SS America Archival Collection

 

The Steamship SS America of the United States Lines.

The Steamship SS America (1905) of the United States Lines. USL Passenger Ships, 1922. GGA Image ID # 1d580fa04a

 

 

America (1905) United States Lines

Built by Harland & Wolff, Ltd., Belfast, Ireland. Tonnage: 21,145. Dimensions: 668' x 74'. Twin-screw, 18 knots. Four masts and two funnels. In 1932 she was turned over to the United States government and laid up as a reserved transport in the St. James River. WW2 Service: During the second World War she was put back into service under the name of Edmund B. Alexander. Previous Name: Ex-Amerika.

 

The United States Lines SS America I (1905) Shown Steaming at Sea circa 1925.

The United States Lines SS America I (1905) Shown Steaming at Sea circa 1925. Photo by William J. Craig. Courtesy of the Hoboken Historical Museum. GGA Image ID # 1d584ba5f9

 

SS America II (1940) - United States Lines

The SS America II (1940) of the United States Lines.

The SS America II (1940) of the United States Lines. Ships of the US Merchant Fleet, 1963. GGA Image ID # 1d58597415

Built by Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co., Newport News, Virginia. Tonnage: 26,454. Dimensions: 660' X 93'. Twin-screw, 23 knots. Two masts and two funnels. Renamed: (a) West Point, (b) America. Note: Her keel was laid on August 22, 1938. Launched on August 31, 1939. WW2 Service: In 1941 was converted into a troopship and renamed West Point and in this capacity carried about 400,000 troops during her war service. Post WW2: In 1946 she was reconditioned for the Transatlantic trade. Commenced her first peacetime Atlantic voyage on November 14, 1946 and made the crossing from Ambrose Light to Daunt's Lightship in 4 days, 22 hours and 22 minutes, averaging 24.54 knots for the run. The America is the largest and finest ship built in the United States. Fate: Sold to Greek Shipping Interests in 1965.

 

The SS AMERICA of the U.S. Lines fleet was for many years the "Flagship" of the U.S. Merchant Fleet. She gave up her title to the SS UNITED STATES in 1952. This was the first ship to be constructed through the old Maritime Commission. The contract for the vessel was set in September 1937, and the ship entered service in 1940 with accommodations for about 1200 passengers. She was converted to carry troops during World War II and re-named the USS WEST POINT. She was restored to passenger service after the war and is in Trans-Atlantic service today. The propulsion plant consists of a twin screw arrangement with three boilers of the three-drum express type supplying steam to a three-cylinder (HP-IP-LP) steam turbine reduction gear unit on each shaft. The standard total shaft horsepower is 34,000.

THE SS AMERICA is the other famed member of this new Trans-Atlantic team.

Like her running mate, the SS UNITED STATES, the SS AMERICA is unsurpassed for comfort, service, cuisine, and shipboard entertainment.

In addition to calls at Le Havre and Southampton, the SS AMERICA is regularly scheduled to and from Cobh, Ireland, and Bremerhaven, Germany.

Now you can travel one way on the SS UNITED STATES and the other on her popular running mate, the SS AMERICA. You can count on regular, fast, dependable service, whichever you choose and whenever you travel.

First Class Rates are from $295.00 up, Cabin Class $200.00 up, and Tourist Class $160.00 up.

The SS AMERICA sails westbound from Bremerhaven via Southampton, Havre, and Cobh to New York. It returns eastbound from New York to Cobh, Havre, Southampton, and Bremerhaven.

 

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Passenger Lists

 

Front Cover, Cabin Passenger List for the SS America of the United States Lines, Departing 12 July 1922 from Bremen to New York via Southampton and Cherbourg.

1922-07-12 SS America Passenger List

First and Second Cabin Passenger List for the SS America of the United States Lines, Departing 12 July 1922 from Bremen to New York via Southampton and Cherbourg, Commanded by Captain W. Rind, USNRF.

 

Front Cover, Cabin Passenger List for the SS America of the United States Lines, Departing 22 February 1924 from Bremen to New York.

1924-02-22 SS America Passenger List

Cabin Passenger List for the SS America of the United States Lines, Departing 22 February 1924 from Bremen to New York via Southampton and Cherbourg, Commanded by Captain W. Rind. Récapitulation: 426 Cabin, 134 Third Class, 2 Sea Post Clerks, 535 Crew Members, 1,097 Souls on Board.

 

Front Cover, Cabin Passenger List for the SS America of the United States Lines, Departing 27 July 1924 from Bremen to New York.

1924-07-27 SS America Passenger List

Cabin Passenger List for the SS America of the United States Lines, Departing 27 July 1924 from Bremen to New York via Southampton and Cherbourg, Commanded by Captain W. Rind. Récapitulation: 610 Cabin, 194 Third Class, 3 Sea Post Clerks, 515 Crew Members, 1,322 Souls on Board.

 

Front Cover, Cabin Passenger List for the SS America of the United States Lines, Departing 29 September 1924 from Bremen to New York.

1924-09-29 SS America Passenger List

Cabin Passenger List for the SS America of the United States Lines, Departing 29 September 1924 from Bremen to New York via Southampton, Cherbourg, and Queenstown (Cobh), Commanded by Captain W. Rind.

 

Cabin Passenger List for the SS America of the United States Lines, Departing 5 August 1925 from Bremen to New York.

1925-08-05 SS America Passenger List

Bremen to New York via Southampton and Cherbourg, Commanded by Captain W. Rind, USNRF. Récapitulation: 589 Cabin, 326 Third Class, 4 Sea Post Clerks, 530 Master and Crew Members, 1,449 Souls on Board.

