Aboard the Fabre Line to Providence:: Immigration to Rhode by Patrick T. Conley, William Jr. Jennings

By Patrick T. Conley, William Jr. Jennings

In an period while immigration was once at its top, the Fabre Line provided the one transatlantic path to southern New England. one in all its most vital ports was once in windfall, Rhode Island. approximately eighty-four thousand immigrants have been admitted to the rustic among the years 1911 and 1934. virtually one in 9 of those members elected to settle in Rhode Island after touchdown in windfall, amounting to round 11 thousand new citizens. almost all these immigrants have been from Portugal and Italy, and the Fabre Line saved up a brisk and profitable enterprise. in spite of the fact that, either the road and the households hoping for a brand new existence confronted significant hindrances within the kind of global warfare I, the immigration restrict legislation of the Twenties, and the nice melancholy. sign up for authors Patrick T. Conley and William J. Jennings Jr. as they chronicle the historical past of the Fabre Line and its function in bringing new citizens to the sea country.

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Misfortune struck the line in March 1887, when the Scotia ran aground on Long Island. It was refloated a month later, taken to New York and sold. Sailings between New York and Marseilles were again increased in 1891, with the annual number being raised to twenty-six. During that year, the three-thousand-ton Massilia was commissioned for the New York run. The Fabre Line added no further tonnage until 1902, although the Rugia was purchased from Germany’s Hamburg-American Line in 1895 and the Chateau Yquem from the Campaignie Bordelaise in 1897.

M. but could get no closer than thirty-five feet from the New Haven–owned pier at Fox Point that had been made available for the steamship company’s temporary use. With the Madonna’s keel resting in the mud, a gangplank was laid alongside for the public and passengers to board the vessel. Tours were conducted during the remainder of the morning, and during the afternoon, a luncheon reception was held on board and attended by important members of the community. G. Jones of James W. Elwell & Company, New York agents for the Fabre Line, emphasized the line’s desire for a channel depth of thirty-five feet from wharf to ocean—the first of many demands he would make of the Providence community during the next few years.

In 2007, after expending nearly $7 million to again renovate the structure and secure its listing on the National Register of Historic Places, we opened a private cultural club on the building’s fourth floor as an outreach program of the Rhode Island Publications Society. ” Accordingly, we decorated our conference room with Fabre Line pictures, posters and other memorabilia, now depicted in this book, and our contractors, Al Beauparlant and Michael Dubois, even added many nautical touches, the most striking of which was a large replica of a Fabre Line steamship funnel mounted atop a huge stone fireplace.

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