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Canadian-Australian Steam Ship Company / Canadian-Australian Royal Mail Steam Ship Company

Registered by James Huddart in 1893 as the Canadian-Australian Steam Ship Company, the line was to operate a service between Sydney, Brisbane, Honolulu, Victoria, British Columbia (BC) and Vancouver, BC. The Brisbane call was abandoned in late 1893 and replaced by Suva, Fiji. From August,1897 the route became Sydney, Wellington, Suva, Honolulu, Victoria BC, Vancouver. The company was reconstituted as the Canadian-Australian Royal Mail Steam Ship Company under the joint control of James Huddart and the New Zealand Shipping Company who took complete control of the line in 1898.

In 1900 the Union Steam Ship Company of New Zealand acquired a controlling interest in the company and assumed responsibility for outstanding contracts and agreements. In 1910 the purchase was completed and the Canadian-Australian Royal Mail Steam Ship Company became an integral part of the fleet of the Union Steam Ship Company of New Zealand.

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.

Fleet:
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Aorangi 1883 1896 purchased from New Zealand Shipping Co, 1901 chartered to Union SS Co. of NZ, 1910 sold to Union SS Co of NZ. 4,196
Arawa 1884 1893 chartered from Shaw Savill & Albion Line for six months. 5,026
Maheno 1905 1910 became Union SS Co of NZ. 5,282
Makura 1908 1910 became Union SS Co of NZ. 8,075
Manuka 1903 1910 became Union SS Co of NZ. 4,534
Marama 1907 1910 became Union SS Co of NZ. 6,437
Miowera 1892 1893 transferred from New Zealand & Australasian SS Co., 1901 chartered to Union SS Co of NZ, 1908 sold to Union SS Co of NZ, renamed Maitai. 3,393
Moana 1897 1910 became Union SS Co of NZ. 3,915
Warrimoo 1892 1893 transferred from New Zealand & Australasian SS Co, 1901 transferred to Union SS Co of NZ. 3,528
Zealandia 1910 1910 became Union SS Co of NZ. 6,683

For details after 1910 see Union SS Co of New Zealand.

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