RMS Laconia Archival Collection

 

RMS Laconia of the Cunard Line, 1913.

RMS Laconia of the Cunard Line, 1913. GGA Image ID # 1d643c92c2

 

 

Built by Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson, Ltd., Newcastle, England. Tonnage: 18,098. Dimensions: 600' x 71' (625' O.I.). Propulsion: Twin-screw, 17 knots. Quadruple expansion engines. Masts and Funnels: Two masts and two funnels. From keel to top of masts 200 feet; keel to top of deckhouse 90 feet high; height of funnels above grate bars 140 feet. Maiden voyage: Liverpool-New York, January 20, 1912. Service: Transferred to Boston service. Fate: Torpedoed and sunk 160 miles from Fastnet, February 25, 1917, with the loss of 12 lives. Sister ship: Franconia.

 

Built by Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson, Ltd., Newcastle, England. Tonnage: 19,695. Dimensions: 601' x 73' (624' o.l.). Propulsion: Twin-screw, 16 1/2 knots. Six steam turbines. Masts and Funnels: Two masts and one funnel. Passengers: 350 first, 350 second, 1,500 third. Note: First British liner fitted with anti-rolling tanks. Maiden voyage: Southampton-New York, May 25, 1922. Service: Transferred to Liverpool-New York route. WWII Service: Converted to troopship in World War II. Fate: Torpedoed and sunk in South Atlantic, September 12, 1942, while bound from Egypt to England via Cape Town. Heavy loss of life resulted. Sister ships: Samaria and Scythia. Similar to Franconia and Carinthia.

 

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Front Cover of a Second Cabin Passenger List for the SS Laconia of the Cunard Line, Departing on Tuesday, 28 May 1912 from Boston to Liverpool via Queenstown (Cobh) and Fishguard

1912-05-28 SS Laconia Passenger List

Steamship Line: Cunard Line

Class of Passengers: Second Cabin

Date of Departure: 28 May 1912

Route: Boston to Liverpool via Queenstown (Cobh) and Fishguard

Commander: Captain W. R. D. Irvine

 

Front Cover of a Saloon Passenger List for the RMS Laconia of the Cunard Line, Departing Tuesday, 11 June 1912 from Liverpool to Boston via Queenstown (Cobh)

1912-06-11 RMS Laconia Passenger List

Steamship Line: Cunard Line

Class of Passengers: Saloon

Date of Departure: 11 June 1912

Route: Liverpool to Boston via Queenstown (Cobh)

Commander: Captain W. R. D. Irvine, R.D., R.N.R.

 

Front Cover of a Saloon Passenger List for the RMS Laconia of the Cunard Line, Departing Tuesday, 6 August 1912 from Liverpool to Boston via Queenstown (Cobh)

1912-08-06 RMS Laconia Passenger List

Steamship Line: Cunard Line

Class of Passengers: Saloon

Date of Departure: 6 August 1912

Route: Liverpool to Boston via Queenstown (Cobh)

Commander: Captain W. R. D. Irvine, R.D., R.N.R.

 

Front Cover, Cunard RMS Laconia Second Cabin Passenger List - 3 September 1912.

1912-09-03 RMS Laconia Passenger List

Steamship Line: Cunard Line

Class of Passengers: Second Cabin

Date of Departure: 3 September 1912

Route: Liverpool to Boston

Commander: Captain W. R. D. Irvine, R.D., R.N.R.

 

Front Cover of a Second Cabin Passenger List for the RMS Laconia of the Cunard Line, Departing 1 October 1912 from Liverpool to Boston

1912-10-01 RMS Laconia Passenger List

Steamship Line: Cunard Line

Class of Passengers: Second Cabin

Date of Departure: 1 October 1912

Route: Liverpool to Boston

Commander: Captain W. H. D. Irvine, R.D., R.N.R.

 

Front Cover of a First Class Passenger List for the RMS Laconia of the Cunard Line, Departing Tuesday, 10 June 1913 from Liverpool to Portland, ME and Boston via Queenstown (Cobh)

1913-06-10 RMS Laconia Passenger List

Steamship Line: Cunard Line

Class of Passengers: All Classes

Date of Departure: 10 June 1913

Route: Liverpool to Portland, ME and Boston via Queenstown (Cobh)

Commander: Captain W. R. D. Irvine

 

Front Cover, Cunard RMS Laconia Second Cabin Passenger List - 1 September 1914.

1914-09-01 RMS Laconia Passenger List

Steamship Line: Cunard Line

Class of Passengers: Second Cabin

Date of Departure: 1 September 1914

Route: Liverpool to Boston

Commander: W. R. D. Irvine, R.D., R.N.R.

 

Front Cover of a Saloon and Second Cabin Passenger List for the RMS Laconia of the Cunard Line, Departing Thursday, 24 August 1922 from Liverpool to New York via Queenstown (Cobh)

1922-08-24 RMS Laconia Passenger List

Steamship Line: Cunard Line

Class of Passengers: Saloon and Second Cabin

Date of Departure: 24 August 1922

Route: Liverpool to New York via Queenstown (Cobh)

Commander: Captain W. H. Hossack, R.D., R.N.R

 

Front Cover of a Cabin Passenger List for the RMS Laconia of the Cunard Line, Departing Saturday, 18 August 1928 from Liverpool to Halifax, Boston, and New York.

1928-08-18 RMS Laconia Passenger List

Steamship Line: Cunard Line

Class of Passengers: Cabin

Date of Departure: 18 August 1928

Route: Liverpool to Halifax, Boston, and New York via Cobh

Commander: Captain M. Doyle

 

Front Cover, Cunard Line RMS Laconia Cabin Passenger List - 10 August 1929.

1929-08-10 RMS Laconia Passenger List

Steamship Line: Cunard Line

Class of Passengers: Cabin and Tourist Third Cabin

Date of Departure: 10 August 1929

Route: Liverpool to Boston and New York via Queenstown (Cobh)

Commander: Captain M. Doyle.

 

1931-05-02 Passenger Manifest for the SS Laconia II

1931-05-02 SS Laconia Passenger List

Steamship Line: Cunard Line

Class of Passengers: Cabin

Date of Departure: 2 May 1931

Route: New York and Boston to Liverpool via Queenstown (Cobh)

Commander: Captain M. Doyle

 

Front Cover, Cunard Line RMS Laconia Cabin and Tourist Class Passenger List - 16 March 1935.

1935-03-16 RMS Laconia Passenger List

Steamship Line: Cunard Line

Class of Passengers: Cabin and Tourist Class

Date of Departure: 16 March 1935

Route: Liverpool to Boston and New York via Cobh

Commander: Captain B. B. Oram, R.D., R.N.R.

 

Front Cover of a Third Class Passenger List from the RMS Laconia of the Cunard Line, Departing 11 September 1937 from Liverpool to New York via Dublin, Galway and Boston

1937-09-11 RMS Laconia Passenger List

Steamship Line: Cunard Line

Class of Passengers: Third Class

Date of Departure: 11 September 1937

Route: Liverpool to Boston and New York via Dublin and Galway

Commander: Captain C. H. Bate, R.D., R.N.R.

 

Front Cover of a Tourist Class Passenger List from the RMS Laconia of the Cunard Line, Departing Saturday, 10 September 1938 from Liverpool to New York and Boston via Dublin and Galway

1938-09-10 RMS Laconia Passenger List

Steamship Line: Cunard Line

Class of Passengers: Tourist Class

Date of Departure: 10 September 1938

Route: Liverpool to Boston and New York via Dublin and Galway

Commander: Captain W. C. Battle, D.S.C., R.D., R.N.R.

 

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Front of Franconia and Laconia - The Largest and Fastest Steamers in the Boston Service Flyer from 1911

1911 - Franconia and Laconia For The Boston Service

Flyer created by Cunard to announce two new steamships for the Boston service, 18,000 tons each. The ships were of the intermediate class and accommodations described in this flyer pertain primarily to the First Class.

 

Front Cover RMS Franconia and RMS Laconia of the Cunard Line.

