TWENTIETH CENTURY IMPRESSIONS OF BURMA.
obtained to each pair of state-rooms by a passage from the main alley which traverses the ship inside of the state-rooms. No staterooms are placed inside of the alley way. It is thus practicable when shipping by the Bibby Line to secure a comfortable and airy state-room even when engaging a passage at the last moment. Each cabin is thus furnished with a port and wind scoop, and in many cases a skylight is provided which can always remain open. East of Suez the Bibby Company provide electric fans free of charge, and the passage money includes ordinary medical attendance, stewardas fees, table and bedding linen, baths, punkahs, ice, and c. Each steamer carries a duly qualified surgeon and experienced stewardesses. A further advantage offered by the Bibby Line is that passengers desirous of staying at any port en route may do so, and resume their journey by the next succeeding steamer without extra charge, provided they accept the risk of there being accommodation available in the steamer they rejoin. The same holds good of return tickets with the same proviso. This concession is made in the case of passengers making the whole journey, but passengers to and from the Mediterranean ports may obtain the same privilege by the special consent of the company or its agents. All saloons and
state-rooms on these fine steamers are above the main deck and situated amidships where the motion of the vessel is least. A smoking room and nursery are provided in
addition to the usual general saloon. The promenade decks are unusually spacious, and are permanently covered with wooden shelter decks, and are thus protected from sun and
spray in all weathers. A large clear main-deck affords ample space for exercise, and the usual shipas games and amusements
Considering the advantages offered in comfort, speed, and security, the passage money is low, being Rs. 600 from Rangoon or Colombo to London with proportionate
charges for intermediate ports. Concessions of 10 and 15 per cent, are made in cases of family parties, paying three and four full fares respectively. Railway employes, vouched
for by railway companies, receive a reduction of 10 per cent, on their passage money, and special terms are granted to bona fide missionaries attached to societies of any denomination, hospital nurses, sisters of mercy, nuns, theatrical companies, and also Egyptian officials. The service is a fortnightly one, the steamers sailing on alternate Thursdays from Liverpool, and fortnightly from Rangoon, as per the published dates of sailing advertised in the daily papers. The liners carry the French and Egyptian mails between Marseilles and Egypt, and between Suez and Colombo. They also carry supplementary English mails between Rangoon and Colombo and England. The line has now a century and over to its credit. It was founded in the year 1807 by Mr. John Bibby, whose grandsons still retain the control. As originally established in those pre-steam days the service consisted of sailing ships. It was not till 1821, however, that regular sailings to the East Indies were established. In 1851 a steam service was substituted for sailing ships, and in July 1891 the present high-class regular service was placed on the Burma route, where it quickly established itself as the leading line. From 1807 to 1908 is a great step, but not more so than the step from the small sailing vessels of those days to the present fleet, all steamers in which hold the highest class at Lloydas, and are built
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