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Asiatic Steam Navigation Company

This company was formed in 1878 the Liverpool Merchants, Turner & Co. and their Calcutta associates, Turner, Morrison & Co. to operate cargo and passenger services in the Bay of Bengal. Although owned and registered in the U.K, the company's ships were based in Calcutta and rarely returned to Britain.
Trade was initially coastal between Calcutta, Ceylon, Bombay and numerous smaller ports, but this was soon extended to Chittagong, Rangoon and Moulmein. Further expansion took place in 1892 when a route between Calcutta and Java via Malayan ports was opened. The Indian Government mail contract to the Andaman Islands was won which also entailed the transportation of convicts to the penal settlement at Port Blair.
Five ships were lost during the Great War and eight during World War II. In 1935 a controlling interest in A.S.N.Co. was acquired by British India S.N. Co. After the independence of India, the Java - India sugar and Burma - India rice trades were lost and in 1961 the remaining shares in the company were bought by the P & O group and the company was later fully absorbed into P & O.

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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Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Bahadur (1) 1907 1928 sold to Kassos S.N.Co., Syria renamed Ioannis E. Yannaghas. 4,646
Bahadur (2) 1929 7th Apr.1942 torpedoed, shelled and sunk by submarine 170 miles NW from Bombay. 5,424
Bahadur (3) 1948 1970 sold to Alvin Maritime S.A, Panama renamed Alvin. 5,497
Begum (1) 1907 29th May 1918 torpedoed and sunk 270 miles SW from Bishop Rock. 4,646
Begum (2) 1922 1953 scrapped Blyth. 5,843
Dogra 1914 1935 scrapped Japan. 5,138
Havildar (1) 1911 1936 scrapped Japan. 4,911
Havildar (2) 1940 1960 sold to China Pacific Nav. Co., Hong Kong renamed Amoy. 5,407
Kohinur (1) 1884 1904 sold to T. Yamagata, Kobe renamed Kohina Maru. 2,967
Kohinur (2) 1905 25th May 1917 torpedoed and sunk 150 miles North from Alexandria. 2,265
Kohinur (3) 1922 15th Nov.1940 torpedoed and sunk 250 miles South from Freetown. 5,168
Mahadevi 1943 1962 sold to Shipping Corp. of India, Bombay renamed Nalanda. 5,459
Maharaja (1) 1879 1904 sold to Un Lai Chen, Hong Kong, wrecked same year. 1,666
Maharaja (2) 1904 1926 renamed Maharani, 1927 sold to Machida Shokai KK, Kobe renamed Zuisho Maru. 2,264
Maharaja (3) 1927 1956 sold to Ebony SS Co. (Wheelock Marden & Co.), Hong Kong renamed Jennifer. 2,895
Maharani (1) 1879 1908 scrapped Bombay. 1,667
Maharani (2)   see Maharaja (2)  
Malika 1943 1962 sold to Shipping Corp. of India, Bombay renamed Ajanta. 5,469
Nadir (1) 1889 1912 sold to T. Uda, Hamadera renamed Temmei Maru. 3,142
Nadir (2) 1944 1961 sold to China Pacific Nav. Co., Hong Kong renamed Kulangsu. 5,497
Nairung (1) 1892 1914 sold to Bombay & Persia S.N. Co., Bombay. 4,425
Nairung (2) 1942 18th Aug.1944 torpedoed and sunk by U.862 off Madagascar. 5,414
Nawab (1) 1889 1912 sold to A. M. Jeevanjee & Co., Bombay renamed Taiyabi. 3,142
Nawab (2) 1915 1949 scrapped India. 5,430
Nizam (1) 1890 1911 sold to Y. Hachiuma, Nishinomiya renamed Tamon Maru No.12. 3,142
Nizam (2) 1914 1949 scrapped India. 5,322
Nurani (1) 1892 1914 sold to Bombay & Persia S.N. Co., Bombay. 4,432
Nurani (2) 1941 1960 sold to Hai An Shipping Co., Hong Kong renamed Hui An. 5,414
Nurjahan (1) 1884 21st Nov.1890 wrecked near Cape Comorin on voyage Bombay - Calcutta. 2,967
Nurjahan (2) 1923 1953 scrapped Bo'ness. 5,424
Nurmahal (1) 1923 11th Nov.1942 torpedoed and sunk 200 miles NE from Barbados on voyage Table Bay - New York. 5,419
Nurmahal (2) 1959 1965 transferred to British India S.N.Co., 1972 owned by P & O Lines, 1975 renamed Strathnewton, 1977 scrapped. 8,628
Pasha (1) 1902 15th Jun.1917 torpedoed and sunk in Straits of Messina. 5,930
Pasha (2) 1919 laid down as War Chamois but completed as Pasha, 1950 scrapped Bombay. 5,307
Peshwa 1880 24th Jun.1890 wrecked on Pilot's Ridge on voyage Calcutta - Rangoon. 2,159
Pundit (1) 1902 9th Jun.1918 torpedoed and sunk 85 miles NW from Alexandria. 5,917
Pundit (2) 1919 laid down as War Moose but completed as Pundit, 1949 scrapped Bombay. 5,305
Rajah (1) 1899 1923 sold to Katsura Kisen KK, Dairen renamed Katsura Maru. 5,622
Rajah (2) 1949 1971 sold to Pac-Trade Navigation Co., Panama renamed Amanda. 5,791
Rajput (1) 1900 1923 sold to Nakamurs Kisen Goshi Kaisha, Dairen renamed Unkai Maru No.12. 5,628
Rajput (2) 1925 1952 sold to Hokkaido Gyogyo Kosha KK, Hakodaye renamed Terutama Maru. 5,521
Ranee (1) 1899 1924 sold to A. Th. Callinicos, Ithaca renamed Theodorus. 5,660
Ranee (2) 1928 5th Feb.1941 mined and sunk in Suez Canal. 5,060
Ranee (3) 1950 1971 sold to Madrigal Shipping Co., Manila renamed Santa Susana. 5,791
Risaldar (1) 1912 1937 scrapped Rosyth. 4,919
Risaldar (2) 1940 1958 sold to Muhammadi SS Co., Karachi renamed Al Ahmadi. 5,407
Shahjehan (1) 1878 1905 sold to Lik Shek Pang, Calcutta, 1906 renamed Pheumpenh. 1,650
Shahjehan (2) 1905 1934 scrapped Calcutta. 2,261
Shahjehan (3) 1942 6th Jul.1943 torpedoed and sunk 150 miles NE from Benghazi. 5,454
Shahjehan (4) 1946 1962 sold to Hai An Shipping Co., Hong Kong renamed Nan An. 5,460
Shahzada (1) 1879 1904 sold to Un Lai Chen, Hong Kong. 1,666
Shahzada (2) 1904 14th Jul.1927 sank 40 miles off Sandheads on voyage Calcutta - Akyab. 2,246
Shahzada (3) 1942 9th Jul.1944 torpedoed and sunk 500 miles West from Goa. 5,454
Shahzada (4) 1946 1962 sold to Shipping Corp. of India, Bombay renamed Sanchi. 5,460
Sikh 1914 1934 scrapped Japan. 5,150
Subadar (1) 1912 27th Jul.1918 torpedoed and sunk 112 miles NW Cabo Roca. 4,911
Subadar (2) 1929 13th Feb.1942 bombed and sunk by Japanese in Banka Strait. 5,424
Subadar (3) 1949 1964 sold to Bacong Shipping Co., Panama renamed Southern Express. 5,497

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