The SS Antelope

the ss Antelope steamship of the 1850s, one of the ships of the Millers & Thompson Golden Line of packets going to Australia during their gold rush.

The postcard above shows the SS Antelope, an early Liverpool-built iron screw steamship, one of the ships of the Golden Line of packets run by the Millers & Thompson company in Liverpool.

In an 1853 ad in the Belfast News-Letter, the ship was "fitted for the Australian trade." Her cabins were "elegantly fitted" and the ship itself had "every possible comfort and convenience." The ship, about to sail in February 1853, included a surgeon and many stewards and stewardesses. The ship was commanded by Henry C. Kean.

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A copy of the postcard of the SS Antelope was provided by Donald A. Miller, one of the Miller family descendants. The postcard was sent to him in 1986 by his second cousin, Hope Healy Koontz, who had been researching the family history in Liverpool.
The newspaper advertisement/notice was from the Belfast News-Letter, Belfast, Ireland, Wednesday, February 2, 1853; Issue 11840.

27 Dec 2008
updated 19 Aug 2010

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