 

Front Cover of a Cabin Passenger List from the SS America of the United States Lines, Departing 8 September 1930 from Hamburg to New York via Southampton and Cherbourg and Cobh (Queenstown), Commanded by Captain George Fried, U.S.N.R.

1930-09-08 SS America Passenger List

Cabin Passenger List from the SS America of the United States Lines, Departing 8 September 1930 from Hamburg to New York via Southampton and Cherbourg and Cobh (Queenstown), Commanded by Captain George Fried, USNR. Récapitulation: 570 Cabin, 459 Tourist Class, 503 Commander, Officers and Crew Members, 1,532 Total Souls on Board.

 

Front Cover of a Tourist Third Cabin Passenger List from the SS America of the United States Lines, Departing 28 July 1931 from Hamburg to New York via Southampton and Cherbourg

1931-07-28 SS America Passenger List

Tourist Third Cabin Passenger List from the SS America of the United States Lines, Departing 28 July 1931 from Hamburg to New York via Southampton and Cherbourg, Commanded by Captain A. M. Moore, USNR.

 

Front Cover, Tourist Passenger List for the SS America of the United States Lines Departing 5 September 1947 from Southampton to New York.

1947-09-05 SS America Passenger List

Tourist Passenger List for the SS America of the United States Lines Departing 5 September 1947 from Southampton to New York via Cherbourg and Cobh, Commended by Commodore Harry Manning.

 

Front Cover of a First Class Passenger List from the SS America of the United States Lines, Departing 21 January 1948 from New York to Southampton via Cobh and Cherbourg

1948-01-21 SS America Passenger List

First Class Passenger List from the SS America of the United States Lines, Departing 21 January 1948 from New York to Southampton via Cobh and Cherbourg, Commanded by Captain Harry Manning, Captain, USNR.

 

Front Cover of a First Class Passenger List from the SS America of the United States Lines, Departing 20 February 1948 from Southampton to New York via Cherbourg and Cobh

1948-02-20 SS America Passenger List

First Class Passenger List from the SS America of the United States Lines, Departing 20 February 1948 from Southampton to New York via Cherbourg and Cobh, Commanded by Captain Harry Manning, Captain, USNR.

 

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Brochures

 

Front Brochure Cover of Passenger Ships Owned by the United States Government Published in 1922

1922 - Passenger Ships of the United States Lines

One of the first and most comprehensive brochures on the early beginnings of the United States Lines. Many photographs documents the cabin class (First Class/Second Class) amenities on the many ships of the USL. Undated, but likely published in 1922 before the Leviathan came into service in 1923. Featured Ships: George Washington, America, President Roosevelt, President Harding, President Monroe, President Adams, President Van Buren, President Polk, President Garfield, President Fillmore, and President Arthur.

 

Front Brochure Cover, Third Class Passage to Europe - 1923

1923 - USL Third Class Passage to Europe

The ships included in this 1923 brochure from the United States Lines include the great Leviathan, the largest liner in the world; the popular George Washington; America, largest "cabin" ship in the world; the famous "President" ships, President Harding and President Roosevelt, and the newly reconditioned Republic.

 

Front Cover of a 1924 Brochure from the United States Lines Entitled "The American Way to Europe.

1924 - United States Lines - The American Way to Europe

Comprehensive brochure from the United States Lines developed to provide information and photographs that describe the ships and amenities geared to Americans traveling to Europe. Also contains brief information on sites to see in European countries along with passport information. Featured Ships: America, George Washington, Leviathan, President Harding, President Roosevelt, and Republic.

 

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Menus

 

Menu Cover, Captain's Dinner Menu, SS America, United States Lines, August 1954

1954-08-10 SS America Captain's Dinner Menu

Large Format Vintage Captain's Dinner Bill of Fare from Tuesday, 10 August 1954 on board the SS America of the United States lines featured Lobster à la Newburg, Grilled Choice T-Bone Steak, Sauce Bercy, and Compote: Preserved Black Bing Cherries for dessert. The Bill of Fare includes autographs and statements by the guests.

 

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Sailing Schedules

 

Sailing Schedule, Bremen-Southampton-Cherbourg-Queenstown (Cobh)-New York, from 12 July 1922 to 13 October 1922.

Sailing Schedule, Bremen-Southampton-Cherbourg-Queenstown (Cobh)-New York, from 12 July 1922 to 13 October 1922. Ships Included the America, George Washington, President Arthur, President Filmore, President Harding, President Roosevelt, and Susquehanna. SS America Passenger List, 12 July 1922. GGA Image ID # 1e2d1b41c3

 

Sailing Schedule, Bremen-Southampton-Cherbourg-Queenstown (Cobh)-New York, from 6 January 1923 to 9 June 1923.

Sailing Schedule, Bremen-Southampton-Cherbourg-Queenstown (Cobh)-New York, from 6 January 1923 to 9 June 1923. Ships Included the America, George Washington, President Arthur, President Fillmore, President Harding, and President Roosevelt. SS President Harding Passenger List, 6 January 1923. GGA Image ID # 1eed82bf51

 

Sailing Schedule, Bremen-Southampton-Cherbourg-Queenstown (Cobh)-New York, from 22 February 1924 to 7 June 1924.

Sailing Schedule, Bremen-Southampton-Cherbourg-Queenstown (Cobh)-New York, from 22 February 1924 to 7 June 1924. Ships Included the America, George Washington, Leviathan, President Harding, and President Roosevelt. SS America Passenger List, 22 February 1924. GGA Image ID # 1e2d267528

 

Sailing Schedule, Bremen-Southampton-Cherbourg-Queenstown (Cobh)-New York, from 27 July 1924 to 13 November 1924.

