Line / State Steamship Co. Ltd.
Advertised to start services from Glasgow and Liverpool to New Orleans
and from Glasgow to New York in the spring of 1872, but the first sailing
to New Orleans took place in August 1872 and the first New York sailing
was delayed for a year and started in April 1873. Although the State
Line was registered in Britain, a large proportion of it's capital had
been subscribed in the United States, hence the ships' naming policy.
Unfortunately, the Guion, American and National Lines owned ships with
similar names and to avoid confusion, the States Line added "State of" to
the name of each ship. By 1874 a serious slump occurred in North Atlantic
shipping and several ships were chartered to other companies or sold
on completion. The New Orleans service was badly affected and was withdrawn
in 1875. By the end of 1877, conditions improved and a weekly service
to New York was started, but by the late 1880s, trade decreased and the
company went into liquidation in 1890. The fleet and goodwill of the
company were sold to Allan Line in 1891.
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 (on-site) ot the Immigrant
Ship web site.
- 1872 - 1875 Glasgow - Liverpool - New Orleans
- 1873 - 1890 Glasgow - Larne - New York
Buff with red band and narrow black top.
||Years in Service
||1873 renamed State of Alabama,
1891 sold to Allan Line but immediately re-sold.
||1873 renamed State of Georgia,
1891 sold to Allan Line, made two voyages, 1893 re-sold to Aberdeen
||1874 renamed State of Louisiana,
1878 wrecked in Lough Larne, Northern Ireland.
||1879 chartered from D. R. McGregor & Co. for three
voyages, 1880 returned to owners.
||1873 renamed State of Minnesota,
1875 sold to Royal Mail Steam
Packet Co. renamed Dee.
||1873 renamed State of Pennsylvania,
1891 sold to Allan Line but immediately re-sold to Turkey renamed
|State of Alabama
|State of California
||built for Allan Line.
|State of Florida
||1874 sold to Queen Line on completion and renamed
Queen Margaret. 1880 made one voyage for State Line and then reverted
to State of Florida. 1884 sunk in collision with Canadian barque
Ponema, 1,200 miles west of Ireland; loss of 123 lives.
|State of Georgia
|State of Indiana
||1891 sold to Allan Line, made one voyage, 1893 sold
to Turkey renamed Ismir.
|State of Louisiana
|State of Minnesota
|State of Nebraska
|| 1891 sold to Allan Line, 1902 scrapped.
|State of Nevada
||1875 chartered to Red
Star Line for 7 voyages, 1876 returned to owners, 1891 sold
to Allan Line, made 9 voyages, 1891 re-sold to Turkey renamed Mekke.
|State of Pennsylvania
|State of Virginia
||1873 renamed State of Virginia,
1879 wrecked on Sable Island; loss of 9 lives.
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