Windrush Generation (2)

The Way Forward

© Agnes Sam 2018

Heslington Village, York, North Yorkshire,  YO10 5EL

  Wind Rush (1) was directed to those who have received passports, and to guide them through the process of receiving Registered or Naturalised Certificates and how to safeguard them.

Wind Rush (2) and subsequent posts is intended for the Windrush Generation who have not received British passports and whose Landing Cards have been destroyed. There are many ways forward. When you meet up with an obstacle whatever its nature, simply move in another direction. The way forward requires effort on your part that may spare you paying someone else to do this or waiting for your turn to come before you are dealt with. Please inform others if you find the posts useful.

This is one way forward for you to proceed:

  1. The full name of the ship is the SS Empire Wind Rush.
  2.  Did you board the ship at Jamaica or did you board from another Island in the Caribbean? Do you know the Name of the Harbour in the Caribbean from which you departed if you were not from Jamaica?
  3. Do you know the Date your ship departed from the Caribbean for the United Kingdom?

The ship you travelled on ‘may’ have issued a Boarding Pass to each of the passengers that travelled from the Caribbean to the United Kingdom. Whether the ship you travelled on retained these Boarding Passes you will have to discover. The Boarding Pass is proof that you were on that ship. It is possible that these Boarding Passes may be lost or also destroyed.

But all is not lost.

Each ship will have a Log Book. The Log Book will contain the names and other details of each of the passengers who travelled on the ship from the Caribbean to the United Kingdom.

Search for this ship’s Log Book in the Archives of the Caribbean.  Each island should have its own Log Book.

The Log Book will show the date of departure from the Caribbean and the date of arrival in the United Kingdom.

Please check the spelling of the names. Bear in mind that passengers did not enter their names in the Log Book. The details were entered by staff on duty at the time passengers boarded the ship. Names may be wrongly spelt. Look for spelling errors. Your  first name may have been entered as your surname. The names of children may have been entered together under the name of one adult.

With this initial search you may discover:

  1. A Boarding Pass from the Caribbean. (to prove that you boarded the ship)
  2. The ship’s Log Book for the ship you travelled on.
  3. The location of the ship’s log book should be in the Caribbean Archives. Details may be online.