Sailing Schedule, Bremen-Southampton-Cherbourg-Queenstown (Cobh)-New York, from 27 July 1924 to 13 November 1924. Ships Included the America, George Washington, Leviathan, President Harding, President Roosevelt, and Republic. SS America Passenger List 27 July 1924. GGA Image ID # 1e2da1c89a

 

Sailing Schedule, Bremen-Southampton-Cherbourg-Queenstown (Cobh)-New York, from 29 September 1924 to 28 January 1925.

Sailing Schedule, Bremen-Southampton-Cherbourg-Queenstown (Cobh)-New York, from 29 September 1924 to 28 January 1925. Ships Included the America, George Washington, Leviathan, President Harding, and President Roosevelt. SS America Passenger List, 29 September 1924. GGA Image ID # 1e2e31a1b9

 

Sailing Schedule, Bremen-Southampton-Cherbourg-Queenstown (Cobh)-New York, from 21 April 1926 to 29 September 1926.

Sailing Schedule, Bremen-Southampton-Cherbourg-Queenstown (Cobh)-New York, from 21 April 1926 to 29 September 1926. Ships Included the America, George Washington, Leviathan, President Harding, President Roosevelt, and Republic. SS President Harding Passenger List, 28 July 1926. GGA Image ID # 1eee5e7587

 

Sailing Schedule, New York-Plymouth-Cherbourg-Bremen, from 29 February 1928 to 22 June 1928.

Sailing Schedule, New York-Plymouth-Cherbourg-Bremen, from 29 February 1928 to 22 June 1928. Ships Included the America, George Washington, Leviathan, President Harding, President Roosevelt, and Repubic. SS Leviathan Passenger List, 13 March 1928. GGA Image ID # 1e9ee0cbea

 

Sailing Schedule, Bremen-Southampton-Cherbourg-Cobh-New York, from 14 March 1928 to 30 June 1938.

Sailing Schedule, Bremen-Southampton-Cherbourg-Cobh-New York, from 14 March 1928 to 30 June 1938. Ships Included the America, George Washington, Leviathan, President Harding, President Roosevelt, and Republic. SS Leviathan Passenger List, 13 March 1928. GGA Image ID # 1e9f06df21

 

Eastbound Sailing Schedule, New York-Plymouth-Cherbourg-Bremen, from 20 August 1929 to 27 November 1929.

Eastbound Sailing Schedule, New York-Plymouth-Cherbourg-Bremen, from 20 August 1929 to 27 November 1929. Ships Included the America, George Washington, Leviathan, President Harding, President Roosevelt, and Republic. SS Leviathan Passenger List, 27 August 1929. GGA Image ID # 1e1fbe0cd2

 

Westbound Sailing Schedule, Bremen-Southampton-Cherbourg-Cobh-New York, from 4 September 1929 to 5 December 1929.

Westbound Sailing Schedule, Bremen-Southampton-Cherbourg-Cobh-New York, from 4 September 1929 to 5 December 1929. Ships included the America, America, George Washington, Leviathan, President Harding, President Roosevelt, and Republic. SS Leviathan Passenger List, 27 August 1929. GGA Image ID # 1e1fddf5a8

 

Eastbound Sailing Schedule, From New York to Plymouth, Cherbourg, and Hamburg, from 26 July 1930 to 23 January 1931.

Eastbound Sailing Schedule, From New York to Plymouth, Cherbourg, and Hamburg, from 26 July 1930 to 23 January 1931. Ships Included the America, George Washington, Leviathan, President Harding, President Roosevelt, and Republic. SS George Washington Passenger List, 5 August 1930. GGA Image ID # 1e8781a11e

 

Westbound Sailing Schedule from Hambourg to Southampton, Cherbourg, Cobh (Queenstown), and New York, from 10 August 1930 to 6 February 1931.

Westbound Sailing Schedule from Hambourg to Southampton, Cherbourg, Cobh (Queenstown), and New York, from 10 August 1930 to 6 February 1931. Ships Included the America, George Washington, Leviathan, President Harding, President Roosevelt, and Republic. SS George Washington Passenger List, 5 August 1930. GGA Image ID # 1e877c72a1

 

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Fleet List

 

United States Lines Fleet List for Bremen and London Services, 1922.

United States Lines Fleet List for Bremen and London Services, 1922. Bremen Service Ships Included the America, George Washington, President Arthur, President Fillmore, President Harding, and President Roosevelt. London Service Ships Included the President Adams, President Garfield, President Monroe, President Polk, and President Van Buren. SS America Passenger List, 12 July 1922. GGA Image ID # 1e2d0848bb

 

United States Lines Fleet List for Passenger and Freight Services, 1924.

United States Lines Fleet List for Passenger and Freight Services, 1924. Passenger Ships Included the America, George Washington, Leviathan, President Harding, President Roosevelt, and Republic. SS America Passenger List, 27 July 1924. GGA Image ID # 1e2dc18e1a

 

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Taxi Rates

 

Official Taxi Rates from Hoboken, New Jersey to New York and Other Points. SS America Passenger List, 12 July 1922.

Official Taxi Rates from Hoboken, New Jersey to New York and Other Points. SS America Passenger List, 12 July 1922. GGA Image ID # 1e2d1c1e7c

 

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Time at Sea

 

Explanation of Ship's Time.

Explanation of Ship's Time. The Period from Four to Eight P.M. Is Divided into Two "Dog Watches," Called "First Dog Watch" and "Second Dog Watch," so as to Change the Watches Daily; Otherwise the Men in the Starboard or Port Watch Would Be on Deck Between the Same Hours Day After Day. SS America Passenger List, 5 September 1947. GGA Image ID # 1e2f0a3bc7

 

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Officers Sleeve Stripes

 

Ships' Officers Sleeve Stripes, United States Lines SS America First Class Passenger List - 21 January 1948.

