Ship Publications - Newspapers, Newsletters, and Magazines
Printing a Daily Newspaper on Board a Steamship circa 1910. GGA Image ID # 13297b9132
Our travel-related newspapers, newsletters, and magazines encompass several steamship lines, including Cunard, CGT French Line, Hamburg America Line, and Norddeutscher Lloyd. Maritime publications include Sea Breezes, Steamboat Bill, The Shipbuilder, and more.
Marine publications became a reality on 7 February 1903 on board the Cunard liner Etruria. This paper was a small affair, with condensed news. The editor was the purser, J. A. McCubbin, and when his blue pencil had done its share, the "ship's printer," A. Harris (whose setting of menus and programs), set to work, and at 2 am, the paper went to press. Half an hour later, several hundred copies were in the custody of the "circulation superintendent," who saw that they were in the hands of of passengers with the matutinal rolls.
Editing the Daily Newspaper Printed on Board an Ocean Liner circa 1910. GGA Image ID # 13299ca93c
The “ship's printer" is not by any means an unknown quantity. For years he has been at work on ocean liners and men-ofwar, where it was desirable that menus, concert programs or orders of the day should receive the authority imparted by the dignity of print.
While the transformation has been going on at sea the new invention has given rise to much discussion ashore among newspapermen and philologists. Marconi himself has uttered the wish that some better phrase be found than “wireless telegraphy,” and this has set the philologists to work, so far with little noteworthy or tangible result. Newspaper usage will doubtless lead the way to a solution of this question.
The Cunard Daily Bulletin was printed on heavy calendered paper and typographically compared favorably with many of the magazines published here and abroad. The daily journal is generally prepared by the Purser and his two printers (assistants) and a flat-bed press.
The paper goes to press in the early morning hours, and the novelty of reading a newspaper at their breakfast tables was much enjoyed by the passengers.
Historical Maritime Magazine Archives
Cunard Daily Bulletin
One of the earliest Cunard Daily Bulletins, this SS Slavonia Edition, greeted passengers at breakfast with a four-page morning newspaper comprised of Marconigrams, extracts from the voyage log including daily distance covered, daily weather and recapitulation of the passengers on board.
The is the daily newspaper published onboard for the westbound voyage of the Cunard Steamship RMS Ivernia that departed from Liverpool on 20 June 1905 with 998 Passengers and 255 Crew Members. 24 Pages Total.
Cunard Daily Bulletin, RMS Umbria Edition, provided readers with plenty of advertisements, short stories, Saloon Passenger List for this voyage, Marconigrams, Views of the Cunard SS Caronia, and Photographs of the RMS Carpathia and RMS Umbria.
The Cunard Daily Bulletin, Fashion & Pleasure Resort Supplement was an Annual Publication published by the Cunard Line and distributed during the year to their transatlantic passengers on the many Cunard Ocean Liners.
Cunard Daily Bulletin, RMS Carmania Edition, provided readers with plenty of advertisements, short stories, Saloon Passenger List for this voyage, Marconigrams, and a Photograph of the RMS Carmania.
The Cunard Daily Bulletin, Fashion & Pleasure Resort Supplement for 1907 was an Annual Publication published by the Cunard Line and distributed during the year to their transatlantic passengers on the many Cunard Ocean Liners.
The Cunard Daily Bulletin was published daily on board each steamship of the Cunard Line. This represents one of the annual supplements for 1908 that passengers could pick up and read at their leisure. Extremely rare and profusely illustrated periodical was typical of that era in steamship travel.
Cunard Daily Bulletin, RMS Campania Edition, provided readers with plenty of advertisements, short stories, Saloon Passenger List for this voyage, Marconigrams, Views of the RMS Mauretania, TSS Carpathia, RMS Carmania and Caronia, and the RMS Lusitania.
Cunard Daily Bulletin, RMS Lusitania Edition, provided readers with plenty of advertisements, short stories, Saloon Passenger List for this voyage, Marconigrams, View of the Enquiry Bureau onboard the RMS Carmania and Caronia, and a Photograph of the RMS Lusitania.
