RMS Britannic Archival Collection
- Britannic (1874) White Star Line
- Britannic (1930) White Star Line
- Passenger Lists
- Passage Contracts, Tickets, and Receipts
- Route Maps, Track Charts, Abstract of Logs
- Sailing Schedules
- Excerpts from Information for Passengers
- Other Ephemera
- Disipline on the SS Britannic - 1889
Britannic (1874) White Star Line
RMS Britannic (1874) of the White Star Line. Photo by John S. Johnston. Detroit Publishing Company c1890. Library of Congress LCCN 2016805760. GGA Image ID # 1d7fc0b284
Built by Harland & Wolff, Ltd., Belfast, Ireland. Tonnage: 5,004. Dimensions: 455' x 45' (468' o.l.). Single-screw, 16 knots. Compound engines. Four masts and one funnel. Iron hull. Launched: February 3,1874. Maiden voyage: Liverpool- New York, July 30, 1874. Note: First ship to exceed 5,000 tons, Great Eastern excepted. Speed Record: This famous and successful liner won the Atlantic speed record in November 1876. Fate: Scrapped in Germany, 1903. Sister ship: Germanic.
Britannic (1930) White Star Line
The MV Britannic. One of the World's Largest Motor Vessels. 27,666 Tons, 993 Passengers. GGA Image ID # 11f02ea233
Built by Harland & Wolff, Ltd., Belfast, Ireland. Tonnage: 26,840. Dimensions: 683' x 82' (712' o.l.). Twin-screw, 18 knots. Motorship. Two masts and two funnels. Passengers: 479 cabin, 557 tourist, 605 third. Launched: August 6, 1929. Maiden voyage: Liverpool to New York, June 28, 1930. Cunard White Star: Merged with the Cunard service in 1934. WW2 Service: Served as a troopship in World War II. Post War Service: Re-entered trans-Atlantic passenger service in May 1948. Made her final crossing in December, 1960. Fate: Scrapped in 1961. Sister ship: Georgic.
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Tourist Passenger List for the RMS Britannic of the White Star Line, Departing Saturday, 6 October 1934 from Liverpool to Boston and New York via Cobh And Galway, Commanded by Captain P. R. Vaughan, DSC, RD (Cdr RNR Retd).
Tourist Passenger List from the SS Britannic of the White Star Line, Departing Friday, 4 October 1935 from Le Havre and Southampton to New York via Cobh, Commanded by Captain W. A. Hawkes, CBE, RD, RNR.
Tourist and Third Class Passenger List from the SS Britannic of the White Star Line, Departing Saturday, 8 August 1936 from Southampton to New York via Le Havre and Cobh, Commanded by Captain G. Gibbons, RD, RNR.
Tourist Class Passenger List from the RMS Britannic of the White Star Line, Departing 7 August 1937 from Southampton to New York via Le Havre and Cobh, Commanded by Captain A. T. Brownm, RD, RNR.
Tourist Passenger List from the RMS Britannic of the White Star Line, Departing 15 October 1938 from Southampton to New York via Le Havre and Cobh, Commanded by Captain A. T. Brown, RD, RNR.
Tourist Class Passenger List from the MV Britannic of the Cunard Line, Departing 10 April 1953 from Liverpool to New York via Cobh, Commanded by Captain J. W. Caunce, RD, RNR.
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Translated from a 1930 Dutch brochure on third-class accommodations on the "Big Four" - the Britannic, Baltic, Cedric, and Adriatic, with many interior photographs to document this class of travel in 1930.
For Ocean Voyaging in excellent comfort, travel First Class in any of the seven Cunard White Star transatlantic luxury liners, from the resplendent Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary, the world's largest and fastest passenger ships, to the smartly modern single-class Media and Parthia. Ships Covered in this Brochure Include the Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mary, Mauretania, Caronia, Britannic, Media and Parthia.
