1881 two (2) Steamship bills of lading 4 barrels from Bordeaux to NYC

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Two similar bills of lading, each for 4 barrels of verdet (wine?) sent by Lully Buche in Bordeaux France via steamship ‘Olinda’ from Port of Bordeaux to Liverpool. One bill of lading dated July 10th, the other August 10th 1881.

On August 16th 1881 shipped on to New York via Steamship City of Montreal to A. Klepstein(?) 52 Actar Street New York City.

Nice image of three-masted steamship. French stamp ‘Timbre de Dimension’.

Paper ‘Printed by Turner & Dunnett, James Street, Liverpool.

Multiple folds. One bill has some small tears on one edge.

19,50 x 30 cm.


The Inman Line was one of the three largest 19th-century British passenger shipping companies on the North Atlantic, along with the White Star Line and Cunard Line. Founded in 1850, it was absorbed in 1893 into American Line. The firm's formal name for much of its history was the Liverpool, Philadelphia and New York Steamship Company, but it was also variously known as the Liverpool and Philadelphia Steamship Company, as Inman Steamship Company, Limited, and, in the last few years before absorption, as the Inman and International Steamship Company.

By embracing new technology, Inman Line became the first to show that unsubsidized ocean liners could profitably cross the North Atlantic. With its first steamer, City of Glasgow of 1850, Inman led the drive to replace wood-hulled paddle steamers with iron-hulled screw-propelled ships. In 1852, Inman established that steerage passengers could be transported in steamships. Inman's City of Paris of 1866 was the first screw liner that could match the speed of the paddlers. By 1870, Inman landed more passengers in New York than any other line.