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The Fleets

Elder Dempster & Company / African Steam Ship Company

Elder Dempster & Company, Limited, was formed in 1852 as the African Steam Ship Company, Limited, with a contract to carry mails from London via Plymouth to Madeira, Teneriffe and the West Coast of Africa. In 1856, the home port became Liverpool. A rival firm, the British & African Steam Navigation Company was formed in 1868 with John Dempster and Alexander Elder among it's founders.

In 1894, the African Steam Ship Company entered the Canadian trade by taking over the Avonmouth service of the Dominion Line and in 1898 the Beaver Line was purchased together with their Liverpool - Canada service. Elder Dempster Shipping Limited was formed in 1899 and in 1901 the Imperial Direct West India Mail Service Company was set up to operate services to the West Indies. In 1903 their Canadian interests were sold to Canadian Pacific together with 14 ships.

Elder, Dempster & Company, Limited, was formed in 1910 after the death of the managing director, and sale of the company to Lords Kylsant and Pirrie. After the collapse of the Kylsant shipping group in 1931, the company was run by a board of trustees until, with government help, the company could be re-organised and refinanced. The ships of both companies then came under the control and colours of the new company. In 1951 Paddy Henderson's British & Burmese Steam Navigation Company was purchased in 1965 John Holt's Guinea Gulf Line was taken over. After this date, there were many in-group transfers between Elder Dempster, Guinea Gulf, Blue Funnel and the British & Burmese Steam Navigation Company. For the purpose of this list, these have largely been ignored.

In 1965 the ownership of Elder Dempster passed to the Ocean Steamship Company (Blue Funnel Line). The passenger service to West Africa was terminated in 1974 and in 1989 Elder Dempster was sold to French owners and Ocean Shipping withdrew from deep sea ship owning.

see also http://www.elderdempster.org/ ... Mike Ingham

Many thanks to Ted Finch for his assistance in collecting this data. The following list was extracted from various sources. This is not an all inclusive list but should only be used as a guide. If you would like to know more about a vessel, visit the Ship Descriptions (onsite) or Immigrant Ship web site.

Routes:

  • 1852 Plymouth - Madeira - Tenerife - Bathurst - Freetown.
  • 1853 London - Plymouth - Madeira - Tenerife - Goree - Bathurst - Freetown - Monrovia - Cape Coast Castle - Accra - Ouidah - Badagri - Fernando Po - Plymouth - London.
  • 1855 River Niger trade.
  • 1856 Liverpool substituted for London.
  • 1856 Liverpool - Morocco.
  • 1858 Plymouth dropped as mail loading port.
  • 1861 Lagos added.
  • 1868-1872 Passenger: Liverpool - Las Palmas - Freetown - Terna - Lagos - Takoradi (1875) - Freetown - Las Palmas - Liverpool.
  • 1869 Glasgow added.
  • 1870 Niger delta feeder service started.
  • 1874 Regular sailings introduced to Gold Coast - Accra - Sekondi - Takoradi.
  • 1878-1974 coastal feeder services introduced.
  • 1879 Hamburg - West Africa service.
  • 1888 Antwerp - Tenerife - Las Palmas - Calabar - Lagos - Saint Paul de Loanda. Banana, Boma and Matadi later added.
  • 1888-1911 Cia de Vapores Correos Interinsulares Canarios formed for Canary Islands inter island services.
  • 1890-1903 Liverpool - Baltimore.
  • 1892 Hull, Antwerp, Amsterdam and Rotterdam added.
  • 1893-1903 Liverpool/Tyne - New Orleans (winter); Montreal (summer).
  • 1895 Cie Belge Maritime du Congo formed to operate services Antwerp - Belgian Congo.
  • 1898-1903 Beaver Line's Liverpool - Canada service.
  • 1894-1903 London - Quebec - Montreal (Halifax and St.John NB winter)
  • 1895-1903 Avonmouth - Quebec - Montreal (Halifax and St.John NB winter)
  • 1902-1983 South Africa - USA
  • 1905-1911 Avonmouth - West Indies mail contract.
  • 1920-1968 passenger: Liverpool - Las Palmas - Lagos - Calabar/Port Harcourt.
  • 1945-1949 Takoradi - Port Harcourt
  • 1951-1968 British & Burmese Steam Nav.Co Liverpool - Burma service.
  • 1957 Passenger: Tilbury - Madeira - Freetown - Rakoradi - Apapa.
  • 1965-1973 Felixstowe - Scandinavia (car transport)
  • 1972-1974 Southampton - Las Palmas - Freetown - Monrovia - Tema - Lagos.
  • 1972-1978 Poole - Lagos (lorry service)

(We haven't differentiated between the African Steam Ship Company ships and British & African Steam Navigation Company ships as both companies came under the management of Elder Dempster from early years.)

Funnel:
African S.S. Co. 1852-1864 Black
                          1864-1932 Yellow
Elder Dempster  1887-1890 Black
                          1890-1989 Yellow
Beaver Line        Black with two white bands.

Fleet:

 
African SS Co. 1852-1864 1864-1932 Beaver
Elder Dempster 1887-1890 1890-1989
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Aba 1918 ex- Glenapp, 1920 purchased from Glen Line, renamed Aba, 1939-1947 hospital ship, 1947 sold to Bawtry SS Co., Liverpool, renamed Matrona. 7,937
Abeokuta 1901 1901 sank off Ushant in gale; no loss of life. 1,817
Abinsi 1910 ex- Leopoldville, 1914 transferred from Cie Belge Maritime du Congo, renamed Abinsi, 1933 scrapped. 6,365
Abonema 1907 1909 renamed Sapele (2), 1929 sold to Argentina, renamed San George. 2,952
Abosso (1) 1912 1917 torpedoed and sunk west of Fastnet; loss of 65 lives. 7,782
Abosso (2) 1935 1942 torpedoed and sunk 700 miles NW of the Azores; loss of approx. 340 lives, possible 361. 11,330
Aburi 1906 1917 torpedoed and sunk off Ireland; loss of 25 lives. 3,703
Accra (1) 1893 1920 sold to Mauritius. 2,808
Accra (2) 1926 1940 torpedoed and sunk in Atlantic; loss of 19 lives. 9,337
Accra (3) 1947 1967 scrapped. 11,600
Adansi 1901 1917 torpedoed and sunk off Ireland. 2,644
Adda 1922 1941 torpedoed and sunk off Freetown; loss of 12 lives. 7,816
Addah 1905 1917 torpedoed and sunk off Brest; loss of 17 lives. 3,149
Africa 1872 1899 scrapped. 1,717
Agberi 1905 1917 torpedoed and sunk off Welsh coast; no loss of life. 3,463
Akabo 1902 1926 sold to United Baltic Corp., London, renamed Baltonia. 3,814
Akasombo 1950 ex- Ascanius, 1972 transferred from Blue Funnel Line and renamed Akasombo, 1973 sold to Saudi Arabia, renamed Mastura. 7,431
Akassa (1) 1881 1903 sold to Ramsey & Co., Piraeus, renamed Mina. 1,389
Akassa (2) 1910 1917 torpedoed and sunk; loss of 7 lives. 3,918
Alexander Elder 1890 North Atlantic service, 1891 chartered to Atlantic Transport Line, 1892 renamed Merrimac and returned to ED service, 1899 disappeared at sea Quebec - Belfast; loss of 36 lives. 4,137
Alfred Jones 1930 1941 torpedoed and sunk off West Africa; loss of 2 lives. 4,022
Ambriz 1871 ex- Asiatic, 1873 purchased from White Star Line and renamed Ambriz, 1894 Liverpool - New Orleans route, 1896 sold to France. 2,121
Ancobra 1900 1921 renamed Sokoto (2), 1923 sank in Germany while being overhauled, raised and scrapped. 2,646
Andoni 1898 1917 torpedoed and sunk in Mediterranean. 3,188
Angola 1891 1906 wrecked on Cape Breton Island, Canada; no loss of life. 2,870
Apapa (1) 1914 1917 torpedoed and sunk off Anglesey; loss of 77 lives. 7,832
Apapa (2) 1926 1940 bombed and sunk in Atlantic; loss of 24 lives. 9,333
Apapa (3) 1947 1968 sold to Hong Kong, renamed Taipooshan. 11,607
Appam 1912 renamed Mandingo (4) in 1917, 1919 reverted to Appam, 1936 scrapped. 7,781
Arawa   see Lake Megantic.  
