Ellermans comprised a group of several
companies and each will be treated as a seperate entity.
Transfers between various companies within the group have
Ellerman & Papayanni | Westcott & Laurence | Montgomerie & Workman | City
Line | Hall Line | Ellerman & Bucknall | Miscellaneous
American & Indian Line / Ellerman & Bucknall
The American & Indian Line was formed in 1894 by Bucknall Bros, London, and started a service
between New York and Calcutta via the Cape of Good Hope. In 1908 the company was taken
over by Sir John Ellerman and in 1914 became known as Ellerman & Bucknall Steamship
Company, Limited. Passenger sailings started in 1919 between New York, Cape Town, Durban,
Bombay, Madras, Rangoon and Calcutta and lasted until 1920. Subsequent sailings to India were
routed via the Suez Canal with calls at Mediterranean ports. In 1927 the route was extended to
Colombo, Singapore, Manila, Hong Kong and Shanghai. Passenger sailings continued until 1930
when the world wide slump caused the service to be discontinued and Ellerman & Bucknall Line
concentrated on cargo sailings after this date.
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.
||Years in Service
|City of Baroda
||1943 torpedoed and sunk by U-Boat off Luderitz Bay.
|City of Benares
|City of Cairo
||1942 torpedoed and sunk by U-Boat in South Atlantic; loss
|City of Calcutta
|City of Harvard
||ex- Giessen (North
German Lloyd), 1919 ceded to the Shipping Controller and managed
by Lamport & Holt. 1921 renamed City of Harvard,
for Montgomerie & Workman (part of Ellerman & Papayanni Line).
1923 transferred to Ellerman & Bucknall, 1934 scrapped.
|City of Hongkong
||1951 sold to Grimaldi Line, Italy, renamed Centauro.
|City of Karachi
|City of Lahore
|City of Lucknow
||ex- Heluan (Kosmos Line),
1919 war reparations, renamed City of Lucknow, 1923 sold to Hamburg
America Line, renamed Heluan.
|City of Marseilles
|City of Poona
|City of Sparta
|City of Valencia
|| ex- Roda (Kosmos Line), 1919 war
reparations, renamed City of Valencia, 1934 scrapped.
|City of Venice
||1943 torpedoed and sunk by U-Boat near Algiers.
|City of York
||1936 renamed City for voyage to Japanese
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