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The beginning

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The beginning

Postby Donnieclark » Tue Nov 14, 2017 10:37 am

The White Star Line originated from very humble beginings in Liverpool as shipbrokers. In 1845 John Pilkington and Henry Wilson set up the company to act as brokers for sailing ships mainly on American and Canadian transatlantic crossings. Their first charter, the Elizebeth, sailed from Liverpool on February 26th heading for Canada. The chartering continued until the pair bought their first sailing ship, the 879 ton Iowa in June 1849 when they advertised the White Star Line taking cargo and emigrants to ports such as New York, Boston and New Orleans. It is at this time that the company`s legendary flag came into being, the now famous five pointed white star on a red background. As the gret Austrialian gold rush began in 1851 the White Star Line were soon operating services to Austrailia and the company soon expanded and were advertising six ships sailing to Austrailia from June 1852, the Phoenix, Dundonald, Bhurtpoor, Ellen, The Earl Of Derby and Blanche. Unfortunatly Bhurtpoor sank of the coast of Ireland on September 18th 1852. In 1853 White Star obtained the Tayleur in addition to their growing fleet, she was the largest British built ship at the time costing £34,000. On her maiden sailing she sailed into rocks just off Dublin Bay and was wrecked, her iron hull stopped the compass from working properly and with 652 passengers on board. 380 people died as she sank.

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