Immigrant Passage Contracts & Tickets
The Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives has a large collection of original passage contracts and tickets primarily for Transatlantic voyages, dating from the 1880s through the 1950s for immigrant passages to America.
All of the immigrant contracts have been transcribed and as appropriate, have an English translation. Even though it is highly unlikely we have your family's steamship ticket, try selecting a contract from the same steamship line or ocean liner used by your ancestors for illustrating your family history.
Top Image: Cunard Line Agency Ticket Office, Trondhjem, Norway 1910. Photo courtesy of Børge Solem.
A steerage contract over years old, for one adult going from Le Havre to New York on the clipper ship "Admiral" dated 4 May 1854. Printed in French and German, a synopis of the terms and conditions along with the contract information have been translated in English.
Nicholas Fish used this well-preserved 1859 Ticket for Passage on the Black Ball Line Packet Ship Yorkshire. he was a famous American (1846-1902) from a distinguished American family.
This contract was intended for First Class passage on the SS Reigate of the Surrey Steamship Company, a 3-mast, full-rigged ship built in 1862 weighing 1,035 tons. The cost of the voyage from Melbourne to London was £85, over £7,150 in today's currency.
Certificate for Passage of Mrs. Andrew Fair from Glasgow to New York on board the SS Columbia of the Anchor Line. She arrived in New York on 11 June 1873.
A Memorandum of a Draft was often used as a receipt for for funds sent to immigrants still in the Old Country waiting to come to America.
Agent's Record for a Prepaid passage on a White Star Line Steamship for passage from Cardiff, Whales, UK to Scranton PA via Steerage class in 1880. This was detached from the steamship ticket provided to the traveler and steamship line.
Cunard Line passage contract for emigrants from Gothenburg to Boston Mass. who paid the sum of $30, being payment in full, inclusive of landing expenses in America.
German immigrants traveled from Bremen to New York in the lowest class, steerage, paying the sum of $72 for the voyage on one of the Steamers of the North German Lloyd .
Beautifully engraved "Prepaid Passage Receipt" from the North German Lloyd. The passenger has to wait at home until the Norddeutscher Lloyd in Bremen sent him instructions and the required tickets and traveling papers.
Original steamship contract for passage for a German Immigrant, Heinrich Hermes, a 21 year-old laborer who undertook the voyage in the steerage class of the Cunard Line on the SS Lucania.
Contract for a 25 year-old Swedish servant, immigrating to America from Gothenburg, Sweden on 7 April 1897 on board the Cunard Line SS Campania.
1897 Memorandum (Ticket Receipt) for a Prepaid Second Cabin passage on the American Line Steamship St. Louis for Passenger R. L. Laplace. The Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives also has the passenger list for the voyage this ticket was purchased for.
This receipt was prepared by the ticket agent and represent the left side of the prepaid steamship passage contract that would have been forwarded to the immigrants named in the contract.
Original Steamship Contract from Gothenburg, Sweden to New York, 3rd Class Steerage Immigrant Ester Hilma Maria Magnuson of Stockholm on the White Star Line. Included the detachable receipt located on the right hand side (panel).
Prepaid Passage Certificate for a family of three from Northern Ireland in 1903. They arrived in New York in August 1903 aboard the Anchor Line SS Columbia.
Original steamship contract dated 6 July 1904 Between the Hamburg America Line and The Breitmann Family consisting of two adults and four children of Russian Hebrew descent, for third class passage from Hamburg to New York aboard the SS Hamburg.
A detached counterpart to a Steerage Passenger's Contract Ticket for passage on the RMS Arundale Castle of the Union-Castle Mail Steamship Company, Limited. Voyage was from Southampton to Cape Town departing on 1904-10-08.
Passenger Contract for Jens Julius Skafte of Denmark for a 1905 voyage to America on the Cunard Line. The contract indicated that he was headed for Albert Lea, Minnesota as his final destination.
Extraordinary original Steerage Passenger's Contract Ticket for a 27 year old man from Southampton, England for passage to Natal, South Africa in 1906. It provides rich details of the requirements of the steamship company in terms of food, water and other items supplied during the journey.
Agent's Record of a Passenger Ticket for a 23-year-old woman booked on the Allan Line Steamship Laurentian in 3rd Class from Boston to Londonderry leaving on 26 July 1907. The transaction was recorded and includes the amount of commission earned on this ticket.
Third Class Counterpart Passage Ticket Issued to F. R. Peverall by the Union-Castle Mail Steamship Company on 16 September 1907 for Third Class passage on the SS Garka from Cape Town to England. Cost of the Ticket was £10:10:0. Includes Contract Terms and Conditions and Notice to Passengers.
Steerage Prepaid Passage Contract issued by the Hamburg America Line on 20 November 1907 for passage from Hamburg, Germany to New York and a Train from New York to Ellsworth, Minnesota for a German Immigrant Family.
