Liverpool Shipping Company.


Not Published, 1899-1915. 282 pp., (210 completed). Original half-calf ; blue cloth boards with gilt lettering ; speckled edges. James Laver, Liverpool, 1st March 1899. 34 x 21cm. Surface of calf scuffed o/w V.G. The Liverpool Shipping Company, managed by Henry Fernie & Sons, Rumford Place, Liverpool, operated a number of square-riggers and steamships during the 19th and early 20th centuries. This printed ledger of the firm’s Voyage Estimates, completed up to page 210, records the voyages of its ships from the 6th April 1899 to the 2nd September 1915 – into the First World War. Details for the voyage of each ship includes : Name of Vessel, Date, Ports/countries of call, Days, Port Charges, Suez Canal Dues, Constantinople Pratique, Special Repairs, Extra Insurance, Steaming Days, Price/tons of Coal consumed, Total Tonnage of Coal for Voyage, and Days Earnings. Fernie’s steamers sailed from British and Continental ports to Egypt, Java, Rangoon, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, USA, West and South Africa, etc. Vessels listed include S/S RAMAZAN built at Middlesbrough in 1905, sunk by a U-boat in 1915 off Cerigotto Island with the loss of one seaman. S/S BALTAZAN built at Sunderland in 1896, she served her owners until 1911 when she went to Greek buyers. As the S/S COSTAS she was torpedoed and sunk by UC-53 off Cape Vaticano, Italy, in 1917. All her crew survived. S/S MORAZAN built at Sunderland in 1905, sunk in 1916 by U-50 145 miles off Ushant. All her crew survived. S/S MARTAZAN built in 1906 and whilst on passage from Sierra Leone for Liverpool, she sank after collision with Italian steamer MONTE BIANCO off Cape Verde. S/S KHORAZAN built at Dumbarton in 1904, captured and scuttled by UB-39, ENE of Ouessant, bound for France from New York with a cargo of cased oil. These, and the voyages of other Liverpool Shipping Company steamers, are recorded with full financial costs for a typical coal-burning steamer during the early years of the last century. For example, the RAMAZAN on a voyage from Cardiff to Alexandria, Batsum (India), Shanghai, Japan, Singapore, Java, New York and back to UK, made a profit, after costs, of £4,181 or £15-15/- per day. She burnt 2,693 tons of coal at a cost to her owners of £2,157. Such unique and unusual manuscript records are very SCARCE.

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