Lawrence Ference, my great-grandfather, was the father of my Mom’s father.
In 1904, at age 32, he left his native Poland and arrived in New York on Christmas Day. According to travel documents I found, he had $10 in his possession. His nationality was listed as “Russia, Polish.”
The ship Lawrence traveled on was the S.S. Frankfurt. Pictured above is an image of the ship, courtesy of my cousin Dan Wolinski. The ship departed from Bremen, Germany. Lawrence was a steerage passenger.
Here is information about the Frankfurt from the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation:
About the Ship: Built by J.C. Tecklenborg, Geestemunde, Germany, 1899. 7,431 gross tons; 429 (bp) feet long; 54 feet wide. Steam Triple Expansion engines, twin screw. Service speed 13 knots. 1,997 passengers ( 108 second class, 1889 third class).
Ship History: Built for North German Lloyd, German flag, in 1899 and named Frankfurt. Various sailings from Bremerhaven including Bremerhaven-New York service.
Scrapped in Japan in 1931.