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Occidental and Oriental S.S. Co.

Formed in 1874 by the Central Pacific Railroad and the Union Pacific Railroad to operate trans-Pacific passenger services in competition with Pacific Mail. Although based in San Francisco, their ships were all chartered, mostly from the White Star Line and flew the Red Ensign. By the early 1900s, intense competition particularly from Japanese owners caused trade to decrease and the company's last voyage took place in 1905 and the company wound up.

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.

Routes: San Francisco - Yokohama - Hong Kong.
Calls at Kobe introduced in the 1890s and at Manila in 1900.


Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Arabic 1881 1882-1885 and 1885-1889 chartered from White Star Line, 1890 sold to Holland America Line renamed Spaarndam. 4,368
Belgic (1) 1873 1875 chartered from White Star Line, 1883 sold to Spain renamed Geofredo. 2,652
Belgic (2) 1885 1885-1898 chartered from White Star Line, 1898 sold to Atlantic Transport Line renamed Mohawk. 4,212
Coptic 1881 1882-1883 and 1895-1905 chartered from White Star Line, 1906 sold to Pacific Mail renamed Persia. 4,352
Doric 1883 1896-1905 chartered from White Star Line, 1906 sold to Pacific Mail renamed Asia. 4,784
Evandale 1895 cargo steamer chartered from R. Mackill & Co., Glasgow for single voyage in 1895. 3,775
Gaelic (1) 1872 1875 chartered from White Star Line, 1883 sold to Spain renamed Hugo. 2,652
Gaelic (2) 1885 1885-1904 chartered from White Star Line, 1905 sold to Pacific Steam Nav. Co. renamed Callao. 4,206
Oceanic 1870 1875 chartered from White Star Line, 1895 returned to owners and 1896 scrapped. 3,808
San Pablo 1884 1884-1888 chartered from Pacific Improvement Co. (Southern Pacific R.R.), 1888 wrecked in Formosa Channel. 4,064
Venus 1896 cargo steamer chartered from Venus Shipping Co. (J. Lockie), Newcastle for single voyage in 1898. 3,668

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