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SS City of Norfolk Collection

City of Norfolk (1918) Baltimore Mail Steamship Co.

Built by Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp., Alameda, Calif. Tonnage: 8,378. Dimensions: 486' x 56'. Single-screw, 16 1/2 knots. Steam turbines. Two masts and one funnel. Renamed: Neville (1940) United States Govt. After war was laid up in reserve fleet. Fate: Scrapped in United States, 1957. Previously Named: Ex-Independence (1931).


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.

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.

1936-07-11 Passenger Manifest for the SS City of Norfolk

1936-07-11 SS City of Norfolk Passenger List

  • Steamship Line: Baltimore Mail Line
  • Class of Passengers: Cabin (One Class)
  • Date of Departure: 11 July 1936
  • Route: Hamburg and Southampton to Norfolk and Baltimore
  • Commander: Captain Reginald Rose, Lt. Cmdr., U.S.N.R
Front Cover of a Cabin Class Passenger List from the SS City of Norfolk of the Baltimore Mail Line, Departing 15 August 1937 from Bremen to Norfolk and Baltimore via Le Havre

1937-08-15 SS City of Norfolk Passenger List

  • Steamship Line: Baltimore Mail Line
  • Class of Passengers: Cabin Class
  • Date of Departure: 15 August 1937
  • Route: Bremen to Norfolk and Baltimore via Le Havre
  • Commander: Captain Reginald Rose, Lt. Cmdr. USNR


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The GG Archives is the work and passion of two people, Paul Gjenvick, a professional archivist, and Evelyne Gjenvick, a curator. Paul earned a Masters of Archival Studies - a terminal degree from Clayton State University in Georgia, where he studied under renowned archivist Richard Pearce-Moses. Our research into the RMS Laconia and SS Bergensfjord, the ships that brought two members of the Gjønvik family from Norway to the United States in the early 20th century, has helped us design our site for other genealogists. The extent of original materials at the GG Archives can be very beneficial when researching your family's migration from Europe.