Concert and Event Programs - Steamships and Ocean Liners
Handwritten Music Program from the S.S. Eider of Norddeutscher Lloyd dating from January 1890. The S.S. Eider was commanded by Captain H. Baur.
Passengers on Kaiser Wilhelm II Enjoy Finest Concert Ever Given at Sea. The most remarkable concert ever heard on the sea was enjoyed by the passengers on the Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse, which made harbor yesterday from Bremen, Southampton and Cherbourg.
Extremely Rare -- A farewell souvenir of the R.M.S. Hesperian -- a grand charity -:- concert will be held at sea in the first-class dining saloon, on Friday, August 21, 1908, commencing at 8.15 p.m. Prompt. THE leading characteristics of the efforts of the Montreal Sailors' Institute may be briefly summarized as follows : To provide a cheerful, homelike, healthful place of resort for seamen, while they are in port. To protect them from the numerous evils to which seamen in all seaport cities are exposed.
Program of Entertainment benefiting Seamen's Charities at Liverpool and New York held on the R.M.S. Campania of the Cunard Line, Commanded by Captain R. C. Warr.
Vintage Second Class Concert Program performed on board the White Star Line Olympic, the sister ship of the Titanic. It was likely that the crew and passengers participated in putting on the concert which included a number of solo pieces and recitations.
Early United States Lines Musical Program for the Cabin class passengers of the S.S. President Monroe. Like many concerts, this program was designed to solicit funds for various Seamen's charities.
Excellent Graphics adorn the Covers and Program in this 1924 Sports and Entertainments Program performed on board the S.S. Zeeland of the Red Star Line, Commanded by Captain A. J. Thomas on an Eastbound Voyage from New York.
Beautiful Cover Graphics adorn this program for a Benefit Concert held at the Second Class Dining Room on the R.M.S. Aquitania of the Cunard Line in Aid of British and American Seamen's Institutions, Orchestrated by Chairman Mr. William Ryan.
Ornate Music Program performed on the S.S. Republic of the United States Lines on 3 October 1926 for the Benefit of Seamen's Charities and the Actors Fund of the United States.
The Concert Program included Music Selections, Reading and a Playlet. Very detailed graphic cover for this program for the Second Class passengers on the Flagship of the United States Lines S.S. Leviathan, the former Vaterland.
Rare Musical Concert Program from the S.S. Minnekahda of the Atlantic Transport Line from 29 July 1928, on a westbound voyage from London to New York via Boulogne-sur-Mer.
Program for a September 1929 Voyage of the R.M.S. Aquitania of the Cunard Line listing names of the committee members who put the events together and the schedule of activities from Monday through Thursday.
A Romantic and Jazz Symphonic Matinée Concert program from the S.S. Bremen of the North German Lloyd, performed in the Social Hall on 17 August 1939.
At the beginning of the Depression Era, Cunard Line printed this Weekly Social Events Program that explained some of the games and social activities they would do with the passengers on deck. Potato Race, Thread and Needle Race, Cock Fighting, Egg and Spoon Race, Driving Competition, “Are You There?”, Shoe Race, Whistling Competition, Boxing, Nail Driving Competition, Cigarette and Cracker Competition, Pillow Fighting on Spar, Deck Tennis and Shuffleboard Competition are all covered in this program.
Ornate Covers provide an entrance to a unique show program, likely similar to vaudeville that played out on the S.S. California of the Anchor Line, presented by National Tours.
Weekly program of Social Events on board the S.S. New York of the Hamburg-American Line covering 21 July through 3 August 1933. They included a number of short self-promotional films shown on three separate days. Lovely Floral Graphic Cover. In German and English.
Great modern graphics in this 1938 Activities Program from the S.S. Nieuw Amsterdam of the Holland-America Line. World War II was on the horizon as this Westbound voyage from Rotterdam to New York via Boulogne-sur-Mer and Southampton did their best to bring out the lighter side of life.
Etiquette in Concerts at Sea
Very often, as the sea voyage draws near an end, a concert or entertainment is held for the benefit of some special charity fund, or merely for the amusement of the passengers. All those who are accomplished in any way—who can sing, dance, recite or play a musical instrument, are expected to volunteer their services for the occasion.
Those who are specially requested to do so should consent amiably; it is very rude, indeed, to refuse without some very good reason.
The passenger who absents himself from the concert, which all other passengers attend, is both impolite and ill-bred. Whether he cares to or not, he should attend for the sake of courtesy.
And everyone should contribute to the fund if one is raised after the concert. Only a very selfish and unkind person will refuse to contribute to a fund of this kind.
Book of Etiquette, Volume II, By Lillian Eichler Watson, Oyster Bay, NY: Nelson Doubleday, (1922) P.232