Memorandum of a Ticket Issued By The Cunard Steam Ship Co. Ltd. For Third Class Passage By Cunard Line of Mail Steamers From Liverpool or Queenstown to New York or Boston Or From Fiume or Trieste to New York.
Third Class Passage contract for a 38 year old Italian immigrant from Aoste, Italy for a voyage to the United States in October 1910 on the SS Chicago of the CGT French Line. The contract was written by a Swiss Agency (Zwilchenbart) and is entirely in French with an English translation following each part.
Extraordinarily rare Third Class Passenger's Contract Ticket for a voyage on the SS Persic of the White Star Line from Sydney to Melbourne, Australia.
Colorful Receipt for the purchase of passage from Hamburg to New York via the Hamburg America Line with inland passage to McFreesport, Pennsylvania dated 13 January 1913.
Issued by the New York Office of the Anchor Line Steamships Company, this Second Cabin Ticket receipt was purchased by Jessie Clerihew for a voyage on the SS California on 18 May, 1912 from New York to Glasgow, Scotland.
This is the Agent's Receipt and Record of a Second Cabin Steamship Ticket for an Eastbound voyage on the new Cunard Laconia from Boston to Liverpool, England. The Agency was located in Boston, Cunard Building on 126 State Street.
Well-preserved original steamship ticket for a voyage undertaken on 10 August 1912 undertaken by a 24 Year Old Immigrant who left Belgium in 1912 for New York.
This is an Agent's Record of a Third Class -Steerage Ticket for one adult and one child from Liverpool, England to New York on the Cunard Steamship SS Laconia. Additional information and conversion to current dollar values is provided.
Very rare receipt for Emigrant Tickets purchased for travel on the Great Western Railway from F. C. Cooper & Co., Stourbridge, for Steerage Passengers Mr. & Mrs. Asbury from Kidderminster to Paddington Station in London to board the RMS Arawa bound for New Zealand.
Rare Deck Class Steamship Ticket of the Union Castle Line for passage from Port Said to Delogoa Bay on the RMS Dunvegan Castle dated 15 November 1912.
Third Class Outward Passenger Ticket - Agents' Record for the Cunard RMS Laconia, May 13, 1913. Fare was $35. Ticket along with Agent's record would have been kept in a two-hole extra-long binder.
Third Class Prepaid Ticket - Agents Record, RMS Laconia 1913 from Liverpool to Boston. Itemized transaction shows fare and commision breakdown. Fare was paid by a third party.
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.
1914 Passenger Contract for a voyage from Gothenburg, Sweden to Boston, Massachusetts for Alfred Person, 19 years of age, traveling alone. He paid SEK 178.50 for Steerage / third class accommodations.
Westbound Ticket Order dated 8 July 1914 from the Donaldson Line for Second Cabin Passenger Miss Ruth Immel, departing on the SS Cassandra from Glasgow to Montreal, Issued by C.V. Dasey & Son, Boston.
Steamship contract ticket for Third Class Passage on a voyage of the SS Euripides of the Aberdeen Line from Melbourne, Australia to London departing on 21 May 1921.
Rare Outward Bound (eastward) Passenger Steamship Ticket for Third Class accommodations on the SS Mount Clinton of the United American Lines on her maiden voyage to Hamburg, Germany.
Rare Passenger Manifest / Passage Contract for the 22 June 1922 Voyage on board the SS Hudson of the United States Mail Steamship Company, Inc. from Bremen to New York for Yugoslavian Immigrant Theresia Floc and Daughter.
Third Class (Steerage Passengers' Contract Ticket for The Stevens Family of Four sailing on the P. & O. Line SS Commonwealth from the Port of London to Melbourne, Australia dated 18 August 1921.
Contract for third class/steerage passage on the SS George Washington by a German Immigrant on 17 September 1921, sailing from Bremen to New York.
Prepaid Ticket and Contract for Polish Immigrant from Bremen to Chicago IL on the United States Lines. Ticket included Train to Chicago and Transatlantic Ocean Fare in the Cabin Class.
Very rare prepaid certificate for second class passage on the RMS Reliance of RMSP. The passage for the 18 year old German immigrant girl was paid for by a relative, Bernhard Mayer, who immigrated in 1892.
Janina Kozlowski was a 13 Year-Old Polish Immigrant girl traveling from Antwerp to New York on the SS Zeeland who arrived in New York on 10 November 1923. If you look under Terms of Contract, #16 prohibits children under 16 traveling alone.
Passenger Manifest - Tourist Cabin, SS Bremen, 15 August 1925 for Rosa Brise, age 50, a Citizen of the United States.
Deutscher Vertrag über das Dampfflugzeug der dritten Klasse an Bord der SS New York der Hamburg-Amerika-Linie im Jahr 1927. Die Unterschrift des Passagiers ist schwer zu lesen. See the entry below for the English Translation.