Arete 1925 1937 purchased from Ocean Transport Co, Harwich, 1947 scrapped. 898
Armenian 1855 1857 purchased from Potter & Co, Glasgow, 1865 wrecked in fog on Arklow Bank, Ireland; loss of 66 lives. 1,094
Aro 1898 ex- Albertville(2), 1904 transferred from Cie Belge Maritime du Congo, renamed Aro, 1914 sold to Admiralty. 3,805
Asaba 1900 1912 London - Continent feeder service, 1917 torpedoed and sunk off the Lizard; loss of 16 lives. 972
Ashanti 1897 1900 chartered to Beaver Line, 1919 caught fire and beached at Dakar, 1922 salvaged and scrapped. 3,389
Assaye 1891 North Atlantic service, 1897 wrecked on Seal Island, Bay of Fundy. 5,129
Athenian 1854 1857 purchased from Potter & Co, Glasgow, 1873 sold to Leyland Line and rebuilt. 1,094
Attendant 1913 1934 Freetown tender, 1934 sold to Malet, London. 317
Auchmacoy 1939 Delta ports feeder service, 1964 sold to Odunsi & Co, Lagos. 255
Aureol 1951 1974 sold to Panama, renamed Marianna VI. 14,083
Axim 1893 1910 went missing in Bay of Biscay; loss of 52 lives. 2,808
Badagri 1907 1918 torpedoed and sunk off Cape St.Vincent; no loss of life.. 2,952
Badagry 1919 ex- War Crow, 1919 purchased from Shipping Controller, renamed Badagry, 1934 to Tower SS Co., renamed Tower Bridge. 5,161
Bakana (1) 1894 1913 went ashore Ghana, total loss. 2,793
Bakana (2) 1919 ex- War Primula, 1919 purchased from Shipping Controller, renamed Bakana, 1929 sold to Italy, renamed Honor. 5,384
Banana 1897 1914 captured by Germany at Hamburg, 1918 recovered and sold to Spain. 2,817
Bansara 1911 Calabar river service, 1939 disposed of. 127
Baro (1) 1908 1919 renamed Ilorin (2), 1933 scuttled off Lagos. 957
Baro (2) 1950 African coastal service, 1961 sold to Greece, renamed Sophie Maris. 1,517
Barracoo 1919 1933 sold to Greece, renamed Michalakis. 5,234
Bassa (1) 1905 1917 sold to J. Evernden, London, renamed Santa Alicia. 940
Bassa (2) 1918 ex- War Pointer, 1919 purchased from Shipping Controller, renamed Bassa, 1940 torpedoed and sunk in Atlantic with all hands. 5,267
Bassam 1909 1921 renamed Sulima (1), 1927 sold to Oran, renamed Georges-et-Henri. 3,040
Bata 1919 1933 sold to Tower SS Co., renamed Tower Abbey. 5,308
Batanga 1893 1922 scrapped. 2,808
Bathurst (1) 1893 1917 torpedoed and sunk off Bishop Rock. 2,808
Bathurst (2) 1919 ex- War Alyssum, 1919 purchased from Shipping Controller, renamed Bathurst, 1933 sold to Greece, renamed Kostis. 5,437
Bendu 1906 1929 sold to Italy, renamed Arcadia. 4,319
Benguela (1) 1874 1905 wrecked at Nana Kroo. 1,860
Benguela (2) 1910 1933 scrapped. 5,520
Benin (1) 1869 1881 sunk in collision with Duke of Buccleuch off Start Point. 1,530
Benin (2) 1884 1901 transferred to Cia Interinsulares Canarias, renamed Almirante Diaz, 1902 transferred back, renamed Benin, 1905 sold to Greece, renamed Maraslis. 2,216
Benin (3) 1907 1929 sold to Greece, renamed Haralampos P. 4,313
Benin (4) 1950 1960 sold to Constantine SS Line, Middlesborough, renamed Yorkwood. 2,483
Benito (1) 1884 Lagos feeder service, 1894 grounded at Lagos, total loss. 712
Benito (2) 1907 ex- Falls of Nith, 1917 purchased from Falls Line, renamed Benito, 1917 torpedoed and sunk off Cornwall. 4,712
Benue (1) 1905 1930 sold to Italy, renamed Capo Pino. 3,123
Benue (2) 1943 ex- Benjamin Tay, 1951 purchased from MOWT, renamed Benue, 1952 sold to Norway, renamed Anglo. 1,814
Bereby 1919 ex- War Raven, 1919 purchased from Shipping Controller, renamed Bereby, 1941 wrecked on Irish coast. 5,248
Bhamo 1957 1979 scrapped. 5,932
Biafra (1) 1868 1889 sold to Bossiere freres et Cie, Havre, renamed Energique. 1,487
Biafra (2) 1885 ex- Algarve, 1890 purchased from Alfred Booth, Liverpool, renamed Biafra, West Africa feeder service, 1896 sold to Norway, renamed Tryg. 846
Biafra (3) 1895 ex- Leopoldville, 1896 transferred from Cie Belge Maritime du Congo, renamed Biafra, 1910 sold to Bombay & Persia S.N. Co., renamed Homayun. 3,363
Biafra (4) 1919 ex- War Dahlia, 1919 purchased from Shipping Controller, renamed Biafra, 1951 sold to Panama, renamed George. 5,405
Bida (1) 1901 1903 on fire and abandoned in North Sea. 1,477
Bida (2) 1908 1920 renamed Ibadan (2), 1932 scuttled off Lagos. 963
Bida (3) 1942 ex- John W. Arey, 1951 purchased from MOWT, renamed Bida, 1952 sold to Norway, renamed Basra. 1,815
Bodnant 1919 ex- War Crane, 1919 purchased from Shipping Controller, renamed Bodnant, 1940 sunk in collision with City of Bedford south of Iceland; no loss of life. 5,342
Boma (1) 1889 1918 torpedoed and sunk off Devon. 2,681
Boma (2) 1919 1940 torpedoed and sunk in Atlantic; loss of 3 lives. 5,408
Bompata 1921 1934 sold to Tower SS Co., renamed Tower Dale. 5,570
Bonny (1) 1869 1890 sold to Caillol et St.Pierre Cie, Marseilles, renamed Jeanne d'Arc. 1,277
Bonny (2) 1891 1915 shelled and sunk by U. Boat off Tuskar Rock. 2,702
Bonny (3) 1918 ex- War Stoat, 1919 purchased from Shipping Controller, renamed Bonny, 1928 wrecked Liberia. 5,173
Bornu 1899 1915 sold to Admiralty became Army Transport Supply ship. 3,238
Boulama 1901 1923 sold. 2,613
Boutry 1919 ex- War Gull, 1919 purchased from Shipping Controller, renamed Boutry, 1934 sold to Greece, renamed Mount Rhodope. 5,128
Burutu (1) 1902 1918 sunk in collision with City of Calcutta off South Wales; loss of 148 lives. 3,863
Burutu (2) 1918 ex- War Swan, 1919 purchased from Shipping Controller, renamed Burutu, 1934 sold to Greece, renamed Dimitrios Inglessis. 5,275
Cabano 1943 ex- Strathcona Park, 1946 purchased from Park SS Co., renamed Cabano, 1960 sold to Hong Kong, renamed Happy Voyager. 7,157
Cabenda   see Oil Rivers.  
