1897 pamphlet Canada Atlantic & Plant Steamship Line – Summer Service

$140.00 CAD

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Rare pamphlet of the Steamship line in service between Boston and Canadian Maritime provinces.

     Canada Atlantic and Plant S.S. Co. Limited
‘Direct from Boston for Nova Scotia, Cape Breton, Prince Edward Island’
‘The favorite route throughout the year to the Maritime Provinces of Canada’

July 1, 1897

On one side of folded-out pamphlet, text in panels with:

  • Schedule for Boston-Halifax and Boston-Charlottetown, steamhips ‘Halifax’ and ‘Olivette’
  • Connections (Railroad and Steamship)
  • Pointers for Travelers
  • Information about tickets
  • Diagram of Rooms plans and price for S.S. “Halifax” and S.S. “Olivette”

On other side of folded-out pamphlet, full-sided map of Maritime Canada with routes from Boston marked on it.

Map by Matthews-Northrup Co. Buffalo N.Y.

Nice fresh colors. Some small tears on folds. Some small holes where folds meet.

Folded:  20.5 x 10 cm

Opened: 41 x 60 cm


In 1892, Henry Plant, who also had important steamship operations in Florida, took over the Boston, Halifax & Prince Edward Island Steam Ship Line and began working with the Canada Atlantic Steamship Co Ltd. The former had been operating a Maritimes and Gulf of St Lawrence service between Boston, Halifax, Port Hawkesbury and Charlottetown with US-flag ships since 1864, and the latter participated in the trade between Boston and Halifax under British flag. A new Plant Line was soon incorporated as the Canada Atlantic & Plant Steamship Line Ltd. The "New York Times" carried the details of the new Plant Line, as it was generally called, on February 7, 1893

In 1893, spring service to Canada opened when the Halifax returned from the south, leaving Boston on April 8, and summer service started on June 24 with the first sailing of the Olivette. The tri-weekly summer service then ran between Halifax and Boston, with sailings from each port every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and connecting with the Intercolonial Railway and with the Prince Edward Island Steam Navigation Company between Halifax and Charlottetown.

After a brief time turning at Halifax, the Plant Line's direct sailings into the Gulf of St Lawrence at Charlottetown recommenced

The Plant Line handled not only local trade but also through traffic. Soon included in its Nova Scotia advertisements, for example, was the notation "Through tickets issued to New York by Fall River Line and also railway tickets issued via Boston to Montreal, Ottawa, and points on the Canadian Pacific Railway."