SS President Harding Passenger List - 16 March 1927

Front Cover, Cabin Passenger List for the SS President Harding of the United States Lines, Departing 16 March 1927 from Bremen to New York.

Front Cover, Cabin Passenger List for the SS President Harding of the United States Lines, Departing 16 March 1927 from Bremen to New York via Southampton and Cherbourg, Commanded by Captain Theodore Van Beek, U.S.N.R. GGA Image ID # 1ef18a92a8


Senior Officers and Staff

  1. Captain: Theodore Van Beek, li. S. N. R., Commander
  2. Chief Officer: G. C. Stedman
  3. Chief Engineer: J. W. Rakow
  4. Purser: L. McCall
  5. Surgeon: Victor Neesen
  6. Chief Steward: J. Nicholas


List Of Cabin Passengers

  1. Mrs. Charles R. Abbott
  2. Mr. M. Abi
  3. Mrs. Ralph Steele Ambler
  4. Mr. Anthony S. Ambrose
  5. Mr. T. A. Andersen
  6. Miss Anna Arthur
  7. Mr. Joseph Beilenson
  8. Mr. S. Benjamin
  9. Mr. Paul Berlizheimer
  10. Mr. Hugo Bernstein
  11. Miss Helene Bielefeld
  12. Mr. Oswald Brown
  13. Mrs. Brown
  14. Mr. J. A. Brown
  15. Mrs. Brown
  16. Mr. T. E. Carmody
  17. Mrs. Carmody
  18. Mr. Walter Caro
  19. Mrs. William Coffin
  20. Miss Patricia Coffin
  21. Miss Miriam Coffin
  22. Mrs. Yolanda Deitrich
  23. Mr. E. J. Doyle
  24. Mrs. Doyle
  25. Miss Maureen Doyle
  26. Mr. Robert S. Dunn
  27. Mrs. John Fletcher Eggert
  28. Mr. Gerhard Fast
  29. Mrs. Jeanne Colette Fay
  30. Mr. Karl Fischer
  31. Mrs. Catherine Fode
  32. Mrs. Helen Fosgate
  33. Countess Malonie Elisabeth Gatterburg
  34. Miss Lydia Clara Gubser
  35. Mr. Edward L. Gulick
  36. Mrs. Gulick
  37. Rt. Rev. John Gritenas
  38. Mr. Max Harf
  39. Mr. Albert W. Harris
  40. Mr. Sigmund Heumann
  41. Miss Katerina Hornacek
  42. Mrs. R. Horwitz
  43. Mr. William Jennings
  44. Mrs. Lewis Knapp
  45. Mr. Lewis Knapp Jr.
  46. Mr. Larry Lasker
  47. Mrs. F. B. Leland
  48. Mr. George Levitt
  49. Mr. Jaroslav Libaj
  50. Mr. Morel E. Loveland
  51. Mrs. Loveland
  52. Miss Gertrude Loveland
  53. Mr. Bernhard Lubowski
  54. Mr. W. Manby
  55. Mrs. Mary G. Marshall
  56. Miss Grace Marshall
  57. Mr. Abel Martin
  58. Miss M. Maitern
  59. Mr. Alexander Mausner
  60. Mr. Gerhard Meyer
  61. Miss Celestine Meyer
  62. Mr. R Miller
  63. Mr Emil Mohr
  64. Miss Alice Murphy
  65. Miss Frances Nabelski
  66. Mr. Alvin E. Nelson
  67. Mrs. Nelson
  68. Mr. Joseph Norton
  69. Mr. Alfred J. Papke
  70. Mr. Edgar M. Phelps
  71. Mrs. Phelps
  72. Mr. Henry D. Phelps
  73. Dr. Stephen Poljack
  74. Mr. Berthold Pulvermann
  75. Mr. Robert Radford
  76. Mrs. Radford
  77. Miss Jeanne Roberts
  78. Mr. A. Stroud Rodiek
  79. Mr. Harry Rosenbaum
  80. Mrs. Ray Rosenbaum
  81. Mr. Myron J. Ruckstull
  82. Mr Andrej Rusznak
  83. Mrs. Elizabeth Sabuel
  84. Miss Hildegatd Sabuel
  85. Mr. Morris Skranka
  86. Mrs. Skranka
  87. Dr. Frank Schlesinger
  88. Mr. Josef Schmidt
  89. Mr. Joseph Schnittka
  90. Mrs. Schnittka
  91. Mme. Mathilda von Schoenecker
  92. Mr. M. C. Schwartz
  93. Miss M. Stead
  94. Mr. Lincoln Steffens
  95. Mrs. Steffens
  96. Master Pete Stanley Steffens
  97. Mrs. Henry Talbott
  98. General Harry Taylor
  99. Mrs. Taylor
  100. Mr. Karl Thoele
  101. Miss Agnes Thoele
  102. Mrs. G. T. Thomas
  103. Miss Elizabeth Thomas
  104. Mr. George Thomkins
  105. Miss E. R. Thompson
  106. Miss Frances Thumins
  107. Major C. L. Tinker
  108. Mrs. Tinker
  109. Master Clarence Tinker
  110. Miss Madeleine Tinker
  111. Mr. Geza Sandor Vajda
  112. Mrs. John Ernst Vogel
  113. Mrs. Vogel
  114. Miss Gabrielle Vuillaumie
  115. Mr. Jamis J Wolf
  116. Mrs. Wolf
  117. Mr. Henry W. Woltman
  118. Mrs. Woltman
  119. Miss A. L. Woltman


