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Captain William G. Randle

Captain William G. Randle

W. G. RANDLE-(RED STAR: " WESTERNLAND"). From a photograph by Gutekunst, Philadelphia. GGA Image ID # 12eb5d1385

Captain William G. Randle, of the Red Star branch of the American Line, commands the Westernland. The home port of his vessel, unlike that of his three brethren, Sargent, Urquhart, and Freeth, is New York. No, on second thought, this is not exactly the fact.

A Few of the Voyages Commanded by Captain William G. Randle

Passenger Manifest, Red Star Line Friesland, Cabin Passengers 1892

1892-05-07 SS Friesland Passenger List

  • Steamship Line: Red Star Line
  • Class of Passengers: Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 7 May 1892
  • Route: Antwerp to New York via Dover
  • Commander: Captain Wm. G. Randle
Passenger Manifest Cover, October 1897 Westbound Voyage - SS St. Louis

1897-10-02 SS St. Louis Passenger List

  • Steamship Line: American Line
  • Class of Passengers: Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 2 October 1897
  • Route: Southampton to New York
  • Commander: Captain William G. Randle
Passenger Manifest Sheet, October 1899 Westbound Voyage - SS St. Louis

1899-10-21 SS St. Louis Passenger List

  • Steamship Line: American Line
  • Class of Passengers: Saloon
  • Date of Departure: 21 October 1899
  • Route: Southampton to New York
  • Commander: Captain William G. Randle

The home port of the Red Star ships is Antwerp, since the line is distinctly more Belgian than American in its personnel. One hardly knows just how to describe it, but it may not be improper to speak of the Red Star as one of the branches of the American Line. In all its features and peculiarities it partakes of two nationalities more than any line which traverses the Atlantic.

Some of its officers are Belgians,while others are citizens of the United States. The Commodore of the fleet, Captain W. G. Randle, is a Pennsylvanian by birth. He was born and still has his home in that thriving little ship-building town on the Delaware River, Chester. I have met lots of old ocean travelers who declare that Randle is "the pleasantest captain who crosses the sea."

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