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Atlantic Fruit Company / (Di Giorgio)

Formed in 1905 by Joseph Di Giorgio and in 1906 United Fruit Co. purchased a half share in the company, but was later forced to sell it under current anti-trust laws. In 1923 Di Giorgio entered into partnership with the Vaccaro Bros (Standard Fruit Co.) and formed the Mexican American Fruit & Steamship Co. In 1927 the company name was changed to American Fruit & SS Co. and in 1932 Di Giorgio sold out to Standard Fruit Co.

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: US East Coast and Gulf ports to Caribbean and Central America - passenger and cargo service.

Abbreviations:
AFC
Atlantic Fruit Co.
 
UFC
United Fruit Co.
 
SFC
Standard Fruit Co.
 
USSB
United States Shipping Board.
  ASM Algemeene Stoomvaart Maatschappij

Fleet:
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Amelia 1906 UK owned but chartered to AFC, 1916 transferred to Canada registry, ran for Great Lakes Transp. Co., 1919 sold to AFC, 1929 renamed Yumuri, 1930 sold to Standard Fruit Co. 1,271
Annetta 1906 UK owned but chartered to AFC, 1916 transferred to Canada registry, ran for Great Lakes Transp. Co., 1919 sold to AFC, 1930 sold to Newbolt Co, NY. 1,271
Callabasas 1918 1920 purchased from US Shipping Board, 1929 sold to Hammond Lumber Co. 2,740
Cananova 1920 1930 chartered to Standard Fruit Co, then transferred. 1,925
Cayo Mambi 1920 1930 chartered to Standard Fruit Co, then transferred. 1,886
Glendola 1919 1920 purchased from US Shipping Board, 1929 sold to Norway renamed Sveigen. 2,740
Glendoyle 1919 1920 purchased from US Shipping Board, 1929 sold to Hammond Lumber Co. renamed Eureka. 2,740
Glyndon 1919 1920 purchased from US Shipping Board, 1924 sank in storm off Cape Hatteras, NC. 2,722
Lake Como 1918 Owned by US Shipping Board, chartered to AFC, 1923 returned to USSB. 2,013
Lake Fernwood 1918 Owned by US Shipping Board, chartered to AFC, 1923 returned to USSB. 2,018
Miraflores 1921 1932 sold to Standard Fruit Co. 2,158
Norma 1918 requisitioned by USSB, sold to AFC, 1932 Sold to Sword SS Co., renamed Northern Sword. 2,493
Oradell 1924 Canadian flag, 1933 to Standard Fruit Co. 1,645
Oriskany 1924 Canadian flag, 1933 to Standard Fruit Co. 1,645
Oritani 1920 1925 purchased from Donald SS Co., UK, 1930 transferred to Dawnic SS Co., 1939 sold to Alaska Transp.Co renamed Tybee. 1,362
Ormes 1920 1925 purchased from Donald SS Co., UK, 1930 transferred to Dawnic SS Co., 1939 sold to Alaska Transp.Co renamed Taku. 1,362
Princess May 1888 1919 purchased from Canadian Pacific RR Co, Canadian flag, 1932 sold to Princess May SS Co., 1935 to Standard Fruit Co. 1,717
Sagua 1914 ex- Van der Duyn, 1917 purchased from ASM, Rotterdam, renamed Sagua, 1918 US Navy, 1919 returned to AFC, 1923 sold to Cuyamel Fruit Co renamed Cuyamapa. 3,298
Sarnia 1893 1915 purchased from Hamburg America Line, 1917 sold to Bay SS Co., London renamed Baysarnia. 3,402
Sibiria 1894 1915 purchased from Hamburg America Line, 1916 wrecked on Goodwin Sands, Kent. 3,347
St. Mary 1921 1932 sold to Standard Fruit Co. 2,141
Tanamo 1914 ex- Van Hogendorp, 1917 purchased from ASM, Rotterdam, renamed Tanamo, 1918 US Navy, 1920 returned to AFC, 1923 to Cuyamel Fruit Co renamed Lempira. In 1929 transferred to UFC, 1934 renamed Tanamo, 1946 sold to Maritime Transport & Trading Co., Panama renamed Samaria. 3,298
Yuma 1900 ex- Tsin Tau, North German Lloyd, 1917 seized by US renamed Yuma, 1920 purchased by AFC, 1924 wrecked in Mississippi delta. 1,766
Norwegian owned chartered ships:-
Concettina di Giorgio 1911 1916 sold, renamed Sama, chartered to UFC. 1,608
Jolanda di Giorgio 1908 chartered to UFC, 1915 renamed Vestnorge, out of fruit trade. Later sold to Japan renamed Takaoka Maru 1.291
Joseph di Giorgio 1903 1915 renamed Frontera chartered to UFC. 1,274
Marie di Giorgio 1911 1916 renamed Runa chartered to UFC. 1,611
Marietta di Giorgio 1907 1915 out of fruit trade. 988
Rosario di Giorgio 1907 chartered to UFC, 1911 lost. 1,037
Salvatore di Giorgio 1903 chartered to UFC, 1913 sold, renamed Kingston. 1,266
Vincenzo di Giorgio 1907 chartered to UFC, 1916 renamed Eidsiva, 1917 sunk. 1,053

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