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Allan Line Vintage Postcards

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.

Allan Line Steamship at the Liverpool Landing Stage

An Allan Line Steamer docked at the Liverpool Landing Stage

Allan Line Steamer Docked at the Liverpool Landing Stage
GGA Image # 71689ba5ef

Postally Used in 1913, the scene captures a typical departure of a passenger steamship, showing passengers, visitors, and cargo on the landing stage. The back side appears below.

Back Side of Allan Line Steamship at Liverpool Landing Stage

Back Side of Allan Line Steamship at Liverpool Landing Stage
GGA Image # 6458ab22f4

The S.S. Corsican

Allan Line S.S. Corsician Hands Across The Sea

Allan Line S.S. Corsican Hands Across The Sea
GGA Image # 87dfbf31f4

The Famous "Hands Across the Sea" Postcard Series incorporating the Ocean Liner Corsican in a painting of her at sea. Postally Used in 1913. The back side appears below.

Back Side of Allan Line S.S. Corsician Hands Across The Sea

Back Side of Allan Line S.S. Corsican Hands Across The Sea
GGA Image # 9708cc6c04

R.M.S. Corsican of the Allan Line to Canada

R.M.S. Corsican of the Allan Line to Canada
GGA Image # 88b9674146

The Allan Line to Canada Postcard featuring the RMS Corsican at sea. The postcard was posted at sea, most likely from an eastbound voyage in July 1911. The back side appears below.

Back Side of R.M.S. Corsican of the Allan Line to Canada

Back Side of R.M.S. Corsican of the Allan Line to Canada

GGA Image # 56bb9c2f4a

The R.M.S. Grampian

R.M.S. Grampian of the Allan Line

R.M.S. Grampian of the Allan Line | GGA Image # 384510092a

Postally unused postcard, published by C. W. Hunt & Co., Liverpool. The RMS Grampian was 10,900 tons, 60 feet wide (Breadth), and 485 feet in length. The image shows the ship at sea at cruising speed. The back side appears below.

Back Side of the R.M.S. Grampian of the Allan Line

Back Side of the R.M.S. Grampian of the Allan Line
GGA Image # 7798e2c38c

RMS Laurentian

R.M.S. Laurentian Near Harbor - 1908

R.M.S. Laurentian Near Harbor - 1908 | GGA Image # 906edad94d

The postally used postcard canceled in Greenock on 24 October 1906, was published by The Art Publishing Company Glasgow. The scene depicts the S.S. Laurentian leaving the harbor, the tug boat guiding her out shown in the distance. The back side appears below.

Back Side of R.M.S. Laurentian Near Harbor - 1908

Back Side of R.M.S. Laurentian Near Harbor - 1908
GGA Immage # 95105f7424

The RMS Pretorian

S.S. Pretorian Hands Across the Sea - 1913

S.S. Pretorian Hands Across the Sea - 1913
GGA Image # 9b95919ffe

The famous Hands Across the Sea features the S.S. Pretorian in a most vibrant colorful painting of her in the open seas. Postally used in Halifax, NS on 27 March 1913, the postcard was formerly part of the Thomas A. E. Stanley Collection. In the back side below, the sender mentions receiving a letter at Liverpool on the ship.

Back Side of S.S. Pretorian Hands Across the Sea - 1913
GGA Image # 52ee7f4292

RMS Tunisian

S.S. Tunisian (Allan Line), Leaving Montreal - 1911

S.S. Tunisian (Allan Line), Leaving Montreal - 1911
GGA Image # 53b44900a8

Unique postcard of the S.S. Tunisian of the Allan Line, leaving Montreal for Liverpool. The scene of the ship on the St. Lawrence River is magnificent. Postally used on 11 December 1911 in Yonge Mills, Ontario, it lives up to its moniker of "Souvenir Post Card." The back side appears below.

