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Quebec SS Co. / Bermuda & West Indies S.S. Co. / Trinidad Shipping & Trading Co.

In 1867 the Quebec & Gulf Ports S.S. Co was formed with Canadian Government backing and in 1874 cargo services between Canada and Bermuda commenced. The company was renamed Quebec SS Co in 1880 . Canada Steamship Lines took over the Quebec SS Co in 1913 which continued operation as Quebec Steamship Division, Canada Steamship Lines. In 1919 Quebec SS Co was acquired from Canada SS Lines by Furness, Withy & Co and operated as Furness-Bermuda Line. The Trinidad Shipping & Trading Co was taken over in 1920, and in 1921 the two companies amalgamated to form the Bermuda & West Indies SS Co. In 1929 the Red Cross Line (C. T. Bowring & Co) was purchased. The Bermuda & West Indies SS Co ceased operation in 1959 but the passenger service to Bermuda continued under the management of Furness Withy until 1966.

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:

  • New York - Bermuda / Canada / West Indies.

Funnel:
Red with black top until 1921
Black with one narrow and one broad red band.

Fleet:

Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Alhambra 1865 ex- Ada Wilson , 1877 purchased renamed Alhambra, 1889 scrapped. 1,063
Bahama 1862 ex- General Meade , 1869 purchased renamed Bahama, 1882 sank 550 miles from New York. 1,238
Bermuda (1) 1874 1899 owned by R. S. Gamble. 1,160
Bermuda (2) 1927 1931 burnt out at Belfast while being repaired from previous fire. 19,086
Bermudian (1) 1904 1920 renamed Fort Hamilton. 1926 sold to Cosulich, Trieste renamed Stella D'Italia. 5,530
Bermudian (2) 1915 tender at Bermuda, ex- H.M.S. Arctic Whale , 1923 purchased from Admiralty renamed Bermudian, 1947 transferred to Bermuda Transportation Co, Hamilton. 237
Campana 1873 1897 purchased from A. M. Smith, London, 1914 wrecked. 1,288
Canadia 1889 1908 purchased from HAPAG, 1909 sold to Anglo-Hellenic Shipping Co. renamed Myrtoon. 2,413
Canima 1863 ex- Princess Royal , 1880 purchased renamed Canima, 1884 scrapped. 712
Caribee 1878 ex- Merionethshire , 1890 purchased from Jenkins Shire Line renamed Caribee, 1907 sold to W. Walker, London. 1,817
Cascapedia 1895 ex- Fastnet , 1910 purchased from Clyde Shipping Co., Glasgow renamed Cascapedia. 1918 sold to Federal Lines, Halifax, abandoned on fire off US east coast 1,158
Castle Harbour   see Mid-Ocean.  
City of Quebec 1864 ex- Dumbarton , 1865 purchased from T. A. Gibb & Co. renamed City of Quebec, 1870 sank in St. Lawrence after collision. 1,462
Dominica 1913 ex- Digby , 1925 transferred from Furness, Withy renamed Dominica, 1935 sold to United Baltic Corp., renamed Baltrover. 3,966
Flamborough 1867 1874 purchased from J. Livesay, Sunderland, 1896 owned by R. Williams. 670
Fontabelle 1882 ex- Pembrokeshire , 1893 purchased from Jenkins Shire Line renamed Fontabelle, 1906 sold to Brazil renamed Canoe. 2,632
Fort Avalon 1949 chartered from Furness Withy, 1960 sold to Lebanon renamed Azur Med. 3,484
Fort Hamilton (1)   see Bermudian (1)  
Fort Hamilton (2) 1940 ex- Stuart Prince , 1951 chartered from Prince Line renamed Fort Hamilton, 1958 reverted to Stuart Prince. 1,948
