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Passage Contract Manifest - Bremen to New York - 22 June 1921

Front Side, Passenger Passage Contract and Manifest, United States Mail Steamship Company, SS Hudson, 1921.

Front Side, Passenger Passage Contract and Manifest, United States Mail Steamship Company, SS Hudson, 1921.

Summary of Passage Contract

  • Date of Purchase / Voyage: 22 June 1921
  • Steamship Line: United States Mail Steamship Company, Inc. (USL)
  • Steamship: SS Hudson
  • Route: Bremen to New York
  • Ticket Type: Passage Contract Manifest
  • Voyage Class: Steerage
  • Name on Contract: Theresia Floc
  • Etnicity of Passenger(s): Yugoslavian
  • Contract Terms: Transcribed
  • Cost of Ticket: $165.00 / $2,390.00 USD in 2020


Passage Contract Details

Rare Passenger Manifest / Passage Contract for the 22 June 1922 Voyage on board the SS Hudson of the United States Mail Steamship Company, Inc. from Bremen to New York for Yugoslavian Immigrant Theresia Floc.

Contract about transportation to a non European port without change of steamer.

United States Mail Steamship Company, Inc., New York.

Ticket No. 1099


The following transportation contract has been made between the United States Mail Steamship Company, Inc., New York and the undersigned passenger, the same being considered the head of the family in case the ticket is issued for a family.

1. Transportation as well as the full board during the sea voyage will be provided from Bremen by sea to the port of New York

2. The passage money for the persons named hereunder has been agreed upon as follows:

  • Family Name: Floc
  • Given Names: Theresia and Maria
  • Age 30 and 9 3/4
  • Sex: Female / Male [sic]
  • Married or Single: Married / Single
  • Country of Origin or Citizenship: Yugoslavia
  • Last Residence: Bezdau
  • State or Provence: Yugoslavia
  • Occupation: Housewife / Student?
  • Adult Fare: $110
  • Child Fare: $55
  • Total Fare: $165
  • Head Tax: $8

3. The Departure takes place at Bremen on the 22 June 1921 at ___
Passengers must have their baggage checked at the Norddeutscher Lloyd Baggage office, Hauptbahnhof Bremen, the day before sailing between 8 a. m. and 5 p. m. The passengers must arrive in time for the departure and if they are not present at the tine fixed , half the passage money is forfeited.

Reverse Side, Passenger Manifest, United States Mail Steamship Company, SS Hudson, 1921

Reverse Side of Passage Contract from 1921

4. The passengers have to pay the expenses rising from their stay at Bremen until the departure of the special train or of the steamer from Bremen as fixed in this contract. In case any delay in the transportation in Bremen, not due to the passengers fault, board and lodging in an emigrant hotel will be provided for him without extra charge, beginning with the day of departure as indicated in this contract or with the day of arrival in the oversea port should the delay in the transportation exceed 7 days, the passenger is entitled to withdraw from the contract and to demand a refund of the passage money paid, without prejudice to any claims fog damages to which he may be entitled in accordance with the civil law.

5. In case the passenger or one of the members his family accompanying him dies before sailing or can prove that he is prevented from sailing by illness or any other incidents beyond his control, the full passage money will be refunded. In case the passenger withdraws from the contract before sailing for any other reasons, only half the passage money can be claimed.

6. During the sea voyage each passenger as well as each child over 10 years old is furnished with a berth with mattress, bolster and blanket, with the necessary washing - eating - and drinking - utensils. The necessary water for washing and drinking purposes as well as the necessary accommodation for washing at their disposal. At least three meals will be served daily. Two children under ten years will be considered as one adult passenger.

7. Passengers falling ill during the sea voyage will receive the necessary nursing and medicine free of charge.

8. That ten cubic feet of personal baggage for adult passenger will be carried without additional charge; if the baggage, without reference to its value, exceeds 10 cubic feet in measurement, for each passenger, the passenger shall pay 60 cents for each cubic foot in excess thereof.

But it is agreed that neither the Company, nor the passage broker or agent, nor the ship, is in any case liable for losses, nor injury to, or delay in delivery of baggage or personal effects of any passenger beyond the amount of $ 25.00, at which sum it is hereby mutually agreed that the same is valued and upon which valuation the price of passage hereunder is in part based unless the value of the same in excess of that sum be declared at or before the instance of this contract, or at or before the delivery of said baggage to the ship, and unless in additional compensation at the rate of 1% on such excess of value is aid thereon (in which case the liability shall not exceed such specified Ins), and unless a special contract is made in duplicate and signed by e parties; and these limitations to the amount of the Company's liability shall also apply to any baggage or property as to which the Company may have become liable as warehouseman either before or after the voyage.

The company undertakes to forward luggage which has been checked in time by the same steamer as that by which the passenger travels and failing to do so will be responsible for any damage.

Upon presentation of their transportation contract the baggage checks will be issued to the passengers by which all luggage is accepted for shipment. Passengers who do not comply with this regulation and consequently receive no baggage check are themselves responsible in case their baggage is not shipped.

