Preston Root

This weekend, Copenhagen visited Copenhagen for an interview with the vacationing Preston Root. Preston Root, grandson of Chapman J Root, who owned the glass mill where the bottle was created in 1915. Preston talks about how he heard stories about Alexander when he was little. I was a thrill to hear the story about the time before the bottle and the making of it direct from one in the Root family. Preston Root!

The journey continues

The trip continues for Alexander and his company. On April 29, 1883, SS Alaska sets course for New York. That trip we have left to look forward to. We are now heading back to Sweden after interviewing Christy Keating, a family genealogists at the Heritage Center in Cobh. Very interesting.

Last destination, Queenstown

Once in Queenstown we met an incredibly beautiful city with very nice people. SS Alaska never docked here but lay outside the port to take onboard more emigrants and mail with small boats. In Queenstown there is a lot to see and learn if you are interested in boats and emigration in general and Titanic in particular. A fantastic fine museum is here for those who are visiting. Recommended!

On our way to Queenstown, Ireland

We are on our way to Queenstown or Cobh, as the city is called today, which is the last stop for Alexanders and his company before the ocean steamer SS Alaska starts the journey to cross the Atlantic Ocean on her way to New York.

Here she will pick up emigrating Irishmen and mail. The city was also visited by RMS Titanic on her 19th-century trip.

The route for SS Alaska is the same!

Interview in Liverpool

Now, we’re in Liverpool, the second-last plot for Alexander before it’s time for the perhaps terrifying Atlantic seal!

Today, we met Professor Robert Lee at the Scandinavian Naval Church here in Liverpool. He filled in additional pieces about Alexander’s adventure.

When we looked at books where visitors were registered, Professor Robert showed a test from 1924 and watch who was here then !!! Evert Taube, a very famous Swedish songwriter.

Train to Liverpool

Now we are on what used to be the emigrant line. Today, it’s like any train, at the end of the 19th century there was an overflowing train that was 17 cars long, drawn by a steam engine and no restrooms. They were carful not to stay during the trip. You want to get the emigrants to Liverpool as quickly as possible. There was money to earn!

 

Interview with Dr Nicholas J Evans

Today, we heard about the city of Hull and how it looked when Alexander came here after spending 2 days on the  windy North Sea. Dr Nicholas describes how tough it could be on the Wilson Shipping Steamship. Now we take the same train as Alexander (something newer) to cross England and visit Liverpool.

On the way across the North Sea

It is strange to turn off the first stretch of Alexandrian’s journey in 2 hours when it took him 2 whole days with the steamship Orlando from Gothenburg.

Plus hooked up on wifi on board! It’s not without wondering what Alexander and his brother would say if they could see 134 years in the future!

Preston Root

Through Ted Ryan at Coca-Cola Company in the United States, I got in touch with Preston Root, grandson of Chapman J Root who founded and owned the glass mill in Terre Haute, Indiana where the mythical Cola bottle was created in 1915. Today, I got the surprise of the year when I went To the post office to pick up a package that I did not know what it was. It turned out that Preston Root, sent a jubilee bottle among other things! Talk about surprise! It will be fun to interview him on June 10th!