"DEPARTURE. -- The fine steamship Manhattan, of the Guion & Co. Line, sailed on Wednesday, the 12th instant, from this port for New York, having on board 221 souls of the Saints, in which number are included Elders David Brinton, Edward Schoenfeld, John Pyper and David John, who are returning to their families and homes in the vales of Utah. Much good feeling and kindly intercourse was manifested by the emigrating Saints, mingled with a spirit of thankfulness that the long desired day of deliverance had arrived.
The company is composed of Saints from the British and Swiss and German Missions, those from the former being the most numerous. That the Lord may bless this the first company of this season's emigration under all circumstances and preserve them from every danger and bring them to Zion in peace and safety, is our earnest prayer."
Six emigrant companies-totaling 1308 Saints-crossed the Atlantic aboard Manhattan. These companies ranged in size from 35 to 482, and the passages from Liverpool to New York averaged 14.7 days. The first voyage began on 21 June 1867, and the last on 4 December 1872. Captain James Williams skippered the first crossing, Captain William Forsyth the next three, and Captain James Price the last two.
Hailing out of Liverpool, the Manhattan was a sharp model with three decks, an iron hull, inverted engines, two masts, one funnel, a clipper bow. She accommodated 72 first and 800 third-class passengers.