Calabar (1) 1864 1873 sold to Thos Royden & Sons (shipbuilders) in part payment for new ship. 1,122
Calabar (2) 1883 1898 wrecked Liberia. 1,756
Calabar (3) 1935 1953 sold to Greece, renamed Semiramis. 1,932
Calabar (4) 1936 ex- Umtali, 1957 purchased from Bullard, King & Co, London, renamed Calabar, 1962 scrapped. 8,305
Calgary 1921 1957 scrapped. 7,206
Calumet 1923 1955 sold to Panama, renamed Pacific Concord. 7,268
Cambray 1944 ex- Bridgeland Park, 1946 purchased from Park SS Co., renamed Cambray, 1960 sold to Panama, renamed Simeto. 7,165
Cameroon 1874 1904 holed and beached at Liberia, total loss. 1,862
Canada Cape 1904 Canada - South Africa service, 1912 sold to H.& C. Grayson, Liverpool. 4,286
Candace 1854 1858 sunk in collision with Dutch barque Yda Elizabeth; loss of 7 lives. 660
Cargill 1943 ex-Wascana Park, 1946 purchased from Park SS Co., renamed Cargill, 1960 sold to Hong Kong, renamed Marine Navigator. 7,152
Cariboo 1924 1928 wrecked South Africa; no loss of life. 7,275
Carway 1967 Baltic service, 1973 sold to Italy, renamed Jolly Verde. 1,597
Chama 1905 1930 sold to Italy, renamed Assunzione. 3,152
Chandler 1944 ex- Crystal Park, 1946 purchased from Park SS Co., renamed Chandler, 1960 sold to Panama, renamed Natale. 7,161
Charity 1853 1854 sold to Canadian S.N. Co., 1856 sold to T. Rigge, Liverpool, 1859 sold to Lineas de Vapores Correos Espanoles Transatlanticos, Cadiz renamed La Cubana, 1865 sold to Robert Sloman, Hamburg, converted to sail and renamed Palmerston, 1894 sold A. Princeti, Genoa renamed Frederico, 1899 scrapped after storm damage. 1,339
Clare 1883 1887 purchased from C. Pollexfen & Co., Liverpool, 1890 sold to Fabre Line, renamed Pictavia (Mediterranean service) 2,034
Clearway 1970 1978 sold to Ireland, renamed Oshea Express. 1,160
Cleopatra 1852 1859 purchased from Rigge, Cropper, Johnstone, Carmichael & Co., Liverpool, 1862 chartered to British Government and wrecked in Sewa River, West Africa. 1,280
Coaling 1906 1911 renamed Ethiope (3), 1915 torpedoed and sunk off Cornwall; no loss of life. 3,794
Coanza 1880 1893 wrecked near Sinou, West Africa. 1,518
Cochrane 1923 1957 scrapped. 7,203
Congo (1) 1869 1881 sold to France renamed Ville de Marseille. 1,283
Congo (2) 1882 1907 sank after collision near Borkum. 1,687
Coomassie 1890 1890 - 1895 transferred to Cie Belge Maritime du Congo, 1896 reverted to ED, 1911 sold to Greece, renamed Assos. 2,625
Corisco 1876 1885 wrecked Liberia. 1,863
Cotterell 1945 ex- Goldstream Park, 1946 purchased from Park SS Co., renamed Cotterell, 1961 sold to Panama. 7,163
Dagomba 1928 1942 torpedoed and sunk in Atlantic; loss of 7 lives. 3,845
Dahomey 1891 1908 grounded on Bahamas, total loss. 2,854
Dakar 1899 ex- Anversville, 1906 transferred from Cie Belge Maritime du Congo, renamed Dakar, 1915 caught fire at Forcados and sold to Shipping Controller. 4,015
Dalla 1961 1980 sold to Greece, renamed Marmarus. 6,564
Darro 1912 West Indies service, (owned by Royal Mail SP Co but managed by Elder Dempster), 1915 transferred to Royal Mail SP Co. 11,484
Daru (1) 1927 1941 bombed and sunk off Longships; no loss of life. 3,839
Daru (2) 1958 1965 transferred to British & Burmese SN Co., renamed Yoma (3), 1966 reverted to Daru, 1979 sold to Liberia, renamed Lone Eagle. 6,340
David Livingstone 1930 1953 scrapped London (Note from Ted Finch: I remember seeing this ship being scrapped!) 4,022
Degama 1899 1914 wrecked at Las Palmas. 3,507
Degema 1959 1979 sold to Honduras, renamed Veejumbo. 5,902
Deido (1) 1928 1958 scrapped. 3,878
Deido (2) 1961 1979 sold to Greece, renamed San Georgio III. 6,109
Delta 1900 1915 scuttled off Forcados, Nigeria. 585
Dixcove (1) 1927 1941 mined and sunk in North Sea; loss of 1 life. 3,790
Dixcove (2) 1959 1979 sold to Gulf Shipping Lines, renamed Gulf Eagle. 5,905
Dodo 1879 Niger Delta service, 1908 stripped and hull scuttled off Forcados. 531
Donga 1960 1981 sold to Greece, renamed Diamant Merchant. 6,565
Drina 1912 (owned by Royal Mail SP Co but managed by Elder Dempster), 1916 transferred to Royal Mail SP Co. 11,483
Dumbaia 1960 1981 sold to Isle of Man. 6,558
Dumurra 1961 1981 sold to Isle of Man, renamed Fumurra. 6,160
Dunkwa (1) 1927 1941 torpedoed and sunk in Atlantic; los of 7 lives. 3,789
Dunkwa (2) 1960 1981 sold to Greece, renamed Clare. 6,109
Earn 1884 1890 purchased from W. Arroll & Co, Glasgow, 1911 sold to Canary Islands. 181
Ebani (1) 1896 1898 sold to Indo-China S.N. Co., London, renamed Loong Sang. 1,738
Ebani (2) 1912 1914-1919 Hospital ship, 1938 sold to Italy, renamed Maristella. 4,862
Ebani (3) 1952 1977 scrapped. 9,396
Eboe (1) 1870 West Africa passenger feeder ship, 1875 sold to Charles Tellier, Rouen, renamed Frigorifique (first refrigerated ship in the world) 653
Eboe (2) 1880 ex- Simoon, 1889 purchased from Bedouin SS Co., Liverpool, renamed Eboe, 1897 sold to Austria, renamed Laura. 2,070
Eboe (3) 1912 1938 sold to Italy, renamed Fortunestella. 4,866
Eboe (4) 1952 1977 sold to Liberia, renamed Giorgios. 9,387
Ediba 1923 1929 renamed Mattawin, 1942 torpedoed and sunk in Atlantic; no loss of life. 6,919
Edward Blyden 1930 1941 torpedoed and sunk off Madeira; no loss of life. 4,022
Egba 1913 1943 acquired by Ministry of War Transport, renamed Empire Severn, 1946 scuttled with cargo of unwanted ammunition. 4,989
Egga 1901 1908 wrecked on Lagos bar. 1,445
Egori (1) 1914 1939 sold to G.E. Marden, renamed Egorlock. 4,995
Egori (2) 1957 1978 sold to Kuwait renamed Azza. 8,586
Egwanga 1902 1927 sold to Sweden, renamed Orion. 2,600
Ekari 1920 1926 transferred to Cie Belge Maritime du Congo, renamed Stanleyville (2), 1932 scrapped. 6,751
Eket 1949 Calabar ferry service, 1972 sold to Government of Nigeria. 394
Eko 1890 ex- Frej, 1899 purchased from Hedman, Wasa, renamed Eko, 1905 sold to Government of Nigeria. 337
Ekuro 1896 West Africa coastal service, 1914 scuttled off Lagos. 485
Elele 1912 1917 torpedoed and sunk in Atlantic; no loss of life. 4,831
Elfreda 1899 1900 transferred to Cie Belge Maritime du Congo, renamed Stanleyville (1), 1902 wrecked Gold Coast. 4,051
Elmina (1) 1873 1878 sold to Cuba renamed Gibara. 1,018
Elmina (2) 1885 1907 scrapped. 1,764
Elmina (3) 1906 ex- Albertville, 1910 transferred from Cie Belge Maritime du Congo, renamed Elmina, 1928 sold to M.Vardy, London, renamed Iphigenia. 4,798
Eloby 1912 1917 torpedoed and sunk near Malta; loss of 57 lives. 4,989
Estrella 1912 1917 requisitioned from Norway by Shipping Controller, ED appointed managers, 1918 mined and sunk off Harwich; loss of 20 lives. 1,740
Ethiope (1) 1854 1867 taken by Randolph, Elder & Co. (shipbuilders) in part payment for new ship, chartered back, 1871 to Wm. Pile, Sunderland renamed Alfredo El Grande. 660
Ethiope (2) 1889 1891 sold to Angier SS Co., London. 2,893
Ethiope (3)   see Coaling.  
