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The Anchor Line operated transatlantic steamship passenger service between the ports in the United States including: New York, Boston, Philadelphia, and Baltimore; Canadian Ports of Montreal, Quebec, Halifax; to UK Ports of call including: Southampton, Plymouth, Liverpool, London, Londonderry, Glasgow, Queenstown, Bristol; and, the European Ports of Cherbourg and Hamburg.

All the names of their Ocean Liners in their passenger and freight fleet ended with the suffix "ia." Research, and learn about this transatlantic passenger and freight steamship line that brought many immigrants to the North American Continent.

Anchor Line Ephemera in Date Order

Certificate For Passage - Steamship Ticket, Anchor Line, Glasgow To New York, 1873

1873-01-29 Certificate for Passage - Glasgow to New York

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.

Passenger Manifest, Anchor Line, Saloon Passengers, Furnessia, 1883

1883-12-07 SS Furnessia Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Saloon
  • Date of Departure: 7 December 1883
  • Route: Glasgow to New York via Moville
  • Commander: Captain John Hedderwick
Anchor Line SS City of Rome Saloon Passenger Manifest, 1884

1884-08-23 SS City Of Rome Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Saloon
  • Date of Departure: 23 August 1884
  • Route: Liverpool to New York
  • Commander: Captain R. D. Munro
23 August 1888 SS Furnessia

1888-08-23 SS Furnessia Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Saloon
  • Date of Departure: 23 August 1888
  • Route: Glasgow to New York via Moville
  • Commander: Captain John Hedderwick
Anchor Line Passenger Manifest from 1890 on board the SS Circassia - Saloon Passengers

1890-07-12 SS Circassia Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Saloon
  • Date of Departure: 12 July 1890
  • Route: New York to Glasgow via Moville
  • Commander: Captain John Hedderwick
Passenger Manifest, City of Rome, Anchor Line 1896

1896-08-20 SS City Of Rome Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Saloon
  • Date of Departure: 20 August 1896
  • Route: Glasgow to New York via Moville
  • Commander: Captain Hugh Young
Passenger Manifest, SS Circassia, Anchor Line 1897

1897-08-12 SS Circassia Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Saloon
  • Date of Departure: 12 August 1897
  • Route: Glasgow to New York via Moville
  • Commander: Captain G. C. Boothby
Passenger Manifest, Anchor Line SS Furnessia, 1900, Glasgow, Scotland to New York

1900-07-12 SS Furnessia Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Second Class
  • Date of Departure: 12 July 1900
  • Route: Glasgow to New York
  • Commander: Captain Hugh Young
Passenger Manifest SS Furnessia, 1901-05-30

1901-05-30 SS Furnessia Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Second Class
  • Date of Departure: 30 May 1901
  • Route: Glasgow to New York
  • Commander: Captain Hugh Young
Front Cover, Second Saloon and Third Class on Anchor Line U.S. Mail Steamers.

1902 Brochure - Anchor Line Second & Third Class Accommodations

Six-Panel Flyer from the Anchor Line promoting their weekly service between New York and Glasgow. Brochure provided information pertaining to the Second Saloon and Third Class passengers only including rates of passage and rail rates to or from Glasgow to points in the UK.

Passenger Manifest, Anchor Line, 1903, Glasgow to New York

1903-06-04 SS Anchoria Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: First and Second Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 4 June 1903
  • Route: Glasgow to New York via Moville
  • Commander: Captain F. H. Wadsworth
Prepaid Passage Certificate - Third Class - 1903

1903-06-08 Prepaid Passage Certificate - Anchor Line Third Class

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.

Passenger Manifest, Anchor Line SS Columbia, 1903, Glasgow, Scotland to New York

1903-08-08 SS Columbia Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Second Class
  • Date of Departure: 8 August 1903
  • Route: Glasgow to New York
  • Commander: Captain Walter Baxter
Front Cover, Anchor Line Transatlantic Steamships. Tours in Ireland, Scotland, and England.

1904 Brochure - Anchor Line Transatlantic Steamships - Tours

1904 brochure produced by the Anchor Line focuses on most of the popular places of interest and principal cities of Scotland, Ireland, England, and Wales. The booklet features beautiful color images, many reproduced on this page.