Cunard Daily Bulletin, SS Ivernia Edition, provided readers with plenty of advertisements, short stories, Saloon Passenger List for this voyage, Marconigrams, View of the Enquiry Bureau onboard the RMS Carmania and Caronia, and a Photograph of the RMS Ivernia.
Cunard Daily Bulletin, RMS Etruria Edition, provided readers with plenty of advertisements, short stories, Saloon Passenger List for this voyage, Marconigrams, View of the RMS Mauretania First Class Stateroom and a Photograph of the RMS Etruria.
Cunard Daily Bulletin, RMS Mauretania Edition for 17 June 1911, provided readers with plenty of advertisements, short stories, Saloon Passenger List for this voyage, Marconigrams, and a Photograph and Description of the New Cunard Steamship Ascania.
Featured Articles include: A Japanese Girl Painter of Genius: The Story of Miss Wakana Utagawa and her Art; The Adventuress -- A Short Story By J. J. Bell and A King in Babylon -- A Short Story By Alice and Claude Askew. Several illustrated Women's Fashion Articles are also included.
Cunarder Travel Magazine
Featured Articles include: A Motor Trip from London to Bath, By Adelaide Bragg Gillespie; The Golf Courses of Scotland, By John Arnot and The Pine Forests of Switzerland.
Fetured Articles include: 'Twas Christmas on the "Aquitania," By Charles Welton; The Playground of Europe, By Dorothy Cocks; The Hawkers and Minstrels of London's Streets, By Phillips Russell; and the wormen's fashion number -- Wraps In Which To Welcome Atlantic Breezes, By Julia Marquis.
Volume 3, Number 5, November 1922 issue of the Cunarder, the Special Mediterranean Cruise Issue featured articles including: Highlights Of A Mediterranean Cruise, By Frank A. Owen, Purser Of The "Carmania"; A Modern Traveler in Ancient Palestine, By Gregory Scott; Confessions Of A Ship News Reporter By Charles Welton, P.S.N.R. and a women's fashion article Fashions For The Crisp Brisk Days At Sea, By Ethel Fleming.
The Cunarder, Volume 4, Number 5, May 1923 was a Special Scandinavian Issue that featured articles included: The Great Fair at Gothenberg this Summer, by Victor O. Freeburg; Scandinavian Art; Good Reasons for Touring Scandinavia; Sweden as the Traveler's Goal, by Olof H. Lamm; and Copenhagen, By Chance--and Choice, by Alice Rostetter.
The September 1923 Issue of the Cunarder, the Special Scotch and English Number featured articles included: "So This Is London!" by A Recently Returned New Yorker, with Cartoons by Herman Roeg; Scott's Country, by Roland Gorbold, F.R.G.S., F.R P.S.; Cambridge in Sunlight and Shadow, by Bertram Cox, F.R.P.S.; and Mellow Old Cambridge, by Evelyn P. Curtis.
The December 1923 Christmas - Winter Issue of the Cunarder Magazine featured articles included: Christmas in the Desert, by Donald Townsend; Christmas in Two Lovely Far-Away Lands; Staunch Little Sailors on the Cunard Fleet, by Ethel Fleming; and Do Your Christmas Planning Early, by Martha Meadows. Women's fashion of the day was illustrated by On the Crest of the Wave of Fashion number.
The February 1924 issue of The Cunarder Magazine featured articles included: Prague - The City of Legends, by Dr. Borivoj Prusik; Where East Meets West in Europe, by Stan. V. Klima; Some Notes of the Czechoslovok Arts, by Aleã Broz; and Is It Not Again "Eastward Ho?" by Harrison Rhodes, Illustrations by Gordon Ross. The women's Fashion piece was represented by On the Crest of the Wave of Fashion.
The March 1924 issue of The Cunarder featured a number of articles on Budapest Hungary including: Budapest - The World's Playground, by Zs. de Harsanyi; The "Balaton" - Two Hours from Budapest, by Gisela Hasai; Motoring Through Picturesque Hungary, by Bela Green; and The Wonders of the Puszta, by Prof. E. Cholnoky. On the Crest of the Wave of Fashion featured women's fashion on board the steamships.