Ethiopia (1) 1873 1882 wrecked near Loango. 1,761
Ethiopia (2) 1891 1908 sold as coal lighter. 2,035
Etolia 1887 1894 taken over with City of Liverpool S.N. Co., North Atlantic service, 1906 wrecked Cape Sable, N.S.; no loss of life. 3,207
Europa 1881 1894 taken over with City of Liverpool S.N. Co., 1902 sold to Russia, renamed Welkiji Knjas Alexander Michailowitsch. (believe it or not!) 2,232
Faith 1852 1855 sold to Turkish Government but foundered en route to Constantinople. 894
Falaba (1) 1906 1915 torpedoed and sunk off St Anne's Head; loss of 102 lives. 4,806
Falaba (2) 1962 1978 sold to Honduras, renamed Leonor Maria. 7,704
Fantee (1) 1899 1913 sold to Ellerman Lines, renamed Italian, 1921 transferred to Wilson Line renamed Rollo. 3,649
Fantee (2) 1920 1933 sold to Greece, renamed Akti. 5,663
Fantee (3)   see Penrith Castle.  
Fian 1964 1975 sold to India, renamed Mahapriya. 7,689
Forcados (1) 1874 W. Africa coastal service, 1904 sank in Forcados River. 456
Forcados (2) 1907 1925 scuttled off Lagos. 397
Forcados (3) 1945 ex- Empire Pattern, 1946 purchased from Ministry of War Transport, renamed Forcados, 1962 sold to Greece, renamed Barbalias. 974
Forcados (4) 1963 1975 sold to Cameroons, renamed Cam Ayous. 7,689
Forerunner 1852 1854 wrecked Madeira; loss of 14 lives. 381
Formoso 1876 W. Africa coastal service, 1893 stranded Sierra Leone. 461
Fourah Bay 1961 1978 sold to Bermuda, renamed Magda Josefina. 7,704
Freetown (1)   see Greystoke Castle.  
Freetown (2) 1964 1978 sold to Greece, renamed Panseptos. 7,689
Fuerteventura 1912 Canary Islands inter island service, 1932 sold to Canary Islands. 478
Fulani (1) 1907 1914 wrecked near Freetown. 3,731
Fulani (2)   see Thurland Castle.  
Fulani (3) 1964 1975 sold to Cameroons, renamed Cam Azobe. 7,689
Gaboon (1) 1878 1898 sold to Greece renamed Galaxidon. 1,863
Gaboon (2) 1915 1933 sold to Argentina, renamed Parana. 3,297
Gambia (1) 1855 1859 sold to B.Moss & Co, Liverpool. 517
Gambia (2) 1880 ex- Sheikh, 1889 purchased from Bedouin SS Co., Liverpool, renamed Gambia, 1897 sold to Austria, renamed Emma K. 1,969
Gambia (3) 1898 1899 sold to France, renamed Vega. 2,877
Gambia (4) 1915 1933 sold to Italy, renamed Leopardi. 3,296
Gando 1907 1917 wrecked at Liberia. 3,809
Garth Castle 1880 1901 purchased from Union-Castle Mail SS Co., 1902 sold to Khedivial Mail SS Co., London, renamed Ismailia. 3,704
Gomera-Hierro 1912 Canary Islands inter island service, 1932 sold to Canary Islands. 447
Greystoke Castle 1928 1943 purchased from James Chambers, Liverpool, 1946 renamed Freetown (1), 1958 scrapped. 5,853
Hartley 1903 1910 purchased from Burnett SS Co., Newcastle, 1918 torpedoed and sunk off Middlesborough. 1,150
Haussa 1901 1903 abandoned after striking rock off Liberia. 1,477
Henry Stanley 1929 1942 torpedoed and sunk off Azores; loss of 64 lives. 4,028
Hope 1853 1860 sold to Portuguese African Co., Liverpool. 894
Ibadan (1) 1896 Lagos coastal service, 1901 sold to F.S. Clarke, London. 793
Ibadan (2)   see Bida (2)  
Ibi 1950 creek services, 1960 transferred to West African Transport Co., Lagos. 152
Iddo 1901 W. Africa coastal service, 1923 scuttled off Lagos. 965
Ife 1914 Lagos lagoon service, 1930 scuttled Badagry Creek. 299
Ifon   see M B Ifon.  
Igbo 1950 creek services, 1964 sold to Niger Delta Development Board, renamed Mingi. 152
Ikbal 1894 1917 purchased from Gulf Transport, Liverpool, 1917 torpedoed and sunk in Atlantic. 5,434
Ila 1914 Lagos lagoon service, 1935 scuttled Badagry Creek. 299
Ilaro (1) 1895 1915 mined and beached near Dungeness, total loss. 2,799
Ilaro (2) 1949 creek services, 1962 transferred to West African Transport Co., Lagos. 152
Ilesha 1914 ex- Kingsholm, 1915 purchased from Butler & Co., Bristol, renamed Ilesha, Lagos lagoon service, 1915 wrecked on Welsh coast. 109
Ilorin (1) 1896 Lagos coastal service, 1909 abandoned off Forcados. 946
Ilorin (2)   see Baro (1)  
Ilorin (3) 1920 ex- Smerdis, 1934 purchased from Moss Hutchinson & Co., renamed Ilorin, African coastal service, 1942 torpedoed and sunk off Takoradi; loss of 32 lives. 815
Inde 1924 1959 scrapped. 135
Indore 1898 1918 purchased from Gulf Transport, Liverpool, 1925 scrapped. 7,300
Isla 1885 1890 purchased from W. Arroll & Co., Glasgow, 1911 sold to Canary Islands. 181
Itajahy 1915 1919 to ED as ex-German war reparations, 1921 sold to Houston Line, renamed Hesione. 4,155
Itu 1954 Calabar ferry service, 1967 scrapped. 129
Jamaica 1908 West Indies feeder service, 1912 sold to Royal Mail SP Co. 1,138
Jebba (1) 1896 ex- Albertville (I), 1898 transferred from Cie Belge Maritime du Congo, renamed Jebba, 1907 wrecked on coast of Devon. 3,812
Jebba (2) 1917 ex- War Lion, 1919 purchased from Shipping Controller, renamed Jebba, 1933 sold to Tramp Development Co, London, renamed Thalia. 5,875
Jekri 1917 ex- War Pilot, 1920 purchased from Shipping Controller, renamed Jekri, 1933 sold to Tramp Development Co, London. 5,875
Kabala 1958 1973 sold to Greece, renamed Papamaurice. 5,445
Kadeik 1951 1952 taken over with British & Burmese S.N. Co. fleet, West Africa service, 1966 sold to Liberia, renamed Kyra Katina. 7,489
Kaduna (1) 1910 1923 sold to St. Mary SS Co., Cardiff, renamed Deansway. 4,455
