Hardcover. Very Good. octavo, 158 manuscript pages, bound in small three ring binder, embossed cloth, entries dated 24 January 1923 - 3 June 1923. The front cover is embossed: "Log Book Golden Jubilee Cruise Around the World S.S. "Samaria" 1923." Also includes 7 postcards laid in, several newspaper clippings, plus brochure for "R.M.S. Samaria Around the World Cruise 1923. Programme of Entertainments for week ending February 24th", and a couple of documents pertaining to the Lewis family (will, probate papers). The journal includes pages that were to be used for writing a journal and printed pages related to the ship "Samaria." The book was issued by "Thos. Cook & Son," the travel agency. Some of these printed pages include a list of the passengers on the ship, the officers of the ship, Thos. Cook's agents, and addresses of Cook's offices around the world. Apparently every passenger would have received a copy of this "log book", to be used to keep a journal. Mr. and Mrs. Ira L. Lewis are listed in the passenger section, and Mrs. Lewis kept the journal during the cruise. The Cunard Line's Steamship Samaria, launched in 1920, took her maiden voyage, from Liverpool to Boston, in April, 1922. At 624-feet long and lavishly furnished, she was among the most elegant cruise ships of the time. The voyage described in this journal was her first Around-the-World cruise, it was arranged by the Thomas Cook Agency. With a limit of 400 first-class passengers, she departed from New York on January 24, 1923 and returned to New York on May 31, 1923. The Samaria served from 1922 until 1955. During the Second World War she served as a troopship for the Royal Navy. The Samaria was scrapped in 1956 Adelaide F. Hamblin Lewis (1869-1929) Adelaide F. Hamblin was born in San Francisco, California about the year 1869. Her parents, Charles and Mary Briggs Hamblin, were both natives of Massachusetts. Her father is found in 1880 at Cottage City, Massachusetts, working as an ice dealer. In the 1870 Census, Charles Hamblin is found in San Francisco, working as a shoe maker. It's possible he was a '49er, going west as an 18 year old, remaining in San Francisco after the gold rush, marrying, and once the children were born moved back east. In 1860, a C.H Hamblin is found at White Oak, El Dorado, California, working as a miner. (Further research would have to be conducted). Adelaide was married 14 January 1890 at Cottage City, Massachusetts, to Ira Lawson Lewis. Lewis was the son of La Roy S. Lewis (d. 1916) and his wife Polly Hillman Lance Lewis, of Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts. Ira was born on 3 January 1866 at Tisbury, and was educated there in the public schools. Adelaide and Ira had at least three children, two of whom were still living in 1910. Ira Lewis, Jr. was born in 1893, and his brother Robert in 1895. Adelaide's husband Ira was the owner of the firm: "Ira L. Lewis & Son Company," of Framingham, a furniture and household goods store located in South Framingham. He was the successor to C.W. Luce & Company. Lewis had been a partner with Luce, and after he became sole proprietor of the company, changed the name in 1904. The store, a four-story concern, was considered the most widely equipped of its kind and unrivalled by any between Worcester and Boston. Ira's son Robert was admitted to the firm as a partner in 1919, acting as vice president and clerk, while Ira acted as president and treasurer. Lewis was also a promoter of the Framingham Trust Company and acted as one of the commissioners of Framingham's Sinking Fund Committee. He became a Mason as well. The family was financially well off enough to book a round the world cruise on the "Samaria" in 1923. The cruise started at New York City, went to Funchal (Madeira), sailed through the Mediterranean Sea to the ports of Gibraltar, Algiers, Naples, Port Said, Cairo, then through the Suez Canal, to the east, visiting Ceylon, India, Burma, Sumatra (Inventory #: 030096)
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