Greetings from the Canadian-Australian Royal Mail Steam Ship Company – 1913

The Aorangi (17,491 grt, 600 ft. long) was delivered in 1924 to the Union Line of New Zealand.  She was transferred in 1931 to the Canadian Australasian Line, a company formed jointly by the Union Line and Canadian Pacific to operate the transpacific service between Australia/New Zealand and Canada. She was sold for scrap in 1953.

Pacific Liner History: Canadian-Australian Steam Ship Company / Canadian-Australian Royal Mail Steam Ship Company

Established in 1893, the Canadian-Australian Steam Ship Company operated a service between Sydney, Brisbane, Honolulu, Victoria, British Columbia (BC) and Vancouver, BC.

The Brisbane call was eventually abandoned and replaced by Suva, Fiji.

The route became Sydney, Wellington, Suva, Honolulu, Victoria BC, Vancouver.

The company was reconstituted as the Canadian-Australian Royal Mail Steam Ship Company under the joint control of James Huddart and the New Zealand Shipping Company who took complete control of the line in 1898.

Post card posted in Honolulu.  Destination Minnesota. 1913

In 1900 the Union Steam Ship Company of New Zealand acquired a controlling interest in the company and assumed responsibility for outstanding contracts and agreements.

In 1910 the purchase was completed and the Canadian-Australian Royal Mail Steam Ship Company became an integral part of the fleet of the Union Steam Ship Company of New Zealand.

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