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London & New York SS Line

The first company to operate a service of first class screw steamers between London and New York commenced operations in 1863. It's principal owners were Malcolmson Bros. of Waterford, Ireland. Sailings continued until 1871 when the company closed down, the principal reason given was that they had overestimated the cargo requirements of the London - New York trade.

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.


  • London - Havre - New York


Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Atalanta 1864 1870 sold to Hughes Line, Liverpool. 2,668
Bellona 1863 1870 sold to Hughes Line, Liverpool. 1,914
Cella 1863 1870 sold to Hughes Line, Liverpool. 2,058
Cordova 18?? 1868 chartered for one round voyage. 1,417
Iowa 1864 1866 sold to Anchor Line. 1,998
Paraguay 1864 1869 purchased from River Plate SS Co., 1875 sold to Hughes Line, Liverpool. 1,444
Parana 1862 1870 purchased from River Plate SS Co., 1875 sold to Hughes Line, Liverpool.
William Penn 1866 1869 sold to Allan Line renamed European. 2,647

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