Steamer Chairs - 1910 Travel Guide
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.