John L Sardy’s vehicular circumnavigation of the the globe (twice) including Hong Kong, 1894

James Chan: John L Sardy was connected to the Motor Car Works, 8 Saracen’s Chambers, Snow Hill, London which sold the products of the Steam Vehicle Company of America, Pennsylvania, USA, for which Sardy was the General Agent.

In 1894 John’s life was about to dramatically change!

“John L Sardy was engaged by the R.E. Dietz Company to circumnavigate the globe in [a Steam Vehicle Company of America’s Saracen Steamer?] 1894 to increase the export part of the business. Some of the places he visited include: Honolulu, Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, and Dunedin in New Zealand, Tasmania, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane, Batavia, Java, Singapore, Madras, Calcutta, Bombay, Chain, Japan, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Nagasaki, Kobe, Yokohama, Vancouver, Montreal.

 On his second trip around the world, he re-visited the places on his first trip and also visited: Manilla, Saigon, Penang, Rangoon, Perth (in Western Australia,) and Suva (in the Fiji Islands.) The combined mileage was nearly 82,000 miles, and without any mishap.” (1)
Steam Vehicle Company Of America Advert John L Sardy 1901

Advert 1901

This article was first posted on 20th July 2017.


  1. Grace’s Guides – John L Sardy with this specific extract credited to – R E Dietz History


  1. Steam Car Makers – wikipedia
  2. The Virtual Steam Car Museum – Steam

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