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Steamer Chairs - 1910 Travel Guide

Photo 121 - Attentive Stewards Serve Soup to First Class Passengers

Photo 121: Attentive Stewards Bring Soup and Tea To Those Who Desire It and Meals To The Ailing

A deck or steamer chair is absolutely essential to comfort. Applications for steamer chairs should be made to the deck steward, who will issue a receipt for the amount, which is $1.00 for a trans-Atlantic voyage. Travelers will find it entirely unnecessary to take along their own steamer chairs, which will only prove a source of annoyance and expense.

The very wealthiest travelers no longer carry their own steamer chairs. In the height of the season it is wise to write for a steamer chair two or three days in advance of sailing, as this will insure proper attention. The chair should be placed on the windward side of the vessel.

Chairs are paid for when assigned. A deck steward will ask persons to vacate the chairs after they have been rented on request of the passenger renting the same. At least one heavy woolen steamer rug should be provided for each passenger. These rugs are very apt to become wet with the spray and should be taken to the stateroom at night. They should not, however, be on electric radiators, as this is apt to char them.

In making the eastward trip, the steamer chair should be placed on the south side of the deck in as shady a spot as possible. It is not considered etiquette of the sea to move the position of a steamer chair when once selected. Be sure your name is placed on the chair in some conspicuous position, either by a tag or otherwise.

A pillow for the steamer chair is a luxury which can be readily provided. It should be supplied with ribhons or tapes so that it can be fastened to the back of the chair. Pillows should be small enough to he used as a headrest. Other pillows for the bottom of the steamer chair can be provided. They can be readily left in the steamer trunk to await the return travel.

Tips From Harper’s Guide to Paris

A deck chair is an important article of comfort for the voyage. It is a special chair of straw and wood, used on the deck of the ship, and each person must carry his own. These may be hired from almost any steamship company, at the price of about $1 for the voyage.

They can be purchased at different prices, ranging from $2. If they are purchased, the owner’s name should be printed in large black letters in a conspicuous place, and the chair then sent to the steamship company.

If they are hired, notification to that effect should be sent to the company some days in advance. Chairs may be stored with the steamship company at the port of arrival in Europe, and held there until the return, if the return is made on a steamer of the same line.

If not, they may be shipped to the return steamer on notification to the company at the port of arrival. It is advisable to purchase a small head cushion, about twelve inches square, which may be hung over the hack of the chair and adds materially to the comfort of the voyage.

Sears, J. H., Harper’s Guide to Paris and the Exposition of 1900: A Comprehensive Map and Guide to The City of Paris; A Complete Guide to The Exposition; French Phrases Translated; And Maps Diagrams, And Illustrations, London And New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1900: 8-9.

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