Ocean Travel Correspondence

The GG Archives has a number of letters written by passengers on ocean liners from the late 1800s through the 1920s. Digitizing handwritten letters is a very time-consuming task.

If you're interested in volunteering, contact us a [email protected] and please title your message "volunteer transcriber."

J. W. Bailey Correspondence, RMS Saxonia, 7 March 1907, Page 1 of 3.

J. W. Bailey Letter - RMS Saxonia - 1903

This letter, although brief recorded one of the roughest transatlantic voyages by the Saxonia from Liverpool to Boston. The newspaper clipping from a Boston newspaper was typical of the day as they announced notable passengers and spoke of the death of a passenger in Steerage during the voyage (7 March 1903) - a young girl from Sweden who was buried at sea.


Isaac and Mary Hardy on their Golden Wedding Anniversary, 1902.

The Isaac Hardy Letters - RMS Carpathia - 1904

Between 28 June - 8 July 1904, Issac Hardy (1833-1905) and Mary Slack (1833-1910) sailed aboard the RMS Carpathia from Liverpool to New York. This was (at least) their 7th Trans-Atlantic voyage as they previously sailed on ships such as RMS Campania and RMS Lucania.


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