It Wasn’t the Sloop John B — Do’s and Don’ts in an Immigrant Ship -Part 2


Part 1– Rock the Boat! Lanark County or Bust! Part 1

Part 2-

It didn’t matter if it was a time of lawlessness on the sea– there were rules you had to follow if you boarded the David of London en route to Lanark County via Quebec City.


Library of Congress Archives photo

Before you boarded that ship a circular of do’s and don’t from the captain of the David of London went into the hands of every passenger:

Girls should be taught to knit coarse woolen stockings. They should also be able to spin wool and linen for family purposes. It should be mandatory that all girls know how to cut out men’s and women’s clothing.

Boys should be taught to make mall fishing nets and prepare fishing tackle suitable for lakes and rivers. A knowlege of anything useful would fill up winter nights in Canada with useful work.

Every family should have a daily worship of God as difficulties will bear hard on you for a little time, and prayer will make hardships pass away like a cloud.


Luggage of emigrants must be restricted to body and bed clothes, pots and pans, a small amount of crockery ware.

No furniture is to be carried, but the books that you might have as a personal library may be allowed.

No dogs or any pretense shall be allowed to be taken on board.

No cooking is allowed on board while the vessel is at the quay.

Sufficient furnaces for cooking shall be erected on deck, with pots and cast iron plate attached to the furnace for baking oatmeal bread on.

A small cabin containing about eight berths shall be fitted for the use of married female who may have occasion for retirement during accouchement on the passage. All adult females unmarried shall have part of the vessel assigned to them secluded during the house necessary for rest by a temporary partition either of deal boards or canvas.

No smoking or lighted candles allowed during any time betwixt decks.


England for Canada on S.S. “Numidian” of the Allan Line.- Library and Archives Canada

On the Sabbath day, public worship will be held on deck when weather permits. Family worship may be held on the same principles.

Cleanliness and moral behaviour shall be strictly enforced. When rum or other necessities are provided by the Captain, the same must be pad for on delivery.

Wonder how this worked out for them? Stay tuned to the next installment of life on the David of London with James and Margaret Watt of Carleton Place.


My Great Grandfather Alexander Arthur Knight died on Ellis Island only a few days after he finally stood on American soil.  He left his family in London on a whim of becoming a songwriter in America.

ROCKIN’ Cholera On the Trek to the New World — Part 4

Rock the Boat! Lanark County or Bust! Part 1

It Wasn’t the Sloop John B — Do’s and Don’t in an Immigrant Ship -Part 2

Riders on the Storm– Journey to Lanark County — Part 3

About lindaseccaspina

Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

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