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Provisions for Steamships and Ocean Liners

Provisioning A Transatlantic Liner


Housekeeping on an Ocean Steamship

THE largest of the Atlantic liners carries as many as nineteen hundred persons when filled to its utmost capacity. How to care for all of these people and provide for the countless needs of each is a problem which might trouble a housekeeper on land; but at sea, where there are no resources except those contained within the vessel itself, the difficulties are more than doubled. 1899 Article by Helen C. Candee, Survivor of the Titanic.

Provisioning A Transatlantic Liner - 1901

The Scientific American article from June 29, 1901 details the provisions for passengers, crew and coal for the boilers, needed for a transatlantic voyage of the North German Line Steamship Deutschland. The ship's capacity including passengers and crew is 1,617.

Provisioning The Kronprinz Wilhelm For A Single Transatlantic Voyage

The Book of Genesis does not record the tonnage of the huge vessel which finally stranded on Mount Ararat, after finishing the most wonderful voyage ever described in the annals of mankind. But it is quite safe to assume that the dimensions of the Ark, that old-time floating storehouse, are exceeded in size by the largest of steamships now crossing the Atlantic. (1905/1914)

Feeding 3,500 People on the RMS Olympic

The condition of the food served at sea on the great liner is always prime. Refrigerators that have the capacity for 500 tons of food are freshly filled for each voyage, and they keep everything put Into them in perfect condition.


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The GG Archives is the work and passion of two people, Paul Gjenvick, a professional archivist, and Evelyne Gjenvick, a curator. Paul earned a Masters of Archival Studies - a terminal degree from Clayton State University in Georgia, where he studied under renowned archivist Richard Pearce-Moses. Our research into the RMS Laconia and SS Bergensfjord, the ships that brought two members of the Gjønvik family from Norway to the United States in the early 20th century, has helped us design our site for other genealogists. The extent of original materials at the GG Archives can be very beneficial when researching your family's migration from Europe.