An improvement in the mail and passenger service between Australia, New Zealand, and San Francisco is likely to be announced by the Union Steamship Company very shortly, says an Australian paper. The San Francisco representatives of the line expect a resumption of the full service following on the release of much tonnage by the British Admiralty. At present the Moana is the only passenger vessel of the Union line trading to San Francisco, and the Paloona is maintaining the cargo connection. Three liners were in the passenger service at the outbreak of the war in 1914. There were also a number of freighters. Plans were in hand for the installation of a number of freighters of a fast type, with a large refrigerating capacity. The latter vessels were to be operated in the frozen meat and t butter trade, the Commonwealth haying experimented with a number of shipments to San Francisco. As a preliminary to the establishment of the former service by the Union Line, it is expected that the company will use the vessels that may be released, but after the conditions are more normal it is planned to place in the service a number of large carriers in the freight line, and large and fast liners of the Niagara type in the passenger service. The renewal of this service will eliminate tho present congestion of freight and passenger service between San Francisco and Australia and New Zealand.
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'FRISCO SERVICE., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9588, 16 April 1919
'FRISCO SERVICE. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9588, 16 April 1919
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