~ Circa 1904 Allan Line Royal Mail Steamers Second Class Saloon Rates And Plans Brochure ~
The brochure includes images of some of there ships, interior photographs of second class facilities, plans of the accommodation and passenger notes.
It can be dated to around 1904 as on the inside the booklet states that the RMS Victorian is under construction, she was ordered in 1903, launched in 1904 and completed in 1905.
~ Allan Line ~
The Allan Shipping Line was started in 1819, by Captain Alexander Allan of Saltcoats, Ayrshire, trading and transporting between Scotland and Montreal, a route which quickly became synonymous with the Allan Line. By the 1830s the company had offices in Glasgow, Liverpool and Montreal. All five of Captain Allan’s sons were actively involved with the business, but it was his second son, Sir Hugh Allan, who spearheaded the second generation. In 1854, Hugh launched the Montreal Ocean Steamship Company as part of the Allan Line, and two years later ousted Samuel Cunard to take control of the Royal Mail contract between Britain and North America. By the 1880s, the Allan Line was the world’s largest privately owned shipping concern.
In 1891, the company took over the State Line (founded 1872) and was often referred to as the Allan & State Line. In 1897, Andrew Allan amalgamated the various branches of the Allan shipping empire under one company, Allan Line Steamship Company Ltd., of Glasgow. The company by then had added offices in Boston and London. In 1917, under Sir Montagu Allan, who represented the third generation of the Allan family, the company was purchased by Canadian Pacific Steamships, and by the following year the Allan name had disappeared from commercial shipping.
~ Condition ~
It is in good tidy order, there is light folding to the centre.
~ Dimensions ~
The pamphlet is 20.5 cm (8 inches) wide and 15 cm (6 inches) tall. There are 14 pages inside.