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Passages of the Montreal Steamship Company from April 18, 1860 - March 9th, 1861

(from the Sessional Papers, 24 Victoria 1861 (1))
Return of Passages, Number of Passengers and Cargoes, of the Steamships of the Montreal Ocean Steamship Company, under Contract for the Conveyance of the Mails, from Liverpool to Quebec and from Quebec to Liverpool, from the 18th of April till the 24th of November, 1860.



Steamship
Left

Liverpool



Arrived

at Quebec

Passage

Passengers
Freight in

Tons



Left Quebec
Arrived Liverpool Passage Passengers
Days H.M. Quebec Montreal and Canada West Days H.M.
North Briton Apr 18 May 1 12 2 304 181 529 May 12 May 26 13 8 115
Bohemian Apr 25 May 7 11 5 325 109 370 May 19 June 1 12 15 137
Canadian May 2 May 13 10 7 318 26 333 May 27 June 12 15 21 97
Anglo Saxon May 9 May 21 11 14 372 68 450 June 2 June 14 11 16 266
Palestine May 16 May 28 11 14 316 26 320 June 9 June 22 13 - 144
Nova Scotian May 23 June 4 11 18 301 64 346 June 16 June 27 11 9 156
North Briton May 30 June 11 11 7 293 22 270 June 23 July 4 10 14 129
Bohemian June 6 June 18 11 5 186 53 404 June 30 July 10 10 4 139
Melita June 13 June 25 11 9 37 92 309 July 7 July 19 11 20 63
Anglo Saxon June 20 July 1 10 1 219 108 433 July 14 July 24 9 23 194
Palestine June 27 July 8 10 18 139 40 270 July 21 July 31 10 5 83
Nova Scotian July 4 July 16 11 7 142 92 680 July 28 Aug 7 10 1 106
North Briton July 11 July 26 15 - 169 66 650 Aug 4 Aug 15 10 14 102
Bohemian July 18 July 30 10 22 178 108 843 Aug 11 Aug 21 10 8 60
Canadian July 26 Aug 7 11 20 131 59 875 Aug 18 Aug 28 10 4 42
Anglo Saxon Aug 2 Aug 15 12 7 181 53 1,104 Aug 25 Sept 5 10 13 52
North American Aug 9 Aug 20 10 17 165 64 1,135 Sept 1 Sept 10 9 7 94
Nova Scotian Aug 16 Aug 28 11 4 253 105 1,399 Sept 8 Sept 18 10 5 71
Palestine Aug 23 Sept 4 11 17 92 76 1,045 Sept 15 Sept 25 10 13 59
Bohemian Aug 30 Sept 11 11 11 142 166 1,298 Sept 22 Oct 2 10 9 150
Jura Sept 6 Sept 17 10 - 251 173 1,063 Sept 29 Oct 8 9 9 59
Anglo Saxon Sept 13 Sept 26 12 8 178 250 779 Oct 6 Oct 16 10 1 90
North American Sept 20 Oct 2 11 17 141 118 920 Oct 13 Oct 22 9 19 116
North Briton Sept 27 Oct 12 14 5 153 202 503 Oct 20 Oct 30 10 17 97
Nova Scotian Oct 4 Oct 19 14 8 186 61 418 Oct 27 Nov 6 10 15 84
Canadian Oct 11 Oct 26 14 19 128 34 390 Nov 4 Nov 14 10 12 55
Bohemian Oct 18 Nov 2 14 1 142 37 629 Nov 10 Nov 22 12 2 50
Anglo Saxon Oct 25 Nov 6 11 14 139 154 534 Nov 17 Nov 29 12 4 84
North American Nov 1 Nov 11 9 19 99 75 575 Nov 24 Dec 6 12 - 59
Average Passage Westward 11 19 Average Passage Eastward 11 1

Return of Passages, Number of Passengers, and Cargoes of the Steamships of the Montreal Ocean Steamship Company, under Contract for the conveyance of the Mails, from Liverpool to Portland, and from Portland to Liverpool, from the 8th of November, 1860, till the 9th of March, 1861.



Steamship
Left

Liverpool



Arrived

at

Portland

Passage



Passengers
Freight in

Tons



Left Portland
Arrived Liverpool Passage Passengers
Days H.M. Quebec Montreal and Canada West Days H.M.
Palestine Nov 8 Nov 21 12 5 46 163 155 Dec 1 Dec 14 12 11 33
Nova Scotian Nov 15 Nov 28 12 3 64 78 199 Dec 8 Dec 21 11 9 69
Canadian Nov 22 Dec 4 11 1 57 11 139 Dec 15 Dec 28 13 3 47
North Briton Nov 29 Dec 12 12 15 37 20 134 Dec 22 Jan 7 15 12 27
Bohemian Dec 6 Dec 19 12 9 40 53 169 Dec 29 Jan 10 11 12 43
Anglo Saxon Dec 13 Dec 25 11 15 31 75 219 Jan 5 Jan 19 13 3 44
North American Dec 20 Dec 31 10 10 36 23 230 Jan 12 Jan 24 11 5 92
Nova Scotian Dec 27 Jan 9 12 16 19 3 215 Jan 20 Feb 1 11 17 66
Canadian Jan 3 Jan 17 13 14 23 7 212 Jan 27 Feb 7 10 13 29
North Briton Jan 10 Jan 23 12 16 25 8 256 Feb 3 Feb 15 11 11 38
Bohemian Jan 17 Jan 30 12 9 32 32 564 Feb 12 Feb 22 10 10 25
Anglo Saxon Jan 24 Feb 6 12 22 58 40 560 Feb 17 - - - 40
North American Jan 31 Feb 17 16 3 41 51 909 Feb 24 - - - 29
Nova Scotian Feb 7 Feb 21 13 5 30 16 1,254 Mar 2 - - - 47
Canadian Feb 14 Feb 28 13 4 65 18 1,036 Mar 9 - - - -
Average Passage Westward 12 1 Average Passage Eastward 11 6

