SS Mount Clinton Passage Contract - 26 May 1921
Third Class Outward Passage Contract No 12249, SS Mount Clinton of the United American Lines, New York to Libau (Liepāja, Latvia) via Hamburg, 26 May 1921. GGA Image ID # 1fa7f93ded
Summary of Passage Contract
- Date of Purchase / Voyage: 26 May 1921
- Steamship Line: United American Lines
- Steamship: SS Mount Clinton
- Route: New York to Libau [Liepāja, Latvia] via Hamburg
- Ticket Type: Passage Contract
- Voyage Class: Third Class
- Name on Contract: Karl Sivert
- Etnicity of Passenger(s): German
- Contract Terms: Transcribed
- Cost of Ticket: $142.00 / $2,050.00 USD in 2020
Rare Outward Bound (eastward) Passenger Steamship Ticket for Third Class accommodations on the SS Mount Clinton of the United American Lines on her maiden voyage to Hamburg, Germany.
Brief Article on the Maiden Voyage
The United American Lines' steamer Mount Clinton sailed last week [May 26, 1921] on her maiden voyage to Hamburg. She was built by the Merchant Shipbuilding Corporation at Chester, and is the third vessel specially equipped for carrying third-class passengers to be placed in the Hamburg service by the United American Lines.
The latter has an agreement with the Hamburg American Line for the maintenance between New York and Hamburg of joint third-class passenger service of six vessels, three to be contributed by each company.
With the sailing of the Mount Clinton, the United American Lines has completed its quota. The Hamburg American Line vessels are now approaching completion. When all six steamers are in commission, weekly passenger sailings will be maintained.
- The Nautical Gazette: An International Weekly Chronicle of Shipping, Volume 100, Number 23, June 4, 1921, P. 728
Third Class Outward Passage Contract
UNITED AMERICAN LINES
IN SERVICE WITH
HAMBURG AMERICAN LINE
UNITED AMERICAN LINES BUILDING 39 Broadway, New York
THIRD CLASS OUTWARD PASSAGE TICKET
T. C. O. 12219 [565 handwritten]
AGENCY AT : 158 W. 31st N.Y.C.
DATE: May 25, 1921
STEAMER: Mt. Clinton
SAILING ON: May 26, 1926
AT ___ O'CLOCK ___ m
UNLESS THE STEAMER IS PREVENTED FROM SAILING BY UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES
RECEIVED 142.00 Dollars
PASSENGER'S NAME: Karl Sivert
ADULTS (PERSONS OVER 10 YEASR OF AGE): One
OCEAN PASSAGE TO: Libau [Liepāja, Latvia] $ 137.00
REVENUE TAX: $ 5.00
TOTAL : $ 142.00
Room: 68, Berth 2
UNITED AMERICAN LINES, Inc.
Per /s/ A. Wesson
THIRD CLASS OUTWARD PASSAGE CONTRACT.
THIS TICKET IS ISSUED IN CONSIDERATION OF THE AGREEMENT BY THE PASSENGER TO THE FOLLOWING TERMS AND CONDITIONS, CONSTITUTING THE CONTRACT OF CARRIAGE BETWEEN THE PARTIES, TO WHICH, BY ACCEPTING THIS TICKET, THE PASSENGER AGREES, VIZ.:
Wherever the term Carrier is used herein, it shall mean and include the vessel and tenders, and its owners, operators, charterers, masters, agents, brokers, officers and crew.
1. RIGHTS OF THE CARRIER.
(a) The steamer shall have liberty to proceed without pilots, to tow and assist vessels in all situations, to put back or into any other port, to deviate from the direct or customary course, if necessary or proper in the judgment of the captain.
In emergencies, or if the steamer be unduly delayed or prevented from proceeding in the ordinary course, whether due to its negligence or to any other cause, the Carrier may either refund such proportionate part of the passage money as, at the Carrier's rates, will represent the value of the unperformed voyage, or may tranship the Passenger and his baggage by another similar vessel, to the port of destination, and, upon such refund or transhipment, the Carrier shall be released from all further liability hereunder.
(b) The responsibility of the Carrier hereunder is limited to that period only while the Passenger and/or his baggage are on board the steamer and/or its tenders. Booking on connecting routes is for the convenience of the Passenger, no responsibility of any kind being assumed thereby by the Carrier, except to furnish the Passenger with the connecting Carrier's ticket, or, in default thereof, to refund so much of the passage money as represents the cost of such ticket.
(c) In case of quarantine, each Passenger must himself bear all risks and expenses thereby caused, and will be charged $2 per day for maintenance, payable day by day, if maintained on board the steamer.
(d) If children are older than represented hereon, the difference in fare, if any, must be paid. Only one (1) infant for each family will be carried at infant's rate. Additional infants pay half-fare.
(e) Upon refunding the money paid hereon, the Carrier may cancel this ticket and decline to carry any Passenger who may be suffering from, or with, a contagious or infectious disease, and/or who, for any other cause, may endanger, or be obnoxious to, others.
(f) No special contract modifying, or adding to, the terms hereof, shall be binding on the Carrier, unless entered into, for an additional consideration, with a person having actual authority on its behalf to make the same, and unless the same be signed in duplicate by the parties.