Kaduna (2) 1956 1973 sold to Liberia, renamed Regent Reliance. 5,599
Kaladan 1950 1952 taken over with British & Burmese S.N. Co. fleet, 1963 sold to Panama, renamed Activity. 4,916
Kalewa 1947 1952 taken over with British & Burmese S.N. Co. fleet, Burma service then West Africa, 1963 sold to Panama, renamed Sincerity. 4,876
Kanbe 1948 1952 taken over with British & Burmese S.N. Co. fleet, 1962 sold to Liberia, renamed Loyalty. 4,878
Kandaw 1955 1967 sold to Panama, renamed Honesty. 5,599
Kano 1901 1907 collided with Llandulas and wrecked. 1,452
Karina 1905 1917 torpedoed and sunk off Ireland; loss of 11 lives. 4,222
Katha 1947 1952 taken over with British & Burmese S.N. Co. fleet, West Africa service, 1962 sold to Liberia, renamed Integrity. 4,878
Kentung 1954 1966 sold to Panama, renamed Tenacity. 5,558
Kindat 1950 1952 taken over with British & Burmese S.N. Co. fleet, West Africa service, 1963 sold to Panama, renamed Fidelity. 5,530
Kinsembo 1876 1893 sold to France renamed Maroc. 1,868
Kittiwake 1899 1904 purchased from Manchester & Liverpool Transport Co., Lagos creeks service, 1908 wrecked on Lagos Bar. 241
Knowlton 1922 1946 purchased from Canada SS Lines, Montreal, 1950 scrapped. 2,068
Kohima (1) 1953 1966 sold to Panama, renamed Festivity. 5,397
Kohima (2)   see Prahsu (2)  
Konakry 1908 1916 sold to Admiralty. 4,406
Koyan 1952 1966 sold to Panama, renamed Audacity. 5,537
Kumba 1958 1973 sold to Panama renamed Regent Liberty. 5,439
Kwaibo 1928 Calabar River service, 1941 wrecked. 396
Kwarra (1) 1891 W. Africa coastal feeder ship, 1908 lost off Forcados. 812
Kwarra (2) 1910 1924 sold to St. Mary SS Co., Cardiff, renamed Brookway. 4,441
La Palma 1912 Canary Islands inter island service, 1930 sold to Canary Islands. 871
Lagoon 1895 W. Africa coastal service, 1923 condemned and scuttled off Lagos. 704
Lagos (1) 1866 1872 sold to Atlas SS Co, Liverpool renamed Andes. (1901 to Hamburg America Line) 1,869
Lagos (2) 1883 1902 wrecked at Madeira. 1,731
Lagos (3) 1907 1924 scuttled off Lagos. 392
Laguna 1892 ex- Koningin Wilhelmina, 1897 purchased from Holland, renamed Laguna, 1898 sold to Germany, renamed Erna. 1,620
Lake Champlain 1900 1903 sold to Canadian Pacific. 7,392
Lake Erie 1900 1903 sold to Canadian Pacific. 7,550
Lake Huron 1882 1899 taken over with Beaver Line fleet, 1901 grounded on Anticosti Island, salvaged and scrapped. 4,040
Lake Manitoba 1901 1903 Canada service, 1903 sold to Canadian Pacific. 8,852
Lake Megantic 1884 ex- Arawa, 1899 purchased from Shaw, Savill & Albion Line, renamed Lake Megantic, 1905 renamed Port Henderson, 1912 sold to Italy, renamed Anapo. 5,115
Lake Michigan 1901 1903 Canada service, 1903 sold to Canadian Pacific. 8,200
Lake Ontario 1887 1899 taken over with Beaver Line fleet, 1905 scrapped. 4,289
Lake Simcoe 1884 ex- Ems, 1901 purchased from North German Lloyd, renamed Lake Simcoe, 1905 scrapped. 4,993
Lake Superior 1884 1899 taken over with Beaver Line fleet, 1902 wrecked near Saint John N.B.; no loss of life. 4,562
Landana (1) 1859 ex- Venetian, 1880 purchased from Leyland Line and renamed Landana, 1891 sold to Chile, renamed Tarapaca. 1,569
Landana (2) 1896 1898 sank after collision off Ushant. 2,834
Landana (3) 1904 ex- Leopoldville, 1908 transferred from Cie Maritime Belge du Congo, renamed Landana, 1910 sold to Cia Trasatlantia, Barcelona, renamed Cabo de Eizaguirre. 4,085
Lanzerote 1912 Canary Islands inter island service, 1932 sold to Canary Islands. 475
Leon Y Castillo (1) 1888 1910 wrecked Morocco. 529
Leon Y Castillo (2) 1912 Canary Islands inter island service, 1930 sold to Canary Islands. 871
Liberia 1870 1874 went missing at sea; loss of 48 lives. 1,470
Llandulas 1901 1907 wrecked on Lagos Bar. 847
Loanda (1) 1870 1889 sold to D.MacBrayne & Co., Glasgow. 1,474
Loanda (2) 1891 1908 sunk after collision in English Channel. 2,700
Loango 1883 ex- Knight of St. George, 1890 purchased from Greenshields, Cowie & Co., renamed Loango, Liverpool, 1904 sold to Germany, renamed Neumuhlen. 2,935
Lokoja (1) 1898 1899 sold to France, renamed Vesper. 3,458
Lokoja (2) 1901 1902 wrecked Gold Coast. 2,604
Lokoja (3) 1908 1934 scuttled off Lagos. 981
Lualaba 1878 1895 sold to Spain, renamed Tordera. 1,868
Lusitania 1871 1900 acquired from Orient Line, 1901 wrecked Cape Race on charter to Allan Line; no loss of life. 3,825
Lycia 1887 1894 taken over with City of Liverpool S.N. Co., North Atlantic service, 1904 sold to Germany, renamed Lauschan. 3,282
M B Ifon 1938 1946 renamed Ifon, 1958 disposed of. 155
Macgregor Laird (1) 1862 1871 wrecked Rio Mundi; no loss of life. 969
Macgregor Laird (2) 1930 1953 sold to Anglo-Saxon Petroleum Co, London renamed Shell Quest. 4,015
Madeira 1884 1914 sank west of Ushant. 1,773
Malemba 1880 1897 sold to Brazil, renamed Guarany. 1,521
Mandingo (1) 1866 1872 sold to Atlas SS Co, Liverpool renamed Alps. (1901 to Hamburg America Line) 1,725
Mandingo (2) 1882 1905 sold to Greece, renamed Averof. 1,700
Mandingo (3) 1899 ex- Philippeville, 1906 transferred from Cie Belge Maritime du Congo, renamed Mandingo, 1914 sold to Royal Mail SP Co., renamed Chaudiere. 4,091
Mandingo (4)   see Appam.  
