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Portland, ME to Red Star Line - What to Know About Ocean Travel - 1924

Topics covered on this page include: Portland, ME, Postage Stamps, Postcards, Prepaid Ickets, Public Rooms, Purser, Quebec, Queenstown, Railroad Travel, Radiograms, Red Star Line.


During the winter the western terminus for the White Star-Dominion Line. The steamers call at Halifax both ways. Excellent rail connections are made to and from Boston, New York, Montreal and Canadian points. Office (open during the winter), 1 India Street. (See also "White Star-Dominion Line ").


(See "Letters," etc.).


Picture cards of the ships usually may be obtained on board gratis.


(See "Tickets ").


The public rooms on shipboard are as follows:

Dining Saloon: The tendency is toward small tables for two, four or six people. Seats at officers' tables are assigned by invitation. Except on the de luxe liners, dinner dress is optional. The orchestra plays during meals. (See "Seats at Table").

Drawing Room: On the larger steamers and the newer cabin ships, in addition to the lounge, for the special use of women. There is a cosy fireplace and tables for letter writing. Smoking is not permitted.

Lounge: The general social hall in each class for games, reading, letter writing and conversation. There is a piano. On the large steamers the lounge is used for dancing and concerts, and on all ships for divine service on Sundays.

Music Room: On the Homeric, is a separate apartment for the use of music-lovers.

Reception Hall and Ballroom: found on the Olympic and Belgenland, adjoins the dining saloon and is used for tea and dancing.

Smoking Room: The gathering place for men. Women sometimes use the toom, but this is not customary. High play and objectionable language are discouraged. (On the Majestic there is a card-room on the promenade deck for the use of bridge enthusiasts and others).

Veranda Cafe: A feature on all the larger steamers. Usually open to the deck, but sheltered from sun and weather. Light refreshments may be had here at all hours. On some ships there are veranda cafes for second class and cabin as well, and on the Belgenland fot third class also.


The purser on ocean liners deals with passengers in matters referring to their quarters, baggage, money, valuables, etc. His assistants teceive telegrams, handle mail and give information. The purser's office is the business office of the ship. (See also "Inquiry Office").


The charming heart of old French Canada, is a port of call for the White Star-Dominion Line. Passengers may embark here for Liverpool or disembark westbound. Office, 53 Dalhousie Street. (See " White Star-Dominion Line").


(See "Cobh").


Comparison of foreign and American Railroad Service is a fruitful theme of conversation among tourists. No steamer trains are run in America. Only one class exists, although extra fare trains and tourist cars attached to through expresses create a distinction in service equivalent to the class distinction on European railroads. Extra fare usually is about 10 per cent of tariff rates, while tourist cars are measurably cheaper than standard sleeping cars.

Classes in Europe: In England the economical tourist finds third class plenty good enough (there is no second) except on Sundays and holidays. On the Continent lower than second class is not recommended. On tiver or lake steamers only first class should be considered. Pullman car fares are higher than in America, and these cars are carried only on relatively few trains.

Fares: Due to the exchange value of the dollar, Americans find railroad fares in Europe as a rule cheaper than at home. Restaurant cars are provided on through express trains; or passengers obtain meals at stations where the trains stop. In most European countries the railroads provide excellent basket meals at stations.

Sleeping Cars have compartments for two people. Resetvations must be made, as a rule, several days in advance. On the French railroads a "couchette" or couch can be hired, the traveler providing his own covering.

Steamer Trains are operated from Liverpool, Plymouth and Southampton to London in close connection with the arrivals and departures of transatlantic steamships, direct from the landing place, making fast, non-stop runs as a rule. They are among the best trains in Europe, and average about 50 miles an hour speed. No extra fare is charged. On the longer runs testaurant cars are carried.

Steamer trains leave Cherbourg for Paris after the arrival of steamers from New York, and leave Paris for each sailing of the larger steamers for New York. They are finely equipped, and the meals served in their dining cars are famous.

Tickets: Railroad tickets may be bought through our offices or on steamer. Circular tour tickets were common before the war at greatly reduced cost. They have been revived in Belgium and France and in some other countries.

Children under 3 years travel free in England and on most of the Continent. Half fare is charged for children between 3 and 8 in Belgium, between 3 and 7 in France and Italy, between 4 and 10 in Germany and Holland, between 4 and 12 in Switzerland, and between 3 and 12 in British Isles.

Night travel is to be avoided as a rule. Time Tables for European railroads will be found in Bradshaw's Guide. (See "Guidebooks"). Railroads do not give away time-table folders, as in America, but sell them at a nominal price. Each passenger steamer is supplied monthly with the Consolidated Railroad Guide, containing time-tables of the principal American tailroads. A rack is also kept on board for folders of American roads, which passengers are free to take for their use.


Radiograms are received at the ship's inquiry office for despatch. Ship to ship rate is 16 cents per word; ship to American points 18 cents per word plus land charges to destination; ship to European points 20 cents per word plus land charges and surcharges in some countries. Above rates subject to change and not guaranteed. Address and signature are counted. Code may be used. Some London, Paris and New York hotels bear the charge of reservations by radio. (See also "Cablegrams").


In 1921 the line celebrated 50 years of service between New York and Antwerp. It operates both high class liners carrying first, second and third class passengers, and a cabin service with ships carrying also third class.

Red Star Line ships call at Plymouth and Cherbourg eastbound and at Southampton, Cherbourg and Halifax westbound. Third class steamers ply from Philadelphia and New York to Danzig and Baltic ports. Sailings from New York and Antwerp Thursdays, from Southampton and Cherbourg Fridays.

Passenger Steamers of the Red Star Line
Steamship Tons Route
Belgenland 27 132 N. Y. to Antwerp
Lapland 18,565 N. Y. to Antwerp
Zeeland 11,667 N. Y. to Antwerp
Samland 9,748 N. Y., Antwerp and Baltic Ports
Gothland 7,660 N. Y., Antwerp and Baltic Ports
Poland 8,282 N. Y., Antwerp and Baltic Ports


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