Re: Round trip--Port of New York in 1935 #general

A. E. Jordan

Stan Goodman responded to Josephine Rosenblum original posting asking"
Can anyone speculate _why_ a man would take his son on a cruise when
his wife was so close to delivery? saying:

the cruise, if that's what it was, was a filler voyage for the slack
season. To board a Holland-America Line cruise ship, he >> would have
had to go to New York; they didn't call at Boston, and probably still
don't. Certainly in 1935, Atlantic cruise >> ships operated >from New
York -- not >from Fort Lauderdale, and not >from Boston. The thirties
were a different world >from >> the one we live in today.

Shipping is a very easy thing to research during this time frame and
general observations should always be avoided. I did a quick search
twice this week in The New York Times historical archives in response
to postings about ships and shipping issues between 1906 and the 1930s
and both times found some insights for the person asking the questions.

Cruises in the 1930s were not uncommon although fairly expensive for
most people especially when you consider this is the economic
depression era. While Stan is right in saying most of the large liners
did only make cruises during the off season i.e. the winter months when
the North Atlantic rightfully earned its nickname the Frantic Atlantic,
its far too general a conclusion. During the 1930s short summer cruises
outside the USA to avoid the Prohibition Act were also common for
example. The more well to do of our relatives also started making the
"Grand Tour" back to Europe as tourists or to visit family members.
Don't rule out people sailing on cruises in the 1920s and 1930s. By
searching even in the Ellis Island database I have found a number of
relatives cruising to Bermuda or the Caribbean during this era on

Also while cruises might not have gone >from all of the major ports
their were lots of ships -- lots more than today -- sailing >from
Boston, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale), New
Orleans, etc. etc. etc. in the 1930s than you would find today. If you
live in Boston today and want to make a cruise in February yes you have
to go to New York or on an airplane to Florida or elsewhere. (Off
subject Holland-America did sail on occasion >from Boston and today
bases a ship for cruising >from Boston in the fall each year.)

In 1930 you could have found a variety of smaller ships mostly carrying
cargo and passengers to just about any destination >from any port. So if
the original poster's family member had just wanted to get to sea >from
Boston they did not need to travel to New York to the Rotterdam. The
surroundings might not have been as pleasant on the ship they could
have taken >from Boston but they could have found a ship >from Boston to
the Caribbean in 1935 without much trouble. Might well have been
sailing with cargo and coming home with bananas as cargo but still they
would have been sailing >from Boston.

Allan Jordan

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