Mark Baber

MAB note: This is an excerpt from a longer article about transatlantic passenger service in 1872, including similar discussions of the National, Anchor, Cunard, Inman, Williams & Guion, Hamburg-American, North-German Lloyd, Baltic Lloyd and French lines.

The New York Herald, 31 December 1872
Original article digitized by the Library of Congress
Retrieved from the Library of Congress' Chronicling America web site,


Though comparatively in its infancy, the White Star line has made for itself a name in the Atlantic carrying trade. Its vessels are among the largest and most complete in their fittings afloat. Their construction introduced for the first time many of the improvements that have so conduced to make an ocean voyage, in the absence of terrific storms, one of comfort and pleasure. The vessels employed during the year were the Atlantic, Oceanic, Baltic, Republic, Celtic and Adriatic, each of the enormous burden of about three thousand five hundred tons. These made during the year thirty-seven trips to New York and thirty-five to Liverpool, the average time westward being nine days, eleven hours and eleven minutes, and eastward, eight days, nineteen hours and fifty-eight minutes. The quickest trip on record, or so reported, was made by the Adriatic of this line. She left Queenstown May 16, and arrived off Sandy Hook in the remarkable time (apparent) of seven days, eighteen hours and fifty-five minutes. The passengers carried in the several trips from Liverpool will number somewhere about twenty thousand and from New York about twelve thousand. These figures are not accurate, but approximate to correctness. The cargoes brought to this port consist of coarse and fine dry goods, in bales and cases, and, in season, oranges, lemons and grapes, sardines, steel, tin plates, bleach powder, soda ash, potash, hardware of all kinds, iron rails, porter in casks, wines and liquors, dried fruit, earthenware, wool and hops, about two thousand tons each trip. From New York they have averaged every sailing about 45,000 bushels of grain, 1,750 bales of cotton, 400 tons of provisions, and during the season 30,000 boxes of cheese, aggregating about two thousand tons. The vessels building are the Germanic and Britannic, and if possible they will surpass the ocean palaces now owned by the company. The United States mails are carried by these steamers.