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William Inman
This gave him a big advantage in the competition for passenger favour, for until then most of the
steamship owners had been content to bring about their improvements on the technical side, leaving
potential passengers to appreciate these improvements or to stay away.  Inman, on the other hand,
believed that competition was going to be so strong that the favour of the passenger was the most
important thing, and in this he luckily had the support of his wife. They were willing to travel as
emigrants on more than one occasion in order to find out for themselves just what the steerage
passenger wanted to make him comfortable, and what points in the existing organisation could be
improved. Thus they hit at the very foundation of the sailing packet's business by making the steamer
a far more comfortable emigrant carrier, and on this a very large part of the prosperity of the Inman
Line was founded.

But undoubtedly it also owed a lot to the fact that Inman had a full appreciation of the latest technical
development. One or two iron screw steamers had been put on service, but no effort had been made
to organise a fleet on those lines.  In 1854 William Inman was able to do without his partners, the
Quaker Richardson Brothers, and assume sole management over the "Liverpool, New York and
Philadelphia Steamship Company". He soon chartered the City of Manchester, City of Baltimore, and
later the City of Washington to the French Government on excellent terms.  William Inman was a
strong advocate of screw propulsion and it was the success of the "Inman screws" which evidentially
determined the Cunard Steamship Co. to abandon the use of paddle steamers.  The Inman Line
commenced service in December 1850 and was acquired by the American Line in 1893. Its Terminal
Ports were Liverpool and New York.

The Inman Line was formed in 1850 by three partners as the Liverpool & Philadelphia SS Co and in
1852 added steerage berths to their ships to cater for the emigrant trade. In 1852 two of the
partners who were Quakers, disagreed with the policy of chartering ships for trooping purposes and
resigned. After this the company became unofficially known as Inman Line after the remaining
founder, William Inman. In mid 1854 the transatlantic service ceased as all the company ships were
employed on Crimean War service and didn't resume until Apr.1856. To cater for the growth of New
York traffic, the official name of the company was changed in 1857 to Liverpool , New York and
Philadelphia SS Co and Philadelphia rapidly became a secondary port of call. Due to Irish emigrant
trade, Queenstown was added as a passenger call in 1859. The slump of 1867 caused the
introduction of services between Liverpool - New Orleans and Antwerp - New York but these did not
last for long. However, Inman gained the Queenstown - Halifax contract the same year and also
inaugurated a feeder service between Halifax and St. John, N.B. The Inman Steamship Co was formed
in 1875 and entered into collaboration with White Star Line.

By 1886 the company was in serious financial difficulties and could not raise the money to replace the
ageing fleet. They went into voluntary liquidation in Oct.1886 and their assets were purchased by the
American owned International Navigation Co. who already owned the American Line and Red Star
Line. The ships were then operated under an operating company, Inman & International SS Co and
continued to sail under the British flag. In 1892 the U.S. Mail contract was awarded to Inman &
International, providing that the ships were transferred to the U.S. flag. The last Inman sailing from
Liverpool took place in Feb.1893 and the service was transferred to Southampton and all ships
became U.S. flagged under the ownership of American Line.
William Inman (born 6th April, 1825 in
Leicester, died 3rd July, 1881 at
Upton
Manor, Wirral, buried at Moreton
Parish Church, Wirral) was the owner
of the Liverpool, New York and
Philadelphia Steamship Company, also
known as the Inman Line, which ran
services from Liverpool to New York &
Philadelphia, in the United States, for
emigration in the mid-19th century.

He was the owner of
Upton Manor, in
Upton Park, & held the title Lord of the
Manor of Upton, & donated funds for
the construction of
Christchurch,
Moreton &
St. Mary's Church, Upton.

William Inman, a Leicester man, was
only twenty-five years of age when he
started the Inman line, officially known
as the "Liverpool, New York and
Philadelphia Steamship Company", but
in a short business career he had
already raised himself from the
position of junior clerk in the office of
Richardson Bros., the sailing packet
managers of Liverpool, to be a
partner.  He was a veritable human
dynamo for energy, and in addition he
had the inestimable advantage of
being able to appreciate the other
person's point of view.
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