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The ABC Shipping Guide. [London, T. Skinner]
LC Call Number: HE568.A23
LC Catalog Record:  62029296
Holdings: 1954-1992

Later title ABC Passenger Shipping Guide. Includes sections on ferries and cruise ships leavings by country and city. Also included are an operators list.

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Image (left): Launching of 10,000 ton ships. The first of 90 sister ships to be built for the Maritime Commission slides off the dock into the Atlantic.
Between 1941 and 1944?
LC-USE6-D-010609 (b&w film nitrate neg.) LC-DIG-fsa-8b08634 (digital file from original neg.)
Repository: Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division

Bonsor, N. R. P. North Atlantic Seaway : an Illustrated History of the Passenger Services Linking the Old World with the New in Four Volumes.; with ill. by J. H. Isherwood. Enl. and rev. ed. Newton Abbot [Eng.] : David & Charles, 1975-1980.
LC Call Number: HE822.B7 1975
LC Catalog Record: 75316725

Multi-volume set with written descriptions of individual ships. Volume One covers 1816-1856 with introductory information; volume 2 covers 1857-1873; volume 3 covers 1873-1980; and volume 4 covers 1909-1970. There are a number of illustrations as well as an introductory section in volume one and several statistical and informational appendices in volume 4.

Cutler, Carl C. Queens of the Western Ocean; the Story of America's Mail and Passenger Sailing Lines. With a foreword by Chester W. Nimitz. Annapolis, U.S. Naval Institute [1961]
LC Call Number: HE745.C8
LC Catalog Record: 61011247
Table of Contents
General index A-I
General index J-Z
Index to ships' names

Chapters cover particular time periods beginning in 1607 and ending in 1860. There are also several helpful appendixes including sailing lines between the U.S. and foreign ports and coastal lines.

Directory Relating to Record of Arrival of Passenger Steamships at the Ports of New York, Philadelphia, Boston, and Baltimore, 1904 to 1926 Inclusive. New York, Immigration Information Bureau, 1928. [San Francisco, R and E Research Associates, 1972]
LC Call Number: HE565.U7 D57 1972
LC Catalog Record: 77163942

Provides limited information listed by ship line and then by date of arrival.

Gibbs, Charles Robert Vernon. British Passenger Liners of the Five Oceans, a Record of the British Passenger Lines and Their Liners from 1838 to the Present Day. London, Putnam [1963]
LC Call Number: HE565.G7 G5
LC Catalog Record: 63023868

Organization is by area of activity: Indian Ocean, South Pacific, North Pacific, North Atlantic, South Atlantic, Caribbean.

Macpherson, Arthur George Holdsworth. Mail and Passenger Steamships of the Nineteenth Century, the Macpherson Collection / with iconographical and historical notes by Captain H. Parker and Frank C. Bowen. Philadelphia, : J.B. Lippincott Company, [1929?]
LC Call Number: VK19 .M3 1929
LC Catalog Record: 31000088

Written information about individual ships listed alphabetically. There are also a number of color plates and black and white illustrations.

Official Steamship & Airways Guide, International. [New York, Transporation guides, inc.; etc., etc., 1933-40]
LC Call Number: HE568 .O4
LC Catalog Record: unk82076282
Holdings: 1933-1998, monthly.

This is organized mostly to show schedule for steamship lines. However, there is a listing of ports of call with a list of which lines dock there. There are also listing for the major routes: trans-Atlantic (westbound and eastbound) that is presented by month with the days of departure then the ports of call and destination; and Pacific to Europe (includes those ships leaving the Panama Canal).

OAG Worldwide Cruise & Shipline Guide. Oak Brook, Ill. : Rueben H. Donnelley Corp., c1974-
LC Call Number: HE568 .O23
LC Catalog Record: 75642265
Holdings: 1975-1993, monthly.

The guide mostly covers international cruise lines but does include ship profile with information on name, tonnage, operator, commission date, year rebuilt/refurbished, crew nationality, hotel staff number, country of registry, former name, passenger capacity. Cruise information is grouped by destination then where ship originated. There is also information on port-to-port ferry schedules that are presented by destination and then origination port.

Smith, Eugene Waldo. Passenger Ships of the World, Past and Present. [1st ed.] Boston, G. H. Dean Co. [c1963]
LC Call Number: HE565.A3 S48
LC Catalog Record: 63003478

Covers ships built before 1963. HathiTrust has a digital version but access may be limited. Organized by area of activity: Trans-Atlantic, Trans-Pacific, Trans-Pacific via Panama Canal, Latin America, to Africa and Eastern oceans, and California/Hawaii. Information on ships can vary but usually includes: name, company, construction information, as well as information on when it was scrapped or sold. There is also a pictorial section

Smith, Eugene Waldo. Trans-Atlantic Passenger Ships, Past and Present. [1st ed.] Boston, G. H. Dean Co. [1947]
LC Call Number: HE565.A3 S5
LC Catalog Record: 47006048

There are several sections: history of record breakers, ships built between 1840-1940, fleet list, longest ships, liners over600 feet classed by funnels and masts (past/present). There is also a pictorial section.

Way's Packet Directory, 1848-1983 : Passenger Steamboats of the Mississippi River System Since the Advent of Photography in Mid-Continent America / compiled by Frederick Way, Jr. Athens, Ohio : Ohio University, c1983.
LC Call Number: HE565.U5 W39 1983
LC Catalog Record: 83008210

Includes ships that carry passengers, even those that are both passenger and freight, if they are propelled by steam on the Mississippi River. The main listing is alphabetical by ship name. Ship information includes: some dimensions and specs as well as a history of the ship that includes dates built, berth information, and disposition. There are also listings for compound name index and general index that include captain/owner names. There are also some images.

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