This 1949 booklet is your gangplank. Step aboard and see for yourself the spacious public rooms and tasteful cabins wherein relaxation and recreation are the rules of the day. Tourist Class on the "Big Four" of the Cunard White Star Line -- Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mary, Mauretania, and Britannic.
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Passage Contracts, Tickets, and Receipts
Left Section of White Star Line Memorandum of Prepaid Steerage Passage Ticket Dated 29 May 1880. GGA Image ID # 12d3d427de
Front Side of White Star Line Memorandum of Prepaid Steerage Passage Ticket Dated 29 May 1880. GGA Image ID # 1d7ffbc158
A Memorandum of a Draft was often used as a receipt for funds sent to immigrants still in the Old Country waiting to come to America. She arrived in New York on the RMS Britannic of the White Star Line in 1880.
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Route Maps, Track Charts, Abstract of Logs
Track Chart and Memorandum of Log (Unused), RMS Britanic Passenger List, 6 October 1934. GGA Image ID # 1e31517bcf
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Westbound Sailings of the White Star Line from 6 October 1934 to 2 February 1935. Ships Included the Alaunia, Antonia, Aquitania, Ascania, Athenia, Aurania, Ausonia, Berengaria, Britannic, Carinthia, Franconia, Georgic, Laconia, Lancastria, Laurentic, Letitia, Majestic, Olympic, Samaria, Scythia, and Transylvania. The Schedule Includes Originating, Calling, and Destination Ports for Each Voyage. RMS Britannic Passenger List, 6 October 1934. GGA Image ID # 1e3159e0ee
Eastbound Sailings of the White Star Line from 6 October 1934 to 14 February 1935. Ships Included the Alaunia, Antonia, Aquitania, Ascania, Athenia, Aurania, Ausonia, Berengaria, Britannic, Carinthia, Doric, Franconia, Georgic, Laconia, Lancastria, Laurentic, Letitia, Majestic, Olympic, Samaria, Scythia, and Transylvania. The Schedule Includes Originating, Calling, and Destination Ports for Each Voyage. RMS Britannic Passenger List, 6 October 1934. GGA Image ID # 1e3178f51a
Westbound Sailing Schedule, from Liverpool or Southampton to Boston, New York, Québec, or Montréal via Belfast, Cherbourg, Greenock, Galway, or Le Havre, from 24 July 1924 to 7 October 1924. Ships Included the Alaunia, Andania, Antonia, Aquitania, Ascania, Athenia, Aurania, Ausonia, Berengaria, Britannic, Carinthia, Georgic, Laconia, Letitia, Queen Mary, Samaria, and Scythia. RMS Samaria Passenger List, 24 July 1936. GGA Image ID # 1eccbb8952
Eastbound Sailing Schedule, from Boston, New York, Québec, or Montréal to Glasgow, Liverpool, London, or Soutampton via Belfast, Cherbourg, Cobh, Galway, Greenock, Le Havre, or Plymouth, from 24 July 1936 to 7 October 1936. Ships Included the Alaunia, Andania, Antonia, Aquitania, Ascania, Athenia, Aurania, Ausonia, Berengaria, Britannic, Carinthia, Georgic, Laconia, Letitia, Queen Mary, Samaria, and Scythia. RMS Samaria Passenger List, 24 July 1936. GGA Image ID # 1ecd389488
Cunard White Star Westbound Sailing Schedule for September to November 1937. Ships Include the Alaunia, Andania, Antonia, Aquitania, Ascania, Athenia, Aurania, Ausonia, Berengaria, Britannic, Franconia, Georgic, Laconia, Letitia, Queen Mary, Samaria, and Scythia. GGA Image ID # 1db7e0cf97
