SS Haverford - History, Accommodations, & Ephemera Collection
All Digitized Ephemera for the SS Haverford available at the GG Archives. Common items of ephemera in our maritime collection include passenger lists, brochures, event and entertainment programs, and other memorabilia produced for a voyage or ship.
- Steamship Line: American Line
- Class of Passengers: Cabin Class
- Date of Departure: 7 October 1903
- Route: Liverpool to Philadelphia via Queenstown (Cobh)
- Commander: Captain H. O. Neilsen
American Line has specially arranged to accommodate those passengers who want good food and service, moderate speed and to have the best accommodation the steamers afford at a reasonable cost. Ships Covered: Friesland, Haverford, Merion, Noordland, and Westernland.
- Steamship Line: American Line
- Class of Passengers: Cabin
- Date of Departure: 11 November 1908
- Route: Liverpool to New York via Queenstown
- Commander: Captain Enoch Maddox
Vintage Luncheon Bill of Fare from 21 November 1908 on board the SS Haverford of the American Line. featured Curried Lamb à la Madras, Stewed Rump Steak, and Cocoanut, Custard Tart for dessert.
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A Vacation Trip on the SS Haverford of the American Line - 1901
American Line SS Haverford and Merion. GGA Image ID # 1414806700
You can enjoy a vacation trip to Europe and return for Seventy one Dollars and Fifty Cents and upward, for the ocean portion of the trip, by the new and up-to-date steamship “ Haverford,” just added to the Philadelphia-Liverpool service of the American Line.
Think of it, nearly 6,000 miles of ocean travel; and entertainment for about eighteen days, equivalent to first-class hotel accommodations on shore!
The new large twin-screw steamer “Haverford,” built by Messrs, John Brown & Company, Ltd., of Clydebank, is an example of a type of vessel which has of recent years found great favor with Atlantic passengers.
She is of the class where the claims for large cargo-carrying capacity exceed those for speed, and yet where sufficient speed is maintained to make it worth while to fit extensive passenger accommodation.
It is observable that many passengers prefer to travel by these vessels rather than by the faster liners.
The dimensions of the “Haverford” are as follows: Length between perpendiculars 530 feet, breadth 59 feet, depth molded to upper deck 39 feet, and the gross tonnage is 11,635 tons.
The vessel has been built to Lloyd’s highest classification, and has been additionally strengthened against the heavy weather of the North Atlantic. There are ten water-tight bulkheads, so arranged that flotation may be maintained with any two compartments flooded.
The bunkers are of ample capacity, and are arranged so as to protect the boilers should the vessel be used for transport service in time of war. The screw shafts are, as usual, enclosed in the ship’s framework and plating to their outer ends.
The cargo holds occupy the whole of the ship below the upper «leck except the portions required by machinery and bunkers, and the store-rooms in the peaks.
There is capacity for an enormous quantity of merchandise, including insulated chambers for the carriage of refrigerated goods. For the working of this cargo seven hatches have been provided with ten powerful winches and derricks upon each of the four masts.
There are also two large extra warping winches, and the anchors are dealt with by an unusually massive windlass placed on the top-gallant forecastle. The windlass and winches are of American make. Docking and steering telegraphs have been fitted, and the steam- stealing gear is placed under the poop deck.
In order to enhance the safety of the ship and to insure sufficient emersion of the propellers when crossing in light trim, deep ballast tanks are provided in two of the holds, extending to the lower deck; these with the usual water ballast contained in the cellular double bottom, can give a total quantity of about 4,000 tons of water ballast.
The steamer has bilge keels and is lighted throughout by electricity.
Following the present custom of the Philadelphia service of the American Line, the “ Haverford ” is equipped for only one class of cabin passengers, officially called second cabin. The accommodations for these are on the “promenade,” and the “saloon” decks, and am very attractive.
View of the Promenade Deck on the SS Haverford and Merion of the American Line. GGA Image ID # 141494b1ff
On the promenade deck, which is 100 feet long by 55 feet wide, and in the center of the vessel, are located a large and well furnished library, a ladies' parlor, a spacious smoke room, all accessible from below, or directly from the promenade deck.
On the saloon deck will be found a large ami handsomely furnished dining saloon, extending the entire width of the steamer and containing 112 seats and an excellent piano. The state rooms are all on this deck and are large, well lighted and ventilated.
An ample number of the most improved types of solid porcelain baths and water closets are conveniently located.
Hair mattresses are used on all permanent berths.
A large double stairway leads to the ladies’ parlor and the promenade deck. There is another stairway in the after part of this deck, leading up to the smoking room and library.
The life boats are on the bridge deck, thus affording air abundance of clear deck space on the promenade deck for placing deck chairs, as well as for promenading and for games.
The third class accommodations contain the latest modern improvements, and are especially attractive from the fact that they are chiefly in the center of the steamer, and all on the upper deck, with an abundance of deck space high above the water.
The rooms arc largely two, four, ’and six-berth rooms, with berths entered from the side. Each room is large, well lighted, and ventilated, and contains conveniences for the comfort of the passengers.
In addition there are large lavatories, toilet and bath-rooms of the latest pattern for men and women. These are so arranged that they may be kept thoroughly clean, and free from unpleasant odors.
There are two separate dining rooms, one in the forward end, and one in the after end of the compartment, and each capable of seating more than half the passengers berthed in that part of the vessel.
There is a smoking room for the third-class passengers, which is lighted by electricity, and contains a piano for the use of the third-class passengers.
The third-class passengers have the use of the “upper deck,” forward and aft of the deck house, which gives them an abundance of deck space unusually high above the water.
In short, every convenience and comfort for both classes of passengers, that long experience and a careful study of the subject could suggest, are provided.
Plans of the accommodations will be furnished upon application.
The “Haverford” will sail from Liverpool May 21st, and will sail from Philadelphia June 7th.
The Haverford of The American Line: A Vacation Trip, International Railway Journal, Philadelphia: The International Transportation Agents Publishing Company, Vol. IX, No. 9, p. 25-26.