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Oriental Inland Steam Co

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of 9 Billiter Street, London

Also known as the Oriental Inland Steam Navigation Co (OISNC).

1856 Prospectus issued. Object was to establish system of navigation on the rivers of India, using steamers to tow flat barges[1].

1858 Twelve steam "trains" (vessels of shallow draught capable of shipping 1000 t loads) were despatched to India[2]

1859 John Bourne Esq, of 9 Billiter Street, was managing director of the Oriental Inland Steam Co Ltd; the company doubled its capital[3]

1861 The OISNC established its own shipyard at Garden Reach, Calcutta.[4]

1864 The company reported how some of the steamers had been working nearly continuously but others had been stopped for overhaul[5]

1866 Report to the company meeting; stated that agreement with Indus Flotilla Co that they would avoid unncessary competition[6]

1867 Interests included several railways including Scinde Railway; the vessels of the company were being removed from the affected section of the Indus to avoid the competition[7]

1867 Company wound up; shareholders included William Samuel Deacon and Robert Wilson of 6 Billiter Street, London[8]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Sep 24, 1856
  2. The Times, Aug 27, 1858
  3. The Times, Feb 16, 1859
  4. 'The Making of India: The Untold Story of British Enterprise' by Kartar Lalvani, Bloomsbury Publishing, 2016
  5. The Times, Dec 27, 1864
  6. The Times, Jun 29, 1866
  7. The Times, Jun 27, 1867
  8. London Gazette 19 November 1867