The American Line: Pioneers of Ocean Travel

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The story of the development of the American Merchant Marine remains one of the most glorious chapters in the early history of the United States. Up until the Civil War the American sailing ships carried the Stars and Stripes around the world with honor to the nation and profit to their owners. The war and...

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This book presents the largely unknown early history (1870-1900) of the American Steamship Company—an extremely colorful and eventful time replete with disasters and triumphs.
The story of the development of the American Merchant Marine remains one of the most glorious chapters in the early history of the United States. Up until the Civil War the American sailing ships carried the Stars and Stripes around the world with honor to the nation and profit to their owners. The war and the concurrent change from sail to steam brought disaster to American shipping. By 1870 there were no American passenger liners on the North Atlantic, a sad blow to national pride. The American Steamship Line, born in 1873 as a necessary response to the failings of the American Merchant Marine during the Civil War, quickly became the only American transatlantic line competing with Europe. Begun in part as an investment by the Pennsylvania Railroad, it operated out of Philadelphia and eventually reinstated America's position as a competitive and prestigious force in transatlantic crossings.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393047103
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/1/2000
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 404
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 10.40 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

William Flayhart is professor of history, political science, and philosophy at Delaware State University, and is the author of, among other books, The American Line, QE2, and Majesty at Sea with John H. Shaum Jr. He lives in Dover, Delaware.

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Table of Contents

Foreword 7
Acknowledgments 9
1 The Origins of the American Line of Philadelphia 15
2 Uncertainty and Discontent 39
3 The Centennial Celebration and a Russian Offer 63
4 The International Navigation Company - Red Star Line 79
5 The Red Star at Sea 91
6 Inman Steamship Company Limited - Inman and International Navigation Company 113
7 The American Line of 1893 137
8 The Birth of the Great American Line 147
9 And the "Saints" Came Marching In 171
10 The Best-Balanced North Atlantic Service 195
11 Perils of the Sea 225
12 Shipwrecks and Rescues 247
13 The Spanish-American War 259
14 A Triumphant Return 281
15 The Beginning of a New Century 305
16 The International Mercantile Marine (IMM) 315
17 The Pyrrhic Victory 337
Notes 355
Bibliography 373
Index 381
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