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Flagships of ImperialismThe P&O Company and the Politics of Empire From Its Origins to 1867$
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Freda Harcourt and Sarah Palmer

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780719073939

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719073939.001.0001

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Competition and the route to Australia, 1847–52

Competition and the route to Australia, 1847–52

(p.114) Chapter Four Competition and the route to Australia, 1847–52
Flagships of Imperialism

Freda Harcourt

Manchester University Press

This chapter focuses on P&O's strategy regarding Australia and the competition it faced from the Indian & Australia Mail Steam Packet Company (I&A) and the Eastern Steam Navigation Company. I&A was formed in 1847 and its purpose was to connect England with Australia by the Red Sea route. The promoters of the I&A aimed at keeping P&O out of Australian waters and lever P&O out of its European lines in conjunction with Austrian Lloyd (AL), to force P&O to give I&A access to India and China. The Eastern Steam Navigation Company was formed in 1850 and was backed up by merchants and bankers from India and China. It sought a second service on all P&O's lines, for a single service from Singapore to Australia and for a route between Trieste and Alexandria to serve the Continent. However it lost to P&O in the tenders for contracts in 1853 and P&O's Chusan became the first ocean-going steamship to connect Australia with Singapore for England on 3 August 1852.

Keywords:   P&O, I&A, Eastern Steam Navigation Company, Austrian Lloyd's, Australia

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