RMS Etruria Archival Collection

 

Painting of the RMS Etruria from the Cunard Line 1887.

Painting of the RMS Etruria from the Cunard Line 1887. Ocean Steamships, 1891. GGA Image ID # 1748fb9a8b

 

 

Etruria (1884) Cunard Line

Built by John Elder & Co., Glasgow, Scotland. (Later became Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co.). Tonnage: 8,127. Dimensions: 501' x 57' (520' o.l.). Single-screw, 19 knots. Compound engines. 14,500 I.H.P. Three masts and two funnels. Steel hull. Passengers: 550 cabin, 800 third. Accommodation later was changed to 550 first, 160 second and 800 third. Speed Record: The last single-screw trans-Atlantic liner to break the speed record. Maiden voyage: Liverpool-New York, April 25, 1886. Fate: Broken up for scrap at Preston in 1909. Sister ship: Umbria.

 

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Passenger Lists

 

Front Cover of a Saloon Passenger List for the RMS Etruria of the Cunard Line, Departing Saturday, 23 October 1886 from Liverpool for New York.

 

1886-10-23 RMS Etruria Passenger List

Saloon Passenger List for the RMS Etruria of the Cunard Line, Departing Saturday, 23 October 1886 from Liverpool for New York, Commanded by Captain T. Cook. Famous Passenger included the author Bram Stoker. Between 1879 and 1898, Stoker was a business manager for the world-famous Lyceum Theatre in London, where he supplemented his income by writing a large number of sensational novels, his most famous being the vampire tale Dracula published on 26 May 1897. Notable Passengers: Rev. Henry Ward Beecher, Dr. Ernst Freund, Master Charles Samson, and Mr. Bram Stoker, M.A.

 

Front Cover of a Saloon Passenger List from the RMS Etruria of the Cunard Line, Departing 15 March 1890 from Liverpool to New York.

 

1890-03-15 RMS Etruria Passenger List

Saloon Passenger List from the RMS Etruria of the Cunard Line, Departing 15 March 1890 from Liverpool to New York, Commanded by Captain Hains (Lt. RNR).

 

Front Cover of a Saloon Passenger List from the RMS Etruria of the Cunard Line, Departing 1 April 1898 from New York to Liverpool.

 

1898-04-01 RMS Etruria Passenger List

Saloon Passenger List from the RMS Etruria of the Cunard Line, Departing 1 April 1898 from New York to Liverpool, Commanded by Captain Henry Walker, (Lt. RNR).

 

Front Cover to a Saloon Passenger List for the RMS Etruria of the Cunard Line, Departing Saturday, 30 April 1898 from Liverpool to New York.

 

1898-04-30 RMS Etruria Passenger List

Saloon Passenger List for the RMS Etruria of the Cunard Line, Departing Saturday, 30 April 1898 from Liverpool to New York, Commanded by Captain John Ferguson. Notable Passengers: Herbert Wolcott Bowen, Edward Herbert Cozens-Hardy, 3rd Baron Cozens-Hardy, James Jerome Hill, Joseph Christoffel Hoagland, Walter Richard Wood, CM. Récapitulation: Saloon 70; Second Cabin 105; Steerage 331; Total 506 Passengers.

 

Front Cover of a Saloon Class Passenger List for the RMS Etruria of the Cunard Line, Departing Saturday, 27 August 1898 from Liverpool for New York.

 

1898-08-27 RMS Etruria Passenger List

Saloon and Second Cabin Passenger Lists for the RMS Etruria of the Cunard Line, Departing Saturday, 27 August 1898 from Liverpool for New York, Commanded by Captain John Ferguson.

 

Front Cover of a Second Cabin Passenger List for the RMS Etruria of the Cunard Line, Departing Saturday, 27 August 1898 from Liverpool for New York

Front Cover of a Second Cabin Passenger List for the RMS Etruria of the Cunard Line, Departing Saturday, 27 August 1898 from Liverpool for New York, Commanded by Captain John Ferguson. GGA Image ID # 15a71e7398

 

Front Cover of a Second Cabin Passenger List for the RMS Etruria of the Cunard Line, Departing Saturday, 11 June 1904 from Liverpool to New York and Boston via Queenstown (Cobh).