Notes: The Melita, Jura and the Palistine were not built for the Allan Line. They were brought into service after the loss of several ships. These were dark days for the Allan Line as she lost the Canadian, June 1, 1857; the Indian, Nov 20, 1859, the Hungarian, Feb 2, 1860 and the second Canadian on June 4, 1861. (Appleton, Thomas E. Ravenscrag, The Allan Royal Mail Line. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1974.). The following information on these two ships is supplied courtesy of Ted Finch.

The Jura was a 2,241 gross ton ship, built by J&G Thomson, Glasgow in 1854 for the Cunard Line. Her details were - length 314ft x beam 36ft, clipper stem, one funnel, three masts (rigged for sail), iron construction, single screw and a speed of 11 knots. Launched on June 27, 1854, she arrived at Liverpool from the Clyde on September 26, 1854 and became a Crimean War transport. On March 12, 1857 she sailed under charter to the European & Australian R.M.Line from Southampton to Alexandria and started her last voyage on this service on July 12, 1857. On September 16, 1857 she commenced Cunard sailings between Liverpool, Cork and New York and on February 6, 1861 started her last Liverpool - New York voyage. During this period she made two chartered voyages for the Allan Line between Liverpool, Quebec and Montreal, commencing September 6, 1860 and April 11, 1861. She was then purchased by the Allan Line and resumed Liverpool - Canada voyages on October 24, 1861. On November 3, 1864 she was wrecked in the River Mersey with no loss of life. [North Atlantic Seaway by N.R.P.Bonsor, vol.1,p.144-5] Courtesy of Ted Finch.

The Melita was a 1,254 gross ton ship, built for Cunard in 1853 by Alexander Denny, Dumbarton (engines by Macnab & Clark, Greenock). Her details were - length 233ft x beam 29ft, clipper stem, one funnel, two masts(rigged for sail), iron construction, single screw and a speed of 9 knots. Launched on March 27, 1853, she was used on the Mediterranean service until June 13, 1860 when she sailed from Liverpool to Quebec and Montreal under charter to the Allan Line. After this single round voyage, she did a voyage for Cunard, leaving Liverpool on September 5, 1860 for Halifax and New York. In 1861 she was acquired by William Denny in part payment for the Sidon and in 1863 went to S & S. Isaac. On June 2, 1866 she commenced sailings between Liverpool - Queenstown - Boston - Philadelphia on charter to the Warren Line. She started her last voyage on this service on July 28, 1868 and on August 27, 1868 sailed from Boston for Liverpool, but was destroyed by fire at sea on 5th September. All the passengers and crew were rescued by the sailing ships, Jacob A.Stamler and Monequash [North Atlantic Seaway by N.R.P.Bonsor, vol.1,p.145-6]

The Palestine was built by R.Steele & Co, Greenock (engines by Robert Napier, Glasgow) in 1858 for the Cunard Line. She was a 1,800 gross ton ship, length 276ft x beam 36.1ft, clipper stem, one funnel, two masts (rigged for sail), iron construction, single screw and a speed of 10 knots. Launched in 1858 for the Mediterranean service, she commenced sailings between Liverpool, Quebec and Montreal under charter to the Allan Line on May 16, 1860. She started her fourth and last Allan voyage between Liverpool and Portland on November 8, 1860 and commenced Cunard voyages between Liverpool and New York on December 25, 1860. On April 4, 1865 she started her first Liverpool - Halifax - New York sailing and in January 1866 made her first Liverpool - Boston - New York voyage. Her last voyage on this route was made in November 1868 (4 round voyages on the Cunard N. Atlantic service). In 1872 she was sold to W.H. Jones, Liverpool, rebuilt to 352.1ft in length, 2,867 gross tons, three masts and fitted with compound engines by J & J. Thomson, Glasgow. Chartered to the Dominion Line, she started a single round voyage from Liverpool to Boston on March 27, 1873, and then started her first of three voyages between Liverpool, Quebec and Montreal on May 16, 1873, and her last on August 21, 1873. She was chartered to Warren Line and commenced Liverpool - Boston sailings on June 24, 1876. Her last voyage on this service started on November 23, 1892 and she was scrapped in 1896. [North Atlantic Seaway by N.R.P.Bonsor, vol.1,p.146]


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