The July 1924 issue of The Cunarder was a Mediterranean Special Issue featured articles including: A Holiday on the Mediterranean, by A.E. Burroughs; A Mediterranean Holiday on the Scythia, Photographs by Ferd. A. Unger; Seeing Europe Informally on $20 a Week, by Randolph W. Sexton and Seeing Switzerland in Two Weeks, by Marie Widmer.
The November 1924 issue of The Cunarder, a Special West Indies Number, featured articles included: Highlights of a West Indies Cruise, by T.R. West; Havana, Capital of the Land of Romance, by Jane Rossa; Bermuda, "The Little Fairy Isle," by A.S. Bell and Jamaica, Land of Springs and Streams, by P.A.Orwell.
The February 1925 issue of The Cunarder -- the England, Wales and The British Countryside Special articles included: Do This When You're in England, by Clara E. Laughlin; "The Fourty-Ninth State," by Roland Gorbold, F.R.G.S., F.R.P.S.; Rural Wales Has a Charm All Its Own - Photos by J. Derham; American Shrines in England, by Adelaide B. Gillespie; London Days, by Rose E. Bailey and What the Tuscania Cruisers Will See, by P.W. Whatmough. Women's Fashions piece On the Crest of the Wave of Fashion reappeared with this issue.
The June 1925 issue of The Cunarder: Special Wembley Number, Vol. 8 No. 6 articles included: Speeding Up at the Exhigition, by Sir Travers Clarke; Wonders Old and New at Wembley, by J.S. Crawford; Going 'Round the World at Wembley, by Arthur B. Lewis; The Charm of Athelhampton Hall, by Margaret Muir - Illustrations by Herbert S. Kates; and Motoring in England, by Clara E. Laughlin. On the Crest of the Wave of Fashion presents the latest in Onboard Fashions for Women.
Delightful Cunard Travel Magazine Offers Photographs and Articles on Destinations, Fashions, and Who's Who on the Cunarders. This Issue Featured Articles Included: The Saving Sense, by M. E. Nichols; Charming Dalecarlia, by Gregory Scott; One of the Stone Dwellings of Pancorbo, by Herbert S. Kates; Geneva, the City of Enchantment, by Barbara Scott; "Cheerful, Merry, Dr. Brighton" by Patrick French; And Shopping Through France, Belgium and England, by Gwendoline Keene.
The May 1930 Scandianavian Issue of The Cunarder featured articles included: Sweden's Modern Arts and Crafts, by Janet Stewart; Finland, by Robert Porter; How One Fares in Stockholm, by Naboth Herdin; A Summer Paradise, by Colonel A. Heinicke; and Suited to Travel, by Ruth Seder featured women's fashions on board steamships of the day.
The August 1930 Far East Issue of The Cunarder featured articles included: Pekin By Sydney Greenbie; The Happy Island Japan and the Japanese By Reneé Browne; Something Rich and Strange -- The City of Bangkok By Ethel Fleming; Soft Life in Shanghai -- Living Well on Little In China By Anne Donnelly; Aloha from Hawaii By Betty Bacon; and The World of Diversion By Betty Shannon. Fill-Ins for the Traveler, Women's Fashions on board ship By Ruth Seder was also included.
The November 1931 issue of The Cunarder featured articles included: Five Ways to See Havana By Vincent Engels; Cartagena Recalls Medieval Spain By Elaine Bickerstaffe; I Know A Place By Robin Douglas; Bermuda's Immortal Lovers By John MacIntyre; and Rolling On Past Rio -- For Mardi Gras By Lois Duncan Foley. Women's Fashion Article Hand Knitted Tweeds For Travelers By Ruth Seder.
The May 1933 issue of The Cunarder Magazine featured articles included: The Swedes Love Superfluity By Susan Smith; Exotic Journey By Charles T. Trego; Don't Miss These! By R. Coldwell; A New Paradise in the Balearics By Virginia Van Paterson; and Knitting: The New Deck Sport By Ruth Seder.
