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Aberdeen Steam Navigation Co.

Aberdeen Steam Navigation Co. operated passenger and cargo services between Aberdeen and London from 1821. The company originally operated sailing ships under the name of Aberdeen & London New Shipping Co., but the word New was dropped after a few years. In 1827 the first steamship was introduced and traded under the name Aberdeen & London S.N. Co. In 1835 the Aberdeen and London S.N. Co. combined with the Aberdeen & London Shipping Co. to form the Aberdeen S.N. Co.
In 1837 a service to Sunderland was introduced and in 1838 the Aberdeen & Hull Shipping Co. was taken over. By 1854 the service to Hull had been discontinued.
Sailings continued until 1945 except for wartime disruptions, but in 1945 the company was taken over by the Tyne-Tees Steam Shipping Co., Newcastle, part of the Coast Lines group. Passenger services were resumed after the end of World War II but only lasted until 1948 when they finally ceased. Competition from road and rail traffic spelled the end of the cargo trade between Aberdeen and London which finished in 1962 and the company ceased to exist.

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:
1827 - 1946 Yellow.
1946 - 1962 Yellow with broad green band.

Fleet:

Funnel Funnel
  1827-1946 1946-1962
Hermaphrodite rig see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hermaphrodite_brig    
    Sailing Ships  
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Aberdonian (1) 1840 wooden schooner, 1844 purchased from Nicol & Munro, Aberdeen, 1853 sold to G. & J. Leslie, Aberdeen, 1871 sold to D. Mearns, Aberdeen, 1883 sold J. Archibald, Aberdeen, 1888 scrapped. 149
Betsy 1826 wooden hermaphrodite, 1833 sold to Swainston & Cram, Liverpool, 1836 sold to Lamb & Green, Youghal, 1839 sold to Williams, Kings Lynn, 1840 sold to W. Shipp, Kings Lynn, 1842 wrecked. 123
Bon Accord 1824 wooden brigantine, 1840 sold to J. Shrimps, Dundee, 1842 sank off Dutch coast. 155
Duke of Gordon 1827 wooden smack, 1837 sold to G. Leslie, Aberdeen re-rigged as brigantine, 1842 sold toW. Waddell, Glasgow, 1852 scrapped. 150
Florence 1831 wooden smack, 1839 purchased from Aberdeen & Hull Shipping Co., 1849 sold to Stewart & Russell, Aberdeen, 1851 sold to A. Crane, Aberdeen re-rigged as schooner, 1866 sold to F. D. Lambert, London, 1876 sold Holland. 128
Gazelle 1846 wooden schooner, 1853 sold to M. McKenzie, Melbourne, 1856 registered Auckland, 1860 lost in China Sea. 175
London 1840 wooden schooner, 1844 purchased from Nicol & Munro, Aberdeen, 1850 lost at sea. 143
Mansfield 1802 wooden smack, 1821 purchased, 1837 sold to Gordon, Banff, later wrecked. 146
Nimrod 1817 wooden smack, 1821 purchased from Thompson, Lumsden & Catto, Aberdeen, 1836 sold to A & W. Phillips, Aberdeen, 1844 sold to Webster & Eddie, Aberdeen, 1844 wrecked Aberdeen. 141
Paragon 1842 wooden schooner, 1853 sold to W. Lawson, London, 1862 destroyed by fire off Plymouth. 153
Superior 1814 wooden smack, 1837 re-rigged as brigantine, 1839 purchased from A. Hall & Co., Aberdeen, 1852 sold to A. Anderson, Aberdeen re-rigged as brig, 1855 sold to Aberdeen Whale Fishing Co., 1859 sold to G. McTaggart, Arbroath, 1870 sold T. Darling, Aberdeen, 1872 sold to G. Campbell, Aberdeen, many other owners until 1885 when hulked. 144
