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Republic (1900) White Star Line

RMS Republic, Twin Screw, 15,400 Tons.

RMS Republic, Twin Screw, 15,400 Tons. White Star Line Services Brochure, 1907. GGA Image ID # 144a331267

Built by Harland & Wolff, Ltd., Belfast, Ireland. Tonnage: 15,378. Dimensions: 570' x 68'. Twin-screw, 16 knots. Quadruple expansion engines. Four masts and one funnel. Built as Dominion liner Columbus but was transferred almost at once to the White Star Line and renamed Republic. First voyage as Republic from Liverpool to Boston, December 17, 1903. Fate: She was rammed by the Lloyd Italiano liner Florida on January 23, 1909, just south of Martha's Vineyard (not far from where the Andrea Doria sank), while navigating in a dense fog. The Republic sank quite rapidly, but the damaged Italian liner was able to rescue most of the survivors. However, four of the passengers on board the Republic were crushed to death in their cabins by the bow of the Florida, as it penetrated the hull. This tragedy marked the first notable occasion upon which the wireless was put to practical use in summoning aid for ships in distress. The S.O.S. was answered by no fewer than five liners, which steamed immediately to the assistance of the stricken vessel. These were the Baltic, Furnessia, La Lorraine and New York, all well-known trans-Atlantic passenger ships. The survivors were transferred from the crippled Florida to the Baltic. The severely damaged Florida had thirty feet of her bow doubled up into a space of five feet. Her collision bulkhead withstood the blow and thus prevented the ship from sinking. She was able to steam into New York harbor and later had her crushed bow replaced by a new one, the Morse Drydock & Repair Company of Brooklyn doing the work within 24 days for the sum of $39,500. The Republic was the largest liner lost at sea prior to the Titanic.

Republic (1907) United States Lines

The Cabin Class SS Republic of the United States Lines.

The Cabin Class SS Republic of the United States Lines. The great newly conditioned liner is 615 feet long, oil burning and of 18,400 gross registered tons. She is a "Cabin" ship of the same class as the famous " America" and will vie with her in her leading position in the United States Lines' service. USL Fleet, 1924. GGA Image ID # 124cfb6982

Built by Harland & Wolff, Ltd., Belfast, Ireland. Tonnage: 17,910. Dimensions: 599'x 68'. Twin-screw, 14 knots. Quadruple expansion engines. Four masts and one funnel. The Republic had two of her original six masts removed. First voyage as Republic New York-Plymouth-Cherbourg- Bremen, April 29, 1924. Sale: Vessel was sold to United States Government in 1934. World War II Service: Served as a troopship in World War II. Converted to hospital ship in 1945. Decommissioned as hospital ship in February 1946. Transformed back to troopship. Fate: Scrapped at Baltimore in 1952. Previously Named: Ex-President Grant (1924), ex-Servian. Note: See President Grant for further information.

 

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Front Cover, White Star Line RMS Republic First Class Passenger List - 14 August 1907.

 

1907-08-14 RMS Republic Passenger List

First Class Passenger List for the RMS Republic of the White Star Line, Departing Wednesday, 14 August 1907 from Liverpool to Boston via Queenstown (Cobh), Commanded by Captain J. McAuley. Notable Passengers: Charles A. Baird, Brigadier-General Colin Robert Ballard, CB, CMG, William Keeney Bixby, George Hopkins Bond, William Booth, John Hutton Balfour Browne, Charles Henry Chapman, Daniel Frost Comstock, Sir Kenelm Edward Digby KCB, GCB, Hon. Lady Digby (Caroline Strutt), Admiral Sir William Robert Kennedy GCB, Sir Frederick Pollock, 3rd Baronet PC, George Presbury Rowell and Wife of Captain Edward Kinder Bradbury VC, Wife of Thomas Sherwin.

 

1926-09-24 Passenger Manifest for the SS Republic

 

1926-09-24 SS Republic Passenger List

Cabin Passenger List for the SS Republic of the United States Lines, Departing 24 September 1926 from Bremen to New York via Southampton, Cherbourg, and Cobh (Queenstown), Commanded by Captain A. B. Randall, USNRF.

 

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Front Cover, 1907 White Star Line Brochure Covering Their Fleet, History, Accommodations, and Services.

 

1907 - White Star Line Fleet, History, and Services

Excellent brochure from the White Star Line covering all three classes of services at the height of the transatlantic immigrant trade. Profusely illustrated with many photographs of the ships and accommodations. Featured Ships: Arabic, Athenic, Baltic, Canopic, Cedric, Celtic, Corinthic, Cretic, Cymric, Ionic, Majestic, Oceanic, Republic, Romanic, Runic, and Teutonic.

