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The Transatlantic Steamship Co commissioned the Oriental

By 1840, the company's Directors were satisfied that the cost of equipping and maintaining a transatlantic connection by steam vessels, without the aid of a Government contract, was unprofitable

The opportunity to employ their vessels more profitably arose in the form a proposal from the proprietors of the Peninsular Steam Packet Co to join that enterprise.

The company's two vessels, the Great Liverpool and the Oriental, were transferred to the Peninsular Company.

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