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Blue Funnel Line History and Ephemera

The Blue Funnel Line.

The Blue Funnel Line. GGA Image ID # 12991623e8

The Blue Funnel Line offered regular First-Class Passenger and Cargo Services From the UK to South Africa, Malaya, China, Japan, Australia, Java, and America. They also provided regular service of fast cargo vessels, with limited accommodation for first-class passengers at significantly reduced rates between several ports served including Glasgow, Hamburg, Bremen, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Antwerp, and New York. Blue Funnel Line was Owned and Operated by Alfred Holt & Co., Liverpool.

The Blue Funnel Line, so-called because its ships have a blue funnel with a black top, is more appropriately known as the Ocean Steamship Company, and maintains a cargo service between Great Britain and the East, while a further series of steamers extend the service to British Columbia, to the Dutch East Indies, and Australia. Many of the vessels are fitted for accommodation of saloon passengers, and among the largest of these are the Aeneas, Ascanius, each over 10,000 tons. The Suez Canal is used for the passage to the East.

Ephemera from the Blue Funnel Line

Composed Front Cover, Blue Funnel Line to Australia - Alfred Holt & Co., Liverpool - 1913.

1913 Brochure - Blue Funnel Line to Australia

Large-Format 18-panel brochure from Alfred Holt & Company, Liverpool included many photographic views of the Blue Funnel Line to Australia in 1913 featuring the TSS "Ulysses" of 14,626 Tons, and her sister ship, the TSS "Nestor" of 14,547 Tons.


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The GG Archives is the work and passion of two people, Paul Gjenvick, a professional archivist, and Evelyne Gjenvick, a curator. Paul earned a Masters of Archival Studies - a terminal degree from Clayton State University in Georgia, where he studied under renowned archivist Richard Pearce-Moses. Our research into the RMS Laconia and SS Bergensfjord, the ships that brought two members of the Gjønvik family from Norway to the United States in the early 20th century, has helped us design our site for other genealogists. The extent of original materials at the GG Archives can be very beneficial when researching your family's migration from Europe.