 

Front Brochure Cover, Third Class Passage to Europe - 1923

 

1923 - USL Third Class Passage to Europe

The ships included in this 1923 brochure from the United States Lines include the great Leviathan, the largest liner in the world; the popular George Washington; America, largest "cabin" ship in the world; the famous "President" ships, President Harding and President Roosevelt, and the newly reconditioned Republic.

 

Front Cover of 1924 Brochure from the United States Lines for Travel Between New York and Several European Ports.

 

1924 - USL - New York - Plymouth - Cherbourg - Southampton - Bremen

32-Page brochure from the United States Lines provides many interior views of their fleet of transatlantic steamships published in 1924. This brochure does not include their flagship -- the SS Leviathan as they prepared a separate booklet for that ship. Featured Ships: George Washington, President Harding, President Roosevelt, and Republic.

 

Front Cover of a 1924 Brochure from the United States Lines Entitled "The American Way to Europe.

 

1924 - United States Lines - The American Way to Europe

Comprehensive brochure from the United States Lines developed to provide information and photographs that describe the ships and amenities geared to Americans traveling to Europe. Also contains brief information on sites to see in European countries along with passport information. Featured Ships: America, George Washington, Leviathan, President Harding, President Roosevelt, and Republic.

 

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Front Cover, SS Republic Captains FarewellDinner Bill of Fare - 3 October 1926

 

1926-10-03 SS Republic Farewell Dinner Menu

Vintage Farewell Dinner Bill of Fare and Music Program from 3 October 1926 on board the SS Republic of the United States Lines featured Filet of Solo à la Doria, Saddle of Lamb, Brabant, and Profiteroles Glacé au Chocolat for dessert. This beautifully scripted Bill of Fare also listed chief officers of the ship.

 

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Front Cover, Musical Concert Program Held Sunday, 3 October 1926 on Board the SS Republic for the Benefit of Seamen's Charities and the Actors Fund of the United States.

 

1926-10-03 Musical Concert Program - SS Republic

Musical Concert Program held on the SS Republic of the United States Line on 3 October 1926 to benefit various seamen's charities and the Actors Fund of the United States. Talented passengers likely performed in the concert in addition to the Ship's Orchestra.

 

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United States Lines Fleet List for Passenger and Freight Services, 1924.

United States Lines Fleet List for Passenger and Freight Services, 1924. Passenger Ships Included the America, George Washington, Leviathan, President Harding, President Roosevelt, and Republic. SS America Passenger List, 27 July 1924. GGA Image ID # 1e2dc18e1a

 

United States Lines (USL) Fleet and Express Services. SS Republic Passenger List, 24 September 1926.

United States Lines (USL) Fleet and Express Services. SS Republic Passenger List, 24 September 1926. GGA Image ID # 1e5961dc78

 

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Track Chart and Memorandum of Log (Unused). RMS Republic Passenger List, 14 August 1907.

Track Chart and Memorandum of Log (Unused). RMS Republic Passenger List, 14 August 1907. GGA Image ID # 1e5804f11e

 

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White Star Line Liverpool to Australia, New York or Boston to New Zealand Services, and Wireless Telegram Rates for 1907.

White Star Line Liverpool to Australia, New York or Boston to New Zealand Services, and Wireless Telegram Rates for 1907. RMS Republic Passenger List, 14 August 1907. GGA Image ID # 1e5933d1ae

 

White Star Line All Twin-Screw Steamers. Insert to RMS Republic Passenger List, 14 August 1907.

White Star Line All Twin-Screw Steamers. Insert to RMS Republic Passenger List, 14 August 1907. GGA Image ID # 1e57f792cd

White Star Line Royal & United States Mail Steamers.

Southampton—Cherbourg—New York Via Queenstown (Westbound), Plymouth (Eastbound).

Regular Weekly Sailings On Wednesdays By The Twin Screw Steamers RMS Adriatic, RMS Majestic, RMS Oceanic, and RMS Teutonic.

Among the innovations in the new Palatial Steamer "Adriatic" may be mentioned Turkish Baths, Electric Baths, Plunge Baths, Passenger Elevator, Gymnasium, Orchestra, and Dark Room for Photographers.

 

New York Taxi Rates, 1926.

New York Taxi Rates, 1926. SS Republic Passenger List, 24 September 1926. GGA Image ID # 1e597f7076

 

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Sailing Schedule, Liverpool-Queenstown (Cobh)-New York, Liverpool-Queenstown (Cobh)-Boston, and Boston-Mediterranean Service, from 18 June 1904 to 8 October 1904.

