SS President Van Buren Passenger List - 18 July 1923


Front Cover, Cabin Passenger List for the SS President Van Buren of the United States Lines, Departing 18 July 1923 from New York to London.

Front Cover, Cabin Passenger List for the SS President Van Buren of the United States Lines, Departing 18 July 1923 from New York to London via Plymouth and Cherbourg, Commanded by Captain A. M. Moore, U.S.N.R.F. GGA Image ID # 1fd3944b2f


On this voyage, the crew outnumber the passengers (121 to 103) and there is one deportee listed on the summary of Souls on Board.


Senior Officers and Staff

  1. Captain: A. M. Moore, U. S. N. R. F., Commander
  2. First Officer: E. Mitchell
  3. 2nd Officer: R. E. Whiting
  4. Surgeon: W. S. Irwin
  5. Chief Engineer: A. W. Styron
  6. Purser: H. C. Barnes
  7. Chief Steward: J. E. Riley


Cabin Passengers

  1. Miss D. Adams
  2. Mr. P. V. Bailey
  3. Mr G. A. Bailey
  4. Mrs. Bailey
  5. Miss Edith Barton
  6. Mr. T. L. Brawders
  7. Mrs. Brawders
  8. Mr. Burke
  9. Miss Ethel Burton
  10. Mrs. C. P. Carlisle
  11. Miss Anne T. Caswell
  12. Mrs. G. Chamberlain
  13. Mrs. George P. Chandler
  14. Mr. P. C. Clifford
  15. Mrs. Clifford
  16. Master R. Clifford
  17. Mr. Frank M. Cody
  18. Mrs. L. F. Copley
  19. Mr. C. Corson
  20. Mrs. Corwin
  21. Miss A. Costikyan
  22. Mrs. E. O. Crowe
  23. Miss V. Durrant
  24. Miss Edith Durrant
  25. Mr. R. McCall Elliott
  26. Mrs. Elliott
  27. Mr. F. W. Emery
  28. Mrs. Emery
  29. Mrs. M. D. Flattery
  30. Miss Helen S. French
  31. Mr. H. Gilchrist
  32. Mrs. Gilchrist
  33. Master John Gilchrist
  34. Mrs. J. Gilchrist
  35. Mrs. H. L. Gilman
  36. Mrs. David I. Greene
  37. Mr. B. Hale, U. S. Consul at Plymouth, England
  38. Mr. Hale
  39. Mrs. Hale
  40. Miss Madeline Hale
  41. Mrs. Hale
  42. Mrs. F. W. Hansen
  43. Mr. E. D. Hardin
  44. Mrs. Hardin
  45. Mr. F. L. Harrell
  46. Mrs. C. M. Hill
  47. Mr. Outerbridge Horsey
  48. Master D. C. Horsey
  49. Miss Elizabeth Humphreys
  50. Mr. Osbourne Jones
  51. Mrs. Jones
  52. Rev. Henry A. Kernan
  53. Mrs. John P. Kearns
  54. Miss Eileen Kearns
  55. Mr. C. Lauron
  56. Mrs. Lauron
  57. Mr. Lauron
  58. Miss Sarah Liddle
  59. Admiral W. N. Little
  60. Mrs. Little
  61. Mrs. May McDonald
  62. Miss Jessie McDonald
  63. Miss Mary McFadden
  64. Mr. J. E. Meade
  65. Mrs. M. S. Muchmore
  66. Mrs. E. M. Mullikin
  67. Mr. Borah Oumerof
  68. Mrs. Annie Park
  69. Master Phillip Park
  70. Rev. P. P. Phillips
  71. Miss Edith Phillips
  72. Mr. R. A. Perry
  73. Mrs. Perry
  74. Miss A. Perry
  75. Mrs. E. Pratt
  76. Miss Margaret E. Rich
  77. Mr. George M. Rightmire
  78. Mrs. Rightmire
  79. Master Brandon Rightmire
  80. Mrs. Dillard H. Saunders
  81. Miss Mildred P. Saunders
  82. Mrs. George Schnepper
  83. Mrs. E. A. Sharp
  84. Mr. T. J. Shea
  85. Mrs. Shea
  86. Mr. H. H. Sheriff
  87. Mrs. Sheriff
  88. Miss Sheriff
  89. Mrs. J. H. Spafford
  90. Miss Ruth Spafford
  91. Miss S. C. Styron
  92. Mr. H. S. Terry
  93. Miss Frances W. Thompson
  94. Miss A. Tobin
  95. Miss E. R. Tremain
  96. Mr. J. W. Voelcker
  97. Dr. J. M. Watson
  98. Mrs. Watson
  99. Miss Muriel Watson
  100. Miss Mary E. Walsh
  101. Mrs. A. C. Warren
  102. Mrs. Lulu B. Wright
  103. Miss A. M. Young


Corrections To Passenger List.


