|Dickenhorst passenger list|
Friedrich Dickenhorst traveled alone to America, landing on December 31, 1847 (the ship cleared on January 1, 1848).
Fr. Wilhelm Dickenhorst, age 34, last dwelling place Spenge, a Farmer with 2 chests.
He was not found on any index; the only Dickenhorst found on an index is H. H. Dieckenhorst, 33 traveling 10/27/1851 on the Julius -- his brother. Fred was found by searching the New Orleans passenger lists "by hand."
The sailing ship George Washington departed Bremen on 28 October 1847 with 174 passengers and arrived in New Orleans 60 days later on 30 December 1847, docking at Lafayette. She had 139 passengers (46 men, 37 women, 27 boys and 29 girls), all emigrating from Germany (not a surprise with the departure port of Bremen). There were only three pages of passengers, and the immigrants were from 22 cities, including Neuenkirchen and Wallenbruck. She cleared New Orleans for return passage to Bremen on 10 February 1848.
There was no mention of the ship in the Daily Picayune newspaper for December or January either; perhaps it was overlooked due to the holiday. Since I found the clearance for return to Bremen (it took over 5 weeks!) on February 10, 1848, it is certain that the landing took place on December 31, 1847 and Fred was cleared to leave the ship January 1, 1848 -- this was not a mistake in writing the year.
There is no picture available for the George Washington, It was a sailing ship originally built in 1822 in Killingsworth, Connecticut, to sail between Bremen and various U. S. ports and Australia. She may have been rebuilt as a bark, as she was originally built at 317 tons, and later registered at 450 tons. From 1839 to 1849, the Bremen ship George Washington belonged to the Bremen firm of C. L. Brauer & Sohn, and from 1849 to 1855 to the Bremen firm of F. Moller Sohne. To date, there is no record of her later history. Between 1844 and 1850 she is known to have made seven voyages, all originating in Bremen -- two voyages to Port Adelaide in Australia in 1844 and 1845; one to Baltimore in 1847; one to New orleans (the one Fred Dickenhorst took); one to NY in 1848, one to Batavia in 1848, and one to San Francisco in 1850. Clearly some voyages appear to be missing.
There is also an overview of some of the reasons why our ancestors emigrated, a list of the sources used in data collection and summaries, and a summary of the history of Germany in the middle of the 19th century.