Sailing Schedule, Liverpool-Queenstown (Cobh)-New York, Liverpool-Queenstown (Cobh)-Boston, and Boston-Mediterranean Service, from 18 June 1904 to 8 October 1904. Ships Included the Arabic, Baltic, Canopic, Cedric, Celtic, Cretic, Cymric, Majestic, Oceanic, Republic, Romanic, and Teutonic. RMS Celtic Passenger List, 19 August 1904. GGA Image ID # 1e4efde338

 

Sailing Schedule, Liverpool-Boston Service, from 7 January 1904 to 17 November 1904.

Sailing Schedule, Liverpool-Boston Service, from 7 January 1904 to 17 November 1904. Ships Included the Canopic, Cretic, Cymric, and Republic. RMS Celtic Passenger List, 19 August 1904. GGA Image ID # 1e4e1fce47. Click to View Larger Image.

 

Sailing Schedule, Mediterranean Service, from 18 June 1904 to 24 April 1905.

Sailing Schedule, Mediterranean Service, from 18 June 1904 to 24 April 1905. Ships Included the Canopic, Cretic, Republic, and Romanic. RMS Celtic Passenger List, 19 August 1904. GGA Image ID # 1e4ec10103. Click to View Larger Image.

 

White Star Line American and Colonial Services. Proposed Sailings from 22 August 1905 to 28 October 1905.

White Star Line American and Colonial Services. Proposed Sailings from 22 August 1905 to 28 October 1905. Ships Include the Arabic, Baltic, Canopic, Cedric, Celtic, Cretic, Cymric, Majestic, Oceanic, Republic, Romanic, and Teutonic. MEDITERRANEAN CRUISE—The "Arabic" sails from New York on Feb. 8th, 1906, for an extended Cruise to the Mediterranean under charter to Mr. F. C. Clark and will call at Madeira, Cadiz, Gibraltar, Algiers, Malta, Athens (Phaleron Bay), Constantinople, Smyrna. Haifa, Jaffa, Alexandria, Naples, and Villefranche, returning thence via Liverpool to New York, particulars on application to any of the Company's offices. RMS Majestic Passenger List, 30 August 1905. GGA Image ID # 1dd41e606f

 

White Star Line Mediterranean Service from 6 July 1905 to 16 April 1906.

White Star Line Mediterranean Service from 6 July 1905 to 16 April 1906. Ships Include the Canopic, Celtic, Cretic, Republic, and Romanic. Ports Include New York, Boston, Azores, Gibraltar, Algiers, Naples, Genoa, and Alexandria. Will Call at Palermo and Almeria on some voyages. RMS Majestic Passenger List, 30 August 1905. GGA Image ID # 1dd4405a37. Click to View Larger Image.

 

American and Colonial Services, Sailing Schedule, Liverpool-Queenstown (Cobh)-Boston, Liverpool-Queenstown (Cobh)-New York, and New York-Boston-Mediterranean, from 21 August 1906 to 28 October 1906.

American and Colonial Services, Sailing Schedule, Liverpool-Queenstown (Cobh)-Boston, Liverpool-Queenstown (Cobh)-New York, and New York-Boston-Mediterranean, from 21 August 1906 to 28 October 1906. Ships Included the Arabic, Baltic, Canopic, Cedric, Celtic, Cretic, Cymric, Majestic, Oceanic, Republic, Romanic, and Teutonic. MEDITERRANEAN CRUISE,—The "Arabic" sails from New York about February 7th, 1907, for an extended Cruise to the Mediterranean under charter to Mr. F. C. Clark, and will call at Madeira, Cadiz, Gibraltar, Algiers, Malta, Athens (Phaleron Bay), Constantinople, Smyrna, Caifa, Jaffa, Alexandria, Naples, and Villefranche, returning thence via Liverpool to New York. RMS Cymric Passenger List, 7 September 1906. GGA Image ID # 1e550c39be

 

Sailing Schedule, Liverpool-Boston Service, from 1 February 1906 to 22 December 1906.

Sailing Schedule, Liverpool-Boston Service, from 1 February 1906 to 22 December 1906. Ships Included the Arabic, Cymric, and Republic. MEDITERRANEAN CRUISE.—The " Arabic " sails from New Yorkont February 7th, 1907, for an extended Cruise to the Mediterranean under Charter to Mr. F. C. Clark, and will call at Madeira, Cadiz, Gibraltar, Algiers, Malta, Athens (Phaleron Bay), Constantinople, Smyrna, Caifa, Jaffa, Alexandria, Naples, and Villefranche, returning thence via Liverpool to New York. RMS Cymric Passenger List, 7 September 1906. GGA Image ID # 1e555ca7f7

 

Sailing Schedule, Mediterranean Service, from 21 June 1906 to 22 April 1907.

Sailing Schedule, Mediterranean Service, from 21 June 1906 to 22 April 1907. Ships Included the Canopic, Cedric, Celtic, Cretic, Republic, and Romanic. RMS Cymric Passenger List, 7 September 1906. GGA Image ID # 1e553239da

 

White Star Line Mediterranean Service from 16 March 1907 to 25 December 1907.

