Philadelphia-Queenstown-Liverpool Service - American Line - 1907
The International Mercantile Marine (IMM) Company
With its various Services, offers such a choice of routes, rates, ports and accommodations that no one can fail to find what will exactly suit his most exacting requirements.
If he desires to sail from New York, Philadelphia, Boston, New Orleans or Canada, he can be accommodated. If he wishes to land in Queenstown, Liverpool, Plymouth, Southampton Dover or London, or Cherbourg or Antwerp, he may have his choice; or if he prefers to disembark at the Azores or Gibraltar or at a Mediterranean port, he can do this also.
If he wants a fast steamer or a slow steamer, a large steamer or a moderate sized one, or if he wants a " Cabin de Luxe " or a single berth, a high priced berth or a low priced one, or a steamer carrying one class, two classes or three classes, or if he desires to travel by one service Eastbound and by another service Westbound, without sacrificing the reduction made for the round trip, he can still be accommodated.
American Line Philadelphia - Queenstown - Liverpool Service
Has been specially arranged to accommodate those passengers who want good food and service, moderate speed and to have the best accommodation the steamers afford at moderate cost. This is secured by the arrangement for carrying only one class of cabin passengers.
On this service we call this Second Cabin.
As there are no other cabin passengers carried, the passengers naturally have the best of everything on the steamers. They have, too, the courteous treatment of the officers on board and their comfort is looked after as carefully as if they had paid for a suite of rooms.
These steamers sail from Philadelphia on Saturdays and from Liverpool on Wednesdays, calling at Queenstown each way.
That the steamers of this service have merited the approbation of the traveling public, is evidenced by the large number of passengers they have carried in the past, the unqualified commendations from their patrons and by the growing demand each season for accommodations.
It will, no doubt, be of interest to the intending traveler to read a brief description of these steamers, together with some general information that will prove useful in the preparation for, and enjoyment of, an ocean voyage.
The Steamers on this Service are as follows: Haverford, Merion, Friesland, Westernland and Noordland.
The accompanying illustrations will give some idea of the saloons. staterooms and deck spaces of these steamers, but they do not set forth the equally attractive facts that everything is kept in excellent order, and that everyone in the ship's company is anxious to make the voyagers happy and comfortable.
Neither do they convey the fact that the fare for the best the ships afford is only about $3.50 a day for the voyage during most of the year, being somewhat more during less than four months only. These things are only ascertained in their entirety by one who actually makes the voyage, and it may he safely asserted that the popularity of this route has been chiefly built upon the recommendations to their friends of those who have been patrons of the line.
S. S. Haverford and Merion
The large twin-screw steamers, Haverford and Merion, of 11,635 tons each, built by Messrs. John Brown & Co., Ltd., of Clydebank, in 1901 and 1902, are examples of a type of vessel which is becoming more popular every year. They are of the class where the claims for large cargo carrying capacity exceed those for speed, and yet where sufficient speed is maintained to make it worth while to fit extensive passenger accommodations.
To show what naval experts think of these vessels note the following extract from the "New York Journal of Commerce, " November 4, 1905: "The American Line has been awarded a gold "medal by the Naval Exhibition at Earl's Court, " London, for the model of the steamship Haverford. She was decided by the experts to be a "model steamship, neither too fast nor too slow, "but as comfortable throughout, and so constructed as to be safe and economical with a "fair earning power for her owners. The Haverford is a well-known liner trading between Philadelphia and Liverpool. The S. S. Merion is an exact counterpart of the S. S. Haverford.
These steamers have bilge keels and are lighted throughout with electricity.
The cuts on pages 1 and 2 will give the reader an idea of the immense size of these steamers, and the careful arrangements that have been made in regard to deck space, for the comfort of the passengers.
On the promenade deck, and in the center of each vessel, will be found a large and well-furnished library, a ladies' parlor, and a spacious smoking room, all accessible from below, without going outside, or directly from the promenade deck. The large and handsomely furnished dining saloon is located on the saloon deck, extending the entire width of the steamer, and contains an excellent piano. The staterooms are also on this deck, and an large, well-lighted and ventilated.
An ample number of the most improved types of solid porcelain baths will be found in the lavatories, which are conveniently located.
A large stairway leads to the ladies' parlor, the library and the promenade deck. There is another stairway in the after part of this deck, leading to the smoking room, and the promenade deck. These steamers will accommodate about 150 passengers. The dining saloon will accommodate 112 passengers at one sitting.
S. S. Friesland
This well-known steamer was built in Glasgow, by Messrs. James & George Thompson, who have attained a wide reputation in the ship-building industry.
In the arrangement of boilers and machinery on this steamer, the convenience and comfort of the passengers have been carefully considered there being no openings on the promenade deck. There are three large passenger decks, the Upper, Saloon and Promenade, the last of which extends two-thirds the length of the ship.
The dining saloon is located well forward of the machinery, and is large and airy, being lighted by a dome-shaped skylight. It is finished in carved oak, while the ceiling is in white, the relief work being in old gold. At the entrance to the saloon is a hall from which stairways lead to the stateroom deck below, and to the promenade deck above.
The smoking room is on the promenade deck, and is internally constructed of dark mahogany, with painted tile panels and has a tiled floor. A large number of very desirable staterooms are located on the saloon deck, and these are in great demand in the summer months, as they are unusually well-lighted and ventilated.
This steamer will accommodate about 162 passengers. There are thirty-three rooms used as two-berth rooms and twenty-five four-berth rooms. The dining saloon will accommodate ninety-eight passengers at one sitting.
S. S. Westernland
The Westernland Is built entirely of steel and was constructed by the well-known ship-builders, Lairds, of Birkenhead, England.
It has a full complement of water tight compartments and bulk-heads; has four steel masts and two funnels.
The passenger accommodations are excellent. The main passenger entrance is on the promenade deck, and broad, easy stairways lead to the saloon and upper decks. On the promenade deck, at the head of the main entrance, is the drawing room, or ladies' parlor, richly upholstered in moquette. Near amidships on this deck is the smoking room, very comfortably fitted.
The dining saloon is finished in hard woods and upholstered in frieze plush, and is well-lighted and ventilated.
On the main deck in the center of the vessel and removed from the pantries and galleys, are the staterooms. There is an unusually large number of two-berth rooms on this steamer. All of the rooms are finished in polished mahogany. This steamer will accommodate 164 cabin passengers. There are thirty-nine two-berth rooms and twenty-three four-berth rooms. The dining saloon will accommodate eighty-two passengers at one sitting.
S. S. Noordland
To enter into a description of this steamer would simply be a repetition of the description of the S. S. Westernland, as they are sister ships, and alike with but few exceptions. On the S. S. Noordland, a number of rooms have been built on the saloon deck, which are especially desirable. In other respects there is no difference worthy of mention.
The S. S. Noordland will accommodate 154 passengers. There are thirty two-berth rooms and twenty-four four-berth rooms. The dining saloon will accommodate seventy-five passengers at one sitting.
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