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1893 Steamship bill of lading France to Canada (Brandy) #1

$40.00 CAD

Shipping on 'THOMSON LINE Bordeaux & Charente to Canada'.

Shipment from Lucien Foucauld & Co. Cognac to D. Masson & Co, Montreal., Wholesale Importers and Commission Merchants.

On steamship Avlona of Dundee, from Charente (France) to Montreal, calling at Hailifax, Quebec.

On board Charente 21st April 1893:

  • Thirty cases of brandy, each of 12 bottles One ton
  • One case containing 2 old french business directory three hundredths of a ton

Signed at bottom J G Baxter Master.

Back has ‘Connaissement Estampe de Controle’ stamp, cancelled with red PERRIN Shipping Agent stamp as well as other Tonnay-Charente cancellation.

Bottom of sheet folded over.

28.5 X 21 cm.

The passion of Lucien Foucauld for cognac led him to create one of the most famous cognacs.

Jury Member of the International Exhibition of Le Havre in 1887, Lucien Foucauld was later member of committee Universal Exhibition Organization of Paris 1889 and 1900.

For over 160 years, the distinctive and constant quality of FOUCAULD Cognacs has built up the brand’s reputation.


Thomson Line

Originally, from 1849 the line carried cargos of fruit, wine, and brandy from Marseilles, Tarragona, Denia, Malaga, Cadiz and Charente to Montreal. Their fruit was in such excellent condition that merchants from Canada and the US came to Montreal to buy from them. They added Leghorn to their stops for marble; Naples and Sicily for lemons and oranges; Patras for currants; Valencia and Burriana for oranges and Bordeaux for wine. They ran fortnightly between Newcastle and Montreal, calling at London, Dundee or Aberdeen. Few details are available of the early activities of the company's steamers, but in 1880 they began to carry cattle from Canada to Britain and from an early date, passengers and cargo were carried between the Mediterranean and Canada. In 1884 the company became known as Wm. Thomson & Sons. In 1907 the company was taken over by Cairn Line (Cairns, Noble & Co.) but the name Thomson Line was retained. Thomson Line passenger ships were sold to Cunard Line in 1911 and the company then operated only cargo services under the name Cairn - Thomson Line.