Pacific Mail Steamship Company

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The Pacific Mail Steamship Company was incorporated in 1848 to engage in the steamship business after receiving a contract from the U.S. government to provide mail service between Panama and the Oregon coast. The organizer and first president of the company was William H. Aspinwall. The company prospered, expanded its fleet, and began service to the Orient in 1867. By the mid-1880s they were sailing to 47 ports across the Pacific Ocean, including ports in Central America and Mexico. The Occidental and Oriental Steamship Company, formed in 1874 by western railroad interests, merged with Pacific Mail Steamship Company in 1900. The company controlling stock was acquired in 1915 by W.R. Grace & Co., and in 1925 the company's house flag, name, and goodwill were sold to the Dollar Line.

From the description of Records of the Pacific Mail Steamship Company, 1853-1925. (Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens). WorldCat record id: 122510218

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referencedIn Holman, Samuel Kendall, b. 1827. Letters, 1872. Gadsden Public Library
creatorOf Dennett, Joseph G. Joseph G. Dennett Papers, 1862-1889. Peabody Essex Museum
referencedIn Roberts, I. K. I. K. Roberts letter to Mr. Carrington : San Francisco : ALS, 1864 Apr. 12. California Digital Library
referencedIn Ocean Queen (Brig). Logbook, 1872 Nov. 20-1873 Jan. 24. Old Dartmouth Historical Society Library
creatorOf Pacific Mail Steamship Company. [Pamphlets]. Yale University Library
referencedIn Barlow, Samuel L. M. (Samuel Latham Mitchill), 1826-1889. Papers of Samuel L. M. Barlow, 1776-1905 (bulk 1885-1889). Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
referencedIn Panama Railroad Co. [Bill of lading] / Pacific Mail and Steamship Company and Panama Railroad Company. University of California, San Diego, UC San Diego Library; UCSD Library
creatorOf Pacific Mail Steamship Company. Steamship Algoa crew list : showing officers and crew and rate of wages per month / Pacific Mail Steamship Company University of California, San Diego, UC San Diego Library; UCSD Library
referencedIn Buissonet, Eugène, 1827-1902. Eugène Buissonet journal : ms., 1868 Oct.-1869 Jan. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Francis Bannerman Sons, Inc. Records, 1855-1973. Hagley Museum & Library
referencedIn Ocean Queen (Brig). Logbooks, 1873 Feb. 2-Sept. 16. Old Dartmouth Historical Society Library
referencedIn Granada (Brig). Logbook, 1874 June 17-July 9. Old Dartmouth Historical Society Library
referencedIn Chase, Salmon P. (Salmon Portland), 1808-1873. Letter press book of the Secretary of the Treasury. 1863, June 1 -- Dec. 31. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
referencedIn Granada (Brig). Logbook, 1874 May 17-June 13. Old Dartmouth Historical Society Library
referencedIn Bowman, George F. Letters to George F. Bowman : ALS, 1865-1868. California historical society
referencedIn Taylor, Jim, 1941-. Letters, 1854-1857. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Pacific Mail Steamship Company. John L. Stephens (Steamboat) bill of fare, [1869] UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Roberts, Martin Richard, 1820-. Navigation in California : ms. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Forbes, Andrew Bell, 1824-. Andrew Bell Forbes dictation and biographical sketch, 1886. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn F. Barreda Sherman postcard collection, 1905-1907 San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park (Calif.).
