Transatlantic Voyages via Steamships


The Allan Line RMS Victorian


Transatlantic Ships and Voyages

1870 The Ocean Steamer

One of the most striking objects of interest to a stranger visiting New York is the ocean steamer.


1877 Steamship Lines - Transatlantic Passenger Traffic

Between British, US and Canadian Ports. Includes information on ports used and sailing days.


1897 Twelve Days on A German Steamship

A Food For Thought in 1897 - Article concentates on the food and service provided by the German steamship lines in 1897.


1886 Development of the Steamship

It is a wonderful fact in the swift expansion of mechanical knowledge and appliances of the last hundred years that for unknown ages, the wind was the only propelling force used for purposes of navigation—an exploration of the development of the steamship in six chapters plus end notes.

  1. Great Western
  2. Early Steamships
  3. Great Eastern, Britannic, Eturia, Champagne
  4. Triple Expansion Engine
  5. Coal Used in Steamships
  6. Summary
  7. End Notes


Ocean Passenger Travel (1891)

All these concerns conducted a profitable business in carrying passengers, and the ships were provided with accommodations for the three classes into which travelers have been divided from early times.

  1. Overview of Transatlantic Travel
  2. Room On The Early Steamers
  3. Collins Line, Inman Co, White Star Line
  4. Speed of 1890s Steamships
  5. Transatlantic Passengers - Buildup of Fleets
  6. Provisions and Meals
  7. Processing Immigrants Onboard Steamships
  8. Importance of Immigrant Trade


Ocean Steamships (1882)

This article on early ocean steamships - their development, travel, and accommodations provides excellent insight into the pre-twentieth-century ships that brought many immigrants from Europe to North American ports.


1901 Story of the Steamship

The evolution from Fulton’s little Clermont and seven miles an hour to the sixteen thousand ton ocean liner that averages twenty-seven miles an hour from continent to continent with 23 Illustrations and Photographs.


The Development of the Steamship (1887)

The Development of the Steamship, and the Liverpool Exhibition of 1886. By Commander F. E. Chadwick, U. S. Navy.


Ocean Passenger Travel (1891)

1891 Article on Ocean Passenger Travel Covered Topics Including Overview of Transatlantic Travel, Room on the Early Steamers, the Collins Line, the Inman Company, Beginnings of the White Star Line, the Speed of the 1890 Steamships, Transatlantic Passengers and the Buildup of Fleets, Provisions and Meals on an 1890s Ocean Liner, Procedures for Processing Immigrants Onboard Steamships, and the Importance of the Immigrant Trade.


Ocean Steamships (1882)

This article on early ocean steamships - their development, travel and accommodations provides great insight into the pre-twentieth century ships that brought many immigrants from Europe to North American ports


The Story of the Steamship - 1901

The evolution from Fulton’s little Clermont and seven miles an hour to the sixteen thousand ton ocean liner that averages twenty-seven miles an hour from continent to continent.


The Ocean Steamer - Crossing the Atlantic in Early Steamships - 1870

"The Ocean Steamer." an Article from Harper's New Monthly Magazine. "One of the most striking objects of interest to a stranger visiting New York is the ocean steamer. There are thirty or forty of these huge structures, embodying the highest results of naval science and skill yet realized by mankind..."


Steamship Lines Handling Passenger Traffic On The North Atlantic Between British, US and Canadian Ports (1877)

Fifteen lines of steamships are at present engaged in the passenger traffic of the North Atlantic, between British and United States and Canadian ports, constituting what may well be called an " Ocean Ferry."


The Influence of Sea Voyages Upon Women (1885)

Dr. Irwin finds that the customary discomforts and the frequency of the catamenia. are greatly increased at sea. This phenomenon is much less marked, as we might expect, among the steerage-passengers, who are less easily affected.


Gambling on Ocean Liners (1890)

AMONG the better class of travellers who yearly cross the ocean, the question has repeatedl, arisen, and very naturally too, Why is It that gambling is so openly allowed and so openly encouraged, as it unquestionably is, by the steamship companies in the smoking-rooms of the first-class Atlantis steamers.


Twelve Days On A German Steamship: A Food For Thought in 1897

WE began to feel as if we were in a foreign land as we followed the crowd from the Hoboken ferry to the hotel where we were to spend the night previous to sailing on the Kaiser Wilhelm. No sooner were we on the street than dozens of boys were clamoring for the chance to carry our bags.


