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I found out some information about the ships two of the Schnabels came to America on.

The Pretoria was built by Blohm & Voss, Hamburg in 1897 for the Hamburg America Line. She was a 12,800 gross ton ship, length 560ft x beam 62ft, straight stem, one funnel, four masts, twin screw and a speed of 14 knots. There was accommodation for 162-1st, 197-2nd and 2,382-3rd class passengers. Launched on 10 September 1897, she sailed from Hamburg on her maiden voyage to New York on 02 December 1898. In 1908 she collided with and sank the Nipponia in thick fog off Texel and in 1910 was rebuilt to 13,234 tons and with passenger accommodation for 400-2nd class and 2,200-3rd class. On 06 December 1914 she was slightly damaged in collision with the American ship New York, when 180 miles from the Nantucket lightship, and proceeded to Hamburg for repairs. In March 1919, she was surrendered to the USA and used as a US Government transport and on 10 September 1920 was ceded to Britain and operated by Ellerman Lines. In November 1921 she was scrapped.

On 01 July 1900, Pincas (age 25) departed Hamburg, Germany on the ship Pretoria. He was a steerage (German zwischendeck means “between deck”) passenger.

The Barcelona was a Hamburg-Amerika Linie ship, originally named Arabia. She was built in 1896 by Harland & Wolff, Belfast.  She was 5,446 gross tons, her length was  398.3ft x beam 49ft, she had one funnel, two masts, single screw and a speed of 13 knots. There was capacity for 20-1st and 1,100-3rd class passengers. Launched on 21st Nov.1896, she sailed on her maiden voyage from Hamburg for Boston, Philadelphia and Baltimore on 17th Mar.1897.  She was sold to R. Sloman in 1899, and renamed Barcelona. In May 1903 she was chartered back to Hamburg America Line. They eventually repurchased her from Sloman in 1907 and she continued her North Atlantic voyages In June 1914 she started her first New York to the Mediterranean crossing, on route to the Black Sea and was seized by Italy in 1915. She was renamed Ancona, and used by Italian owners until 1924 when she was scrapped.
In 1903, at the age of 18, Manes Schnabel departed Hamburg, Germany on 13 May on the  ship Barcelona.  He was a steerage (German zwischendeck means “between deck”) passenger.

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