General Merchant Ships > Royal Mail Steamship Co
CONDITION -- Good
HISTORY -- The Royal Mail Steam Packet Company was a British shipping company founded in London in 1839 by Scot James Macqueen. After good and bad times it became the largest shipping group in the world in 1927 when it took over the White Star Line. So much of Britain's shipping industry was involved in RMSPC that arrangements were made to guarantee the continuation of ship operations after it was liquidated. The Royal Mail Lines Ltd (RML) was created in 1932 and took over the ships of RMSPC and other companies of the former group
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CONDITION -- Very Good
HISTORY -- The Royal Mail Steam Packet Company received the mail contract for the West Indies and commenced operating in 1841. A West Indies inter-island service was also operated. In 1850 services expanded to South America. Several short lived routes were operated and in 1906 Owen Philipps, who later became Lord Kylsant became Chairman of the company. A joint service with Holland America Line to the Pacific coast of North America started in 1921.
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CONDITION -- Good
HISTORY -- One of three contemporary well known British cruise ships, Andes, Caronia and Reina del Mar, Andes can be regarded as one of the finest passenger ships of her time. Andes could compete with Cunards famous Caronia of 1949 in terms of luxury and service. Originally, she had been built to the highest standards, as Royal Mail intended her to be the finest ship ever on the Latin American run. Andes was regarded by many as a floating club house, catering for the very rich, who returned year after year. 60% of her passengers were repeaters which developed into the foundation of the Andes Cruise Club.
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