  1. Miss Margaret Custer
  2. Mr. John Budke
  3. Mrs. Ida Obrecht
  4. Miss Inez Obrecht



  1. Mr. Burke
  2. Mr. R. A. Perry



Mrs. E. O. Crowe Mrs. E. O. Crone
Mr. Borah Oumerof Prof. Boza Oumiroff
Mr. B. Hale U.S. Consul at Plymouth Mr. B. Hale, U.S. Vice-Consul at Plymouth



  • 103 Passengers
  • 121 Master, Officers & Crew
  • 1 Deportee
  • 225 Total Souls on Board


Information for Passengers

Hours for Meals are posted at the Information Bureau on the Steamer

The Lounge, Reading Room and Smoking Room are closed at 11:30 pm



Letters, telegrams, etc., for passengers will be brought on board before the passengers land. Passengers should personally ascertain whether there are any letters, telegrams, etc., for them before disembarking and they are invited to leave their address at the Information Bureau for later dispatches to be redirected and forwarded.

Cables, telegrams, etc., are received at the Information Bureau for dispatch. Cables, telegrams, etc., should be handed in an hour before the arrival at any port of call. ONLY



The long range wireless equipment permits the vessel communicating with all American and European stations. Passengers desiring to send messages should consult the Purser.

Ocean Letters are accepted on board for transmission 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.


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 not deposited with the Purser.


The Purser is prepared, for the convenience of passengers, to exchange a limited amount of money at rates which will be furnished on application. A receipt will be issued covering each exchange transaction.


For the convenience of our patrons, the United States Lines have placed on board their vessels American Express checks which may be secured from the Purser on application.


Passengers holding transportation orders via any steamship line or any railroad to any part of the world are invited to inquire of the Purser or any of the Lines* Offices for information regarding them. Every assistance in securing reservations and bookings will be gladly tendered.

Attention is invited to other services now being operated by the United States Shipping Board. The Pursers will be glad to negotiate by wireless, without charge, and arrange for bookings, ect., via any of the United States Shipping Board services to all parts of the world.


Passengers who have not arranged for seats at table should apply to the Chief Steward. Passengers are requested not to smoke in the Dining Saloons.


These may be secured 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 Surgeons 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 stateroom visits, $2.00 per visit, with a maximum charge of $4.00 per day

If 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 either be adjusted on a basis that will be satisfactory to the passenger or withdrawn. The purpose of the United States Lines is to make this service satisfactory to all passengers.


Passengers are requested to secure a receipt on the special form of the United States Lines for any additional passage money, chair hire or freight paid on board.


Ask about our Special Information Service—it keeps your friends posted and saves you trouble.


On disembarking passengers are specially requested to claim their baggage before leaving the Customs Officers, otherwise considerable delay and extra charge for carriage will be incurred in forwarding any unclaimed baggage. 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 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 or London and placed aboard steamer for passengers embarking at other ports.


Passengers are notified that dogs cannot be landed without considerable delay in Great Britain unless a license has previously been procured from the Board of Agriculture, London. Forms of license must be obtained by direct application to the Department in London before the dog is taken on board.


Passengers leaving Germany are cautioned to make a declaration of, and pay duty on, all articles purchased in that country. Failure to comply with this regulation may result in confiscation of such articles, as well as the imposition of a fine.

Passengers traveling to Germany, Czechoslovakia or Poland are cautioned to prepare in duplicate a list of money or checks and jewelry in their possession and to have same verified by Custom Officials at port of entry to avoid payment of duty or confiscation when leaving. This certificate is examined by Custom Authorities at port of embarkation or border.


On the return trip, your baggage will be subject to the same inspection on landing in America as on landing abroad. American Citizenship does not permit you to bring dutiable goods into the country without paying duty.

A “declaration” 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 stamp is required to be affixed to the declaration. The stamps are on sale in the Purser’s office. 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.

You are allowed to bring into the United States $100 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 bene 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 handed to the transportation company 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.


Owing to the crowded conditions of the Hotels it is suggested that passengers desiring to secure accommodations in London, Paris and Bremen apply to the Purser who will radio their request for reservation to the Lines’ office in those cities.

Our Service Department will transmit these request’s to the Hotels, and will radio to the ship the reservations that have been made. No charge will be made for this service.


Connections may be arranged for at Bremen, to and from Berlin and other parts of Germany, England, France and Holland, and to Bremerhaven to meet Steamers of the United States Lines.

The steamers of the UNITED STATES LINES sailing to Germany are equipped with an AERO-MAIL DEPARTMENT. Upon the arrival of the steamers at Bremerhaven, the AERO-MAIL is immediately forwarded by aeroplane.


Pursers of the United States Lines are ready to book your return passage. Sailing lists, rate sheets, cabin plans and other information will be cheerfully 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.


First and Second class passengers, embarking at Cherbourg, must communicate with our Paris office, United States Lines, 11 bis Rue Scribe, several days before sailing.