The September 1933 issue of The Cunarder featured articles included: Curacao Curiosa Papiamentoe ... Perfume ... Pearls By Albert K. Dawson; Bring on the 'Heuriger' By Sophie Wilds; Javanese Diary By Charles T. Trego; and Luxury for a Song ... In Anacapri By Carol Coombs Heyl. Passports to Elegance the Women's Fashion Piece by Cunard Line featured two evening ensembles from Bergdoff Goodman.
North German Lloyd Bulletin
December 1911 issue of the North German Lloyd Bulletin was a Special Switzerland Winter Sports Number, full of articles, ads, and photographs.
The Seven Sea Magazine by HAPAG Lloyd
The Seven Seas, Vol. 8, No. 5 for January 1931. Photographs include: Female Peasants of Poland; Scene from the Blue Angel in Paris; Arrival at Bremerhaven - 3 Photos and article on the Customs of the Country (Germany); Swiss Peasants of the Lotschen Valley; Marketing in Middleburgh in Holland; Douglas Fairbanks; Otto Kahn; Gloria Swanson and Michale Farmer; Rachmaninoff.
The Seven Seas, Vol. 8, No. 6 for February 1932 - Special European Number. Photographs Include: Hessian Holiday (dancing); Mt. St. Michel; A Village in Luxembourg; Caledonia Market, London; The Moat at Wells; Bass Pale Ale - pouring from a keg; Enjoying a circus ride in Heidelberg; Merry-go-round in Middleburgh; Playing Volleyball at Sea; The Bremen seen from the Bridge of the SS Europa; Musician at the Café du Dôme; At the Paris Ham Fair; Single up all lines in Bremerhaven; Sailing party: Señora José Maria Sert, Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Miller, Ina Claire, Leslie Howard, Señor Sert; 11:30 p.m. onboard ship carrying food trays.
The Seven Seas, Vol. 9, No. 1 for March 1932. Photographs Include Schwarzwald; Relaxing in Heidelberg; Horse-Drawn Cart in Berlin; Place De La Concorde; Brittany Fête; Grand Duke Dmitri Romanoff; Will Rogers; Gerhart Hauptmann. Content Include Sunshine in Quimper, Transatlantica, Tuileries, Snack Counter, by John Mosher, Im Wien by Charles G. Shaiv, Marktplatz, English Spoken Here by John Cournos, a Calendar of Events Abroad, St. Michael’s Mount by Barbara Frost, and Books for Bon Voyage by Donald Douglas.
The Seven Seas, Vol. 9, No. 2 for April 1932. Photographs Include April in Holland; The Tyn at Night; Fleet Street, London; Mrs. Harvey and Ina Claire. Featured Articles Include Frontispiece, April in Holland, Transatlantica, Kindergarten, Sokol, by C. McCord Lowes, When in London... by Ernestine Evans, Baden, by James B. Wharton, Books for Bon Voyage by Donald Douglas, and Foreign Events.
The Seven Seas, Vol. 9, No. 3 for May 1932. Photographs Include Wedding Day in Donameschingen; Horse Guard on Parade in London; A Bayerischer Bua; Two Chefs on the Promenade Deck. Illustration of Sport at Sea - Tossing Rings Circa 1900 on Deck. Articles Include: Wedding Day in Donameschingen, Transatlantica, Horse Guards on Parade, Campanella, an Attic Romance by Byron Steel, a Bayerischer Bua, "All That Life Can Afford" by Dale Warren, a Bucket in Budapest by Claudia Cranston, and Books for Bon Voyage by Donald Douglas.
The Seven Seas, Vol. 9, No. 4 for June 1932. Photographs Include Frankfurt-Am-Main; Messrs. Kirchhoff and Kahn Relaxing on Deck. Articles Include Steeple in Kaiserstuhl, Transatlantica, Blue Lake and the Black Forest, Frankfurt-Am-Main, a "Bweek" in the Forest of Arden by Frances Crane, Fury in Perugia by John Mosher, a Quick Glimpse of Ireland by Fred C. Kelley, and Books for Bon Voyage by Donald Douglas.
