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The Fleets

Blue Funnel Line
Ocean Steam Ship Company Limited / Nederlandsche Stoomboot Maatschappij 'Ocean' / East Indian Ocean Steam Ship Company / China Mutual Steam Navigation Company

Alfred Holt commenced shipowning with Thomas Ainsworth in 1852 and built their first new ship in 1854, which they immediately chartered to the French Government for use in the Crimean War. The company started sailings to the West Indies in 1855, but in the face of competition from established companies, later pulled out of this route. In 1864 they began sailing to China and the Far East, and have since become the major British company serving this area. The company was registered as the Ocean Steam Ship Company Limited, in 1865.

PosterIn 1891, a Dutch subsidiary company, Nederlandsche Stoomboot Maatschappij 'Ocean' (N.S.M.O) was formed to compete with Dutch companies serving the East Indies, and the company also formed the Singapore based East Indian Ocean SS Co. the same year. The China Mutual Steam Navigation Co. was taken over in 1902 together with their fleet of 13 steamers and their route between China and the West Coasts of Canada and the USA. Although ships were nominally owned by China Mutual SN Co. after this date, these are not shown seperately for the purposes of this list.

In 1915 Royden's Indra Line of seven ships was purchased with their New York - Far East service. Greenshields, Cowie & Co.'s Knight Line was bought in 1917 and a joint passenger service to Australia with the White Star Line was formed in 1924 and this was joined by the Aberdeen Line in 1926. The Glen and Shire Lines (not the Scottish Shire Line) were taken over in 1935 following the collapse of the Royal Mail group, and a controlling interest in the Straits SS Co. was acquired the same year. Shaw, Savill had taken over the joint service to Australia from White Star Line, but Blue Funnel Line withdrew from this partnership in 1939.

In 1967 the Blue Funnel and Elder Dempster Line fleets merged and in 1972 the group acquired William Cory & Son Ltd and became Ocean Trading & Transport Co. Ltd. Transfers between different companies within the group became common after this date, but these have been largely ignored for the purposes of this list.

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:

  • 1852-1853 Whitehaven - Cardiff.
  • 1853-1855 Liverpool - Bordeaux.
  • 1857-1864 Liverpool - West Indies.
  • 1865-1869 Liverpool - Mauritius - Penang - Singapore - Hong Kong - Shanghai.
  • 1869-1980 Liverpool - Suez - Penang - Singapore - Hong Kong - Shanghai - Japan.
  • 1880-1899 Singapore - Belawan Deli / Singapore - Penang and intermediate ports.
  • 1894-1973 Singapore - Batavia - Darwin - Derby - Cossack - Onslow - Gascoyne - Geraldton - Fremantle.
  • 1901-1956 Glasgow - Liverpool - Cape Town - Australia.
  • 1902-1984 China - Vancouver - Seattle - North Pacific Coast ports - San Diego.
  • 1910-1913 Liverpool - Fishguard (for passengers) - Australia.
  • 1915-1978 New York - Panama - Far East ports.
  • 1973-1978 Fremantle - Sunda Strait - Singapore - Malacca Strait - Klang - Georgetown (Penang) - Singapore - Christmas Island - Fremantle.
  • 1979-1981 Fremantle - Singapore - Manila - Hong Kong - Fremantle.

Seasonal pilgrimage voyages between Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore to Jeddah.

Funnel:
Blue with black top.

