"DEPARTURE. -- The packet ship John J. Boyd, Captain J. H. Thomas, sailed for New York on the 30th ultimo, with 767 souls of the Saints on board. The company was organized the same afternoon by President Cannon, who together with Elders C. W. West, Jesse N. Smith, J. M. Kay, B. Young, junior, and others visited the vessel as she lay in the river. Elder William W. Cluff was appointed to preside over the company, with
Elders Knud H. Brown and William S. Baxter for counselors. The Saints, who were mostly from Denmark, Sweden, and Norway, were addressed by President Cannon through an interpreter, also by Elder Jesse N. Smith, president of the Scandinavian Mission, and by Elder William W. Cluff: They appeared to enjoy and appreciate the counsels and instructions which were given to them, and we trust they will remember and practice them. Elder Cluff arrived in England in December, 1860, and proceeded to Scandinavia, where he labored assiduously, traveling throughout the various parts of the mission for upwards of two years, with much success, having been enabled by the blessing of the Lord upon his assiduity and perseverence, to speedily acquire a knowledge of the language. Elder K. H. Brown reached Liverpool in the spring of 1860, and has also been laboring faithfully in Scandinavia, where he presided over the Fyen and Frendericia Conferences. Elder William S. Baxter arrived from Zion in September, 1860, and has been laboring zealously and with good results in the Scottish District, having presided for some time over the Dundee Conference. Elders Frederich E. Muller, of the Swiss and German Mission, and George Stanneforth, from the Sheffield District, who arrived from Zion at the same time as Elder Baxter; Elder Hans C. Hansen, who reached here from the same place in the fall of 1862; Elders Neils Rosengren, who has been presiding over the Skane Conference in Sweden, Peter O. Thomason (and family) who has, for some years, been laboring in the Scandinavian Star Office, and Richard Smyth, who has been traveling in the Liverpool Conference, principally on the Isle of Man, also took their departure for Zion in this vessel. While all who realize the glorious nature of the work in which we are engaged, and live so as to enjoy the light of the Spirit of the Lord, must rejoice in being permitted to labor for the salvation of their fellow beings, even at the sacrifice of their own comfort and feelings, yet we doubt not that the brethren who are returning to their homes in Zion will find the pure air of our mountain home sweeter that ever and all its attractions doubly endeared to them by their temporary absence. We wish them, with all the Saints under their charge, a safe and prosperous journey; pray that the blessings of the Lord may rest upon and his protecting care by round about them, that his Holy Spirit may abide in their hearts and dwell continually with them, not only during their journey but after their arrival, that both those who are returning and those who, for the first time, are gathering to Zion, may alike rejoice in being permitted to breathe its air and associate with its inhabitants."
MS, 25:19 (May 9, 1863), p.299
"Thurs. 30. [Apr. 1863] -- The ship John J. Boyd sailed from Liverpool, with 763 (or 766) Saints, under the direction of William W. Cluff. The emigrants landed in New
York June 1st, and arrived at Florence [Nebraska] June 12th."
"About four hundred Saints, emigrating to Utah, sailed form Copenhagen, Denmark, April 20, 1863. This was the first division of a large emigrant company of Scandinavian Saints which left Copenhagen that spring. The emigrants, after a pleasant voyage on the Baltic, landed at Kiel, Holstein, whence they traveled by railroad to Altona and there boarded the steamer 'Tiger,' bound for Hull, and the steamer 'Lord Cardigan,
' bound for Grimsby, England, and sailed the same evening. President N. Smith and the mission clerk (Carl Larsen) left Copenhagen by rail in the evening of the 20th for Korsor and thence traveled by steamer to Kiel, where they joined the emigrants and then accompanied them to Altona. Brothers Smith and Larsen went on board the 'Tiger' at Altona in order to accompany the larger company of the two to England. Stormy weather caused delay of 36 hours at Cuxhaven, at the mouth of the Elbe, but at last the ship put to sea. The magnificent vessel fought bravely against the strong contrary wind and the angry sea, and, though the voyage was long and unpleasant, the emigrants arrived safely in Hull in the morning of April 26th. At the landing the emigrants were met by Elder John M. Kay, who was awaiting them with a small steamer, which after an hour's sailing landed the passengers from the 'Tiger' at Grimsby, where a large and convenient house had been hired for the use of the emigrants during their brief stay in Grimsby. The emigrants who had sailed from Altona on the steamer 'Lord Cardigan' arrived in Grimsby April 27th. On both steamers the officers and crews treated the emigrants with all due courtesy. From Grimsby the journey was continued by rail to Liverpool, where the company arrived April 28th, and there joined the second division of Scandinavian Saints which left Copenhagen April 23rd.
A second company of emigrating Saints (about 200 souls), bound for the gathering places of the saints in the Rocky Mountains, sailed from Copenhagen, April 23, 1863, per steamship 'Aurora.' This was the second division of a large company of emigrating Saints who left Scandinavia that spring for Utah. The steamer 'Aurora' arrived in Kiel in the morning of April 24th, and the same day the Saints went by special railway train to Hamburg where lodgings were secured for them in a large emigrant building, while their baggage was being transferred to the large and beautiful steamer 'Grimsby,' on which they went on board in the evening. This steamer sailed from Hamburg on the 25th and after a successful voyage of two days on the North Sea arrived at Grimsby, England, Monday morning, April 27th. Here the emigrants spent the night is a freight house. The following day (April 28th) the company went by train to Liverpool, where the Scandinavian emigrants and 113 English Saints boarded the ship 'John J. Boyd,' the total number of souls now being 766. The company was organized by President George Q. Cannon, who appointed William W. Cluff leader, with Elders Knud H. Bruun and William S. Baxter as his counselors. Later the company was divided into seven districts. The ship sailed from Liverpool on the evening of April 30th, but anchored out in the river until the next morning (May 1st), when the 'John J. Boyd' lifted anchor and started on its voyage across the Atlantic. The voyage proved a pleasant one and lasted only 29 days. On board, the emigrants received good food in abundance. Every seventh day a ration for each person was issued consisting of one and one-half pounds of rice, two pounds of peas, one pound of pork, two pounds of beef, three pounds of potatoes, three pounds of oatmeal, one-fourth pound of tea, two ounces of pepper, two ounces of mustard, one-half pint of vinegar and a quantity of English sea biscuits. Besides this the sick obtained wine, milk, sago, sugar and soup from the captain's kitchen. Elder Peter O. Thomassen writes that Brother William W. Cluff won for himself the admiration of the Saints and gave perfect satisfaction in performing his difficult duties as leader of the company. The sanitary condition on board was very good; only four or five persons died on the sea. The monotony of the voyage was one day (May 21st) broken by seeing eight mighty icebergs swaying in majestic grandeur upon the shining billows, glittering in forms of purest crystal. They were accompanied by a wintry degree of cold, and to make the illusion of the polar seas more effective five whales were seen playing about the ship, sending the water like springing fountains high in the air.
The 'John H. Boyd' arrived safely with its precious cargo of souls in New York harbor, and on Sunday, June 1st, the emigrants were landed at Castle Garden. In the evening of the same day the journey was continued to Albany, New York, and on to Florence, Nebraska. . . .
. . . The emigrants arrived in Florence June 11th, all well. Here some of them remained about six weeks. Soon after their arrival in Florence they were joined by the emigrants who had sailed from Copenhagen April 30, 1863. . . ."