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Transporting Valuables on Steamships - 1910

Steamship companies are not responsible for money, jewels, or other valuables of passengers. They should not be kept in the staterooms, but should be given to the purser for safe-keeping in the safe which is provided; he will receipt for same.

On some vessels safe deposit vaults are provided, thus giving the passengers the same protection that they would have at the bank or safe deposit company at home.

It should be remembered, however, that the company accepts no responsibility for loss or damage, however arising. The passengers can protect themselves by insurance, which you can find under "Baggage."

Passengers are generally warned against keeping valuables in their staterooms. It is customary to place same in the care of the purser. Steamship companies make no charge for this service, and they accept no responsibility for loss or damage. (Issue 89, 1920)

In a Supreme Court, New York, Appellate Division, First Department, November 1905, Hart v North German Lloyd S.S. Company,


Where the steward of a ship entered a passenger’s stateroom through the door left open by the passenger and found a porthole also open, and after seeing valuables of the passenger lying on a sofa, failed to close the porthole and lock the door, and afterwards the valuables were taken from the stateroom, the negligence of the steward, and not that of the passenger, was the cause of the loss for which the steamship company was liable.

Photo 120 - The Pursers Safe Deposit Vault

Photo 120 - The Pursers Safe Deposit Vault

Specie and Valuables, usually in charge of the pursers of the steamships, must be taken in possession of by discharging inspectors as soon as possible after they first go on board the vessles.

The special place or room where such specie and valuables are deposited and the safe or the packages containing the same must be locked with custom-house locks, or otherwise secured, until delivered on a permit from the proper customs officers. (US Article 1464, 1908)

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1910 Travel Guide by Scientifc American

Travel Guide Topical Index

Express Package Rates

Fees At Private Houses In England

Fees Paid by Passengers on Steamships and Ocean Liners

Foreign Customs - A Note To Passengers Of Steamships

Funds Needed On Board For Voyage

Getting the "Sea Legs" - Learning to Walk on a Steamship

The Popular Gymnasium on Steamships and Ocean Liners

Hand Baggage, Etc.

How To Carry Funds For Your Voyage

How To Get To Hoboken

Independent Tours



Laundry Work

Lowest Transatlantic Ocean Rates

Meal Hours At Sea

Memoranda For The Year 1910

Memoranda For The Year 1911

Miscellaneous Gleanings and Facts - 1910 Travel Guide

Miscellaneous Service

Money By Telegraph

Music and Concerts for Passengers


Ocean Stop-Over at Ports of Call Around the World

Passengers' Quarters


Personally Conducted Tours

Pier Permits

Preliminary Reading And Guide Books

Reading Matter - Books and Magazines

Rules for Playing Shuffle-Board

Seasickness on Journeys on Steamships and Ocean Liners

Season And Climate

Seats At Table

Second Cabin Accommodations

Sending Cablegrams On Landing

Sending Letters Abroad

Smoking Room

Steamer Chairs

Steamer Rugs

Steamer Trunks

Steamship Company Checks

Steerage Accommodations

Terminal Ports and Ports of Call of Principal Transatlantic Steamships / Ocean Liners

The Pools (Parimutuel Betting) on a Steamship Or Ocean Liner

Thermometer Scales

The Sea Post Office

Third Class Accomodations


Transporting Valuables On Steamships

Visiting Steamships

What To Pack For Your Voyage

What To Pack For Your Voyage

Wireless Information

Wireless Telegraphy

Writing Materials and Typwriters