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Red Star Line History and Ephemera

The Red Star Line began transatlantic passenger service in 1873 and 1935 between European ports and New York. The Belgenland was their most famous ship, and most of the names of their steamships ended with the suffix "land."

Red Star Line Ephemera in Date Order

Passenger Manifest, Red Star Line Friesland, Cabin Passengers 1895

1892-05-07 SS Friesland Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 7 May 1892
  • Route: Antwerp to New York via Dover
  • Commander: Captain Wm. G. Randle
Passenger Manifest, Red Star Line Friesland, Cabin Passengers 1895

1895-07-20 SS Friesland Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 20 July 1895
  • Route: Antwerp to New York
  • Commander: Captain H. E. Nickels
Front Cover, Brochure About Antwerp and the Red Star Line © 1904.

1904 - About Antwerp and the Red Star Line Brochure

50-page brochure from the Red Star Line provides extensive information on the harbor of Antwerp, the history of the city, and the Red Star Line transatlantic fleet. Many photographs help to illustrate this rare booklet from 1904.

Passenger List, Red Star Line SS Vaderland, 1901, Antwerp to New York (Front Cover)

1904-08-13 SS Vaderland Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 13 August 1904
  • Route: Antwerp to New York via Dover
  • Commander: Captain R. C. Ehoff
Passenger List, Red Star Line SS Finland, 1906, Antwerp to New York

1906-05-12 SS Finland Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: First and Second Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 12 May 1906
  • Route: Antwerp to New York via Dover
  • Commander: Captain G. C. Apfeld
Passenger List, Red Star Line SS Zeeland 1908, Antwerp to New York

1908-08-08 SS Zeeland Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 8 August 1908
  • Route: Antwerp to New York via Dover
  • Commander: Captain J. S. Ball
Front Cover - 27 August 1910 Passenger List, RMS Lapland, Red Star Line

1910-08-27 RMS Lapland Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Second Class
  • Date of Departure: 27 August 1910
  • Route: Antwerp to New York via Dover
  • Commander: Captain H. D. Doxrud
Front Cover - 16 September 1911 Passenger List, RMS Vaderland, Red Star Line

1911-09-16 RMS Vaderland Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: First Class
  • Date of Departure: 16 September 1911
  • Route: Antwerp to New York via Dover
  • Commander: Captain R. Prager
Immigrant 3rd Class Steamship Ticket - 1912 - Red Star Line

1912-08-10 Third (Steerage) Class Ticket - Red Star Line

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.

Front Cover - 29 October 1914 Passenger List, RMS Lapland, Red Star Line

1914-10-29 RMS Lapland Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Second Class
  • Date of Departure: 29 October 1914
  • Route: Liverpool to New York via Queenstown (Cobh)
  • Commander: Captain J. Bradshaw
Front Cover - 21 April 1920 Passenger List, RMS Lapland, Red Star Line

1920-04-21 RMS Lapland Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Second Class
  • Date of Departure: 21 April 1920
  • Route: Antwerp to New York via Southampton
  • Commander: Captain J. Bradshaw
Front Cover - 8 August 1923 Passenger List, SS Lapland, Red Star Line

1923-08-08 SS Lapland Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 8 August 1923
  • Route: Antwerp to New York via Southampton and Cherbourg
  • Commander: Captain T. Howell
Front Cover of 1924 Brochure The SS Belgenland of the Red Star Line.

1924 - Red Star Line SS Belgenland Into Europe Brochure

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 Brochure

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.

Front Cover, SS Zeeland Passenger List - 26 June 1924

1924-06-26 SS Zeeland Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 26 June 1924
  • Route: New York to Antwerp via Plymouth and Cherbourg
  • Commander: Captain A. J. Thomas
Front Cover, Sports and Entertainments Program Held on Board the SS Zeeland Beginning Friday, 26 June 1924.

1924-06-26 Sports and Entertainments Program - SS Zeeland

Sports and Entertainment Program for the Eastbound Voyage of the SS Zeeland of the Red Star Line beginning 26 June 1924. Activities included shoe and sack races, bottle driving, dancing, wheel barrel races, and a costume ball.

