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Passages of the Montreal Steamship Company from November 5, 1863 - November 29, 1864

(from the Sessional Papers, 28 Victoria 1865 (3))
Return of Passages, Number of Passengers and Cargoes of the Steamships of the Montreal Ocean Steamship Company, under Contract for the Conveyance of the

Mails from Liverpool to Portland and Quebec, and from Portland and Quebec to Liverpool, from 5th November, 1863, to 29th November 29, 1864.



Steamship

Captain

Left

Liverpool



Arrived

at

Portland

Passage



Passengers
Freight in

Tons



Left Portland
Arrived Liverpool Passage Passengers
Days Hours Portland Canada Days Hours
North American Dutton Nov 5 Nov 19 13 18 119 64 760 Nov 28 Dec 9 10 18 41
American Martyn Nov 12 Dec 3 20 15 93 45 308 Dec 5 Dec 19 13 19 45
Hiberian Ballantine Nov 19 Dec 3 13 22 199 88 821 Dec 12 Dec 23 10 19 47
Damascus Brown Nov 26 Dec 13 16 19 106 86 637 Dec 19 Jan 3 14 10 26
Nova-Scotian Graham Dec 4 Dec 22 17 9 38 172 488 Dec 26 Jan 8 12 11 11
Jura Alton Dec 10 Dec 23 12 8 75 186 379 Jan 2 Jan 13 11 0 24
North-American Dutton Dec 17 Dec 30 13 - 67 77 692 Jan 9 Jan 20 10 22 28
Bohemian Borland Dec 24 Jan 9 15 9 68 255 521 Jan 17 Jan 28 11 4 24
Hibernian Ballantine Dec 31 Jan 14 13 5 75 111 472 Jan 23 Feb 3 10 6 26
Damascus Brown Jan 7 Jan 26 18 18 63 57 572 Jan 30 Feb 13 13 18 24
Nova-Scotian Graham Jan 15 Feb 2 18 2 85 128 868 Feb 6 Feb 19 12 6 33
Jura Alton Jan 21 Feb 4 13 6 109 176 1039 Feb 13 Feb 25 11 12 25
North-American Wylie Jan 28 Feb 15 17 8 82 276 1031 Feb 21 Mar 7 15 14 19
Bohemian Borland Feb 4 Feb 22 17 11 66 180 1154 Feb 28 Mar 11 11 20 19
Hibernian Dutton Feb 11 Feb 25 13 7 156 200 1143 Mar 5 Mar 20 14 12 15
Damascus Brown Feb 18 Mar 2 12 13 37 76 852 Mar 12 Mar 30 18 0 20
Nova-Scotain Graham Feb 25 Mar 9 12 9 141 320 1309 Mar 19 Apr 2 13 17 14
Jura Alton Mar 3 Mar 13 10 18 77 198 1191 Mar 26 Apr 10 15 0 22
American Harrison Mar 10 Mar 25 14 9 89 57 413 Apr 2 Apr 16 13 17 18
North-American Wylie Mar 17 Mar 31 13 4 90 351 889 Apr 9 Apr 23 14 0 28
Hibernian Dutton Mar 24 Apr 4 10 8 190 457 797 Apr 16 Apr 27 9 19 18
Peruvian Ballantine Mar 31 Apr 13 12 12 214 259 830 Apr 23 May 4 10 11 39
Nova-Scotian Graham Apr 7 Apr 24 16 17 185 346 822 Apr 30 May 14 12 16 23
Damascus Brown Apr 14 Apr 30 15 19 181 292 404 May 7 May 21 13 17 26
at Quebec Quebec Can. W. left Quebec
Belgian Alton Apr 21 May 4 10 20 512 221 557 May 14 May 27 11 22 313
North-American Wylie Apr 28 May 12 12 - 375 223 738 May 21 June 3 13 4 42
Hiberian Dutton May 5 May 17 10 7 494 213 687 May 28 June 8 9 21 82
Peruvian Ballantine May 12 May 22 9 10 576 185 497 June 4 June 15 10 4 111
Nova-Scotian Graham May 19 June 2 12 15 457 198 685 June 11 June 22 10 20 62
Damascus Brown May 26 June 9 12 9 288 169 384 June 18 July 3 12 9 40
Belgian Alton June 2 June 15 12 14 515 58 366 June 25 July 6 10 13 97
North-American Wylie June 9 June 22 12 4 334 127 391 July 2 July 14 11 11 73
Hibernian Dutton June 16 June 30 12 4 362 145 538 July 9 July 19 9 17 169
Nova-Scotian Graham June 27 July 11 12 23 421 31 228 July 16 July 28 12 2 74
Peruvian Ballantine June 30 July 12 10 15 254 106 944 July 23 Aug 2 9 16 94
Damascus Brown July 7 July 19 11 10 211 110 809 July 30 Aug 10 10 22 51
Belgian Alton July 14 July 26 10 9 330 52 981 Aug 6 Aug 17 10 21 92
St. David Wylie July 21 Aug 4 13 8 188 114 987 Aug 13 Aug 26 12 21 51
Hibernian Dutton July 28 Aug 8 10 6 196 114 1158 Aug 20 Aug 30 9 18 76
North-American Kerr Aug 4 Aug 16 11 1 164 181 984 Aug 27 Sept 9 10 12 43
Peruvian Ballantine Aug 11 Aug 22 8 13 163 145 1055 Sept 3 Sept 12 9 5 304
Jura Graham Aug 18 Sept 3 9 14 189 140 1101 Sept 10 Sept 21 10 18 238
Belgian Brown Aug 25 Sept 5 9 20 225 115 942 Sept 17 Sept 28 10 17 54
North-American Kerr Sept 1 Sept 13 11 7 78 67 319 Sept 24 Oct 8 12 22 59
Hibernian Dutton Sept 8 Sept 20 10 22 225 156 911 Oct 1 Oct 12 10 10 60
Nova-Scotian Wyllie Sept 15 Sept 28 12 19 121 40 620 Oct 8 Oct 19 10 5 81
Peruvian Ballantine Sept 22 Oct 2 9 12 179 122 1195 Oct 15 Oct 28 12 7 473
Jura Graham Sept 29 Oct 10 10 2 147 189 756 Oct 22 Nov 3 11 12 68
Damascus Watts Oct 6 Oct 17 10 2 195 174 533 Oct 29 Nov 9 11 2 40
Belgian Brown Oct 13 Oct 25 11 - 163 69 351 Nov 5 Nov 16 10 15 72
Hibernian Dutton Oct 20 Nov 1 10 2 135 69 433 Nov 12 Nov 22 10 0 67
North-American Kerr Oct 27 Nov 8 11 11 151 99 506 Nov 19 Nov 29 10 4 63