 

1904-06-11 RMS Etruria Passenger List

Second Cabin Passenger List for the RMS Etruria of the Cunard Line, Departing Saturday, 11 June 1904 from Liverpool to Boston and New York via Queenstown (Cobh), Commanded by Captain R. C. Warr.

 

Saloon Passenger List included in the 11 September 1908 Etruria Edition of the Cunard Daily Bulletin.

 

1908-09-10 RMS Etruria Passenger List

Saloon Passenger List for the RMS Etruria of the Cunard Line, Departing Thursday, 10 September 1908 from Liverpool to New York via Queenstown (Cobh), Commanded by Captain Thomas Potter.

 

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Brochures

 

The Story of the Cunard Line, Reprinted From "BUSINESS ILLUSTRATED".	December, 1902.

 

1902 - The Story of the Cunard Line

Cunard Steamship Company, Limited, one of the oldest and most famous of British steam navigation undertakings elected to remain independent and outside the scope of the great Trust. This is their Story as published by BUSINESS ILLUSTRATED. December 1902. Lavishly Illustrated including Interior Photographs. Ships Featured: Britannia, Scotia, Russia, Servia, Umbria, Etruria, Campania, Lucania, Ivernia, and Saxonia.

 

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Publications

 

Front Page, RMS Etruria Onboard Publication of the Cunard Daily Bulletin for 11 September 1908.

 

1908-09-11 Cunard Daily Bulletin - RMS Etruria Edition

Cunard Daily Bulletin, RMS Etruria Edition, provided readers with plenty of advertisements, short stories, Saloon Passenger List for this voyage, Marconigrams, View of the RMS Mauretania First Class Stateroom and a Photograph of the RMS Etruria.

 

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Sailing Schedules

 

Sailing Schedule, Liverpool-New York Service, Liverpool-Boston Service, and Hungarian-American Service, from 31 May 1904 to 2 August 1904.

Sailing Schedule, Liverpool-New York Service, Liverpool-Boston Service, and Hungarian-American Service, from 31 May 1904 to 2 August 1904. Ships Included the Aurania, Etruria, Ivernia, Lucania, Pannonia, Saxonia, Slavonia, Sylvania, Ultonia, and Umbria. In October. 1903, the "Aurania" and "Carpathia" inaugurated the Now York and Mediterranean Service. This Service is now continued by the fine Twin-Screw Steamers "Slavonia," " Pannonia" and " Ultonia." The ports of call are Trieste and Fiume in the Adriatic, and Palermo and Naples In the Mediterranean. An Atlantic Fleet List is Also Provided. RMS Etruria Passenger List, 11 June 1904. GGA Image ID # 1e6ebbe24c

 

Proposed Sailings, Liverpool-Queenstown (Cobh)-New York, New York-Mediterranean-Adriatic, and Liverpool-Queenstown (Cobh)-Boston, from 20 September 1904 to 3 January 1905.

Proposed Sailings, Liverpool-Queenstown (Cobh)-New York, New York-Mediterranean-Adriatic, and Liverpool-Queenstown (Cobh)-Boston, from 20 September 1904 to 3 January 1905. Ships Included the Campania, Carpathia, Etruria, Ivernia, Lucania, Pannonia, Saxonia, Slavonia, Sylvania, Ultonia, and Umbria. SS Carpathia Passenger List, 4 October 1904. GGA Image ID # 1e18ccfaad

 

Sailing Schedule, Liverpool-New York and Boston Services, from 25 March 1908 to 11 August 1908.