1912 - RMS Franconia and Laconia - Cunard Line

A scarce brochure provides a remarkable record of these two short-lived steamships that brought thousands of immigrants from Liverpool to Boston from 1912 to 1916.

The Laconia was torpedoed and sunk by the German Submarine U-50 on 25 February 1917; and, the Franconia was torpedoed and sunk by German Submarine UB-47 on 4 October 1916.

 

Front Cover, Cunard Passenger Log Book circa 1913

1913 - Cunard Passenger Log Book

Rare Third-Class Accommodation on Cunard Liners featuring interior and exterior photographs of the ships and accommodations for third class/steerage passengers. Undated brochure circa 1913.

Its contents were meant to entice the immigrants to book passage to the New World.

Ships Featured: Lusitania and Mauretania, Caronia and Carmania, Franconia and Laconia, Campania, Ivernia and Saxonia, and the Ascania.

 

Front Cover - Cunard Line 1914 Brochure Entitled "Historic Boston" about Boston and the Cunard Line Services to Boston.

1914 - Cunard Service to Historic Boston

42-Page Brochure focused primarily on Boston, Massachusetts, with a brief summary of Cunard Line Fleet and Services to Boston. Some photographs of Cunard ships, offices, docks/piers, Boston Landmarks, and a Railroad advertisement. Ships Featured: Britania, Franconia, and Laconia.

 

Front Cover, Cunard to Liverpool via Cobh (Queenstown) - 1920s Brochure from the Cunard Line.

1920s Cunard to Liverpool via Cobh (Queenstown)

Superb interior photographs of the Cunard steamships Carinthia, Franconia, Laconia, Samaria, and Scythia makes this an excellent brochure from the 1920s.

The uniqueness of this booklet is greatly improved by the inclusions of context with photo captions.

 

Front Cover, Cunard Tourist Third Cabin Accommodations Brochure. Undated, Circa Late 1920s

1920s - Cunard Tourist Third Cabin Accommodations

Tourist Third Cabin replaced the old Third Class on the Cunard Steamships, the refinished accommodations attracted students, professors, young business people, and bargain-hunters filling the cabins left mostly empty from the decline of the immigrant trade.

This is a photo journal of the accommodations found in the new Tourist Third Cabin class. Ships Featured: Andania, Antonia, Aquitania, Ascania, Aurania, Ausonia, Berengaria, Caronia and Carmania, Laconia, Samaria, Scythia, Tuscania, and Lancastria.

 

Front Cover, Going Abroad via Cunard and Anchor Lines, 1923, Brochure No. A&P 20154-23.

Going Abroad via Cunard and Anchor Lines - 1923

Excellent brochure from 1923 provides numerous photographs, the majority interior views of the many steamships in the fleets of the Cunard and Anchor Lines. Ships covered include Albania, Aquitania, Assyria, Berengaria, Cameronia, Carmania, Caronia, Columbia, Franconia, Laconia, Mauretania, Samaria, Saxonia, Scythia, Tuscania, Tyrrhenia, and "A" Class Ships.

Additional features included Cold Buffets, Assorted Staterooms, and a large format Map of "Strange Lands and Foreign Ports Reached by Cunard and Anchor Passenger Services."

 

Front Cover, Second Class to Europe fromn Boston to Queenstown and Liverpool.

1927 - Cunard Line Second Class to Europe

12-Page brochure covers the Boston to Europe route of the Cunard Line in 1927. Interior photographs help to illustrate the second class accommodations available on the Samaria, Scythia, and Laconia.

 

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Agent's Receipt and Record of a Second Cabin Ticket for an Eastbound voyage on the new Cunard Laconia from Boston to Liverpool, 3 June 1906.

SS Laconia Agent's Receipt and Record - 3 June 1912

This is the Agent's Receipt and Record of a Second Cabin Steamship Ticket for an Eastbound voyage on the new Cunard Laconia from Boston to Liverpool, England. The Agency was located in Boston, Cunard Building on 126 State Street.

 

Cunard Line SS Laconia Agent's Record of Third Class Outward Steamship Ticket, 10 August 1912 for the 24 August 1912 Voyage.

SS Laconia Agent's Record - 10 August 1912

This is an Agent's Record of a Third Class -Steerage Ticket for one adult and one child from Liverpool, England to New York on the Cunard Steamship SS Laconia. Additional information and conversion to current dollar values is provided.

 

Agents' Record, Third Class Outward Passenger Ticket, Cunard Line 1913

SS Laconia Agents' Record - 13 May 1913

Third Class Outward Passenger Ticket - Agents' Record for the Cunard RMS Laconia, May 13, 1913. Fare was $35. Ticket along with Agent's record would have been kept in a two-hole extra-long binder.

 

Third Class Prepaid Ticket - Agents Record, RMS Laconia 1913

RMS Laconia Agent's Record - 3 June 1913

Third Class Prepaid Ticket - Agents Record, RMS Laconia 1913 from Liverpool to Boston. Itemized transaction shows fare and commission breakdown. Fare was paid by a third party.

 

Norwegian Immigrant Third-Class Steerage Contract for Passage From Trondhjem to New York or Boston - 5 June 1913.

RMS Laconia Passage Contract - 5 June 1913

Ludvig Gjønvik was a Norwegian Immigrant to the United States in June 1913 arriving in Boston on board the RMS Laconia (I) as a passenger in Steerage - Third Class. This is the contract of passage that Ludvig purchased from Olaf H. Solem.

 

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Inspection Card - Cunard Line Laconia - 1913 - Front

1913-06-10 Immigrant Inspection Card - Cunard RMS Laconia

Immigrant Inspection Card issued in 1913 by the Cunard Line on board the RMS Laconia to a Norwegian Immigrant traveling in Steerage. The card provided important information including port and date of departure, name of ship, immigrant name, last residence, medical inspection stamps and evidence of immunization.

 

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Special Menu - E. D. Jordon and Party aboard the Laconia 1913

1913-10-06 RMS Laconia Private Dinner Party Menu

This is a very rare personalized special embossed menu for E. D. Jordon and Dinner guests aboard the Cunard Line Laconia (I) in October of 1913.

 

RMS Laconia Breakfast Menu Card 8 September 1914

1914-09-08 RMS Laconia Breakfast Menu Card

Breakfast Bill of Fare card from the RMS Laconia on a Westbound voyage from Liverpool to Boston, arriving in Boston on 9 September 1914 featuring Grilled Cod Steaks and Yarmouth Bloaters.

 

Menu Card - Dinner Menu RMS Laconia 8 September 1914

1914-09-08 RMS Laconia Dinner Menu Card

This is a dinner Bill of Fare card from the steamship Laconia on a Westbound voyage from Liverpool to Boston, arriving in Boston on 8 September 1914. Although not specifically stated, this would have been the Farewell Dinner.

 

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Front Cover, Horse Racing Program on Board the RMS Laconia, Undated but Circa 1930s.

1930s - Horse Racing Program - RMS Laconia

Hilarious Horse Racing Program dating from the 1930s performed on the deck of the RMS Laconia of the Cunard White Star Line. Entries included Eve by Rib out of Adam, Jealousy by Nose out of Joint, Stampede by Sale out of Basement, etc.

 

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Cunard New York-Mediterranean-Egyptian-Adriatic Service. Sailing Schedule Covering October 1911 to March 1912.

Cunard New York-Mediterranean-Egyptian-Adriatic Service. Sailing Schedule Covering October 1911 to March 1912. Ships Include the Carmania, Caronia, Franconia, and Laconia. GGA Image ID # 1db73b9c0e

 

Proposed Sailings, Liverpool-New York Service, Liverpool-Boston Service, and Hungarian-American Service from 2 March 1912 to 6 August 1912.

