Baltimore Mail Line Archives of Historical Documents, Passenger Lists, etc.
The Baltimore Mail Line (Baltimore Mail Steamship Company) was primarily a mail service that also carried a limited number of passengers (passenger capacity was about 80 Tourist Class). They operated regular weekly service between the US Ports of Baltimore and Norfolk to the European Ports of Le Havre, France and Hamburg, Germany.
Their Fleet of Five ships, all built in 1918 as freighters of the Eclipse Class were rebuilt into 83-passenger / cargo combination transatlantic ships for the newly-formed Baltimore Mail Line. The Fleet, capable of a speed of 16 knots, consisted of the City of Baltimore, City of Norfolk, City of Havre, City of Hamburg and City of Newport News. The single class liners offered staterooms with outside exposure, hot running water, and Simmons beds.
In 1935, the Baltimore Mail Line offered fares to London or Hamburg for $90 one way or $171 round trip.
They were in operation for a relatively short time from 1930 to 1937. The assets of the Baltimore Mail Line were transferred to the Panama Pacific Line in 1938.
- 1930s Baltimore Mail Line Brochure : The Outstanding Travel Value to Europe - New Ships - One Class - Low Cost
- 1932-03 Brochure: Information for Passengers, Baltimore Mail Line. Covers the S.S. Baltimore, S.S. Norfolk, S.S. Havre, and S.S. Hamburg
Documents of the Baltimore Mail Line Available at the Archives not yet uploaded
- 1932-11-02 Immigration Control Card, S.S. City of Baltimore, Mrs. Bohansan ? Sheet No. 3, Line 6.