Ship manifests are pretty cool because – depending on the time period – they provide neat information about the ship passengers – ages, occupations, physical characteristics. Early manifests were handwritten and – as we’ll see with the Vaderland manifest – hard to read. Later manifests were typed and easier to understand! The manifests were required to be filled out by the steamship lines at the port of embarkation – you weren’t getting a voyage unless your name was on the manifest.
Today, we’re going to look at Line 9 of the Sierra Ventana’s manifest. That’s Max’s line.
But first, let me tell you why I don’t think Max and I are related.
So, this might be shocking to some people but I don’t really identify myself as “being a Schellhardt.” I mean, I know I am…well at least half of me is. But really, I’m my father’s daughter and am most comfortable “being a Henderson”. And I am really good at “being a Henderson”. See, Hendersons are kinda quiet and like to keep to themselves. This works out well in our family because when you have a mom who’s a Schellhardt, it’s usually hard to get in a word edgewise anyway so we just tend to watch and listen. And listen some more.
I think this sometimes bothers my mom – she’d like to see me engage more. Open up. Join things. Every once in a while, we’ll have a little back and forth –
Mom: You need to get out there and do things. Meet people. Join something.
Me: I know! But I don’t like to join things! I’m not a joiner!
But you know who was a joiner?
See, I'm just a Henderson in a long line of Schellhardt joiners.
Now, before I get a half dozen emails – yes, I know this refers to Max’s occupation as a carpenter. According to dictionary.com a joiner is a carpenter, especially one who constructs doors, window sashes, paneling, and other permanent woodwork.
This portion of the manifest indicates that the passenger line 9 - Max Schellhardt - was an 18 year old single German male who could read and write and who listed his occupation as joiner.
Next week - Max's destination and why I'll never get mad about a $25 gift card at Christmas again.