Allan Line History and Ephemera
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.
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.
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 Second Cabin Daily Bill of Fare Card from 9 June 1906 on board the RMS Virginian of the Allan Line featured Beefsteak and Onions for Breakfast, Roast Goose, Apple Sauce for Dinner, and Preserved Salmon for Tea.
Rare Vintage Dinner Bill of Fare Card from Saturday, 20 July 1912 on board the TSS Scandinavian of the Allan Line featured Baked Cod - Butter Sauce, Roast Sirloin Of Beef - Horseradish, and Plum Pudding - Brandy Sauce for dessert.
Allan Line Steamer Docked at the Liverpool Landing Stage
GGA Image # 71689ba5ef
The GG Archives has a small collection of the very rare Allan Line Royal Mail Steamers, Established in 1852, later purchased by the Canadian Pacific in 1917. Our series of postally used and unused postcards date from the early 1900s.
Extremely Rare -- A farewell souvenir of the RMS Hesperian -- a grand charity -:- concert will be held at sea in the first-class dining saloon, on Friday, August 21, 1908, commencing at 8.15 p.m. Prompt. The leading characteristics of the efforts of the Montreal Sailors' Institute may be briefly summarized as follows: To provide a cheerful, homelike, healthful place of resort for seamen, while they are in port. To protect them from the numerous evils to which seamen in all seaport cities are exposed.
Passage Tickets, Contracts, Etc.
Agent's Record of a Passenger Ticket for a 23-year-old woman booked on the Allan Line Steamship Laurentian in 3rd Class from Boston to Londonderry leaving on 26 July 1907. The transaction was recorded and included the amount of commission earned on this ticket.
Immigrant Inspection and Landing Cards
Canadian Immigrant Inspection Card issued in 1912 to a steerage passenger on board the Allan Line SS Corsican. The card provided essential information including the name of immigrant, Steamship, port and date of departure. The card was intended to be kept by the immigrant for three years. It would be shown to government officials whenever required.
Immigration card that dates from the early 1900s was provided to Second Cabin passenger John Grant, who arrived via a Canadian port on the SS Corsican of the Allan Line.
The second card is a U.S. Immigration Service Landing Card issued to Clara Gale on board the S.S. Corsican, presented to U.S. Immigration Officials before landing at Quebec. Undated, circa the early 1900s.
Books on the Allan Line
Ravenscrag is the story of the Allans and of the great line of sail and steam ships which bore their name, dominating the Canadian Atlantic routes for more than a century and making a significant contribution to Canadian history.
- The Allan Line and Their Turbine Steamships To Canada (1904 - Illustrated)
- History of the Allan Line Through 1910
- History of the Allan Royal Mail Line of Steamers - 1914
- Romance of a Great Transatlantic Line - The Allan Line (1914)
- Allan Line's Long and Notable Career (1919)