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The Fleets

Compagnie Franco-Americaine

Formed in 1856 by Gauthier Freres & Compagnie of Paris and Lyons to operate a fleet of iron screw steamers between Havre and North & South America. The company's services proved to be very irregular, ships prone to breakdowns and passengers far fewer than expected. The company closed in 1857.

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.

Routes:

  • Havre - N.Y.
  • Havre - Brazil
  • Havre - Havana - New Orleans

Funnel:
Black.

Fleet:

Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Alma 1855 ex- Habana, 1855 purchased from Linea de Vapores Correos Espanoles Trasatlanticos renamed Alma, 1855 Crimean War transport, 1856 commenced service, 1858 sold to P & O Line renamed China. 2,010
Barcelone 1855 ex- Barcelona, 1856 purchased from Linea de Vapores Correos Espanoles Trasatlanticos renamed Barcelone, 1858 sold to P & O Line renamed Behar. 1,603
Cadix 1855 ex- Cadiz, 1855 purchased from Linea de Vapores Correos Espanoles Trasatlanticos renamed Cadix, 1855 sold to P & O Line renamed Ellora. 1,600
Franc-Comtois 1856 1858 sold to P & O Line renamed Orissa. 1,600
Francois Arago n/a Havre - Havana - New Orleans service, but no further info available. n/a
Jacquart n/a Havre - Havana - New Orleans service, but no further info available. n/a
Lyonnais 1856 1856 sank after collision with American barque Adriatic; loss of 120 lives. 1,605
Vigo 1855 1856 purchased from Linea de Vapores Correos Espanoles Trasatlanticos, 1856 Crimean War transport, 1858 sold to Inman Line. 1,953

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