Fleet:

Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Achilles (1) 1866 1891 transferred to NSMO (Dutch), 1898 scrapped. 2,280
Achilles (2) 1900 1916 torpedoed and sunk off Ushant; loss of five lives. 7,043
Achilles (3) 1920 1940 taken over by British Admiralty, renamed HMS Blenheim. 11,426
Achilles (4) 1947 1949 transferred to Glen Line, renamed Radnorshire, 1962 reverted to Blue Funnel renamed Asphalion (2), 1966 transferred to NSMO (Dutch) renamed Polyphemus (5), 1972 reverted to British flag Asphalion, 1975 sold to Gulf Shipowners Ltd, London renamed Gulf Anchor. 7,632
Achilles (5) 1957 1972 renamed Dardanus (5), 1973 sold to Macao renamed Kiago. 7,969
Achilles (6) 1972 1978 sold to Silverdale Shipping, Bermuda. 16,406
Adrastus (1) 1923 1951 renamed Euryades (2), 1954 scrapped. 7,905
Adrastus (2) 1953 1961 transferred to NSMO (Dutch), 1975 reverted to Blue Funnel Line, 1978 sold to Cyprus, renamed Anassa. 7,859
Aeneas (1) 1910 1940 bombed and sunk off Plymouth. 10,049
Aeneas (2) 1947 1972 scrapped. 7,641
Aeneas (3) 1972 ex- Cunard Carrier, 1978 purchased from Cunard, renamed Aeneas, 1984 sold to Singapore. 15,498
Agamemnon (1) 1865 1897 transferred to NSMO (Dutch), 1899 scrapped. 2,280
Agamemnon (2) 1900 1927 sold to Italy, renamed Impero. 7,011
Agamemnon (3) 1929 1943-1947 Pacific fleet recreation ship, 1963 scrapped. 7,593
Agamemnon (4) 1972 1978 sold to Greece, renamed Protoporus. 16,402
Agapenor (1) 1914 1942 torpedoed and sunk off Freetown; loss of 7 lives. 7,587
Agapenor (2) 1947 1967 abandoned to insurers after becoming trapped by closure of Suez Canal, 1975 became Panamanian registered Nikos. 7,664
Ajax (1) 1865 1897 transferred to NSMO (Dutch), 1900 scrapped. 2,280
Ajax (2) 1900 1930 scrapped. 7,043
Ajax (3) 1931 1957 transferred to Glen Line, renamed Glenlochy, 1958 reverted to Blue Funnel Line renamed Sarpedon (5), 1962 scrapped. 7,797
Ajax (4) 1958 1972 renamed Deucalion (5), 1973 sold to Macao renamed Kailock. 7,969
Ajax (5) 1973 1984 sold to USSR, renamed Adler. 16,406
Alcinous (1) 1899 1925 sold to Italy, renamed Carmania. 6,743
Alcinous (2) 1925 operated by NSMO (Dutch), 1950 transferred to British flag renamed Phemius (3), 1957 scrapped. 6,639
Alcinous (3) 1952 1960 transferred to NSMO (Dutch) renamed Polydorus (3), 1973 reverted to Blue Funnel Line, 1976 sold to Alatas & Co, Jeddah, renamed Johara, 1976 reverted to Blue Funnel Polydorus, 1977 sold to Liberia, renamed Matina. 7,799
Alcinous (4)   see Anchises (4)  
Anchises (1) 1875 1891 transferred to NSMO (Dutch), 1895 reverted to British flag, 1896 sold to Penang owner. 2,021
Anchises (2) 1888 ex- Wilcannia, 1897 purchased from Blue Anchor Line, renamed Anchises, 1898 transferred to NSMO (Dutch), 1906 reverted to British flag, 1910 scrapped. 2,718
Anchises (3) 1911 1941 bombed and sunk off Mersey; loss of 12 lives. 10,046
Anchises (4) 1946 1973 renamed Alcinous, 1975 scrapped. 7,642
Anchises (5) 1973 1984 sold to USSR, renamed Aytodar. 16,406
Andes 1859 sailing barque, 1880 purchased as storage hulk at Penang. 328
Antenor (1) 1872 1891 transferred to NSMO (Dutch), 1893 sold to Japan, renamed Tateyama Maru. 2,162
Antenor (2) 1896 1914 transferred to NSMO (Dutch) but later reverted to British flag, 1925 sold to Italy, renamed Fortunato. 5,531
Antenor (3) 1924 1953 scrapped. 11,174
Antenor (4) 1957 1970 transferred to Glen Line, renamed Glenochy, 1972 reverted to Blue Funnel renamed Dymas (2), 7,965
Antenor (5) 1973 1978 sold to Liberia, renamed Sideris. 16,406
Antilochus (1) 1906 1948 scrapped. 9,011
Antilochus (2) 1949 1977 sold to Gulf (Shipowners) Ltd, London, renamed Gulf Orient. 7,635
