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SS City of London (1907), Ellerman's City Line. Chartered by the Anchor Line, 1922.

SS City of London (1907), Ellerman's City Line. Chartered by the Anchor Line, 1922. GGA Image ID # 1e5eded253

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City of London (1907) Ellerman's Line (British)

Built by Workman, Clark & Co., Belfast, Ireland. Tonnage: 8,956. Dimensions: 491' x 57'. Single-screw, 15 knots. Quadruple expansion engines. Two masts and one funnel. Cargo-Passenger vessel built for Ellerman's City Line. Launched: 20 November 1906. Passengers: 200 first and 60 second. World War I Service: Armed Merchant Cruiser. Modifications: Refurbished, Capacity Increased to 300 Passengers in July 1919. World War II Service: British Troopship. Fate: Scrapped by Arnott Young Shipbreakers, Dalmuir, in June 1946.


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Passenger Lists


Front Cover, Anchor Line SS City Of London Cabin Passenger List - 19 August 1922.


1922-08-19 SS City of London Passenger List

Cabin Passenger List from the SS City of London of the Anchor Line, Departing Saturday, 19 August 1922 from Glasgow to New York via Moville, Commanded by Captain Arthur J. Elliott.


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Anchor Line Services, 1922.

Anchor Line Services, 1922. SS City of London Passenger List, 19 August 1922. GGA Image ID # 1e5f44aac1


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Fleet List


Anchor Line Fleet List, 1922.

Anchor Line Fleet List, 1922. SS City of London Passenger List, 19 August 1922. GGA Image ID # 1e5f3e31ae


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Excerpts from Information for Passengers


Additional Passage Money or Freight paid on board-passengers should obtain a receipt on the Company’s form for such disbursements.

Baggage. Enquiries regarding baggage on board ship should be addressed to the Second Steward.

Trunks, Wraps, etc., will be stored and re-shipped by the Company for the return voyage.

To facilitate examination and identification of baggage on landing, all packages should have an official label affixed; these labels are supplied on board on application.

Baggage Insurance. Passengers are recommended to insure their baggage, as, in the event of loss or damage, the Company cannot accept liability beyond the limit specified on the Steamer Contract Tickets. Rates and particulars on application.

Bar closes 11:00 p.m.

Barber’s Shop. Barber’s shop is situated on board for the convenience of passengers. The barber will attend to ladies by appointment.

Clothes Pressing. Application should be made to the Barber, from whom rates, and other particulars can be obtained.

Complaints. Complaints of incivility, carelessness or inattention on the part of any of the ship’s staff should be immediately reported to the Commander.

Confectionery and Souvenirs. Confectionery and Souvenirs are on sale at reasonable prices on application to the Deck Steward.

Copyright Books and Music are forbidden and will be confiscated by the Customs authorities.

Deck Chairs and Rugs may be hired for the voyage at the Company’s offices or from the De k Steward. Printed receipt to be obtained by passengers for this hire.

Divine Service may be held in the Saloon (weather permitting) once every Sunday between 11:00 am and 12 noon.

Dogs. Returning passengers are notified that Dogs cannot be landed in Great Britain unless a license has been procured from the Board of Agriculture, London. Forms of License can only be obtained by direct application to the Department before the dog is taken on board.

Dogs can only be carried by special arrangement being made with the Company prior to embarkation. Whilst on board they are not permitted in any of the public rooms or staterooms.

Drafts are issued, free of charge, payable in currency at any of the Offices of the Company in the United States and Canada, and, similarly, drafts are issued in the United States and Canada payable at any of the Company’s Offices in the United Kingdom in sterling, or at the Company’s Offices in Europe in the currency of the country on which they are drawn.

Library. Library Books may be obtained on application to the Deck Steward.
Lights in Saloon until 11:00 p.m. ; in public rooms until 11:30 p.m.

Lifebelts. Lifebelts must not be removed from staterooms, except in cases of extreme danger and necessity.


  • Breakfast: 8:00 to 10:00 a.m.
  • Lunch:  1:00 p.m.
  • Dinner: 7:30 p.m.

When two sittings are necessary, meals will be served as follows:

  • Breakfast: 8:00 to 10:00 a.m.
  • Lunch: 1st sitting: 12:30 p.m. -  2nd sitting: 1:30 p.m.
  • Dinner: 1st sitting: 6:15 p m. - 2nd sitting:  7:30 p.m.

Passengers may reserve seats at table for the voyage on application to the chief steward. Meals cannot be served in cabins or on deck unless with the surgeon’s permission.

Children's Meals

  • Breakfast: 9:00 a.m.
  • Dinner: noon
  • Tea:  5:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Ports. Passengers are requested not to open the ports. The Stewards will do this whenever practicable.

