Transatlantic Steam Ship Company - The Liverpool

Manufacturer: unknown, England
User: Transatlantic Steam Ship Company, The Liverpool
Pattern: unknown
Date: circa 1838
Notes: The Liverpool was built for Sir John Tobin in 1838 by the Humble and Milcrest shipyard of Liverpool, England. Weighing 1,150 tons with 468 horse-power, the ship was built expressly for the Atlantic trade, outfitted with luxurious fittings for seventy or eighty first-class passengers.

On October 20, 1838, the Liverpool attempted its maiden voyage, but had to return to Queenstown on October 30th, setting out again on November 6th, finally reaching New York on November 23rd. The Liverpool was the second passenger steamship to cross the Atlantic from Liverpool, averaging 17 days out and 15 days at home.

After seven Atlantic crossings, all financial losses, the Transatlantic Steam Ship Company ceased business in late 1839 and sold the Liverpool to the Peninsular and Oriental Company. It was renamed the "Great Liverpool" in 1840, but later was wrecked off Cape Finisterre in February 1846.

White body saucer with an Imari-style floral border pattern in cobalt blue, red and gold; center-marked with a transfer design featuring a three-mast, two-funnel steamship with the words Transatlantic Steam Ship Company. Backstamped with a different steamship transfer image marked LIVERPOOL beneath.

Steam Navigation and its relation to the commerce of Canada and the United States by James Croil; William Briggs, The Montreal News Company, 1898, page 58
Marine Engineering/Log, Volume 15, Simmons Boardman Publishing Corporation, 1910, page 418
The Loss of the Steamship President: A painting by the German artist Andreas Achenbach by Lars U. Scholl
Liverpool, 1837, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London


1835-36 snuffbox presented to Captain Fayrer RN of the Steam Ship Liverpool
by the passengers of the maiden voyage
National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London

ID and saucer photos contributed by Phelps

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