Proposed Sailings, Liverpool-New York Service, Liverpool-Boston Service, and Hungarian-American Service from 2 March 1912 to 6 August 1912. Ships Include the Campania, Carmania, Caronia, Carpathia, Franconia, Ivernia, Laconia, Lusitania, Mauretania, Pannonia, and Saxonia. RMS Caronia Passenger List, 30 March 1912. GGA Image ID # 1dc9e8927c

 

Cunard Liverpool-Boston Service Sailing Schedule from 28 May 1912 to 26 October 1912.

Cunard Liverpool-Boston Service Sailing Schedule from 28 May 1912 to 26 October 1912. Ships Include the Franconia and Lanconia. GGA Image ID # 1dbc58d184

 

Cunard New York-Mediterranean-Egyptian-Adriatic Service Sailing Schedule from 9 November 1912 to 15 March 1913.

Cunard New York-Mediterranean-Egyptian-Adriatic Service Sailing Schedule from 9 November 1912 to 15 March 1913. Ships Include the Caronia, Franconia, and Laconia. GGA Image ID # 1dbc775b0f

 

Cunard Hungarian-American Service Sailing Schedule from 2 May 1912 to 16 October 1912.

Cunard Hungarian-American Service Sailing Schedule from 2 May 1912 to 16 October 1912. Ships Include the Carpathia, Ivernia, Pannonia, and Saxonia. MEDITERRANEAN CRUISE.—On the 15th February. 1913. the new Twin-Screw Steamer Laconia " will sail from New York to the Mediterranean under charter to Mr. F. C Clark. Full particulars will be announced later. GGA Image ID # 1dbc920ba4

 

Proposed Sailings Liverpool-New York Service, Liverpool-Boston Service, and Hungarian-American Service from 9 November 1912 to 11 March 1913.

Proposed Sailings Liverpool-New York Service, Liverpool-Boston Service, and Hungarian-American Service from 9 November 1912 to 11 March 1913. Ships Include Campania, Carmania, Caronia, Carpathia, Franconia, Ivernia, Laconia, Lusitania, Mauretania, Pannonia, Saxonia, and Ultonia. SS Carmania Passenger List, 23 November 1912. GGA Image ID # 1dc95f6c98

 

Cunard Liverpool-Boston Service from 2 September 1913 to 21 April 1914.

Cunard Liverpool-Boston Service from 2 September 1913 to 21 April 1914. Ships Included the Alaunia, Andania, Francoia, Ivernia, Laconia, and Ultonia. RMS Carmania Passenger List, 23 September 1913. GGA Image ID # 1dcaaf02a5

 

Sailing Schedule, New York - Liverpool Service, from 7 April 1914 to 6 January 1915.

Sailing Schedule, New York - Liverpool Service, from 7 April 1914 to 6 January 1915. Ships Included the Aquitania, Campania, Carmania, Caronia, Franconia, Laconia, Lusitania, and Mauretania. Cunard Line Services 1914 Broncure. GGA Image ID # 1f79a02dae. Click for Larger Image.

 

Sailing Schedule, Boston-Queenstown (Cobh)-Liverpool Service, from 28 April 1914 to 27 October 1914.

Sailing Schedule, Boston-Queenstown (Cobh)-Liverpool Service, from 28 April 1914 to 27 October 1914. Ships Included the Carmania, Caronia, Franconia, and Laconia. Cunard Line Services 1914 Brochure. GGA Image ID # 1f7a3a12bf

 

Sailing Schedule, Liverpool-Queenstown (Cobh)-New York, from 3 August 1922 to 4 November 1922.

Sailing Schedule, Liverpool-Queenstown (Cobh)-New York, from 3 August 1922 to 4 November 1922. Ships Included the Carmania, Caronia, Laconia, Samaria, Scythia and Tyrrhenia. RMS Laconia Passenger List, 24 August 1922. GGA Image ID # 1e9b4c4a8c

 

Sailing Schedule, Southampton-Cherbourg-New York, from 8 September 1923 to 25 March 1924.

Sailing Schedule, Southampton-Cherbourg-New York, from 8 September 1923 to 25 March 1924. Ships Included the Aquitania, Berengaria, Laconia, Mauretania, Saxonia, and Tyrrhenia. RMS Berengaria Passenger List, 15 September 1923. GGA Image ID # 20aa911fd7

 

Sailing Schedule, Southampton-Cherbourg-New York, from 13 October 1923 to 25 March 1924.

Sailing Schedule, Southampton-Cherbourg-New York, from 13 October 1923 to 25 March 1924. Ships Included the Albania, Andania, Antonia, Aquitania, Ausonia, Berengaria, Laconia, Mauretania, Saxonia, and Tyrrhenia. RMS Samaria Passenger List, 22 October 1923. GGA Image ID # 1f19fa1211

 

Sailing Schedule, Liverpool-Queenstown (Cobh)-New York and Liverpool-Queenstown (Cobh)-Boston, from 6 October 1923 to 29 March 1924.

Sailing Schedule, Liverpool-Queenstown (Cobh)-New York and Liverpool-Queenstown (Cobh)-Boston, from 6 October 1923 to 29 March 1924. Ships Included the Albania, Ausonia, Cameronia, Carmania, Caronia, Franconia, Laconia, Samaria, Scythia, and Tyrrhenia. RMS Samaria Passenger List, 22 October 1923. GGA Image ID # 1f18c82ce2

 

Sailing Schedule, Hamburg-London-Southampton-New York and New York-Plymouth-Cherbourg-London-Hamburg, from 13 October 1923 to 29 March 1924.

Sailing Schedule, Hamburg-London-Southampton-New York and New York-Plymouth-Cherbourg-London-Hamburg, from 13 October 1923 to 29 March 1924. Ships Included the Albania, Andania, Antonia, Ausonia, Laconia, Saxonia, and Tyrrhenia. RMS Samaria Passenger List, 22 October 1923. GGA Image ID # 1f19beaa99

 

Eastbound Sailing Schedule from the US and Canadian Ports to European Ports, from 18 June 1924 to 3 September 1924.

Eastbound Sailing Schedule from the US and Canadian Ports to European Ports, from 18 June 1924 to 3 September 1924. Ships Included the Albania, Andania, Antonia, Aquitania, Assyria, Athenia, Ausonia, Berengaria, California, Cameronia, Carmania, Caronia, Cassandra, Columbia, Franconia, Laconia, Lancastria, Mauretania, Samaria, Saturnia, Saxonia, Scythia, and Tuscania. RMS Aquitania Second Class Passenger List, 18 June 1924. GGA Image ID # 20aea275f3

 

Westbound Sailing Schedule, from European Ports to Canadian and US Ports, from 19 June 1924 to 26 August 1924.

Westbound Sailing Schedule, from European Ports to Canadian and US Ports, from 19 June 1924 to 26 August 1924. Ships Included the Albania, Andania, Antonia, Aquitania, Assyria, Athenia, Ausonia, Berengaria, California, Cameronia, Carmania, Caronia, Cassandra, Columbia, Franconia, Laconia, Lancastria, Mauretania, Samaria, Saturnia, Saxonia, Scythia, and Tuscania. RMS Aquitania Second Class Passenger List, 18 June 1924. GGA Image ID # 20aeac371f

 

Sailing Schedule, Liverpool-Queenstown (Cobh)-New York or Boston, from 3 May 1924 to 8 November 1924.

Sailing Schedule, Liverpool-Queenstown (Cobh)-New York or Boston, from 3 May 1924 to 8 November 1924. Ships Included the California, Carmania, Franconia, Laconia, Lancastria, Samaria, and Scythia. RMS Berengaria Passenger List, 24 May 1924. GGA Image ID # 20ab23f68e

 

Cunard Line Canadian Service, Liverpool-Canadian Ports, or Southampton to Canadian Ports, from 7 August 1925 to 28 January 1926.

Cunard Line Canadian Service, Liverpool-Canadian Ports, or Southampton to Canadian Ports, from 7 August 1925 to 28 January 1926. Ships Included the Alaunia, Andania, Antonia, Ascania, Athenia, Aurania, Ausonia, Laconia, and Letitia. RMS Alaunia Passenger List, 21 August 1925. GGA Image ID # 1dff527901

 

Proposed Sailings, Cunard Line, Liverpool-Queenstown (Cobh)-New York, and Liverpool-Queenstown (Cobh)-Boston, from 8 August 1925 to 6 February 1926.