White Star Line Mediterranean Service from 16 March 1907 to 25 December 1907. Ships Included the Canopic, Cretic, Republic, and Romanic. White Star Line Services Insert, 1907. GGA Image ID # 1e1b66c7da. Click to View Larger Image.

 

Sailing Schedule, Liverpool-Boston Service via Queenstown (Cobh), from 5 June 1907 to 1 January 1908.

Sailing Schedule, Liverpool-Boston Service via Queenstown (Cobh), from 5 June 1907 to 1 January 1908. Ships Included the Cymric and Republic. RMS Republic Passenger List, 14 August 1907. GGA Image ID # 1e5846c7f7

 

Sailing Schedule, White Star Line Mediterranean Service, from 20 June 1907 to 14 April 1908.

Sailing Schedule, White Star Line Mediterranean Service, from 20 June 1907 to 14 April 1908. Ships Included the Canopic, Cedric, Cretic, Republic, and Romanic. RMS Republic Passenger List, 14 August 1907. GGA Image ID # 1e589e36b2. Click to View Larger Image.

 

Sailing Schedule, White Star Line Mediterranean Service, from 3 July 1908 to 27 April 1909.

Sailing Schedule, White Star Line Mediterranean Service, from 3 July 1908 to 27 April 1909. Ships Included the Canopic, Cedric, Celtic, Cretic, Republic, and Romanic. SS Romanic Passenger List, 4 October 1908. GGA Image ID # 1e56fb9a46. Click to View Larger Image.

 

American and Colonial Services with Corresponding Fleet and Sailing Schedule, Mediterranean Ports from 2 January 1909 to 10 April 1909.

American and Colonial Services with Corresponding Fleet and Sailing Schedule, Mediterranean Ports from 2 January 1909 to 10 April 1909. Ships Included the Canopic, Cedric, Celtic, Cretic, and Republic. SS Romanic Passenger List, 4 October 1908. GGA Image ID # 1e56add9e0

 

Sailing Schedule, Bremen-Southampton-Cherbourg-Queenstown (Cobh)-New York, from 27 July 1924 to 13 November 1924.

Sailing Schedule, Bremen-Southampton-Cherbourg-Queenstown (Cobh)-New York, from 27 July 1924 to 13 November 1924. Ships Included the America, George Washington, Leviathan, President Harding, President Roosevelt, and Republic. SS America Passenger List 27 July 1924. GGA Image ID # 1e2da1c89a

 

Eastbound Sailings, New York-Plymouth-Cherbourg-Bremen, from 28 July 1926 to 5 November 1926.

Eastbound Sailings, New York-Plymouth-Cherbourg-Bremen, from 28 July 1926 to 5 November 1926. Ships Included the George Washington, Leviathan, President Harding, President Roosevelt, and Republic. SS Leviathan Passenger List, 10 August 1926. GGA Image ID # 1e1ca0177e

 

Westbound Sailings, Bremen-Southampton-Cherbourg-Cobh-New York, from 11 August 1926 to 19 November 1926.

Westbound Sailings, Bremen-Southampton-Cherbourg-Cobh-New York, from 11 August 1926 to 19 November 1926. Ships Included the George Washington, Leviathan, President Harding, President Roosevelt, and Republic. SS Leviathan Passenger List, 10 August 1926. GGA Image ID # 1e1d0d3a92

 

Sailing Schedule, USL Steamers from New York, from 9 September 1926 to 20 December 1926.

Sailing Schedule, USL Steamers from New York, from 9 September 1926 to 20 December 1926. Ships Included the George Washington, Leviathan, President Harding, President Roosevelt, and Republic. SS Republic Passenger List, 24 September 1926. GGA Image ID # 1e59cf074f

 

Sailing Schedule, USL Steamers to New York, from 24 September 1926 to 5 January 1927.

Sailing Schedule, USL Steamers to New York, from 24 September 1926 to 5 January 1927. Ships Included the George Washington, Leviathan, President Harding, President Roosevelt, and Republic. SS Republic Passenger List, 24 September 1926. GGA Image ID # 1e5a2cd0d2

 

Eastbound Sailing Schedule, New York-Plymouth-Cherbourg-Bremen, from 6 April 1927 to 26 August 1926.

Eastbound Sailing Schedule, New York-Plymouth-Cherbourg-Bremen, from 6 April 1927 to 26 August 1926. Ships Included the George Washington, Leviathan, President Harding, President Roosevelt, and Republic. SS Leviathan Passenger List, 19 April 1927. GGA Image ID # 1e1daba3bf

 

Westbound Sailing Schedule, Bremen-Southampton-Cherbourg-Cobh-New York, from 20 April 1927 to 5 September 1927.