Emma Muessigbrodt, a 37 year-old German woman traveling from Hamburg to New York on the Hamburg America Line. She travelled in the Third Class. (English translation)
Italian Immigrant was one of the 4,000 Quota immigrants from Italy in 1928 under the Immigration Act of 1924. The contract is stamped "Quota" in large letters. Second Class passage contract from Naples to New York on the SS Roma of the Navigazione Generale Italiana Line.
Third Class Passenger Ticket for a German national for a transatlantic voyage from Bremen, Germany to New York on 3 October 1928. The contract was written in both German and English.
Economical Second Class Ticket from Naples, Italy to New York Berth Cabin 776, berth 3 on the SS Conte Biancamano sailing from Naples on 25 October 1930 for passenger Salvatore Milluzzo.
Passage Ticket for a voyage on the SS Duilio of the NGI (Navigazione Generale Italiana) in third class from Genova to Buenos Aires dated 14 February 1931. Voyage ports of call included Villafranca, Barcelona, Rio Janeiro, and Santos Montevideo.
Receipt that itemized a round-trip voyage to Europe for Mr. and Mrs. David S. Kane via the SS Hamburg and SS Deutschland of the Hamburg America Line in 1932.
Steamship Ticket - United States Lines, Tourist Cabin Contract Ticket, Dutch Woman, Rotterdam (Cherbourg) to New York aboard the SS Leviathan.
Receipt for partial payment for a party of four for passage from New York to Hamburg on the SS St. Louis of the Hamburg America Line dated 28 April 1933. Fare for Each Adult was $143.00 Plus Tax for a cabin class berth.
Tourist Class Passage for Three Family Members living in Berlin prepaid by another family member living in Maryland for a voyage from Hamburg to New York, departing 5 June 1933 on the Hamburg America Line steamship Deutschland.
Tourist Class Contract on the SS Stuttgart of the North German Lloyd Steamship Company for a westbound voyage from Boulogne sur Mer to New York on 6 September 1935 for Mr. H. A. Hawgood. The ticket was purchased in Paris, France.
Contract for Tourist Class Passage on the Italia SS Rex 1935 for a Dr. Charles Bartolomew Lombardo from Naples to New York. The contract was written with the specifications in almost micro-print on the back side.
Receipt for partial payment for third class passage on the SS New York - Eastbound and the SS Bremen - Westbound for a round-trip voyages between New York and Bremen on the Hamburg America Line.
Tourist Class Passage Ticket for a voyage from Trieste to Haifa on the SS Galilea of Lloyd Triestino dated 11 September 1936 for one adult male, assigned cabin no. 399 for this trip across the Mediterranean Sea.
Passenger's Receipt and Contract for passage on the SS Excambion of the American Export Lines for a voyage departing from New York to Naples on 18 January 1938 for an American adult woman.
Passenger's Receipt and Contract for passage on the SS Excalibur of the American Export Lines for a voyage departing from Genoa to New York on 18 March 1938 for an American adult woman.
Passage Ticket for the Compagnie Général Transatlantique, Ltd., - The French Line, Southampton to New York, departing 6 September 1939, issued to Mrs. Agnes de Linia (or de Lina). World War 2 began on 1 September 1939.
Unique cabin class passage ticket Sydney to San Francisco on USN troop transport Marine Phoenix leased by the Oceanic Steamship Company and Operated by Matson Navigation Company for this and other voyages during 1947-1949.
First Class Ticket for Passage from Sydney to Southampton on the SS Orion of the Orient Line, voyage to being on or about the 7th of February 1948 for one adult who paid £115 for passage.
Passage Receipt and transportation contract for passage on the SS Vulcania of the Italia Line sailing 1 May 1948 from Alexandria to New York for a 24-year-old American male from Dallas, Texas. American Export Line was acting as a general agent of Italia S.A.N., Genoa.
Prepaid Tourist Class Passage Ticket dated 13 November 1951 for German Immigrant, Departing from Bremerhaven on 24 February 1952 and arriving in New York on 6 March 1962 on the MS Gripsholm of the Swedish American Line. Toral Fare was $193.00 Including $8 Head Tax.
1953-02-07 Tourist Class Passage Ticket -- New York to Southampton -- SS Queen Mary
Tourist Class passage ticket on the Cunard Line SS Queen Mary, sailing from New York for Southampton on 7 February 1953 on Pier 90, North River where passengers embarked between 8:30 and 11:30 am for this voyage.
First Class Eastbound passage contract on the Norwegian America Line SS Stavangerfjord sailing on 14 July 1953. Ticket was purchased with the Westbound return passage on the SS Oslofjord sailing on 9 September 1953.
Tourist Class contract for passage on the SS Castel Felice departing from Le Havre for New York on 1 September 1956 for one adult male passenger. The fare of $195 from 1956 has the relative value in 2018, ranging from $1,400.00 to $8,930.00.
About Steamship Contracts and Tickets
It is a document of paper bearing the name of the line for which it is purchased. On it is a printed agreement to transport the passenger according to the rules of the company, on which is noted the name of the ship, the number of the cabin and the berth.