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The Fleets

Ellermans comprised a group of several companies and each will be treated as a seperate entity.
Transfers between various companies within the group have been ignored.
Ellerman & Papayanni | Westcott & Laurence | Montgomerie & Workman | City Line | Hall Line | Ellerman & Bucknall | Miscellaneous

American & Indian Line / Ellerman & Bucknall Steamship Company

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.

Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
City of Baroda 1918 1943 torpedoed and sunk by U-Boat off Luderitz Bay. 7,129
City of Benares 1901 1933 scrapped. 6,984
City of Cairo 1914 1942 torpedoed and sunk by U-Boat in South Atlantic; loss of 104 lives. 7,882
City of Calcutta 1903 1935 scrapped. 7,679
City of Harvard 1907 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. 7,071
City of Hongkong 1923 1951 sold to Grimaldi Line, Italy, renamed Centauro. 9,678
City of Karachi 1905 1934 scrapped. 5,573
City of Lahore 1911 1933 scrapped. 6,948
City of Lucknow 1908 ex- Heluan (Kosmos Line), 1919 war reparations, renamed City of Lucknow, 1923 sold to Hamburg America Line, renamed Heluan. 7,428
City of Marseilles 1912 1947 scrapped. 8,267
City of Poona 1912 1934 scrapped. 7,485
City of Sparta 1896 1931 scrapped. 5,415
City of Valencia 1908 ex- Roda (Kosmos Line), 1919 war reparations, renamed City of Valencia, 1934 scrapped. 7,329
City of Venice 1924 1943 torpedoed and sunk by U-Boat near Algiers. 8,308
City of York 1903 1936 renamed City for voyage to Japanese shipbreakers. 7,844
Trafford Hall 1905 1934 scrapped. 5,321

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