Westbound Sailing Schedule, Bremen-Southampton-Cherbourg-Cobh-New York, from 20 April 1927 to 5 September 1927. Ships Included the George Washington, Leviathan, President Harding, President Roosevelt, and Republic. SS Leviathan Passenger List, 19 April 1927. GGA Image ID # 1e1e272d88

 

Westbound Sailing Schedule, Bremen-Southampton-Cherbourg-Cobh-New York, from 8 September 1927 to 15 January 1928.

Westbound Sailing Schedule, Bremen-Southampton-Cherbourg-Cobh-New York, from 8 September 1927 to 15 January 1928. Ships Included the George Washington, Leviathan, President Harding, President Roosevelt, and Republic. SS Leviathan Passenger List, 11 October 1927. GGA Image ID # 1e1f3b4d45

 

Eastbound Sailing Schedule, New York-Cobh-Plymouth-Cherbourg-Bremen, from 26 August 1927 to 13 January 1928.

Eastbound Sailing Schedule, New York-Cobh-Plymouth-Cherbourg-Bremen, from 26 August 1927 to 13 January 1928. Ships Included the George Washington, Leviathan, President Harding, President Roosevelt, and Republic. SS Leviathan Passenger List, 11 October 1927. GGA Image ID # 1e1ef6a539

 

Eastbound Sailing Schedule, New York-Plymouth-Cherbourg-Bremen, from 20 August 1929 to 27 November 1929.

Eastbound Sailing Schedule, New York-Plymouth-Cherbourg-Bremen, from 20 August 1929 to 27 November 1929. Ships Included the America, George Washington, Leviathan, President Harding, President Roosevelt, and Republic. SS Leviathan Passenger List, 27 August 1929. GGA Image ID # 1e1fbe0cd2

 

Westbound Sailing Schedule, Bremen-Southampton-Cherbourg-Cobh-New York, from 4 September 1929 to 5 December 1929.

Westbound Sailing Schedule, Bremen-Southampton-Cherbourg-Cobh-New York, from 4 September 1929 to 5 December 1929. Ships included the America, America, George Washington, Leviathan, President Harding, President Roosevelt, and Republic. SS Leviathan Passenger List, 27 August 1929. GGA Image ID # 1e1fddf5a8

 

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First Class Dining Saloon on the RMS Republic.

First Class Dining Saloon on the RMS Republic. White Star Line Services Brochure, 1907. GGA Image ID # 144a89904d

 

Entrance to First Class Dining Saloon on the RMS Republic.

Entrance to First Class Dining Saloon on the RMS Republic. White Star Line Services Brochure, 1907. GGA Image ID # 144a914326

 

First Class Library on the RMS Republic.

First Class Library on the RMS Republic. White Star Line Services Brochure, 1907. GGA Image ID # 144ab03563

 

First Class Lounge on the RMS Republic.

First Class Lounge on the RMS Republic. White Star Line Services Brochure, 1907. GGA Image ID # 144b401ca9

 

The Steamship Republic. ("Cabin" Class Ship) -- Just Reconditioned and Placed in the European Service

The Steamship Republic. ("Cabin" Class Ship) -- Just Reconditioned and Placed in the European Service: 18,400 Tons Gross. USL Third Class Passage to Europe, 1923. GGA Image ID # 11d35f1320

 

Cabin Class Social Hall on the SS Republic.

Cabin Class Social Hall on the SS Republic. The American Way to Europe, 1924. GGA Image ID # 1201a201bf

 

Sample Cabin Class Dinner Menu from the SS Republic.

Sample Cabin Class Dinner Menu from the SS Republic. The American Way to Europe, 1924. GGA Image ID # 1201ec409d

 

Tourist Third Cabin Social Hall on the SS Republic.

Tourist Third Cabin Social Hall on the SS Republic. The American Way to Europe, 1924. GGA Image ID # 1202fa9067

 

Cardinal O'Donnell, Primate of Ireland, Arriving in America on Board the SS Republic.

Cardinal O'Donnell, Primate of Ireland, Arriving in America on Board the SS Republic. The American Way to Europe, 1924. GGA Image ID # 1203c0bc27

 

The SS Republic of the United States Lines.

The SS Republic of the United States Lines. The American Way to Europe, 1924. GGA Image ID # 12052f05d8

 

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  • Breakfast from 8 until 10 o clock
  • Luncheon at 1:00 pm
  • Dinner at 7 o'clock.

The Bar opens at 8:00 am, and closes at 11:00 pm

Lights aie extinguished in the Saloon at 11:00 pm, and Smoking Room at 11:30 pm

Divine Service in the Saloon on Sunday at 10:30 am

Please apply to the Second Steward for Seating accommodations at table.