Proposed Sailings, Cunard Line, Liverpool-Queenstown (Cobh)-New York, and Liverpool-Queenstown (Cobh)-Boston, from 8 August 1925 to 6 February 1926. Ships Included the Alaunia, Aurania, Carinthia, Carmania, Franconia, Laconia, Samaria, and Scythia. RMS Alaunia Passenger List, 21 August 1925. GGA Image ID # 1dff443705

 

Sailing Schedule, Liverpool, Cobh (Queenstown)-New York-Boston, from 12 November 1927 to 29 April 1928.

Sailing Schedule, Liverpool, Cobh (Queenstown)-New York-Boston, from 12 November 1927 to 29 April 1928. Ships Included the Andania, Aurania, Carinthia, Carmania, Caronia, Franconia, Laconia, Samaria, and Scythia. RMS Aquitania Passenger List, 26 November 1927. GGA Image ID # 1e119dff3d

 

 

Westbound Sailings of the White Star Line from 6 October 1934 to 2 February 1935.

Westbound Sailings of the White Star Line from 6 October 1934 to 2 February 1935. Ships Included the Alaunia, Antonia, Aquitania, Ascania, Athenia, Aurania, Ausonia, Berengaria, Britannic, Carinthia, Franconia, Georgic, Laconia, Lancastria, Laurentic, Letitia, Majestic, Olympic, Samaria, Scythia, and Transylvania. The Schedule Includes Originating, Calling, and Destination Ports for Each Voyage. RMS Britannic Passenger List, 6 October 1934. GGA Image ID # 1e3159e0ee

 

Eastbound Sailings of the White Star Line from 6 October 1934 to 14 February 1935.

Eastbound Sailings of the White Star Line from 6 October 1934 to 14 February 1935. Ships Included the Alaunia, Antonia, Aquitania, Ascania, Athenia, Aurania, Ausonia, Berengaria, Britannic, Carinthia, Doric, Franconia, Georgic, Laconia, Lancastria, Laurentic, Letitia, Majestic, Olympic, Samaria, Scythia, and Transylvania. The Schedule Includes Originating, Calling, and Destination Ports for Each Voyage. RMS Britannic Passenger List, 6 October 1934. GGA Image ID # 1e3178f51a

 

Westbound Sailing Schedule, from Liverpool or Southampton to Boston, New York, Québec, or Montréal via Belfast, Cherbourg, Greenock, Galway, or Le Havre, from 24 July 1924 to 7 October 1924.

Westbound Sailing Schedule, from Liverpool or Southampton to Boston, New York, Québec, or Montréal via Belfast, Cherbourg, Greenock, Galway, or Le Havre, from 24 July 1924 to 7 October 1924. Ships Included the Alaunia, Andania, Antonia, Aquitania, Ascania, Athenia, Aurania, Ausonia, Berengaria, Britannic, Carinthia, Georgic, Laconia, Letitia, Queen Mary, Samaria, and Scythia. RMS Samaria Passenger List, 24 July 1936. GGA Image ID # 1eccbb8952

 

Eastbound Sailing Schedule, from Boston, New York, Québec, or Montréal to Glasgow, Liverpool, London, or Soutampton via Belfast, Cherbourg, Cobh, Galway, Greenock, Le Havre, or Plymouth, from 24 July 1936 to 7 October 1936.

Eastbound Sailing Schedule, from Boston, New York, Québec, or Montréal to Glasgow, Liverpool, London, or Soutampton via Belfast, Cherbourg, Cobh, Galway, Greenock, Le Havre, or Plymouth, from 24 July 1936 to 7 October 1936. Ships Included the Alaunia, Andania, Antonia, Aquitania, Ascania, Athenia, Aurania, Ausonia, Berengaria, Britannic, Carinthia, Georgic, Laconia, Letitia, Queen Mary, Samaria, and Scythia. RMS Samaria Passenger List, 24 July 1936. GGA Image ID # 1ecd389488

 

Westbound Sailing Schedule, Cunard White Star Vessels, from 28 July 1937 to 6 October 1937.

Westbound Sailing Schedule, Cunard White Star Vessels, from 28 July 1937 to 6 October 1937. Ships Included the Alaunia, Andania, Antonia, Ascania, Athenia, Aquitania, Aurania, Ausonia, Berengaria, Britannic, Franconia, Georgic, Laconia, Letitia, Queen Mary, Samaria, and Scythia. RMS Aquitania Cabin Class Passenger List, 28 July 1937. GGA Image ID # 20bfda234f

 

Eastbound Sailing Schedule, Cunard White Star Vessels, from 28 July 1937 to 6 October 1937.

Eastbound Sailing Schedule, Cunard White Star Vessels, from 28 July 1937 to 6 October 1937. Ships Included the Alaunia, Andania, Antonia, Ascania, Athenia, Aquitania, Aurania, Ausonia, Berengaria, Britannic, Franconia, Georgic, Laconia, Letitia, Queen Mary, Samaria, and Scythia. RMS Aquitania Cabin Class Passenger List, 28 July 1937. GGA Image ID # 20bfdeea90

 

Cunard White Star Westbound Sailing Schedule for September to November 1937.

Cunard White Star Westbound Sailing Schedule for September to November 1937. Ships Include the Alaunia, Andania, Antonia, Aquitania, Ascania, Athenia, Aurania, Ausonia, Berengaria, Britannic, Franconia, Georgic, Laconia, Letitia, Queen Mary, Samaria, and Scythia. GGA Image ID # 1db7e0cf97

 

Cunard White Star Eastbound Sailing Schedule for September to November 1937.

Cunard White Star Eastbound Sailing Schedule for September to November 1937. Ships Include the Alaunia, Andania, Antonia, Aquitania, Ascania, Athenia, Aurania, Ausonia, Berengaria, Britannic, Franconia, Georgic, Laconia, Letitia, Queen Mary, Samaria, and Scythia. GGA Image ID # 1db80746e8

 

Westbound Sailing Schedule from 7 June 1939 to 16 August 1939.

Westbound Sailing Schedule from 7 June 1939 to 16 August 1939. Ships Included the Alaunia, Andania, Antonia, Ascania, Athenia, Aquitania, Aurania, Ausonia, Britannic, Carinthia, Franconia, Georgic, Laconia, Letitia, Mauretania, Queen Mary, Samaria, and Scythia. RMS Aquitania Passenger List, 7 June 1939. GGA Image ID # 1e141a92c5

 

Eastbound Sailing Schedule from 7 June 1939 to 16 August 1939.

Eastbound Sailing Schedule from 7 June 1939 to 16 August 1939. Ships Included the Alaunia, Andania, Antonia, Aquitania, Ascania, Athenia, Aurania, Ausonia, Britannic, Carinthia, Georgic, Laconia, Letitia, Mauretania, Queen Mary, Samaria, and Scythia. RMS Aquitania Passenger List, 7 June 1939. GGA Image ID # 1e1424c50b

 

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Abstract of Log of the Cunard Royal Mail Steamship Laconia From Boston to Liverpool, 22 July 1913.

Abstract of Log of the Cunard Royal Mail Steamship Laconia From Boston to Liverpool, 22 July 1913. Passage: 6 Days, 22 Hours, 42 Minutes. Average Speed: 16.77 Knots. Commander: W. R. D. Irvine, RD, RNR. GGA Image ID # 1d644c296a

 

Abstract of Log, Cunard RMS Laconia, Liverpool to New York via Queenstown (Cobh), 15 January 1927.

Abstract of Log, Cunard RMS Laconia, Liverpool to New York via Queenstown (Cobh), 15 January 1927. Passage: 7 Days, 14 Hours, 39 Minutes. Average Speed: 15.53 Knots. Commander: Captain E. T. Britten, R.D., R.N.R. GGA Image ID # 1e9a9b3262

 

Cunard Atlantic Track Chart, RMS Laconia, 1929.