Mano (1) 1948 ex- Sulima (2) 1965 transferred to Guinea Gulf Line renamed Mano, 1967 sold to Greece renamed Anna F. 4,810
Mano (2) 1957 ex- Menelaus, 1972 transferred from Blue Funnel Line and renamed Mano, 1977 renamed Oti (2), 1978 sold to Thenamaris Maritime Inc., renamed Elstar. 8,539
Manxman 1888 1915 purchased from Dominion Line, 1916 sold to R. Lawrence Smith Ltd, Montreal. 4,827
Marino 1895 1898 sold to Union SS Co., renamed Sabine 3,819
Mariposa 1892 ex- Ruthenia, 1892 taken over with City of Liverpool S.N. Co., renamed Mariposa, 1892-3 chartered to Atlantic Transport Line, 1894 chartered to Dominion Line, 1895 sold to Union SS Co. but sank in the St. Lawrence on her delivery voyage. 5,305
Martaban 1949 1952 taken over with British & Burmese S.N. Co. fleet, Burma service, 1963 sold to Taiwan, renamed Hai Ho. 5,740
Mary Kingsley 1930 1954 scrapped. 4,017
Mary Slessor 1930 ? mined and sunk off Ceuta; loss of 32 lives. 4,022
Matadi (1) 1889 1896 exploded after cargo fire at Boma; loss of 45 lives. 2,623
Matadi (2) 1919 ex- War Ravine, 1919 purchased from Shipping Controller, renamed Matadi, 1921 transferred to Cie Belge Maritime du Congo, 1937 sold to Greece, renamed Lyras. 3,097
Mateba 1919 ex- War Crater, 1919 purchased from Shipping Controller, renamed Mateba, 1921 transferred to Cie Belge Maritime du Congo, 1937 sold to France, renamed Maurice Delmas. 2,955
Mayumba (1) 1859 ex- Sicilian, 1880 purchased from Leyland Line and renamed Mayumba, 1882 sold to C. Gilchrist, Liverpool. 1,569
Mayumba (2) 1890 1915 sold to Bidston Shipping Co., Liverpool. 2,516
Melrose 1894 ex- Strathnairn, 1898 purchased from Burrell & Sons, renamed Melrose, 1899 sold to Spain, renamed Ereza. 4,038
Melville 1902 South Africa - Canada - UK service, 1926 sold to Italy, renamed Charitas. 4,391
Memphis 1890 North Atlantic service, 1894-6 chartered to Dominion Line, 1896 wrecked on Irish coast; loss of 9 lives. 3,190
Mendi 1905 1917 sank in collision with Darro off Isle of Wight while trooping; loss of 656 lives. 4,320
Mexico   see Sobraon.  
Milverton 1920 ex- Glentara, 1929 purchased from Glen Line, Canada service, renamed Milverton, 1934 sold to W. Carpenter & Co, Sydney, renamed Salamaua. 6,754
Milwaukee 1897 Atlantic service, 1903 sold to Canadian Pacific. 7,323
Mobile 1892 1892 chartered to Atlantic Transport Line, 1896 sold to ATL. 5,658
Mohawk 1892 1892 chartered to Atlantic Transport Line, 1896 sold to ATL. 5,673
Monarch 1897 Atlantic service, 1927 sold to Italy, renamed Monarca. 7,296
Monmouth (1) 1898 New Orleans service, 1898 sold to Dominion Line, renamed Irishman. 8,001
Monmouth (2) 1896 ex- Fitzpatrick, 1898 purchased from Burrell & Sons, renamed Monmouth, 1899 sold to Bucentaur SS Co, London, renamed Bucrania. 4,071
Monmouth (3) 1900 1903 sold to Canadian Pacific. 4,078
Monrovia (1) 1873 1876 wrecked at Freetown. 1,019
Monrovia (2) 1890 1914 wrecked Loango. 2,402
Montauk 1894 ex- Strathfillan, 1899 purchased from Burrell & Sons, renamed Montauk, 1911 wrecked on Sherbro Reef. 4,038
Montcalm 1897 1898 chartered to Atlantic Transport Line rebuilt to 6981 tons, 1903 sold to Canadian Pacific. 5,478
Montclair 1898 Canada emigrant service, 1901 sold to Spain, renamed Jose Gallart. 3,806
Monteagle 1898 North Atlantic service, 1903 sold to Canadian Pacific. 5,468
Montenegro 1898 North Atlantic service, 1922 sold to Germany. 4,408
Monterey 1898 North Atlantic service, 1903 sold to Canadian Pacific. 5,445
Montezuma (1) 1892 ex- Ionia, 1892 taken over with City of Liverpool S.N. Co., renamed Montezuma, 1892-3 chartered to Atlantic Transport Line, 1898 sold to Union SS Co., renamed Sandusky 5,504
Montezuma (2) 1899 1903 sold to Canadian Pacific. 7,345
Montezuma (3) 1915 1916 sold to the Glen Line, renamed Glenartney. 7,237
Montfort 1899 1903 North Atlantic service, 1903 sold to Canadian Pacific. 5,481
Montpelier 1897 1900 wrecked Cape Ray, Newfoundland 3,483
Montreal 1900 1903 sold to Canadian Pacific. 8,644
Montrose 1897 1903 North Atlantic service, 1903 sold to Canadian Pacific. 5,440
Mount Royal 1898 1903 Atlantic service, 1903 sold to Canadian Pacific. 7,054
Mount Temple 1901 1916 captured and sunk by German surface raider Moewe in Atlantic. 8,790
Muraji 1904 1914 destroyed by fire at sea. 3,238
Nembe (1) 1902 ex- Croxdale, 1905 purchased from G. Elder, Newcastle, renamed Nembe, 1919 destroyed by fire at Lagos. 2,842
Nembe (2) 1937 tug, 1964 scrapped. 71
New Brighton 1919 1933 sold to China, renamed Chin Yuen. 6,538
New Brooklyn 1919 1954 sold to John Latsis, Greece, renamed Marianna. 6,546
New Brunswick 1919 ex- War Liberty, 1919 purchased from Shipping Controller, renamed New Brunswick, 1942 torpedoed and sunk off Rio de Oro; loss of 4 lives. 6,529
New Columbia 1920 ex- War Pageant, 1920 purchased from Shipping Controller, renamed New Columbia, 1943 torpedoed and sunk off Nigeria; no loss of life. 6,529
New Georgia 1919 ex- War Triumph, 1919 purchased from Shipping Controller, renamed New Georgia, 1933 sold to Panama, renamed Penelope. 6,566
New Mexico 1919 1933 sold to Greece, renamed Andreas. 6,566
New Texas 1919 1955 scrapped. 6,568
New Toronto 1919 1942 torpedoed and sunk off West Africa; loss of 4 lives. 6,568
Niagara 1883 1892 taken over with City of Liverpool S.N. Co., 1899 wrecked near Montevideo. 3,033
Niger (1) 1856 1857 ran out of coal, drifted ashore near Tenerife and wrecked. 708
Niger (2) 1883 1903 scrapped. 2,006
Niger (3) 1908 W. Africa coastal service, 1916 wrecked Accra. 980
Nigeria 1901 1917 sold to the Shipping Controller, renamed Polonia. 3,755
Nigretia (1) 1872 1873 went ashore and wrecked near Freetown. 1,810
Nigretia (2) 1888 1900 sold to Samuel Morris & Co. 2,638
Nubia (1) 1879 1899 sold to Mersey SS Co., renamed Morocco. 1,958
Nubia (2) 1944 tug, ex- Tid93, 1950 purchased from MOWT renamed Nubia, 1959 scrapped. 54
Nyanga 1900 1916 sunk be German raider Kaiser Wilhelm Der Grosse off Canary Islands. 3,066
Obuasi (1) 1910 ex- Christopher, 1914 purchased from Booth Line, renamed Obuasi, 1917 sunk with explosives by UBoat west of Fastnet. 4,416
Obuasi (2) 1952 1972 sold to Hong Kong, renamed Amoy. 5,883
Obuasi (3) 1958 ex- Machaon, 1977 transferred from Blue Funnel Line and renamed Obuasi, 1978 sold to Cyprus, renamed Elsea. 8,529
Oil Rivers 1890 1893 renamed Cabenda, 1907 sold to the Shipping Syndicate, London, chartered back, 1912 sold, renamed Elmwood. 2,777
Olenda 1898 1913 sold to Messageries Maritimes, Marseilles, renamed Mossoul. 3,171
Ondo 1956 1961 wrecked near Kiel. 5,425
Onitsha (1) 1910 1932 scrapped. 3,921
Onitsha (2) 1952 1972 sold to Greece, renamed Amvourgon. 5,802
Onitsha (3) 1957 ex- Menestheus, 1977 transferred from Blue Funnel Line and renamed Onitsha, 1978 sold to Cyprus, renamed Elisland. 8,510
Opobo (1) 1877 1882 Niger Delta service, 1882 lost at Bonny. 186
Opobo (2) 1884 1890 grounded on Ivory Coast, total loss. 2,078
Opobo (3) 1960 ex- Rhexenor, 1977 transferred from Blue Funnel Line and renamed Opobo, 1978 sold to Greece, renamed Elfortune. 8,531
Oron (1) 1898 1914 captured by Germany at Hamburg, 1918 returned to ED, sold to Spain, renamed Paz de Epalza. 3,170
Oron (2) 1938 1974 sold to Government of Nigeria. 277
Oshogbo 1906 1928 wrecked near Lagos. 949
Oti (1) 1956 1972 sold to Cyprus, renamed Mimi Methanitis. 5,485
Oti (2)   see Mano (2) 8,539
Owerri (1) 1955 1972 sold to Maldives, renamed Maldive Courage. 5,798
Owerri (2) 1958 ex- Memnon, 1977 transferred from Blue Funnel Line and renamed Owerri, 1978 sold to Greece, renamed Europe. 8,504
Oxford 1923 1946 purchased from Canada SS Lines, Montreal, 1950 scuttled off Lagos. 1,893
Palma 1907 1930 sold to Greece, renamed Fonaris. 2,981
Palmas 1888 1903 went missing in North Atlantic; loss of 42 lives. 2,428
Parkmore 1890 1897 purchased from Johnston Line, 1898 sold to Manchester Liners, renamed Manchester Trader. 3,318
Patani (1) 1905 1930 sold to Italy, renamed Capo Faro. 3,465
Patani (2) 1954 1972 sold to Hong Kong, renamed Patwari. 6,183
Pegu 1961 1980 sold to Isle of Man, renamed Regu. 5,764
Penrith Castle 1929 1943 purchased from James Chambers, Liverpool, 1946 renamed Fantee (3), 1949 wrecked in fog on Scilly Islands; no loss of life. 6369
Perang 1954 1972 sold to Greece, renamed Agnic. 6,177
Perez Galdos 1857 1894 purchased from A. Masias, Las Palmas, 1906 scrapped. 329
Plassey 1890 1890 chartered to Brocklebank Line, 1892 chartered to Dominion Line, renamed Memnon, 1893 chartered to Atlantic Transport Line, 1917 torpedoed and sunk in English Channel; loss of 6 lives. 3,196
Port Antonio 1901 West Indies service, 1911 sold to Turkish Government, renamed Rechid Pacha. 4,458
Port Henderson   see Lake Megantic.  