2. CAUSES FOR WHICH CARRIER IS NOT LIABLE.
The Carrier shall not be liable for loss, death, or delay of, or injury to, any Passenger, or loss of, or damage to, his baggage, arising from the act of God, the public enemy, governmental restraints, perils of the sea or rivers, fire, robbers, thieves, barratry, or negligence in navigation of this or any other vessel; the quality, nature or consequences of medical or surgical treatment given; riots, strikes, labor troubles; explosions, bursting of boilers, breakage of shafts, or any latent defect in hull, machinery, or appurtenances of the steamer, at whatever time existing; unseaworthiness, provided the Carrier has exercised due diligence to make the steamer seaworthy; nor for any loss or damage arising from the nature or insufficiency, or inadequacy or absence of marks, address or description, of baggage; any loss or damage caused by delay in sailing, prolongation of the voyage, or stoppage in transit; any act, omission, fault or negligence of any other passenger; any cause beyond the control of the Carrier whether of the kind hereinbefore enumerated or not.
3. REGULATIONS AND LIMITATIONS OF CARRIER'S LIABILITY FOR BAGGAGE.
(a) Wherever the term " baggage " is used herein, it shall mean only trunks, valises, satchels, bags or bundles containing clothing and such other articles of personal use as are customary and suitable to the station in life and/or wants of third class passengers.
No tools of trade, household goods, presents and/or property of others, jewelry, money, documents, valuables of any description, or such articles as are specified in Section 4281 of the Revised Statutes of the United States, shall be carried except under and subject to the terms of a special contract to be obtained from baggage master, and the Passenger hereby warrants that no such articles are contained in any receptacle or container presented by him as baggage hereunder and if any such articles are shipped by the Passenger as baggage in breach of this warranty, no liability therefor shall attach to the Carrier on account thereof, as carrier, or bailee, or in any other capacity.
(b) Baggage, not to exceed 10 cubic feet in measurement and $25 in value per adult passenger, will be carried without additional charge. The Carrier shall not be liable, as Carrier or bailee, for loss or detention of, or injury to, any baggage, unless delivered to the Carrier's baggage master on the wharf or steamer; nor unless such lose, detention or injury be directly caused, after such delivery, by the negligence of the Carrier, in which event such liability shall not exceed said sum of $25, the Passenger agreeing that the value of said baggage does not exceed said sum, in consideration of which the Carrier agrees to carry it without additional charge.
If the Passenger has baggage exceeding $25 in value, he shall, in writing, specify its true value and pay to the baggage master 1% on the excess of such value, in which case the Carrier's liability shall be limited to the actual damage sustained, up to, but not exceeding, such specified value.
Excess baggage will not be carried, except at current rates, under special contract to be obtained from baggage master. The Carrier shall not be liable for loss, damage of, or injury to, property carried in staterooms, on the person, or in the custody of the Passenger.
4. GENERAL PROVISIONS.
(a) No intoxicating liquors or beverages and no firearms and/or explosive substances shall be taken on board the steamer.
(b) This ticket is good only for the steamer and for the date named.
(c) No suit shall be maintainable against the Carrier for loss or delay of, or injury to, baggage, or for death or detention of, or personal injury to, any Passenger. unless written notice of the claim, with full particulars, shall be delivered to the Carrier at its office within 5 days after termination of the voyage and unless suit shall be commenced thereon within 90 days after such termination.
(d) This contract shall be construed, and the rights of parties thereunder determined, according to the laws of the State of New York.
UNITED AMERICAN LINES
/s/ Karl Sivert
/s/ A. Wesson
PASSENGERS WILL PLEASE NOTE THAT THEY MUST have their baggage checked at the Baggage Master's desk on the UNITED AMERICAN LINES Pier BEFORE GOING ABOARD THE STEAMER.
All baggage must be plainly marked with owner's name, name of steamer and destination. Tags furnished on application.
It will be honored for Passage, ONLY IF BERTH HAS BEEN RESERVED or if room is available.
Relative Cost of Passage Ticket in Today's Currency Value
In 2020, the relative values of $142.00 from 1921 ranges from $1,660.00 to $39,900.00.
A simple Purchasing Power Calculator would say the relative value is $2,050.00. This answer is obtained by multiplying $142 by the percentage increase in the CPI from 1921 to 2020.
This may not be the best answer.
The best measure of the relative value over time depends on if you are interested in comparing the cost or value of a Commodity, Income or Wealth, or a Project.
If you want to compare the value of a $142.00 Commodity in 1921 there are four choices. In 2020 the relative:
- real price of that commodity is $2,050.00
- real value in consumption of that commodity is $5,480.00
- labor value of that commodity is $8,600.00 (using the unskilled wage) or $9,570.00 (using production worker compensation)
- income value of that commodity is $13,100.00
- economic share of that commodity is $39,900.00
If you want to compare the value of a $142.00 Income or Wealth, in 1921 there are five choices. In 2020 the relative:
- real wage or real wealth value of that income or wealth is $2,050.00
- household purchasing power value of that income or wealth is $5,480.00
- relative labor earnings of that commodity are $8,600.00 (using the unskilled wage) or $9,570.00 (using production worker compensation)
- relative income value of that income or wealth is $13,100.00
- relative output value of that income or wealth is $39,900.00
If you want to compare the value of a $142.00 Project in 1921 there are four choices. In 2020 the relative:
- real cost of that project is $1,660.00
- household cost of that project is $5,480.00
- labor cost of that project is $8,600.00 (using the unskilled wage) or $9,570.00 (using production worker compensation)\
- relative cost of that project is $13,100.00
- economy cost of that project is $39,900.00
Source: www.measuringworth.com Samuel H. Williamson, "Seven Ways to Compute the Relative Value of a U.S. Dollar Amount, 1790 to present," MeasuringWorth, 2022.