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American Line (1871-1902)
William Henry Flayhart III (au). The history of the first successful Amer. steamship line after the Civil War to rival the great European transatlantic co’s. After the Civil War there was not a single Amer.-flag passenger line on the N. Atlantic. 1873 saw the first attempt at establishing a new Amer.-flag steamship line to carry passengers & cargo across the N. Atlantic from Phila. to Liverpool: the Amer. Steamship Co. It would eventually evolve into the great Amer. Line (AL) (1893), which became the founding unit of the Internat. Merchantile Marine. This book focuses on the highly eventful early history of the AL & the rival Red Star Line, also founded in 1873. It offers insight into both the triumphs & the setbacks of Amer. shipping co’s. in the last 3 decades of the 19th century. Illustrations.
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