1905-07-01 SS Caledonia

1905-07-01 SS Caledonia Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: List of Passengers on Clark's Excursions to Europe
  • Date of Departure: 1 July 1905
  • Route: New York to Glasgow via Londonderry
Menu Card - Dinner Menu SS Caledonia 4 July 1905

1905-07-04 SS Caledonia Independence Day Dinner Menu

Fourth of July Bill of Fare from 1905 featured Green Turtle Soup, Mutton Cutlets à la Deplomate and Pudding à la Republic, Sherry Sauce.

TSS California Breakfast Menu Postcard 10 August 1908

1908-08-10 TSS California Breakfast Menu Postcard

Vintage Bill of Fare from 10 August 1908 featured a limited selection including Halibut Steaks, Stewed Sausages and Mashed Potatoes, and Irish Stew. The attached postcard featured views of the Twin Screw Steamship (TSS) "California", and Dunfermline Abbey in Scotland.

Menu Card from the Anchor Line TSS Caledonia Second Cabin Dinner Menu, 1910

1910-06-09 SS Caledonia Dinner Menu Card

Vintage Second Cabin Bill of Fare from 9 June 1910 featured Boiled Halibut, Hollandaise Sauce, Roast Sirloin of Beef, Baked Potatoes, and Plum Pudding, Brandy Sauce for dessert.

Passenger Manifest, Anchor Line SS Columbia, 1912 Glasgow to New York

1912-08-17 SS Columbia Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Saloon
  • Date of Departure: 17 August 1912
  • Route: Glasgow to New York via Moville
  • Commander: Captain John Black
Passenger Manifest, Anchor Line SS Furnessia, 1910

1910-06-18 SS Furnessia Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Second Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 18 June 1910
  • Route: New York to Glasgow, via Moville (Londonderry)
  • Commander: Captain John Black
Front Cover, Anchor Line Special Attractions for Excursion Season 1911.

1911 Brochure - Anchor Line Special Attractions For the Excursion Season

This brochure printed by the Anchor Line for the Tourist season in 1911 featured information for passengers, internal and external photographs of the ships and interior views and some information on destinations.

Front Cover, Anchor Line Information For Passengers - 1912 Brochure.

1912 Brochure - Anchor Line Information For Passengers

Exquisite brochure from 1912 offers an excellent glimpse of cabin class travel aboard steamships of that era. This booklet was produced after the Anchor Line's Newest steamship - The Cameronia in 1911.

Anchor Line Steamship Ticket Receipt 1912

1912-05-06 Steamship Agent's Receipt - Second Cabin

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.

Front Cover, Anchor Line Second Cabin Information and Accommodations 1913

1913-11-29 Brochure - Anchor Line Second Cabin Accommodations

12-Page brochure on second cabin accommodations on transatlantic steamships of the Anchor Line offering weekly service between New York, Glasgow, and Londonderry. Published by Amsden-Kalbfleisch Co., Agents - Rochester, NY on 29 November 1913. Numerous photographs, Rates of Passage, and other information are included.

Passenger Manifest, Anchor Line TSS Cameronia, 1913, Glasgow to New York

1913-09-06 SS Cameronia Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Saloon
  • Date of Departure: 6 September 1913
  • Route: Glasgow to New York via Moville
  • Commander: Captain Walter Baxter
17 July 1920 TSS Columbia

1920-07-17 TSS Columbia Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 17 July 1920
  • Route: Glasgow to New York via Moville
  • Commander: Captain David W. Bone
24 February 1922 RMS Cameronia

1922-02-24 RMS Cameronia Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 24 February 1922
  • Route: Glasgow for New York via Moville, Liverpool, Queenstown (Cobh), and Halifax N.S
  • Commander: Captain James Blaikie
Menu Card, Dinner Menu, Anchor Line RMS Cameronia - 1922

1922-02-28 RMS Cameronia Royal Romance

Combination of a Menu and Souvenir of the Royal Wedding in this beautifully preserved dinner menu from 28 February 1922. The Cameronia was on a Westbound Voyage from Liverpool that arrived in New York on 8 March 1922.

26 August 1922 RMS Assyria

1922-08-26 RMS Assyria Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 26 August 1922
  • Route: Glasgow to New York via Moville
  • Commander: Captain C. E. F. Osborne, R.D., R.N.R.
23 August 1923 TSS Columbia

1923-08-23 TSS Columbia Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 23 August 1923
  • Route: Glasgow to New York via Moville
  • Commander: Captain G. B. Kelly
Front Cover, The New Anchor Line Fleet to Ireland and Scotland. 1926 Brochure.

