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Atlantic Transport Line History and Ephemera

The Atlantic Transport Line operated transatlantic passenger service primarily between New York and London from 1881 to 1936. It was an American owned company that was operated by the British and sailed under the British flag.

In the late 1800s and early 1900s, many of their ships bore the name from the State of Minnesota and cities, regions or landmarks within the State. The early years were dominated by one class -- Saloon / First Class service, and in 1925 they began to offer Tourist / Third Class services. Atlantic Transport Line also transported live cattle and valuable horses.

Information from the 1908 Encyclopaedia of Ships and Shipping

Atlantic Transport Co., Ltd. Originated in London 1886, and in 1896 purchased the controlling interest in the International Steamship Co. (a line which dates back to 1863), and two years later it absorbed the fleet and American business of the Wilson's and Furness-Leyland Lines.

The company maintains a regular service from London to Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York, and its steamers are' built prinCipally to carry cargoes of refrigerated meat and livestock, although on some of their larger ships excellent passenger accommodation is provided, and the three latest vessels can carry up to 250 passengers.

The Atlantic Transport Line -- The "A. T. L." -- which maintained before the first World war a superior passenger service between New York and London, but which lost its four best ships by submarine attacks, and has since been out of the passenger business. This line has new passenger tonnage under construction, which will come into the company's list of new ships to be commissioned in 1923.

Atlantic Transport Line Ephemera in Date Order

Front Cover, Saloon Passenger List for the SS Marquette, 1 June 1899 of the Atlantic Transport Line.

1899-06-01 SS Marquette Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 1 June 1899
  • Route: London to New York
  • Commander: Captain Thomas F. Gates
15 September 1900 Passenger Manifest SS Marquette

1900-09-15 SS Marquette Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 15 September 1900
  • Route: New York for London
  • Commander: Captain Thomas F. Gates
1900-11-08 Passenger Manifest SS Marquette

1900-11-08 SS Marquette Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Saloon
  • Date of Departure: 8 November 1900
  • Route: London to New York
  • Commander: Captain Thomas F. Gates
Passenger Manifest, Atlantic Transport Line, SS Minneapolis, 1902

1902-04-10 SS Minneapolis Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Saloon
  • Date of Departure: 10 April 1902
  • Route: London to New York
  • Commander: Captain Thomas F. Gates
Passenger Manifest, Atlantic Transport Line, SS Minnehaha, 1902

1902-08-16 SS Minnehaha Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Saloon
  • Date of Departure: 16 August 1902
  • Route: London to New York
  • Commander: Captain J. Robinson
Passenger Manifest, Atlantic Transport Line, SS Minnetonka, 1904

1904-06-18 SS Minnetonka Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: First Class
  • Date of Departure: 18 June 1904
  • Route: London to New York
  • Commander: Captain Sydney Layland
Front Cover, Passenger Manifest, SS Minneapolis, Atlantic Transport Line, August 1904

1904-08-27 S. S. Minneapolis Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: First Class
  • Date of Departure: 27 August 1904
  • Route: London to New York
  • Commander: Captain Thomas F. Gates
1904-09-03 Passenger Manifest SS Mesaba

1904-09-03 SS Mesaba Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: First Class
  • Date of Departure: 3 September 1904
  • Route: London to New York
  • Commander: Captain J. Crichton
Passenger Manifest, Atlantic Transport Line SS Minneapolis 1905 (Westbound)

1905-11-16 S. S. Minneapolis Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: First Class
  • Date of Departure: 16 November 1905
  • Route: London to New York
  • Commander: Captain Thomas F. Gates
SS Minneapolis Dinner Menu Card - 25 November 1905

1905-11-25 SS Minneapolis Dinner Menu Card

Vintage Bill of Fare from 25 November 1905 featured Prime Roast Ribs of Beef, Horseradish Sauce, Fore-quarter of Lamb, Mint Sauce, and Empress Pudding for dessert.

Passenger Manifest, Atlantic Transport Line SS Minneapolis, 1906, London to New York

1906-05-12 SS Minneapolis Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: First Class
  • Date of Departure: 12 May 1906
  • Route: London to New York
  • Commander: Captain Thomas F. Gates
Passenger Manifest, Atlantic Transport Line SS Minnetonka 1908

1908-07-25 SS Minnetonka Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: First Class
  • Date of Departure: 25 July 1908
  • Route: London to New York
  • Commander: Captain E. G. Cannons
Passenger Manifest, Atlantic Transport Line SS Minneapolis 1909

1909-06-12 SS Minneapolis Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: First Class
  • Date of Departure: 12 June 1909
  • Route: London to New York
  • Commander: Captain Frank H. Claret, R.N.R
1910-02-05 Passenger Manifest SS Minnehaha

