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Traveling to and/or from (emigrating) from Colonial British Guiana

Getting there or Leaving Colonial British Guiana

by Known Steam Ship Lines late 19th or early 20th centuries

The "hey day" of traveling to the Caribbean and South America was prior to the 1930s. Air travel came later. The Caribbean Islands are still a popular destination for sea cruises but no ocean cruisers dock at Georgetown.   In an article dated June 8, 2005 by Minister of Tourism, Industry and Commerce Manzoor Nadir, " Last year, two cruise ships, Minerva II and the Hanseatic docked in Guyana with over 225 tourists, while for this year two have already arrived, the Clipper Adventurer and the MV Bremmer. Over 400 European tourists are expected to arrive on the German cruise ship, MV Columbus in November. Additionally, a number of yachts from Caribbean countries regularly visit Guyana."     It seems that Guyana was charging $2500 for each egress and ingress to Guyana ports but have reported an intention of lowering the fees hoping to attract more cruise ships.

From the early 1900s to the mid 1920s, there was an exodus by many from British Guiana to the US, Canada, or England and they used the availalble transportation of the day, steam ship. Many of those traveled aboard the ships mentioned below. Some of the ships mentioned below were researched as to whether they went to British Guiana or not, only nine (9) ships ever did. Those ships were:
SS Maracas (very infrequent); SS Maraval ; SS Prins der Netherlanden and SS Prins Frederik Hendrik (very infrequent); SS Korona from 1903-1923; SS Parima (infrequent); SS Parima infrequently; SS Guiana from 1907-1925 infrequent, and SS Manoa, infrequently. The popular ports during that time as well as currently are: Barbados, Trinidad and Jamaica.

Circa 1909 (or otherwise noted) --- .as reported by James Stark of Boston, Massachusetts, and Guyana Historian James Rodway in their circa 1909 book,"Starks's Guide Book and History of British Guiana" .    Blue text indicates that an image of an advertisement from this book is just beyond your click. Some of the ads provide names of ships in their line and schedules and this can be very valuable genealogical information.
Much information and scans of brochures for some of these lines are from the fabulous site of Björn Larsson; creator of Maritime Timetable Images. Please do NOT contact Bjorn for genealogical information - he has none. He collects airline and ship brochures only. Do, however, visit his website, you'll have a wonderful time browsing his collection!

HOTELS - Advertisements, Colonial British Guiana (circa 1909 or otherwise noted)

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