San Francisco: 1889. Color illustrated brochure for the Oceanic Steamship Company whose ships transported passengers, sugar, other cargoes and mail service from San Francisco to Hawaii, Auckland, Sydney, Samoa, Tahiti with J.D. Spreckels & Bros. as General Agents, San Francisco.
Brochure shows map of the Pacific Ocean with route of the company's ships; A full color map of the Hawaiian Islands with views of Honolulu, Royal Place Honolulu, Diamond Head, Volcano of Kilauea & Native Surfers. Tariff of fares from San Francisco: $200 one way to Sydney in a first-class cabin. On verso is listing of the Oceanic Steamship vessels "Alameda," "Australia," "Mariposa" and "Zealandia" and sailing schedule for September 1880 through October 1890. Several illustrated panels including a view of Port Jackson, Sydney Harbor.
The firm of J.D. Spreckels and Brothers was established in 1880 by John Diedrich Spreckels (1853 -- 1926), the son of German-American industrialist Claus Spreckels. The company was organized to develop trade between the U.S. and the Hawaiian Islands. The company began with one sailing vessel, the "Rosario" and later controlled two large fleets of sail and steam ships. The firm also engaged extensively in sugar refining and became agents for leading sugarcane plantations in Hawaii. The company established the Oceanic company in 1881. Its inaugural service was between California and Hawaii and, later from California to Australia, New Zealand, Samoa and Tahiti. An article about the firm appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald, 27 Jul 1889. The company thrived when it had mail contracts (then awarded by Congress) and had trouble when it did not. Eventually it was sold to the Matson Line. (Wikipedia)
14 x 11", folded into 6 sections, color, original folds, some splits at seams, and altogether clean and bright. Fine. Item #26378