Third Class Accomodations - 1910 Travel Guide
The third class is a new form of accommodation and is provided only on certain vessels of certain lines. The rate is somewhat higher than the steerage and is a good deal less than the second cabin. Most of the remarks concerning the steerage apply to third class as well. The third class is not recommended for the use of American tourists.
The Difference Between Third Class and Steerage
From October to next April The USL have to compete. The United States lines must compete with all these transatlantic lines that have better ships than we have. We must offer them some inducements; we have got to do something to get passengers to travel by our lines. 1 am talking especially now of the third class, because that is the important business.
The first class and second class is advertising, but the third class is where the money is.
How do the third-class accommodations compare on foreign steamships with those offered by the United States?
On the German steamers that were operating our third-dass accommodations were very much inferior, but I had something to do with the installation of third-class accommodations on the Lone Star Slate and the Peninsular State and the Granite State, and there isn’t any ship atloat under any flag that has superior third-class accommodations now. I will get the trade with those ships.
Are the third-class accommodations the immigrant-class accommodations?
Yes; the third class is immigrant. The immigrant is different now than he was 20 years ago. You could then put him in open steerage and give him iron bunks, and he paid $20 or $2o. Now he pays from $85 to $100 a person. And he is not traveling the way he used to; he is not obliged to. He has to have a room with a good comfortable berth and a washstand. He has to have a dining saloon and a smoking room. The third class nowadays is just abqut the equivalent of the second class 10 years ago.
Excerpts from To Amend Merchant Marine Act of 1920 ..., Joint Hearings ..., on S.3217 and ... By United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Commerce, P. 366