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ITS HISTORY AND ANTIQUITIES.
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mails for the West Indies, Mexico, Colon, Central American and North and South Pacific ports, China, Japan, &c. An additional steamer sails on the 10th of each month for Barbadoes, Trinidad, La Guayra, Puerto'Cabello, Curacoa, Santa Martha, Savanilla, Colon, Central American and North and South Pacific ports, &c. These stations are known as the West India line. On the Brazil line the ships sail on the 9th of each mouth for Lisbon, Cape de Yerdes, Pemambuco, Baliia, Rio de Janeiro, Montevideo, and Buenos Ayres. An additional steamer sails on the 24th of each month for Coruuua, Carril, Lisbon, Cape de Verds, Rio de Janeiro, Montevideo, and Buenos Ayres.
THE UNION (CAPE) COMPANY
is purely of Southampton growth, and one of which the townsmen are proud. Starting-iu 1854 as the Union Steam Collier Company, with a capital of £60,000 in £20 shares, and power to increase it to £120,000, the original intention of the promoters was to confine themselves to the coal carrying trade, and for this purpose five steamers were ordered, having a total tonnage of 2,327. The war with Russia leading to the P. and O. Company withdrawing their line of steamers between Southampton and Constantinople, consequent upon the whole of their available fleet being required for postal and war services, the Union directors upon the completion of their vessels departed from their original project, and having first run them between Southampton, Constantinople, and Smyrna, chartered them in the British and French transport service. In 1856 after the close of the war the ships were variously engaged, and in 1857 a five years' contract was completed with the Government for a monthly mail service to the Cape of Good Hope at an annual subsidy of £30,000. Iu 1858 £3,000 was added to the subsidy for calling at St. Helena and Ascension on the homeward voyages, new capital was raised, and the fleet extended. On the renewal of the original contract, at reduced rates, Natal was added; then the service was extended to Mauritius ; next to Algoa Bay, then to Point de Galle, and lastly to Zanzibar. The fleet now comprises 17 vessels, of 28,616 tonnage, and 4,300 horse power, and they convey the mails from Southampton on the 5 th, 15th, and 25th, of each mouth, calling at Plymouth en route for Cape of Good Hope, and Algoa Bay, The packet of the 15 th calls at St. Helena; and that of the 25th corresponds with Mozambique and Zanzibar. The packets of the 5th and 25th correspond with Natal. The packet of the 5 th corresponds with Mossel Bay and East London.
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