Shipboard Newsletter - Seelen Spiegel, MV Fairsea, 1953-4 Document Reg. No: HT 7387

Shipboard Newsletter titled 'Seelen Spiegel' (Soul Mirror) issued to passengers travelling on the Fairsea from Bremerhaven-Melbourne from 4 December 1953 to 9 January 1954. This copy was collected by Fred Jordan, who migrated to Australia from Germany, on the Fairsea with his mother and step-farther on an assisted passage at the age of 17.

Fred's recollections of the journey over are that of a rough ride around the Portuguese coast, having come from Bremerhaven via Genoa and Pirrhaeus. He was not interested in the English classes, preferring the shipboard sports.

Fred says the newsletters are full of gossip about who was visiting who in whose cabin, lifeboat, etc. One has a tongue-in-cheek Fairsea alphabet of what one should not do, put together by the German passengers.
5 page double sided printed newsletter, all in German including voyage schedule, stories, poems and sketches of passengers. Front cover features drawing of ship and newsletter title.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Fred Jordan, 2003
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 33.30 cm (Height), 22.60 cm (Width)

More information

Tagged with: german communities, german immigration, immigrant voyages, immigrant shipping, shipboard travel, newsletters, mercoremariaform
Themes this item is part of: Migration Collection, Transport Collection, Fred Jordan, German Migrant, 1954
Primary Classification: MIGRATION
Secondary Classification: Travel - Shipboard Life
Tertiary Classification: print media
Inscriptions: Text: SEELEN SPIEGEL/BREMERHAVEN/4. DEC. 1953-9. JAN 1954/MELBOURNE.
Place & Date Issued: ., 4 Dec 1953-9 Jan 1954
User: Fred Jordan, 4 Dec 1953-9 Jan 1954

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