History of the Aberdeen Line (1906)
ABERDEEN LINE, between London and Australia via South Africa, is managed by the owners, Messrs. George Thompson & Co. (founded at Aberdeen, Am), who have long occupied a prominent position in the Australian cargo and passenger trades, due to the " runs " of their noted clippers to Melbourne and to Sydney, the general high standard of their fleet, and its exceptional immunity from loss over more than half a century. Their S.S. Aberdeen, built in 1881 was the earliest ocean steamer to demonstrate decisively the superior merits of triple-expansion engines.
The total tonnage only includes now one sailing vessel, 2,093 tons, but the reputation of the line is well sustained by modern steam favorites bearing such time-honored names of former " fliers "as Miltiades, Moravian, and Salamis. Two twin-screw steamers, Miltiades, 6,793 tons, and Marathon, 6,772 tons, each 15 knots, have been recently added.
The maiden voyage of the Miltiades from London to Melbourne, took 35 days, her time from Plymouth being a record passage of 34 days steaming.
Fleet, 10 vessels ; 44,236 tons.
London Office, 7, Bunter Square, E.C.
Source: Whitaker Almanack by Joseph Whitaker, F.S.A. 1906