R.M.S.P. History and Ephemera
AKA La Compagnie Royal Mail Steam Packet. The Royal Mail Steam Packet Company was a British shipping company founded in London in 1839 by a Scot, James MacQueen. The line's motto was Per Mare Ubique (everywhere by sea).
In 1932 the company was liquidated and its assets taken over by the newly formed Royal Mail Lines after financial trouble and scandal; over the years RML declined to no more than the name of a service run by former rival Hamburg-Süd.
|1921-06 Brochure: R.M.S.P. Service de New York, Premières & Deuxièmes Classes. La Compagagnie Royal Mail Steam Packet Service de New York. Hambourg, Southampton, Cherbourg à New York. Written in French - The Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives provides an English version to this brochure. 11 Interior Photographs and a large fold-out Route Map.|
Other Historical Articles and Documents
- History of the Royal Mail Steam Packet Company (RMSP) (1911)
Soon after British-owned steamships began to run to America a company was formed by leading business men interested in the West Indies, to carry the mails from England to that part of the world. The charter of this company, to be known as the Royal Mail Steam Packet Company, was granted in 1839.
- Royal Mail’s New Atlantic Service Will Mark another Epoch in History of Line (1921)
Weekly Sailings Ultimately Contemplated with Steady and Finely Appointed “O” Boats—Company’s Remarkable Progress during Past Eighty Years. Unusual interest has been aroused in shipping circles by the announcement that, beginning May 21, with the sailing of the Orbita, the Royal Mail Steam Packet Company will inaugurate a fortnightly passenger and freight service between New York, Cherbourg, Southampton and Hamburg.
- Royal Mail Enterprise Adds Lamport & Holt Liners to Its Transatlantic Service (1922)
In order to accommodate the* unusually heavy passenger traffic during the coming season, arrangements have been made by the Royal Mail Steam Packet Company to add the well-known Lamport & Holt liners Vestris. Yandyck and Yauban to its transatlantic service. These steamers will make special voyages from New York to Cherbourg. Southampton and Hamburg on May 20, June 3 and July 12, thus enabling the Royal Mail to practically maintain weekly sailings during the late spring and summer months.
- RMSP Passenger Lists
RMSP Documents in the Archives
- 1920s Travel Brochure: Cabin Liners to Europe (Shown at right) : Royal Mail - The Comfort Route. 19 Page brochure for Royal Mail Cabin Class Service to Europe - Southampton, Cherbourg, and Hamburg includes interior photographs: Entrance Hall and Enquiry Office; Social Hall, Dining Saloon, Ball Room (Orduna & Orbita), Smoking Room, State Room, Three-Berth Cabin, Four-Berth Cabin, Gymnasium, Verandah Cafe, Promenade Deck and Exteior Photographs: Orbita, Orca and Orduna.
- 1921-11-04 First and Second Class, R.M.S.P. Orbita, Hamburg to New York via Cherbourg and Southampton.
- 1922-07-28 List of Passengers (Class Not Stated), R.M.S. P. Orduña, Hamburg to New York via Southampton and Cherbourg
- 1923-08-13 Cabin, R.M.S.P. Orbita, Hamburg to New York via Southampton and Cherbourg
- 1923-12-19 First and Second Class, R.M.S.P. Orca, Hamburg to New York via Southampton and Cherbourg, Captain E. Clarke, R.D., R.N.R.
- 1924-07-06 Cabin, R.M.S.P. Orca, Hamburg to Quebec and New York via Southampton and Cherbourg, Captain J. E. P. Matthews
- 1924-07-22 Cabin, R.M.S.P. Ohio, Hamburg to New York via Southampton and Cherbourg, Captain W. H. Lainson. Page + Autographs of fellow passengers including Rose Braudenburg, Cora Hallaway, H. Gebers, J. R. Miur - 3rd Officer, B. C. Dodds - 2nd Officer.
- 1924-08-01 Cabin, R.M.S.P. Orbita, Hamburg to New York via Southampton and Cherbourg, Captain W. H. Parker, C.B.E., R.D., R.N.R.
- 1924-10-20 Cabin, R.M.S.P. Orbita, Hamburg to New York via Southampton and Cherbourg, Captain W. H. Parker, C.B.E., R.D., R.N.R.
- 1926-09-17 Cabin, R.M.S.P. Ohio, Southampton to New via Cherbourg. Captain E. Clarke, R.D., R.N.R.