Children are not entitled to seats in the Saloon unless full fare is paid.

All Southampton—New York, Liverpool—New York and Liverpool—Boston Mail and Passenger Steamers of the White Star tine are fitted with the Marconi Wireless system of Telegraphy, and messages for despatch should be handed to the Pursers.

AN Experienced Physician is attached to the Steamer. For medical attendance in case of sickness on board no charge is made; medicines are also provided free of charge. But the Physician is allowed to charge the usual fees, subject to the Commander's approval, to travelers who submit themselves to treatment for maladies not contracted during the voyage.

Cablegrams and Telegrams should be handed to the Saloon Steward an hour before arrival at Queenstown.

The Saloon and Library Stewards will supply Stamps, Telegraph Forms, Books of Reference, and Railway Time Tables of the principal Companies.

Questions relating to Baggage should be referred to the Second Sward, who is the Ship's Baggage Master. Trunks, Chairs or Rugs which Passengers may desire to leave in charge of the Company, should be appropriately labeled and handed to the Baggage Master on the wharf at Boston, and such articles will be stored entirely at owner's risk. It is necessary for Passengers themselves to see all their Baggage is passed by the U.S. Customs Authorities on landing.

Deck Chairs can be hired at a charge of 4/- each for the voyage.

Valuables.—The White Star Line has provided a safe in the office of the Purser in which Passengers may deposit money, jewels, or ornaments, for safe keeping. The Company will not be liable to Passengers for the toss of money, jewels, or ornaments by theft or otherwise, not so deposited.

Passengers are requested to ask for a Receipt on the Company's Form, for any additional Passage Money, Chair Hire, or Freight paid on board.

The Purser is prepared, for the convenience of Passengers, to exchange a limited amount of English and American money, and he will allow at the rate of $4.80 to the £1 when giving American money for English currency, or £1 for $4.95 when giving English for American money.

Passengers' Addresses may be left with the Saloon Steward, order that any letters sent to the care of the Company may be forwarded.

Travellers' Cheques, payable in all parts of Europe, can be purchased at all the principal offices of the White Star Line. These Cheques are accepted on board White Star steamers in payment of accounts, but the Pursers do not carry funds to enable them to cash same.

Landing Arrangements at Boston. Should The Steamer Arrive at The Boston Wharf After 8:00 pm Passengers Have The Option of Remaining on Board Overnight and Landing After Breakfast On The Following Morning.

Source: RMS Republic Passenger List - 14 August 1907

Hours for Meals are posted at the Office of Chief Steward on the Steamer

Divine Service in the Social Hall on Sunday at 10:30 am

INFORMATION BUREAU
This office has been provided for the convenience of Passengers. All inquiries for information should be made at the office.

Passengers are requested to ask for a receipt on the Lines Form for any additional Passage Money or Freight paid on board.

LETTERS, CABLES AND TELEGRAMS
Letters, Cables and Telegrams are received at the Information Bureau for despatch, also all Mails will be distributed there. Cablegrams and Telegrams should be handed in an hour before the arrival at any port of call.

Passengers should personally ascertain whether there is any mail for them before disembarking, as mail for passengers is brought on board by a special courier.

Passengers’ Addresses may be left at the Information Bureau in order that any letters >sent to the care of the Lines may be forwaded.

None of the ship's staff, other than those on duty in the Information Bureau, is authorized to accept letters, cables or telegrams for despatch.

WIRELESS SERVICE
The long range wireless equipment permits of the vessel communicating with the shore from any point during the trip to or from New York. Passengers desiring to send messages will consult the operator for rates.

Ocean Letters are accepted on board for transmission by Wireless to a vessel bound in an opposite direction, They will be forwarded to destination by registered mail from first port of call after reception, A charge of $1.20, including postage, is made for twenty words and four cents for each additional word. The maximum Ocean Letter is 100 words,

SEATS AT TABLE
Passengers should arrange with the Chief Steward for seats at table.

SMOKING
Passengers are requested not to smoke in the Dining Saloon and Social Hall.

COLLECTIONS
Contributions that passengers desire to make at Concerts or on other occasions, should be delivered to the Purser, who will make public announcement of the total amount collected, giving a receipt for the information of all passengers.

The total amount collected will be distributed by the Management of the United States Lines to the following charitable institutions:

  • Seamen's Charities in New York;
  • Seamen's Charities at terminal ports in Europe at which our steamers call;
  • The Actors’ Fund of the United States

No requests for contributions for musicians or other employees on the steamers will be made.

DECK CHAIRS and STEAMER RUGS
These may be hired at $1.50 each for the voyage on application to the deck steward.

