Steamship History Fridge Magnet 1913 RMS Virginian Promotional Booklet

Allan Line RMS Virginian steamship advertisement pictured on fridge magnet
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This large-sized magnet pictures the cover of a booklet that was distributed to passengers aboard the Wednesday, August 27, 1913 R.M.S. Virginian voyage from Liverpool to Montreal and Quebec.  In it's 16-24 pages the booklet listed passengers and outlined meal times and other information. 

The 12,000-ton Virginian was in service for the Allan Line of royal mail steamers from 1905 to 1920 when she was sold and renamed the SS Drottningholm.  In 1948 came a new owner and name, the SS Brasil and in 1951 her last name change, to SS Homeland

In 1912, a year before this passenger list booklet was printed, the R.M.S. Virginian was one of several ships that issued warnings of the icebergs that sank the Titanic.

During WWI the Virginian provided Canadian troop transport.

The Allan line was founded by a Scottish ship captain, Alexander Allan (1780-1854), to run freight between Scotland and Montreal.  Several of his sons were also involved in the company (including Sir Hugh Allan [1810-82], knighted in 1870).  Weekly voyages to Montreal were begun in 1858.  It was reported that the Allan Line carried more Scottish emigrants to Canada than any other shipping line.  The Virginian and its sister ship, the Victorian, were the first transatlantic turbine steamers and also boasted superior Marconi telegraph services.

Sorry, I don't know the names of passengers in this 1913 voyage, but there were likely about 500, including the crew.  Breakfast was served at 7:30 and 8:30 am, lunch at noon and 1:30, dinner at 6:00 and 7:00.  A physician was on board, with medical services available for an extra fee.  Deck chairs were free.  Daily news was received from the Marconi long distance receiving system and printed copies of that news dispatch were available for one penny each.  Passenger receiving telegrams were charged 3 shillings per word.  Other "Marconi Rates" applied for sending telegrams, depending on the location.

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