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

By Patrick T. Conley, William Jr. Jennings

In anera while immigration used to be at its top, the Fabre Line provided the onlytransatlantic path to southern New England. one in every of its most vital ports wasin windfall, Rhode Island. approximately eighty-four thousand immigrants wereadmitted to the rustic among the years 1911 and 1934. nearly one in 9 ofthese contributors elected to settle in Rhode Island after touchdown in Providence,amounting to round 11 thousand new citizens. each one of these immigrantswere from Portugal and Italy, and the Fabre Line saved up a brisk and successfulbusiness. even though, either the road and the households hoping for a brand new lifestyles facedmajor hindrances within the type of international conflict I, the immigration restrict legislation ofthe Nineteen Twenties, and the nice melancholy. sign up for authors Patrick T. Conley and WilliamJ. Jennings Jr. as they chronicle the background of the Fabre Line and its position inbringing new citizens to the sea country.

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To the north of where I sat, the old pier projected into the river. It presented a picture of desolation and inactivity. The shed on the wharf reflected a greenish and rusty color. Earlier that year, a fleet of tugboats had been using the south side of the edifice, the same side on which the Fabre Line’s vessels used to dock, but now, even the tugboats had gone. The harbor itself displayed a panorama of stillness. From my spot of observation, I could not see a single vessel. Even across the bay at Wilkesbarre Pier, where so often tankers were moored, stillness dominated the scene.

At the same time, the Fabre Line officially announced its intention to call at Providence. Rumors had been circulating throughout the city for months that the line was ready to come to the port as soon as it became definite that the channel would be dredged. The announcement of Fabre’s decision was made by former Lieutenant Governor Frederick H. 17 The Providence Journal reported that the Madonna would sail from Marseilles on June 3, 1911. The ship would visit Italy, call at the Azores and then continue on to Providence and New York.

A single tugboat at the time was endeavoring to turn the big vessel about in the channel. As it slowly turned, I gazed, awestruck, at each of its passing sides. From its stern, I read the name Victoria, and I was reminded from recent advertisements in the media that it had been engaged by a local tour agency. As the tugboat slowly edged the passenger vessel to the quay, my imagination harkened back to the glory days of the Fabre Line. Of the people who knew the Fabre Line firsthand and were interviewed in the early 1970s, when this research was first undertaken, many have passed on.

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