Passengers embarking at London or Southampton must communicate with our London Office, United States Lines, 3 Cockspur Street, several days before sailing.

Passengers embarking at Queenstown must communicate with the United States Lines office, several days before the departure of the steamer, in order to ascertain definite information regarding the reservations and sailing hour of steamer.

First class passengers embarking at Bremen must call at our Bremen Office, Norddeutscher Lloyd, Cabin Department, Papen- strasse, the day before sailing, in order to secure their rail tickets from Bremen to Bremerhaven.

Second class passengers, embarking at Bremen, must call at the office of the Norddeutscher Lloyd, Cabin Department, Papenstrasse, two days prior to the departure of steamer, in order to comply with Government Regulations and secure rail tickets from Bremen to Bremerhaven.


Trains will meet steamers on arrival at Plymouth. Passengers who have not obtained their European railway tickets are kindly requested to obtain same from the Purser.


In the event of the steamer not being able to land passengers sufficiently early to allow of their reaching Paris before the early hours of the following morning, there are at Cherbourg comfortable hotels, which can accommodate anyone who wishes to stay overnight and travel to Paris during the daytime. The Purser can arrange reservations by wireless.

Hand-baggage is carried from the steamer to the tender by the stewards. Passengers are informed that from the time their hand- baggage is on the tender, they are solely responsible for it and they must see that it is passed through the Customs and placed on the special train in their carriage after “special train in their carriage”. Trunks are forwarded to Paris, ( Gare St. Lazare) where Customs Examination is held. It is necessary for passenger to be present or furnish keys for inspection.

All hand-baggage not claimed on the tender or left in the Customs is collected and included with registered baggage for Paris. For these packages there is a charge, Cherbourg to Paris.

Passengers are advised that the United States Lines cannot be held responsible for any loss or damage caused by neglect on the part of passengers not claiming their hand-baggage on the tender.


Special trains are run in connection with the arrival of steamers at Cherbourg when the number of passengers is not less than 1 00. Otherwise, the Company makes the necessary reservations in special or regular cars on regular trains. Passengers should purchase Cherbourg-Paris Railway tickets from the Purser before leaving the ship.


Upon arrival of the steamer at Bremerhaven a special train will take the passengers to Bremen without extra charge.

Passengers expecting mail at Bremen may call for the same at the Cabin Department of the Norddeutscher Lloyd, Bremen, Papen- strasse 5/9.

Information concerning railway travel on the Continent may be had free of charge in the LLOYD REISE-BUERO, BREMEN. Bahnhofstrasse 36, where railway tickets may also be purchased at official rates, and money be exchanged.

Passport officers and others will whenever possible board the steamer before arrival.

Passengers should have their passports stamped and their money declaration signed; see to the checking of their baggage and obtain railroad tickets to Bremen.

When all baggage has been placed under initial letters on the pier, passengers will be permitted to land and must show their passport at the gangway. Tickets for inland destination may be obtained at the pier, where, also, baggage may be rechecked.

When the Customs examination is completed, passengers are required to remain in the waiting room until the Bremen train is ready.

Letters and Telegrams should be claimed at the Purser’s Office before leaving this ship and forwarding address should be registered.

Special Notice

To save passengers from annoyance and inconvenience through being solicited for contributions for the benefit of the Musicians, special arrangements have been made whereby the Musicians engaged in the orchestra and in the band are paid a liberal extra allowance by the United States Lines for the services they render.

It is suggested that passengers refrain from contributing to funds for the Musicians, and that such contributions as they care to make be limited to those for charitable purposes such as concern Seamen, their widows and orphans, and deliver same to the Purser, taking receipt therefor. Information as to the manner in which such contributions or collections are distributed by the Management of the United States Lines will be furnished by the Purser, and also announced at the time such collections are undertaken or reported.


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 on board is marked by bells, the ship’s bell being sounded in single and double strikes,

Souvenir postal cards will be furnished free of charge by the Reading Room Steward, Purser and Chief Steward.



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.



Transatlantic steamships follow certain lanes or tracks, 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.




One should not say “kilo” when referring to distance. “Kilo" is the abbreviation of “kilogramme,” or kilogram, and a kilogramme is exactly 2.205 pounds. The “kilometre,” the French standard of distance measurement, and which is used generally on the Continent of Europe, is equal to 3367.88 feet—approximately ^ of a mile. The metre, or meter, the nearest continental measure to our yard, is 3.281 feet. The continental standard of liquid measure is the “litre,” which is equal to 1.76 pounds.



It is possible by sound to determine 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 1/5 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 it to port. The French equivalent for port is “babord,” and starboard is “tribord,” pronounced, “bahbor-r” and “treebor-r.”



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 two 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 not more than 14 degrees.

The effect of the Stream upon the climate o. Great Britain and the northwest coast of Europe, 4,000 miles away from the Gulf, is to raise the winter temperature about 30 degrees above what would be the normal temperature of those latitudes.


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