In "The Case of the White Footprints" in Dr. Thorndyke's Case-Book (1923) by R. Austin Freeman, a woman was talking to a detective about a situation in her hotel, saying:

"I noticed that she seemed very nervous and upset when she got the letters from hospital, and still more so when the last letter came. Of course, I don't know what he said to her in those letters. It may be that he had heard something about Mr. Bergson, and threatened to take some action. Of course, I can't say. I only know that she was very nervous and restless, and when we saw in the paper four days ago that the ship he would be coming by had arrived in Liverpool she seemed dreadfully upset. And she got worse and worse until—well, until last night."

Was it common for newspapers to report the arrivals of ships?

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    My local paper (The San Francisco Chronicle) was still publishing shipping arrivals and departures in the 1990s. They may well still be doing it today.
    – The Photon
    Jul 27 '20 at 23:43
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    You can also google "<port> shipping arrivals" and see that Google has special handling for this request to give a summary of upcoming arrivals.
    – The Photon
    Jul 27 '20 at 23:47
  • @ThePhoton Thank you so much Jul 28 '20 at 0:04

Yes. It would be back page news but it was crucial to businesses to know such information.

Here are some samples.

  • I searched a lot for an example like that. Thank you so much. Jul 27 '20 at 14:28

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