Cunard White Star Eastbound Sailing Schedule for September to November 1937. Ships Include the Alaunia, Andania, Antonia, Aquitania, Ascania, Athenia, Aurania, Ausonia, Berengaria, Britannic, Franconia, Georgic, Laconia, Letitia, Queen Mary, Samaria, and Scythia. GGA Image ID # 1db80746e8
Sailing Schedule, Cruises from America, from 10 June 1939 to 1 September 1939. Ships Included the Britannic, Carinthia, Franconia, Georgic, and Lancastria. RMS Aquitania Passenger List, 7 June 1939. GGA Image ID # 1e136b19b8
Westbound Sailing Schedule from 7 June 1939 to 16 August 1939. Ships Included the Alaunia, Andania, Antonia, Ascania, Athenia, Aquitania, Aurania, Ausonia, Britannic, Carinthia, Franconia, Georgic, Laconia, Letitia, Mauretania, Queen Mary, Samaria, and Scythia. RMS Aquitania Passenger List, 7 June 1939. GGA Image ID # 1e141a92c5
Eastbound Sailing Schedule from 7 June 1939 to 16 August 1939. Ships Included the Alaunia, Andania, Antonia, Aquitania, Ascania, Athenia, Aurania, Ausonia, Britannic, Carinthia, Georgic, Laconia, Letitia, Mauretania, Queen Mary, Samaria, and Scythia. RMS Aquitania Passenger List, 7 June 1939. GGA Image ID # 1e1424c50b
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The Renowned "Big Four": MV Britannic, RMS Baltic, RMS Cedric, and RMS Adriatic -- These Vessels Represent a Combined Tonnage of Approximately 97,000. White Star Line To Boston and New York in the Third Class - 1930 Brochure. GGA Image ID # 11eb3e77b0
Third Class Dining Room on the MV Britannic. White Star Line To Boston and New York in the Third Class - 1930 Brochure. GGA Image ID # 11eb89824a
Third Class Lounge on the MV Britannic. White Star Line To Boston and New York in the Third Class - 1930 Brochure. GGA Image ID # 11eba97a25
A Corner of the Third Class Smoking Room on the MV Britannic. White Star Line To Boston and New York in the Third Class - 1930 Brochure. GGA Image ID # 11ebc9b7ac
Third Class Staterooms (Clockwise from Top Left): MV Britannic Room with 2 Beds; RMS Baltic Room with 3 Beds; RMS Cedric Room with 4 Beds; And RMS Adriatic Room with 4 Beds. White Star Line To Boston and New York in the Third Class - 1930 Brochure. GGA Image ID # 11ecd8e57d
First Class Restaurant on the MV Britannic. First Class to Europe, 1949. GGA Image ID # 1f2d2fee1e
First Class Stateroom on the MV Britannic. First Class to Europe, 1949. GGA Image ID # 1f2d3c6546
First Class Smoking Room on the MV Britannic. First Class to Europe, 1949. GGA Image ID # 1f2d3feaa0
First Class Main Lounge on the MV Britannic. First Class to Europe, 1949. GGA Image ID # 1f2d8a7966
A Long Gallery Creates a Relaxing Environment for First Class Passengers on the MV Britannic. First Class to Europe, 1949. GGA Image ID # 1f2daf198e
First Class Swimming Pool on the MV Britannic. First Class to Europe, 1949. GGA Image ID # 1f2dd8e773
First Class Observation Lounge and Cocktail Bar on the MV Britannic. First Class to Europe, 1949. GGA Image ID # 1f2e17cd3e
The Cunard Ocean Liner "RMS Britannic" from the 26 December 1940 Dinner Menu on the RMS Queen Mary. GGA Image ID # 1dea16f997
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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.
Distinguished Liners, Volume 2 features 53 famous ships from 1907-1914. Read how the liners were constructed and launched. Lavishly illustrated, each carries many photographs, including the ships, their interiors, machinery, fittings, construction, and launching.