Crossing the Atlantic Like A Seasoned Ocean Voyager

So cheap are the ways of trawling nowadays that you can take a Summer run over to London-town and back for no more than it costs you to stay at home. This is not a fabrication: it is the truth, which few persons realize.


On The Ocean: From the "Yiddish" Poem of M. Rosenfeld (1899)

The ocean roars fiercely with thundering sound, Its depths, black as midnight, they howl and they hiss; The storm rages wildly above and around, Below opens wide the unfathomed abyss.


The Therapeutic Value of Ocean Voyages (1899)

The theoretical advantages which it offers of abundant fresh air and light, invigorating winds, equable temperature, absence of exertion and complete mental rest, are all apt to be discounted by prolonged spells of bad weather.


The Ethics of Ocean Travel by Earl Mayo (1904)

Just at the present season when the great Atlantic liners are crowded to their capacity, and the European cities and resorts are thronged with visitors from this side of the water, the questions that arise in connection with an ocean voyage are occupying the minds of thousands of Americans.


Who's Who On Board - The Secrets in the Passenger List (1910)

THE passenger list is an important document setting forth barely and with laconic precision the names of your associates on the ocean trip. All biographical details are withheld so that you are kept busy during the entire voyage ferreting them out.


Cunard's New Express Route via Fishguard


Express Route between New York an London via Fishguard (ca 1911)

The Attention of Passengers Is Specially Drawn to the Facilities Provided by the Cunard Line for Their American Patrons to Reach London and the Continent by Traveling via Fishguard. Map Is Included.


Early Days of Trans-Atlantic Navigation (1912)

AFTER a thorough review and inspection of the following publications, the writer finds that there were actually but two sets of steamships in the Inman Line named City of New York and City of Paris, and that they were the only two ships so named in the transatlantic service


Wreck of the RMS Titanic - First Account (1912)

The following account of the wreck as published in Scientific American, is so complete and so fully expresses our own views that we commend it to the careful attention of our readers.


Giant Ocean Liners of the North Atlantic - 1914

THE March MUNSEY contained an article of mine on the giant hotels of New York, and while developing the subject it occurred to me that I might well say something about the giant liners of the North Atlantic by way of comparison, for these great new boats are as well great palace hotels, with all the luxuries and comforts of those ashore.


How To Get to Australia (1918)

Reliable Information Specially Revised By The Shipping Companies For This Publication. At the outbreak of World War I, These were the steamship companies that offered services to and from Austrailia to foreign ports.


Passengers Travelling Abroad Fewer in Number This Season than In 1920 (1921)

Tourist Class Better Represented Offsetting Losses in Bookings of Commercial Representatives—Accommodations on Larger Vessels in Demand—Scandinavian Lines nearest Pre-War Level.

While the passenger agents of the various transatlantic steamship companies admit that the total volume of passenger traffic will probably not equal the 1920 figure, they are nevertheless optimistic over the outlook.

They point out that, despite the prevailing high rates and the general business depression throughout the United States, tourist travel to Europe during the present season promises to be well in advance of that of last year even though it will fall far below the pre-war level.


Giant Ex-German Liners Weapons in Duel of I.M.M. and Cunard for Blue Ribbon of Atlantic (1921)

The Three Glints of the Sea Bismarck, Imperator, Leviathan, the three largest of all the world's thousands of ships—these are to be the chief participants in the marine conflict now under way.

One hundred and sixty-two thousand gross tons of shipping to be thrown into a struggle in which the participants will each be equipped with more than a million tons, and in which speed, size, safety, equipment, economy and service will all play their parts.

Moreover, with two of the three giants of the sea tinder American control, there is no reason why the blue ribbon of the Atlantic should not be brought to this side of the ocean and kept here.


Reclassification of Older Passenger Ships in Transatlantic Trade Coming (1922)

Reduced Fares to Be Put In Force on Boats, Which Have Seen Long Service and Are Feeling the Competition of Modern Deluxe Liners. In a few days transatlantic passenger companies are expected to announce their acceptance or rejection of the revised classification of passenger ships.

A survey of lines concerned made by The Nautical Gazette has revealed the fact that the consensus of opinion favors the acceptance of the new classification which will mean that on several of the older liners there will be a considerable reduction in fares this winter.


The Dry Years: Effect of the Eighteenth Amendment on Steamship Travel

  1. Liquor Barred On Ships (1922)
  2. Liquor on Ships (1922)
  3. Attorney-General Daugherty’s Liquor Ruling (1922)


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