Passenger ships exhibit 1

passenger ship spoons

all spoons are sterling unless otherwise noted

1. RMS Lusitania
2. SS Laurentic
3. SS Noordam

right column:
1. Pioneer SS Beaver
2. D. Columbus,  spoon is unmarked and may be gold plated over base metal
3. TSS Assyria, Rd number on back, but no silver marking -- may be silverplated
4. Princess Victoria
5. Princess Victoria

RMS Lusitania spoon

Launched in 1907 by the British Cunard Line the Lusitania was for a time the largest passenger ship afloat.
It was torpedoed by a German U-boat in 1915 with a tremendous loss of life.
This major violation of international laws known as the 'Cruiser Rules'  changed the American public's
attitudes towards the 'Great War' (WW1) in Europe and was a major factor in the US decision to declare war against the Axis.

ss laurentic spoon

SS Laurentic was a British ocean liner launched in 1908 by  the White Star Line for use on the Liverpool to Quebec City route.
This was a full scale experiment for the new class of passenger cruise ships which would include the Megantic and the Titanic.
The Laurentic had a three screw configuration which proved to be a significant improvement in efficiency and economy.

At the outbreak of the Great War (WW1), the Laurentic was in Montreal and was changed to a troop carrier.
In 1915, she struck land mines just north of Ireland and sank with a loss of 350 people.
In addition she was carrying 43 tons of gold ingots at the time. Most of the gold has been recovered, but 22 gold bars remain in the sea.

ss noorland ship spoon

s/s Noordland was a steam ship built in 1883 for the Red Star Line
The ship regularly sailed between Antwerp and New York and brought thousands of immigrants to the USA
This spoon shows a generic ship and the word "Noordland" was a customization
probably by an immigrant or a relative of one of the immigrants

SS Pioneer Beaver spoon

Launched in 1836, the SS Pioneer Beaver was the first steamship in the Puget Sound area.
this 100 foot long vessel was built in London and rigged with sails. The steam fueled engines
were installed in Canada and burned 40 cords of wood every day (for a 30 mile journey)
The ship ran into rocks in the Vancouver BC harbor in 1888

D. Columbus ship spoon

Norddeutscher Lloyd (NDL), a German shipping company,  was the second largest Passenger Cruise company in the world and
was the major transporter of  European immigrants from Europe into the United States during the era of the great migration..
In 1914, NDL started to build two  33,000 GRT liners of the new Columbus class vessel.
However, the outbreak of the  Great War  in Europe stopped construction.
The original name of this ship was to be the Hindenburg, but her sister ship the Columbus (renamed Homeric)
was handed over to the White Star Line as reparations after the war in 1920.
This popular  1650 Passenger ship (400 in first class) was the first to have an outside swimming pool on her top deck
and was the queen of the NDL fleet until 1929

TSS Assyria ship spoon

Launched in 1908 as the Ypiranga by the Hamburg American Line, she made her maiden voyage from Hamburg to Philadelphia.
At the end of the Great War she was part of the reparations package and renamed the Assyria and placed into
the Liverpool to Bombay, India run.  She had 241 first class cabins and 140 third class cabins.

ss princess Victoria
"Fastest steamer on Pacific Coast"

The SS Princess Victoria  was the fastest and best looking ocean steamship in the Puget Sound area and was active on the
Seattle, Vancouver and Victoria triangular route.
With 76 staterooms housing 152 overnight passengers, she also could accomodate another 1000 day passengers.
The Canadian Pacific Railway owned the Princess line of ships.
After a number of mergers and business combinations over the next 60 years, a consortium of investors bought the
Princess name and the Princess Patricia cruise ship  and formed the Princess Cruise Line.
Princess Cruise Lines is now a semi-autonomous division of Carnival Corporation, the world's largest passenger cruise line.

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