Ascanius (1) 1880 tug at Singapore, 1890 sold to Ah Hi, Saigon. 107
Ascanius (2) 1910 1949 sold to Italy, renamed San Giovannino. 10,048
Ascanius (3) 1950 1972 transferred to Elder Dempster Line, renamed Akosombo, 1973 reverted to Ascanius, 1976 sold to Saudi-Europe Line, renamed Mastura. 7,692
Askalon 1857 1864 sold to the West India & Pacific SS Co. 975
Asphalion (1) 1924 1959 scrapped. 6,274
Asphalion (2)   see Achilles (4)  
Astyanax (1) 1906 1930 sold at Singapore renamed Oscar II. 4,872
Astyanax (2) 1948 1957 transferred to Glen Line, renamed Glenfruin, 1962 reverted to Astyanax, 1972 scrapped. 7,654
Atlanta 1899 Hong Kong harbour tender, 1924 converted to barge. 107
Atreus (1) 1911 1949 scrapped. 6,699
Atreus (2) 1951 1977 sold to Sherwood Shipping Co, Singapore, renamed United Valiant. 7,800
Autolycus (1) 1917 1918 torpedoed and sunk off Cape Palos. 5,806
Autolycus (2) 1923 1942 sunk by Japanese cruiser in Bay of Bengal; loss of 18 lives. 7,718
Autolycus (3) 1949 1976 sold to Gulf (Shipowners) Ltd, London, renamed Gulf Trader. 7,635
Automedon (1) 1922 1940 sunk by German raider Atlantis in Indian Ocean; loss of 8 lives. 7,682
Automedon (2) 1949 1971 scrapped after collision in River Scheldt. 7,636
Automedon (3)   see Cyclops (3)  
Barber Hector 1984 1988 still in service..................30,400 tons dwt 30,400
Barber Menelaus   see Menelaus (5)  
Barber Menestheus   see Menestheus (3)  
Barber Memnon   see Memnon (7)  
Barber Perseus 1979 1985 owned by Perseus Shipping, Panama. 21,800
Barber Priam 1979 1986 sold to US Military Sea ift Command, renamed Cape Henry. 21,747
Beagle 1892 1908 lighter based at Cossack, W. Australia, 1908 sold to Italy. 147
Bellerophon (1) 1880 1893 transferred to NSMO (Dutch), 1898 sold to Japan. 2,154
Bellerophon (2) 1906 1948 scrapped. 8,954
Bellerophon (3) 1950 1957 transferred to Glen Line and renamed Cardiganshire, 1972 reverted to Bellerophon, 1976 sold to Saudi-Europe Line, renamed Obhor. 7,707
Calchas (1) 1899 1917 torpedoed and sunk off Ireland; no loss of life. 6,748
Calchas (2) 1921 1941 torpedoed and sunk off Canary Islands; loss of 31 lives. 10,304
Calchas (3) 1946 1957 transferred to Glen Line, renamed Glenfinlas, 1962 reverted to Calchas, 1973 scrapped after fire at Kelang, Malaysia. 7.639
Calypso 1889 1912 transferred to Straits SS Co, 1929 scrapped. 544
Centaur (1) 1895 1899 sold to North German Lloyd, renamed Korat. 1,900
Centaur (2) 1924 1943 sunk by Japanese submarine off Brisbane at night while fully illuminated as a hospital ship; loss of 299 lives. 3,066
Centaur (3) 1964 1985 sold to China renamed Hai Long. 8,286
Cerberus 1894 1899 sold to North German Lloyd, renamed Singora. 1,754
Charon (1) 1903 owned jointly by Blue Funnel and West Australian SN Co, 1925 sold to China, renamed Yuan Lee. 2,682
Charon (2) 1936 1964 sold for scrap, but became Panamanian owned Seng Kong No.1. 3,703
Charon (3) 1975 1985 operated by NSOM (Dutch), 1985 sold to Greece, renamed Finesse L. 24,512
Ching Wo 1894 1902 taken over with China Mutual SN Co fleet, 1911 sold to Japan, renamed Unkai Maru No.2. 3,883
Circe 1912 1939 Singapore feeder service, 1939 taken over by British Admiralty became HMS Circe. 778
Cleator 1854 1872 sold to J. Ross, renamed Alastor. 391
Clytoneus (1) 1930 1941 bombed and sunk off Rockall. 6,663
Clytoneus (2) 1948 1972 scrapped. 7,620
Clytoneus (3) 1976 1985 sold to Singapore, renamed Affinity. 32,576
Crusader 1857 1864 sold to the West India & Pacific SS Co. 901
Cyclops (1) 1880 1894 transferred to NSMO (Dutch), 1902 sold to Uruguay, renamed Iberia. 2,064
Cyclops (2) 1906 1942 torpedoed and sunk off New England; loss of 87 lives. 8,998
