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Cobh (Queenstown) to Customs - What to Know About Ocean Travel - 1924

Topics covered on this page include: Cobh (Queenstown), Complaints, Concerts at Sea, Consuls, Couriers, Crowsnest, Cruises, Cruisine, Currencies in Europe, Customs.


Company steamers between New York, Philadelphia, Boston and Liverpool call here east and westbound. Landing is by tender. Excellent train service connects with all parts of Ireland. Office, Scott & Son. (See also "White Star Line ").


Complaints regarding service on shipboard should be made to the purser.


On one of the nights of the voyage, usually the last, it is customary to arrange a concert for the benefit of seamen's charities. All passengers possessing talent are invited to give their services. A collection is taken, usually by young women passengers designated by the committee in charge.


Following is a list of American consuls at ports touched by the ships mentioned in this book, as well as of consuls of the principal European countries stationed at New York:

American Consuls at Foreign Ports

  • Alexandria, Lester Maynard, 1 Rua Adib
  • Antwerp, George S. Messersmith, 24 Rue des Frères Cellites
  • Athens, Will L. Lowrie, 12 Odes Anagnostpoulbu
  • Azores, S. W. Eells, Ponta Delgada
  • Belfast, Henry P. Starrett, 2 Wellington Place
  • Cherbourg, John Carrigan Jr., 40 Rue Val de Saire
  • Cobh (Queenstown), John A. Gamon, 1 Scott Square
  • Danzig, Edwin Carl Kemp, 9 Elizabethwal
  • Genoa (Consul General), John Ball Osborne, 29 Via XX Settembre
  • Gibraltar, Richard L. Sprague, 73 Prince Edward's Road
  • Glasgow, George E. Chamberlin, Cor. W. George and Renfield Sts.
  • Hamburg, Theodore Jaeckel, Ferdinand Str. 56-58
  • Liverpool (Consul General), Horace Lee Washington, Tower Bldg., 22 Water St.
  • London (Consul General), Robert P. Skinner, 18 Cavendish Sq. W.
  • Naples (Consul General), Homer M. Byington, Cor. Via Cuma & Via Savro
  • Plymouth, Ralph C. Busser, 11 Lockyer St.
  • Riga, John P. Hurley, 8-10 Sand St.
  • Southampton, John W. Savage, 17 Queen's Terrace Vigo, Henry T. Wilcox, 19 Avenida de Garcia Barbon

Foreign Consuls at New York

  • Belgian (Consul General), 25 Madison Ave.
  • British (Consul General), Sir Harry Gloster Armstrong, 44 Whitehall St.
  • Czech, Dr. Borivoi Prusik, 31 E. 17th St.
  • Cuba, Felipe S. Tabuada, 44 Whitehall St.
  • Danish (Consul General), George Bech, 16 Bridge St.
  • Dutch (Consul General), W. P. Montijn, 44 Beaver St.
  • French (Consul General), Charles Barret, 9 E. 40th St.;
    passport office, Pier 57, North River.
  • German, Karl Lang, 11 Broadway.
  • Greek (Consul General), Constantine Xanthopoalos, 11 St. Lakes Pl.
  • Italian (Consul General), Comm. T. F. Bernardi, 20 E. 22nd St.
  • Jugo-Slav—Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (Consul General), Dr. P. Karovitch, 443 W. 22nd St.
  • Latvian, Arthur B. Lule, 38 Park Row
  • Norwegian (Consul General), Hans Fay, 115 Broad St.
  • Panama, (Consul General), Belisario Porras, 24 State St.
  • Polish (Consul General), Dr. Stephan Grotoowski, 953 Third Ave.
  • Roumanian (Consul General), T. Tileston Wells, 1834 Broadway
  • Spanish (Consul General), Alejandro Berea Rodrigo, 709 Sixth Ave.
  • Swedish (Consul General), Olof H. Lamm, 70 E. 45th St.
  • Swiss, Lones H. Junod, 104 Fifth Ave.
  • Turkish, Shah Mir Effendi, attache in charge Ottoman interests, care Spanish Consulate, 709 Sixth Ave.


