George G. Clark lived in Boston, Massachusetts, in the late 1900s and was acquainted with Massachusetts Governor John Lewis Bates, who served in office from 1903 to 1905. His traveling companion, "Col." Charles H. Cummings, may be the cousin of New York Congressman Amos J. Cummings (1838-1902) and the author of Western trips in 1887 and 1890.
The German-built, North German Lloyd ocean liner S.S.Kronprinzessin Cecilie sailed from New York City for Bremen, Germany, on June 9, 1908, with 1,775 passengers on board: 535 in first class, 340 in second class, and 900 in steerage. The ship carried the greatest number of passengers of any vessel sailing from the port of New York that season. The Cecilie was the fifth and last of the German "four-stackers," a class which also included the S.S.Kaiser Wilhelm II, by which Clark and Cummings returned from Norway. With the outbreak of World War I, the Cecilie was seized by the United States and converted into an armed troopship.
"Amos J. Cummings dead; The well-known New York congressman passes away," New York Times. May 3, 1902.
Cummings, Charles H. Western trips in 1887 and 1890. New York: s.n., 1890.
Great Ships. “Kronprinzessin Cecilie.” http://www.greatships.net/kronprinzessincecilie.html (accessed February 4, 2009).
"Sails with 1775 on board," New York Times. June 9, 1908.
This 1909 bound typescript manuscript was prepared by George G. Clark to commemorate his 1908 trip with Charles H. Cummings. Their travel from New York City to Norway by steamer and rail, along with details of experiences in many European locales along the way, is recounted in this travel narrative.
Clark's journal is a typescript of his manuscript travel diary (location of original unknown). It includes a detailed itinerary, documenting the journey to and from Norway as well as miles traveled each day. There are daily entries written in a narrative style, describing events of the day and documenting Clark and Cummings's trip from New York to Norway. Clark described life aboard the German ocean liner S.S. Kronprinzessin Ceciliein great detail. Included are descriptions of the weather, conversations between Clark, Cummings, and fellow travellers, as well as in-depth recollections of the day's events. The rest of the journal covers European locales, such as Great Britain, France, and Denmark, visited during the journey to and from Norway. Clark and Cummings returned to New York on the North German Lloyd ocean liner S.S.Kaiser Wilhelm II, which departed from Southhampton, England.
The typescript journal is one of three copies, privately bound for Clark and Cummings. This copy is not numbered and locations of the other copies are unknown. The volume is custom three-quarter bound in leather, with gold-stamped title and travellers' names on the spine.