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Bland Line, GibraltarPoster

The company entered shipowning in 1861 initially to operate between Gibraltar and Tangier. In 1864 a passenger ship was built to run between Gibraltar and Moroccan ports and trade later expanded to the North African coast, Spain and the U.K.
In 1921 the first cargo crossing was made between Huelva and Norfolk, Va. and Baltimore but by 1930, due to the trade depression, routes were confined to Morocco, Spain and Portugal. The Spanish Civil War caused a large drop in trade and in a further blow in 1969 the Spanish Government closed the Spain - Gibraltar border which seriously affected the ferry service to Tangier. The border remained closed until 1985 and in 1986 Bland Line withdrew from shipowning.

 

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.

 

Funnel:
Red with black top and two narrow black bands.

Fleet:

Funnel
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Adelia 1880 no further info. 69
Aid (1) 1867 1868 converted to lighter. 20
Aid (2) 1868 1894 converted to lighter. 21
Aid (3) 1916 1929 sold to Spain. 18
Alert   see Gibel Kebir (2)  
Arab 1857 1865 purchased, 1867 scrapped after explosion. 51
Basha 1922 1990 scuttled as artificial reef. 32
Brack 1894 ex- H.M. Torpedo Boat No.94, 1919 purchased, 1922 renamed Brack, 1924 scrapped. 116
Caid   see Gibel Derif (3)  
Dolphin (1) 1873 1915 scrapped. 28
Dolphin (2) 1914 1946 deleted from Registers. 20
Duidka 1915 1930 sold to Spain. 14
Express 1904 1952 scrapped. 74
Gibel Derif (1) 1888 ex- Elsa, 1911 purchased from H. Schuldt, Flensburg after collision damage and towed to Gibraltar for repairs, renamed Gibel Derif, 1919 sold to A. Calvert Ltd, Goole renamed Lilias Calvert. 804
Gibel Derif (2) 1884 ex- Maroc, 1920 purchased from Rederi A/B Bore, Goteborg, Sweden renamed Gibel Derif, 1928 scrapped. 899
Gibel Derif (3) 1906 ex- Rochester Queen, 1934 purchased renamed Caid, 1949 renamed Gibel Derif, 1962 scrapped. 271
Gibel Dersa (1) 1878 ex- Mastiff, 1906 purchased from G & J. Burns Ltd, Glasgow renamed Gibel Dersa, 1924 scrapped. 890
Gibel Dersa (2) 1897 ex- Duchess of Devonshire, 1928 purchased from London, Midland & Scottish Railway Co. renamed Gibel Dersa, 1947 sold to A. Benaim & Co., Gibraltar 1949 scrapped. 1,226
Gibel Dris 1917 ex- Caid Kebir, 1934 purchased drom Union d'Enteprises Marocaines, Kenitra, Morocco renamed Gibel Dris, 1940 sold to Naviera Ortu-Zara S.A, Panama renamed Jon. 744
Gibel Gelahui 1900 ex- Demetian, 1920 purchased from A. J. Pope & Co., Cardiff renamed Gibel Gelahui, 1925 sold to Elias B. Hadjilias, Syra, Greece renamed Iris. 1,106
Gibel Habib 1900 ex- Cape Clear, 1916 purchased from Dawson Bros, Glasgow renamed Gibel Habib, 1933 sank off Estepona. 367
Gibel Hamam (1) 1895 ex- Bamburgh, 1913 purchased from J.S. Carr & Co., Newcastle renamed Gibel Hamam, 1918 torpedoed and sunk by UB.103 off Abbotsbury, Dorset. 647
Gibel Hamam (2) 1898 ex- Southford, 1919 purchased from Ford Shipping Co., London renamed Gibel Hamam, 1925 sold to A. Mantacos, Andros, Greece renamed Iulia Mantaca. 1,338
Gibel Kebir (1) 1887 ex- Canisbay, 1901 purchased from R. Thomson, London renamed Gibel Kebir, 1940 sold to W. B. P. Smithson, Gibraltar. 551
Gibel Kebir (2) 1910 1946 purchased as Alert, 1950 renamed Gibel Kebir, 1951 scrapped. 211
Gibel Musa (1) 1896 1930 sold to Virg de Micheli, Genoa 1931 hulked at Genoa. 374
Gibel Musa (2) 1937 ex- Cornish Coast, 1949 purchased from Coast Lines Ltd, Liverpool renamed Gibel Musa, 1959 deleted from registers. 226
Gibel Sarsar 1898 ex- Isis, 1920 purchased from P&O Line, London renamed Gibel Sarsar, 1926 scrapped. 1,559
Gibel Tarik (1) 1884 1932 scrapped. 228
Gibel Tarik (2) 1918 ex- Forde, 1949 purchased from Townsend Bros, Hull renamed Gibel Tarik, 1954 scrapped. 829
Gibel Yedid (1) 1894 ex- Narova, 1911 purchased from T. Cowan, Grangemouth renamed Gibel Yedid, 1917 captured and sunk by U.48 off Ushant. 949
Gibel Yedid (2) 1896 ex- Yearby, 1919 purchased from Sir R. Ropner & Co., West Hartlepool renamed Gibel Yedid, 1925 sold to S. N. Valmadis, Syra, Greece renamed India. 2,639
Gibel Zalag 1918 (wooden hull) ex- Oneco, 1921 purchased from U.S. Shipping Board, Port Arthur, Tex. after stranding at Huelva renamed Gibel Zalag, 1924 scrapped. 2,571
Gibel Zerjon (1) 1909 ex- Carron, 1921 purchased from Carron Co., Grangemouth renamed Gibel Zerjon,1928 sold to Cie de Nav. Mixte, Marseille renamed Djemela. 2,361
Gibel Zerjon (2) 1903 ex- Batavier VI, 1928 purchased from W. H. Müller & Co., Rotterdam renamed Gibel Zerjon, 1939 sold to Courtage & Transports, S.A, Panama renamed Florida. 1,435
Hercules (1) 1866 1925 scrapped. 145
Hercules (2) 1942 ex- Agir (Kriegsmarine), 1949 ex-German reparations renamed Hercules converted to salvage tug, 1954 sold to Denizcilik Bankasi T.A.O, Istanbul renamed Hora. 676
Kaid 1887 ex- Dollie, 1923 purchased renamed Kaid, 1927 sold to Spain. 20
Little Pet 1880 1915 purchased, 1923 converted to lighter. 80
Louis C. 1880 1913 purchased, 1921 sold renamed Ypres. 196
Mons Abyla 1931 ex- Medina, 1962 purchased from Southampton, Isle of Wight & South of England Royal Mail S.P. Co., Southampton renamed Mons Abyla, 1968 transferred to Gibraltar Government Port Dep't 1972 sold to Marilu Intermediterranean Transport Shipping, Panama renamed Marilu. 347
Mons Calpe 1954 1986 sold to A. Karras, Greece renamed City of Limassol. 1,991
Nellie 1897 1963 still in service but no further info. 21
Rescue 1904 salvage tug, 1951 scrapped. 357
Rocket 1879 ex- H.M. Torpedo Boat No.4, 1906 purchased renamed Rocket, 1920 scrapped. 32
Seagull (1) n/a ex- Veloz, 1903 purchased renamed Seagull, 1930 sold. 21
Seagull (2) 1936 1981 still in service but no further info. 52
Zweena 1901 ex- Grille, 1920 purchased renamed Zweena, 1949 scrapped. 112

Sources include: "Bland Gibraltar" by Graeme Somner ; Poster from http://www.timetableimages.com/maritime/images/bland23.htm

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