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Advertisement: White Star Line Second Annual Series 1930, Tourist Third Cabin Cruises to the Mediterranean, The Holy Land, and Egypt. Ships Include the Adriatic, Britannic, and Laurentic. Departures from New York Starting 9 January 1930. Full 46-Day Cruise with Complete Shore Excursion Program Including Five Days in Egypt $420.00. Full Cruise Without Shore Excursions $300.00. First Class $695 and Up. RMS Arabic Passenger List, 16 August 1929. GGA Image ID # 1e4ce3b698
White Star Line Winter Sunshine Cruises for 1930-1931 by the SS Laurentic 18,724 Tons, SS Calgaric 16,063 Tons, and Cruises to the Mediterranean, Holy Land, and Egypt on the Adriatic or Britannic. RMS Homeric Passenger List, 6 August 1930. GGA Image ID # 1f0fa05d2b
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Excerpts from Information for Passengers
Seats At Table. Passengers who have not previously arranged for seats at table should apply for same to the Chief Tourist Steward.
Divine Service will be held 011 Sundays at 11:00 am
Passengers’ Mail. All mail coming on board on the vessel’s arrival is at once sent to the Enquiry Office, where passengers should apply for same. It is not always possible in the short time available to distribute the mail to the cabins.
Valuables. For the convenience of passengers, the Line has provided in the office of the Purser a safe in which money, jewels, ornaments, documents or other valuables may be deposited by passengers. A receipt for any articles so deposited will be issued by the Purser, but the Line does not, having regard to the ticket conditions and to the provisions of Section 502 of the Merchant Shipping Act, 1894, and of Section 4281 of the revised Statutes of the United States, accept any responsibility for the safe custody of any such articles. Passengers are accordingly advised to protect themselves by insurance, which can be arranged on board, on application to the Purser.
Exchange Of Money. For the convenience of passengers the Purser is able to exchange a limited amount of English, American and Canadian money at rates which will be advised on application.
Deck Chairs and Rugs can be hired at a charge of 5/- each for the voyage on application to the Chief Tourist Steward.
Medical Attendance. The surgeon is authorized to make customary charges, subject in each case to the approval of the Commander, for treating passengers at their request for any illness not originating on the voyage. In the case of sickness developed on the voyage no charge will be made, and medicine will be provided free in all circumstances.
A Registered Nurse is on board, whose services are available, as necessary, under the direction of the ship’s Surgeon.
Barber and Lady Hairdresser. The hours are from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm
Fire Precautions. Passengers are respectfully reminded that the careless disposal of lighted cigar, cigarette or pipe refuse and matches may lead to serious consequences. Throwing lighted cigarette or cigar ends overboard may also prove dangerous, and passengers are requested to use the receptacles provided for the purpose in the passenger accommodation and on the decks.
Customs Examination Of Baggage In British Ports. All articles liable to Customs duties, whether worn or used or not, however small the quantity, must be declared, and in any case of doubt as to the liability of any articles in their possession tourists are advised to consult the Customs Officer and show him the articles.
A list of the principal articles liable to duty is shown to passengers by the Customs Officers and Customs Notices containing similar lists are exhibited in prominent places on board ship for the information of passengers. These lists include Tobacco in all forms, Spirits, Scent (including toilet waters), Articles of Apparel of all kinds, Clocks, Watches, Cameras, Binoculars, Jewellery and many other goods.
Artides in personal use and wear in the baggage of tourists may be passed free of duty provided they are declared, and the Customs Officer is satisfied that they are personal belongings, and reasonable allowances are made in regard to other personal effects.
Small quantities of Tobacco, Spirits and Scent for personal uso may also be passed free if duly declared.
Travelers who are unable to be present at the examination of their baggage may depute a personal servant or other agent to present the baggage for examination, but in such cases a written declaration in the prescribed Customs Form 2B must be filled up and signed by the owner of the baggage.
In Great Britain and Northern Ireland arrangements can be made with the Customs to meet the case of tourists who have in their possession dutiable goods which cannot be passed free of duty. In such cases, the duty may under certain conditions be lodged on deposit on arrival and the amount is returned by the Customs at the port or place of departure on production of the articles and the receipt for the deposit.