Cyclops (3) 1948 1975 renamed Automedon (3), 1977 scrapped. 7,632
Cyclops (4) 1975 1983 sold to Greece, renamed Procyon. 32,576
Danae 1945 ex- Tid 155, 1947 purchased and renamed Danae, Hong Kong harbour duties, 1961 sold to Sarawak Co., renamed Hailey. 54
Dardanus (1) 1886 1894 sold to Japan, renamed Otaru Maru. 2,502
Dardanus (2) 1894 1911 transferred to NSMO (Dutch), 1923 sold to Germany, renamed Fingal. 4,653
Dardanus (3) 1923 1935 transferred to Glen Line, renamed Flintshire, 1939 reverted to Dardanus, 1942 sunk by Japanese cruiser in Indian Ocean. 7,823
Dardanus (4) 1920 ex- Glenapp, 1949 transferred from Glen Line, renamed Dardanus, 1957 scrapped. 9,503
Dardanus (5)   see Achilles (5)  
Dardanus (6) 1940 ex- Glengarry, 1970 transferred from Glen Line, renamed Dardanus, 1971 renamed Glengarry and scrapped. 9,311
Demodocus (1) 1912 1951 sold to Italy, renamed Ircania. 6,689
Demodocus (2) 1955 1970 transferred to Glen Line, renamed Glenroy, 1972 reverted to Demodocus, 1973 sold to Macao, renamed Hungsia. 7,968
Deucalion (1) 1872 1891 transferred to NSMO (Dutch), 1896 transferred to East Indian SS Co, 1899 sold to North German Lloyd, renamed Sandaken. 2,074
Deucalion (2) 1900 1930 sold to Italy, renamed Aquitania. 7,030
Deucalion (3) 1930 1942 bombed and sunk in Malta Convoy. 7,740
Deucalion (4) 1920 ex- Glenogle, 1949 transferred from Glen Line, renamed Deucalion, 1956 scrapped. 9,513
Deucalion (5)   see Ajax (4)  
Diomed (1) 1868 1894 sold to Japan, renamed Genzan Maru. 1,848
Diomed (2) 1895 1915 torpedoed and sunk off Scilly Isles. 4,672
Diomed (3) 1917 1918 shelled and sunk by U-Boat off Nantucket. 7,523
Diomed (4) 1922 1952 scrapped. 10,453
Diomed (5) 1956 1970 transferred to Glen Line, renamed Glenbeg, 1972 reverted to Diomed, 1973 sold to Macao, renamed Kaising. 7,980
Dolius (1) 1924 1943 torpedoed and sunk in Gulf of St. Lawrence. 5,994
Dolius (2) 1920 ex- Glengarry, 1949 transferred from Glen Line, renamed Dolius, 1952 scrapped. 9,802
Dolius (3) 1956 1970 transferred to Glen Line, renamed Glenfruin, 1972 reverted to Dolius, 1972 sold to Macao, renamed Hungmien. 7,960
Dumbarton Youth 1847 1852 purchased from a Mr Whyte, 18?? sold to Horsfall & Co. 239
Dymas (1) 1922 ex- Glenbeg, 1949 transferred from Glen Line, renamed Dymas, 1954 scrapped. 9,461
Dymas (2)   see Antenor (4)  
Elpenor (1) 1917 1935 transferred to Glen Line, renamed Glenfinlas. 1947 - 1950 reverted to Blue Funnel Elpenor, 1950 to Glen Line Glenfinlas, 1952 scrapped. 7,601
Elpenor (2) 1954 1978 sold to Liberian owners, renamed United Concord. 7,757
Eumaeus (1) 1913 1918 torpedoed and sunk off Ile de Vierge. 6,696
Eumaeus (2) 1921 1941 torpedoed and sunk by Italian submarine near Freetown; loss of 23 lives. 7,736
Eumaeus (3) 1943 ex- Samnesse, 1947 purchased from MOWT, renamed Eumaeus, 1952 transferred to Glen Line, renamed Glenshiel, 1957 reverted to Blue Funnel renamed Euryades (3), 1961 sold to Hong Kong, renamed Marine Bounty. 7,308
Eumaeus (4) 1953 1962 transferred to NSMO (Dutch), 1978 scrapped. 7,681
Euryades (1) 1912 ex- Indra, 1915 taken over with Indra Line, renamed Euryades, 1948 scrapped. 5,713
Euryades (2)   see Adrastus (1)  
Euryades (3)   see Eumaeus (3)  
Eurybates (1) 1910 ex- Indradeo, 1915 taken over with Indra Line, renamed Eurybates, 1926 sold to R. & J. Thomas, Holyhead, renamed Cambrian Peeress. 5,529
Eurybates (2) 1928 1964 scrapped. 6,436
Eurydamus 1901 ex- Indrasamha, 1915 taken over with Indra Line, renamed Eurydamus, 1924 sold to Yugoslavia, renamed Jugoslavija. 5,197
Eurylochus 1912 ex- Indraghira, 1915 taken over with Indra Line, renamed Eurylochus, 1941 sunk off Cape Verde Islands by German raider KORMORAN. 5,723
