the majority of emigrants departed both directly and indirectly.

The vessels departing directly from Norwegian ports in the early years were rather small and only took an average of about 90 – 150 passengers. But many Norwegians also chose the indirect route travelling via other European ports such as Le Havre, France, Gothenburg, Sweden or Hamburg, Germany. The majority of all Norwegian passengers travelled via Hull in England with a direct steamship connection from various Norwegian ports. The majority of the feeder vessels to Great Britain was operated by the Wilson Line. The trip from Oslo to Hull took three days, from Trondheim one day longer. The port of Hamburg was used by many Norwegian passengers particularly during the time from 1880 to 1895.

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