Front Cover -19 July 1924 Passenger List, RMS Belgenland, Red Star Line

1924-07-19 RMS Belgenland Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 19 July 1924
  • Route: London to New York via Cherbourg
  • Commander: Commodore J. Bradshaw
Front Cover, SS Zeeland Passenger List - 30 June 1925

1925-07-30 SS Zeeland Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 30 July 1925
  • Route: New York to Antwerp via Plymouth and Cherbourg
  • Commander: Captain A. J. Thomas
Brochure Cover, Red Star Line Second Class Rates

1926-01 Red Star Line Second Class Rates Brochure

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

  • Class of Passengers: Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 26 June 1926
  • Route: New York to Antwerp via Plymouth and Cherbourg
  • Commander: Captain T. Howell
Passenger Manifest, Red Star Line SS Pennland 1926 Antwerp to Halifax and New York

1926-08-27 SS Pennland Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 27 August 1926
  • Route: Antwerp to Halifax and New York via Boulogne-sur-Mer and Southampton
  • Commander: Captain William A. Morehouse
Front Cover, Passenger List, Red Star Line RMS Belgenland, 3 September 1926

1926-09-03 SS Belgenland Passenger List

  • 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, SS Pennland Passenger List - 27 July 1928

1928-07-27 SS Pennland Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 27 July 1928
  • Route: Antwerp to Halifax and New York via Boulogne-sur-Mer and Southampton
  • Commander: Captain V. L. Making
Front Cover, SS Belgenland Passenger List - 31 August 1928

1928-08-31 SS Lapland Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 31 August 1928
  • Route: Antwerp to New York via Southampton and Cherbourg
  • Commander: Captain H. Harvey
Passenger List, Red Star Line SS Arabic, 1929 - Antwerp to Halifax NS and New York

1929-08-16 SS Arabic Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Tourist Third Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 16 August 1929
  • Route: Antwerp to Halifax and New York via Southampton, Cherbourg, and Queenstown (Cobh)
  • Commander: Captain J. B. Bulman
Front Cover, SS Lapland Passenger List - 2 November 1929

1929-11-02 SS Lapland Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 2 November 1929
  • Route: New York to Antwerp via Plymouth and Cherbourg
  • Commander: Captain H. Harvey
Front Cover, SS Lapland Farewell Dinner Bill of Fare 8 November 1929

1929-11-08 SS Lapland Farewell Dinner Menu

Vintage Farewell Dinner Bill of Fare Card from 8 November 1929 on board the SS Lapland of the Red Star Line featured Fillet of Sole, Vin Blanc, Lobster Cutlets, Canopère, and Chocolate Eclairs for dessert. A page of Autographs were included with this Menu.

1930-07-25 SS Lapland

1930-07-25 SS Lapland Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 25 July 1930
  • Route: Antwerp to New York via Southampton and Cherbourg
  • Commander: Captain H. Harvey
Front Cover, RMS Belgenland Passenger List - 8 August 1930

1930-08-08 RMS Belgenland Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Tourist
  • Date of Departure: 8 August 1930
  • Route: Antwerp to New York via Southampton and Cherbourg
  • Commander: Captain W. A. Morehouse
Front Cover, SS Lapland Passenger List - 22 August 1930

1930-08-22 SS Lapland Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Tourist
  • Date of Departure: 22 August 1930
  • Route: Antwerp to New York via Southampton and Cherbourg
  • Commander: Captain H. Harvey
1938-09-24 SS Gerolstein

1938-09-24 SS Gerolstein Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Tourist Third Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 24 September 1938
  • Route: Antwerp to New York
  • Commander: Captain Friedrich Ahrens
The Red Star Line and International Mercantile Marine Company

1988 - The Red Star Line and International Mercantile Marine Company

The Red Star Line, one of the oldest and best known shipping lines ever to send ships out to sail the oceans, was founded in 1872 and liquidated in 1935. All of the Red Star ships, bearing such famous names as the VADERLAND, NEDERLAND, BELGENLAND, RHYNLAND, WESTERNLAND and PENNLAND, sailed under the Belgian flag, although the Company was financed by Americans.

 

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