Customs Officers may waive the payment of duty if they are satisfied by the production of a through return railway or steamer ticket or a passport showing residence outside the United Kingdom, or other evidence, that the passenger is merely passing through the United Kingdom. The articles must be bona fide the property of the passenger, intended for his or her personal wear or use, or as gifts to persons in the overseas country of ultimate destination and must be reasonable in the circumstances of the case.
Landing Cards. It is necessary that passengers present their Landing Cards, together with Passports, to the United States and/or Canadian Immigration Inspector for endorsement before leaving the vessel.
Landing Arrangements : Boston. Should the vessel arrive in the harbour after sundown, passengers will generally remain on board overnight. The vessel will proceed to her wharf as early as possible after 7:00 am the following day, when passengers will be landed without delay.
Railroad tickets may be purchased on the pier from authorized railroad representatives, and baggage checked to any point along the lines of the Boston and Maine; New York, New Haven and Hartford; and Boston and Albany Railroads and their connecting railroads throughout the United States and Canada.
Taxicab and baggage transfer service is available to all local points.
Landing Arrangements : New York. Should the vessel arrive at the New York Wharf after 8:00 pm, all passengers who have been passed by the U.S. Immigration Authorities may land or remain on board overnight, at their own option. Those passengers who have been passed by the Immigration Authorities and desire to remain on board may have all their baggage passed by the U.S. Customs that night or the following morning, at their own option. No baggage will be passed before 8:00 am the day following arrival. Breakfast will be served to those who remain on board overnight.
Upon landing at New York and upon application to the uniformed representatives of the railroads, who meet all vessels, railroad tickets may be purchased from the Pier to any point along the Lines of the Pennsylvania, New York Central, New York, New Haven and Hartford, Erie, Lehigh Valley, Baltimore and Ohio, Delaware, Lackawanna and Western and Central Railroad of New Jersey, and connecting railroads.
Taxicabs can be hired at the New York Piers. It is suggested to passengers for their own protection that Terminal Cabs which come within the pier gates, afford comfort and protection as regards baggage, etc., at legal rates.
Passengers are advised to enquire at the Decks on the Piers for letters and telegrams.
Wireless Telegram Rates. This vessel is fitted with Marconi system of Wireless Telegraphy and also with Submarine Signaling Apparatus.
Long Range Wireless Service. This vessel is fitted with special long range wireless apparatus which will enable passengers to communicate with their friends or business connections on shore at any time during the voyage across the North Atlantic.
For particulars regarding Wireless communications established or expected please consult the Wireless notice board, where full information is posted daily throughout the voyage.
The Orchestra will play daily and music will be provided after dinner each evening by the Electrical Reproducer.
Upper Berths. Passengers occupying upper berths can obtain steps for getting in or out of same on applying to the Steward or Stewardess.
Portholes. As it is dangerous for passengers to handle the Ports, they are requested to ask the Bedroom Steward to open and close the Portholes in the staterooms as required.
Library. Books can be obtained on applying to the Lounge Steward.
Swimming Pool, ★ with ample accommodation for bathers and spectators, is situated on Deck “ E,” and will be available as follows :—
9 30 am to 11 0 am
2 0 pm to 4 0 pm
No charge is made for the use of the Pool, and mixed bathing is permitted at all sessions.
Gymnasium, ★ on the Promenade Deck, fully equipped with modern appliances, and is open for exercise, free of charge, for Ladies, Gentlemen and Children, at the same hours as for the Swimming Pool.
Passenger Elevators. An Elevator is provided for the use of passengers, running between the “Promenade,” “A,” “B,” “C” and “ D ” Decks.
★ The Company accept no responsibility whatsoever for any accident from whatever cause arising to any passenger using the Swimming Pool or Gymnasium, or any athletic facilities.
Special Notice for Round Trip Tourist Passengers. Passengers holding return tickets who are undecided about their United States and Canadian addresses should advise same to our nearest office in United States or Canada as soon as possible. If this is done by letter, please mention sailing on which you will return and accommodation reserved.
