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Steamship Ticket Contract - Norwegian Immigrant - 1913

Immigrant Steerage Contract for Passage to New York - Cunard Line - 1913

Ludvig Gjønvik was a Norwegian Immigrant to the United States in June 1913 arriving in Boston on board the RMS Laconia (I) as a passenger in Steerage - Third Class. This is the contract of passage that Ludvig purchased from Olaf H. Solem, the Agent for the Cunard Line in Trondheim, Norway.




And the passenger listed below regarding transportation to

Rock Island, Ill.

Ludvig Kristian Gjønvik circa 1910

Norwegian Immigrant, Ludvig Kristian Gjønvik from Trondheim Norway. Photo circa 1910 (~21 Years Old)

I, OLAF H. SOLEM, agent in Trondhjem, hereby commit myself to transport the said person, by 3rd class or Steerage, from Trondhjem to the destination which is likewise specified herein, for the sum of 244.00 crowns, which I acknowledge I have received as full payment.

/s/ Olaf H. Solem
Trondhjem, 5 June 1913

Specifications - The passengers are to be transported below deck by a steamship that is sailing on 5 June 1913 from Trondhjem to Hull, from there by 3rd class railroad car to Liverpool, with the first ordinary train after customs inspection. From there they will be transported by Cunard Steam Ship Company Limited, Liverpool, owners of the Cunard steamships, on one of their steam-ships to New York or Boston. For the duration of the whole journey to New York or Boston and during the time they are delayed in any place whatsoever regardless of the cause, the passengers will be provided with suitable lodging and will receive good and properly cooked food, served thus:

  • Breakfast and evening meal. Tea or coffee, sugar, fresh bread and butter, etc.
  • Midday Meal. Alternately soup, meat, pork, fish, potatoes, bread, as well as pudding on Sundays.

Each person over 12 years old can take along free of charge 10 cubic feet of baggage on the steamship and 150 pounds on the train in America, half of that for children from 1 to 12 years. The emigrants will be met and transported further by the Company' s own employees in Hull, Liverpool, New York and Boston.

Should an emigrant's departure be prevented by illness, he will be allowed to leave with a steamship departing later, and should the police prevent his departure, his money will be returned or handed over to the police.

Without responsibility for the baggage that the passengers have in their own custody on the trip.

Presented Trondhjem Police Station, 5 June 1913. (Note 1)

For the Police Commissioner.
(illegible signature)

The Olaf H. Solem Cunard Line Steamship Company Agency in Trondheim, Norway circa 1910.

The Olaf H. Solem Cunard Line Steamship Company Agency in Trondheim, Norway circa 1910. Olaf H. Solem is pictured above on the left. Photo courtesy of Børge Solem. GGA Image ID # 14c7bcc2e7

Børge Solem and I first corresponded in 2000, when I purchased some items for the Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives from him.  It turned out that he was the great-grandson of Olaf H. Solem who had sold the ticket to my grandfather in 1913.  This would have been the office of the Cunard Steamship Line Trondhjem agency, The Cunard Steam Ship Co., Ltd. (Olaf H. Solem) located on Søndre Gate 26, Trondhjem, Norge.

Note 1: Norwegian Emigrants were required to register with the Police. See the Norwegian Emigration Law of 1867

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