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Great Northern Steamship Company,1900-1918 / Great Northern Pacific Steamship Company, 1914-1917 Portland, Oregon
Both lines these lines were founded by James Jerome Hill to promote business for his Great Northern & Northern Pacific Railways, of which they were subsidiaries.
The Great Northern Steamship Co. was a transpacific line out of Portland, while the Great Northern Pacific Steamship Co. ran coastwise steamers from Portland to San Francisco. The two lines were highly publicized and promoted, but ultimately were business failures owing to Hill's lack of understanding of the shipping business.
The Great Northern Steamship
Co. was founded in 1900 and ordered two ships from the Eastern Shipbuilding
Company at New London, Connecticutt for services from Portland to Japan
the ships were completed in 1904 and 1905 after a long building period
and at that time they were biggest passenger vessels built in the United
The Great Northern Pacific Steamship Company was formed on September
30, 1914. The line was to compliment the passenger train service on the
Line and compete with the Southern Pacific trains to San Francisco.
Many thanks to Henk Jungerius and Ted Finch for their 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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