Alan Mays

Alan Mays

Posted on 07/05/2016


Photo taken on July  5, 2016


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Baltimore Steam Packet Company Pass, 1911

Baltimore Steam Packet Company Pass, 1911
"Baltimore Steam Packet Co. Bay Line, 1911. Pass Mr. John F. Auch, Frt Traf. Mgr-–Philadelphia & Reading Rwy, until December 31st unless otherwise ordered. John R. Sherwood, president & general manager. No. 1726. Not valid unless countersigned by W. W. Erdman or myself. Florida."

According to Wikipedia, "The Baltimore Steam Packet Company, nicknamed the Old Bay Line, was an American steamship line from 1840 to 1962 that provided overnight steamboat service on the Chesapeake Bay, primarily between Baltimore, Maryland, and Norfolk, Virginia."

The steamer Florida, which is pictured on the pass, was a propeller-driven, steel-hulled vessel built by the Maryland Steel Company in 1907. For another illustration of the ship, see Steam Packets on the Chesapeake: A History of the Old Bay Line since 1840 (Centreville, Md.: Tidewater Publishers, 1961), by Alexander Crosby Brown, p. 82.

John F. Auch was a freight traffic manager for the Philadelphia and Reading Railway, which later changed its name to the Reading Railroad and was immortalized as one of the railroads featured on the Monopoly game board.

Compare this pass with an Adirondack Steamboat Company Pass, 1897:

Adirondack Steamboat Company Pass, 1897

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John FitzGerald
John FitzGerald
Quality engraving.
2 years ago.
╰☆☆June☆☆╮
╰☆☆June☆☆╮
Your beautiful capture is greatly admired

Historical & Architectural Gems
2 years ago.
wintorbos
wintorbos
Great one.

I like that it is worded as a personal statement of the President & General Manager: "Not valid unless countersigned by W. W. Erdman or myself".
2 years ago.