Sailing Schedule, Liverpool-New York and Boston Services, from 25 March 1908 to 11 August 1908. Ships Included the Campania, Carmania, Caronia, Etruria, Ivernia, Lucania, Lusitania, Mauretania, Saxonia, Sylvania, and Umbria. The Sylvania is a Freight Steamer and Does Not Carry Passengers. RMS Mauretania Passenger List, 11 April 1908. GGA Image ID # 1e3195b748

 

Sailing Schedule, Liverpool-New York, Liverpool-Boston, New York-Gibraltar-Naples-Trieste-Fiume, Fiume, Palermo-Naples-Gibraltar-New York, from 9 September 1908 to 29 December 1908.

Sailing Schedule, Liverpool-New York, Liverpool-Boston, New York-Gibraltar-Naples-Trieste-Fiume, Fiume, Palermo-Naples-Gibraltar-New York, from 9 September 1908 to 29 December 1908. Ships Included the Campania, Carmania, Caronia, Carpathia, Etruria, Lucania, Lusitania, Mauretania, Pannonia, Slavonia, Ultonia, and Umbria. Cunard Daily Bulletin, 11 September 1908, Etruria Edition. GGA Image ID # 1f031656fa

 

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Route Maps, Track Charts, Abstract of Logs

 

Track Chart on the Back Cover, RMS Etruria Saloon Passenger List, 1 April 1898.

Track Chart on the Back Cover, RMS Etruria Saloon Passenger List, 1 April 1898. GGA Image ID # 15e13ca3b6

 

Cunard Atlantic Ocean Track Chart, 1898.

Cunard Atlantic Ocean Track Chart, 1898. Included Outward and Homeward Distances, and a Notice: With a View of Diminishing the Chances of Collision, Steamers of This Line Take Specified Courses According to the Seasons of the Year. Back Cover of a Saloon Class Passenger List for the RMS Etruria Dated 30 April 1898. GGA Image ID # 15a6a06b25

 

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Lights and Distances

 

American and British Lights, Map of the Atlantic Ocean. Back Cover of RMS Etruria Passenger List, 11 June 1904.

American and British Lights, Map of the Atlantic Ocean. Back Cover of RMS Etruria Passenger List, 11 June 1904. GGA Image ID # 1e6e050340

 

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Wireless Technology

 

An Explanation of Wireless Telegraphy By H. W. B. of the Cunard Line. RMS Etruria Passenger List, 11 June 1904.

This Steamer Is Fitted With Marconi's System of Wireless Telegraphy, An Explanation of Wireless Telegraphy By H. W. B. of the Cunard Line. RMS Etruria Passenger List, 11 June 1904. GGA Image ID # 1e6e6bde73

 

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Back Cover Images

 

Leading British Hotels and Railway Announcements on the Back Cover, SS Etruria Passenger List, 23 October 1886.

Leading British Hotels and Railway Announcements on the Back Cover, SS Etruria Passenger List, 23 October 1886. GGA Image ID # 1f02dbf877

 

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Photographs

 

The Cunard Steamers The Umbria and the Etruria

The Cunard Steamers The Umbria and the Etruria. Story of the Cunard Line, 1902. GGA Image ID # 118f3d9e4c

 

RMS Etruria of the Cunard Line. Length: 500 Feet, Beam: 57 Feet 3 Inches, 8,119 Tons, and 14,500 Horsepower.

RMS Etruria of the Cunard Line. Length: 500 Feet, Beam: 57 Feet 3 Inches, 8,119 Tons, and 14,500 Horsepower. Cunard Daily Bulletin, 11 September 1908, Etruria Edition. GGA Image ID # 12f2b09cb1

 

The Etruria, Sister Ship to the Umbria. They were Built in 1884, and had a Gross Tonnage of 8,127.

The Etruria, Sister Ship to the Umbria. They were Built in 1884, and had a Gross Tonnage of 8,127. The Present-Day Berengaria is 52,022 Tons). The Cunarder, December 1923. GGA Image ID # 1f03e69d1f

 

Additional Second Cabin and Third Class Accommodations Typically Found on Cunard Steamships.

