Officers in NewYork


Aly Jones

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Talking about 1912 era, When British ships arrived in NewYork Harbour and docks, were the officers allowed to disembark to explore NewYork? Since the officers were British citizens and not American, nor not emigrating to usa or not on holidaying in USA, were they permitted to stay on American soil? Did they need a somewhat passport?
 
Talking about 1912 era, When British ships arrived in NewYork Harbour and docks, were the officers allowed to disembark to explore NewYork? Since the officers were British citizens and not American, nor not emigrating to usa or not on holidaying in USA, were they permitted to stay on American soil? Did they need a somewhat passport?
To go ashore they would go through the port customs office - for example, there are Ellis Island records for Lightoller, Lowe, Pitman and Boxhall that record their passport, address and whether they are being discharged at the port of arrival. They were not immune to scrutiny when going ashore - Captain Smith had his cigars confiscated according to a Tuesday 17th August 1909 edition of the New York Times : "Capt. Smith of the Adriatic of the same line and the ship's surgeon, Dr. O'Loughlin, were invited to Marblehead to spend a few days. As they started ashore yesterday morning they went to the Customs Office on the pier and offered the valises they carried for inspection. Each officer was carrying a box of cigars, upon which the seals had been broken. In spite of their protests these cigars were confiscated. In the doctor's valise was a bottle of whisky. This suffered the same fate."
 

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