Thetis 1826 wooden smack, 1839 purchased from Aberdeen & Hull Shipping Co., 1840 sold to T. Ostrich, Hull re-rigged as schooner, 1844 sank off S. Wales coast. 94
True Blue 1827 wooden hermaphrodite, 1836 sold to N. Smith & Co., Aberdeen, 1837 sold to J. Ogilvy, Aberdeen,1840 sold to R. Spring, Aberdeen, 1843 sold to W. Leask, Aberdeen, 1844 sold to J. Ballintine, Lyme Regis, 1848 scrapped. 105
William Hogarth 1841 wooden schooner, 1844 purchased from Nicol & Munro, Aberdeen, 1846 sold to Aberdeen, Leith & Clyde Shipping Co., 1852 went missing on voyage Aberdeen - Lerwick. 140
    Steamships  
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Aberdonian (2) 1909 1915-1919 served as hospital ship, 1940 hired by Admiralty as depot ship, 1945 returned to owners, 1946 sold to Peak Shipping Co., Hong Kong renamed Taishan Peak, 1948 sold Panama renamed Parviz, 1950 scrapped after typhoon damage. 1,648
Aberdonian Coast 1947 1948 transferred to Coast Lines Ltd, Liverpool, 1948 renamed Hibernian Coast, 1968 sold Kuwait renamed Port Said Coast, 1974 scrapped. 1,258
Ban-Righ 1870 1901 sold to Colombian Government, 1902 renamed Libertador, 1902 renamed Bolivar, 1904 renamed Marroquin, 1927 deleted from registers. 958
Caledonian Coast 1947 1948 transferred to Coast Lines Ltd, Liverpool, 1967 chartered to T & J. Brocklebank, Liverpool renamed Makalla, 1968 sold Kuwait renamed Ahmadi Coast, 1974 scrapped. 1,265
City of Aberdeen (1) 1835 wooden paddleship, 1855 requisitioned as Crimea War transport, 1858 sold to J & P. Denny (shipbuilders), Dumbarton as part payment for Duke of Rothesy, 1859 sold to N. S. Begbie, London, 1860 sold to Sicilian Government as naval transport, renamed Rosalino Pilo. 877
City of Aberdeen (2) 1865 20th Jan. 1871 stranded near Aberdeen. 682
City of Aberdeen (3) 1873 1906 sold to Greece renamed Salamis, 1917 torpedoed and sunk by UC.17 in Bay of Biscay. 972
City of London (1) 1844 paddleship, 1869 converted to screw propulsion, 1854-55 requisitioned for Crimean War service, 1871 sold to George Russell, London, 1887 scrapped. 1,067
City of London (2) 1871 1931 sold to David MacBrayne Ltd, Glasgow renamed Lochbroom, 1937 scrapped. 977
Commodore 1838 wooden paddleship, 1855 purchased from Peter Denny, Dumbarton, 16th Sep. 1859 wrecked at Fife Ness, Fife. 760
Duchess of Sutherland 1836 wooden paddleship, 1838 purchased from Moray Firth & London S.P. Co., Inverness, 1847 sold to Robert Napier (shipbuilder), Glasgow as part payment for Duke of Sutherland and Earl of Aberdeen, 1851 scrapped. 575
Duke of Rothesay 1857 1859 sold to Spanish Government, no further info. 578
Duke of Sutherland 1847 paddleship, 1st Apr. 1853 wrecked Aberdeen ; loss of 16 lives. 803
Duke of Wellington 1829 wooden paddleship, 1850 scrapped. 335
Earl of Aberdeen 1847 paddleship, 1855-56 requisitioned for Crimean War service, 1863 sold to General Steam Nav. Co., London, 1880 scrapped. 907
Gambia 1855 1861 purchased from J. Stewart, Aberdeen, 7th Jan. 1870 sank off Dudgeon lightvessel. 517
