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Donaldson Atlantic Line Passenger Lists

Passenger Lists of the Donaldson Atlantic Line

Founded by two brothers, John and William Donaldson in Glasgow in 1855, the Donaldson Line expanded their routes to Canada in the 1870s. By 1900, twelve cargo steamers worked various transatlantic routes. 

Heavy losses during WW1 of 9 vessels, 70% of their fleet, forced reorganization in 1916. The newly reorganized company emerged as Anchor-Donaldson Ltd, owned equally by the Donaldson Brothers, Ltd., and Anchor Line (Henderson Brothers) Ltd., a subsidiary of Cunard.

By 1921, Anchor-Donaldson had expanded service into South America. Their success was relatively short lived as the Great Depression forced reorganization in 1939. 

At the beginning of WWII, the reorganized company of Donaldson Brothers & Black Ltd had 21 ships, 14 of which were lost during the war.  The company resumed service after WWII and after a period of slow decline, closed in 1967.

The GG Archives is primarily interested in their transatlantic voyages between Scotland, Ireland and Canada.

Passenger List, Donaldson Atlantic Line S.S. Athenia, 1938

1938-09-02 Ships List from the S.S. Athenia

  • Steamship Line: Donaldson Atlantic Line
  • Steamship: S.S. Athenia
  • Class of Passengers: Cabin and Tourist
  • Date of Departure: 2 September 1938
  • Route: Glasgow to Quebec and Montreal via Belfast and Liverpool
  • Commander: Captain James Cook
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