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Mediterranean & New York Steamship Company

The Liverpool firm of Phelps Brothers & Company opened a New York branch office around 1874 or earlier under the same name. Within a year or two many steamers carrying, for the most part, fruit from Sicily and Spain to New York were consigned to the firm. In 1877 the number of New York arrivals handled by the Company was at least 24, and it was no doubt in order to take the fullest advantage of future lucrative business of this nature that the Mediterranean & New York Steamship Company Ltd was formed in England, Phelps Brothers & Company being appointed as managers.

From the autumn of 1888 onwards there were occasional calls at Patras, Greece, and some of the steamers terminated at Fiume (Rijeka). As from 1894 a great many steamers proceeded to and from Trieste and Venice.

The Company had to suspend operations in 1905; for several years previously nearly all sailings had started from and terminated at Trieste or Venice. By that time, the Unione Austriaca was running an intensive service of passenger and cargo steamers between the former port and New York, and in addition Cunard had started a service on the same route in the autumn of 1903. This competion was to much for the Mediterranean & New York Company's service, particularly as all their steamers were to small and five out of the eight were 20 years old or more and all the ships were sold. All their ships were cargo steamers with limited passengers accommodation.

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.

Routes:

  • Mediterranean ports-New York

Funnel:
White with black top and narrow black band.

Fleet:

Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Pawnee 1882 built by T. Royden & Sons, Liverpool | 1905 sold to Japan renamed Takatori Maru, 1925 scrapped. 1,798
Peconic 1882 built by T. Royden & Sons, Liverpool | 1905 sold to USA not renamed, 1905 foundered off coast of Florida. 1,795
Piqua 1882 built by T. Royden & Sons, Liverpool | 1905 sold to Japan renamed Kenkon Maru No. 2, 1921 Koyei Maru, 1924 foundered off Choshi, Japan. 1,796
Pocahontas 1889 built by R. Stephenson & Co., Hebburn-on-Tyne. | 1905 sold to Watts, Watts & Co., London not renamed, 1908 sold to Chinese Government, 1909 deleted from Register. 2,675
Pocasset 1889 built by R. Stephenson & Co., Hebburn-on-Tyne. | 1905 sold to Watts, Watts & Co., London not renamed, 1906 sold to Japan renamed Yechigo Maru, 1931 scrapped. 2,675
Ponca 1881 built by A. Hall & Co., Aberdeen | 1890 sold to France renamed Justin, 1905 wrecked at Le Conquet near Brest. 1,744
Pontiac 1879 built by T. Royden & Sons, Liverpool | 1903 sold to Atlantic & Eastern not renamed, 1917 torpedoed and sunk by German submarine off Fastnet. 1,745
Powhatan (1) 1878 built by T. Royden & Sons, Liverpool | 1881 sold to Chargeurs Reunis, France renamed Comte D.Eu, 1887 sold to Portugal renamed Ibo, 1899 sold to Brasil renamed Nictheroy, 1906 wrecked. 1,561
Powhatan (2) 1886 built by Barrow Shipbuilding Co., Barrow | 1905 sold to Watts, Watts & Co., London not renamed, 1908 renamed Rupert City, 1911 sold to Canada same name, 1914 sold to Japan renamed Chinto Maru, 1917 torpedoed and sunk by German submarine off Spain. 2,599

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