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FROM KARMØY TO AMERICA

gfx From the 1870s and onwards Karmøy suffered severe economic problems. The herring fisheries failed and the sailing fleet had difficulties competing with the new steam-vessels. Many of the island’s inhabitants had to move and find a new living elsewhere.

For most of them America became the solution. In the period 1880-1915, 5731 people emigrated. The number equals one fourth (1/4) of the total population in those years.

In many families the husband went over first, and his wife and children would follow later. This lady is waiting for the steamer from the Scandinavian-American line. It will take her from Kristiansand to New York, To a better life?

 

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