Ships' Officers Sleeve Stripes, United States Lines SS America First Class Passenger List - 21 January 1948. GGA Image ID # 166ae112a3

  • COMMODORE: One broad band of gold lace with five-pointed star above.
  • EXECUTIVE OFFICER: Three rows of gold lace with five-pointed star above.
  • CHIEF ENGINEER: Four rows of gold lace with five-pointed star above.
  • CHIEF PURSER: Three rows of gold lace with oak leaf above.
  • PURSER: Two and one-half rows of gold lace with oak leaf above.
  • SENIOR ASST. PURSER: Two rows of gold lace with oak leaf above.
  • SURGEON: Three rows of gold lace with caduceus above.
  • ASST. SURGEON: Two rows of gold lace with caduceus above.
  • CHIEF STEWARD: Three rows of gold lace with cross keys above.
  • SECOND STEWARD: Two and one-half rows of gold lace with cross keys above.

 

 

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Excerpts from Information for Passengers

 

Information for Passengers - 12 July 1922

Lights are extinguished in the Saloon at 11:00 pmy Lounge, Reading Room and Smoking Room at 11:30 pm

Divine Service in the Saloon on Sunday at 10:30 am

INFORMATION BUREAU This office has been provided for the convenience of Passengers, where all enquiries for information of a general character should be made.

Passengers should personally ascertain whether there is any mail for them before disembarking, and they are invited to leave their addresses at the Information Bureau for later despatches to be redirected.

Passengers’ Addresses may be left at the Information Bureau in order that any letters sent to the care of the Company may be forwarded.

None of the ship’s staff, other than those on duty in the Information Bureau, is authorized to accept Letters or Telegrams for despatch.

Passengers are requested to ask for a receipt on the Lines’ Form for any additional Passage Money, Chair Hire, or Freight paid on board.

LETTERS, CABLES AND TELEGRAMS Letters, Cables and Telegrams are received at the Information Bureau for despatch, and Postage Stamps can be purchased, also all Mails will be distributed there. Cablegrams and Telegrams should be handed in an hour before the arrival at any port of call.

WIRELESS SERVICE The long range wireless equipment permits of the vessel communicating with the shore from any point during the trip to or from Europe. Passengers desiring to send message will consult the operator for rates.

LETTERS, ETC., FOR PASSENGERS Letters, etc., for passengers will be brought on board before the passengers land.

SEATS AT TABLE Passengers who have not previously arranged for seats at table to be reserved should apply for same to the Chief Steward.

SMOKING Passengers are requested not to smoke in the Dining Saloons.

DECK CHAIRS and STEAMER RUGS These may be hired at $ 1.50 each for the voyage on application to the deck steward.

ELECTRIC BATH The Charge for the use of the Electric Bath is fixed at $ 1.50.

MEDICAL ATTENTION The Surgeon is always at the disposal of those passengers requiring his services. In case of illness originating on board, or after the departure of the steamer, no charge will be made for those services, and such medicines as are prescribed by the Ship’s Surgeons will be furnished without expense to the passengers. In cases of illness, not originating on board, the Surgeon is permitted to make the following charges:

  • For office visits, $ 1.00 per visit
  • For state-room visits, $ 2.00 per visit with a maximum charge of $ 4.00 per day

If the passengers consider that the charges made by the Surgeon for such services as he renders are improper or excessive, they are requested, before paying same, to take up the question with the Commander, and the bill will be either adjusted to a basis that will be satisfactory to the passenger or withdrawn. The purpose of the United States Lines is to make its service satisfactory to all passengers. Surgeons are not allowed to make any charge for services rendered to Third Class passengers.

BAGGAGE

On disembarking passengers are specially requested to claim their baggage before leaving the Custom- Office, otherwise under present abnormal conditions considerable delay and extra charge for carriage will be incurred in forwarding to destination any baggage not accompanying passenger on the railway.

EXCHANGE OF MONEY

The Purser is prepared, for the convenience of passengers, to exchange a limited amount of money at rates which will be advised on application.

VALUABLES

The United States Lines has provided a safe in the office of the Purser, in which passengers may deposit money, jewels, or ornaments for safe keeping. The Company will not be liable to passengers for the loss of money, jewels, or ornaments by theft or otherwise, not so deposited.

Source: SS America Passenger List - 12 July 1922

 

Information for Passengers - 22 February 1924

Special Notice

To save Passengers from annoyance and inconvenience through being solicited for contributions for the benefit of the Musicians, special arrangements have been made whereby the Musicians engaged in the orchestra and in the band are paid a liberal extra allowance by the United States Lines for the services they render.

It is suggested that Passengers refrain from contributing to funds for the Musicians, and that such contributions as they care to make be limited to those for charitable purposes such as concern Seamen, their widows and orphans, and deliver same to the Purser, taking receipt therefor. Information as to the manner in which such contributions or collections are distributed by the Management of the United States Lines will he furnished by the Purser, and also announced at the time such collections are undertaken or reported.

In the event Passengers prefer not to follow the suggestion made herein the Commander will upon written request authorize collections to be made for the joint benefit of the Musicians and for charitable purposes, which will be distributed by the Management upon the basis of 30% to the Musicians and 70% to Charity.

Collections should not be undertaken without first securing the approval of the Commander.

American Customs Regulations

On the return trip, your baggage will be subject to the same inspection on landing in America as on landing abroad. American Citizenship does not permit you to bring dutiable goods into the country without paying duty.

A blank will be furnished you aboard the steamer before landing. This must be filled out, listing in detail every article you obtained abroad which you are bringing home. The list is then given the ship's purser.

This list is called your "declaration" and should include all wearing apparel, jewelry and other articles, whether worn or not, carried on your person, in your clothing, or in your baggage. These items must give their cost or value abroad and whether they were bought or given to you. Also jewelry and wearing apparel, taken out of the United States and remodeled abroad, must be listed with the cost of remodeling.

