SS City of Baltimore Archival Collection

City of Baltimore (1919) Baltimore Mail Line

Built by Bethlehem's Alameda Shipyard, California. Tonnage: 8,378. Dimensions: 486' x 56'. Single-screw, 16H knots. Steam turbines. Two masts and one funnel. Passengers: 83 in one class. First voyage: Baltimore-Southampton-Le Havre-Hamburg, July 2, 1931. Transferred: Panama-Pacific Line in 1938. World War II Service: Served as a troopship. Renamed: Heywood (1940) United States Government. Post War Service: After war laid up in the reserve fleet. Previously Named: Ex-Steadfast (1931). Sister ships: City of Hamburg, City of Havre, City of Newport News and City of Norfolk. Transformation to Passenger Ships: These sister ships were originally freighters. All were reconstructed and lengthened in 1931 by Federal Shipbuilding & Dry dock Company, Kearny, N. J. The combination passenger-cargo liners were transferred from trans-Atlantic service to the New York-Panama Canal-California trade route in 1938. All were sold to the United States Government in 1940.

Front Cover, Baltimore Mail Line Information for Passengers. Published March 1932.

Baltimore Mail Line Passenger Information - 1932

Rare Passenger Booklet from Baltimore Mail Line covers everything that their patrons would need to know about their voyage. Unlike many of the passenger steamship lines, the Baltimore Mail Line printed the Information for Passengers separate from the Passenger Lists.


Front Cover, Baltimore Mail Line An Innovation in One-Class,Transatlantic Passenger Service.

Baltimore Mail Line to Europe - 1936

Baltimore Mail Line utilizes one-class liners. You can go anywhere onboard without worrying about class restrictions. Decks, lounges, dining saloon— there is no class distinction. Passenger accommodations throughout are of a single high standard.


Front Cover, Outstanding Travel Value to Europe on the Baltimore Mail Line

Baltimore Mail Line Outstanding Travel Value - 1930s

1930s Brochure offers extraordinary interior and exterior views (including passengers) of their transatlantic steamships of the Baltimore Mail Line with routes between Baltimore, Norfolk, Havre and Hamburg. Ships Featured: City of Baltimore, City of Hamburg, City of Havre, City of Newport News, and City of Norfolk.


1937-07-24 City Of Baltimore Passenger Manifest

1937-07-24 City Of Baltimore Passenger List

  • Steamship Line: Baltimore Mail Line
  • Class of Passengers: Cabin (One Class)
  • Date of Departure: 24 July 1937
  • Route: Hamburg and Southampton to Norfolk and Baltimore
  • Commander: Captain F. E. Cross, Lt. Cmdr., U.S.N.R


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