Average length of Passage Westward: 11 days and 1 hour
Average length of Passage Eastward: 10 days and 23 hours
Recapitulation of the Produce carried from Canada by the Steamers, from 28th November, 1863, to 29th November, 1864
18,512 Barrels Pot and Pearl Ashes 4,681 Boxes Tobacco
124,068 Barrels Flour 14,611 Boxes Cheese
490,171 Bushels Grain 5,564 Packages Sundries
51,981 Kegs Butter 168 Standard Deals
5,785 Packages Provisions 1,330 Packages Leather
579 Tierces Beef 125 Sewing Machines
19,799 Boxes Meat

Making a total bulk (exclusive of certain articles not reduced) nearly equal to 374,459 Barrels Flour.

Notes: The Jura was not built for the Allan Line. She was brought in because the Line had lost the Bohemian off Cape Elizabeth on the way to Portland on February 22, 1864, under Captain Robert Borland with a loss of 20 lives. This loss was compounded by the sinking of the Norwegian off St. Paul's Island, June 14, 1863, while under the command of Captain McMaster, with no loss of life. These were dark days for the Allan Line as she also lost the Canadian, June 1, 1857; the Indian, Nov 20, 1859, the Hungarian, Feb 2, 1860 and the second Canadian on June 4, 1861. (Appleton, Thomas E. Ravenscrag, The Allan Royal Mail Line. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1974.).

The Jura was a 2,241 gross ton ship, built by J&G Thomson, Glasgow in 1854 for the Cunard Line. Her details were - length 314ft x beam 36ft, clipper stem, one funnel, three masts (rigged for sail), iron construction, single screw and a speed of 11 knots. Launched on June 27, 1854, she arrived at Liverpool from the Clyde on September 26, 1854 and became a Crimean War transport. On March 12, 1857 she sailed under charter to the European & Australian R.M.Line from Southampton to Alexandria and started her last voyage on this service on July 12, 1857. On September 16, 1857 she commenced Cunard sailings between Liverpool, Cork and New York and on February 6, 1861 started her last Liverpool - New York voyage. During this period she made two chartered voyages for the Allan Line between Liverpool, Quebec and Montreal, commencing September 6, 1860 and April 11, 1861. She was then purchased by the Allan Line and resumed Liverpool - Canada voyages on October 24, 1861. On November 3, 1864 she was wrecked in the River Mersey with no loss of life. [North Atlantic Seaway by N.R.P.Bonsor, vol.1,p.144-5] Courtesy of Ted Finch.


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