MEDICAL ATTENTION
The Surgeon is always at the disposal of those passengers requiring his services, In case of illnes originating on board, or after the departure of the steamer, no charge will be made for these services, and such medicines as are prescribed by the Ship’s Surgeon will be furnished without expense to the passengers. In cases of illness, not originating on board, the Surgeon is permitted to make the following charges:

  • For office visits, $1.00 per visit
  • For state-room visits $2.00 per visit, with a maximum charge of $4,00 per day

If the passengers consider that the charges made by the Surgeon for such services as he renders are improper or excessive, they are requested, before paying same, to take up the question with the Commander, and the bill will be either adjusted to a basis that will be satisfactory to the passenger or withdrawn. The purpose of the United States Lines is to make its service satisfactory to all passengers.

BAGGAGE
On disembarking, passengers are specially requested to claim their baggage before leaving the Custom-Office, otherwise considerable delay and extra charge for carriage may be incurred in forwarding to destination any baggage not accompanying passenger on the railway. Passengers are requested to pack only steamer trunks for their staterooms, as it is not always possible to put larger trunks in rooms.

It is recommended that passengers insure their baggage, as the Lines' liability is strictly limited in accordance with contract ticket. Baggage insurance can be arranged at any of the Lines’ offices.

Westbound passengers can arrange with the LInited States Lines’ offices in Europe for collection of baggage from hotel or residence and have such baggage placed aboard steamers at Southampton or Cherbourg. Arrangements have been made to have bagagge stored at Paris, London or Bremen and placed aboard steamer for passengers embarking at other ports.

EXCHANGE OF MONEY
The purser is prepared, for the convenience of passengers, to exchange a limited amount of money at rates which will be advised on application. A receipt covering each transaction will be given.

VALUABLES
The United States Lines has provided a safe in the office of the Purser, in which passengers may deposit money, jewels, or ornaments for safe keeping. The Lines will not be liable to passengers for the loss of money, jewels, or ornaments by theft or otherwise, left in baggage in staterooms, or carried on the person.

TRAVELERS' CHECKS
The United States Lines has placed on board its vessels American Express checks which may be secured from the Purser on application.

RETURN BOOKINGS
Pursers of the United States Lines can book your return passage. Sailing lists, rate sheets, cabin plans and other information will be furnished upon application at the Purser’s Office. Tickets can be secured or deposits to secure reservations can be made. The Purser will procure by radio, without charge to the passenger, reservations or any information necessary.

Bookings can also be made through the agencies of the United States Lines in all principal cities of the United States and Canada. Reservations, especially during the Summer months, should be made, if possible, several weeks in advance.

AMERICAN CUSTOMS REGULATIONS
On arrival in New York your baggage will be subject to the same inspection on landing as on landing abroad, American Citizenship does not permit you to bring dutiable goods into the country without paying duty.

A blank will be furnished you aboard the steamer before landing. This must be filled out, listing in detail every article you obtained abroad which you are bringing home. A 25 cent revenue stamp must be affixed to the declaration. Stamps may be purchased from Purser. The list is then given the ship's purser.

This list is called your "declaration" and should include all wearing apparel, jewelry and other articles, whether worn or not, carried on your person, in your clothing, or in your baggage. These items must give their cost or value abroad and whether they were bought or given to you. Also jewelry and wearing apparel, taken out of the United States and remodeled abroad, must be listed with the cost of remodeling. Residents of the United States are allowed to bring into the United States $100.00 worth of personal effects bought abroad free of duty, in addition to all wearing apparel taken from the United States on sailing.

RECOVERY OF U. S. HEAD TAX
This Tax can be recovered by passengers, if same has been paid, provided they inform the 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 this Transit Certificate Form 514 to be turned over to the Steamship Line when completed, in time to allow same to be placed before the Immigration Authorities in Washington within 120 days of passenger’s arrival in the United States.

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

SUGGESTIONS AND COMPLAINTS
Suggestions, complaints or criticisms of service or of personnel should be addressed to the General Managers United States Lines, 45 Broadway, New York City.

LATITUDE AND LONGITUDE
Latitude means ’’distance north or south of the equator”, and longitude means distance from the Meridian at Greenwich — near London. Both are recorded in degrees, minutes and seconds. At the Equator a minute of longitude is equal to a nautical mile, but as the meridians converge after leaving the equator, meeting at the Poles, the size of a degree becomes less. Sailing eastward a ship moves against the revolution of the earth, thus her course makes her gain time, while if she were sailing to the westward with the movement of the earth she would lengthen her time.