creatorOf Pacific Mail Steamship Company. [Pamphlets. Financial history.]. Yale University Library
referencedIn Stanwood, Richard Goss. Richard Goss Stanwood journals and letterbooks : ms.S, 1852-1884. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Babcock, William F., 1820-1885. William F. Babcock dictation and biographical sketches, [ca. 1887] UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Ocean Queen (Brig). Logbooks, 1869 Apr. 18-June 1. Old Dartmouth Historical Society Library
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referencedIn Price Family Papers, 1873-1918 San Diego History Center Document Collection
referencedIn Champion (Schooner). Logbook of the schooner Champion, 1861 Mar. 2-Aug. 12. Old Dartmouth Historical Society Library
referencedIn Eldridge, Oliver, 1818-1902. Journals of Oliver Eldridge 1856-1894. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
creatorOf Houston, J. B. Papers of J. B. Houston, 1881-1899. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
creatorOf John Roach & Son. City of Rio de Janeiro. Milwaukee Public Library, Milwaukee County Federated Library System
creatorOf Pacific Mail Steamship Company. [Log of] Pacific mail steamship "America" from New York to Hong Kong, May 1869. The Claremont Colleges, Claremont University Consortium
referencedIn Kelly, Lila. Kelly correspondence, 1895; 1910. University of the Pacific, William Knox Holt Memorial Library
referencedIn Cavarly, John M. Papers of John M. Cavarly, 1856-1960 (bulk 1856-1896). Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
referencedIn Robinson, Alfred, 1806-1895. Alfred Robinson papers, 1839-1858. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Kathryn Hulme papers, 1846-1981, 1945-1981 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Kinney, Roland Thomas, 1900-1989. Record of a voyage to the Orient in 1918, 1918. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
referencedIn Watkins, Carleton E., 1829-1916. Photographs of the Pacific Mail Steamship Company [graphic]. California historical society
creatorOf Pacific Mail Steamship Company. Records of the Pacific Mail Steamship Company, 1853-1925. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
creatorOf Budd, Thomas. Bills of lading for items shipped to and from San Francisco, Calif., 1850-1852. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Otis K. Freeman Collection, 1838-1881 California state library
creatorOf Pacific Mail Steamship Company. Pacific Mail Steamship Company journal and logbook : ms., 1883-1885. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Granada (Brig). Logbook, 1873 Dec. 20-1874 Mar. 8. Old Dartmouth Historical Society Library
creatorOf Pacific Mail Steamship Company. Pacific Mail Steamship Company records, 1851-1880. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Pacific Mail Steamship Company. Bill of lading, 1869 November 19. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Arizona (Steamship). Logbook, 1870 Dec. 23-Mar. 6. Old Dartmouth Historical Society Library
creatorOf Pacific Mail Steamship Company. Panama line bill of fare, 1910 Feb. 28. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Pacific Mail Steamship Company. Shipping manifest : DS, 1862 February 10. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Smart, Daniel E. Daniel E. Smart correspondence, [1851-1858]. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Granada (Brig). Logbook, 1874 Mar. 17-Apr. 26. Old Dartmouth Historical Society Library
referencedIn Rising Star (Steamship). Logbook, 1872 Nov. 20-1873 May 11. Old Dartmouth Historical Society Library
referencedIn Hulme, Kathryn, 1900-1981. Kathryn Hulme papers, 1846-1981 (bulk 1945-1981). Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn American President Lines, Ltd. American President Lines records, 1871-1995. San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, Maritime Research Center, Maritime Library, Maritime Archives
referencedIn Seavy, Llewellyn T., b. 1851. Llewellyn T. Seavy papers, 1871-1927. Washington State Historical Society
referencedIn Judah, Theodore D. (Theodore Dehone), 1828-1863. Theodore D. Judah papers, 1851-1862. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Manchuria (built 1904; passenger vessel) postcard, 1910 San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park (Calif.).
