By Patrick T. Conley, William Jr. Jennings
In anera while immigration was once at its top, the Fabre Line provided the onlytransatlantic path to southern New England. considered one 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 members elected to settle in Rhode Island after touchdown in Providence,amounting to round 11 thousand new citizens. every one of these immigrantswere from Portugal and Italy, and the Fabre Line stored up a brisk and successfulbusiness. in spite of the fact that, either the road and the households hoping for a brand new existence facedmajor stumbling blocks within the type of international warfare I, the immigration restrict legislation ofthe Twenties, and the good melancholy. subscribe to 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 kingdom.
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25 for each immigrant landed at its terminus. A. Drooge, stated that he would do all that he could to induce the railroad to put its shed in satisfactory order. He said that the railroad had no opposition to installing a stove at the shed on the old Neptune Line wharf (as its wharf was then called) and that he would attempt to persuade the New Haven to lease additional space to the steamship line if the shed still proved to be inadequate and the state was willing to build an addition to the building.
Conley Collection. During 1911, the Fabre Line made a total of ten inbound and seven outbound calls at Providence. The Fabre vessels that called at the port were the Madonna, the Germania, the Venezia and the Roma. These were the largest ships that had ever entered Narragansett Bay up to that time. G. Jones, an executive employed by James W. Elwell & Company, the line’s American agents, addressed a gathering of important local personages and asked that two additional navigational lights be placed in Narragansett Bay for the safety of the company’s vessels.
Cyprien Fabre (1838–1896), heir to this mercantile tradition, founded his own company, the Société Cyprien Fabre et Cie, in 1868 at the age of thirty. At first, he bought a few sailing ships to trade along the West African coast. Next, he turned his attention to innovative steam-powered vessels by purchasing the 1,400-ton Commassie in 1874 from the Dixon Company of Middleborough, England. By 1879, that ship had been renamed Patria, and Fabre had acquired other steamers: the 1,700-ton cargo vessel Provincia; the Lutetia and the Gallia, both 1,200-tons; and the 850-ton Massila.
Aboard the Fabre Line to Providence. Immigration to Rhode Island by Patrick T. Conley, William Jr. Jennings