Manufacturer: Maddock Pottery Co.
User: Baltimore Steam Packet Company, Seaboard Air Line Railway
Date of platter: 1912-1924
Notes: The Baltimore Steam Packet Company, more commonly known as Old Bay Line, was founded in 1840. It provided overnight steamship service on the Chesapeake Bay, including stops at Norfolk, Virginia and Baltimore, Maryland as well as other cities. The ships were called "packets" due to a contract to carry government mail packets. It ceased operation in 1962 due to the rise of air travel and interstate highways and was the last surviving steamship passenger service in the US.
The Seaboard & Roanoke Railroad, predecessor to the Seaboard Air Line Railway, acquired a controlling interest in the Old Bay Line sometime before the Civil War. Controlling interest eventually passed to the SAL, which eventually acquired all of the Old Bay Line stock and continued to control it until the 1940's, when some ownership was taken by the Southern Railway and Atlantic Coast Line through a merger.
Some of the line's ships were North Carolina, Louisiana as well as S.S. President Warfield, renamed Exodus, which failed in an attempt to carry Jewish refugees emigrating to Palestine in 1947.
Old Bay Seasoning, a popular seafood seasoning, was named after Old Bay Line.
White body platter with dark green & red line rim border and red line around the verge. Topmarked with the Baltimore Steam Packet Co. red flag with a white "B" and centermarked "BSPCo" in overlapping dark green script.
Much more information on the history of the Baltimore Steam Packet Company can be found here:
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