Fort St. George 1912 ex- Wandilla , 1921 purchased from Adelaide SS Co., renamed Fort St. George, 1935 sold to Lloyd Triestino renamed Cesarea. 7,785
Fort Townshend 1936 1952 sold to Saudi Arabia renamed Al Amir Said. 3,489
Fort Victoria 1913 ex- Willochra , 1921 purchased from Adelaide SS Co., renamed Fort Victoria, 1929 sank in Ambrose Channel, New York after collision with s/s ALGONQUIN (Clyde-Mallory Line) 7,784
Gaspe 1862 ex- Emma , 1864 purchased renamed Gaspe, 1872 wrecked St. Pierre Island, St. Lawrence. 355
Guiana 1907 1925 scrapped. 3,657
Hadji 1872 1882 wrecked in St. Lawrence. 1,033
Korona 1886 ex- Monmouthshire , 1902 purchased from Jenkins Shire Line renamed Korona, 1920 sold to Korona SS Corp., Callao. 2,874
Longbird 1919 ex- Newton Bay , 1929 purchased from Acadia Shipping Co, Quebec. renamed Longbird, 1935 sold to Viking SS Co, Nassau. 363
Madiana 1876 ex- San Augustin , 1892 purchased from Cia Trasatlantica, Barcelona renamed Madiana, 1903 wrecked Bermuda. 2,948
Manoa 1889 ex- Allandale , 1907 purchased from Tynedale Steam Shipping Co., Newcastle renamed Manoa, 1912 sold to Greece renamed Antonia. 3,057
Maraval 1903 ex- Irrawaddy , 1914 purchased from British & Burmese S.N. Co, renamed Maraval, 1934 scrapped. 5,144
Matura 1901 ex- Amarapoora , 1914 purchased from Prentice, Service & Henderson, Glasgow, renamed Matura, 1929 scrapped. 4,546
Mayaro 1900 ex- Pegu , 1914 purchased from British & Burmese S.N. Co, renamed Mayaro, 1921 taken over in amalgamation, 1929 scrapped. 3,896
Mid-Ocean 1929 passenger tender at Hamilton Bermuda, 1930 renamed Castle Harbour, 1942 sunk by U.160, U-Boat off Trinidad. 730
Miramichi 1864 ex- Teazer , 1867 purchased renamed Miramichi, 1902 scrapped. 727
Monarch of Bermuda 1931 1939-1947 troopship, 1947 after serious fire, sold to Ministry of Transport and rebuilt as emigrant ship New Australia. 22,424
Muriel 1872 1879 purchased from Blythe Bros, London, 1891 trace lost. 1,232
Nerissa 1926 1929 purchased from Bowring's Red Cross Line, 1941 sunk by U.552; loss of 207 lives. 5,583
Orinoco 1880 1906 scrapped. 1,864
Parima 1889 ex- Bungaree , 1903 purchased from Lund's Blue Anchor Line, renamed Parima, 1925 scrapped. 2,893
Pictou 1862 1862 purchased from American owners, 1876 sank; loss of 29 lives. 601
Pretoria 1878 1897 purchased from Union SS Co, London, 1907 sold to Khedivial Mail SS Co. renamed Saidieh. 3,199
Queen of Bermuda 1932 1939 converted to Armed Merchant Cruiser, 1943-1947 troopship, 1949 returned to commercial service, 1966 scrapped. 22,575
Roraima 1883 ex- Ghazee , 1900 purchased from Mogul Line renamed Roraima, 1902 berthed at Martinique when Mount Pelee exploded. Ship burnt out with the loss of all hands. 2,712
Rosalind 1911 1929 purchased from Bowring's Red Cross Line, 1936 sold to Yugoslavia renamed Lovcen. 2,390
Secret 1864 1882 sold to E. W. Hatheway, Quebec. 467
Silvia 1909 1929 purchased from Bowring's Red Cross Line, 1934 sold Williamson & Co, Hong Kong. 3,589
Trinidad 1884 1918 torpedoed and sunk in St. Georges Channel. 2,162

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