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Cunard Line History and Ephemera

The Cunard Steam Ship Company Limited

The Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives has extensive holdings in Cunard Line Ephemera from the 1880s through 1954. The Collections are organized by Passenger Lists, Steamship Tickets, Brochures, Menus, Periodicals, Books, Photographs and Miscellaneous.

Primary Cunard Line Steamship Company Ephemera Collections

Vintage Brochures (Cunard Line Travel Brochures)

Cunard Line
1893 Cunard Passenger's Log	Book 1893 Cunard Passenger's Log Book
Excellent source for understanding the history and operations of a steamship including crew requirements.
1902-12 The Story of the Cunard Line 1902-12 The Story of the Cunard Line
Happily the Cunard Steamship Company, Limited-- one of the oldest and most famous of British steam navigation undertakings--was one of those concerns which elected to remain independent and outside the scope of the great Trust ; and, with the support and co-operation of the British Government, it has, within the past few months, entered upon a new chapter in its history, under conditions which are likely to maintain the splendid traditions of the Cunard Line. This is a history of the Cunard Line through 1902.
1912 Cunard Line R.M.S. Franconia and Laconia 1912 Cunard Line R.M.S. Franconia and Laconia
Superb and extremely rare brochure covering these two short-lived sister ships used in the Liverpool to Boston trade.
Service to Boston by the Cunard Line - 1914 1914 Cunard Services to Boston
This 1914 brochure provides an overview of the port of Boston, the Cunard Line piers and the history of the Cunard Line in the Boston to Liverpool route starting with the sailing of the Britannia in 1840.
Passengers' Guide to the R.M.S. Mauretania from 1921 1921 Passenger's Guide: Mauretania
This 1921 brochure covers Saloon and Second Class accommodations, Cutout indicates what is located in Decks A through E and a listing and information about Ocean Sign Posts.

Miscellaneous Historical Documents from the Cunard Line

Abstract of Log

Letters Written by Passengers on Board Cunard Steamships

Ship Histories

Other Cunard Line Historical Documents

External Sites

We recommend viewing Chicago Film Archives' promotional film produced by the Cunard Line during the 1920s that begins with the S.S. Berengaria leaving New York harbor on route to Cherbourg or Southampton with the return trip to New York on the S.S. Maurentania. The film highlights the features of the ship as well as ship entertainment. 

Other Cunard Line Ephemera Not Digitized

  • 1900-03-20 Certificate of Discharge for a Seaman aboard the Lucania
  • 1910s Poster - Cunard Line Royal Mail Steamers From Liverpool to New York and Boston via Queenstown - 5 1/3 Days across the Atlantic.
  • 1912-06-29 Letter written during the voyage on the R.M.S. Caronia giving a great slice of life on board ship and a recap of how the passengers met.
  • 1912 Photograph of the R.M.S. Laconia at Riverside Docking Area, Liverpool.
  • 1912 Photograph of the R.M.S. Laconia in Open Sea.
  • 1912 Photograph of the R.M.S. Laconia from the Frank Braynard Collection
  • 1913 Letter written on board the R.M.S. Franconia during voyage about activities and observations made about the ship.
  • 1913-07-02 Itinerary and Souvenir Program, Tour B Conducted by E. W. Van Deusen, R.M.S. Carpathia Voyage from 2 July to 23 August 1913
  • 1913-07-29 Abstract of Log, R.M.S. Laconia, Boston to Liverpool in 6 Days, 22 Hours, 42 Minutes. Reverse side is Photograph of R.M.S. Laconia.
  • 1920s (Undated) Handwritten letter (partial) from passenger aboard the Cunard Berengaria (in service at Cunard 1921-1938
  • 1920-04-15 Ricevuta Vaglia - Currency Exchange Receipt Text in Italian.
  • 1920s Fold Out Maps: Ports of Call: Maps of Approaches to North Atlantic Ports - Cunard Line. Includes Quebec - Montreal & St. Lawrence River; New York and Hudson River Approaches; English Channel and Southampton; English Channel - Cherbourg & Le Havre; Liverpool & The River Mersey; and South Coast of Eire and Cobh.
  • 1922-08-24 Program of Concert: In aid of the Seaman's Charities of New York and Liverpool, R.M.S. Scythia
  • 1923-06-17 Abstract of Log of the Cunard R.M.S. Andania, Voyage 12, Captain E. T. Britten, R.D., R.N.R. From London, Southampton and Cherbourg To Quebec and Montreal. Voyage June 7-17. Illustration of R.M.S. Andania on Reverse Side.
  • 1925 ca. Atlas of the World: Cunard Line, Anchor Line 36 pages of mostly maps with a hand-written notation of "around 1933-34 - another estimate of the time this was printed.
  • 1926: Atlas: Cunard and Anchor Lines - Atlas of the World. 36 Pages.
  • 1927-01-23 Abstract of Log, R.M.S. Laconia II, Liverpool to New York via Queenstown. Recap of voyage January 15-23 of 7 Days, 14 Hours, 39 Minutes. Captain E. T. Britten, R.D., R.N.R. Illustration of R.M.S. Laconia II on reverse side.
  • 1928-10-07 Abstract of Log, R.M.S. Ausonia, Southampton to Quebec and Montreal via Queenstown, Captain G. R. Dolphin, R.D., R.N.R. Voyage from September 29-October 7: 6 Days, 10 Hours, 36 Minutes, 2,296 Miles. Photograph of R.M.S. Ausonia on Reverse Side.
  • 1929-07-16 Landing Arrangements at Cherbourg & Southampton, R.M.S. Berengaria, New York to Cherbourg and Southampton.
  • 1929-07-19 Entertainment Program: In aid of British and American Seamen's Institutions, R.M.S. Berengaria. Includes a complete listing of the institutions which benefit.
  • 1929-07-22 Abstract of Log, R.M.S. Berengaria, 5 Days, 18 Hours, 47 Minutes New York to Southampton via Cherbourg. Photograph of R.M.S. Berengaria on reverse side.
  • 1929-09 Program of Events, Monday through Thursday, R.M.S. Aquitania. Typo in omission on complete date.
  • 1930-07-12 Immigration Control Card, Form B 46, Tourist Third Cabin Passenger Barah Smith, S.S. Ascania, From Cherbourg to Quebec and US.
  • 1930-09-15 Abstract of Log, R.M.S. Lancastria, Southampton to New York via Havre, Captain B. B. Oram, R.D., R.N.R. Voyage from September 6 - 15, 1930 covering 3,152 Miles. Length of Passage: 8 Days, 10 Hours, 36 Minutes. Photograph of the R.M.S. Lancastria on reverse side.
  • 1931-01-10 Program of Events, R.M.S. Scythia, Listing of Social Events from Monday, January 12th through Saturday, January 17th on a voyage from Liverpool to New York via Belfast and Halifax. Captain G. Gibbons, R.D., R.N.R. Includes Deck Sports Program on back cover.
  • 1932-09-02 List of Passengers - Weekend Cruise, S.S. Berengaria, New York to Halifax and returning to New York on 6 September. Captain E. T. Britten, R.D., R.N.R.
  • 1934-02 Postcard: The Queen Mary No. 534 The World's Largest Liner with London skyline in background - Valentine's Post Card Printed in Great Britain.
  • 1954-06-17 Postcard: Illustration of Cunard R.M.S. Queen Mary
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