Passenger Lists – Immigrant Ships - Steamships, Ocean Liners – Historical Archives
Listing of All Passenger Lists in the Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives (Includes those not yet transcribed - which are the majority of our holdings). Organized by Steamship Line. Bolded Steamship Lines denote major collections.
Passenger Lists by Steamship Line
- Aberdeen Line
- Allan Royal Mail Line
- American Export Lines
- American Line
- American Mail Line
- American Merchant Lines
- Anchor - Donaldson
- Anchor Line
- Atlantic Transport Line
- Baltimore Mail Line
- Canadian Pacific Ocean Services (CPOS)
- Canadian Pacific Railway Company (CPR)
- CGT - French Line (Compagnie Générale Transatlantique)
- Cunard Line
- Cunard White Star
- Det Nordenfjeldske Dampskibsselskab, Trondhjem
- Dominion Line
- Donaldson Atlantic Line
- Fabre Line
- Furness-Bermuda Line
- Grace Line (Panama Mail Steamship Company)
- Hamburg-American Line (HAPAG)
- Holland America Line (N.A.S.M.)
- Home Lines
- Italian Steamship Lines (includes Italia Line - Soc. per Azioni di Navigzione Genova and Sabaudo - Navigazione Generale (S.p.A.N.), Cosulich Line, Lloyd Sabaudo, Navigazione Generale Italiana / Italia-America Shipping Corp (NGI Italian Line), )
- KNSM (Koninklijke Nederlandsche Stoomboot Maatschappij / Royal Netherlands Steamship Company)
- Leyland Line
- North German Lloyd (Norddeutscher Lloyd Bremen)
- Norwegian-America Line (NAL) (Den Norske Amerikalinje)
- Orient Line
- Pacific Line (P.S.N.C.)
- Red Star Line
- R.M.S.P. (The Royal Mail Steam Packet Company / Royal Mail)
- Royal Mail Lines
- Scandinavian American Line (Skandinavien Amerika Linien)
- Swedish American Line (Svenska Amerika Linien)
- Union-Castle Mail Steamship Company
- United American Lines (Harriman Line)
- United States Lines
- White Star Dominion Line
- White Star Line
- Yeoward Line
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Every traveler may have at least one interesting souvenir of the voyage across the Atlantic. The names of the passengers, and in some cases their home addresses, are neatly printed upon folios along with a blank chart for recording the progress of the voyage, and more or less information about the company, the vessel, and the fleet of which it is a member.
A sufficient number of these passenger lists are printed to assure one at least for every cabin passenger, and the lists are usually distributed in the saloon soon after the vessel leaves her dock. They are not only prized as souvenirs, but they are invaluable in assisting one to make acquaintances—or avoid them, for that matter.
It is the custom of some of the lines to distribute passenger lists at the gang-plank just previous to the sailing of the vessel, so that friends of passengers may carry away a token of the great journey, and speculate as to how companionable this or another person will prove to the party in which they are especially interested.
On nearly all the larger vessels there is a miniature newspaper printed by the ship's printer, which gives the usual amount of " local " gossip and happenings peculiar to the surroundings ; articles are contributed by the passengers, and sometimes there is a good deal of talent on board. Reports of concerts and domestic entertainments, etc., are given.
- An excerpt from Ocean Passenger Travel 1891
- Put Passenger Lists into social context with this article: Who's Who On Board: The Secrets In The Passenger List
The Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives has approximately 2,000 Passenger Lists in our Maritime Collection. Our largest holdings of Passenger Lists are for the Cunard Line / Cunard White Star Line.
The passenger lists vary considerably between steamship lines in terms of information provided on each passenger. Additionally, passenger lists were often issued by Class with separate lists for the various classes while others were combined into one or two passenger lists for the same voyage.