1926 Brochure - The New Anchor Line Fleet

Profusely illustrated brochure from 1926 documents the grand interiors of the Caledonia and Transylvania, the newest additions to the Anchor Line fleet with views of the California and Cameronia, transporting passengers between New York, Londonderry, and Glasgow.

30 January 1926 Cruise Passenger Manifest - SS Transylvania

1926-01-30 SS Transylvania Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Cruise
  • Date of Departure: 30 January 1926
  • Route: New York to Funchal (Madeira); Lisbon; Cadiz, Spain; Gibraltar; Algiers; Tunis, Carthage; Phaleron Bay (Athens); Constantinople; Haifa; Alexandria; Naples; Villefranche (Nice); Monte Carlo; Cherbourg; and return to New York.
  • Commander: Captain D. W. Bone
31 July 1926 TSS Cameronia

1926-07-31 TSS Cameronia Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 31 July 1926
  • Route: Glasgow for New York via Moville
  • Commander: Captain Robert Smart
1926-08-19 SS California

1926-08-19 SS California Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Tourist Third Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 19 August 1926
  • Route: Naples to New York via Gibraltar
  • Commander: Captain Alex. Collie
Valentine's Day Dinner Menu, RMS Transylvania, Anchor Line, 14 February 1927 - Front Cover

1927-02-14 RMS Transylvania Valentine's Day Dinner Menu

Large Format elaborate Saint Valentine's Day Dinner Menu from a 1927 Mediterranean Cruise featured menu items included Prime Rib and Sirloin of Beef, Corned Ox Tongue, and Roast Gigot of Mutton.

Passenger Manifest, Anchor Line SS Cameronia, 1927-07-02

1927-07-02 SS Cameronia Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Tourist Third Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 2 July 1927
  • Route: New York to Londonderry and Glasgow via Boston
  • Commander: Captain William Gemmeix
  • Note: This passenger list included mostly students under the direction of the Students Travel Club
Passenger Manifest, Anchor Line TSS Transylvania Sep 1927

1927-09-03 SS Transylvania Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Saloon and Second Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 3 September 1927
  • Route: Glasgow to New York via Moville
  • Commander: Captain David W. Bone
Passenger Manifest, Anchor Line SS Cameronia, 1929-07-03

1929-07-03 SS Cameronia Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Tourist Third Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 3 July 1929
  • Route: New York to Londonderry and Glasgow via Boston
  • Commander: Captain William Gemmeix
  • Note: This passenger list included mostly students under the direction of the Students Travel Club
14 September 1929 TSS California

1929-09-14 TSS California Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Cabin and Tourist Third Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 14 September 1929
  • Route: Glasgow to Boston and New York via Belfast
  • Commander: Captain Frank M. Henderson
Front Cover, Anchor Line Cabin Class Brochure. Undated, circa 1930s.

1930s Brochure - Anchor Line Cabin Class

For passengers who are accustomed to the amenities of good-living, the Anchor Line offers a truly delightful mode of travel, in the company of other passengers with the same substantial standards which characterize their own good taste.

Passenger Manifest, Anchor Line SS California, 1930-05-24

1930-05-24 SS California Passenger List

  • Ship: SS California
  • Class of Passengers: Cabin and Tourist Third Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 24 May 1930
  • Route: New York to Belfast and Glasgow via Boston
  • Commander: Captain Robert Smart
TSS California Breakfast Menu Card 1 June 1930

1930-06-01 TSS California Breakfast Menu Card

Vintage Bill of Fare for Sunday, 1 June 1936 featured traditional breakfast choices and Suate of Ox Kidney, Fried Smelts and Kippered Herring.

20 August 1930 TSS California

1930-08-20 TSS California Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Cabin and Tourist Third Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 20 August 1930
  • Route: Glasgow to New York via Belfast and Moville
  • Commander: Captain Robert Smart
Suggestions for Visiting Bermuda from The National Tours on Board the SS California of the Anchor Line, February 1931.

