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