Eurymachus 1906 ex- Inverclyde, 1915 taken over with Indra Line, renamed Eurymachus, 1926 sold to Yugoslavia, renamed Nikola Mihanovic. 4,995
Eurymedon (1) 1902 ex- Indrawadi, 1915 taken over with Indra Line, renamed Eurymedon, 1922 sold to Norway, renamed Southern Queen. 5,194
Eurymedon (2) 1924 1940 torpedoed and sunk off Ireland; loss of 28 lives. 6,223
Eurymedon (3) 1943 ex- Samoa, 1947 purchased from MOWT, renamed Eurymedon, 1952 transferred to Glen Line, renamed Glenlogan, 1957 reverted to Eurymedon, 1958 sold to Greece, renamed Angelos. 7,314
Eurypylus (1) 1912 ex- Indrakuala, 1915 taken over with Indra Line, renamed Eurypylus, 1938 sold to Continental Transit Co renamed Trade. 5,691
Eurypylus (2) 1943 ex- Samsette, 1947 purchased from MOWT, renamed Eurypylus, 1950 transferred to Glen Line, renamed Pembrokeshire, 1957 reverted to Eurypylus, 1960 sold to Hong Kong, renamed Kota Bahru. 7,292
Fantee 1879 1890 hulked at Singapore, 1894 sold to W. Kinsey, Singapore. 167
Flintshire 1872 1889 purchased from Lim Tiang Hee, Singapore, 1891 transferred to East India Ocean SS Co, 1892 transferred to NSMO (Dutch), 1895 reverted to East India Ocean SS Co, 1896 sold to Japan, renamed Yayeyama Maru. 1,565
Ganymede 1879 1894 transferred to NSMO (Dutch), 1900 sold. 405
Glaucus (1) 1871 1891 transferred to NSMO (Dutch), 1898 sold to Japan, renamed Jintsu Maru. 2,074
Glaucus (2) 1896 1918 torpedoed and sunk off Italy. 5,509
Glaucus (3) 1920 1955 scrapped. 7,644
Glaucus (4)   see Telemachus (4)  
Glaucus (5)   see Memnon (5)  
Glaucus (6)   see Lycaon (2)  
Gorgon (1) 1908 1928 sold to Hong Kong owner, renamed Lyeemoon. 2,885
Gorgon (2) 1933 joint Blue Funnel and West Australia SN Co, 1936 wholly owned by Blue Funnel Line, 1964 scrapped. 3,533
Gunung Djati 1936 ex- Pretoria (German East Africa Line), ex-Empire Doon, ex-Empire Orwell, 1958 purchased from MOWT and renamed Gunung Djati, Pilgrim trade, 1962 sold to Government of Indonesia. 16,662
Hebe 1885 1910 sold to R.Willis, Singapore, 1912 purchased by Straits SS Co, 1922 scrapped. 545
Hecate 1885 1899 transferred to East India Ocean SS Co, 1899 sold to North German Lloyd, renamed Patani (1). 968
Hector (1) 1871 1875 wrecked off Amoy. 1,956
Hector (2) 1877 1891 transferred to NSMO (Dutch), 1894 sold to Japan, renamed Moji Maru. 2,111
Hector (3) 1895 1923 scrapped. 4,660
Hector (4) 1924 1942 bombed and sunk in Colombo Harbour, 1946 scrapped. 11,198
Hector (5) 1949 1972 scrapped. 10,125
Hector (6) 1973 1979 sold to Cast Motorvessels Ltd renamed Cast Orca. 30,080
Hecuba (1) 1882 1899 transferred to East India Ocean SS Co, 1899 sold to North German Lloyd, renamed Kudat. 918
Hecuba (2) 1901 ex- Brandenburg, North German Lloyd, 1922 war reparations, renamed Hecuba, 1924 sold to Italy, renamed Ada and scrapped. 7,540
Helenus (1) 1913 1942 torpedoed and sunk off Freetown; loss of 5 lives. 7,555
Helenus (2) 1949 1978 scrapped. 10,125
Helenus (3) 1973 1983 sold to Cyprus, renamed Seafarer. 30,078
Hydra 1889 1899 transferred to East India Ocean SS Co, 1899 sold to North German Lloyd, renamed Kedah. 990
Hyson 1899 1902 taken over with China Mutual SN Co fleet, 1926 sold to Italy, renamed Maria Rosa. 6,608
Idomeneus (1) 1899 1922 transferred to NSMO (Dutch), 1925 sold to Italy, renamed Aurania. 6,764
Idomeneus (2) 1926 1962 scrapped. 7,857
Idomeneus (3)   see Laertes (4)  
Ixion (1) 1892 1902 transferred to NSMO (Dutch), 1911 lost by fire off Indonesia. 3,572
Ixion (2) 1912 1941 torpedoed and sunk in Atlantic. 10,229
Ixion (3) 1951 1972 scrapped. 10,125
Jason (1) 1880 1894 transferred to NSMO (Dutch), 1903 sold to Japan, renamed Ugo Maru. 2,187
