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The Fleets

There were two companies known as the Guion Line and although both were controlled by Stephen Guion, there was no direct connection between the two companies. The first company only operated between 1862-63.

Guion Line (Fernie Bros.)

Formed 1862 by Fernie Bros under the management of Guion & Co with the intention of entering the Liverpool - New Orleans trade but the prolonging of the Civil War caused the company to operate to New York. In 1863 the fleet was taken over by National Line.

Routes: 1862-1863 Liverpool - Queenstown - New York.

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Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Carolina 1863 launched for Guion but taken over by National Line before completion. 2,872 2,872
Georgia 1863 1863 wrecked on Sable Island; no loss of lives. 2,870
Louisiana 1858 ex- Hudson, 1862 purchased from North German Lloyd, 1863 taken over by National Line. 2,266
Virginia 1863 1863 taken over by National Line 2,876
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.
Guion Line / Liverpool and Great Western Steamship Company

The official name of the company was the Liverpool & Great Western Steamship Company Limited from its inception by Guion & Co. in 1866 until closure in 1894, however it was invariably known as the Guion Line from almost the start, but this was an unofficial title. It was founded in 1866 for the Liverpool to New York, via Queenstown, route. Their fast ships were making the voyage in 6 days, 21 hours, 40 minutes in 1883. The Oregon reduced that to 6 days, 10 hours, 10 minutes that same year. The line became uneconomical and ceased operations in 1894.


  • 1866-1894 Liverpool - Queenstown - New York.

Funnel - Black with broad red band near top.


Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Abyssinia 1870 1880 purchased from Cunard SS Co, 1887-1891 chartered to Canadian Pacific for trans-Pacific service, 1891 returned to Guion and destroyed by fire at sea; no loss of life. 3,376
Alaska 1881 1894 laid up, 1897 chartered to Cia Trasatlantica, renamed Magallanes, 1898 laid up, 1899 sold for scrapping. 6,932
Arizona 1879 1894 laid up, 1898 rebuilt to 5,305 tons transferred to Pacific service, 1898 sold to U.S. Government, renamed Hancock. 5,147
British Empire 1878 1885 chartered from British Shipowners Ltd. for one voyage. 3,361
British King 1881 1885 chartered from British Shipowners Ltd. for one voyage. 3,559
Chicago 1866 Jan 1868 wrecked near Queenstown; no loss of life. 2,869
City of New York 1865 1878 chartered from Inman Line for two voyages. 3,499
Colorado 1868 Feb. 7, 1872 sunk in collision with SS Arabian in River Mersey; loss of 6 lives. 2,927
Dakota 1875 May 1877 wrecked on Anglesey, N.Wales; no loss of life. 4,332
Idaho 1869 1878 wrecked on Irish coast; no loss of life. 3,132
Manhattan 1866 1875 sold to Warren Line, renamed Massachusetts. 2,869
Minnesota 1867 1875 sold to Warren Line. 3,008
Montana 1874 March 1880 stranded on Anglesey, N.Wales, refloated and scrapped. 4,321
Nebraska 1867 1876 sold to British owners, renamed Victoria. 3,985
Nevada 1869 1894 sold to Dominion Line, renamed Hamilton 3,121
Oregon 1883 June 1884 sold to Cunard SS Co., sank 11 Mar 1886. 7,375
Wisconsin 1870 1874 (or earlier) rebuilt to 3,700 tons, 1893 scrapped. 3,238
Wyoming 1870 1874 (or earlier) rebuilt to 3,729 tons, 1893 scrapped. 3,238
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