Back Side of S.S. Tunisian (Allan Line), Leaving Montreal - 1911
GGA Image # 5c3e23d7c6

S.S. Tunisian Near Shoreline - 1906

S.S. Tunisian Near Shoreline - 1906 | GGA Image # 5e6a25bf7a

One scarce card, double stamped with two different ship names on the front -- namely the SS Tunisian and SS Pretorian -- as if they couldn't quite decide what ship was represented in this scene. The view of the vessel is near the shoreline, either leaving or entering the harbor. The postcard was postally used on 12 April 1906 in Liverpool, published by The Art Publishing Company Glasgow. The back side appears below.

Back Side of S.S. Tunisian Near Shoreline - 1906
GGA Image # 4549f83a3a

RMS Tunisian. (Twin Screw) 10576 Tons, Length 500 ft., Breadth 59 ft.

RMS Tunisian. (Twin Screw) 10576 Tons, Length 500 ft., Breadth 59 ft.
GGA Image # 25263e4d87

The RMS Tunisian, shown here near the coastline in a painting that the artist wanted to show the reflection of the funnel in the water. Note the reddishness of the water near the center of the image. The ship was a Twin Screw at 10,576 Tons, 500 feet in length, and 59 feet wide (breadth). The card was postally used on 9 April 1909 in Londonderry. Northern Ireland. The back side appears below.

Back Side of RMS Tunisian. (Twin Screw) 10576 Tons, Length 500 ft., Breadth 59 ft. | GGA Image # 34c1f39f9e

RMS Victorian

S.S. Victorian of the Allan Line - 1905

S.S. Victorian of the Allan Line - 1905
GGA Image # 7172bbdbb9

Postally unused, this postcard of the S.S. Victorian shows the ship near the shoreline. An Allan Line Flag appears on the upper right-hand corner. The vessel was in service from 1904 until 1929. The Victorian was the first three-shaft ship and first turbine driven liner in the Atlantic service. The back side appears below.

Back Side of S.S. Victorian of the Allan Line - 1905
GGA Image # 48b4a25d05

RMS Virginian

Allan Line, R.M.S. Virginian - 1911

Allan Line, R.M.S. Virginian - 1911 | GGA Image # 5d7886a904

The Allan Line R.M.S. Virginian shown leaving the harbor. The postcard bears the marking 101,285 J.V. which we believe is the markings of James Valentine of Dundee aka The Valentine Company. The card was postally used in Milford on 14 December 1911 and featured an upside-down Canadian one-cent postage stamp. The back side appears below.

Back Side of Allan Line, R.M.S. Virginian - 1911
GGA Image # 67fc8a6902

S.S. Virginian of the Allan Line, 12,000 Tons, Turbine - 1910

S.S. Virginian of the Allan Line, 12,000 Tons, Turbine - 1910
GGA Image # 136b9356d8

The famous Hands Across the Sea series postcard. It depicts the Virginian cruising the open seas with the ships' moniker clearly visible. Previously a part of the Leonard Martin Collection, the card was postally used in Halifax, NS on 18 November 1910. The back side appears below.

Back Side of S.S. Virginian of the Allan Line, 12,000 Tons, Turbine - 1910

Back Side of S.S. Virginian of the Allan Line, 12,000 Tons, Turbine - 1910
GGA Image # 9e9d123452

Allan Line Turbine S.S. Virginian - 1904

Allan Line Turbine S.S. Virginian - 1904 | GGA Image # 23530519c9

A classic view of the Allan Line Turbine S.S. Virginian showing the Flag in the upper right. If you look closely, you can see the ships' moniker Virginian near the bow of the vessel. The card was printed by The Art Publishing Company Glasgow and postally used in Liverpool on 29 April 1900 (Something "A"). Launched in 1904, she was later sold (in 1920) and renamed the SS Drottningholm of the Swedish American Line, where she was in operation from 1920 to 1948. The back side appears below.

Back Side of Allan Line Turbine S.S. Virginian - 1904

Back Side of Allan Line Turbine S.S. Virginian - 1904
GGA Image # 2c32578eb1

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