Monday, June 02, 2014

Maritime Monday: S/S Lake Huron and the Dimovsky Families

Lake Huron ship
S/S Lake Huron [1]

A few months ago, I wrote about a Dimovsky family that sailed on the Lake Superior in January 1899 for Canada; you can read about it here. Today’s post is about two other Dimovsky families who sailed on the Lake Huron in May 1899.

This Friday – June 6 – marks the 115th anniversary of the Lake Huron’s arrival. The ship’s manifest shows two groups of individuals surnamed Dimovsky (a spelling variation of Demofsky). The first group is headed by Savely Dimovksy [2] and the second group is headed by Feodor Dimovky. [3]

Like the same-surnamed family that sailed in January 1899, I don’t know if or how these Dimovksy families are related to my husband. They are the only families by this name on the manifest, which is complete, unlike that of the Lake Superior of January 1899.

Savely Dimovsky family on Lake Huron 1899

Feodor Dimovsky family on Lake Huron 1899

The Lake Huron departed on 12 May 1899 “from the Russian port of Batum on the Black Sea. It carried 2,286 Doukhobors from Kars province”. [4] The ship arrived at the port of Quebec on 6 June 1899, and after nearly one month in quarantine, its passengers disembarked in early July.


1. Photo of S/S Lake Huron (built 1881), digital image, Norway – Heritage ( : accessed 18 January 2014).

2. Steve Lapshinoff & Jonathan Kalmakoff, Doukhobor Ship Passenger Lists 1898-1928 (Crescent Valley: self-published, 2001), 67.

3. Lapshinoff, Doukhobor Ship Passenger Lists 1898-1928, 75.

4. Lapshinoff, Doukhobor Ship Passenger Lists 1898-1928, 49.

Copyright © 2014, Yvonne Demoskoff.

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