Additional Second Cabin and Third Class Accommodations Typically Found on Cunard Steamships. Story of the Cunard Line, 1902. GGA Image ID # 1190d08541

Image Captions (L to R, T to B)

  • Second-Class Dining Saloon : Umbria and Etruria
  • Second Cabin Two-Berth Room : Ivernia and Saxonia
  • Second Cabin Smoke Room : Umbria and Etruria
  • Second Cabin Four-Berth Room: Umbria and Etruria
  • Third-Class Smoke Room: Ivernia and Saxonia
  • Third-Class Dining Room on the Ultonia

 

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Illustrations and Paintings

 

RMS Umbria and Etruria. Cunard Daily Bulletin, 1908 Fashion Supplement.

RMS Umbria and Etruria. Cunard Daily Bulletin, 1908 Fashion Supplement. GGA Image ID # 1f035b0ac9

 

Diagram Showing Comparative Size of Various Types of Cunard Mail Steamers from 1840.

Diagram Showing Comparative Size of Various Types of Cunard Mail Steamers from 1840. The Lengths of the Steamers Shown Are Taken from the Taffrail to the Fore-Edge of Stem. Ships Included (From Left to Right) The Britania, Acadia, Columbia, and Caledonia; Hibernia and Cambria; America, Niagara, Europa, and Canada; Asia and Africa; Arabia; Persia; Scotia; China; Java; Russia; Bothnia & Scythia; Gallia; Servia; Aurania; Umbria and Etruria; Ivernia and Saxonia; Campania and Lucania; Caronia; Carmania; And Lusitania and Mauretania. Construction Materials Included Wood to Iron to Steel. Propulsion Systems Included Paddle-Single Screw-Twin Screw-Twin Screw Turbine-Triple Screw Turbine-Quadruple Screw Turbine. Cunard Daily Bulletin, 11 September 1908, Etruria Edition. GGA Image ID # 1f03b2205a. Click to View Larger Image.

 

The Lengths of the Steamers Shown on the Diagram Are Taken from Taffrail to the Fore-Edge of Stem.

The Lengths of the Steamers Shown on the Diagram Are Taken from Taffrail to the Fore-Edge of Stem. (Same Image as Above, Shown Sideways to Emphasize Ships and Ship Names). Cunard Daily Bulletin, 11 September 1908, Etruria Edition. GGA Image ID # 1f03d503f1. Click to View Larger Image.

 

The RMS Umbria (1884) and Etruria (1885) of the Cunard Line.

The RMS Umbria (1884) and Etruria (1885) of the Cunard Line. GGA Image ID # 1f04410afb

 

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Postcards

 

RMS Etruria at the Liverpool Landing Stage, nd, c1900.

RMS Etruria at the Liverpool Landing Stage, nd, c1900. GGA Image ID # 1f02ed5fee

 

Picture Postcard of the RMS Etruria of the Cunard Line, c1885.

Picture Postcard of the RMS Etruria of the Cunard Line, c1885. GGA Image ID # 1f03e93f2f

 

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Excerpts from Information for Passengers

 

Information for Passengers - June 1904

 

Meals will be served in the Saloon at the following times: Breakfast at 8 a.m.; Dinner at 12:30 p.m.; Tea at 5:30 p.m.; Supper at 8:30 p.m. The Bar and Smoke Room will be closed at 11 p.m.

The Second Cabin Steward has the arrangement of the seats at the table.

Divine Service on Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

All inquiries regarding Baggage should be addressed to the Purser.

Steamer Chairs may be hired from the Deck Steward at the cost of 4/- for the voyage.

Gentlemen are requested not to smoke in the Saloons, Staterooms, or Companionways.

The Company is not responsible for theft if valuables or money are kept in the Staterooms. The same should be placed in charge of the Purser for deposit in his safe, and a receipt will be given on the Company's form. As no charge is made for carriage, the Company can not accept any responsibility for loss or damage, however arising, but passengers can protect themselves by insurance.

Passengers should obtain a receipt on the Company's form for any additional Passage Money or Freight paid on board.

