1880's INMAN LINE Royal & United States MAIL STEAMERS

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  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Mar 02, 2008
  • Channel: Auction House

Offered without reserve:

Original 1880's advertising trade card for INMAN LINE Royal & United States Mail Steamers.

Imprint at bottom edge, "H. BLACKLOCK & Co PRINTERS" (at left), "MANCHESTER & LONDON" (at right).

Verso with extensive text (see scans).

Measures approx. 3 1/4 x 5 3/4 inches (8.3 x 14.5 cm.). Thick stock. Slight edge wear; old ink spot below image of ship.

Outstanding graphics & color. Quite nice overall.



Inman Line / Liverpool and Philadelphia Steamship Company / Liverpool, New York and Philadelphia Steamship Company

Inman Line was formed in 1850 by three partners as the Liverpool & Philadelphia SS Co and in 1852 added steerage berths to their ships to cater for the emigrant trade. In 1852 two of the partners who were Quakers, disagreed with the policy of chartering ships for trooping purposes and resigned. After this the company became unofficially known as Inman Line after the remaining founder, William Inman. In mid 1854 the transatlantic service ceased as all the company ships were employed on Crimean War service and didn't resume until Apr.1856. To cater for the growth of New York traffic, the official name of the company was changed in 1857 to Liverpool , New York and Philadelphia SS Co and Philadelphia rapidly became a secondary port of call. Due to Irish emigrant trade, Queenstown was added as a passenger call in 1859. The slump of 1867 caused the introduction of services between Liverpool - New Orleans and Antwerp - New York but these did not last for long. However, Inman gained the Queenstown - Halifax contract the same year and also inaugurated a feeder service between Halifax and St. John, N.B. The Inman Steamship Co was formed in 1875 and entered into collaboration with White Star Line . By 1886 the company was in serious financial difficulties and could not raise the money to replace the ageing fleet. They went into voluntary liquidation in Oct.1886 and their assets were purchased by the American owned International Navigation Co. who already owned the American Line and Red Star Line . The ships were then operated under an operating company, Inman & International SS Co and continued to sail under the British flag. In 1892 the U.S. Mail contract was awarded to Inman & International, providing that the ships were transferred to the U.S. flag. The last Inman sailing from Liverpool took place in Feb.1893 and the service was transferred to Southampton and all ships became U.S. flagged under the ownership of American Line . (source: /ships/lines/inman.html ).

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