Jason (2) 1902 1931 scrapped. 7,450
Jason (3) 1940 taken over by Italy while building renamed Sebastiano Veniero. 6,310
Jason (4) 1950 1972 scrapped. 10,160
Kaisow 1895 1902 taken over with China Mutual SN Co fleet, 1911 sold to Japan, renamed Shintsu Maru. 3,921
Keemun (first) 1902 1902 taken over with China Mutual SN Co fleet, 1933 scrapped. 9,067
Kintuck 1895 1902 taken over with China Mutual SN Co fleet, 1917 torpedoed and sunk off Cornwall. 4,447
Knight Companion 1913 1917 taken over with Knight Line, 1933 scrapped. 7,241
Knight of the Garter 1902 1917 taken over with Knight Line, 1923 sold to Greece, renamed Aspasia Stavroudi. 6,689
Knight of the Thistle 1903 1917 taken over with Knight Line, 1917 sank in North Atlantic. 6,675
Knight Templar 1905 1917 taken over with Knight Line, 1925 sold to Norway, renamed Orwell. 7,175
Laertes (1) 1879 1894 transferred to NSMO (Dutch), 1901 reverted to British flag, 1903 sold to Hong Kong owners. 2,097
Laertes (2) 1904 1917 torpedoed and sunk off Prawle Point; loss of 14 lives. 4,541
Laertes (3) 1919 1942 torpedoed and sunk off Florida; loss of 18 lives. 5,868
Laertes (4) 1950 operated by NSMO (Dutch), 1972 transferred to Blue Funnel Line renamed Idomeneus (3), 1976 sold to Gulf (Shipowners) Ltd, London renamed Gulf Voyager. 7,664
Laertes (5) 1976 1983 sold to Panama, renamed Evia Luck. 11,804
Laomedon (1) 1912 1949 scrapped. 6,693
Laomedon (2) 1953 1977 sold to Panama, renamed Aspasia. 7,684
Lycaon (1) 1913 1951 transferred to Glen Line, renamed Gleniffer. 7,552
Lycaon (2) 1954 1960 transferred to NSMO (Dutch), 1975 reverted to British flag, 1977 renamed Glaucus (6), 1977 sold to Liberian owners, renamed United Vanguard. 7,859
Lycaon (3) 1976 1985 sold to Panama, renamed Chrysovalandon Faith. 11,800
Machaon (1) 1899 1918 torpedoed and sunk off Tunisia. 6,738
Machaon (2) 1920 1935 transferred to Glen Line, renamed Glenaffric, 1947 reverted to Machaon, 1950 reverted to Glenaffric, 1951 scrapped. 7,806
Machaon (3) 1959 1975 transferred to NSMO (Dutch), 1977 transferred to Elder Dempster Line, renamed Obuasi, 1978 sold to Greece, renamed Elsea. 8,529
Maron (1) 1930 1942 torpedoed and sunk off Oran. 6,701
Maron (2) 1945 ex- Berwyn Victory, 1946 purchased from US Maritime Commission and renamed, 1957 renamed Rhesus (2), 1962 sold to Liberia renamed Pacific Telstar. 7,713
Maron (3) 1960 1975 renamed Rhexenor (3), 1977 transferred to Elder Dempster Line renamed Opobo, 1978 sold to Greece renamed Elfortune. 8,529
Maron (4) 1980 1987 sold to Bermuda, renamed Baltic Adventurer. 16,482
Medon (1) 1923 1942 torpedoed and sunk by Italian submarine off Para; no loss of life. 5,915
Medon (2) 1942 ex- Empire Splendour, 1946 purchased from MOWT, renamed Medon, 1963 sold to Liberia, renamed Tina. 7,376
Medusa (1) 1885 1899 transferred to East India Ocean SS Co, 1899 sold to North German Lloyd, renamed Kelantan. 967
Medusa (2) 1913 Singapore feeder service, 1939 taken over by British Admiralty renamed HMS Medusa. 793
Melampus (1) 1924 operated by NSMO (Dutch), 1950 transferred to British flag, 1957 scrapped. 6,321
Melampus (2) 1960 1967 trapped by closure of Suez Canal, 1971 abandoned to insurers and later became Greek owned Annoula II. 8,509
Melampus (3) 1977 1985 still operational. 16,030
Memnon (1) 1861 1883 purchased from Lamport & Holt Line, 1893 transferred to East India SS Co, 1899 hulked at Singapore. 1,290
Memnon (2) 1888 ex- Gulf of Guinea, 1899 purchased from Gulf Line, Greenock, renamed Memnon, 1900 transferred to NSMO (Dutch), 1905 sold to Japan, renamed Togo Maru No.1. 2,458
Memnon (3) 1906 1930 scrapped. 4,870
