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S.S. Lancastrian


Built for the Leyland Line in 1891, this ship was clearly chartered by the Atlantic Transport Line for some considerable time. Frank Bowen noted in 1930 that when the British governement recquisitioned three of the Minne class ships in 1915 the Atlantic Transport Line was fortunately able to draw upon vessels from other International Mercantile Marine Company fleets to maintain its services. Specifically Bowen records that the Red Star Liner Samland and the Leyland Line's Lancastrian and Philadelphian "took over the sailings from Tilbury."

The Lancastrian was referred to as an Atlantic Transport Line steamer in a New York Times report published in October 1914. A 17-year old named Myron Roth had stowed away onboard because he wanted to join the British Army, but evidently "the romance of war died in him when he found himself in very unpleasant quarters on board the ship, where 600 horses were herded for the English cavalry service." Another report dated December 10, 1916, described her as being in Atlantic Transport LIne service and carrying horses.

The Lancastrian was sold to Canadian owners in 1921.

Sources: The Atlantic Transport Line, 1881-1931; The New York Times, October 25, 1914; December 10, 1916; A Century of Atlantic Travel: 1830-1930, Frank Charles Bowen, 1930



For more information ...

Kinghorn "The Atlantic Transport Line 1881 - 1931" McFarland, 2011

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