You are allowed to bring into the United States $ 100 worth of personal effects bought abroad free of duty, in addition to all wearing apparel taken from the United States on sailing.

Source: SS America Passenger List - 22 February 1924

 

Information for Passengers - 5 August 1925

Ocean Letters are accepted on board for transmission by Wireless to a vessel bound in an opposite direction. They will be forwarded to destination by registered mail from first port of call after reception, A charge of $ 1,20, including postage, is made for twenty words and four cents for each additional word. The maximum Ocean Letter is 100 words,

TRAVELERS' CHECKS

For the convenience of patrons, the United States Lines has placed on board its vessels American Express checks which may be secured from the Purser on application.

CHANGING THE CLOCK

Between New York and London there is a difference in time of five hours, and as the sun rises in the East, as we say, when the ship is going eastward she meets sunlight earlier each day and thus gains time. Exactly how much is computed each day at noon, and the ship's clocks are immediately set at the correct time for that longitude. On a vessel which makes the crossing in five days the clocks will be set ahead each day approximately an hour; on slower ships, of course, less. Going westward the clock is set back daily in similar fashion.

TIME AT SEA

Time on board is marked by bells, the ship’s bell being sounded in single and double strikes.

OCEAN LANES AND DISTANCES

Transatlantic steamships follow certain lanes or tracks* unless prevented from so doing by stress of weather, or work of rescue or relief or other unforeseen circumstances. From August 24 to January 14 a vessel going eastward follows the short track, and from January 15 to August 23 the long. Going west the short track is followed from August 15 to January 14, and the long from January 15 to August 14. Following these lanes makes for safety and enables vessels better to meet the exigencies of weather conditions.

Source: SS America Passenger List - 5 August 1925

 

Information for Passengers - 8 September 1930

High Seas Mail. United States Postage Rates and Stamps are used when mailing letters, and such letters should be posted in the ship's letter box in the ordinary way.

The mail bag is closed a few hours previous to arrival.

Rates on letters to all countries except United States, Canada, British Colonies, Great Britain and Ireland, five cents for the first ounce, and three cents for each additional ounce or fraction.

Ship to Ship. Radiograms are also accepted for passengers on other ships, for which the charge is 16 cents per word.

Orchestra. This vessel carries an orchestra which will play daily at the under-mentioned times and places :

  • 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Dining Room.
  • 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., Social Hall.
  • 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Dining Room.
  • 9 p.m. to Midnight, Social Hall.

Dancing. Dancing in the Ball Room commences every evening at 9 o'clock.

Deck Games and Amusements. Deck Quoits, Shuffleboard, Bull Board and other games are provided on deck. Baseball, Golf, Volley Ball, Deck Tennis, Shuffleboard, Quoits, and all the familiar ocean games are also available. Deck Stewards will furnish them.

Chess, Draughts, Dominoes, etc., can be obtained on application to the Social Hall or Library Stewards. Books. -Books are obtainable from the Library upon application to the Steward in charge.

Barber, Hairdresser, and Manicurist. The Barber's hours are from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

A Clothes Cleaning and Pressing Room is in charge of an expert attendant. A printed tariff of charges may be obtained at the Purser's Office.

Boots and Shoes will be cleaned if left outside stateroom door.

Notice. Passengers are warned that professional gamblers are reported as frequently crossing on Atlantic steamers.

Life-Belts. Passengers are earnestly requested to familiarize themselves with the use of life-belts and the location of lifeboats for the customary drill held on each voyage of this vessel. Full instructions are given on a printed card posted in your Stateroom.

Photographic Dark Room. A dark room fitted with all the necessary equipment has been installed for the use of passengers who wish to have photographs developed during the voyage.

Medical Attention. The Surgeon will be in his office for the treatment of passengers requiring his attention from 9.30 to 10.30 a.m., from 4 to 5 p.m., and 8.30 to 9.30 p.m. His services are available at any hour in cases of urgency. In cases of illness originating on board or after the departure of the steamer no charge will be made for these services, and such medicines as are prescribed by the ship's Surgeon will be furnished without extra expense to the passenger.

In cases of illness not originating on board, the Surgeon is permitted to make a nominal charge, subject to the approval of the commanding officer.

Berthing of Passengers. No changes can be made except officially by the Purser.

Baggage Room. All baggage not placed in cabins is stowed in the Baggage Room, where access can be had to it during the voyage if required.

Dogs are carried at the Owner's risk. The Company's charge is $20.00 each, regardless of size. Arrangements for carrying dogs should be made by communicating with the UNITED STATES LINES, or if this has not been done, the Purser should be notified.

Passengers are notified that cats and dogs cannot be landed in Great Britain without considerable delay unless a license has previously been procured from the Board of Agriculture, London. Forms of license must be obtained by direct application to this Department in London before the dog is taken on board.

Reduced Cabin, Round Trip Rates are effective for steamship travel during the following periods:

  • Eastbound: August 16 to May 15.
  • Westbound: October 16 to July 15.

There will be a reduction of 12 per cent, from the combined one-way fares, that is, the regular Eastbound (outward) rate combined with the regular Westbound (prepaid) rate.

Should passengers sail one way during the above periods and one way in the "high" season, the reduction will apply for the "off" season sailing.

Both eastbound and westbound tickets must be taken out at the same time.

This arrangement gives passengers an opportunity to combine European tours. It also meets the desires of passengers who, while wishing to benefit by the special round trip rates, wish to travel one way via the St. Lawrence route and one way via New York.

