In the centuries when all world commerce depended on the traffic of ocean-going vessels, the movement of ships was followed in more detail than celebrity sightings on Page Six of the New York Post. Newspapers would publish, often at great length, information about particular ships, which in genealogy is very handy when cross-referencing details from passenger lists in immigration research. Though names of passengers are typically not listed - unless the subject individual was a noted personality or society figure, or in the event that a death occurred at sea - the ship data one finds in newspapers includes:
In most New York City newspapers, ship info was published near the back or on the last page. Depending on the paper, the name of the column might vary: "Ship News" / "Shipping Intelligence" / "Marine Intelligence" / "Marine Journal" / "Marine List" / "Harbor News."