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The Fleets

Empreza Insulana de Navegacao / Insular Line

Empreza Insulana de Navegacao was formed 1871 by Bensaude & Cia, Sao Miguel, Azores to provide a regular service from Portugal to the Azores after withdrawal of Empreza Luzitana (Bailey & Leetham). Services started to Madeira in 1878 and between Lisbon - Azores - USA from 1885 to 1910. Some voyages to Cape Verde and West Africa after 1971. In Dec.1972 Empreza Insulana took over Cia de Nav. Carregadores Acorianos and their fleet and in 1974 both companies amalgamated with Cia. Colonial to form Companhia Portuguesa de Transportes Maritimos (CPTM)

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.

Funnel:
        a) Black, red top.
later b) Buff, black top.

Fleet:

   
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Acor 1877 1906 sold to Empreza Nacional renamed Guine. 1,211
Acores 1958 1972 transferred from Cia de Nav. Carregadores Acoreanos, 1974 to CPTM, 1986 sold to Portline, Lisbon renamed Pedro Reinel. 2,963
Angra do Heroismo 1955 ex- Israel , 1966 purchased from Zim Lines renamed Angra do Heroismo, 1974 scrapped. 10,187
Arnel 1955 1958 wrecked on Santa Maria Island, Azores; loss of 27 lives. 1,050
Atlantico 1866 1872 purchased from Empreza Luzitana, 1877 lost. 1,032
Benguella 1863 1883 purchased from Empreza Luzitana, 1890 abandoned and sank in mid-Atlantic. 1,308
Carvalho Araujo (1) 1930 1973 scrapped. 4,560
Carvalho Araujo (2) 1972 1974 to CPTM. 11,327
Cedros (1) 1955 1973 renamed Marso, 1974 to CPTM. 1,028
Cedros (2) 1966 ex- Ibiza , 1972 purchased from DFDS, Copenhagen renamed Cedros, 1974 to CPTM. 590
Congo 1961 ex- Nurnberg , 1971 purchased from HAPAG renamed Congo, 1974 to CPTM. 9,464
Corvo (1) 1919 ex- Martha , 1930 purchased from Norway renamed Corvo, 1953 sold to Mutualista Acoreana, Lisbon. 773
Corvo (2) 1954 ex- Merignac , 1958 purchased from Worms et Cie, renamed Corvo, 1960 sold to Mutualista Acoreana, Lisbon. 1,014
Faial 1950 ex- Lurio , 1968 purchased from Cia Nacional renamed Faial, 1973 scrapped. 2,639
Funchal (1) 1884 1927 scrapped. 1,743
Funchal (2) 1961 1974 to CPTM. 9,624
Girao 1931 ex- Gorgulho , 1948 purchased renamed Girao, 1974 to CPTM. 425
Gorgulho (1) 1949 1971 renamed Lurio, 1974 to CPTM. 1,156
Gorgulho (2) 1966 ex- Mallorca , 1972 purchased from DFDS, Copenhagen renamed Gorgulho, 1974 to CPTM. 591
Hermenegildo Capelo 1965 ex- Moerdyk , 1973 purchased from Holland America Line renamed Hermenegildo Capelo, 1974 to CPTM. 10,946
Horta 1949 1972 transferred from Cia de Nav. Carregadores Acoreanos, 1974 to CPTM, 1981 scrapped. 2,647
Ilha do Porto Santo 1953 1973 purchased, 1974 to CPTM. 657
Insulano 1868 1872 purchased from Empreza Luzitana, 1875 lost. 877
Joao da Nova 1973 1974 to CPTM. 1,868
Knight of St. John 1884 1890 purchased, no further info. 275
Lagoa 1950 1972 transferred from Cia de Nav. Carregadores Acoreanos, 1972 renamed Somar, 1973 scrapped. 2,415
Lagoa 1962 ex- Bure , 1972 purchased from Fred Olsen Line renamed Lagoa, 1974 transferred to CPTM. 521
Lima (1) 1907 ex- Westerwald (HAPAG), 1916 seized by Portugal renamed Lima, 1922 purchased by Empreza Insulana, 1952 scrapped. 3,865
Lima (2) 1966 ex- Korsika , 1972 purchased from DFDS, Copenhagen renamed Lima, 1974 to CPTM. 590
Lurio   see Gorgulho.  
Luso 1875 no further info.
999
Madalena 1950 1974 to CPTM. 1,199
Marso   see Cedros (1)  
Mauricio de Oliveira 1970 ex- Contrans , 1972 purchased renamed Mauricio de Oliveira, 1974 to CPTM. 2,848
Monte Brasil 1948 1972 transferred from Cia de Nav. Carregadores Acoreanos, 1974 to CPTM, 1982 scrapped. 2,394
Muxima 1962 ex- Wolfsburg , 1971 purchased from HAPAG renamed Muxima, 1974 to CPTM. 9,462
Neptuno 18?? recorded as 1875-1877 chartered from Bailey & Leetham but does not appear in their fleet list under that name. 766
Peninsular 1887 ex- Murrumbidgee , 1893 purchased from Lund's Blue Anchor Line renamed Peninsular , 1910 sold to Empreza Nacional. 2,744
Pereira d'Eca 1972 1974 to CPTM. 11,230
Ponta Delgada 1961 1974 to CPTM. 1,054
Ponta Garca 1960 1972 transferred from Cia de Nav. Carregadores Acoreanos, 1974 to CPTM, 1986 sold. 1,810
Ponta se Sao Lourenco 1965 1974 purchased, 1974 to CPTM. 1,161
Ribeira Grande 1948 1972 transferred from Cia de Nav. Carregadores Acoreanos, 1974 to CPTM, 1986 scrapped. 2,376
Rocadas 1971 1974 to CPTM. 12,112
Rodrigues Cabrilho 1969 ex- Eagle , 1972 purchased, 1974 to CPTM. 2,847
San Miguel 1905 1931 sold to Cia. Colonial renamed Guine. 2,557
Serpa Pinto 1970 ex- Tropicalia , 1971 purchased renamed Serpa Pinto, 1974 to CPTM. 12,112
Sete Cidades 1961 1972 transferred from Cia de Nav. Carregadores Acoreanos, 1974 to CPTM, 1986 sold to Vianalis, Lisbon. 1,086
Terceirense 1949 1969 grounded and sank off Carapacho. 1,295
Vega 1879 1890 purchased from Star Nav. Co, 1899 sold to Empreza Nacional renamed Benguella. 2,893

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