All passengers holding return tickets are requested to communicate with our nearest office at least a week in advance of their sailing from United States or Canada, so that necessary formalities may be arranged in connection with their return passage.
Return Accommodation. For those passengers who may be returning from the United States or Canada to Europe, and who have NOT yet made the necessary reservations, the Purser will be pleased to radio New York, Boston or Montreal Office for any accommodation required. This will enable passengers to complete their arrangements before leaving the steamer and will, consequently, save them time and trouble after landing.
Source: RMS Britannic Passenger List - 6 October 1934
AUTOMOBILES. In order to facilitate Customs Clearance unerated automobiles must be included on the U.S. Declaration Form.
BARBER AND HAIRDRESSER. The ship carries a well-equipped Barber's Shop and competent Hairdresser.
CATERING. Passengers are invited to advise the Tourist Steward of their preference in the matter of diet and cooking and they can be assured of every attention being given to their wishes. Cooks of various nationalities are included in the kitchen personnel.
CHEQUES. Passengers are respectfully advised that the Purser cannot accept private cheques.
CHANGES IN ACCOMMODATION. The Purser alone is authorized to make changes in accommodation and may only do so on payment of any difference in fare which may bo required according to Company's tariffs.
U.S. CUSTOMS. All passengers are required to make a declaration of personal baggage for the U.S. Customs Authorities at the port of landing. Blank declaration forms are obtainable from the Purser.
Returning Residents must declare all articles acquired abroad but wearing apparel and personal effects taken overseas from the U.S. in the first case are entitled to be passed free of duty upon return.
An exemption of $100.00 worth of purchases is allowed each returning resident, subject to certain conditions which will bo detailed by the Customs Officer. Visitors may take in free of duty wearing apparel and porsonal effects not intended for sale, but must declare all articles not included in this category.
Severe penalties are imposed upon persons who mako false declarations as to value, ownorship or use of articles or who attempt to bribe or recompense a Customs Officer.
Divine Service Is Held Each Sunday at 11:00 Am in One of the Public Rooms.
FIRE PRECAUTIONS. Passengers are earnestly requested to exorcise care in disposing of cigar and cigarette ends and matches, and to make use of the receptacles provided for the purpose in the different parts of the ship. Serious consequences can arise from carelessness in this rospect. Throwing lighted cigarettes, etc., overboard should also he avoided.
FIRE AND LIFEBOAT STATIONS. Passengers are earnestly requested to acquaint themselves with the notice in the staterooms regarding lifeboat and fire stations.
IMPORTATION OF LIQUOR. A considerable quantity of liquor imported in the baggage of passongers is purchased " in bond" at a price below the regular market value of the country of purchase, and for that reason attention is called to the fact by the Collector, U.S. Customs Service, that the above market value must be ascertained and declared by the passenger instead of the price actually paid.
LIBRARY. The ship has a fully equipped library and passengers are invited to borrow the volumes—no charge will be made.
MAIL. Passengers are requested to enquire for mail at the Purser's office. Letters for despatch should be handed to the Librarian who holds supplies of stamps.
PORTHOLES. As it is dangerous for passengers to handle the ports they are requested to ask the Bedroom Steward to open and close the ports in the staterooms as may be desired.
PROFESSIONAL GAMBLERS are reported as frequently traveling on Atlantic steamers and passengers are warned to take precautions accordingly.
PASSENGER ELEVATORS. An Elevator is provided for the use of passengers, running between the "Promenade," "A," " B" "C" and "D" Decks.
* The Company accept no responsibility whatsoever for any accident from whatever cause arising to any passenger using the Swimming Pool or Gymnasium, or any athletic facilities.
Source: SS Britannic Passenger List - 4 October 1935
LONG RANGE RADIO SERVICE. This vessel is also fitted with special long range radio apparatus which will enable passengers to communicate with their friends or business connections on shore at any time during the voyage across the North Atlantic.
For particulars regarding radio communications established or expected please consult the radio notice board, where full information is posted daily throughout the voyage.
