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City of Dublin Steam Packet Company

The City of Dublin Steam Packet Company was founded in 1823 to operate steamers from Dublin to Liverpool. The route was extended to London in 1826 and a Belfast - Glasgow route was operated in the late 1820s. In 1843 Liverpool and North Wales routes were taken over from the St. George Steam Packet Co and this lasted until 1881. A service was started in 1838 by the ROYAL WILLIAM (picture), which made three round voyages between Liverpool and New York between 1838-1839 (not to be confused with the Canadian steamship with the same name). She sailed from Liverpool for New York on 5th July 1838 and was the first steamer to make a westbound transatlantic voyage from the Mersey. The fare was 35 guineas including provisions and wines! The ROYAL WILLIAM was a wooden hulled, side paddle wheel steamer. In 1839 she returned to Irish Sea voyages and later became a coal hulk. In 1888 she was scrapped.
A regular Dublin - Belfast service was also operated from 1826 until the 1914-1918 war.
Dublin - Liverpool services ceased in 1919 after two of the company's passenger ships were sunk during the Great War and their ships taken over by the British & Irish S.P. Co. (Coast Lines). The company went into liquidation in 1924.

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.

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Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Albert 1845 1887 scrapped. n/a
Athlone 1836 c.1855 scrapped. n/a
Ballinasloe 1829 c.1860 scrapped. n/a
Banshee 1848 1850 loaned by the Admiralty. 672
Belfast 1884 1919 transferred to British & Irish S.P. Co. (Coast Lines). 457
Birmingham 1826 c.1860 scrapped. n/a
Britannia 1824 1829 wrecked. n/a
Carlow 1896 1919 transferred to British & Irish S.P. Co. (Coast Lines) renamed Lady Carlow. 1,200
Cavan 1876 1896 scrapped. n/a
City of Dublin 1824 1840 scrapped. 200
City of Londonderry 1824 no further info. 250
Commerce 1825 1826 taken over with the Dublin & Liverpool S.N. Co., 1859 scrapped. n/a
Connaught (1) 1860 1897 sold to H. E. Moss & Co., Liverpool. 1,412
Connaught (2) 1897 1917 torpedoed and sunk on voyage Havre - Southampton. 2,646
Cork 1899 1918 torpedoed and sunk off Lynas Point. 1,200
Diamond 1846 c.1875 scrapped. n/a
Duchess of Kent 1837 no later info. n/a
Duke of Cambridge 1837 no later info. n/a
Eblana 1849 1884 scrapped. 653
Emerald 1846 c.1880 scrapped. n/a
Galway 1891 1907 sold to Corporation of the City of London, 1915 scrapped. 881
Gipsy 1828 1845 scrapped. n/a
Hibernia 1824 1849 scrapped. n/a
Ireland 1885 1896 sold to Higginbottom syndicate for Liverpool - Isle of Man service. 1,951
Iron Duke 1844 no later info.
n/a
Kerry 1897 1919 transferred to British & Irish S.P. Co. (Coast Lines) renamed Lady Kerry. 1,199
Kildare 1867 1895 scrapped. n/a
Kilkenny 1903 1917 sold to Great Eastern Railway Co. renamed Frinton. 1,200
Leeds 1826 1852 scrapped. n/a
Leinster (1) 1860 1896 sold to Higginbottom syndicate for Liverpool - Isle of Man service. 1,421
Leinster (2) 1897 1918 torpedoed and sunk off Kingstown; loss of 176 lives. 2,646
Leitrim 1874 1899 scrapped. n/a
Liffey 1824 1826 taken over with the Dublin & Liverpool S.N. Co., c.1845 scrapped. n/a
Liverpool 1846 no later info. n/a
Llewellyn 1848 1850 purchased from the Admiralty, c.1890 renamed St. Patrick, 1895 scrapped. 671
Longford 1870 1896 scrapped. n/a
Louth 1894 1919 transferred to British & Irish S.P. Co. (Coast Lines) renamed Lady Louth. 1,229
Manchester 1826 1829 disposed. 220
Mayo 1880 1903 scrapped. n/a
Meath 1884 1906 scrapped. n/a
Mersey 1824 1826 taken over with the Dublin & Liverpool S.N. Co., c.1860 scrapped. n/a
Mona (1) 1825 no further info. n/a
Mona (2) 1832 1841 purchased from Isle of Man S.P. Co., later used as a tug at Dublin. No later info. n/a
Mullingar 1868 1896 scrapped. n/a
Munster (1) 1860 1896 sold to Higginbottom syndicate for Liverpool - Isle of Man service. 1,431
Munster (2) 1896 1920 withdrawn from service and laid up, 1924 scrapped. 2,641
Nottingham 1827 no further info. n/a
Pearl 1845 no later info. n/a
Prince Arthur 1851 1893 scrapped. 427
Princess 1839 no later info. n/a
Queen Victoria 1837 1853 wrecked in snowstorm near Howth Head; loss of 80 lives. n/a
Roscommon 1845 no later info. n/a
Royal Adelaide 1838 no later info. n/a
Royal William 1837 later served for some years as a coal hulk and scrapped in 1888. (picture) 617
Shamrock 1824 1826 purchased from Belfast S. P. Co., no further info. 220
Sheffield 1827 1828 disposed.
230
St. Columba 1848 no later info. 720
St. Patrick   see Llewellyn.  
Thames 1826 1837 taken over from the Dublin & London S.P. Co. On a voyage Dublin to London with passengers, she was wrecked in a gale on 4th Jan.1841 on Ponds Reef, Scilly Isles. Only four persons of the 66 on board were saved. 514
Town of Liverpool 1824 1827 scrapped. n/a
Trafalgar 1848 1875 scrapped. n/a
Ulster (1) 1860 1897 sold to Higginbottom syndicate. 1,421
Ulster (2) 1896 1920 withdrawn from service and laid up, 1924 scrapped. 2,641
Wicklow 1895 1919 transferred to British & Irish S.P. Co. (Coast Lines) renamed Lady Wicklow. 1,032
Windsor 1846 c.1875 scrapped. n/a

The company also operated small inshore steamers on the River Shannon.

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