SS Belgenland - History, Accommodations, & Ephemera Collection

All Digitized Ephemera for the SS Belgenland available at the GG Archives. Common items of ephemera in our maritime collection include passenger lists, brochures, event and entertainment programs, and other memorabilia produced for a voyage or ship.

Front Cover of 1924 Brochure The SS Belgenland of the Red Star Line.

1924 - Red Star Line SS Belgenland Into Europe

The Triple Screw Steamer Belgenland, Queen of the Red Star Line Ships 1924 18-page Brochure entitled "Into Europe Through Belgium," produced by the New York Office. Great photographs capture the luxury and opulence of the first class in this magnificent ship.

Front Cover of 1924 Brochure on the Red Star Line Flagship SS Belgenland 27,200 Tons.

1924 - Red Star Line SS Belgenland

A 1924 brochure from the Red Star Line features their flagship, the SS Belgenland and her many amenities available for first-class passengers. Numerous photographs and illustrations document the opulence and service provided by the Red Star Line.

1924-07-29 Passenger Manifest for the RMS Belgenland

1924-07-19 RMS Belgenland Passenger List

  • Steamship Line: Red Star Line
  • Class of Passengers: Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 19 July 1924
  • Route: London to New York via Cherbourg
  • Commander: Commodore J. Bradshaw
Brochure Cover, Red Star Line Second Class Rates

1926-01 Red Star Line Second Class Rates

January 1926 brochure containing second class rates for the Red Star Line steamships Belgenland and Lapland for routes between New York and Antwerp. European Rail and Steamer Fares and interior and exterior photographs for both ships are included.

Front Cover, SS Belgenland Passenger List - 26 June 1926

1926-06-26 RMS Belgenland Passenger List

  • Steamship Line: Red Star Line
  • Class of Passengers: Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 26 June 1926
  • Route: New York to Antwerp via Plymouth and Cherbourg
  • Commander: Captain T. Howell
1926-09-03 Passenger Manifest for the SS Belgenland

1926-09-03 SS Belgenland Passenger List

  • Steamship Line: Red Star Line
  • Class of Passengers: Tourist Third Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 3 September 1926
  • Route: Antwerp to New York via Boulogne-sur-Mer and Southampton
  • Commander: Captain Th. Howell
Front Cover, RMS Belgenland Passenger List - 8 August 1930

1930-08-08 RMS Belgenland Passenger List

  • Steamship Line: Red Star Line
  • Class of Passengers: Tourist
  • Date of Departure: 8 August 1930
  • Route: Antwerp to New York via Southampton and Cherbourg
  • Commander: Captain W. A. Morehouse


Ephemera contained in the GG Archives collection represent the souvenirs provided to the passengers of each voyage. Many of these souvenir ephemeral items have disappeared over the years.

Our selection varies considerably by ship, and likely contains only a sampling of what was originally produced and printed by the steamship lines.

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New Triple Screw SS Belgenland - 1923

Front Cover - 8 August 1923 Passenger List, SS Lapland, Red Star Line

27,200 tons — 697 feet long — 78; feet wide

The Belgenland is the world's eighth largest ocean liner. She is 27,20o tons register, 697 ft. long and 78.5 ft. beam and she can accommodate 2700 Passengers — 454. in first class.

In the arrangement of her decks, and also in her living quarters for Passengers in all three classes, the Belgenland possesses a number of striking features. Her staterooms and private suites in first class meet the demands of a fashionable and luxury-loving traveling public, while her rooms in second and third class set a standard that is not excelled.

The first class sleeping apartments of the Belgenland are distinguished by their varied and luxurious character.

In the suites, both large and small, are found double beds of metal with box springs and hair mattresses quite as;large and luxurious as the finest beds on shore. Still another important feature of the Belgenland's staterooms is the installation of wash basins with hot and cold running water.

In the ship's deck arrangement are found two unusual features. One is an observation promenade forward of the main deckhouses, across the promenade deck, as on a private yacht, with space for chairs of Passengers who may wish to take a sun bath or to observe the course of the ship ahead.

Another is a glass enclosure of the main promenade deck with bulwarks sufficiently low to enable Passengers to look out upon the sea with unobstructed view while still reclining in a deck chair.

One outstanding novelty on the Belgenland which distinguishes the ship from all other liners is the character of the service in the first class restaurant.

The table d'hôte has been abolished. In its place is a full Continental restaurant service, with meals à la carte and cooked to order and with Continental waiters in attendance.

One may dine when one wishes. No extra charge is made for meals. Under this system each meal is created to the order of the passenger.

Restaurant buffets have electric devices keeping dishes warm during a meal. Small tables prodominate in the Belgenland'S ultra modern restaurant. Out of a total of 342 seats in the main dining hall, 18o are at two-seated tables. The remainder are at four-seated and six-seated tables.

Connected with the main saloon are private dining rooms for families or Passengers who may desire to entertain or may wish more privacy than the main dining hall affords.

Forward of the restaurant, and separated from it by a glass screen as clear as crystal, is another apartment, which, like the restaurant, is the full width of the ship and of generous length.

This is the reception hall, or palm court, as it might more properly be called, since it is embowered in palms. This apartment is designed to be the social centre of the ship for those who love conversation, a cigarette, or after-dinner coffee.

And here, too, the orchestra — with a superb grand piano as one of the instruments — gives concerts and plays for dancing. The general atmosphere is that of a fashionable club at a Continental pleasure resort.

The Belgenland'S second cabin has broad deck space, a very large verandah cafe, a handsome smoking room, a children's playroom, a gymnasium, and a dining room fitted, like that in first cabin, with small tables.

Second class Passengers also enjoy a library and a large lounge, both looking out on the promenade deck and having bay windows like those in a spacious house.

The staterooms in second class are large and handsomely equipped. Most of the rooms have hot and cold running water, ample light and ventilation, electric light and fine fittings throughout. Some rooms contain twp berths, others four.

In a word the Belgenland has been designed to provide the greatest possible degree of comfort for every passenger.


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