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New York & Havre Steam Navigation Co.

Founded in 1850 in New York to operate transatlantic passenger services with a fleet of paddle steamers. They sailed with commendable regularity until the end of 1861 when their ships were taken over by the U.S. War Department and were not returned to their owners until 1865. However, the company by this time found the service difficult to pay, due to a variety of causes, one of which was that paddle steamers were now becoming obselete. To try to alleviate the problem, a joint service with New York Mail SS Co. was set up, but was not successful and the company closed in 1867.

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.


  • 1850-1861 N.Y. - Southampton - Havre
  • 1865-1867 N.Y. - Falmouth - Havre



Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Arago 1855 1862-1865 chartered to U.S. War Department, 1868 -1869 chartered to Ruget's American Line. 1869 sold to Peru. 2,240
Franklin 1850 1854 wrecked Long Island; no loss of life 2,184
Fulton 1855 1861-1865 chartered to U.S. War Department, 1869 chartered to Ruget's American Line, 1870 scrapped. 2,307
Guiding Star 1864 1867 chartered from New York Mail SS Co. for three round voyages. 2,384
Humboldt 1851 1853 wrecked Halifax N.S. 2,180
Mississippi 1861 1867 chartered from New York Mail SS Co. for two round voyages. 2,008
Morning Star 1862 1867 chartered from New York Mail SS Co. for one round voyage. 2,022
Nashville 1853 1854 chartered from Spofford, Tileston & Co. N.Y. for two round voyages. 1,220
St. Louis 1854 1854 chartered from Pacific Mail SS Co. for six round voyages. 1,621
Union 1850 1854 chartered from Spofford, Tileston & Co. N.Y. for ten round voyages. 1,200

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