There is a booklet published in 1926 about European settlers in the American Mid-west. One of them is the Swede John Swanson who tells his life story as a sailor from about 1866 to 1870. Some vessels are mentioned by name (see below for what information I have gathered so far). Four ships are English, one ship is Norwegian, and one German.
If anyone has more information or photos and would like to share them, or know any other place on the Internet, where I could turn to find out more, I´d be very grateful. Thanks in advance!
• In 1868 he sailed on a fullrigged ship,”Norge” bound for Quebec, Canada (possible departure from Tønsberg, Norway). Another sailor onboard is called Hans Berg. He and John Swanson and another seven sailors left the ship in London, UK.
• A new English ship with iron hull,”The Star of Albion” bound for Calcutta, India. Voyage London-Calcutta took 97 days.
• ”Nicobar”, sailing under the British flag and commanded by Captain Belamy, possibly from/to Calcutta, India.
• ”Rising Sun” sailing with a cargo of ”thick-wood” (teak?) from Calcutta, India to Mawlamyine, British Burma with Greenock, Scotland as final destination.
• ”The Eastern Isles”, steamship, an iron vessel, built for sale, sailing Greenock, Scotland – Plymouth, UK - Saint Vincent, Lesser Antilles (leaving on Christmas Day 1869) - Straits Settlements, Singapore - and Hong Kong as final destination.
• German bark ”Peter Rolland” sailing Hong Kong – Kobe, Japan. While in harbor in Kobe, the Franco-Prussian war broke out (July 1870) and all German ships in the harbor were shut in by French Men of War and did not get away until after the close of the war (May 1871).