Hadrian Coast 1941 ex- Empire Atoll, 1946 purchased from MOWT by Tyne Tees Shipping Co renamed Hadrian Coast, 1948 transferred to Aberdeen S.N. Co, 1964 transferred to Coast Lines Ltd, Liverpool, 1967 sold Greece renamed Elda, 1970 wrecked Morocco. 692
Harlaw (1) 1881 1888 sold to Halifax & Newfoundland SS Co., Windsor, N.S, 1911 lost in ice in seal hunt. 450
Harlaw (2) 1888 ex- Gotha, 1899 purchased from Goole Steam Shipping Co., Goole renamed Harlaw, 1910 sold to Patriotic SS Co., London, 1912 sold to J. Constant, London, 1915 seixed by Italian authorities, 1918 shelled and sunk by UB.48 off Corsica. 821
Harlaw (3) 1911 ex- Swift, 1929 purchased from General Steam Nav. Co., London renamed Harlaw, 1946 sold China renamed Min Chih, 1947 renamed Hai Yang, 1949 sold Panama renamed Chepo, 1950 renamed Hollina, 1954 renamed El Brenon, 1959 renamed Triumph, 1963 scrapped. 1,141
Hebridean Coast   see Valerian Coast.  
Hogarth (1) 1876 1878 sold to London & South Western Railway Co., Southampton renamed Caledonia, 1881 wrecked Jersey. 567
Hogarth (2) 1893 7th Jun. 1916 torpedoed and sunk by UB.107 off Farne Islands ; loss of 26 lives. 1,226
Ich Dien 1877 tug, used as River Thames passenger tender, 1942 sold to R. G. Odell, London, 1953 scrapped. 87
Kangaroo 1853 built for Waterford SS Co., Waterford, 1858 sold to A & D. Dunn, London, 1859 sold to Northern S.N. Co., Aberdeen, 23rd Jan. 1862 sank in storm off Anglesey ; loss of 13 lives. 458
Koolga 1910 1918 purchased from Thomas Cowan, Leith, 1946 sold China renamed Min Yung, 1947 sold Panama renamed Beatriz, 1947 sold Switzerland renamed Gallus, 1953 scrapped. 1,110
Lochnagar 1906 ex- Lairdswood, 1930 purchased from Burns & Laird, Glasgow renamed Lochnagar, 1946 sold Panama renamed Rena, 1951 renamed Bluestar, 1952 scrapped. 1,619
North Star 1837 wooden paddleship, 1845 purchased from North of Scotland S.N.Co., 1853 sold to Borrie & Boyd, Dundee, 1856 sold to Dixon & Lawrence, Melbourne, 1871 deleted from registers. 453
Oithona 1887 1891 sold to Russian Navy, 1892 renamed Yacout, 1923 sold to Malta renamed G. M. La Vallette, 1926 sold Tunisia, 1934 sold Greece renamed Ionian, 1937 sold Italy and believed scrapped. 701
Queen of Scotland 1827 wooden paddle ship, 1843 sold to J. Gee & Co., Hull, 1860 sold to T. Hodson, Manchester, 1863 sold to Lofthouse & Glover, Hull, 1869 scrapped. 430
Royal Victoria 1835 wooden paddleship, 1855 purchased from London, Leith, Edinburgh & Glasgow Shipping Co., Leith, 1857 scrapped. 756
Stanley 1859 1861 purchased from J. Stewart, Aberdeen, 24th Nov.1864 wrecked in storm at entrance to Tyne ; loss of 26 lives. 553
Valerian Coast 1938 ex- Sandhill, 1946 transferred from Tyne Tees Shipping Co. renamed Valerian Coast, 1948 renamed Hebridean Coast, 1953 transferred to Belfast SS Co. renamed Ulster Chieftain, 1956 transferred to Tyne Tees Shipping Co. renamed Durham Coast, 1960 transferred to British & Irish S.P. Co., Dublin renamed Wicklow, 1970 sold Cyprus renamed Sinergasia, 1973 renamed Sonia, 1974 sold Greece renamed Margarita P, 1976 sold Panama, 1980 scrapped. 586

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