Steerage Passenger Inspection Cards
The Steerage Passenger collected a number of documents on their way to the new world. The GG Archives has a number of documents including Inspection Cards for Immigrants and Steerage Passengers, provided to steerage passengers and retained by them for identification through to their final destination.
Inspection Card issued to an immigrant traveling in Steerage by the White Star Line R.M.S. Germanic in April 1902 that provided information about the immigrant including Name, Last Residence, evidence of Immunization, Port of Departure and Steamship name.
Inspection Card issued to an immigrant traveling in Steerage on board the R.M.S. Carpathia of the Cunard Line dated 18 October 1904 that provided information including Port and Date of Departure, Name of Ship, Name of Immigrant, Last Residence and evidence of Immunization.
Immigrant Inspection Card issued by the Cunard Line R.M.S. Lusitania dated 9 July 1910 for Swedish Immigrant K. E. Paulson from Gothenburg, Sweden. The card was pinned to the coat or dress of the passenger in a prominent position after landing at New York.
An excellent example of an Immigrant and Steerage Passengers' Inspection Card issued on 24 April 1912 by the Hamburg-American Line for an Austrian Immigrant on board the S.S. President Grant that departed from Hamburg, Germany arriving in New York on 7 May 1912. Passed American Ellis Island Inspectors on 8 May 1912.
Canadian Immigrant Inspection Card issued in 1912 to a steerage passenger on board the Allan Line S.S. Corsican. The card provided essential information including the name of immigrant, Steamship, port and date of departure. The card was intended to be kept by the immigrant for three years. It would be shown to government officials whenever required.
Immigrant Inspection Card issued in 1913 by the Cunard Line on board the R.M.S. Laconia to a Norwegian Immigrant traveling in Steerage. The card provided relevant information including port and date of departure, the name of the ship, immigrant name, last residence, medical inspection stamps and evidence of immunization.
Canadian Immigrant Inspection Card issued to a Steerage Passenger on board the Canadian Pacific steamship S.S. Missanabie departing from Liverpool 13 March 1915. This card represents a very rare immigrant document from a ship in service less than four years.