The Perth Steam Packet Company and the Atholl: an Example of the Life of an Early Steamship Company and its Ship

By Dr J. Colin Bain , published August 2005


The Perth Steam Packet Company was founded in 1822 to establish a Perth based steamboat, to ply the Tay between Perth and Dundee. Its only ship the Atholl was built in that year at James Brown’s yard at Lime Shore, Perth. She was of about 80 tons and 30 hp. Some two years later the company agreed to merge with a rival operator out of Dundee to form the Tay Steam Packet Company. She continued thereafter on the route for which she had been built and was eventually lost in September 1835 on passage from Dundee to Newcastle when she foundered in bad weather.

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Filed under: North Sea | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Merchant Marines | Ocean Liners & Passenger Craft | Shipbuilding & Design

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