Pacific Steam Navigation Company

The Pacific Steam Navigation Company became a household word in South America in the nineteenth century. The company was the first to utilize steam ships commercially in the Pacific Ocean, connecting the Pacific coast of South America to the rest of the world. 

After launching in 1840 with just two mail-carrying steam ships, Chile and Peru, the Pacific Steam Navigation Company was trading with Britain and Australia just a few years after its inception. It outlived the two World Wars and its legacy remains strong, with its in-house magazine, Sea Breezes, still published today.


Co-authored by Mahi Lal