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China Mail Steamship Company, San Francisco
When Pacific Mail Steamship Co. decided in 1915 to withdraw its ships from the Oriental service, leaving only the Japanese Toyo Kisen Kaisha running a regular service a group of American-Chinese businessmen in San Francisco decided to fill this gap and organized the China Mail Steamship Company and a ship the CHINA was taken over from the Atlantic Transport Company.
The future looked bright and the China Mail Steamship
Company was looking for a second ship but these were not easy to obtain
due to World War I, but by 1917, the Pacific Coast Steamships Co.ís steamer
Congress which was burnt off the coast of Oregon could be obtained but
the cost of buying and repairing the Congress caused financial problems,
she was christened NANKING and came in service in 1918.
The China Mail proved to be very popular with the traveling public, especially with the Chinese. After World War I there was a growing competition on the Pacific Route and the China Mail Steamship Co. was looking for fresh capital in China and Hong Kong but to no avail. Growing debts caused China Mail to go bankrupt in 1923.
Many thanks to Henk Jungerius and 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.
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