In such cases the Company cannot be held liable. The difficulties and the great expenses arising to the passenger in case his baggage has to be sent on can only be avoided when all regulations are strictly carried out. The Company cannot be held liable for hand baggage and personal effects for which no baggages check is issued and duly signed by the Company.

9. Documents, manuscripts money, jewelry or valuables of any description, including, such articles as are specified in section 4281 of the revised Statutes of the United States shall not be included in baggage and if included by the passenger nonliability on account of such articles is assumed by the Company .

The Purser will receive from the passenger sealed packages containing such articles or money and will plat e the same in the ship's safe and will give a written receipt therefor. but he Company is in no event liable for loss of, or injury to, or delay in delivery of the same and receives the same at the passenger's risk, unless the nature of the contents and the value thereof be declared by the passenger and anted upon the receipt given him, and unless a charge of 10/e, of the value thereof be paid thereon. Nobody is permitted to take wine, beer, spirits and the like onboard.

Further it is strictly forbidden to take explosives, combustibles and the like on board and any person who fails to obey this regulation will be held liable for all damage there upon and will be proceeded against according to law.

It is urgently recommended that the passengers when leaving the steamer keep their hand baggage in their own custody and that they take care that-their other baggage handed over tho them at once and in order.

Passengers must see that I baggage is distinctly labeled with passenger's name steamer, date of sailing a id destination, and if the passenger shall fail to do so, the Company shall not be held liable for loss of the baggage or delay in delivery thereof.

11. The passenger shall not be in respect of his baggage or personal effects to pay or be entitled to receive any general average contribution.

12. That the steamer shall have liberty to proceed without pilots; to tow and assist vessels in all situation: to put back into any port at the discretion of the commander; to deviate from the direct and customary course, and if prevented from sailing or proceeding in the ordinary course to transship the passengers to any oar steamer bound for the port of destination, whether belonging to the Company or not.

13. If on account of an accident at sea or in consequence of other circumstances the steamer should be prevented from continuing the voyage or be forced to break the sat a for a longer period, the passenger will receive adequate board and 1. lodging and the passengers and their baggage will be forwarded as soon as possible to the port of destination.

14. In case of any delay in the continuation of the journey arising at the non European port of arrival and for which the passenger himself is not responsible, the Company tint irtakes to provide him with adequate board and lodging.

Should the d lay exceed seven days, the passenger is entitled to withdraw from the contract and to demand refund of the money paid for the continua- ion of the journey, without prejudice to any claims for damages to it; which he may be entitled in accordance with the civil law.

In case the passenger or one of the members of his family accompanying him dies in the t. on-European land before the transportation agreed upon is restarted can prove that he is prevented from continuing the journey by ill, is or any other incidents beyond his control, the fare paid for the continion of the journey will be refunded in full to the passenger or ." In case the passenger wishes to withdraw from the inland journey at the oversea port of arrival, the amount paid for the said journey will be refunded to him less 10 1/4 on his returning the ticket.

15. During the sea voyage the pa iengers have strictly to obey the orders given them by the captain or his representative.

16. No suit, action or proceeding against the Company or the vessel, or the agents of either, for the recc cry of baggage or property, or for damages for loss or delay of, or injury to. the same, or for personal injury to, or detention of, any passenger, or for breach of the terms hereof, shall be maintained unless the same as all be commenced within ninety days after the termination of the voyage, and shall not be maintainable thereafter, notwithstanding any provisions of law of any state or country to the contrary.

17. No snit, action or proceeding against the Company or the vessel, or the agents of either, shall be retained for loss of or injury for or delay in the delivery of, the pass gets baggage unless written notice of the claim with details of the Ioss, delay or injury be delivered to the Company within twenty day` after debarkation of the passenger; nor shall any such suit, action 'r proceeding be maintained for injury to the passenger or for breach to the terms hereof unless written notice of the claim be delivered to the I company within forty days after debarkation of the passenger.

The price of passage has been fixed partly with reference to the liability assumed by the Company as defined by this contract, and no agreement, alteration or amendment creating any other or different liability shall be valid anbis made in writing and signed for the Company by its Chief Agent to the port of embarkation.

18. The Company shall not be held liable for loss, damage, or delay to passengers or baggage howsoever or wheresoever occurring caused directly or indirectly by riots, strike, lockouts, labor disputes or labor disturbances of any kind, or by the course of action adopted by the Company or other persons whomsoever in contemplation or consequence thereof or in connection therewith lout prejudice to the conditions laid down in No. 4, 5, and 9 of this contract.

19. The liability of the Company as undertaken by the terms of this contract shall be limited to the time the passenger and this baggage are on board the vessel named in this contract ticket or the Company's tenders used for the purpose of disembarking passengers from such vessel and or other transportation which is provided for herein is included for the convenience of the passenger and at the passenger's risk subject to the ordinary conditions of carriage of each Railway or Transportations Company employed for 'the purpose or to any special condition required by them. In providing the passenger with tickets of, or transportation by, connecting carriers, the Company acts only as agent of such connecting carrier.

