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German Immigrant's Steerage Steamship Contract - 1895

1895 Dutch Steerage Passage Contract on the Cunard Line for a German Immigrant. The Voyage Took Him from Rotterdam to New York via Liverpool.

1895 Dutch Steerage Passage Contract on the Cunard Line for a German Immigrant. The Voyage Took Him from Rotterdam to New York via Liverpool. GGA Image ID # 14794e9d82

Image of original document - indications of early attempts at repair probably circa 1930s. Document reinforced but not repaired by the Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives using Acid Free paper tape. (Reverse side is Blank)

This is the original steamship contract for passage for a German Immigrant, Heinrich Hermes, a 21 year-old laborer who undertook the voyage in steerage.


B. Karlsberg & Co., von Maaskade 20 Rotterdam

English Translation of Dutch Contract written in German

Ticket of B. Karlsberg & Co, etc.

First and Family Name: Heinrich Hermes

Age: 21

To New York

The price for voyage across the ocean for 1 Adult at M. 100 (the standard currency for the Netherlands at this time would have been the Gilder. The Symbol "M." imprinted on the contract probably referred to German Marks)

Total M. 100

This preserved as a source of money [Literal Translation]: M. 100 (about $23 62 in 1899 US Dollars or Approximately $600 stated in 2007 US Dollar Value)

The Best Passage: M. Nothing is 2 days before departure to pay (The amount due).

Travelling from Rotterdam on the 29th of May 1895 via Liverpool on a fast steamer of the Cunard Line

Rotterdam, this 29/5 1895

B.Karlsberg & Co.

Requests for reductions of the money paid passage are not taken into consideration.

Original Dutch Text

Vor- und Familienname: Heinrich Hermes

Alter: 21

Nach New York, County __ State ___

Bedungener Ueberfahrtspreis

Oceanfahrt: 1 Erwachsene à M 100

Total M. 100

Heirauf erhalten als Handgeld: 100

Die Bestpassage M Nichts ist 2 Tage vor der Abfahrt zu zahlen.

Abfahrt von Rotterdam am 29 Mai 1895 via Liverpool pr. Post-Dampfer der Cunard Line.

Rotterdam, den 29/5 1895

B. Karlsberg & Co.

Maaskade No. 20


Reclamationen wagen Rückgabe des eingezahlten Passagegeldes finden keine Berücksichtigung.

Information about Passenger Heinrich Hermes:

Heinrich Hermes, 21, of Germany arrived in New York on 8 June 1895 aboard the Cunard Steamship Lucania (for the Liverpool to New York via Queenstown portion of his journey.) He was processed as an immigrant through Ellis Island. He was a Laborer and his intended destination was New York. - From Ships Manifest Line 0149.

Name: Heinrich Hermes
Arrival Date: 8 June 1895
Birth Year: about 1874
Age: 21
Gender: Male
Port of Departure: Liverpool, England
Port of Arrival: New York, New York
Ship Name: Lucania

Source Citation: Year: 1895; Microfilm Serial: M237; Microfilm Roll: M237_642; Line: 24; Page Number: 4.

Source Information: New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010.

Original data:
  • Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, New York, 1820-1897; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M237, 675 rolls); Records of the U.S. Customs Service, Record Group 36; National Archives, Washington, D.C.
  • Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, New York, 1897-1957; (National Archives Microfilm Publication T715, 8892 rolls); Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service; National Archives, Washington, D.C.
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