Passenger Lists from the Archives


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Every so often the Library has visitors who are interested in finding evidence that a family member traveled via steamship during a certain time, to/from a certain place. One of our many unique resources from the archives helps to solve this mystery: passenger lists.

In our MS0015 Steamship Ephemera Collection, our volunteers have worked hard to catalog 371 passenger lists from the vessels of 58 steamship lines with voyages that range in date from 1878 to 1988. Many of these lists include the voyage date, the port of departure, the ports of entry, and, of course, passenger names. Other lists also include the names of the captain and his crew, sailing schedules, route maps, and general “housekeeping” information for passengers.


Here are some interesting examples that you can expect to find in this collection:

Beautiful covers:

Bremen MS15.14353                          Lady Drake MS15.02231                        Waesland MS15.16867


Lists of passenger names:


Merion MS15.00647                                Canada MS15.04185


Logs and Maps:


Orotava MS15.17307                                                       Kaiserin Auguste Victoria MS15.08855


Finally, there was a personal favorite of mine:
This is the list for the S.S. Vega which measures in at 2 3/4” by 3 7/8”!


Vega MS15.18037


As always, you are welcome to drop by the Library to see our passenger lists from the Steamship Ephemera Collection for vessels from A-W! (Not ‘Z’ since we have lists from Acadia to the Western World) Also keep in mind that if you can’t make it in, just contact us to order a PDF version of the passenger lists.

2 thoughts on “Passenger Lists from the Archives”

  1. Hello!
    I am interested in locating a copy of a passenger lists for the Lady Drake of Canada National Steamship, sailing from Georgetown, Br. Guiana and Bridgetown, Barbados sometime between Dec.1941 and when it was sunk by U-106 in May, 1942. My father’s family was fleeing war in Europe and left Liverpool on Nov.12 aboard SS Prins Wilhelm III (Booker McConnell Line), bound for Georgetown, with connection to Bridgetown on Lady Drake. He remembers arriving in Georgetown shortly before Pearl Harbour was in the news, but doesn’t remember the date he sailed on Lady Drake – just that it was one of her last voyages before being sunk off Bermuda. Is it possible these lists are in your archives?
    Getzel Gustav Feldmann, 44
    Kitty Feldmann, 34
    Ruth Feldmann, 8
    Rolf Feldmann, 6

    Thank you,
    Julien Feldman
    Montreal, Quebec

    1. Thank you for writing in, Mr. Feldman. I don’t know the answer to your question, but I am happy to look! You can also initiate an inquiry with us by sending an email to [email protected], in case you think of anything else that could help us with your search. Thanks again for writing!