Port Kingston 1904 West Indies service, 1911 sold to Union SS Co of New Zealand, renamed Tahiti. 7,585
Port Maria 1901 West Indies service, 1910 sold to Cie de Nav.Mixte, Marseilles, renamed Mustapha. 2,910
Port Morant 1900 West Indies service, 1909 sold to Argentina, renamed Sarmiento. 2,831
Port Royal 1901 West Indies service, 1911 sold to Turkish Government, renamed Midhat Pacha. 4,455
Porto Nova 1903 W. Africa coastal services, 1921 scuttled off Lagos. 603
Prah (1) 1899 1924 sold to Greece, renamed Talanton. 2,520
Prah (2) 1944 ex- Avisbay, 1950 purchased from Aviation & Shipping Co., London, renamed Prah, 1959 sold to Yugoslavia, renamed Naprijed. 7,339
Prahsu (1) 1907 1931 scrapped. 3,756
Prahsu (2) 1959 1964 transferred to British & Burmese SN Co., renamed Kalaw, 1966 reverted to EDL renamed Kohima (2), 1973 scrapped. 5,445
Prome 1937 1952 taken over with British & Burmese S.N.Co. fleet, Burma service, 1962 scrapped. 7,043
Puffin 1899 1904 purchased from W.B. MacIver & Co., Liverpool, 1911 hulked at Lagos. 241
Queensmore 1889 1896 purchased from Johnston Line, Canada service, 1898 sold to Manchester Liners, renamed Manchester Enterprise. 3,878
Ramos 1878 1885 wrecked at Lagos. 233
Retriever 1854 1867 taken by Randolph, Elder & Co. (shipbuilders) in part payment for new ship. 328
Rio Formoso 1870 Niger Delta service, 1875 sold to Wm. Buchanan, Glasgow. 163
Roda 1908 1919 to ED as ex-German war reparations, 1919 sold to Ellerman Line, renamed City of Valencia. 7,329
Roquelle (1) 1869 1882 sold to P.M.Tintore y Cia, Barcelona, renamed Tintore. 1,216
Roquelle (2) 1884 1908 scrapped. 2,078
Roquelle (3) 1918 1927 sold to Watts, Watts & Co., renamed Datchet. 4,364
Salaga (1) 1907 1930 scrapped. 3,811
Salaga (2) 1947 1965 transferred to Guinea Gulf Line, renamed Mamfe, 1968 sold to Singapore, renamed Lucky Trader. 4,810
Salween 1938 1952 taken over with British & Burmese S.N.Co. fleet, Burma service, 1962 scrapped. 7,063
Sangara (1) 1900 1914 captured by Germany at Hamburg, 1919 sold to Norway. 2,497
Sangara (2) 1939 1960 scrapped. 5,545
Sansu (1) 1901 1908 wrecked Liberia. 2,495
Sansu (2) 1939 1961 scrapped. 5,446
Sapele (1) 1904 1917 torpedoed and sunk off Ireland; loss of 3 lives. 3,152
Sapele (2)   see Abonema.  
Sapele (3) 1945 ex- Empire Pa Vilion, 1946 purchased from Ministry of War Transport, renamed Sapele, 1962 sold to Pakistan, renamed Mahia. 974
Sapele (4) 1979 1987 sold to France, renamed Antilles. 9,145
Seaforth 1939 1941 torpedoed and sunk off Scotland; loss of 59 lives. 5,459
Seagull 1901 1905 purchased from Manchester & Liverpool Transport Co., 1914 renamed Yelwa, 1919 sold to Fernandez, Gijon, renamed Gaviota. 241
Sekondi (1) 1896 ex- Leopoldville, 1901 transferred from Cie Belge Maritime du Congo, renamed Sekondi, 1910 sold to Bombay & Persia SN Co., renamed Khosrou. 3,760
Sekondi (2) 1947 1965 transferred to Guinea Gulf Line, renamed Mampong, 1968 sold to Panama, renamed Java Sea. 4,811
Sekondi (3) 1979 1985 chartered to Nigeria renamed Bello Folawiyo (2), 1985 reverted to Elder Dempster and Sekondi, 1986 sold to Omega Shipping Co renamed Deo Juvante. 5,677
Senegal 1872 1887 wrecked Spanish Guinea. 1,793
Sherbro (1) 1882 1909 scrapped. 1,650
Sherbro (2) 1947 1965 transferred to Guinea Gulf Line, renamed Matru, 1967 sold to Cyprus, renamed Agia Eftichia. 4,811
Sherbro (3) 1974 1984 sold to Liberia, renamed Sherry. 9,239
Shonga (1) 1909 1928 grounded Amsterdam, total loss. 3,044
Shonga (2) 1947 1965 transferred to Guinea Gulf Line, renamed Malam, 1968 sold to Singapore, renamed Kota Maju. 4,810
Shonga (3) 1973 1984 sold to Liberia, renamed Aroma. 9,239
Sierra Leone 1907 1910 wrecked Ghana. 3,730
Sir George 1909 1911 purchased from Royal Niger Co., 1935 scuttled off Lagos. 1,254
Skyway 1968 ex- Mandeville, 1970 purchased from Norway and renamed Skyway, 1973 sold to Cyprus, renamed Seaspeed Trailer. 1,279
Sobo (1) 1899 1915 sold to Admiralty became depot ship. 3,652
Sobo (2) 1936 1963 scrapped. 5,353
Sobraon 1889 1890-91 chartered to Brocklebank Line, 1893 renamed Mexico, chartered to Atlantic Transport Line, 1895 wrecked Belle Isle. 3,185
Sokoto (1) 1899 1915 sold to Admiralty became repair ship. 3,170
Sokoto (2)   see Ancobra.  