Recovery of U.S. Head Tax. This Tax can be recovered by Passengers, if same has been paid, provided they inform U.S. Immigration Inspector on arrival at New York of their intention to leave the United States within sixty days (the time prescribed by U.S. Law), and obtain from him Transit Certificate Form 514.

It is also necessary for Transit Certificate Form 514 to be handed to the transportation company when completed, in time to allow same to be placed before the Immigration Authorities in Washington within one hundred and twenty days of Passenger's arrival in the United States.

Unless this regulation is complied with, the Tax cannot be recovered.

Railway Time-Tables may be consulted on application to the Music-Room Steward.

Smoking. Smoking in saloons and state-rooms is strictly prohibited. Children are not allowed in the Smoke- room. Cigarette smokers are requested to be careful when smoking on deck to see that cigarettes are extinguished before being thrown away.

Storage. The Company will undertake to store Deck Chairs and Steamer Trunks belonging to passengers at owner s risk until they are required when returning. Chairs and Trunks should have owner’s name painted on them, and they will not be re-shipped without instructions being sent to Baggage Master, Anchor Line, Yorkhill Quay, Glasgow, or in the case of Italian Ports, care of Anchor Line, Genoa, or Anchor Line, Naples.

A description of the articles should be given, also name of steamer from which they were landed and date. No shawls, rugs, etc., to be attached to Chairs. No charge for storage is made if the owners return by the Company’s vessels. If Chairs or Trunks are forwarded by rail this is done at owner's risk and expense.

Table Seating. The Chief Steward has the arrangement of table seating.

Telegrams and Letters for despatch should be handed to the Music-Room Steward (fully prepaid) one hour before leaving Moville.

Telegraph Forms and Postage Stamps can be had from the Writing-Room Stewards.

The Surgeon is authorized to make customary charges, subject to the approval of the Captain, for treating Saloon Passengers at their request for any illness not originating on board the ship. In the case of sickness contracted on board no charge will be made and medicine will be provided free.

Through Booking to Gibraltar, Egypt and India.  The Anchor Line steamer; engaged in this service have excellent saloon accommodation. Full particulars as to Fares, etc., on application.

Tobacco, Spirits, etc. Tobacco, cigars, cigarettes, wines, spirits and perfumery are liable to duty on being brought into the United Kingdom, and the smallest quantities should be declared to the Customs authorities.

Valuables. Money or valuables should not be exposed in staterooms. The Company will not be responsible for articles lost or stolen. Valuables may be deposited in ship’s safe, under care of the Purser, free of charge.

Passengers are warned that they should not on any account part with money or valuables to any persons representing themselves as members of the ship’s staff.

Wines. It is requested that Wines be ordered one hour before meals, so that they may be cooled ready for use.

Wireless Telegraphy. Wireless Telegraph messages should be handed to the Purser for transmission.



  • Via British Stations:

-For messages to the United Kingdom the rate is 10d. per word.

  • Via United States Stations:

-The rate via New York, New London, Newport R.I., and Bar Harbour is 9d. per word.

-The rate via Boston is 10d. per word.

  • Via Canadian Stations:

-The rate via Cape Race, Cape Sable, Sable Island, and Barrington Passage is 1s. ½ d. per word.

-The rate via Montreal, Quebec, Grosse Isle, Three Rivers, Father Point, Cape Bear, and Pictou is calculated at 2 ½ d. per word.

NOTE.—All charges must be prepaid. Every word in the address, text, and signature is counted and charged for. On ship to shore messages the land telegraph or cable charges are additional to above rates.


The general rate on ship to ship messages is Sd. per word, but as Dutch, Belgian, and certain other vessels apply a ship tax with a minimum of ten words, the charges on messages to these vessels will be calculated in the following manner:

  • British ship tax 4d. per word without minimum
  • Dutch or Belgian, etc., ship tax 4d. per word, with a minimum of 3s. 4d.
  • Thus for a message of ten words or more the charge is 8d. per word.

Wireless Messages can only be sent by permission of the Commander


  • Glasgow to Greenock: 21 Miles
  • Greenock to Moville: 104 Miles
  • Moville to Malin Head: 22 Miles
  • Malin Head to Nantucket Lightship: 2,578 Miles
  • Nantucket Lightship to Fire Island: 164 Miles
  • Fire Island to Sandy Hook Lightship: 30 Miles
  • Sandy Hook Lightship to Sandy Hook: 8 Miles
  • Sandy Hook to New York: 16 Miles
  • Total: 2,943 Miles

When on Southern Track the distance is slightly longer.

Source: SS City Of London Passenger List - 19 August 1922


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