1869 - Discharged Men Emigrate to Canada
20th April. Great gloom hung over the town as discharged Dockyard men and their families emigrated to Canada.
391 men, women and children, of whom 175 belonged to Portsmouth, sailed in the Troopship Crocodile that the Admiralty allowed for the passage. On 1st May another 776 left in the Troopship Serapis. It was said that most did well and prospered in the new world.