News from 1937: Retirement of A. G. Christensen


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The New York Times, 16 August 1937

CHRISTENSEN TO END 45-YEAR CAREER SOON
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Veteran Passenger Agent of Ship Lines Recalls Vessels That Made 'Big Money'
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After serving forty-five years with the White Star Line and the
International Mercantile Marine Company in this city, Anton G. Christensen,
general passenger agent, will retire from the service next month with a well
earned pension.

He was with the White Star Line until the Morgan group was formed in 1902
and then joined the staff of the I. M. M. and continued to book the first
cabin passengers on the White Star ships until the merger with Cunard took
place three years ago.

Mr. Christensen, who is known throughout North Atlantic passenger steamship
circles as "A. G.," commented yesterday that the old steamships made big
money because because they carried from 1,500 to 2,000 emigrants in the
steerage.

"The biggest money makers the White Star ever had were the 'Big
Four'---Celtic, Cedric, Baltic and Adriatic," he said, "as they not only
carried passengers, but they could carry 2,000 tons of cargo in their
spacious holds when freight was worth carrying. Operating expenses were
low."

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