Fishguard Express Route - America to London and The Coninent (1912)
Express Route AMERICA TO LONDON AND THE CONTINENT Via FISHGUARD. WHICH IS RECOGNISED AS THE MOST EXPEDITIOUS ROUTE.
WITH the view of enabling passengers to reach London on Monday afternoon and Paris the same evening or following morning, the " Lusitania" and " Mauretania " have been scheduled to leave the New York Pier at 1 a.m. on Wednesdays (except On 17th and 24th December, as per sailing list) and proceed direct to Fishguard without calling at Queenstown.
The steamers will thus be due at Fishguard on Monday morning. A Cold Buffet Supper will be served to Passengers between 9 p.m. and midnight on Tuesdays. All other New York steamers will call at both Queenstown and Fishguard, the "Campania" leaving New York at 1 a.m. Wednesday (except on the 31st December, as per sailing list), and "Carmania" and "Caronia" at 10 a.m. on sailing day.
Steamers from Boston call at Queenstown all the year round and also at Fishguard during May, June and July. The Great Western Railway provide special trains from Fishguard for London (Paddington), the railway journey occupying about 4 3/4 hours. Special trains will also be provided for the Channel Ports when sufficient inducement offers. FISHGUARD is the nearest British port to New York and Boston, and this route is therefore the most direct to London.
Source: Cunard Line Royal & United States Mail Steamers 2nd Cabin Passenger List brochure, 23 November 1912, page 3. In 1910
Queenstown was a British port (which is why it was so named) and Ireland (Ulster, Munster, Leinster and Connaught) was part of the UK. In the 1920s Munster, Leinster and Connaught became independent and Ulster remained within the UK. Queenstown was then renamed Cobh by the new republic. But Queenstown was the nearest British port to New York in 1910. I thought Queenstown (Cork) was the nearest British port to New York in 1910 - because that was the Titantic's last port of call in 1912. --
Contributed by M. Rich, Reigate, Surrey, UK
Editor's Note: Queenstown was originally called Cove by the British and named Queens-town in 1849 in honor of Queen Victoria, who disembarked there on her first visit to Ireland. In 1922, after the creation of the Irish Free State, it reclaimed its former name – but with an Irish spelling (Cobh).