Manufacturer: Buffalo China and Unknown
User: Porto Rico Line
Date of gravy: circa 1920s
Date of compote: 1925
Date of egg cup: 1941
Date of unknown egg cup: 1907-1909
Notes: The Porto Rico Line (New York & Porto Rico Steamship Co.) operated from 1885 – 1949, offering freight and passenger service from New York to Florida, Texas, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Cuba and Mexico. In 1909, the Porto Rico Line was purchased by the Atlantic, Gulf and West Indies Steamship Company. By 1942, all but one ship was lost at sea. Passenger and freight service began again in 1946, but operations were suspended and the last ship was sold in 1949.
The incorrect spelling of "Puerto Rico" as "Porto Rico" is attributed to the steamship company's original articles of incorporation. Archibald H. Bull incorporated the New York & Porto Rico Steamship Company in 1885 under the British flag.
Restaurant China, Volume I by Barbara J. Conroy, Collector Books, 1998
Flags of the World (FOTW), House of Flags of U.S. Shipping Companies
Puerto Rico and Its People by Trumbull White, Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1938
White body with maroon border lines. Topmarked in maroon by a round logo with ribbon tails at the bottom, "Porto Rico Line" in red arched upward, and a red pennant ship flag with a white "B" in the center.
ID and Egg Cup photo contributed by jerseygirl
Gravy/sauce boat photos contributed by kathleen
Compote photos contributed by Richard Van Dyke
Brochure photos courtesy of Björn Larsson
Maritime Timetable Images