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British & American S.N. Co.

The British & American Steam Navigation Co. was formed in 1838 and was the first North Atlantic steamship line to start a service. However, disappointing passage times to New York and the loss of the PRESIDENT caused the company to cease trading in 1841.

Many thanks to Ted Finch for his assistance in collecting this data. The following list was extracted from various sources. This is not an all inclusive list but should only be used as a guide. If you would like to know more about a vessel, visit the Ship Descriptions (onsite) or Immigrant Ship web site.


  • London - Cork - N.Y.
  • London - Portsmouth - N.Y. / Halifax
  • Liverpool - N.Y.

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Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
British Queen 1839 1841 sold to Belgian Government. 1,862
President 1840 1841 went missing in Atlantic; loss of 136 lives. 2,366
Sirius 1837 1838 chartered from St. George S.P. Co. for two round voyages. 703

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