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The Fleets

Empreza Nacional de Navegação / Companhia Nacional de Navegação

Founded 1881 in Lisbon by Bensaude & Cia, Lima, Mayer & Cia and Ernst George to operate services to Africa. Between 1951 and 1972 voyages to Portuguese Asia were also made. In 1918 the company was reconstituted as Companhia Nacional de Navegação. In 1972 Sociedade Geral de Comercio amalgamated with the company. The company went into liquidation in 1985 and the remaining fleet was sold.

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.

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Fleet:

Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Acoranio 1880 ex- Benalla , 1885 purchased renamed Acoranio, in service until 1897. 1,229
Africa 1905 1918 to Cia. Nacional, 1932 scrapped. 5,515
Alcobaca 1948 1972 taken over with Soc. Geral de Comercio, 1980 scrapped. 5,289
Alcoutim (1) 1943 1972 taken over with Soc. Geral de Comercio, 1972 scrapped. 7,141
Alcoutim (2) 1968 1986 sold to Portline, Lisbon renamed Rui de Pina. 8,999
Alenquer 1949 1972 taken over with Soc. Geral de Comercio, 1978 sold to Panama renamed Isperos IV. 5,289
Alexandre Silva 1943 1972 taken over with Soc. Geral de Comercio, 1972 scrapped. 1,699
Alfredo da Silva 1950 1972 taken over with Soc. Geral de Comercio, 1973 scrapped. 3,374
Almeirim 1948 1972 taken over with Soc. Geral de Comercio, 1980 scrapped 5,289
Amarante 1969 1986 sold to Liberia renamed Spyvag II. 8,999
Ambaca 1889 Lisbon to Portuguese Africa service. 23rd Dec.1917 torpedoed and sunk by unknown submarine while 3 miles North from Cabo Torinana in position 43.02N 09.22W on voyage Lisbon to Bordeaux. 2,868
Ambriz 1907 1918 to Cia. Nacional, 1925 out of service. 858
Ambrizete 1949 1972 taken over with Soc. Geral de Comercio, 1973 scrapped. 5,471
Amelia de Mello 1956 1972 taken over with Soc. Geral de Comercio, 1972 sold to Greece renamed Ithaca. 9,855
Ana Mafalda 1951 1972 taken over with Soc. Geral de Comercio, no later info. 3,318
Angoche (1) 1944 in service until 1953. 1,256
Angoche (2) 1958 1972 sold to Cia. Mocambicana. 1,689
Angola (1) 1881 in service until 1909. 1,966
Angola (2) 1906 ex- Drumcairne, 1910 purchased from Chadwick & Son, Liverpool renamed Angola, 1917 torpedoed and sunk by U-Boat off Bishops Rock. 4,297
Angola (3) 1912 ex- Albertville, 1930 purchased from Cie. Maritime Belge renamed Angola, 1946 renamed Nova Lisboa. 1950 sold to British Iron & Steel Corporation and towed to Blyth where she was scrapped. 8,305
Angola (4) 1948 1947 scrapped. 13,016
Antonio Carlos 1947 1972 taken over with Soc. Geral de Comercio, 1981 scrapped 1,736
Arraiolos 1948 1972 taken over with Soc. Geral de Comercio, 1976 sold to Greece renamed Fos I. 5,289
Beira (1) 1896 ex- Herzog , 1911 purchased from German East Africa Line renamed Beira, 1918 to Cia. Nacional, 1925 scrapped. 4,977
Beira (2) 1965 1983 scrapped. 8,666
Belas 1949 1972 taken over with Soc. Geral de Comercio, 1978 sold to Panama renamed Isperos V. 4,448
Benguella 1879 ex- Vega , 1899 purchased from Empreza Insulana renamed Benguella, 1907 wrecked near Mocamedes. 2,893
Bissau 1882 ex- Lottie Kershaw , 1883 purchased renamed Bissau, in service until 1907. 458
Bolama (1) 1883 in service until 1894. 589
Bolama (2) 1899 1930 burned out at Lourenco Marques and scrapped. 985
