This card is of the Luxury Steamer – George Washington – built by Norddeutsche Loyd in 1909. The back of the card is the “ABSTRACT OF LOG” dated May 1914. It is among the postcards that were saved from my Grandmother’s (Ruth Wicks) trip around the world, she would have been 30 years old at the time. It shows that the distance of the trip is 3,167 miles, passage 7 days, 15 hours, 24 minutes at a speed of 17,27 knots.
I don’t really have a time line of her trip(s) … how the countries were chosen or why. I believe she wasn’t traveling alone, but do not know who accompanied her – Aunt Inez, Sister Grace, a Smith College friend? I don’t know. What I have in my collection is more of a random accounting of what she saved, and what I have found.
I have found some photos of the interior which includes a cabin for 1st class passengers, a children’s playroom, staircase, Wintergarden and Salon for 1st Class passengers, and the promenade deck which was fully enclosed behind glass for President Woodrow Wilson’s voyage to Europe to attend the Paris Peace Conference.
Here is more information on the ship from Wikipedia:
“When George Washington was launched in 1908, she was the largest German-built steamship and the third-largest ship in the world. George Washington was built to emphasize comfort over speed, and was sumptuously appointed in her first-class passenger areas. The ship could carry a total of 2,900 passengers, and made her maiden voyage in January 1909 to New York. …
On 14 April 1912, George Washington passed a particularly large iceberg south of the Grand Banks of Newfoundland and radioed a warning to all ships in the area, including White Star Line ocean liner Titanic, which sank near the same location. Throughout her German passenger career, contemporary news accounts often reported on notable persons—typically actors, singers, and politicians—that sailed on George Washington.
At the outbreak of World War I, George Washington was interned by the then-neutral United States, until that country entered into the conflict in April 1917. George Washington was seized by the United States and taken over for use as a troop transport by the U.S. Navy. Commissioned as USS George Washington (ID-3018), she sailed with her first load of American troops in December 1917. …”
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