Cunard Atlantic Track Chart, RMS Laconia, 1929. GGA Image ID # 1dbc9634f6

 

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Minimum Rates of Passage, First Class, Second Cabin, or Third Class.

Minimum Rates of Passage, First Class, Second Cabin, or Third Class. Ships Included the Aquitania, Lusitania, Maruetania, Campania, Caronia, Carmania, Franconia, Laconia, Ivernia, Saxonia, Andania, Alaunia, Ascania, Ultonia, Ausonia, Carpathia, and Pannonia. Cunard Line Services 1914 Brochure. GGA Image ID # 1f7949ddf9

 

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Cunard Line Atlantic Services and Fleet List with Tonnage and Assigned Commanders, 1911.

Cunard Line Atlantic Services and Fleet List with Tonnage and Assigned Commanders, 1911. Ships Included the Albania, Aquitania, Ascania, Ausonia, Campania, Carmania, Caronia, Carpathia, Franconia, Ivernia, Laconia, Lusitania, Mauretania, Pannonia, Saxonia, and Ultonia. RMS Franconia Passenger List, 8 August 1911. GGA Image ID # 1e8030fb50

 

Cunard Line Atlantic Services and Fleet List with Tonnage and Assigned Commanders, 1912.

Cunard Line Atlantic Services and Fleet List with Tonnage and Assigned Commanders, 1912. Ships Include the Alaunia, Albania, Andania, Aquitania, Ascania, Ausonia, Campania, Carmania, Caronia, Carpathia, Franconia, Ivernia, Laconia, Lusitania, Mauretania, Pannonia, Saxonia, and Ultonia. RMS Caronia Passenger List, 30 March 1912. GGA Image ID # 1dc9ece700

 

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Laconia at Liverpool Landing Station, Mersey, 1912.

Laconia at Liverpool Landing Station, Mersey, 1912. GGA Image ID # 1e9b991c22

 

The RMS Laconia at Full Steam on a Transatlantic Voyage circa 1912.

The RMS Laconia at Full Steam on a Transatlantic Voyage circa 1912. GGA Image ID # 174b446323

 

RMS Laconia at New York Harbor, 1912.

RMS Laconia at New York Harbor, 1912. GGA Image ID # 1e9b9d38c3

 

Photo of the Sweet Party At the Boston Pier (May 3, 1931).

Photo of the Sweet Party At the Boston Pier (May 3, 1931). GGA Image ID # 174c266ca5

 

President George W. SWEET of the Studebaker Sales Company of Boston, with his wife and his mother, Mrs. John R. Sweet, on board the SS Laconia as they left Boston on May 3, 1931 for a two month tour of the continent.

President George W. SWEET of the Studebaker Sales Company of Boston, with his wife and his mother, Mrs. John R. Sweet, on board the SS Laconia as they left Boston on May 3, 1931 for a two month tour of the continent. Mr. Sweet has taken along a Studebaker "President," which he will drive while abroad. GGA Image ID # 1dba3af5ff

 

George W. Sweet Viewing his Studebaker "President" being Loaded into Cargo Hold of SS Laconia.

George W. Sweet Viewing his Studebaker "President" being Loaded into Cargo Hold of SS Laconia. GGA Image ID # 174c43ef8a

 

Painting of RMS Laconia, Cunard Line RMS Laconia Tourist Class Passenger List - 10 September 1938.

Painting of RMS Laconia, Cunard Line RMS Laconia Tourist Class Passenger List - 10 September 1938. GGA Image ID # 16d58f79e3

 

Photo Collage of the RMS Franconia and RMS Laconia

Photo Collage of the RMS Franconia and RMS Laconia. GGA Image ID # 11956befda

Photo Captions (Left)

  • Verandah Café
  • The Lounge
  • Conrer of Dining Saloon
  • Two Berth Room

Photo Captions (Right)

  • First Class Dining Saloon
  • Gymnasium
  • First Class Library and Writing Room
  • First Class Writing Room

 

First Class Smoking Room Showing Elliptical Bay Window

First Class Smoking Room on the RMS Franconia and RMS Laconia Showing Elliptical Bay Window. GGA Image ID # 1195825755

 

The Cunard New Twin-Screw Steamers RMS Franconia and Laconia

The Cunard New Twin-Screw Steamers RMS Franconia and Laconia. GGA Image ID # 1183677732

 

Corridor on "A" Deck

Corridor on "A" Deck on the RMS Franconia and RMS Laconia. GGA Image ID # 1183efefd2

 

Entrance Hall and Staircase

Entrance Hall and Staircase on the RMS Franconia and RMS Laconia. GGA Image ID # 1184c26f1e

 

First Class Library and Writing Room

First Class Library and Writing Room on the RMS Franconia and RMS Laconia. GGA Image ID # 118525319a

 

The First Class Lounge

The First Class Lounge on the RMS Franconia and RMS Laconia. GGA Image ID # 11853b6cb8

 

Smoking Room in First Class Showing Eliptical Bay Window

Smoking Room in First Class Showing Eliptical Bay Window on the RMS Franconia and RMS Laconia. GGA Image ID # 11853d202a

 

The Gymnasium

The Gymnasium on the RMS Franconia and RMS Laconia. GGA Image ID # 118552199c

 

Fireplace in the Writing Room

Fireplace in the Writing Room on the RMS Franconia and RMS Laconia. GGA Image ID # 11858c9e17

 

The Verandah Café

The Verandah Café on the RMS Franconia and RMS Laconia. GGA Image ID # 1185c0bbd6

 

First Class Dining Saloon

First Class Dining Saloon on the RMS Franconia and RMS Laconia. GGA Image ID # 118606fd9f

 

A First Class Stateroom

A First Class Stateroom on the RMS Franconia and RMS Laconia. GGA Image ID # 118622c8a1

 

First Class Coverred Promenade Deck

First Class Coverred Promenade Deck on the RMS Franconia and RMS Laconia. GGA Image ID # 1186437035

 

Passengers Enjoy The Gymnasium on the Franconia and Laconia

Passengers Enjoy The Gymnasium on the Franconia and Laconia. GGA Image ID # 1186a516e4

 

First Class Smoking Room Showing Fireplace

First Class Smoking Room Showing Fireplace on the RMS Franconia and RMS Laconia. GGA Image ID # 1186d13c69

 

First Class Two-Berth Room

First Class Two-Berth Room on the RMS Franconia and RMS Laconia. GGA Image ID # 11870eb11b

 

Second Cabin Four-Berth Room

Second Cabin Four-Berth Room on the RMS Franconia and RMS Laconia. GGA Image ID # 1187e1ea1b

 

Second Cabin Drawing Room

Second Cabin Drawing Room on the RMS Franconia and RMS Laconia. GGA Image ID # 11871734ba

 

Second Cabin Dining Saloon

Second Cabin Dining Saloon on the RMS Franconia and RMS Laconia. GGA Image ID # 11872db866

 

Second Cabin Stateroom

Second Cabin Stateroom on the RMS Franconia and RMS Laconia. GGA Image ID # 1187e89549

 

Second Cabin Covered Promenade

Second Cabin Covered Promenade on the RMS Franconia and RMS Laconia. GGA Image ID # 1187efd3ec

 

Third Class / Steerage Four-Berth Room

Third Class / Steerage Four-Berth Room on the RMS Franconia and RMS Laconia. GGA Image ID # 118805de77

 

Third Class / Steerage Dining Room

Third Class / Steerage Dining Room on the RMS Franconia and RMS Laconia. GGA Image ID # 11885a4643

 

Third Class / Steerage Ladies' Room

Third Class / Steerage Ladies' Room on the RMS Franconia and RMS Laconia. GGA Image ID # 11887657af

 

Chef's Office Where the Head Chef Reviews Food Inventories and Prepares the Daily Menu

RMS Franconia and RMS Laconia Chef's Office Where the Head Chef Reviews Food Inventories and Prepares the Daily Menu. GGA Image ID # 1188a9dd06

 

The Dispensary or Pharmacy on board the Laconia

The Dispensary or Pharmacy on board the Laconia. GGA Image ID # 1188ca8859

 

A Corner of the Kitchen / Galley

A Corner of the Kitchen / Galley on the RMS Franconia and RMS Laconia. GGA Image ID # 1188ef92f2

 

The Marconi Wireless Room

The Marconi Wireless Room on RMS Franconia and RMS Laconia. GGA Image ID # 11890572d2

 

Engine Room - Dynamos and Switchboard

RMS Franconia and RMS Laconia Engine Room - Dynamos and Switchboard. GGA Image ID # 11896fc60b

 

RMS Franconia and Laconia - The Largest and Most Modern Steamers in the Boston Service

RMS Franconia and Laconia - The Largest and Most Modern Steamers in the Boston Service. GGA Image ID # 118de74245

 

Third Class Ladies' Room on the Franconia and Laconia

Third Class Ladies' Room on the Franconia and Laconia. GGA Image ID # 118e35fe47

 

A Boston Cunarder - Franconia or Laconia.

