Players invest in five historical Steam Ship Companies, which transport freight, passengers and mail around the world of the late 19th century. New type of ships are developed which carry more cargo, but also can be sold for higher prices.
Players are not only investors of the companies, but also industrialists running their own coal bunkers, shipyards, storehouses, and passenger offices. They make a lot of money by selling coal and steamships to the companies of their choice. Of course they want "their" company to flourish and to pay out dividends. But beware, the control of a company may be taken over by another investor...
The game starts with clippers and finishes with fast liners from the 20th century.