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Nelson Line

Formed 1880 for the meat trade from Argentina to UK. Commenced passenger service in 1910 between London - Vigo - Las Palmas - Rio de Janeiro - Montevideo - Buenos Aires. 1913 came under control of Royal Mail Steam Packet Co. 1932 Royal Mail Group collapsed, Royal Mail Lines Ltd founded and Nelson Line merged into the new company and disappeared as a separate company.

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:

  • 1880-1932 Liverpool - Rio de Janeiro - Buenos Aires.
  • 1910-1932 London - Boulogne - Corunna - Vigo - Rio de Janeiro - Montevideo - Buenos Aires (Passenger service)

Funnel:
Red with White, black, white bands below black top

Fleet:

Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Highland Brae 1910 1915 captured and scuttled by German raider KRONPRINS WILHELM in Atlantic. 7,365
Highland Brigade (1) 1901 1918 torpedoed and sunk off St. Catherine's Point. 5,662
Highland Brigade (2) 1928 1932 transferred to Royal Mail Lines. 14,131
Highland Chief 1890 1912 sold to Jebsen & Co, Hamburg renamed Alexander. 2,648
Highland Chieftain 1928 1932 transferred to Royal Mail Lines. 14,131
Highland Corrie (1) 1890 ex-Tekoa, 1902 purchased from New Zealand Shipping Co renamed Highland Corrie, 1909 scrapped.
4,050
Highland Corrie (2) 1910 1917 torpedoed and sunk in English Channel; loss of 5 lives. 7,344
Highland Enterprise 1903 1930 sold to Kaye, Son & Co, London renamed Northland. 5,155
Highland Fling 1890 ex-Duke of Portland, 1905 purchased from Westray & Co, London, renamed Highland Fling, 1907 wrecked near The Lizard, Cornwall. 3,822
Highland Ghillie 1890 ex-Otarama, 1902 purchased from New Zealand Shipping Co renamed Highland Ghillie, 1912 sold to Jebsen & Co., Hamburg renamed Constantin. 3,935
Highland Glen (1) 1891 1909 scrapped 2,974
Highland Glen (2) 1910 1929 sold to Jamaica Banana Producers SS Co., renamed Jamaica Producer. 7,343
Highland Harris 1904 1918 torpedoed and sunk off Ireland; loss of 24 lives. 6,023
Highland Heather 1904 1927 laid up, 1930 scrapped 6,027
Highland Hope (1) 1903 1914 captured and sunk by German raider KARLSRUHE in South Atlantic. 5,150
Highland Hope (2) 1929 1930 wrecked on Portuguese coast; loss of 1 life. 14,129
Highland Laddie (1) 1905 1907 sold to Adelaide SS Co, Adelaide renamed Lammeroo. 3,750
Highland Laddie (2) 1910 1929 sold to Jamaica Banana Producers SS Co, renamed Jamaica Settler. 7,117
Highland Laird 1899 1928 sold to Job Bros, St John's NF renamed Blue Peter. 4,117
Highland Lassie 1891 1904 disappeared at sea on voyage Swansea to River Plate. 2,488
Highland Loch 1911 1929 sold to Jamaica Producers SS Co., renamed Jamaica Planter. 7,493
Highland Mary 1891 1911 sold to Blue Star Line renamed Brodland. 2,989
Highland Monarch 1928 1932 transferred to Royal Mail Lines. 14,139
Highland Patriot 1932 1932 transferred to Royal Mail Lines . (Built to replace Highland Hope) 14,157
Highland Piper 1911 1929 sold to Jamaica Producers SS Co., renamed Jamaica Merchant. 7,490
Highland Pride 1910 1929 wrecked off Vigo; no loss of life. 7,469
Highland Princess 1929 1932 transferred to Royal Mail Lines. 14,128
Highland Rover 1910 1932 scrapped. 7,244
Highland Scot (1)   see Spindrift  
Highland Scot (2) 1910 1918 wrecked on Maricas Island, Brazil. 7,343
Highland Star 1903 ex-Star of Ireland, 1916 purchased from J. P. Corry renamed Highland Star, 1927 laid up, 1930 scrapped. 7,485
Highland Warrior (1) 1911 1915 wrecked on Spanish coast; no loss of life. 7,485
Highland Warrior (2) 1920 1932 taken over by Royal Mail Line renamed Nagoya. 8,442
Highland Watch 1904 1927 laid up, 1930 scrapped. 6,022
Meissonier 1915 1929 purchased from Lamport & Holt Line, 1932 taken over by Royal Mail Line renamed Nasina. 7,206
Moliere 1915 1929 purchased from Lamport & Holt Line, 1932 taken over by Royal Mail Line renamed Nela. 7,206
Murillo 1915 1929 purchased from Lamport & Holt Line, 1932 taken over by Royal Mail Line renamed Nalon. 7,206
Spindrift 1888 1889 purchased from G. C. Gilchrist & Co., 1890 renamed Highland Scot (1), 1909 scrapped. 3,060
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