This collection comprises of material related to The Booth Steamship Company and their cruises to Spain, Portugal, Madeira and the Amazon along with glass negatives of their fleet and details of staff events such as dinners. It was collected by W.S. Cann, a Passenger Services Manager for Booth Line.
After a business apprenticeship with Lamport and Holt and then as a leather merchant, Alfred Booth, with his brother Charles, started a two-ship steam service from Liverpool to North Brazil and the Amazon in 1866. In 1881 it became a limited company.