A Boston Cunarder - Franconia or Laconia. GGA Image ID # 127701f0f7

 

A Smoke Room with Inglenooks on the Laconia

A Smoke Room with Inglenooks on the Laconia. GGA Image ID # 117b9de6f5

 

The Laconia Smoke Room

The Laconia Smoke Room. GGA Image ID # 117ba77d2d

 

The Laconia Outdoor Cafe

The Laconia Outdoor Cafe. GGA Image ID # 117bbc1277

 

The Laconia Lounge

The Laconia Lounge. GGA Image ID # 117c17f870

 

The Laconia Writing Room

The Laconia Writing Room. GGA Image ID # 117cc1cc4e

 

Tourist Third Cabin Smoking Room on the Laconia.

Tourist Third Cabin Smoking Room on the Laconia. GGA Image ID # 11926d7ec0

 

Tourist Third Cabin Four-Berth Room on the Laconia

Tourist Third Cabin Four-Berth Room on the Laconia. GGA Image ID # 1192de20dc

 

The RMS Laconia of the Cunard Line. Length: 620 Feet; Tonnage: 20,000.

The RMS Laconia of the Cunard Line. Length: 620 Feet; Tonnage: 20,000. Going Abroad, 1923. GGA Image ID # 1bc74dcaad

 

The Smoking Room on the Laconia.

The Smoking Room on the Laconia, with Its Wide Brick Fireplace, Its Paneled Oak Walls, and Its Beautiful, Dignified Furniture, Is the Essence of Hospitality and Cheer. Going Abroad, 1923. GGA Image ID # 1bc77d8e2d

 

Though the Lounge on the Laconia Is a Room of Great Size and Splendor, It Is Especially Attractive for Its Perfection of Detail.

Though the Lounge on the Laconia Is a Room of Great Size and Splendor, It Is Especially Attractive for Its Perfection of Detail. The Exquisite Petit Point Tapestry of the Chairs Is One Example of This Care. Going Abroad, 1923. GGA Image ID # 1bc7906574

 

Twin Beds Make This Stateroom as Comfortable as Your Own Room at Home.

Twin Beds Make This Stateroom as Comfortable as Your Own Room at Home, and the Tasteful Accessories, the Good Prints on the Walls, Add to This Feeling of Charm, on the Scythia, Samaria, and Laconia. Going Abroad, 1923. GGA Image ID # 1bd1661a6f

 

RMS Laconia Passing Through Culebra Cut.

RMS Laconia Passing Through Culebra Cut. Culebra, Now Called Gaillard Cut, Where a Whole Mountain Was Cut In Half to Let the Water Pass, Is One of the Great Marvels of That Modern Miracle, the Panama Canal. Photo by Welsh. The Cunarder, November 1924. GGA Image ID # 1e9bd6bc46

 

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Front Side, Black & White Photograph Adorns This Postcard of the RMS Laconia of the Cunard Line.

Black & White Photograph Adorns This Postcard of the RMS Laconia of the Cunard Line. WHS PC # S 11781 Published by Kingway Real Photo Series, Postally Used 30 October 1913. Front Side GGA Image ID # 15c0ebe057

 

Color Painting of the Cunard RMS Franconia & Laconia, Both in the Liverpool-Boston Route. nd. Circa 1911.

Color Painting of the Cunard RMS Franconia & Laconia, Both in the Liverpool-Boston Route. nd. Circa 1911. Postally Unused. Front Side GGA Image ID # 15c1421efb

 

RMS Laconia Leaves Liverpool Landing Stage, 1912.

RMS Laconia Leaves Liverpool Landing Stage, 1912. GGA Image ID # 1e9b54f9e0

 

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Delightful Winter Cruises to Madeira, Algiers, The Riviera, Italy, Egypt and the Adriatic. Sailing Dates Season 1914-1915.

Delightful Winter Cruises to Madeira, Algiers, The Riviera, Italy, Egypt and the Adriatic. Sailing Dates Season 1914-1915. Ships Included the Caronia, Franconia, and Laconia. GA Image ID # 1f783a83d0G

 

Advertisement: Cunard Anchor Lines, Power, Stability, Comfort, Luxury in 1923.

Advertisement: Cunard Anchor Lines, Power, Stability, Comfort, Luxury in 1923 -- The New 20,000 Ton Cunarders Scythia, Laconia, Samaria, Franconia, and the Anchor Liners Cameronia and Tuscania. These Steamers--Running in Conjuction with the Renowned Caronia and Carmania--Offer Travel Opportunites Unexcelled in the History of Shipping. The World's Fastest Passenger Service, Weekly to Cherbourg and Southampton by the Aquitania, Mauretania, and Berengaria. Ocean Records, May 1923. GGA Image ID # 1e687406f0

 

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Front Cover, Classic Ocean Liners, Volume 1: Berengaria, Leviathan, & Majestic by Frank O. Braynard, © 1991.

Classic Ocean Liners, Volume 1: Berengaria, Leviathan, & Majestic

An absorbing and detailed account of the three ships: Berengaria, Leviathan, & Majestic, 50,000-ton dinosaurs of the transatlantic lines in the years before World War I.

 

Front Cover, Cunard: Glory Days by David L. Williams, © 1999.

Cunard: Glory Days (1999)

Cunard -- few names in the maritime industry are more redolent of the great days of ocean-going passenger liners and cruise ships. This book recalls the era when ocean travel by liner was at its height and the 'Queens' ruled the waves with page after page of beautiful photographs that tell its story. Glory Days: Cunard provides a vivid reminder of the lost grandeur of ocean travel.

 

Front Cover, The Cunard Line: A Pictorial History 1840-1990 by Peter W. Woolley and Terry Moore, © 1990.

The Cunard Line: A Pictorial History 1840-1990

An Illustrated History of the Cunard Line and the celebrated liners which have served the Fleet, from its Inception in 1840 to the demise of the great transatlantic liners and finally the entry into service of the RMS Queen Elizabeth 2, Britain's last great luxury liner.

 

Front Cover, Distinguished Liners from The Shipbuilder - 1907-1914, Volume 2. Compiled and Edited, with a New Introduction by Mark D. Warren.

Distinguished Liners from The Shipbuilder - 1907-1914 Volume 2

Distinguished Liners, Volume 2 features 53 famous ships from 1907-1914. Read how the liners were constructed and launched. Lavishly illustrated, each carries many photographs, including the ships, their interiors, machinery, fittings, construction, and launching.

 

Front Cover, Era of the Passenger Liner by Nicholas T. Cairis. Published by Pegasus Books Ltd., London, 1992.

Era of the Passenger Liner - 1992

The Gilded Era comes back to life as the reader relives the careers of stately ships and express greyhounds from immigrant ships to floating palaces. Scarce, large format book containing 288pp. Features photographs, statistics, and background of 280 passenger liners, each with a picture.

 

Front Cover, The First Great Ocean Liners in Photographs, 193 Views, 1897-1927.