The Seven Seas, Vol. 9, No. 5 for July 1932. Photographs include Scene on the Canals of Naples; Bavaria - Pub Table; Two children arriving on the SS Bremen; Bridge of the SS Bremen. Articles include Transatlantica, Fishing Scene on the Seine, The Afternoon of a Faun by Rackham Holt, Naples, A Chaperon on the Danube by John Mosher, "Among Those Arriving...," and Cheer Up ... In London! by John V. A. Weaver.
The Seven Seas, Vol. 9, No. 6 for August 1932. Photographs Included: Sidewalk Scenes on the Seine; Brittany; Jil Esmond, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Joan Crawford, Laurence Olivier Enjoying Dinner on the SS Bremen. Articles Include Promenade in Budapest, Frontispiece, Transatlantica, Thirst in Hungary, in a Vicar's Vineyard, by Claudia Cranston, Heuriger, No Luck, by Frances Crane, Brittany, Arrival in France by Virginia Hersch, and Books for Bon Voyage by Donald Douglas.
The Seven Seas, Vol. 9, No. 7 for September 1932. Photographs Included: Fest in Burgenland; Party in Cornwall; Pantry Shop in Nuremberg, Germany; Dawn in Venice; Oysters in Marseille; Tender Approaches the Ss Bremen with Passengers Watching from the Promenade Deck. Articles Include Frontispiece, Florence, Transatlantica, Pottery Shop, Polyglot Children by Sidney A. Clark, Harvest in Morocco, a Day in Moscow by Josephine Herbst, Artist as Guide, by John Mosher, And, Broadway Looks at Berlin by Doug Brinkley.
The Seven Seas, Vol. 10, No. 2 for October 1932. Photographs include Byzantine, Istanbul; Holiday in Hungary with Dancing Girls in Costume; The Beach at Majorca; School girls in Brittany; Mme. Costes and Baronne de Beaufort; Bavarian Pastorale; VIP Passengers Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Lunt and Mr. Henry Miller found relaxing on the SS Bremen; Toscanini - The Bremen. Articles Include Frontispiece - Byzantine, Transatlantica, Majorca, Live Dangerously by Rack Ham Holt, The Bastile Column, The Country of "The Angelus" by Padraic Colum, England Is like This, by Fred C. Kelly, and Books for Bon Voyage by Donald Douglas.
The Seven Seas, Vol. 10. No. 3 for November 1932. Photographs Include Wedding Processional in Budapest; Statute of Cupid in Nuremberg; Choir from Bavaria in Costume; Marching Band in Florence; Parade in Berlin - Unter Den Linden; Katharine Cornell on the Ss Bremen. Articles Include Frontispiece: Glance over Egypt, Transatlantica, Cupid in Nuremberg, Notes Found on an Old Cuff by Russel Crouse, near East Lady by Claudia Cranston, Slow Boat, by Alison Smith, What I like About Berlin by Charles G. Shaw, Katharine Cornell, and Books for Bon Voyage by Donald Douglas.
The Seven Seas, Vol. 10, No. 4 for December 1932. Photographs include: The Sphinx at Memphis Egypt; Boats on the Canal in Venice; Women in Costume in a Horse-Drawn Wagon in Bavaria; Paris Night Scene from Sacre Coeur; Midnight Supper in Paris; Trumpeter of the Guards in London; The Horses of St. Mark's in Venice; Young couple enjoying a Ski Luncheon in Tyrol; Young Woman skiing Under the Midnight Sun in Sweden; Cross-Country Skier in Voralberg; Cross-Country Skiers - Dreiländerspitz; Wine Pedler in Werder (Woman inside a large keg); View of the Crows Nest on the SS Bremen; Dejeuner in a Paris Café; J. P. Morgan on the S. S. Europa; Captain Ziegenbein with Miss Wera Engels on the SS Bremen.
The Seven Seas Magazine for April 1933, Photographs included Trafalgar Square 1910 and 1933, Fruit Maidens of Rome, Flower Girls of Grasse, Café on the Havel, Fair Day at Guipavas, Ladies of Brittany, Chartres, and an advertisement from Saks Fifth Avenue featuring a woman wear the latest in Suits - Seraceta - Strands of Fashion. Many articles were unrelated to maritime.