referencedIn Rising Star (Steamship). Logbook, 1867 July 21-Sept. 9. Old Dartmouth Historical Society Library
referencedIn Williams, Henry B., 1820-. Pacific Mail Steamship's Co. : ms., 1883. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Freeman, Otis K., 1836-1915. Otis K. Freeman Collection, 1838-1881. California state library
referencedIn Hackley, Robert J. Papers, 1873-1892; (bulk 1873-1877). Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
creatorOf Pacific Mail Steamship Company. Letters to Alfred Robinson : New York City, 1848 December - 1850 November. California Digital Library
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associatedWith Algoa (Steamship). corporateBody
associatedWith American President Lines, Ltd. corporateBody
associatedWith Arizona (Steamship) corporateBody
correspondedWith Aspinwall, William H. person
associatedWith Aspinwall, William Henry, 1807-1875. person
associatedWith Babcock, William F., 1820-1885. person
correspondedWith Baird, Spencer F. person
associatedWith Barlow, Samuel L. M. (Samuel Latham Mitchill), 1826-1889. person
associatedWith Bischoff, William person
correspondedWith Bowman, George F. person
associatedWith Buissonet, Eugène, 1827-1902. person
correspondedWith Bullay, H. J. person
correspondedWith Canfield, Colbert A. person
associatedWith Cavarly, John M. person
associatedWith Champion (Schooner) corporateBody
associatedWith Chase, Salmon P. (Salmon Portland), 1808-1873. person
associatedWith Colima (Steamship) corporateBody
associatedWith Colon (Steamship) corporateBody
associatedWith Comstock, Samuel H. person
associatedWith Constitution (Steamship) corporateBody
associatedWith Corbett, Henry W. (Henry Winslow), 1827-1903. person
associatedWith Craswell, M.S. person
associatedWith Dennett, Joseph G. person
associatedWith Eldridge, Oliver, 1818-1902. person
associatedWith Forbes, Andrew Bell, 1824- person
associatedWith Francis Bannerman Sons, Inc. corporateBody
associatedWith Freeman, Mary P. person
associatedWith Freeman, Otis K., 1836-1915. person
associatedWith Golden Age (steamship) corporateBody
associatedWith Granada (Brig) corporateBody
associatedWith Great Republic (steamship) corporateBody
associatedWith Hackley, Robert J. person
associatedWith Henry Chauncey (Brig) corporateBody
correspondedWith Henry, Joseph, 1797-1878 person
associatedWith Holman, Samuel Kendall, b. 1827. person
associatedWith Houston, J. B. person
associatedWith Hulme, Kathryn, 1900-1981. person
associatedWith John L. Stephens (Steamboat) corporateBody
associatedWith Johnson, Theodore T. (Theodore Taylor), b.1818. person
associatedWith Judah, Theodore D. (Theodore Dehone), 1828-1863. person
associatedWith Kelly, Lila. person
associatedWith Kinney, Roland Thomas, 1900-1989. person
associatedWith Kofoid, Charles A. 1865-1947. person
correspondedWith Minor, Thomas T. person
associatedWith Norris, Thomas W. person
associatedWith Occidental and Oriental Steamship Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Ocean Queen (Brig) corporateBody
associatedWith Oregon (Steamer) corporateBody
correspondedWith Orton, James person
associatedWith Pacific Steam Navigation Company corporateBody
associatedWith Panama Railroad Co. corporateBody
associatedWith Pennsylvania (Ship) corporateBody
associatedWith Price family family
correspondedWith Ridgway, Robert person
associatedWith Rising Star (Steamship) corporateBody
associatedWith Roberts, I. K. person
associatedWith Roberts, Martin Richard, 1820- person
associatedWith Robinson, Alfred, 1806-1895. person
associatedWith San Francisco Maritime Museum corporateBody
associatedWith Seavy, Llewellyn T., b. 1851. person
associatedWith Sherman, F. Barreda person
associatedWith Smart, Daniel E. person
correspondedWith Smithsonian Institution corporateBody
associatedWith Sonora (Ship : 1854-1874) corporateBody
associatedWith Stanwood, Richard Goss. person
associatedWith Taylor, Jim, 1941- person
associatedWith T. Magoun & Son. corporateBody
associatedWith Transatlantic Steamship Co. corporateBody
associatedWith Watkins, Carleton E., 1829-1916. person
associatedWith Wells, Fargo & Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Williams, Henry B., 1820- person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Panama, Bay of (Panama)
United States
Pacific Ocean
United States
California
California
Mexico
Pacific Coast
Pacific Coast
New York (State)
California
United States
Subject
Sailors
Shipment of goods
Shipping
Shipping
Shipping
Shipping
Shipping
Smithsonian Board Of Regents
Smithsonian Exchange
Steamboat lines
Steamboat lines
Steamboat lines
Steamboats
Voyages to the Pacific coast
Ships
Bills of lading
Coastwise shipping
Mail steamers
Mail steamers
Pacific coast
Postal service
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Activity

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