The First Great Ocean Liners in Photographs - 1983

Sumptuous volume recalls the glorious early years of elegant transatlantic travel. Over 190 historic photographs depict exterior and interior views of 101 great ocean liners, including the Virginian, Imperator, Vaterland, Bismarck, Lusitania, Mauretania, Balmoral Castle, Titanic, Olympic, Aquitania and dozens more. Full captions.

 

Front Cover, Great Passenger Ships of the World, Volume 1: 1858-1912 by Arnold Kludas, Translated from the German by Charles Hodges, 1975.

Great Passenger Ships of the World 1858-1912

This initial volume deals with Ships from 1858-1912, from the first passenger ship of over 10,000 GRT to be placed in service (the Great Eastern) to those unforgettable sister ships, the Olympic and Titanic — the first of more than 40,000 GRT.

 

Front Cover and Spine, Great Passenger Ships of the World, Volume 2: 1913-1923 by Arnold Kludas, 1976.

Great Passenger Ships of the World 1913-1923

The period 1913-1923 is dealt with in this second volume. Although it was only a decade, it was one of the most turbulent passenger ships in history. Competition to produce ever-larger vessels declined between leading North Atlantic shipping companies. For 20 years, the ships of the Imperator Class were the largest in the world.

 

Front Cover, Leviathan: "The World's Greatest Ship" Volume 1

Leviathan: "The World's Greatest Ship" Volume 1

The first volume takes us from the construction of the VATERLAND to the end of World War One when the VATERLAND, now the U.S.S Leviathan, was used as a troop transport and packed with fabulous photographs and reproductions of newspaper articles.

 

Front Cover and Spine, North Atlantic Passenger Liners since 1900 by Nicholas T. Cairis, 1972.

North Atlantic Passenger Liners Since 1900

Material about the most prominent steamship companies on the Atlantic Ferry today and those that have been there for some time. Some Lines have diverse services to other oceans, seas, and continents.

 

Front Cover, Ocean Liner Collectibles with Price Guide by Myra Yellin Outwater, Photographs by Eric Boe Outwater, 1998.

Ocean Liner Collectibles

This book recreates the ambiance of the ocean linereraby showing the actual objects used on board. Each piece of ocean-liner memorabilia is like an aladdin's lamp, releasing wondrous memories of that grand style of travel.

 

Front Cover, Ocean Steamers: A History of Ocean-Going Passenger Steamships 1820-1970 by John Adams, 1993.

Ocean Steamers: A History of Ocean-Going Passenger Steamships 1820-1970

A history of the steam-powered passenger ship that details its story from the SS Savannah of 1819 to the SS Hamburg of 1969. It contains historical details of all civilian vessels built in the intervening years, with numerous illustrations and previously unpublished material.

 

Front Cover, Passenger Liners Of The World Since 1893 By Nicholas T. Cairis, Revised Edition With Over 200 pictures, 1979.

Passenger Liners of the World Since 1893

The author here takes a nostalgic look back to the heyday of the passenger ship, providing a brief history of 211 ships of over 10,000 tons, together with specifications and technical details of each.

 

Front Cover and Spine, Passenger Ships of the World, Past and Present by Eugene W. Smith, 1963.

Passenger Ships of the World - 1963

Passenger Ships of the World, 1963, represents an incredible resource covering passenger ships that are Trans-Atlantic, Trans-Pacific, Trans-Pacific via Panama Canal, Latin American, Africa and the Eastern Oceans, and California-Hawaii.

 

Front Cover, Pictorial Encyclopedia of Ocean Liners, 1860-1994 by William H Miller, Jr., 417 Photographs, 1995.

Pictorial Encyclopedia of Ocean Liners, 1860-1994

One of the most comprehensive pictorial references on ocean liners ever published, this superb chronicle by noted maritime historian William H. Miller, Jr., depicts and describes virtually every passenger ship of over 15,000 tons built between 1860 and the late 1900s.

 

Front Cover, Picture History of British Ocean Liners 1900 to the Present by William H. Miller, 2001.

Picture History of British Ocean Liners: 1900 to the Present

Over 200 rare black-and-white illustrations provide views of the ships at sea and in port, glimpses of lavish staterooms, lounges, dining areas, onboard photos of celebrities and royalty, and much more.

 

Front Cover, Picture History of the Cunard Line 1840 - 1990 by Frank O. Braynard and William H. Miller, Jr., 1990.

Picture History of the Cunard Line 1840 - 1990

The Picture History of the Cunard Line 1840 - 1990 has over 180 photographs and illustrations showing the liners on the high seas and in port and depicting handsome staterooms, lounges, interior decor, and carefree life aboard ship.

 

Front Cover and Spine Plus, The Atlantic Liners 1925-70 by Frederick Earl Emmons, 1972.

The Atlantic Liners 1925-1970

THE ATLANTIC LINERS will be cherished by all the millions of Americans who love the sea. Frederick Emmons sketches the histories of every ocean liner that sailed between the United States and Europe between 1925 and 1970.

 

Front Cover and Spine, Tourist Third Cabin: Steamship Travel in the Interwar Years by Lorraine Coons and Alexander Varias, 2003.

Tourist Third Cabin: Steamship Travel in the Interwar Years

Ocean Liners and New Vistas of Interwar Society From Immigrants to Tourists. The Changing Complexion of Translatlantic Passengers as The Soul of a Ship. Experience and Life of Below-Deck Personnel Traveling Palace or Floating Sweatshop. The Experience of Women Seafarers Projecting an Image: The Allure of MTransatlantic Travel.

 

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American Flags on Back Side of 1914 Laconia Dinner Menu

Back Side, RMS Laconia Dinner Menu Card, 8 September 1914. GGA Image ID # 1e9af8cb23

 

Back Cover of a Saloon and Second Cabin Passenger List for the RMS Laconia of the Cunard Line, Departing Thursday, 24 August 1922 from Liverpool to New York via Queenstown (Cobh).

Back Cover of a Saloon and Second Cabin Passenger List for the RMS Laconia of the Cunard Line, Departing Thursday, 24 August 1922 from Liverpool to New York via Queenstown (Cobh). GGA Image ID # 174b9b4459

 

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The RMS Laconia I

RMS Laconia (1912) Cunard Steam Ship Company 1912 - 1917

 

The LACONIA was the first of two vessels of this name owned by the Cunard Line. The Laconia was launched from the Wallsend Shipyard on 27 July 1911 and after completion of all testing, was turned over to the Cunard Lines on 12 December 1911 and commencing service on 20 January 1912.

  • Gross Tonnage - 18,099 tons
  • Dimensions - 182.96m x 21.73m (600.3ft x 71.3ft)
  • Number of funnels - 2
  • Number of masts - 2
  • Construction - Steel
  • Propulsion - Twin screw
  • Engines - Eight-cylinder quadruple-expansion engines by Wallsend Slipway Co Ltd
  • Service speed - 17 Knots
  • Builder -Swann, Hunter & Wigham Richardson, Wallsend-on-Tyne
  • Passenger accommodation - 300 1st class; 350 2nd Class; 2,200 3rd Class

The Laconia and her sister-ship the Franconia were built to replace the Ivernia and Saxonia on the Liverpool to Boston service and to cover for the Lusitania and Mauretania if these were being refitted. They were also intended to ship emigrants from the Mediterranean to New York.

 

The Cunard Laconia in open seas

RMS Laconia (1912)

 

The Franconia was the first of the pair to be built, the Laconia taking her place on the stocks and being launched on 27 June 1911. Her maiden voyage was on 20 January 1912 between Liverpool, Boston and New York, on 3 February she made her first voyage between New York, Naples and Fiume.

For the most part, pre-World War I Cunarders almost all boasted twin stacks. Those that were lost at sea (and both Franconia and her sister Laconia were torpedoed) would be replaced post-war by single-funneled simulacra.