Borba 1948 1872 taken over with Soc. Geral de Comercio, 1973 scrapped. 4,457
Bovuma 1946 1973 scrapped. 5,500
Braga 1948 1972 taken over with Soc. Geral de Comercio, 1977 total loss after explosion and fire at sea. 4,455
Braganca 1948 1972 taken over with Soc. Geral de Comercio, 1975 scrapped. 4,455
Cabinda 1959 1972 taken over with Soc. Geral de Comercio, no later info. 4,902
Cabo Bojador 1962 ex- Haukefjell, 1971 purchased from Norway renamed Cabo Bojador, 1986 scrapped 4,156
Cabo Verde (1) 1883 war loss WWI. 2,220
Cabo Verde (2) 1908 ex- Santa Barbara (Hamburg South America Line), 1916 seized by Portuguese Gov't renamed Sao Thiago, 1924 purchased from Gov't renamed Cabo Verde, 1950 scrapped. 3,780
Cabo Verde (3) 1961 ex- Sirefjell , 1971 purchased from Norway renamed Cabo Verde, 1987 sold to Portuguese Navy. 4,108
Cartaxo 1948 1972 taken over with Soc. Geral de Comercio, 1972 sold to Cia Mocambicana. 1,157
Cassinga 1971 1986 sold to Portline Transportes Maritimos, Portugal renamed Joao de Barros. 19,681
Cazengo 1889 war loss WWI. 3,009
Chinde (1) 1911 1918 to Cia. Nacional, 1952 scrapped. 1,382
Chinde (2) 1958 1971 sold to Cia. Mocambicana. 1,676
Cidade da Praia 1883 1885 purchased from Empreza Nacional de Nav. a Vap.a Guine, in service until 1891. 645
Congo 1905 ex- Ingraban (Hamburg Bremer Afika Line), 1916 seized by Portuguese Gov't renamed Congo, 1925 purchased from Gov't, 1950 scrapped. 3,110
Cubango 1903 ex- Lichtenfels (Hansa Line), 1916 seized by Portuguese Gov't renamed Goa, 1924 purchased from Gov't renamed Cubango, 1950 scrapped. 5,605
Cunene 1969 1972 taken over with Soc. Geral de Comercio, 1986 sold to Cyprus renamed Spyvag I. 10,552
Dondo 1908 1918 to Cia. Nacional, 1926 out of service. 3,978
Frigomar 1966 ex- Oyonnax, 1971 purchased renamed Frigomar, 1975 sold to Singapore renamed Harvest Gold. 4,555
Guine 1877 ex- Acor , 1906 purchased from Empreza Nacional renamed Guine, no later info. 1,211
Ibo 1907 1918 to Cia. Nacional, 1940 out of service. 835
Incomati 1912 ex- Leutnant, 1930 purchased from German East Africa Line renamed Incomati, 1936 rebuilt as barge. 340
India 1951 1973 sold to Singapore renamed Kim Hogh. 7,631
Inharrime 1939 1949 wrecked off Inharrime. 1,645
Leixoes 1963 ex- Eastern Ume, 1969 purchased from Hong Kong renamed Leixoes, 1983 scrapped. 9,785
Lisboa 1910 1911 wrecked off Cape of Good Hope. 7,700
Loanda 1889 1898 purchased from Mala Real Porugueza, 1918 to Cia. Nacional, 1923 scrapped. 3,199
Lobito 1876 ex- Gomes VI , 1905 purchased renamed Lobito, 1907 scrapped. 575
Lourenco Marques 1905 ex- Admiral (German East Africa Line), 1916 seized by Portuguese Gov't renamed Lourenco Marques, 1925 purchased from Gov't, 1950 scrapped. (picture) 6,298
Luabo 1909 1918 to Cia. Nacional, 1956 wrecked off Mozambique. 1,385
Lurio 1950 1968 sold to Empreza Insulana renamed Faial. 2,639
Lusitania 1906 1911 wrecked near Cape of Good Hope. 5,557
Malange 1890 1903 purchased from Mala Real Portugueza, 1916 to Portuguese Navy renamed Pedro Nunes. 3,574
Manica (1) 1907 1918 to Cia. Nacional, 1926 out of service. 1,081
Manica (2) 1961 ex- Kulmerland, 1971 purchased from HAPAG renamed Manica, 1984 laid up, 1987 scrapped. 9,248
Manuel Alfredo 1954 1972 taken over with Soc. Geral de Comercio, 1973 scrapped. 3,468
Mindello 1903 1929 sold to Maritime Department of Angola. 316
