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Canadian Northern Steamships Limited / (Royal Line)

Canadian Northern Steamships Limited was owned by the Canadian Northern Railway and commenced operations in 1910 with the purchase of two ships from the defunct Egyptian Mail SS Company. Sailings were made between Avonmouth - Quebec - Montreal in the summer months and Halifax in the winter. In 1913 winter sailings were changed to Saint John, New Brunswick. Both ships were taken over as troop transports in 1914 and the company was taken over by Cunard Line in 1916.

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.

Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Royal Edward 1907 ex- Cairo, 1910 purchased from Egyptian Mail SS Co. and renamed, 1915 torpedoed and sunk in the Aegean Sea; loss of 935 lives. 11,117
Royal George 1907 ex- Heliopolis, 1910 purchased from Egyptian Mail SS Co. and renamed, 1916 transferred to Cunard Line. 11,146

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