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November 26, 2016 tlhCC1511 No comments exist

On November 26, 1846, two quite different ships were scheduled to depart from New York for Liverpool. One was the American sailing “packet” Roscius, the other the British steamship Great Western. Perhaps because that day was Thanksgiving*, the captain of the Roscius, Asa Eldridge, pushed back her departure until the following Monday. The British steamer,…

September 3, 2016 tlhCC1511 No comments exist

On this day in 1833, Asa Eldridge sailed out of Calcutta as captain of the ship America, bound for New York. He was returning to the US on the second leg of a round-trip whose outbound leg had been a major success, the first of two record-breaking voyages he made during his career. In late June he had arrived in Calcutta…

July 31, 2016 tlhCC1511 1 comment

On August 1, 1840, the steamship Britannia sailed out of Boston for Liverpool. This was the return leg of her maiden voyage, which had commenced with her outbound departure from the English port on July 4. Her voyage marked the inauguration of transatlantic service by the British and North American Royal Mail Steam-Packet Company. If that…