Source: SS America Passenger List - 8 September 1930

 

Information for Passengers - 5 September 1947

Information Forms : Please fill out and return your Information Form to the Purser's Office, at your very earliest convenience. The information requested is necessary for the completion of passenger manifests and landing cards, the ordering of train equipment, etc. Failure to provide this information promptly may delay your debarkation.

Amusements on Board : Moving Pictures, Bingo Games, Horse Races, Deck Game Tournaments, Dancing and other activities on board, will be listed on the bulletin boards.

Baggage : Information regarding baggage matters may be obtained by consulting the Baggage Master at the Purser's Office in the "B" Deck Foyer. The Company accepts no responsibility for baggage or parcels left on board, except by arrangement with the Baggage Master.

Baggage Room : The Baggage Room is open to Passengers from 10:00 am to 11:00 am and 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm daily.

Barber Shop and Beauty Salon : These facilities are located on "A" Deck. A schedule of prices is posted in the shops.

Bellboy Service : Bellboys are available at all times during the day, answering calls in the absence of the Bedroom Steward or Stewardess. They will also deliver messages at the Passenger's request.

Cables, Radiograms and Telegrams (Please also see Radio Telephone Service) : These are received at the Purser's Office and should be handed in at least an hour before the arrival of the steamer at any port.

Catering : Arrangements may be made with the Chief Steward to continue any diet necessary to the Passenger's health or habits during the voyage. Passengers are also invited to advise the Dining Room Headwaiters of their preferences in diet and cooking so that every attention can be given to their wishes.

Changes in Accommodations : Changes in accommodations can be made only by the Purser, who must collect difference in fare, if any. A receipt will be issued on the Company's official form.

Children's Playroom. The Children's Playroom is located on the Main Deck. A Matron is in attendance.

Customs Examination : In order to avoid difficulty in Customs examinations, all articles liable to duty must be declared. Passengers should consult the Purser or Baggage Master for the latest available information regarding the Customs regulations of any specific country.

Deck Chairs, Chair Cushions and Steamer Rugs : Deck Chairs can be rented for the voyage on application to the Deck Steward, at $2.00 each; Chair Cushions, $1.00 each; Rugs, $1.50 each.

Divine Services : Protestant Service is held Sundays at 11:00 am in the First Class Lounge.

Roman Catholic Mass is celebrated in the First Class Lounge. The hours of the Masses are announced on the bulletin boards and in the ship's newspaper. A permanent altar is available and complete facilities for celebrating Holy Mass are at the disposal of Roman Catholic clergy by arrangement with the Purser.

Doctor (Ship's Surgeon) : The Doctor's Office is located on Main Deck aft. The Doctor is authorized to make customary charges, subject to the approval of the Commander, for the treatment of illnesses not originating on the voyage.

In the case of illness contracted on the voyage, no charge will be made. Medicine prescribed will be provided free in all circumstances. A Registered Nurse is in attendance.

Doctor's Office Hours

  • 9:00 am to 10:00 am
  • 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Dogs, Cats or Other ANIMAL Pets : Pets are not permitted in staterooms, public rooms or on the passenger decks, and must be placed in care of the Kennel Attendant. The kennels are located on the Sports Deck.

Electrical Appliances : Passengers are cautioned against using electric irons or other appliances in staterooms, because of the serious danger of causing a short circuit in the lighting system. Please call your Bedroom Steward before attempting to use current for any except usual purposes.

Fire and Lifeboat Stations : Passengers are urgently requested to familiarize themselves with the notice in their staterooms regarding Emergency Station and Life Boat Number, and also to take part in the Fire and Boat Drills.

Fire Precautions : Passengers are particularly asked to use care when disposing of cigar or cigarette ends and matches and to place them in the receptacles provided for the purpose in the different parts of the ship. Do not throw overboard lighted cigar ends or cigarette ends as they may be drawn into open ports and cause fires. Careful observance of this request is earnestly urged on all Passengers.

Interpreters : Should the services of an Interpreter be required, application may be made at the Purser's Office.

Laundry: A limited laundry service is available to Passengers. A list with prices may be obtained at the Purser's Office. Your Bedroom Steward or Bellboy will pick up and deliver laundry to your room. Settlement of laundry account should be made direct with the Purser not later than the day prior to debarkation.

Liquor Purchases : Liquor brought on board by or for Passengers, intended for landing upon arrival in the United States, can not be considered as baggage and the Company will assume no responsibility therefor.

The Company will however arrange for such liquor to be kept in the custody of the Baggage Master, who will issue a check against which delivery will be made on the pier, at the same time and place all other baggage is assembled for Customs inspection.

The Company does not assume liability for parcels of liquor taken into and kept in the stateroom.

Lost and Found Articles : These may be claimed or left at the Purser's Office.

Mail : Passengers are requested to call at the Purser's Office for Mail and Telegrams, where forwarding addresses may also be left.

Meal Hours : Passengers are earnestly requested to observe the FIXED Hours for meals.

Compliance with this request will aid the Chief Steward and his Staff to maintain a high standard in the kitchen and improve the service in the Dining Room, and your cooperation will be greatly appreciated by the Senior Officers and Staff of the ship and the Management ashore.

Passenger Restriction : Tourist Class Passengers are not permitted to enter First or Cabin Class accommodations.

Payments on Board : Passengers are requested to obtain a receipt on the Company's form for any additional passage money, deck chair, steamer rug or chair cushion hire, cables, telegrams or baggage charges paid, on board.

Photographer : The ship carries an expert Photographer and arrangements for individual or group pictures may be made by applying at the Purser's Office.

Passengers are invited to leave their own negatives at the Purser's Office for developing and printing at reasonable rates.

Ports in Ship's Side : Passengers should not attempt to open ports. The Bedroom Steward will render this service when desired, provided it is not contrary to the Commander's orders and weather conditions permit.