1910-02-05 SS Minnehaha Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: First Class
  • Date of Departure: 5 February 1910
  • Route: Southampton to New York
  • Commander: Captain Sydney Layland
Passenger Manifest, Atlantic Transport Line SS Minnetonka, 1912-08-31 London to New York

1912-08-31 SS Minnetonka Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: First Class
  • Date of Departure: 31 August 1912
  • Route: London to New York
  • Commander: Captain E. O. Cannons
Passenger Manifest, Atlantic Transport Line, SS Minnehaha 1913

1913-09-27 SS Minnehaha Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: First Class
  • Date of Departure: 27 September 1913
  • Route: London to New York
  • Commander: Captain Frank H. Claret
  • Note: Annotated by one of the Passengers - interesting read
Passenger Manifest, Atlantic Transport Line SS Minnetonka, 1914-08-29 London to New York

1914-08-29 SS Minnetonka Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: First Class
  • Date of Departure: 29 August 1914
  • Route: London to New York
  • Commander: Captain E. O. Cannons
1924-05-31 Passenger Manifest SS Minnewaska

1924-05-31 SS Minnewaska Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: First Class
  • Date of Departure: 31 May 1924
  • Route: New York to Cherbourg and London
  • Commander: Captain Frank H. Claret
Passenger Manifest, Atlantic Transport Line, SS Minnekahda, 1925

1925-07-11 SS Minnekahda Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Tourist Third Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 11 July 1925
  • Route: London to New York via Boulogne-sur-Mer
  • Commander: Captain J. Jenson
Passenger Manifest, Atlantic Transport Line SS Minnekahda August 1925

1925-08-08 SS Minnekahda Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Tourist Third Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 8 August 1925
  • Route: London to New York via Boulogne-sur-Mer
  • Commander: Captain J. Jenson (Lt. Cmdr. U.S.N.R.F.)
1927-04-23 Passenger Manifest SS Minnewaska

1927-04-23 SS Minnewaska Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: First Class
  • Date of Departure: 23 April 1927
  • Route: London to New York via Boulogne-sur-Mer
  • Commander: Captain Frank H. Claret
1927-06-11 Passenger Manifest SS Minnesota

1927-06-11 SS Minnesota Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Tourist Third Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 11 June 1927
  • Route: New York to Boulogne-sur-Mer and London
  • Commander: Captain W. F. Pollard
Front Cover, Passenger Manifest, SS Minnesota, Atlantic Transport Line, August 1927

1927-08-20 SS Minnesota Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Not Stated
  • Date of Departure: 20 August 1927
  • Route: London to New York via Boulogne-sur-Mer
  • Commander: Captain W. F. Pollard, D.S.O., R.D
Passenger Manifest, Atlantic Transport Line SS Minnekhda - Sep 1927

1927-09-03 SS Minnekahda Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Tourist Third Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 3 September 1927
  • Route: London to New York via Boulogne-sur-Mer
  • Commander: Captain J. Jenson (Lt. Cmdr. U.S.N.R.)
1927-10-15 Passenger Manifest SS Minnesota

1927-10-15 SS Minnesota Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Tourist Third Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 15 October 1927
  • Route: London to New York via Boulogne-sur-Mer
  • Commander: Captain E. Finch
1927-12-17 Passenger Manifest SS Minnetonka

1927-12-17 SS Minnetonka Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: First Class
  • Date of Departure: 17 December 1927
  • Route: Tilbury (London) to New York via Boulogne-sur-Mer
  • Commander: Captain Thomas F. Gates
Cover of Community Song Sheet from the Atlantic Transport Line (ATL), Tourist Cabin on the SS Minnekahda and SS Minnesota.

1928 - Community Song Sheet - Atlantic Transport Line

IMMs Atlantic Transport Line published a Community Song Sheet for use exclusively on their ocean liners with Tourist Cabin accommodations - the SS Minnekahda and SS Minnesota. Lyrics for 32 well-known songs from that era were reproduced in this brochure.

Passenger Manifest, Atlantic Transport Line SS Minnekahda 1928

1928-03-31 SS Minnekahda Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Tourist Third Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 31 March 1928
  • Route: London to New York via Boulogne-sur-Mer
  • Commander: Captain J. Jenson (Lt. Cmdr. U.S.N.R.F.)
Menu Card, SS Minnekahda Luncheon Menu - 31 March 1928

1928-03-31 SS Minnekahda Lunch Menu

Vintage Bill of Fare from the Cabin Class for 31 March 1928 on a Westbound Voyage from London to New York. Featured items included Grilled Fresh Haddock, Veal and Ham Pie, and Rice Custard Pudding for dessert.

