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Monday, June 21, 2010

Monday Ground Up: Archived Photography of the White Star Line and Her Ships

The White Star Line was a British shipping company most famous for its ill fated flag ship the RMS Titanic and World War I sister ship, Britannic.

The White Star Line was originally founded in Liverpool in 1845 by John Pilkington and Henry Wilson. The company's initial focus was on the Australian gold mine trade. In the early 1850's if you had sound ships and ran the Australian route, it would almost be difficult to not succeed. In one month of 1853, no less than 32,000 "get rich quick" hopefuls left port in Liverpool bound or Australia to strike their fortunes in gold. Australia's colony population jumped from 430,000 to 1.7 million in just 3 years after gold was discovered.

Check out Titanic and Other White Star Line Ships for a Complete History. 

TITANIC Tablet Unveiled - Seaman's Institute, Bishop Greer speaking (LOC)

Geo. Cohan at TITANIC Game


Crowd Awaiting Titanic Survivors on Carpathia





Capt. and crew of MACKAY-BENNETT (LOC)

Aquitania Ready to Launch


Photography Uploaded from The Library of Congress

Also check out:

WHITE STAR LINESHIPS OF THE WHITE STAR LINEWhite Star Line, Southampton, Cherbourg, New York Giclee Poster Print by Walter Thomas, 32x44


jo oliver said...

Wow, I did not realize that the Titanic had so many sister ships. Amazing old photos:)

Anonymous said...

This is very interesting indeed. Inever realized there were so many ships in that fleet. Your photo selection is fascinating. To see the real ships enhances your historical narrative. I certainly enjoyed this.

Sheila @ A Postcard a Day said...

I used to work in Southampton and through my work had a lot of contact with Cunard. As a result I became very aware of the Titanic disaster which had a huge impact on Southampton because of course most of the crew were from the area. There are memorials all over Southampton.

Cruiselife & Co said...


I had no idea either. I knew of the Britannic and Lusitania but none of the others.


Thanks for the lovely comments. I love the history of this fleet, of course who would not be fascinated with the stories of Titanic.


I would adore seeing those memorials, as somber as that might be.

Richard Wing said...

Great display of memorializing this fleet of ships. A great way to honor those mariners lost at sea and an emotional piece of history for some.

Cruiselife & Co said...


Thanks Richard. Yes, the passengers on the Carpathia are a bit unnerving when you think of what they went through.

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