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Arriving at the port shortly after 2 p.m. yesterday afternoon, June 4, 1913, the immigration ship Ascot, 60 days from Cardiff, Spain, via Gibraltar, completed the record voyage in the history of assisted immigrants from Europe to Hawaii. All told, 1,319 Spanish looked over the rails of the vessel yesterday afternoon at the hills and valleys of the Pacific capital for their first glimpse of the New World outside of Southern South America. The voyage was a record in so far that it was accomplished without the appearance of contagious diseases with but friction among the immigrants and with such sanitary care, that the official of the Federal Gov’t announced that the entire crowd will be handled and either admitted or disbarred from the country within 4 days. The yellow flag of the Quarantine descended upon the mast of the Ascot, hardly more than 2 hours or so after she hove to port; less time, sometimes than it has taken the Quarantine Officials to handle a trans-Pacific liner.

At 6 a.m. the big vessel will enter the harbor and moor at the channel wharf. The first batch of immigrants will be taken ashore and across the Immigration Depot opposite at once. The Territorial and Federal Officials who went to examine the baggage on behalf of the customs and agricultural departments will go to work at once, while arrangements was completed by the Inspector-in-Charge, “Haley” of the Immigration Station yesterday to handle the work of the Department. He visited the vessel personally when she arrived off port yesterday. “Things are in fine shape,” he said, upon returning to the shore. “We will handle 3 or 4 hundred immigrants a day and probably will be through with them in 3 or 4 days.”

Excerpts taken from the Pacific Commercial Advertiser. State of Hawaii Library on microfilm, State of Hawaii Archives.

Thank you to Sandy Sakai for this contribution.
© 2003 Melody Lassalle

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