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The Aberdeen Line operated steamships covering the route between London, South Africa and Austraila.

Thompson's Aberdeen Line of steamers is a direct descendant of one of the most famous of the clipper lines. The Aberdeen Line commissioned two magnificent sisters in 1922, Diogenes and Sophocles.

Sophocles was transferred on charter to Shaw, Savill in 1926. Demosthenes followed the current White Star idea of being engined with triple-expansions and a low-pressure turbine.

Aberdeen Line Passenger Lists available at the Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives that have been transcribed and uploaded.

Digitized Passenger Lists

Passenger List, Aberdeen Line T.S.S. Sophocles - 1925 - Front Cover

1925-08-13 Ships List for the T.S.S. Sophocles

  • Steamship Line: Aberdeen Line
  • Steamship: S.S. Sophocles
  • Class of Passengers: First Class
  • Date of Departure: 13 August 1925
  • Route: United Kingdom to Australia
  • Port of Calls: London to Brisbane via Tenerife, Capetown, Albany, Melbourne, and Sydney
  • Commander: Captain A. Ogilvy
Passenger List, Aberdeen Line T.S.S. Demosthenes - 1926 - Front Cover

1926-01-16 Ships List for the T.S.S. Demosthenes

  • Steamship Line: Aberdeen Line
  • Steamship: S.S. Demosthenes
  • Class of Passengers: Saloon
  • Date of Departure: 16 January 1926
  • Route: Australia to the United Kingdom via South Africa and Spain
  • Port of Calls: Melbourne » Fremantle » Durban » Capetown » Tenerife » Southampton
  • Commander: Captain F. A. Orriss

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George Thompson started a line of vessels to trade between England and Australia, and this service, now called the "Aberdeen Line," is well and honourably known as one of the most efficient lines of vessels afloat. Aberdeen Line (Thompson’s).

This company, plying between London and Australia, via the Cape, founded in Aberdeen in 1824. has occupied for three-quarters of a century a prominent position in the Australian cargo and passenger trade; due in the first instance to the runs of their noted clippers to Melbourne and Sydney.

The Aberdeen, built in 1881, was the first ocean steamer to demonstrate decisively the superior merits of triple expansion engines. The total tonnage now only includes one sailing vessel of 3,093 tons, the old clippers having been replaced by modern steamships.

The Afifhades holds the record from I,ondon to Melbourne via the Cape. her steaming time lieing 34 days, actual time from port to port 35 days.

Aberdeen. Marathon. Nineveh.
Australasian. Miltiades. Salamis.
Damascus. Moravian. Sophvdes.
Gross tonnage, 44,000.

Portions from Herbert B. Mason, ed. Encyclopaedia of Ships and Shipping (1908) W. H. Smith & Son, London

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