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Real Companhia de Navegacao a Vapor Anglo-Luso-Brasileira /
(Anglo-Luso-Brazilian Royal Mail Steam Navigation Company) 1859-1861

In September 1859 J.O. Lever( founder of the Galway Line ) had bought the remains of the former fleet of the General Screw Steam Shipping Company, which had passed into the hands of the European & American Steam Shipping Company in 1857.
A new line of Royal Mail steamships was started to undertake a monthly service between Milford Haven, Lisbon, St. Vincent, Pernambuco, Bahia and Rio de Janeiro under the title of Real Companhia de Navegacao a Vapor Anglo-Luso-Brasileira (Anglo-Luso-Brazilian Royal Mail Steam Navigation Company), and the ships were to fly the Portuguese flag.

The THE MILFORD HAVEN (ex-Queen of the South) sailed from the port of that name on 1 October 1859.
The PORTUGUAL (ex-Calcutta) sailed on 1 November and the BRAZIL (ex-Lady Jocelyn) on 24 December. The BRAZIL was unavailable for her second sailing arranged for 24 March, and a consort, the JASON, was chartered to take her place.

Milford Haven had been found inconvenient and in May 1860 the ships would in future sail from Liverpool on the 24th of each month. Unfortunately, this produced but little more success, and after a handful of further sailings the service closed down. The three ships regained their original names and their British nationality under the ownership of Lever. Together with their four consorts of the European & American Steam Shipping Company they were sold in 1861 to the East India & London Shipping Company Limited, which ran them for a time from London direct to Madras and Calcutta.

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:
    • Milford Haven, Lisbon, St. Vincent, Pernambuco, Bahia and Rio de Janeiro
    • Liverpool, Lisbon, St. Vincent, Pernambuco, Bahia and Rio de Janeiro
Fleet:
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Brazil 1852 built by C.J. Mare & Co., Blackwall, London | ex- Lady Jocelyn, built for General Screw Steam Shipping Co. 1857 to European & American Steam Shipping Co., 1859 purchased renamed Brazil, 1860 chartered to Galway Line, 1861 sold to East India & London Shipping Co., London renamed Lady Jocelyn, 1868 sold to Park Bros and converted into a sailing ship, 1868 chartered to Shaw Savill & Albion not renamed, 1883 purchased, 1899 sold to Shipping Federation, London and hulked, 1922 or 1926 scrapped in Holland. 1,850
Portugal 1852 built by C.J. Mare & Co., Blackwall, London | ex- Calcutta, built for General Screw Steam Shipping Co., 1857 to European & American Steam Shipping Co., 1859 purchased renamed Portugal, 1861 sold to East India & London Shipping Co., London renamed Calcutta, 1868 sold to Taylor, Sons & Co. London and converted into a sailing ship renamed Darling Downs, 1887 sunk in collision. 2,260
The Milford Haven 1852 built by C.J. Mare & Co., Blackwall, London | ex- Queen of the South built for General Screw Steam Shipping Co. 1857 to European & American Steam Shipping Co., 1859 purchased renamed The Milford Haven, 1861 sold to East India & London Shipping Co., London renamed Queen of the South, 1872 sold and converted into a sailing ship renamed Malta, 24 November 1885 wrecked near Sandy Hook. 1,850

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