20. In case of quarantine, each passenger must himself bear all risk and expense thereby caused, and will pay to the Company $ 2,00 per day for maintenance, payable day by day, whilst maintained on board the steamer. This regulation applies with the reservation of the condition laid down in No. 10 of this contract.

21. The right is reserved to refuse passage to any one in such a state of health or physical condition as to he unfit to travel or whose condition through disease or otherwise may be dangerous or obnoxious to other passengers.

The Purser will collect the difference on any children not specified in the ticket, or where misrepresentation has been made as to age.

22. The passenger must keep this contract in his possession.
By signing this contract the passenger agrees to the conditions laid down therein. On beim'2 of the Company the stamp is sufficient.
In case of any differences of opinion the English text is determinative.

Bremen on 22 June 1921

/s/ Signature of Passenger Omitted

Signature of the passenger or of his lawful representative, or of the head of the family in case of families

Norddeutscher Lloyd, General Agent for United States Mail Steamship Co., Inc.

F. Missler

SS Hudson Ship Information

  • Ship Name: Hudson
  • Years in service: 1921-1922
  • Funnels: 2
  • Masts: 2
  • Aliases: President Fillmore (1922), Ex-New Rochelle (1921), ex-Powhatan (1920), ex-Hamburg (1916)
  • Shipping Line: United States Mail Steamship Co.
  • Ship Description: Built by "Vulkan", Stettin, Germany. Tonnage: 9,699. Dimensions: 499' x 60'. Twin-screw, 16 knots. Quadruple expansion engines. Two masts and two funnels.
  • History: Commenced service in May 1921. Transferred to United States Lines in August 1921. Renamed: President Fillmore (1922). Scrapped in 1928. Ex-New Rochelle (1921), ex-Powhatan (1920), ex-Hamburg (1916).

Arrival Records

Primary Passenger

  • First Name: Theresia
  • Last Name: Floc
  • Ethnicity: Yugoslavia, German
  • Last Place of Residence: Bezdan, Jugoslavia
  • Date of Arrival: July 05, 1921
  • Age at Arrival:  30y 
  • Gender:  F
  • Marital Status:  M
  • Ship of Travel: Hudson
  • Port of Departure: Bremen
  • Manifest Line Number: 0010

Secondary Passenger

  • First Name: Maria
  • Last Name: Floc
  • Ethnicity: US Citizen
  • Last Place of Residence: Bezdan, Jugoslavia
  • Date of Arrival: July 05, 1921
  • Age at Arrival:  9y 10m
  • Gender:  M
  • Marital Status:  S
  • Ship of Travel: Hudson
  • Port of Departure: Bremen
  • Manifest Line Number: 0011

Source Citation: Year: 1921;; Microfilm Serial: T715; Microfilm Roll: T715_2991; Line: 10;; Page Number: 100.

Form Number: P 177. C. Sch. MO. 2. 2. 21. 5000.

Relative Cost of Passage Ticket in Today's Currency Value

In 2020, the relative values of $165.00 from 1921 ranges from $1,920.00 to $46,400.00.

simple Purchasing Power Calculator would say the relative value is $2,390.00. This answer is obtained by multiplying $165.00 by the percentage increase in the CPI from 1921 to 2020.

This may not be the best answer.

The best measure of the relative value over time depends on if you are interested in comparing the cost or value of a Commodity, Income or Wealth, or a Project.

If you want to compare the value of a $165.00 Commodity in 1921 there are four choices. In 2020 the relative:

  • real price of that commodity is $2,390.00
  • real value in consumption of that commodity is $6,370.00
  • labor value of that commodity is $9,990.00 (using the unskilled wage) or $11,100.00 (using production worker compensation)
  • income value of that commodity is $15,300.00
  • economic share of that commodity is $46,400.00

If you want to compare the value of a $165.00 Income or Wealth, in 1921 there are five choices. In 2020 the relative:

  • real wage or real wealth value of that income or wealth is $2,390.00
  • household purchasing power value of that income or wealth is $6,370.00
  • relative labor earnings of that commodity are $9,990.00 (using the unskilled wage) or $11,100.00 (using production worker compensation)
  • relative income value of that income or wealth is $15,300.00
  • relative output value of that income or wealth is $46,400.00

If you want to compare the value of a $165.00 Project in 1921 there are four choices. In 2020 the relative:

  • real cost of that project is $1,920.00
  • household cost of that project is $6,370.00
  • labor cost of that project is $9,990.00 (using the unskilled wage) or $11,100.00 (using production worker compensation)
  • relative cost of that project is $15,300.00
  • economy cost of that project is $46,400.00

Source: Samuel H. Williamson, "Seven Ways to Compute the Relative Value of a U.S. Dollar Amount, 1790 to present," MeasuringWorth, 2022.

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