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Allan Royal Mail Line History and Ephemera

Allan Line Royal Mal Steamers - Top Banner 1908

The Allan Line operated steamships that covered Transatlantic routes between ports in the United Kingdom (Glasgow, Londonderry, Belfast, Liverpool and London) to North American Ports of Call. Canadian Ports served included Quebec, Montreal, St. Johns, and Halifax. US Ports included: Portland, Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Baltimore.

Passenger Lists of the Allan Line

Vintage Brochures

Allan Line Royal Mail Steamers
1907 Second Cabin Brochure from the Allan Line Royal Mail Steamers 1908 Brochure Second Cabin Accommodations and Allan Line Fleet Information
Superb early twentieth century brochure provides information on second cabin passenger accommodations, sample menu, a complete Allan Line fleet list, many interior photographs, deck plans and photographs of the officers and crew of the S. S. Corsican.

Vintage Menus

Vintage Daily Menus
Daily Bill of Fare from the Allan Line
Allan Line R.M.S. Virginian Daily Menu Card, Second Cabin - 9 June 1906 1906-06-09 Allan Line R.M.S. Virginian Second Cabin Menu Card

Rare "All Meals" Second Cabin Daily Menu Card for the Allan Line Steamer Virginian dated 9 June 1906. Featured items included Beefsteak and Onions, Roast Veal, Roast Goose, and Cottage Pie.

1927-09-30 Hamburg-American Line S.S. Deutschland Thrid Class Menu Card 1927-09-30 Hamburg-American Line S.S. Deutschland Thrid Class Menu Card
Daily Menu Card from the S.S. Deutschland of the Hamburg-American Line dated 30 September 1927 provides a glimpse of the limited menu options for third-class passengers in 1927.


Vintage Dinner Menus
Dinner Bill of Fare from the Allan Line
Allan Line Scandinavian Dinner Menu from 1912 1912-07-20 Dinner Menu - Scandinavian

Steamship Dinner Menu Card from the S.S. Scandinavian of the Allan Line. This Rare menu from 1912 features Pot au Feu and Baked Cod.


Concert Programs


Passenger Tickets, Contracts, Etc.

Photographs and Illustrations

AIlan Line, was originally founded as the Montreal Ocean Steamship Company formed by the Allan Brothers, who had been connected with Canada as sailing-Ship owners since 1820, The company began a mail service between Liverpool, Quebec and Montreal in April, 18S6, and have since continued to meet and promote the postal, commercial and immigrational requirements of the vast Dominion of Canada,

In the course of its career it has absorbed the deet of the old State Line of Glasgow, and the greater part of the deet of the Royal Exchange Shipping Company, and of the Hill Line, From the time of the Crimean War, down to the South African .campaign, the company's vessels have been employed as transports, on occasions of national emergency.

The finest vessels of the company are run in the mail service from Liverpool to the St Lawrence ports in the summer, to Halifax and St John's (N.B,) during the winter season, when the river is closed. The Virginian, the first turbine propelled Atlantic steamer, beat all records in August 1905, between Moville and Rimouski, the actual steaming time between ports being S days 21 hours. The vessel being out of sight of land only 3 days 21 hours. The Twnisian, crossing from Liverpool to Quebec, has done the land to land passage in 4 days 4.5 hours, and the Victorian in 4 days I hour.

- 1908 Encyclopedia of Ships and Shipping

Other Allan Line Documents in the Archives In the Queue For Uploading

  • 1919-12-08 Passenger Correspondence: Letter written by passenger on board the R.M.S. Corsican on letterhead from The Canadian Pacific Ocean Services Ltd, Managers and Agents for Canadian Pacific Railway Ocean Steamship Lines and Allan Line Steamship Company Limited.
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