Before steamships, ocean journeys were dangerous, dirty, and miserable, but the great ocean liners of the late 1800s allowed people to cross the Atlantic in relative comfort and safety, uniting the “New World” with the “Old World” in the process. Learn about life on the celebrated ships of the steam age by examining postcards, photographs, maps, and other artifacts from the Morse Ocean Liner Collection.

  • Grade Levels: 4-12
  • Time Allotment: 90 to 100 minutes for field trips
  • ME Social Studies Standards
    • D1: Geographic Knowledge, Concepts, Themes, and Patterns
    • E1: Historical Knowledge, Concepts, Themes, and Patterns


Intended to be completed in the classroom before the scheduled field trip or class visit, the pre-teaching activity will give students some familiarity with the terms, ideas, and visuals, that they will see during the actual visit.

Guided Inquiry Exercise

During this portion of the visit, students will be asked to look closely at twelve to twenty items that fit within the curriculum theme. Each student will need to find:

  1. something they recognize from previous class lessons or from the pre-teaching activity
  2. something they find interesting and want to point out to their classmates
  3. something they would like to know more about

Examples of Items Used: 
(sets of items will vary)


OML visit themes have recommended hands-on activities or group-games that can be done in conjunction with the Guided Inquiry exercise.


Schedule a Field Trip or Class Visit

*For large groups or groups with a flexible time frame, take a peek at our related partnership program,
Transportation and Tourism, with Victoria Mansion!