Memnon (4) 1931 1941 torpedoed and sunk off Cape Verde Islands; loss of 5 lives. 7,731
Memnon (5) 1945 ex- Phillips Victory, 1946 purchased from US Maritime Commission and renamed, 1957 renamed Glaucus (5), 1962 sold to Iran renamed Persian Ferdowsi. 7,711
Memnon (6) 1959 1975 renamed Stentor (5), 1977 transferred to Elder Dempster Line renamed Owerri, 1978 sold to Greece renamed Europe. 8,504
Memnon (7) 1977 1980 renamed Barber Memnon, 1985 reverted to Memnon. 16,030
Menelaus (1) 1871 1894 in 1891 transferred to NSMO (Dutch), 1894 scrapped. 1,956
Menelaus (2) 1895 1916 sold to British Admiralty became balloon ship Davo. 4,672
Menelaus (3) 1923 1952 scrapped. 10,278
Menelaus (4) 1957 1972 transferred to Elder Dempster Line, renamed Mano, 1977 renamed Oti, 1978 sold to Greece, renamed Elstar. 8,538
Menelaus (5) 1977 1980 transferred to Barber Blue Sea, renamed Barber Menelaus, 1984 reverted to Menelaus. 16,031
Menestheus (1) 1929 1943-1946 Pacific fleet recreation ship, 1953 abandoned on fire off California, later scrapped. 7,715
Menestheus (2) 1958 1977 transferred to Elder Dempster Line, renamed Onitsha, 1978 sold to Cyprus, renamed Elisland. 8,510
Menestheus (3) 1977 1980 renamed Barber Menestheus, 1985 reverted to Menestheus, 1986 renamed Apapa Palm for Elder Dempster Line. 16,030
Mentor (1) 1914 1942 torpedoed and sunk off Florida; loss of 7 lives. 7,585
Mentor (2) 1945 ex- Carthage Victory, 1947 purchased from US Maritime Commission, renamed Mentor, 1967 sold to Greece, renamed Visa. 7,642
Mentor (3) 1980 1985 sold to Cyprus, renamed Normannia. 16,400
Mercury 1872 1881 purchased from Oceanic SS Co as tobacco fleet feeder ship, 1900 sold to Tanjong Pagar Dock Co, Singapore. 303
Meriones 1922 1941 bombed and sunk off Cromer. 7,684
Moyune 1895 1902 taken over with China Mutual SN Co fleet, 1918 torpedoed and sunk off Spain. 4,646
Myrmidon (1) 1890 1899 transferred to NSMO (Dutch), 1904 sold to Japan, renamed Tatsu Maru. 2,868
Myrmidon (2) 1905 1930 sold to Italy, renamed Rubicone. 4,965
Myrmidon (3) 1930 1942 torpedoed and sunk off Liberia. 6,663
Myrmidon (4) 1945 ex- Ripon Victory, 1947 purchased from US Maritime Commission, renamed Myrmidon, 1971 scrapped. 7,715
Myrmidon (5) 1980 1986 sold to Nigeria, renamed Bello Folawiyo. 16,400
Neleus (1) 1911 1948 scrapped. 6,685
Neleus (2) 1953 1971 sold to Cyprus, renamed Aegis Fable. 7,800
Nestor (1) 1868 1894 sold to Japan, renamed Mayoshima Maru. 1,869
Nestor (2) 1889 ex- Queen of India, 1894 purchased from Beyts, Craig & Co. and renamed, 1911 sold to Italy, renamed Teresa, then Assunzione. 3,767
Nestor (3) 1913 1950 scrapped. 14,501
Nestor (4) 1952 1968 transferred to Glen Line, renamed Glenaffric, 1970 reverted to Blue Funnel renamed Orestes (5), 1970 sold to Cyprus renamed Aegis Dignity. 7,802
Nestor (5) 1977 laid up on completion, 1988 still laid up. 78,951
Ningchow 1902 1902 taken over with China Mutual SN Co fleet, 1932 scrapped. 8,813
Oanfa (1) 1888 1900 purchased from China Mutual SN Co by NSMO (Dutch) renamed Rhipeus, 1910 sold to Italy, renamed Ginolia. 3,061
Oanfa (2) 1903 1931 scrapped. 7,602
Oopack 1894 1902 taken over with China Mutual SN Co fleet, 1918 torpedoed and sunk off Malta. 3,883
Orestes (1) 1875 1876 lost off Ceylon. 2,057
Orestes (2) 1877 1894 sold to Japan, wrecked on delivery voyage. 2,057
Orestes (3) 1894 1901 Australia service, 1925 scrapped. 4,653
Orestes (4) 1924 1963 scrapped. 7,845
Orestes (5)   see Nestor (4)  
Pak Ling 1895 1902 taken over with China Mutual SN Co fleet, 1923 scrapped. 4,614
Palamed (1) 1885 1897 sold to Japan, renamed Kwan-On Maru No.15. 2,479
Palamed (2)   see Patroclus (2)  
