Le Havre Passenger Lists 1887-1964


Front Cover, Le Havre - New York 1997

Front Cover, Le Havre -- New York by Christian Clères. GGA Image ID # 19eb5eab08


Le Havre is a city in the Seine-Maritime department of the Haute-Normandie region in France. It is situated in north-western France, on the right bank of the mouth of the river Seine on the English Channel.

Le Havre has long suffered from poor land links as a port city on an exposed marshy coast. New road connections have been built since; among the most notable is the Pont de Normandie, which connects the two banks of the Seine and reduces traveling time between Honfleur and Le Havre to less than 15 minutes. Le Havre is naturally separated into two areas by a cliff.


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1887-02-05 SS La Champagne




Front Cover, CGT French Line SS La Bretagne Cabin Class Passenger List - 18 October 1890.




Front Cover, Passenger Manifest, SS L'Aquitaine, CGT French Line, September 1905




Passenger Manifest, CGT-French Line SS Rochambeau - June 1919


Compagnie Générale Transatlantique / CGT - French Line



1921-05-07 SS La Savoie






Front Cover, Cunard Line RMS Aurania Cabin and Tourist Third Cabin Passenger List - 20 June 1930.






United States Lines




Front Cover of a First Class Passenger List from the RMS Mauretania of the Cunard Line, Departing 4 May 1949 from New York to Southampton Via Cobh and Le Havre





Front Cover of a Tourist Class Passenger List from the RMS Scythia of the Cunard Line, Departing 20 March 1953 from Southampton to Halifax via Le Havre










The Port of Le Havre

Le Havre. This port is now one of France's great military ports and was not visited by the Commission. As will be seen from the map in this chapter, not only are great extensions being carried out in the harbor, but excellent additional docking facilities have also been planned. Of course, the map does not indicate that part of the harbor works, which served as a base for the British expeditionary force.

The Compagnie Générale Transatlantique passenger service was transferred from Le Havre to Bordeaux. As is well known, this line carries merchandise, passengers, and mail between the United States and France. Its regular freight steamer service continues between Le Havre and New York and, in fact, has been increased since the beginning of the war.

It is anticipated that after the war, the company will establish a new freight service between Bordeaux and Baltimore and return the New York passenger service to Le Havre.

Since the war's outbreak, various governments have withdrawn many steamers for military purposes. Steamers have been sunk by submarines, and the shipbuilding yards of France have been devoted chiefly to naval construction. The consequent lack of ships and rapid advances in ocean freight rates have hampered commerce, for the chief concern has been to obtain the products required for military operations.

Opposite Le Havre and several miles inland, the Seine widens into a broad bay, exposed to the sweep of storms from the Channel. A radical improvement has been made to provide for safety for barge and light steamer traffic by constructing the Tancarville canal from Le Havre to a point on the Seine's narrow portion about 15 miles away.

About 77 miles by water from Le Havre, Rouen is at the head of navigation for ocean-going ships. It is the point of transshipment to barges of a large amount of coal and other freight destined for Paris. The essential interior port of Paris is about 145 miles by water from Rouen and 222 miles from Le Havre.

Napoleon said, "Paris, Rouen, and Le Havre are but one city. The Seine is its great street."


Excerpt from Report To the American Manufacturers Export Association by the American Industrial Commission To France, September - October 1916


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