Saturday, April 25, 2015

The Allan Steamship Line

The Allen Line lasted almost 100 years as a family business, started by a Captain Alexander Allen in 1819 with a route between Scotland and Montreal. In 1857 under the second generation, the company took over the mail contract from Cunard and became the largest private shipping concern in the world.  In 1917 while being run by the third generation of the family, the company was sold to Canadian Pacific and the Allen name disappeared soon after. Ship roster here.

1 comment:

Tom Gaspick said...

One of English's little foibles is on display here -- the two spellings of "Allan" (Allan/Allen).

The pronunciations may be indistinguishable, but the difference leaps off the page at you from print.