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Transatlantic Steamship Co

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1837 The Transatlantic Steamship Company was established under the auspices of the City of Dublin Steam Packet Co, to operate steam vessels between Liverpool and New York. Built the Royal William and purchased the Great Liverpool from Sir John Tobin.

1838 The Liverpool and Transatlantic Steamship Co chartered the William and used her for 2 transatlantic voyages.

After three years, the company's Directors were satisfied that the cost of equipping and maintaining a transatlantic connection by steam vessels, without the aid of a Government contract, was unprofitable

The opportunity to employ their vessels more profitably arose in the form a proposal from the proprietors of the Peninsular Steam Packet Co to join that enterprise.

The company's two vessels, the Great Liverpool and the Oriental, were transferred to the Peninsular Company.

  • NB A later company of the same name was based in Gothenburg

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