Volume 14, No. 4, April 1935 issue of the Seven Seas, published quarterly by Hamburg America Line and North German Lloyd in New York featured articles on the Baroque Garden by Helen Appleton Read, Moslem Metropolis by Stoyan Christowe and two location articles on Salisbury and Baden ~ Baden. Lavishly illustrated with black and white photographs throughout. 32 Pages plus Covers.
Winter 1936 Issue of the Seven Seas, Published Jointly by the Hamburg America Line and North German Lloyd. Featured Articles Included: Marburg on the Lahn, the Epitome of the Concept Mittelalterlich and the Seat of the First Lutheran University Founded by Philip the Magnanimous Landgraf of Hesse in 1523 by Helen Appleton Read, Roman Holiday by Charles G. Shaw and the City of Gay Night -- Budapest, Hungary by William B. Powell.
Other Maritime Publications
The September 1893 Issue of The Sailors' Magazine and Seamen's Friend Featured Stories included A Race for Life, The Ship of State, There Go the Ships, Ode to a Modern Ship, and A Wreck at Sconset. The magazine is a monthly publication of thirty-two pages to present a general view of the history, nature, progress and wants of the SEAMEN'S CAUSE, and commend it to the sympathies, the prayers and the benefactions of the community.
The May 1910 issue of the Hamburg-American Gazette featured "Tourists Return from South America: Remarkable Success of the SS Bluecher's Cruise to the Straits of Magellan," "The SS Cincinnati Returns from Orient Cruise," and "Each Succeeding Season These Cruises are Coming More and More Into Favor With the American Traveling Pubic." Many photographs including The Hamburg-American Piers at Hoboken (New York), USA, Dining Room of the SS Prinz Joachim, Showing New Arrangement of Small Tables on "Prinz" Steamers of the Atlas Service, Pier at Montevideo, Uruguay, and Captain Schülke of SS Cincinnati.
September 1889 issue of Ocean: Magazine of Travel, John H. Gould, Publisher, Vol. III, No. 2. Photographs and Illustrations included: Captain Henry Parsell, R.N.R., Commander of the White Star Line SS Teutonic plus other photos of the Teutonic: On The Promenade Deck; Grand Staircase; The Library; The Main Saloon; In the Main Saloon; The Smoking Saloon; A Stateroom.
The July 1914 Issue of the Shipbuilder Monthly featured Illustrations included Eight-Cylinder De Dion Bouton - White & Company, Cunard RMS Mauretania. Photographs included: H.M.B.C. Princess Royal, H.M.S. Queen Mary at sea, Chinese Cruiser Ying Swei, SS Horwick Hall, SS Visegrád, Mr. Grant Barclay, MINA (Includes his Signature), SS Alcantara, The Norwegian Battleship Nidaros, SS San Fraterno. Major Articles included Canadian Dredgers, Modern Steam Colliers, Royal Dockyards, New Professor of Naval Architecture at the University of Liverpool.
The 14 July 1939 Issue of L'Atlantique offers 16 pages of general interest news for the passengers of the SS Normandie, commanded by Captain E. Payen de la Garanderie. Featured articles include Britain Orders Navy to Near War Strength, 75 Années de Relations Transatlantiques, Monsieur Jean Marie, Président de la Compagnie Génerale Transatlantique, Joan of Arc Castle Being Excavated, Le Faubourg St Honoré Shopping and Tour Guide, Deauville - La Plage Fleurie.
The 16 July 1939 Issue of L'Atlantique offers 16 pages of general interest news for the passengers of the SS Normandie, commanded by Captain E. Payen de la Garanderie. Featured articles include WPA Strike Crisis Continues, Principal Events for August in France, Ships News, and French Poets of the Mediterranean. In English and French.
Steamboat Bill: Journal of the Steamship Historical Society of America
While many warships publish papers at sea mainly relating to official duties, they are scarcely regarded as newspapers, and it remained for the Cunard Steamship Company to inaugurate the first daily newspaper ever printed on board ship.