The Purser is authorized to exchange money at the following rates. He will give American money for English at $4.80 to the pound sterling and English money for U.S. Currency at £1 sterling for $4.95.

Circulars issued by the Secretary of the Treasury, giving information concerning the passing of Baggage through the New York Custom House, can be obtained from the Stateroom Steward.

Passengers are notified that dogs can only be landed in Great Britain if a license has previously been procured from the Board of Agriculture, London. License forms must be obtained by direct application to the Department before the dog is taken on board.

Special trains are run between Riverside Station, Liverpool, and Euston Station, London, in connection with the arrival and departure of these Steamers. All the other Railway Stations in Liverpool are within a few minutes drive of the Prince's Stage.

Wireless Telegram Rates

  • From Ship to Marconi Station 6d. Per word.
  • From Ship to Passing Steamer and thence to Station 6d. Per word.

Note.—The Minimum Rate via Sagaponack is $2.00 for ten words in addition to the land charges and 50 cents per message for the delivery cost if sent via Western Union at Bridgehampton. The Minimum Charge via Crookhaven or Stations in the United Kingdom is 6s. 6d.

Source: RMS Etruria Passenger List - 11 June 1904

 

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Other Ephemera

 

Seating Card on the RMS Etruria for Second Cabin Passenger for Second Sitting for Breakfast, Dinner, and Tea, Late 1880s.

Seating Card on the RMS Etruria for Second Cabin Passenger for Second Sitting for Breakfast, Dinner, and Tea, Late 1880s. GGA Image ID # 1f03f92ab8

 

Receipt for Rental of Deck Chair During a Voyage on the RMS Etruria, c1890.

Receipt for Rental of Deck Chair During a Voyage on the RMS Etruria, c1890. Cost of Rental was 4/- or $1. In 2022, the relative values of $1.00 from 1890 ranges from $30.30 to $1,670.00. (www.measuringworth.com/uscompare/). GGA Image ID # 1f041bd9eb

 

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Provisioning the RMS Etruria - 1902

Here is the sort of provisioning which has been made for an average summer voyage of the Etruria, reckoning on 547 cabin passengers and a crew of 287 persons, and, if the figures be increased proportionately, the catering requirements for a voyage on the Campania can be approximated :

  • 12,550 lbs. of fresh beef,
  • 760 lbs. corned beef,
  • 5,320 lbs. mutton,
  • 850 lbs. lamb,
  • 350 lbs. veal,
  • 350 lbs. pork,
  • 2,000 lbs. fresh fish,
  • 600 fowls,
  • 300 chickens,
  • 100 ducks,
  • 50 geese,
  • 80 turkeys,
  • 200 brace grouse,
  • 15 tons potatoes,
  • 30 hampers vegetables,
  • 220 quarts ice-cream,
  • 1,000 quarts milk, and
  • 11,500 eggs.

The quantities of wines, spirits, beer, etc., put on board for the round voyage. comprise : 1,100 bottles of champagne, 850 bottles claret, 6,000 bottles ale, 2,500' bottles porter, 4,500 bottles mineral waters, and 650 bottles of various spirits.

Crockery is broken very extensively, at the rate of 900 plates, 280 cups, 438 saucers, 1,213 tumblers, 200 wine glasses, 27 decanters, and 63 water bottles in a single voyage.

"The Story of the Cunard Line," in BUSINESS ILLUSTRATED, 1902.

 

The RMS Etruria Bar Revenue - 1889

The bar on an ocean vessel is one of the most profitable features of the ship, and it has been said that $5,000 has frequently been cleared on one voyage by a first-class steamer in the busy season.

The possibilities in this direction may be judged from the fact that the Etruria puts on board at Liverpool for the round--trip voyage 1,100 bottles of champagne, 850 bottles of claret, 6,000 bottles of ale, 2,500 bottles of porter, 4,500 bottles of mineral water and 650 bottles of various spirits.

Source: The Steward's Handbook, 1889, pp. 160-161.

 

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