1931-02 Bermuda Suggestions - The National Tours

List of suggestions for passengers on board the SS California of the Anchor Line, on visiting Bermuda, a tour-stop coordinated by The National Tours, during February 1931.

23 February 1931 Cruise Passenger Manifest - SS California

1931-02-23 SS California Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Cruise
  • Date of Departure: 23 February 1931
  • Route: New York to Bermuda and Return
  • Commander: Captain Robert W. Smart
The National Tours Daily Program for 24 February 1931 during a Gulf Stream Cruise

1931-02-24 Gulf Stream Cruise Program of the Day

Tuesday's listing of events for passengers on the National Tours Gulf Stream Cruise on the SS California of the Anchor Line on 24 February 1931. Open Air Swimming Pool was the Program of the Day. Other activities were scheduled from 10:15 am concert through 10:00 pm's last showing of a motion picture.

Front Cover, TSS California Dinner Menu - 24 February 1931

1931-02-24 TSS California Dinner Menu Card

Vintage Bill of Fare from 24 February 1931 featured Boiled Salmon, Sauce Riche, Fried Fillet of Flounder, Sauce Tartare, and Soufflé Pudding, Chamois for dessert. Events for the Evening were included with the menu.

The National Tours Daily Program for 25 February 1931 during a Gulf Stream Cruise heading to Bermuda

1931-02-25 Gulf Stream Cruise Program of the Day

Wednesday's listing of events for passengers on the National Tours Gulf Stream Cruise on the SS California of the Anchor Line on 25 February 1931. Shipboard activities were scheduled from 7:45 pm Outdoor Motion Picture to 11:15 pm Rudy Valee Orchestra Concert.

The National Tours Daily Program for 26 February 1931 during a Gulf Stream Cruise heading to Bermuda

1931-02-26 Gulf Stream Cruise Program of the Day

Wednesday's listing of events for passengers on the National Tours Gulf Stream Cruise on the SS California of the Anchor Line on 26 February 1931. A Masquerade Ball with Grand March was the featured program.

The National Tours Daily Program for 27 February 1931 during a Gulf Stream Cruise heading to Bermuda

1931-02-27 Gulf Stream Cruise Program of the Day

Tuesday's listing of events for passengers on the National Tours Gulf Stream Cruise on the SS California of the Anchor Line on 27 February 1931. "California Follies" was the Program of the Day.

Front Cover, Concert Program on Board the SS California of the Anchor Line, Friday, 27 February 1931.

1931-02-27 The California Follies - A Musical Revue - National Tours

An adorable musical review concert program provided delightful entertainment to the passengers on board the SS California of the Anchor Line, during a Bermuda Cruise on 27 February 1931.

11 September 1936 TSS Transylvania

1936-09-11 TSS Transylvania Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Cabin and Tourist
  • Date of Departure: 11 September 1936
  • Route: Glasgow for New York via Dublin
  • Commander: Captain David W. Bone
18 September 1936 TSS Caledonia

1936-09-18 TSS Caledonia Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Cabin and Tourist
  • Date of Departure: 18 September 1936
  • Route: Glasgow to Boston and New York via Belfast and Londonderry
  • Commander: Captain Alexander Collie
22 July 1938 TSS California

1938-07-22 TSS California Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Cabin and Tourist
  • Date of Departure: 22 July 1938
  • Route: Glasgow to Boston and New York via Dublin
  • Commander: Captain Robert W. Smart
19 August 1938 TSS California

1938-08-19 TSS California Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Cabin and Tourist
  • Date of Departure: 19 August 1938
  • Route: Glasgow to Boston and New York via Dublin and Cobh
  • Commander: Captain Robert W. Smart
1938-08-26 SS Caledonia

1938-08-26 SS Caledonia Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Cabin and Tourist
  • Date of Departure: 26 August 1938
  • Route: Glasgow to Boston and New York via Belfast and Londonderry
  • Commander: Captain Alexander Collie
Front Cover, Anchor Line - Merchant Fleets #9

1986 - Anchor Line - Merchant Fleets # 9

The ninth title in this widely collected reference series on the world's merchant fleets, past and present, is devoted to the Anchor Line. Commencing with a chronology of the main events in the company's history this is followed by a full list of all of the 174 ships owned together with technical details and the career history of each. The ship list is illustrated with 100 scale profile drawings the the author, covering 168 vessels.

 

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