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. considered one of its most crucial 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. despite the fact that, either the road and the households hoping for a brand new existence facedmajor stumbling blocks within the kind of global warfare I, the immigration restrict legislation ofthe Twenties, and the good melancholy. sign up for authors Patrick T. Conley and WilliamJ. Jennings Jr. as they chronicle the historical past of the Fabre Line and its function inbringing new citizens to the sea country.
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Kemble of the Frank C. Munson Institute at Mystic Seaport, Connecticut, and Pomona College in California for having directed research in the early phase of this study. Thomas L. S. Customs Service at Providence aided us in locating helpful materials and directed us to persons who remembered the Fabre Line. We are thankful to Thomas F. Farrelly and James F. S. Customs Service, who knew the line firsthand and granted us interviews, in addition to Norton W. , former agent of the Fabre Line, for his incisive recollections.
The winter is coming on,” he said, yet where is “the immigrant shed on the new State wharf—where is that one facility so important to us for the comfort and protection of our passengers? Briefly, if we cannot be assured that it is to be completed by Dec. ”34 The director was further concerned with the facilities for handling freight, the depth of the existing channel and the railroad connections between the new state pier and the New Haven’s planned main line. He reported that the propeller flanges and hulls of the company’s steamers had been scraped in the port’s shallow channel.
Mellen was later indicted by a grand jury under federal antitrust statutes for his role in pressuring the Grand Trunk to halt its road construction into Providence. He was not convicted. Photo courtesy of the Providence Journal. Another feature of the port of Providence as seen by the officials of the Fabre Line was the existence of large Italian and Portuguese communities in the vicinity. Thriving Italian communities had developed in the Federal Hill, Silver Lake and North End sections of Providence, while at the same time large numbers of Portuguese were settling in Providence’s Fox Point, in the East Bay towns of Rhode Island (especially East Providence) and in nearby Fall River and New Bedford.
Aboard the Fabre Line to Providence. Immigration to Rhode Island by Patrick T. Conley, William Jr. Jennings