Careful observance of this precaution will avoid accidents, assure the comfort of Passengers, and will prevent injuries to Passengers and damage to baggage and personal effects.

Portable Typewriter : A Noiseless Portable Typewriter is available without charge for Passengers' use. The Purser's Office will deliver it to your room upon request.

Postage Stamps. These can be purchased from the Lounge Steward. Letters can be mailed on board.

Professional Gamblers : Passengers are reminded that professional gamblers are reported as frequently traveling on transatlantic passenger ships and are warned to take precautions accordingly.

Radio-Telephone (Ship to Shore Telephone Service) : Information concerning this service may be secured at the Purser's Office.

Round Trip Passengers : Passengers holding return tickets, who are undecided about their addresses abroad, should send this information to the nearest office of the Company as soon as possible after landing, so that they may be promptly advised of possible changes in sailings and other matters pertaining to their return passage.

Those who hold return tickets are requested to communicate with our nearest office immediately on arrival in the United States or Europe to confirm their reservations and learn of any necessary formalities to be arranged prior to sailing.

If for any reason the holder of a return ticket is unable to travel by the sailing indicated on the ticket, immediate advice should be sent to the Company's nearest office so that the accommodations held may be resold and other reservations arranged. Otherwise the passage money may be forfeited.

Seats at Table : The Chief Steward is in charge of the Dining Room and will assign table seatings, if not previously arranged. Reservation Desk is located at the Chief Steward's Office on "B" Deck.

Service Clubs : Rotarians, Kiwanians, Lions and members of similar organizations are invited to register their names at the Purser's Office so that the ship's officers may be able to acquaint them with other members of their respective organizations who are traveling in the ship.

Shoe Cleaning : Shoes will be cleaned and polished if left outside the stateroom door at night.

Valet Service : Valet Service is provided for the convenience of Passengers. Apply to your Bedroom Steward for this service.

Valuables : Passengers are cautioned against leaving money or valuables in their staterooms. They should be delivered to the Purser's Office for safekeeping, and a receipt for same will be given on the Company's form. The Company can not accept responsibility for loss or damage beyond the limitations stated in the contract ticket and Passengers are therefore advised to protect themselves by insurance, which can be purchased at the Purser's Office.

United States Head Tax.

All Westbound Passengers to the United States must pay U.S. Head Tax of $8, except American Citizens and non-citizen children under 16 years of age when accompanied by parents.

Source: SS America Passenger List - 5 September 1947

 

Information for Passengers - 21 January 1948

Electric Baths and Massage: Appointments can be made with the Attendant in Charge by Arrangement with the Purser's Office.

The services of a Masseur and a Masseuse are available. Hours:

  • Women: 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.
  • Men: 7:00 A.M. to 9:00 A.M. and 3:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.

Price List:

  • Cabinet Bath: $2.00
  • Shower—Scotch Douche: $0.50
  • Rub—Alcohol: $0.75
  • Rub—Oil: $1.00
  • Rub—Salt: $0.50
  • Scrub: $1.00
  • Sun Treatment: $1.00
  • Massage—Local: $2.00
  • Massage—General: $2.50
  • Massage—Stateroom: $4.00

Gymnasium : The Gymnasium located "C" Deck amidships, is fitted with apparatus for general exercise and is in the charge of an experienced Attendant. Open 7:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M.

Passengers are requested to be careful while using the facilities provided as the Company cannot be held liable for any injuries sustained.

Handball Courts: Two Handball Courts are situated on the Sports Deck.

Library and Writing Room: This room is located amidships on the Promenade Deck and is in the charge of the Library Steward, who will provide writing paper and envelopes, and from whom United States Postage Stamps for mailing on board may be purchased.

Library: The books in the Library, which may be obtained upon application to the Library Steward, are for the use of passengers, free of charge. The cooperation of Passengers is requested in the prompt return of books as soon as they have been read.

Ocean Press News: The latest news and the closing prices of the various Exchanges, received by radio, are printed in this paper, which is published daily and distributed to Passengers without charge.

Source: SS America Passenger List - 21 January 1948

 

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Back Cover Images

 

Front and Back Cover, United States Lines SS America Cabin Passenger List - 8 September 1930.

Front and Back Cover, United States Lines SS America Cabin Passenger List - 8 September 1930. GGA Image ID # 164fa4934d

 

Front and Back Cover, United States Lines SS America Tourist Third Cabin Passenger List - 28 July 1931.

Front and Back Cover, United States Lines SS America Tourist Third Cabin Passenger List - 28 July 1931. GGA Image ID # 1e2ea73f72

 

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Route Maps, Track Charts, Abstract of Logs

 

The United States Lines Route Map - The American Way to Europe.

The United States Lines Route Map - The American Way to Europe. GGA Image ID # 1205d48133

 

Abstract of Log of the Twin Screw Steamship SS America for Voyage No. 28 Eastbound from New York to Bremen via Plymouth and Cherbourg, 9 April 1924.

Abstract of Log of the Twin Screw Steamship SS America for Voyage No. 28 Eastbound from New York to Bremen via Plymouth and Cherbourg, 9 April 1924. GGA Image ID # 1e4ce967c5

 

Reverse Side of Abstract of Log, SS America, 9 April 1924, Showing Color Painting of the Ship.

Reverse Side of Abstract of Log, SS America, 9 April 1924, Showing Color Painting of the Ship. GGA Image ID # 1e4d84625a

 

 

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Photographs

 

Cabin Class Dining Room on the SS America.

Cabin Class Dining Room on the SS America. American Way to Europe, 1924. GGA Image ID # 1201546b97

 

First Class Lounge on the SS America.