RADIO AND CABLE MESSAGES. Information and rates will be supplied by the Radio office.
RADIO RECEIVERS AND ELECTRICAL APPARATUS.
Private radio receivers or other electrical apparatus must not be operated or connected to the ship's electrical supply circuits without official approval, applications for which should be made to the Purser.
Passengers using loud-speakers are requested to avoid disturbing their fellow passengers.
ROTARIANS traveling by this ship are invited to inspect the Rotary Register at the Purser's office and subscribe their names. The Purser will be glad, providing circumstances permit, to arrange an informal meeting during the voyage.
DEPARTURE FROM AMERICA—U.S. SAILING PERMIT.
All passengers other than U.S. citizens require to obtain a sailing permit or income tax clearance prior to departure from the United States. This document can be obtained without difficulty from the Collector of Internal Revenue in each district, or on personal application, with passport and passage ticket a day or two before sailing, at Room 131, U.S. Custom House, foot of Broadway. New York City.
STEWARDS SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGES. Stewards speaking a number of European languages are available for the convenience of passengers and may be identified by the badge worn on the lapel of their coat bearing the flag of the country the language of which they speak.
TAXICABS can be hired at the New York piers. It is suggested to passengers for their own protection that Terminal Cabs, which come within the pier gates, afford comfort and protection for passengers and their baggage at reasonable rates.
TRAVEL INFORMATION. The Purser's office is at the disposal of passengers for furnishing detailed information concerning steamer, rail or air connections and arrangements can be made for tickets and reservations to be obtained.
UPPER BERTHS. Passengers occupying upper berths can obtain steps for getting in and out thereof on application to the Steward or Stewardess.
TAXI-CABS AT NEW YORK
Taxi-Cabs can be hired at the New York Piers. It is suggested to passengers, for their own protection, that Terminal Cabs, which come within the Pier Gates, afford comfort and protection for passengors and their baggage at reasonable rates.
Source: SS Britannic Passenger List - 8 August 1936
Customs Examination. All articles liable to Customs duty must be declared. Any passenger who is in doubt should see the Purser or Baggage Master who will provide the latest information available.
On arrival baggage will be grouped alphabetically in Customs shed for examination. To help the passing and claiming of baggage passengers should have one of the Company’s labels, bearing the initial letter of their surname, affixed to each piece. The bedroom stewards have a supply of these labels and will affix them prior to landing.
It is for passengers themselves to see that all their baggage is passed by the Customs authorities on landing, and they are specially requested to claim their baggage before leaving the Customs shed, otherwise delay and extra charges for carriage will be incurred in forwarding to destination any baggage not accompanying passengers directly from the ship.
VALETING SERVICE. A Clothes Pressing Room, in charge of an expert attendant, is provided and work of this kind will be carried out for passengers at the following charges :—
- Lounge and Dress Suits 2s. 6d.
- Lounge and Dress Coats 1s. 3d.
- Trousers and Breeches 1s. 3d.
- Overcoats—heavy 2s. 3d.
- Overcoats—light 1s. 9d.
- Suits, Costumes, Coats, Frocks or Dresses 2s. 6d.
- Dress Coats and Plain Cloaks 2s. 6d.
- Skirts 1s. 3d.
Special charges for :— Garments—Velvet, Silk or pleated Fancy Dress, Blouses and Scarves.
Source: RMS Britannic Passenger List - 7 August 1937
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Painting of the MV Britannic of the Cunard Line - 10 April 1953. GGA Image ID # 172ea131c4
Disipline on the SS Britannic - 1889
THE discipline maintained on the White Star Line was fully exemplified on board the steamship Britannic on her last trip from this port, when some cotton stowed in the after part of the vessel was discovered to be on fire. Through the energy and promptness of Captain Davison, his officers and crew, it became a small matter in their hands, being extinguished within two hours.
Source: Ocean: Magazine of Travel, Vol. III, No. 2, September 1889, Page 42