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1817 The New York Packet Co was formed. It was soon known as the Black Ball Line because of the emblem carried on the foresail
1864 White Star Line merged with the Black Ball and Eagle Lines to form a conglomerate called the Liverpool, Melbourne and Oriental Steam Navigation Company Ltd (or Australian and Eastern Navigation Company).