O&O/White Star Coptic

Bruce Carson
2nd May 2006, 05:56
I've had the following three short films on my computer for years and each time I play them I never cease to marvel that I can watch a nineteenth century sail carrying liner on film.
For those who enjoy the historic,it may be worthwhile to download them and take a look.
They are of the O & O liner 'Coptic' leaving San Francisco in October 1897.

Coptic at dock http://tinyurl.com/ro5c6
Coptic sailing away http://tinyurl.com/s23er
Coptic in the harbor http://tinyurl.com/rd79z

There are three formats to choose from, but the MPEG will give you a large, watchable picture if you have Windows Media Player as your default player. With Windows, to save it to your disk, click on the red ball and then select "Save Target As...' and select where you want to store it (desktop, My Documents, etc.).

She was built by Harland & Wolff in 1881 for a White Star charter to the Occidental & Oriental Steamship Company, but made a couple of transatlantic sailings for her owners before taking up her station at San Francisco.
The O&O, founded in the mid 1870s, was a transpacific service to Hong Kong begun by the Union Pacific and Central Pacific Railroads to bring the then dominant Pacific Mail Steamship Company to heel. All their ships were owned and manned by White Star with British offices and Chinese crew: the ships were painted in the White Star livery and flew the Red Ensign and the houseflags of both companies. At first, second hand White Star tonnage was utilized, but within a few years, purpose built ships for the service were ordered from H&W. To the surprise of the railroads, the service quickly became profitable and was continued into the twentieth century.
The 'Coptic' was chartered to the New Zealand Shipping Co in 1883. In 1884 she had a refrigerating plant installed and the White Star contributed her as one of three ships in a joint White Star-Shaw, Savill & Albion serice from the UK to New Zealand.
She received triple expansion engines in 1894 when she was again chartered to the O&O. Ending the charter in 1906, the following year she was sold to the Pacific Mail, who renamed her 'Persia'. She retained her British registration and sailed on the same transpacific route: by this time the Pacific Mail was controlled by the Southern Pacific Railroad and the Occidental & Oriental was being wound up.
She went to the Toyo Kisen Kabusiki Kaisya in 1915 and was renamed 'Persia Maru'. Used first on the transpacic and then on a Dutch East Indies service, she was broken up in Japan in 1926.
As built, 4,357GT, 430' x 42', single screw, compound engine, 14 knots.

Bruce C.

nigelcollett
2nd May 2006, 09:49
Hi Bruce

Sounds very interesting, all I have to do now is sort out the problem with my computer which seems to preclude me from playing "moving pictures"

Have taken a print of message as a reminder which problem resolved.

All the best

NigelC