As it was, the pretty sisters' profiles, apart from their unseen technological specifications below decks, inaugurated the era of the high-sided steamer, a substantial advance over the comparable look of the company's doughty greyhounds of the 1890's, Campania and Lucania.

The third-class passengers are extremely well catered for, and have provided for them enclosed cabins with berths of modern type for two or four persons, while there are also a number of six-berth rooms for the use of families. 

The main ding saloon is situated on F deck amidships and extends the full width of the ship.  It is a spacious and will lighted apartment, and is fitted with revolving chairs. 

Two small dining rooms adjoin the main saloon.  The remaining third-class public rooms include a social hall on D deck and a smoking room and ladies' room on E deck, all comfortably furnished and well lighted.¹

The Laconia was turned into an armed merchant cruiser in 1914. She was based at Simonstown in the South Atlantic which she patrolled until April 1915.

Laconia was then used as a headquarters ship for the operations to capture Tanga and the colony of German East Africa (Tanzania). Four months later she returned to the patrolling of the South Atlantic. The Laconia was handed back to Cunard in July 1916.

 

The RMS Laconia Near New York Harbor, 1912.

The RMS Laconia Near New York Harbor, 1912. GGA Image ID # 1e9c4f9b62

 

On the outbreak of World War I the Laconia was transformed into an armed merchant cruiser, serving in the South Atlantic and Indian Ocean. In July 1916 she was returned to Cunard and on 9 September resumed the Liverpool to New York service.

On 25 February 1917 she was torpedoed by the German U-50 six miles northwest by west of Fastnet. Capt. Irvine of the Laconia, was returning from the United States to England. 

The first torpedo struck the liner on the starboard side just abaft the engine room, but did not sink her.  Twenty minutes later a second torpedo exploded in the engine room, again on the starboard side, and the vessel sank at 22:20. 

There was a crew of 217 and she was carrying 75 passengers, of whom 34 were first class and 41 second class passengers. 12 people were killed, 6 crew and 6 passengers., including three American citizens, which added to anti-isolationist feeling there.

Structure, Dimensions and Other Information on the Laconia I

 

  • Name: Laconia
  • Class: Lloyds 100 A1
  • Certificates: B of J Passenger Lloyds Classification No. 877 Berth 1
  • Owners: Cunard Steam Ship Company, Ltd. Liverpool
  • Trade: Atlantic Passenger Steamer, Intermediate Class
  • Keel Laid: 25 July 1910
  • Framed: 1 February 1911
  • Plated: 1 June 1911
  • Launched: 27 July 1911
  • Trial Trip: 8 December 1911

 

Dimensions

  • Length Overall: 621'3"
  • Length P.P.: 600'0"
  • Breadth Mld. 71'0"
  • Breadth Ext. 71' 3.5"

 

Crew and Passenger Compliment (Capacity)

 

Crew

  • Captain (1)
  • Officers (6)
  • Engineers and Staff (17)
  • Physician and Staff (7)
  • Petty Officers (20)
  • Purser Staff (252)
  • Seaman (32)
  • Firemen, Trimmers and Others (80)

Total Crew (415)

 

Passengers (Capacity)

  • First Class (184)
  • Second Class (482)
  • Third Class
    • Cabin (1186)
    • Portable Cabins (758)
    • Total Third Class (1,944)

Total Passengers (2,610)

 

Lifeboats: 16 - Capacity: 972 Persons

 

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Treasure Quest - The Silver Queen

“Treasure Quest – The Silver Queen” a production of the Discovery Channel produced a program in 2009 about the SS Laconia (1911) that was torpedoed in the North Atlantic off the coast of Ireland at the start of WWI.

They used still images from the Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives to illustrate the program about the salvage operations to recover her cargo. Secrets of the Silver Queen referred to the silver (worth over $100 million) the Laconia was carrying at the time she was sunk.

 

Photographic Stills Provided by the Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives:

Photographic Still provided by the Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives

  1. Library and Writing Room - First Class
  2. Fireplace in the Writing Room
  3. The Gymnasium
  4. The Verandah Café
  5. Dining Saloon - Fist Class
  6. Covered Promenade - First Class
  7. Dining Saloon - Second Class
  8. Dining Room - Third Class

 

In addition to the stills, the Archives provided the transatlantic route maps of the Laconia I as supplemental information.

S. S. Laconia - The Silver Queen

Treasure Quest is a one-hour weekly American documentary reality television series that premiered on January 15, 2009 on the Discovery Channel. The program follows the employees of Odyssey Marine Exploration as they search the English Channel for various lost ships. The team is led by company CEO Gregory Stemm and Tom Dettweiler (operations director of Robert Ballard's team that discovered the RMS Titanic[1]).

RMS Laconia - An ocean liner transformed into an armed merchant cruiser during World War I, sunk by a German U-boat. Also known as the Silver Queen due to the precious metals on board when sunk.

TREASURE QUEST was broadcast on Thursdays @ 10pm Only on THE DISCOVERY CHANNEL!

Reference: Discover Channel Treasure Quest: The Silver Queen, Season 1, Episode 11 : First Televised: 26 March 2009. Directed by Chris Sondreal, Narrated by Rob Naughton. Approximate Run Time: 43 Minutes.

 

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Laconia Transports Refugees from the War - 1914

The Laconia (I) had a short service life, torpedoed by the Germans in 1917. Below is a harrowing story of escape from the war in August 1914.

The extraordinary conditions under which foreign trade is now carried on is shown in the fact that when the steamship Laconia of the Cunard Line entered New York Harbor on Monday of this week, with American refugees from abroad, she was disguised in the Scandinavian Line cold so as to escape capture by German war vessels. The time across was a most exciting one, and “The Evening Sun gives the following account of the voyage:

"The Laconia of the Cunard line, which left Liverpool on August 8 [1914] with 1,668 passengers, reached port this morning, and officers of the United States revenue service, who have boarded the vessel many times at Quarantine, were startled at her appearance.

Twenty-four hours at sea out of Liverpool sufficed to change the Laconia from a Cunarder into the appearance of Norwegian line ships, tier funnels, formerly red, gleamed In the black with brood bands of red about their middle. The upper rigging were all changed from white to black, the bridge was painted a buff color, and the name was painted out everywhere on the ship. Capt. Irvine was ready at any minute to fly the Norwegian flag.

On Aug. 10 Capt. Irvine said his ship was approached by a cruiser. This proved to be the transformed Cunard liner Aquitania on her patrol as a scout service for the royal navy, her curiosity having been aroused by the Laconia’s appearance. Capt. Irvine bad no trouble in convincing the cruiser's commander that his was an English ship.

The Aquitania Is doing duty on the trans-Atlantic route, watching to pick up information concerning German and French vessels.

Stories of hardships were common among the passengers on the Laconia. The crossing passage through the ship was crowded. Mattresses, beds were placed on the floors of the saloons to do for bunk quarters.

The 1,668 passengers, the number being composed almost entirely of those who usually travel in the first and second cabins, were crowded into the Laconia in helter-skelter fashion before the ship sailed, many being in the steerage. Early on the passage, the Americans, refugees from the war zones, were put in the first and second cabins, only sixty remaining in the steerage.

Many were short of funds. Some told of lost and commandeered automobiles, and one man said his automobile, worth $7,000 had been taken from him on German soil. A vivid description was given of the situation met by Americans and foreigners in Germany Just after the declaration of war by a man who said he was at Wiesbaden when he was overtaken by a overwhelming desire to go to the frontier between Germany and Belgium.

The way was crowded with foot fares, more than 2.000 Belgians and Americans, some transporting their baggage on wheelbarrows. Most of this baggage left behind in passing through Liege just before the fighting began there.

When the ship sailed from Liverpool, it was found that many women passengers In the first and second cabins did not have staterooms. When the number of women who did not have berths was made out a like number of men, who had cabin tickets gave up their rooms and took berths in the steerage.

This was the first trip of the Laconia to New York, her usual run being to Boston.

As reported in The Commercial and Financial Chronicle, Volume 99, No. 2565, Saturday, 22 August 1914, P. 522-523

 

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