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Steamship Berths Assignment for Foreign Passenger Steamship Lines at Boston Harbor (1914)

If your ancestors immigrated to America via Boston, here are the wharf that the ships would have docked at circa 1914.

The regular steamship lines serving Boston to and from foreign ports are berthed at Boston Wharfs as follows:

Cunard Line

  • Route: Between Boston and Liverpool
  • Frequency: Weekly (Note 1)
  • Berth: Boston & Albany Wharves, East Boston
  • Steamship Vessels: Franconia, Laconia, Carpathia, Saxonia, Ivernia, Alaunia, Ultonia

White Star Line

  • Route: Between Boston and Mediterranean Ports
  • Frequency: Fortnightly
  • Berth: Hoosac Wharves (Note 2), Charlestown.
  • Steamship Vessels: Cretic, Canopic
  • Route: Between Boston and Liverpool
  • Frequency: Every three weeks
  • Berth: Hoosac Wharves (Note 2), Charlestown.
  • Steamship Vessels: Arabic, Cymric

Leyland Line

  • Route: Between Boston and Liverpool
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Berth: Boston & Albany Wharves, East Boston
  • Steamship Vessels: Devonian, Winifredian, Canadian
  • Route: Between Boston and Manchester
  • Frequency: Fortnightly
  • Berth: Boston & Albany Wharves, East Boston
  • Steamship Vessels: Median, Mephian, Mercian, Iberian, Caledonian, Bostonian

Warren Line

  • Route: Between Boston and Liverpool
  • Frequency: Fortnightly
  • Berth: Hoosac Wharves, Charlestown
  • Steamship Vessels: Sachem, Sagamore, Michigan

Wilson's and Furness-Leyland Line

  • Route: Between Boston and London
  • Frequency: Fortnightly
  • Berth: Hoosac Wharves, Charlestown, and Boston & Albany Wharves, East Boston, alternately
  • Steamship Vessels: Cestrian, Kingstonian, Cambrian, Anglian, Georgian

Allan

  • Route: Between Boston and Glasgow
  • Frequency: Fortnightly
  • Berth: Mystic Wharves, Charlestown
  • Steamship Vessels: Scandinavian, Hesperian, Scotian, Ionian, Pretorian, Sicilian, Parisian, Numidian

Wilson Line

  • Route: Between Boston and Hull, England
  • Frequency: Every three weeks
  • Berth: Mystic Wharves, Charlestown
  • Steamship Vessels: Toronto, Marengo, Galileo, Francisco, Buffalo, Idaho

Clay Line

  • Route: Between Boston and Fowey, England
  • Frequency: Periodically
  • Berth: Mystic Wharves, Charlestown
  • Steamship Vessels: Crown Point, North Point, Pennine Range, Avals, Richmond

Red Star Line

  • Route: Between Boston and Antwerp
  • Frequency: Fortnightly
  • Berth: Hoosac Wharves, Charlestown
  • Steamship Vessels: Marquette, Menominee, Minitou

Holland-American Line

  • Route: Between Boston and Rotterdam
  • Frequency: Fortnightly
  • Berth: Mystic Wharves, Charlestown
  • Steamship Vessels: Westerdyk, Amsteldyk, Sloterdyk, Zuiderdyk, St. Leonards, Epsom, Cliftonian, Zijldyk, Zaandyk

North German Lloyd

  • Route: Between Boston and Bremen
  • Frequency: Every two to three weeks
  • Berth: Boston & Albany Wharves, East Boston
  • Steamship Vessels: Cassel, Frankfurt, Koln, Hannover

Hamburg-American Line

  • Route: Between Boston and Hamburg
  • Frequency: Three per month (Note 3)
  • Berth: Commonwealth Pier 5, South Boston (direct service)
    Mystic Wharves, Charlestown (indirect service).
  • Steamship Vessels: Cleveland, Cincinnati, Pretoria, Blucher, Moltke, Bativia, Bulgaria, Hamburg, Bosnia

Scandinavian-American Line

  • Route: Between Boston and Copenhagen
  • Frequency: Fortnightly
  • Berth: Hoosac Wharves, Charlestown
  • Steamship Vessels: Texas, Florida, Arkansas, Dania, Louisiana

Russian-American Line

  • Route: Between Boston and Libau
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • Berth: Hoosac Wharves, Charlestown
  • Steamship Vessels: Berma

Navigazione Generale (Italian Line)

  • Route: Between Boston and Mediterranean Ports
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • Berth: Boston & Albany Wharves, East Boston
  • Steamship Vessels: Napoli, Palermo

American-Indian Line

  • Route: Between Boston and Calcutta, (Note 4)
  • Frequency: Periodically
  • Berth: Mystic Wharves, Charlestown
  • Steamship Vessels: Braunfels, Hobenfels, Bloemfontein, Koranna

China-Japan Line

  • Route: Between Boston and Yokohama, (Note 4)
  • Frequency: Periodically
  • Berth: Mystic Wharves, Charlestown
  • Steamship Vessels: Indraymayo, Schuylkill, Afghan Prince, Jeseric

Houston Line

  • Route: Between Boston and River Plate, (Note 4)
  • Frequency: Periodically
  • Berth: National Docks, East Boston
  • Steamship Vessels: Herminius, Hesperides, Hilarius

Barber Lines

  • Route: Between Boston and River Plate, (Note 4)
  • Frequency: Periodically
  • Berth: National Docks, East Boston
  • Steamship Vessels: Dochra, Istina

Havana Line

  • Route: Between Boston and Havana
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • Berth: Mystic Wharves, Charlestown
  • Steamship Vessels: Sangstad, Trym, Ottar

United Fruit Line

  • Route: Between Boston and Costa Rica and Panama Canal
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Berth: Long Wharf, Boston
  • Steamship Vessels: Tivives, Greenbrier, Esparta, Limon, San Jose, Saramacca, Coppername, Jose
  • Route: Between Boston and Jamaica
  • Frequency: One to two per week
  • Berth: Long Wharf, Boston
  • Steamship Vessels: Banan, Lillie, Verona, Belita

Plant Line

  • Route: Between Boston and Halifax, N, S.
  • Frequency: One per week
  • Berth: Commercial Wharf, Boston
  • Steamship Vessels: Evangeline, Halifax, A. W. Perry, Aranmore

Eastern Steamship Corporation

  • Route: Between Boston and St. John, N. B., (Note 5)
  • Frequency: Two per week
  • Berth: Central Wharf, Boston
  • Steamship Vessels: Calvin Austin, Governor Dingley, Governor Cobb

Boston & Yarmouth Steamship Company

  • Route: Between Boston and Yarmouth
  • Frequency: Two per week
  • Berth: Central Wharf, Boston
  • Steamship Vessels: North Star, Covernor Cobb, Prince Arthur, Boston

Notes

  1. At present fortnightly; weekly beginning spring, 1914. 4 Do not load out from Boston; inward service only.
  2. At Commonwealth Pier 5, South Boston, beginning spring, 1914. 5 More frequent sailings in the summer.
  3. Service fortnightly now, schedule of three sailings per month begins June, 1914.
  4. Do not load out from Boston; inward service only
  5. More frequent sailings in the summer

Fortnightly: Every Two Weeks (Fourteen Nights)

Source: Public Document No. 94, Report of Directors of the Port of Boston 1913, Year Ending November 30, 1913, Wright & Potter Printing Co., State Printers, Boston. © 1914, Apendix, Page 85.

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