Couriers are often found useful when touring Europe. They may be hired in all European cities at moderate rates, through any large hotel or tourist agency.


A shelter on the foremast, from which a watch is kept.


Cruises are operated every winter under our own management (a) to the Mediterranean, by two ships, making two cruises each, of six weeks' duration; ports visited: Funchal, Gibraltar, Algiers, Monaco, Naples, Athens, Haifa and Alexandria, with ample time for shore excursions; stopover privileges granted; (b) to the West Indies, by a large White Star liner, cruises of 28 days each, from New York, via Havana, Santiago, Kingston, Colon, La Guaira, Port of Spain, Barbados, Fort de France, St. Thomas, San Juan, Nassau and Bermuda; shore excursions are planned at each port.


On steamers to England the cooking isadapted to English and American tastes. On ships to the Continent it has a cosmopolitan style, varied with plain dishes. Chefs of long experience are employed. On cabin steamers and in second class the table is abundant, though plainer than on the express steamers. Third class cuisine is good, and special attention is paid to national tastes. Kosher cooks are carried on many ships.


British Isles: 12 pence equal 1 shilling; 20 shillings, 1 pound. Principal units are six-pence, shillings, florin (two shilling piece), half crown (two shillings and sixpence), five shillings, 10 shillings, 1 pound, and 5 pounds. Gold is not circulated.

France, Belgium, Switzerland and Italy have a decimal system. The unit is the franc (lire in Italy) subdivided into 100 centimes (in Italy centesimi) and the currency is the multiples of centimes and francs. Very little specie is in circulation, and no gold. Paper notes are used even for the franc. (See also "Money").


Each steamship passenger before landing in the United • States or Canada must fill out a customs declaration form, whether he has any d utiable goods or not. The senior member of a family, all of whom reside in the same country, may declare for the family.

Declaration forms, distributed to passengers by the stewards during the voyage, must be filled out, signed and turned in to purser before reaching quarantine. A coupon or ticket, given in exchange and presented at the customs desk on the pier, entitles passenger to have an inspector detailed to examine baggage. Stewards bring baggage off the ship and place it under initial letter of owner's last name on pier.

Residents of foreign countries may bring in free all necessary and appropriate wearing apparel, articles of personal adornment, toilet articles, and similar personal effects. All other articles must be declared.

Residents of the United States must declare everything purchased or obtained abroad at market value in country of purchase, depreciation by wear or use being allowed, against which there is a free allowance of $100.

Goods purchased in the United States are readmitted free of duty. Adult passengers may bring in free 50 cigars, or 300 cigarettes, or 3 pounds of tobacco. Principal prohibited articles are: intoxicating beverages, cuttings or seeds, plants except vegetable and flower seeds, smoking opium, seal-skins or garments made therefrom, aigrettes, osprey plumes and feathers or parts of wild birds.

Passengers are advised to declare frankly all articles bought abroad, whether dutiable or not, to pack all declarable articles on top in baggage, and not to attempt to influence the customs inspector in any way. Reappraisement of dutiable goods may be demanded before leaving pier, but not thereafter. Duties must be paid at pier in cash. Baggage may be forwarded in bond, without examination, if passenger declares number of packages, general character and value of each and destination.

European customs regulations are less exacting than those of the United States. Principal prohibited articles are tobacco, spirits, drugs, essences, motion picture films, etc. and in some countries matches. A list of declarable articles usually is furnished each traveler on opening his baggage for inspection. Duties and valuation on dutiable articles usually are moderate. Border examinations are often inconvenient and vexatious; hence the need of minimizing your baggage for convenience.

Some European countries inspect baggage on leaving the country. Most forbid taking gold out of the country. Money should be declared on entering Germany. An export duty is assessed on all goods bought within Germany, on leaving. (See also " Baggage").


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