As I mentioned on my first blog, I have some of my ancestors from Azores. Doing my research on the Brazilian Archives I found my great grandfather, Francisco Machado Drumond, my mother's grandfather, arriving in Brazil, with 26 years old, with 3 pieces of baggage, from São Sebastião, Terceira Island, Azores, on the SS Baltimore Ship Passenger List, commanded by Capt. G. Shumann.
Being able to have access to the ship manifest I was able to get other information not only about him but on his voyage. I also noticed that the first port that the ship left was Bremen, in Germany. The subsequent ports where the vapor stopped and passengers embarked were, as stated on the list: Antwerp, Lisbon, Ponta Delgada, Bahia [Salvador is the port for the Bahia state]. They arrived to their final destination, Rio de Janeiro, on the 28 of October of 1887.
Below I have part of the Passenger list where my great grandfather appears arriving from Azores, I highlighted his name on the right side of the page.
If you want to try to find one of your ancestors you can search them at the Arquivo Nacional. The Arquivo Nacional is like the National Archives in US. They keep the memory of the Brazilian nation. Here is a link to SIAN, the Arquivo Nacional database, where you will find a partial list of Ships that arrived in Rio de Janeiro Port, starting on 11 Jun 1875:
It’s a little tricky to see the original Ship’s manifest and all the names of those who travelled but is worth. You can download them at no cost and they are in a pdf format. I know the website is in Portuguese but you can ask your browse to translate and it will make the navigation much easier. I tried it on my computer and it worked pretty good.
If you have any question, just send me an email. I will be happy to help as I also speak Portuguese, and I will add other sources for researching in the future. If you need I do transcribing of old documents from Portuguese to English, just let me know your needs.