Methods of Travel
Library of Congress
During the 1870s there were still no passenger vessels going directly from Gothenburg to New York. As a result many Swedes immigrated first to other European countries and then further to America aboard British or German vessels. Usually they would go by train to Gothenburg, and board a vessel there either to Hamburg and take another vessel there that would take them across the Atlantic. The alternate route was the vessel to Hull in England. Then they continued on a train across the country to either Liverpool or Glasgow from where they sailed to New York. In New York they would take a train or travel on one of the rivers to their final destination in the United States.