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Donaldson Line History and Ephemera

Established in Glasgow in 1854 by Donaldson Brothers, who started the business with the little wooden bark Joan Taylor, of 229 tons, trading between Glasgow and the River Plate.

Their first iron vessel was the bark Miami, built in 1867, and their first steamer the Astarle, 863 tons, built 1870. They now have a large fleet, which regularly trades between Glasgow and St. John, N.B., Quebec, Montreal, Baltimore, Norfolk, and Newport News, and make a specialty of livestock and frozen cargoes, their primary steamers being fitted with cold storage on Hall's principle.

Westbound Ticket Order - Second Cabin - 8 July 1914

Westbound Ticket Order (1914) Second Cabin

Westbound Ticket Order dated 8 July 1914 from the Donaldson Line for Second Cabin Passenger Miss Ruth Immel, departing on the SS Cassandra from Glasgow to Montreal, Issued by C.V. Dasey & Son, Boston.

1914-08-29 TSS Cassandra

1914-08-29 TSS Cassandra Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 29 August 1914
  • Route: Glasgow to Quebec and Montreal
  • Commander: Captain Robert C. Brown


Donaldson Line Fleet (1911)

  • Alcides
  • Almora
  • Athenia
  • Cassandra
  • Concordia
  • Hestia
  • Indrani
  • Kastalia
  • Lahonia
  • Marina
  • Orlhia
  • Parthenia
  • Salacia
  • Saturnia
  • Tritonia

65,000 Gross Tonnage

Donaldson Line Rates of Passage (1915)

MONTREAL TO GLASGOW. Cabin (called second), $47.50 and up. British third class, East, $31.25; prepaid West, $31.25.

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The Folks Behind the GG Archives

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.