Moçambique (1) 1908 ex- Bruxellesville, 1912 purchased from Cie. Belge Maritime renamed Moçambique, 1918 to Cia. Nacional, 1939 scrapped. 5,771
Moçambique (2) 1949 1972 scrapped. 12,976
Mocamedes 1947 1973 scrapped. 5,508
Mossamedes 1895 ex- Sumatra , 1916 purchased from P & O Line renamed Mossamedes, 1918 to Cia. Nacional, 1923 wrecked off Cape Frio. 4,615
Nacala (1) 1886 (sailing ship until 1944), 1944 purchased and engined, in service until 1966. 2,390
Nacala (2) 1966 ex- Hunan, 1968 purchased renamed Nacala, 1985 scrapped. 9,059
Niassa 1955 1979 scrapped. 10,742
Nova Lisboa   see Angola (3)  
Novo Redondo 1963 ex- Ferncape, 1970 purchased from Norway renamed Novo Redondo, 1983 sold to Greece renamed Eleni. 11,131
Nyassa 1906 ex- Bulow (North German Lloyd), 1916 seized by Portuguese Gov't renamed Tras Os Montes, 1925 purchased from Gov't renamed Nyassa, 1951 scrapped. 8,980
Pedro Gomes 1899 ex- Sindoro, 1925 purchased from Rotterdam Lloyd renamed Pedro Gomes, 1932 scrapped. 5,798
Peninsular 1887 1910 purchased from Empreza Nacional, 1923 scrapped. 2,744
Porto Amelia 1961 ex- Tenos, 1970 purchased from Sweden renamed Porto Amelia, 1972 sold to Cia. Mocambicana. 5,090
Portugal (1) 1881 in service until 1896. 5th Feb.1897 wrecked on Sal Island on voyage Bolama to Lisbon. 1,966
Portugal (2) 1899 1925 scrapped. 3,998
Portugal (3) 1929 1929 renamed Quanza, 1968 scrapped. 6,636
Principe 1899 no later info. 214
Principe Perfeito 1961 1976 sold to Saudia Arabia as accommodation ship in Persian Gulf, renamed Al Hasa. 19,393
Quanza   see Portugal (3)  
Quelimane 1963 ex- Evina, 1968 purchased renamed Quelimane, 1985 sold to Lusonautis Cia de Navegaceo, Lisbon renamed Luso Ana. 8,719
Rita Maria 1953 1972 taken over with Soc. Geral de Comercio, 1981 sold to Areias do Tejo, Lisbon. 3,749
S. Thome 1905 ex- Heimburg (Hansa Line), 1916 seized by Portuguese Gov't renamed Santo Antao, 1924 purchased from Gov't renamed S. Thome, 1932 scrapped. 4,196
Sao Macario 1944 1972 taken over with Soc. Geral de Comercio, 1974 sold to Componave, Lisbon renamed Silmar. 1,039
Sao Thome (1) 1883 1904 lost in Red Sea. 2,255
Sao Thome (2) 1938 1971 scrapped. 5,213
Sao Thome (3) 1972 1982 sold to Israel renamed Hadar. 10,067
Save (1) 1912 ex- Granja, 1945 purchased renamed Save, in service until 1951. 782
Save (2) 1951 1961 caught fire and destroyed when cargo exploded near Quelimane; loss of 259 lives. 2,037
Sofala (1) 1927 ex- Aller, 1943 purchased from North German Lloyd renamed Sofala, 1968 scrapped. 7,821
Sofala (2) 1973 1982 sold to Israel renamed Tapuz. 11,669
Tagus 1938 ex- Thixendale , 1939 purchased renamed Tagus, 1963 sank off Mozambique. 1,107
Tejo 1901 1918 to Cia. Nacional, 1936 scrapped. 161
Timor 1951 1973 sold to Singapore renamed Kim Ann. 7,656
Zaire (1) 1893 1918 to Cia Nacional, 1922 scrapped. 3,156
Zaire (2) 1904 ex- Infante de Sagres , 1927 purchased from Cia.do Assucar de Angola, Lisbon renamed Zaire, 1929 wrecked on Sao Thome Island. 5,235
Zambezia (1) 1903 1917 burnt out at Lourenco Marques, salved and 1920 sold to Thesen & Co., Cape Town. 1,174
Zambezia (2) 1949 sold 1970 sold to Leeves Nav.S.A, Panama renamed LEEWAY ; 1974 Seven Seas Trading Co., Panama renamed AWURA AMA, 1977 renamed CAPE COAST. 1979 Capsized and sank off Lome. 2,625

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