Inman Steamship Company

1880

Trade card for Inman Steamship Company

Trade card for Inman Steamship Company

DESCRIPTION: Late 19th-century lithographed trade card for the Inman Steamship Company ca. 1880. Three of the vessels depicted on the card carry the Inman Company flag. Along with the steamship which also flies the U.S. flag, one steam screw tug and one steam sidewheel tug show the Inman flag, with its red background, and a black diamond within a white quadrant at upper left.

Inman Steamship was one of the three largest 19th-century British passenger shipping companies on the North Atlantic ocean, along with the White Star Line and Cunard Line. Peter Wright and Sons were the line's general agent.

On the back of the card is information about the company and its ships, with a large portion of text aimed toward the steerage section. These five ships were in the Inman fleet at the time of printing
  • City of Chicago
  • City of Berlin
  • City of Richmond
  • City of Chester
  • City of Montreal
No mention of the steamship "City of New York" suggests a date between 1875 and 1888.

By embracing new technology, the Inman Line was the first to show that unsubsidized ocean liners could profitably operate on the North Atlantic. With its first steamer, City of Glasgow of 1850, Inman led the drive to replace wood-hulled paddle steamers with iron-hulled ships equipped with screw propulsion. In 1852, Inman established that steerage passengers could be transported in steamships. Inman's City of Paris of 1866 was the first screw liner that could match the speed of the paddlers.

CREATOR: Inman Steamship Company

PUBLICATION DATE: 1880

GEOGRAPHIC AREA: United States

BODY OF WATER: N/A

CONDITION: Fair.  No folds or tears. Slight browning toward edges. All borders have been trimmed off.

COLORING: Yes

ENGRAVER: 

SIZE: 6 " x 3 "

ITEM PHYSICAL LOCATION: 

PRICE: $110


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