The Lounge of the SS America Is the Gathering Point of the Social Life on the Ship. Here Are Given the Dances, Concerts and Other Functions Which Combine to Make a Transatlantic-Voyage on the United States Government Ships an Ever-Varying Round of Enjoyment. The American Principle That No Moment of the Day Should Be Wasted Is Rigorously Upheld on the SS America. USL Passenger Ships, 1922. GGA Image ID # 11fc650d5c

 

First Class Dining Saloon on the SS America.

First Class Dining Saloon on the SS America. Psychology Has Proved That the Appetite Is Directly Affected by the Surroundings in Which the Food Is Eaten. This Principle Was Borne in Mind in the Tasteful Decoration of the SS America. The Dining Saloon Is Bright, Airy, and Spacious. He Would Be Fastidious Indeed Who Could Not Enjoy His Shipboard Meals in Such a Room. USL Passenger Ships, 1922. GGA Image ID # 11fce69654

 

First Class Smoking Room on the SS America.

First Class Smoking Room on the SS America. Anyone Who Looks in at the Door of the Smoking Room on Board the SS America Beholds a Scene of Masculine Ease and Enjoyment. Here on a Round Table, the Many-Colored Chips Are Piled High and the Cards Are Being Dealt. in Another Corner, a Group of Storytellers Are Exchanging "New Ones." It Is in Surroundings Such as These That Men Love to Relax in the Company of a Well-Tried Pipe or a Fragrant Cigar. USL Passenger Ships, 1922. GGA Image ID # 11fcf59b0c

 

Third Class Dining Saloon on the SS America.

Third Class Dining Saloon on the SS America. Third Class Passage to Europe, 1923. GGA Image ID # 11cebbd85b

 

Passengers Relaxing in the Third Class Lounge on the SS America.

Passengers Relaxing in the Third Class Lounge on the SS America. Third Class Passage to Europe, 1923. GGA Image ID # 11cf167184

 

Cabin Class Smoking Room on the SS America.

Cabin Class Smoking Room on the SS America. American Way to Europe, 1924. GGA Image ID # 1200da121a

 

SS America (1905) At Sea circa 1925.

SS America (1905) At Sea circa 1925. Photo by William J. Craig (1882-1959). GGA Image ID # 1e2f65284e

 

SS America (1940) Near the Port of New York, 1 March 1954.

SS America (1940) Near the Port of New York, 1 March 1954. GGA Image ID # 1e2f72590c

 

First Class Dining Room, SS America (1940).

First Class Dining Room, SS America (1940). The Center Portion of the Dining Room on "A" Deck Is Extended Up Through Two Docks with Full-Height Pilasters of Cream-Colored Marble. A Musicians' Gallery Occupies the Forward End of the Second Story. The Salient Feature of This Room Is a Series of Uniquely Carved Lacquer Murals Representing the Scenery—Flora, and Fauna of Geographic Regions of the United States. The Walls and Ceiling Are Oyster White with Hand-Woven Draperies of Off-White. Chairs Are of a Highly Polished Ebonized Wood and Are Covered with Plain Beige Pile Fabric. A Dark Brown Floor Is Inlaid with a Large Design of Squares in Beige. GGA Image ID # 1e2ff90e87

 

First Class Ballroom on the SS America (1940).

First Class Ballroom on the SS America (1940). The Ballroom on the Ss America Is the Most Dramatic and Gayest. The Circular Dome Centered over a Circular Dance Floor Gives One a Circular Effect, Although the Room Is Rectangular. The Color Scheme of White, Silver, Light Gray, and Soft, Rich Red Tones Make a Brilliant Setting for Dancers. Silver Leaf Covers the Center Dome, Walls, and Columns. A Rich Red Thick Pile Carpet Covers the Floor, with the Center Portion Removable for Evening Dancing. Back of the Musicians' Platform Is a 20-Foot Mural Depicting Neptune Driving Four Spirited Steeds Through Dashing Waves. GGA Image ID # 1e30104c04

 

First Class Lounge on Promenade Deck of the SS America (1940).

First Class Lounge on Promenade Deck of the SS America (1940). The First-Class Lounge, Two Decks High in the Center, with a Mezzanine Gallery on either Side, Has Great Dignity and Distinction. Beige Predominates in the Background Colors on Large Surfaces, with Two Tones of Beige in the Thick Pile Carpet, Pale Creamy Beige in the Lacquered Walls, Bronze in the Metal Leaf Ceilings, and Light Brown in the Natural Walnut of the Furniture. Color Is Introduced in the Needlework Design of Sprawling Red Flowers, Green Leaves on the Back and Seats of Some Chairs, and a Plain Soft Green Rough Textured Material on Others. A Handsomely Ornamented Railing in Gold Bronze Runs the Length of the Two Mezzanine Galleries. This Room Also Shows Pre-release Motion Pictures, Horse Racing, and Bingo Games. GGA Image ID # 1e301986ee

 

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Books

 

Front Cover, The Fabulous Interiors of the Great Ocean Liners, 1984.

The Fabulous Interiors of the Great Ocean Liners - 1984

Some 200 superb photographs—in long shots and close-ups—capture exquisite interiors of world's great "floating palaces"—1890s to 1980s: Titanic, Île de France, Queen Elizabeth, United States, Europa, more. Informative captions provide key details.

 

Front Cover, The First Great Ocean Liners in Photographs, 193 Views, 1897-1927.

The First Great Ocean Liners in Photographs - 1983

Sumptuous volume recalls the glorious early years of elegant transatlantic travel. Over 190 historic photographs depict exterior and interior views of 101 great ocean liners, including the Virginian, Imperator, Vaterland, Bismarck, Lusitania, Mauretania, Balmoral Castle, Titanic, Olympic, Aquitania and dozens more. Full captions.

 

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