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Eastern & Australasian Mail Steamship Co.

In 1873 Bright Bros. & Co., Melbourne joined with James Guthrie of Singapore and McTaggart, Tidman & Co. to form the Eastern & Australasian Mail Steamship Co. to operate a four weekly mail and passenger service from Sydney to Brisbane, Batavia, Singapore and Hong Kong. Before long the Australian terminal was transferred to Melbourne. Bookings to and from London and European ports were possible by a connection at Singapore to P & O Line and Messageries Maritimes ships. The mail contract passed to British India S.N. Co. in 1881 and Eastern & Australasian SS Co. then concentrated on the Australia - China - Japan service.
The company later became associated with Australasian United S.N. Co. and in 1919 came under the control of British India S.N. Co. BISN Co. in turn became part of the P & O Group.

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
Airlie 1884 1904 sold to Burns, Philp & Co., Sydney. 2,337
Aldenham 1894 ex- Nineveh, 1907 purchased from Aberdeen Line renamed Aldenham, 1916 sold to Royal Mail S.P. Co. renamed Larne. 3,808
Aradina 1956 ex- Salsette, 1966 transferred from P & O renamed Aradina, 1970 transferred to British India S.N. Co. renamed Tairea. 8,199
Arafura (1) 1903 ex- Swakopmund (Hapag), 1921 purchased from the Shipping Controller, London renamed Arafura, 1929 scrapped. 5,597
Arafura (2) 1954 1970 renamed Tanda, 1971 transferred to British India S.N. Co. 8,775
Arakawa 1956 ex- Salmara, 1966 transferred from P & O renamed Arakawa, 1970 to British India S.N. Co. renamed Teesta. 8,199
Aramac 1948 ex- Remuera, 1964 purchased from New Zealand Shipping Co. renamed Aramac, 1969 scrapped. 13,619
Arawatta 1958 ex- Charlotte, 1963 purchased from A/B Bonnierforetagen, Sweden renamed Arawatta, 1971 aols to I/S Sea Transport, Norway renamed Concordia Fana. 5,566
Australian 1896 1906 wrecked Vashon Head, Northern Australia. 2,838
Bowen 1874 1883 sold to R. Singlehurst. 1,509
Brisbane 1874 1881 wrecked near Port Darwin. 1,503
Cathay 1957 1969 transferred from P & O. 1976 sold to Nan Yang Shipping Co., Shanghai renamed Kenghsin. 13,809
Catterthun 1881 1895 wrecked on Seal Rocks, NSW. 1,179
Chitral 1955 1970 transferred from P & O. 1975 scrapped at Taiwan. 13,821
Eastern (1) 1899 1924 sold to Harada Kisen K.K., Kobe renamed Terukuni Maru. 3,586
Eastern (2) 1944 ex- Empire Dynasty, 1946 purchased from MOT renamed Eastern, 1965 sold to Eddie SS Co., Taiwan renamed Dori. 9,896
Empire 1902 1916 sold to R. L. Connell, London. 4,496
Flintshire 1872 1874 chartered from D. J. Jenkins & Co., 1889 sold to Ocean SS Co. 1,558
Guthrie 1884 1904 sold to Burns, Philp & Co., Sydney. 2,338
Jeddah 1872 1874 chartered from J. Guthrie & Co., 1875 returned to owners. 1,541
Legislator 1872 1874 chartered from T & J. Harrison, Liverpool, 1875 returned to owners. 2,126
Menmuir 1878 1900 sold to China & Manila SS Co., 1901 renamed Perla. 1,940
Nankin (1) 1912 1931 purchased from P & O, 1942 captured by German surface raider THOR in Indian Ocean renamed Leuthen, destroyed in explosion of tanker UCKERMARK at Yokohama. 6,069
Nankin (2) 1945 ex- Mount Holyoke Victory, 1947 purchased from U.S. Maritime Commission renamed Nankin 1967 sold to Universal Mariners S.A, Panama renamed Bolina. 7,746
Nellore (1) 1913 1929 purchased from P & O, 1944 torpedoed and sunk in Indian Ocean; loss of 77 lives. 6,856
Nellore (2) 1945 ex- Empire Joy, 1946 purchased from MOT renamed Nellore, 1966 sold to Austin Nav. Corp, Panama renamed Oriana. 6,895
Normanby 1874 1880 sold to Catts Bros, Singapore. 976
Queensland 1875 1876 sank in Bass Strait after collision with s/s BARRABOOL. 2,263
Singapore 1874 1877 wrecked near Port Mackay, Qld. 1,540
Somerset 1874 fate unknown. 962
St. Albans 1910 1931 scrapped in Japan. 4,119
Sunfoo 1871 1873 purchased, 1874 wrecked near Hong Kong. 1,450
Tanda (1) 1914 1924 transferred from British India S.N. Co., 1944 torpedoed and sunk by U.181 near Mangalore. 6,956
Tanda (2)   see Arafura (2)  
Tannadice 1881 1891 sold to India Merchants S.N. Co., Bombay. 2,183
Tom Moreton 1872 1874 chartered from H. Moreton, 1876 sold to G. V. Turnbull. 1,400

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