Sokoto (3) 1979 1983 chartered to Nigeria renamed Bello Folawiyo (1), 1984 reverted to Elder Dempster and Sokoto, 1986 sold to Venezuela renamed General Udaneta. 5,560
Soudan (1) 1870 1875 wrecked Madeira; loss of 46 lives. 1,603
Soudan (2) 1889 1891 sank after striking rock off Ivory Coast; no loss of life. 2,625
Sparrow 1892 1894 purchased from General Steam Nav. Co., London, 1894 wrecked Lagos. 395
Speedway 1968 ex- Sealord Challenger, 1969 purchased from Sealord Shipping Co, Great Yarmouth and renamed Speedway, 1973 sold to Cyprus, renamed Seaspeed Ferry. 1,204
Sulima (1)   see Bassam.  
Sulima (2) 1948 1965 transferred to Guinea Gulf Line, renamed Mano, 1967 sold to Greece, renamed Anna F. 4,810
Sunjarv 1958 ex- Gjendefjell, 1964 purchased from Norway and renamed Sunjarv, 1970 sold to Bermuda. 10,179
Swedru (1) 1937 1941 bombed and sunk off Ireland; loss of 24 lives. 5,353
Swedru (2) 1948 1965 transferred to Guinea Gulf Line, renamed Maradi, 1967 sold to Greece, renamed Kabalaris. 4,809
Tamele (1) 1910 1917 torpedoed and sunk off Ireland; loss of 1 life. 3,924
Tamele (2) 1944 1967 sold to Singapore, renamed Golden City. 7,172
Tarkwa 1944 1967 sold to Singapore, renamed Golden Lion. 7,416
Tarquah 1902 1917 torpedoed and sunk off Bull Rock; no loss of life. 3,859
Teneriffe 1885 1919 taken over by the Shipping Controller, 1920 sold to Spain, renamed Zugatzarte. 1,800
Teutonia 1881 1889 purchased from MacBeth & Grey, Newcastle, 1890 sold to T.R. Willing, Liverpool. 2,376
Thurland Castle 1929 1943 purchased from James Chambers, Liverpool, 1946 renamed Fulani (2), 1958 scrapped. 6372
Uromi 1909 1922 transferred to Cie Belge Maritime du Congo, renamed Kinshasa, 1925 returned to ED, renamed Uromi, 1936 scuttled off Lagos. 962
Viera Y Clavijo 1888 1911 sold to Greece, renamed Niki. 511
Viera Y Clavijo 1912 1930 Canary Islands inter island service, 1930 sold to Canary Islands. 862
Volta (1) 1870 1892 scrapped. 1,477
Volta (2) 1891 1908 sold to Ellerman Lines, renamed Venetian. 2,700
Warri (1) 1901 1927 sold to Greece, renamed Rita. 2,493
Warri (2) 1945 ex- Empire Pampas, 1946 purchased from Ministry of War Transport, renamed Warri, 1956 wrecked off Lagos. 974
Wassau 1880 ex- Trojan, 1900 purchased from Union SS Co., renamed Wassau, 1902 sold to France, renamed Islam. 3,652
Whydah (1) 1874 1894 stranded on Lagos Bar and hulked at Opobo. 418
Whydah (2) 1884 ex- Johann, 1899 purchased from Witt & Busch, Hamburg, renamed Whydah, 1902 sold to Norway, renamed Argo. 1,318
William Wilberforce 1930 1943 torpedoed and sunk off Madeira; loss of 3 lives. 4,013
Winneba (1) 1909 1913 wrecked on Ivory Coast. 3,040
Winneba (2) 1938 ex- Umgeni, 1957 purchased from Bullard, King & Co., London, renamed Winneba, 1963 scrapped. 8,355
Winnebah 1881 1899 sold to W. Stott & Co., Liverpool, renamed Moonlight. 1,389
Yelwa   see Seagull.  
Yola 1898 1917 disappeared at sea between New York - London; loss of 33 lives. 3,504
Yoma 1948 1952 taken over with British & Burmese S.N.Co. fleet, Burma service, 1964 sold to Taiwan, renamed Hai Ping. 5,909
Yoruba (1) 1871 1873 wrecked Las Palmas. 1,705
Yoruba (2) 1880 ex- Sirocco, 1889 purchased from Bedouin SS Co., Liverpool, renamed Yoruba, 1897 sold to Austria, renamed Irene. 2,069
Yoruba (3) 1895 ex- Straits of Sunda, 1897 purchased from McLean & Co, Glasgow, renamed Yoruba. . . . 2,991
Zaria 1904 1928 sold to Norway and scrapped. 3,243
Zini 1943 ex- Samos, 1947 purchased from Ministry of War Transport, renamed Zini, 1959 sold to Liberia renamed, San Salvador. 7,256
Zungeru (1) 1904 1906 transferred to Cie Maritime Belge du Congo, renamed Bruxellesville, 1909 reverted to ED, renamed Zungeru, 1910 sold to Cia Trasatlantica, Barcelona, renamed Legazpi. 4,075
Zungeru (2) 1943 ex- Samota, 1947 purchased from Ministry of War Transport, renamed Zungeru, 1958 sold to Liberia, renamed Poros. 7,237
Zungon 1943 ex- Samyale, 1947 purchased from Ministry of War Transport, renamed Zungon, 1958 sold to Liberia, renamed Aegina. 7,267
VESSELS MANAGED IN WWI
Gold Coast 1901 ex- Hans Woerman, Woerman Line, 1915 managed by ED after capture renamed Gold Coast, 1917 torpedoed and sunk off Minehead. 4,255
Hunsdon 1911 ex- Arnfried, Hamburg Bremer Africa Line, 1915 managed by ED after capture renamed Hunsdon, 1918 torpedoed and sunk off Ireland. 2,899
Huntscape 1911 ex- Pindos, German Levant Line, 1914 captured, 1916 management transferred from Bank Line to ED, renamed Huntscape, 1917 management transferred to W. Robertson & Co., Glasgow. 2,933
Lucia 1907 ex- Spreewald, Hamburg America Line, 1915 managed by ED after capture renamed Lucia, 1916 became submarine depot ship HMS Lucia. 3,899
Polladern 1911 ex- Emir, German East Africa Line, 1916 managed by ED after capture, renamed Polladern, 1917 management transferred to J. Herron & Co, Liverpool. 5,932
VESSELS MANAGED IN WWII
Empire Ability 1931 ex- Uhenfels, Hansa Line, 1940 managed by ED after capture renamed Empire Ability, 1941 torpedoed and sunk off Canary Islands. 7,603
Empire Liddell 1919 1943 managed by ED for MOWT, 1947 sold to South Africa, renamed Hoeveld. 1,425
Empire Mayland 1945 1948 managed by ED for MOWT, 1948 sold to China, renamed Hong Soon. 394
Empire Ruby 1941 1946 managed for MOWT, 1946 sold to Athel Line, renamed Athelruby. 667
Empire Wrestler 1943 1946 managed by ED for MOWT, 1947 sold to Anglo-American Oil Co., London, renamed Esso Tioga. 797
Lafonia 1911 1942 managed by ED for MOWT, 1943 sunk in collision. 1,872
Likomba 1939 1942 captured from Germany managed by ED, 1947 renamed Malakal, 1948 sold to Liberia. 199
Macon 1919 ex- Point Ancha, Panama vessel, 1941 requisitioned after breakdown at Liverpool, managed by ED renamed Macon, 1941 torpedoed and sunk in Atlantic. 5,141
Point Pleasant Park 1943 1943 managed by ED for MOWT, 1945 torpedoed and sunk in Atlantic. 7,136
Stanley Park 1943 1946 managed by ED for Park SS Co., Montreal, 1948 owned by Acadia Overseas Freighters, Halifax, renamed Haligonian Duchess. 7,145
Tombouctou 1919 1940 seized from Vichy France, managed by ED, 1943 management transferred. 5,179

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