CHANGING THE CLOCK
Between New York and London there is a difference in time of five hours, and as the sun rises in the East, as we say, when the ship is going eastward she meets sunlight earlier each day and thus gains time. Exactly how much is computed each day at noon, and the ship's clocks are immediately set at the correct time for that longitude. On a vessel which makes the crossing in five days the clocks will be set ahead each day approximately an hour; on slower ships, of course, less. Going westward the clock is set back daily in similar fashion,

TIME AT SEA
Time on board is marked by bells, the ship's bell being sounded in single and double strikes

PORT AND STARBOARD
Formerly the two sides of a ship were called "Starboard'* and "larboard", the two prefixes being derived from old Anglo-Saxon words meaning, respectively "loading" and "rudder", and the word "board" meaning side. The term "Larboard" has given place to the word "Port". To "port the helm" carries a vessel to starboard, and to "starboard the helm" carries her to port. The French equivalent for port is "Babord", and starboard is "tribord".

THE BAROMETER
Next to the mariner's compass and chart, the barometer is the most important aid to navigation ever invented. Many persons know that a barometer is an instrument for recording changes in the weather, and the student of physics is taught that this is done by measuring the weight or pressure of the atmosphere. A rising barometer denotes the approach of good weather; a falling barometer, the reverse. A sudden fall warns the mariner to be on the lookout for a severe storm. The barometer was invented during the seventeenth century by Torricelli. The ship’s barometer, which is kept in the chart room, is very different from the original device. It traces a barometer chart, recording the atmospheric pressure throughout the voyage.

THE TIDES
The surface of the ocean rises and falls twice in a lunar day of about 24 hours and 52 minutes. The tides do not always rise to the same height, but every fortnight after the new and full moon they become much higher than they were in the alternate weeks. These high tides are called Spring Tides, and the low ones Neap Tides, The close relation which the times of high water bear to the times of the moon's meridian passage shows that the moon's influence in raising the tides is two and one-half times greater than that of the sun.

THE GULF STREAM
By far the most important as well as best known of the great ocean currents derives its name from the Gulf of Mexico, out of which it flows between Cuba and the Bahamas on the one side and the Florida Keys on the other. In its narrowest portion the Gulf Stream is about fifty miles wide, and there it lias a velocity at times of as much as five miles an hour.

Flowing in a northeasterly direction along the American coast* its current gradually widens and its velocity diminishes. Reaching the banks of Newfoundland it turns and sweeps across the Atlantic then, dividing into two portions, it sends one arm down toward the Azores and the coast of Morocco, while the other passes near the shores of the British Isles and on to Norway,

As it emerges from the Gulf of Mexico it has a temperature of 84 degrees in summer, higher than that of the ocean at the equator. Even by the time it has reached mid- Atlantic it has fallen not more than 14 degrees. The effect of the Stream upon the climate of Great Britain and the northwest coast of Europe, 4000 miles away from the Gulf, is to raise the winter temperature about 30 degrees above what would be the normal temperature of those latitudes.

United States Lines Freight Department

All of the steamers operated by the United States Lines are combination freight and passenger ships. They are modern in every respect and some are equipped for carriage of considerable cargo under refrigeration.

Our Docks are of recent construction and modern in all equipment, offering facilities for loading direct from cars into steamer, eliminating any hauling, lighterage or transfer by trucks. This is especially advantageous to Western Shippers, and movement of through cargo consignments in carload lots.

Special attention is given to shipments of household goods, automobiles, etc.

Source: SS Republic Passenger List 24 September 1926

 

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Changes under the Morgan Combine - 1903

The long-continued rumors oí impending changes in the composite companies oí the Morgan Shipping Combine seem to resolve themselves into this, that the managers of the White Star Line have taken over the whole Dominion Line service, thus extending the sphere oí the White Star flag.

The service between Boston and the Mediterranean during the winter will be by the new s.s. Columbus, together with the Commonwealth and Sew England. These vessels, on transfer to the White Star Line, are re-named Republic, Canopic, and Romanic, respectively.

The Columbus (or Republic) is a twin-screw steamer oí 15.378 tons gross register, with engines capable oí maintaining a speed of 15 1/2 knots, and with passenger accommodation for 280 first class, 250 second class, besides a large number of third, class.

The Canopic and Romanic are on similar lines, oí slightly less tonnage, with the same speed, and arranged to accommodate nearly the same number oí passengers.

The Liverpool and Boston service will be maintained during the winter by the Cymric, hitherto engaged in the White Star Liverpool and New York Friday service, and the Mayflower, which has been renamed the Crelic. The Cymric and the Cretic are both twin-screw steamers of over 13,000 tons gross register, with a speed of about 15 knots per hour.

"Shipbuilding News: Changes Under the Morgan Combine," in Page's Magazine: An Illustred Technical Monthly, dealing with the Engineering, Electrical, Shipbuilding, Iron and Steel Mining and Allied Industries, London: Clun House, Vol. III, No. 5, November 1903, p. 455.

 

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