To Southampton

  1. Mr. Karl Haustein
  2. Mr. Friedrich Wilhelm Lubbers
  3. Director Johann Meinken
  4. Mr, Werner Schur


Corrections To Passenger List


  1. Mrs. Mary E. Alexander
  2. Miss Cora Anderson
  3. Mrs. Joseph Bogovich
  4. Mrs. A. Duval
  5. Mr. George H. Dayton
  6. Mr. R. J. Davis
  7. Mrs. Davis Miss G. Eliot
  8. Mr. M. Ejerjian
  9. Miss Carol Faulconer
  10. Mr. Arthur Forrest
  11. Mr. Horace Goldsmith
  12. Mr. Ralph Goldberg
  13. Mr. D. P. Gerasis
  14. Mrs. Gerasis
  15. Mr. Joseph Hajduch
  16. Mr. Ingolf H. Henriksen
  17. Mr. O. G. Jones
  18. Mrs. E. Jager
  19. Mr. Hans C. Klingstrup
  20. Mr. H. R. King
  21. Mr. G. D. Lehman
  22. Mr. Newton Merril
  23. Mr. William G. Milne
  24. Mr. Joseph Nowak
  25. Miss E. Perkins
  26. Mr. F. W. Rhodes
  27. Dr. Adelin J Rademakers
  28. Dr. Frances Schuldt
  29. Mr. C. M. Swartz
  30. Mr. Peter Skolas
  31. Mrs. Skolas
  32. Mr. S. Wing
  33. Mr. Walter Werner
  34. Mr. George H. Waring
  35. Mr. George H. Waring Jr.



READ Chief Officer, Harry Manning

FOR Chief Officer, G. C. Stedman

Not On Board

  1. Mr. Max Harf
  2. Miss M. Stead


Seapost Clerks

United States

  1. Julius Schultz
  2. William P. Lade


  1. Max Henning
  2. Paul Schubert


Summary of Passenger and Crew On Board

  • Cabin Class Passengers 154
  • Third Class Passengers (1 Consular) 275
  • Seapost 4
  • Commander, Officers and Crew 229
  • Stowaways 1
  • Total souls on Board 663

Information For Passengers

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 a. in.


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 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 forwarded.

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.


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 $1.25, including postage, is made for twenty words and four cents for each additional word. The maximum Ocean Letter is 100 words.


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


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


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:

  1. Seamen’s Charities in New York;
  2. Seamen’s Charities at terminal ports in Europe at which our steamers call;
  3. The Actors’ Fund of the United States

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


These may be hired at $1.50 each for the voyage on application to the deck steward.


The Surgeon is always at the disposal of those passengers requiring his services. In case of illness 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 satifactory to the passenger or withdrawn. The purpose of the United States Lines is to make its service satisfactory to all passengers.


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 United 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 baggage stored at Paris, London or Bremen and placed aboard steamer for passengers embarking at other ports.


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,


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,


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


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 ihe 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.


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. 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.


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, complaints or criticisms of service or of personnel should be addressed to the General Manager, United
States Lines, 45 Broadway, New York City.


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.


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.


Transatlantic steamships follow certain lanes or track*, unless prevented from so doing by stress of weather, or work of rescue or relief or other unforeseen circumstances. From August 24 to January 14 a vessel going eastward follows the short track, and from January 15 to August 23 the long. Going west the short track is followed from August 15 to January 14, and the long from January 15 to August 14 Following these lanes makes for safety and enables vessels better to meet the exigencies of weather conditions. Some of the Atlantic distances (short track) are as follows:

Sea Miles

  • New York to Cobh (Queenstown) 2876
  • New York to Plymouth 2991
  • New York to Southampton 3122
  • New York to Cherbourg 3071
  • „ New York to London 3341
  • Sandy Hook to Bremerhaven 3558
  • New York Pier to Bremerhaven 3582
  • Nantucket Lightship to Fastnet 2659
  • New York to Ambrose Lightship 22
  • Ambrose Lightship to Nantucket Lightship 193
  • Plymouth to Cherbourg 108
  • Queenstown to Plymouth 213
  • Cherbourg to Queenstown 306
  • Plymouth to Bremerhaven 561
  • Cherbourg to Nab Lightship 66
  • Nab Lightship to Southampton 24
  • Cherbourg to Lizard’s Point 143
  • Cherbourg to Bremerhaven 482
  • Southampton to Cherbourg 89
  • Southampton to Bremen 458
  • Bishop’s Rock to Lizard’s Point 49
  • Bishop’s Rock to Plymouth 98
  • Bishop’s Rock to Cherbourg 190
  • Bishop’s Rock to Southampton Docks 215
  • Bishop’s Rock to Bremerhaven 648


It is possible to determine by sound how far distant a passing ship is if she blows her whistle or in case of a warship, if she fires a gun. If the steam from a vessel s whistle is seen and ten seconds elapse before the sound is heard, she is just 2 1/10 miles off. If one second elapses, she is distant slightly more than one-fifth of a mile; if five seconds* a little more than one mile; if twenty seconds, 4.5 miles.


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".


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 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 twm and one-half times greater than that of the sun.


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 has 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 no 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.

The Fleet

Passenger Service Gross Register

  • Leviathan 59,956
  • George Washington 23,788
  • America 21,144
  • Republic 17,910
  • President Harding 13,869
  • President Roosevelt 13,869

Express Services

  • Bremen-Southampton- Cherbourg-Queenstown- New York
  • Southampton.Cherbourg New York

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.
For Rates And Space Apply TO
United States Lines
Freight Department 45 Broadway, New York Or
Any Agency Of The United States Lines


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