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12122c. (complimentary pass) Portland Steam Packet Company. 1881.

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12122c. (complimentary pass) Portland Steam Packet Company. 1881.

12122c. (complimentary pass) Portland Steam Packet Company. 1881. 2 ¼” x 3 7/8”. Pass #202 dated until December 31, 1881, allows Mr. William H. Gatzmer, Trustee, Philadelphia & Atlantic Co. Railway free passage on vessels of the Portland Steam Packet Company. Pass is printed in deep blue on buff card stock by the Franklin Bank Note Company. Beautifully printed with a wonderful vignette of a company walking beam side paddle wheel steamer. Includes printed signature of the company president. The Portland Steamship Company started as the Portland Steam Packet Company in 1844, and was later consolidated into the Eastern Steamship Company. One of their vessels, the side-wheel steamship Portland, was one of the largest and most palatial vessels afloat in New England during the 1890s. Built in 1889 by, the steamer ran between Portland, Maine and Boston until its loss with all hands in 1898. The Portland’s loss was New England’s greatest steamship disaster prior to the year 1900. Clean, crisp, near fine. (F-). $88.