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Researching the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site of Canada
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Extracts of Matters of Historical Interest from "The Huissier, News For and About the Fortress of Louisbourg Heritage Presentation Staff" By The Fortress of Louisbourg Heritage Presentation Staff


(August 10, 2005)

Passage to New France How much did it cost

by Anne Marie Lane Jonah

Gilles Proulx wrote in Between France and New France: Life Aboard the Tall Sailing Ships, that in 1726 passengers on the King’s vessels had to pay 150 livres if they were at the Captain’s table or 30 livres if they were on crew rations. A vessel could carry between 150 and 200 passengers, with between 20 and 30 at the Captain’s table. During peacetime a crossing on a merchant vessel cost about 150 livres. Captains were required to bring between three and six apprentices per voyage to the colonies without charge, depending on the ship’s tonnage. Fishermen and engage(e)s coming to the colonies usually had their passage provided as part of their pay.