Ship Passenger Records | Grant McNair

Vauban is the passenger ship Grant took on two of his South American adventures in 1919 & 1920
 

As I shared in W. G. McNair - A Pioneering Exporter, Grant spent most of his time traveling internationally. 

Upon recently discovering his two marriages, I was able to find records showing that his second wife, Etta, traveled with him on his business trips through South America.

Via the ship records, I also found interesting notes as most of the time their home was listed as a hotel, clarifying why it is harder to track down records to help understand Grant's personal history.

Ship Records

Arrival Date April 18th, 1916

Name: William McNair
Gender: Male
Marital status: Married
Age: 50
Birth Date: 1866
Birth Place: Wisconsin
Other Birth Place: Jamesville
Departure Port: Cristobal, Panama
Arrival Port: New York, New York, USA
Ship Name: Pastores

Zeelandia Passenger Record | 1916

Important Notes:

Grant and Etta's home is stated as the Biltmore Hotel in New York City

A luxury hotel opened in 1913, Grant & Etta called the Biltmore Hotel their home


Arrival Date October 16th, 1917


Name: William Grant Mc Nair
Gender: Male
Marital status: Married
Age: 51
Birth Date: abt 1866
Birth Place: Wisconsin
Other Birth Place: Jamesville
Departure Port: Buenos Aires
Arrival Date: 16 Oct 1917
Arrival Port: New York, New York, USA
Ship Name: Zeelandia


Pastores Passenger Record | 1917

Important Notes:

Grant and Etta's home is stated as the Pantlind Hotel in Grand Rapids, Michigan



Constructed 1913 - 1915 , Grant & Etta called the Pantlind Hotel their home



Arrival Date August 19th, 1919

Name: William G McNair
Gender: Male
Marital status: Married
Age: 53
Birth Date: 21 May 1866
Birth Place: Wisconsin
Other Birth Place: Janesville
Departure Port: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Arrival Date: 19 Aug 1919
Arrival Port: New York, New York, USA
Ship Name: Vauban


Vauban Passenger Record | 1919


Important Notes:

Etta is not listed with Grant on this, but I have record of her emergency application for a passport. Grant's home is listed as the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City.




Built in 1893, and expanded in 1896, the original Waldorf-Astoria was razed in 1929 to create room for the Empire State Building.



Arrival Date September 11th, 1920

Name: William G Mc Nair
Gender: Male
Marital status: Married
Age: 54
Birth Date: 21 May 1866
Birth Place: Wisconsin
Other Birth Place: Janesville
Departure Port: Buenos Aires Laplata
Arrival Date: 11 Sep 1920
Arrival Port: New York, New York, USA
Ship Name: Vauban



Important Notes:

Etta is again not listed with Grant on this, but I have record of her emergency application for a passport issued September 11th in 1919. Grant's home is listed as the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City upon his second return on the Vauban.





Sources 

  • via ancestry.com
  • Biltmore Hotel via Wikipedia.com
  • Pantlind Hotel via History GrandRapids.org
  • Waldorf-Astoria via Wikipedia.com

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