Full steam ahead: west and east of Suez, 1840–45

Freda Harcourt

in Flagships of Imperialism

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print July 2006 | ISBN: 9780719073939
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700761 | DOI:
Full steam ahead: west and east of Suez, 1840–45

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This chapter focuses on the origins of the steamship services of P&O in the Mediterranean as far as Alexandria and the east of Suez to India and China. P&O received the contract for the Mediterranean in 1840 and received the contract for the Red Sea route to India in 1845. P&O's monthly Alexandria–Southampton service could not meet passenger demand during high season and revenue was lost in consequence and as a result a second line from Alexandria to Southampton was opened in May 1845, designated the Bombay line. The Constantinople branch was opened in 1845 and, when the Bombay line was discontinued in 1848, it became responsible for taking in and landing all the Bombay heavy mails at Malta. The only other branch that P&O began in the Mediterranean in this period was a line to Genoa, Italy, which was closed due to lack of tonnage.

Keywords: steamship services; P&O; Suez; Bombay; Alexandria

Chapter.  8797 words. 

Subjects: Colonialism and Imperialism

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