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Languages to Manchuria - What to Know About Ocean Travel - 1924

Topics covered on this page include: Languages, Lapland, Laundry, Letters, Telegrams, etc., Leyland Line, Libau, Library, Lights, Lighthouses and Lightships, Liverpool, Lounge, Majestic, Manchuria.


English will take one anywhere in the world, on beaten tracks. It is spoken at most hotels and large restaurants in Europe catering to toutists. French is useful on the Continent, with the exception of Germany. (See also "Interpreters").


Red Star Line steamship; 18,565 tons; length, 620 feet; breadth, 70 feet; twin screws; one of the distinguished Atlantic liners, noted for comforts and homelike atmosphere. Especially attractive lounge forward on the promenade deck; drawing room; smoking room decorated in Flemish tile panels. Staterooms large, many with two berths and private baths. Red Star Line cuisine and service. Second and third class have their own public rooms. Enclosed staterooms in third class. (See also "Ships").


As a rule laundry is not done on transatlantic ships, but for cruises special laundries are sometimes installed on shipboard. In Europe laundry work is done for travelers in two days and on occasion less. American hotels maintain a 24-hour laundry service for the convenience of guests.


All letters, telegrams and radio messages for passengers are delivered to staterooms. On arrival at port of debarkation mail is brought on board, or distributed on the pier. Passengers should ask for mail before disembarking, and should leave forwarding address with purser.

Letters mailed on steamers should not be handed to unauthorized persons for posting, but should be turned in at the inquiry office where stamps may be purchased. The library steward also has stamps for sale. Mail to go ashore with the pilot must be turned in to purser a half hour before pilot is dropped. Other letters will be mailed from the first port at which the steamer calls. (See also "Cable Messages," "Radio" and "Telegrams").


Leyland Line operates cabin steamers between Boston, Cobh and Liverpool and steamers with limited accommodations for first class passengers between New Orleans and Liverpool.

Passenger Steamers of the Leyland Line
Steamship Tons Route
Devonian 13,518 Boston - Liverpool
Winifredian 10,422 Boston - Liverpool
Asian 5,614 New Orleans - Liverpool
Antillian 5,608 New Orleans - Liverpool


The Red Star Line carries third class passengers between New York, Philadelphia, Danzig, Riga and Libau. (See also " Red Star Line").


Library on a typical steamship

The library on each steamer contains an assortment of classics and modern books which may be borrowed on application to library steward. On some steamers current novels may be purchased.


In the dining saloon lights are extinguished at 11 P. M.; in reading room and smoking room at 11.30 eastbound and midnight westbound; in the lounge, midnight (Sundays, 11.30 P. M.). (See also "Public Rooms").


The sighting of the first lighthouse at the end of an ocean voyage is an incident of great interest to passengers, even in these days of fast ships and short passages. The first light passed by ships from New York for Liverpool is the Fastnet, on the Irish coast; the first for vessels bound to the English Channel is Bishop's Rock, off the Scilly Isles. Next comes the Lizard, the south tip of England. Off Plymouth is famous Eddystone light.

The outposts to Cherbourg are the lights on the (1) Casquets, (2) Fastnet Light Cape la Hague. Lightships off the Goodwin Sands, and the lighthouse on the North Foreland, guard the entrance to the Rivet Thames (to the left going in). Off the rivers Scheldt (for Antwerp) and Elbe (for Hamburg) are lightships pointing the way to invisible channels.

Entrance to the Straits of Gibraltat is marked by a lighthouse on Europa Point, at the Rock. The approach to New York is marked fitst by Nantucket Shoals lightship, 193 miles east of Ambrose Channel, next by Fire Island lightship (166 miles from Nantucket lightship), and next by Ambrose Channel lightship, 23 miles from New York.


One of the great shipping centers of the world; terminus for five services ftom American ports operated by the lines here mentioned. It is the most convenient gateway to Wales, western and central England, and the English lake country. Excellent express train service connects it with London (4 hours) or other parts of England; boat connections to Ireland. Office, 30, James Street, (See also "Leyland Line," "White Star Line," "White Star-Dominion Line").


The first port in California for steamers of the Panama Pacific Line westbound between New York and San Francisco, and their port of departure for New York.


(See "Public Rooms").


White Star Line; the world's largest ship; gross tonnage 56,551; length, 956 feet; breadth, 100 feet; quadruple screws; oil burner. Public rooms on a scale of unsurpassed size and luxury; lounge seats 500, and has stage and dancing floor; Parisian restaurant and palm court; dining saloon seats 750. Smoking room forward, under the bridge.

First class has Turkish and electric baths, magnificent Pompeiian swimming bath, gymnasium, squash courts, veranda café, elevators. Unusually large deck space, glass-enclosed. Orchestra. Special hairdresser for women. Novelty shop.

Second cabin has spacious and luxurious public rooms, elevators and gymnasium. Third class presents the latest features for comfort, including a large general room, (with piano) smoking room and generous promenades.

The Majestic leads the White Star Line's express service between New York, Cherbourg and Southampton, in "The Magnificent Trio" (see also Olympic and Homeric). She holds the record for a voyage from New York to C herbourg, 5 days, 5 hours 21 minutes. In 1923 she carried 37,876 passengers, or nearly 8,000 more than her nearest competitor.


Panama Pacific Line; carries first and intermediate passengers between New York and California ports. Largest ocean liner operating regularly through the Panama Canal in intercoastal service. Tonnage 13,638; length, 616 feet; breadth, 65 feet; twin screws; oil burner. Steady and comfortable steamer. Electric fans in all staterooms. Many two-berth and connecting staterooms, some with private bath.

Orchestra. Cuisine and service excellent. Swimming pool on deck for both classes. Intermediate has its own smoking room and lounge, modern baths, etc. (See also "Ships").


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