SS Minnekahda Breakfast Menu Card 31 March 1928

1928-04-02 SS Minnekahda Breakfast Menu

Vintage Cabin Class Bill of Fare from 2 April 1928 on a Westbound Voyage from London to New York. Includes some wonderful selections from that era like Devilled Mutton Kidneys and Minced Lamb on Toast.

Menu Card for a Dinner Menu, Atlantic Transport Line SS Minnekahda - 1928

1928-04-08 SS Minnekahda Dinner Menu Card

Vintage Cabin Class Bill of Fare from Sunday, 31 March 1928 featured Poached Fresh Codfish, Cream Sauce, Sauté of Duckling aux Navets, and Orange Tartlets for dessert.

1928-06-23 Passenger Manifest SS Minnekahda

1928-06-23 SS Minnekahda Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Tourist Third Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 23 June 1928
  • Route: London for New York via Boulogne-sur-Mer
  • Commander: Captain J. Jensen
1928-07-07 Passenger Manifest - SS Minnesota

1928-07-07 SS Minnesota Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Not Stated
  • Date of Departure: 7 July 1928
  • Route: London to New York via Boulogne-sur-Mer
  • Commander: Captain E. Finch
1928-07-21 Passenger Manifest SS Minnekahda

1928-07-21 SS Minnekahda Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Tourist Third Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 21 July 1928
  • Route: London to New York via Boulogne-sur-Mer
  • Commander: Captain J. Jensen
Front Cover, Atlantic Transport Line SS Minnekahda Grand Concert Program for Sunday, 29 July 1928.

1928-07-29 Grand Concert Program - SS Minnekahda

Grand Concert Program held on board the SS Minnekahda of the Atlantic Transport Line on Sunday, 29 July 1928 during a voyage from London to New York via Boulogne-sur-Mer, commanded by Captain J. Jensen, Lt. Cmdr. USNRF.

1928-08-08 Passenger Manifest - SS Minnesota

1928-08-04 SS Minnesota Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Not Stated
  • Date of Departure: 4 August 1928
  • Route: London to New York via Boulogne-sur-Mer
  • Commander: Captain E. Finch, R.D., R.N.R.
1928-08-25 Passenger Manifest SS Minnewaska

1928-08-25 SS Minnewaska Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: First Class
  • Date of Departure: 25 August 1928
  • Route: London to New York via Boulogne-sur-Mer
  • Commander: Captain Frank H. Claret
Front Cover, Passenger Manifest, SS Minnesota, Atlantic Transport Line, September 1928

1928-09-01 SS Minnesota Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Not Stated
  • Date of Departure: 1 September 1928
  • Route: London to New York
  • Commander: Captain E. Finch, R.D., R.N.R
1929-10-12 Passenger Manifest SS Minnewaska

1929-10-12 SS Minnewaska Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: First Class
  • Date of Departure: 12 October 1929
  • Route: Tilbury (London) for New York via Boulogne-sur-Mer
  • Commander: Captain Frank H. Claret
1930-02-22 Passenger Manifest SS Minnekahda

1930-02-22 SS Minnekahda Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Tourist Third Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 22 February 1930
  • Route: London to New York via Boulogne-sur-Mer
  • Commander: Captain J. Jensen
1930-07-12 Passenger Manifest SS Minnekahda

1930-07-12 SS Minnekahda Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Tourist Third Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 12 July 1930
  • Route: London to New York via Boulogne-sur-Mer
  • Commander: Captain J. Jensen
1930-08-02 SS Minnewaska

1930-08-02 SS Minnewaska Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: First Class
  • Date of Departure: 2 August 1930
  • Route: New York to Cherbourg and London
  • Commander: Captain Frank H. Claret, O.B.E., R.N.R
1930-09-27 Passenger Manifest SS Minnetonka

1930-09-27 SS Minnetonka Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: First Class
  • Date of Departure: 27 September 1930
  • Route: London to New York via Boulogne-sur-Mer
  • Commander: Captain Thomas F. Gates
Front Cover, Programme of Music for the Marious B. Winter's Band on Board an Atlantic Transport Line Steamship.

1930-09-28 Music Program - Atlantic Transport Line

Bandmast Gilbert W. Bower leads the Marious B. Winter's Band with songs selected for 4:00 pm and 8:15 pm on board a steamship from the Atlantic Transport Line on Sunday, September 28th, 1930.

1931-04-25 Passenger Manifest SS Minnewaska

1931-04-25 SS Minnewaska Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: First Class
  • Date of Departure: 25 April 1931
  • Route: Tilbury (London) to New York via Boulogne-sur-Mer
  • Commander: Captain Frank H. Claret

 

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