Palinurus 1886 1896 transferred to NSMO (Dutch), 1897 reverted to British flag then sold to Japan, renamed Kwan-On Maru No.20. 2,523
Patroclus (1) 1872 1892 transferred to NSMO (Dutch), 1895 sold to Japan, renamed Shiganoura Maru. 2,074
Patroclus (2) 1896 1914 transferred to NSMO (Dutch), 1923 renamed Palamed (2), 1924 sold to Italy, renamed Australia. 5,509
Patroclus (3) 1923 1940 torpedoed and sunk off Bloody Foreland; loss of 76 lives. 11,314
Patroclus (4) 1950 1973 transferred to Glen Line renamed Glenalmond, 1973 reverted to Blue Funnel renamed Philoctetes (2), 1973 scrapped. 10,109
Patroclus (5) 1967 ex- Glenalmond, 1973 transferred from Glen Line, renamed Patroclus, 1974 transferred to NSMO (Dutch), 1978 reverted to Blue Funnel, 1982 sold to Saudi Arabia, renamed Rajab I. 12,094
Peisander (1) 1925 1942 torpedoed and sunk off Nantucket. 6,225
Peisander (2) 1967 1978 sold to Liberia, renamed Oriental Exporter. 12,094
Peleus (1) 1901 1931 sold to Philippines renamed Perseus. 7,441
Peleus (2) 1949 1972 scrapped. 10,093
Perseus (1) 1908 1917 mined and sunk off Ceylon. 6,728
Perseus (2) 1923 1944 torpedoed and sunk off Madras, no lives lost. 10,286
Perseus (3) 1950 1973 scrapped. 10,109
Perseus (4) 1967 ex- Radnorshire, 1973 transferred from Glen Line, renamed Perseus, 1978 sold to China Nav. Co., renamed Kwangsi. 12,094
Phemius (1) 1913 1917 torpedoed and sunk off Ireland. 6,699
Phemius (2) 1921 1943 torpedoed and sunk off Accra; loss of 23 lives. 7,669
Phemius (3)   see Alcinous (2)  
Phemius (4)   see Priam (4)  
Phemius (5) 1967 ex- Glenfinlas, 1972 transferred from Glen Line, renamed Phemius, 1978 sold to China Nav.Co., renamed Kweichow. 12,094
Philoctetes (1) 1922 1940 taken over by British Admiralty, renamed HMS Philoctetes. 11,446
Philoctetes (2)   see Patroclus (4)  
Phrontis (1) 1926 1958 operated by NSMO (Dutch), 1958 sold to Saudi Arabia, renamed Ryad. 6,635
Phrontis (2) 1967 ex- Pembrokeshire, 1972 transferred from Glen Line, renamed Phrontis, 1982 sold to Gulf Shipping Line, London, renamed Gulf Osprey. 12,299
Ping Suey 1899 1902 taken over with China Mutual SN Co fleet, 1917 sold to Italy, renamed Attalita. 6,458
Plantagenet 1857 1864 sold to the West India & Pacific SS Co. 695
Plumleaf 1960 1986 taken over with Cory fleet, 1986 scrapped. 12,549
Polydorus (1) 1924 1942 torpedoed and sunk off Freetown. 6,256
Polydorus (2) 1945 ex- Salina Victory, 1946 purchased from US Maritime Commission, renamed Polydorus, operated by NSOM (Dutch), 1960 transferred to Blue Funnel, renamed Talthybius (3), 1971 scrapped. 7,671
Polydorus (3)   see Alcinous (3)  
Polyphemus (1) 1890 1898 transferred to NSMO (Dutch), 1904 sold to Japan, renamed Tatsu Maru No.2. 2,868
Polyphemus (2) 1906 1930 scrapped. 4,807
Polyphemus (3) 1930 1942 torpedoed and sunk off Bermuda; loss of 45 lives. 6,671
Polyphemus (4) 1945 ex- Macmurray Victory, 1946 purchased from US Maritime Commission and renamed, operated by NSOM (Dutch), 1960 transferred to Blue Funnel renamed Tantalus (4), 1969 sold to Greece renamed Pelops and scrapped. 7,674
Polyphemus (5)   see Achilles (4)  
Priam (1) 1870 1889 wrecked near Corunna, Spain. 2,039
Priam (2) 1890 1899 transferred to NSMO (Dutch), 1903 sold to Japan, renamed Shingu Maru. 2,846
Priam (3) 1904 1931 scrapped. 4,543
Priam (4) 1939 1948 transferred to Glen Line, renamed Glenorchy, 1970 reverted to Blue Funnel renamed Phemius (4), 1971 scrapped. 9,975
Priam (5) 1966 1978 sold to Liberia, renamed Oriental Champion. 12,094
Prometheus (1) 1886 1894 transferred to NSMO (Dutch), 1894 sold to Japan, renamed Ushina Maru. 2,376
Prometheus (2) 1896 1924 sold to Italy, renamed Delia. 5,570
Prometheus (3) 1925 1957 sold to Panama, renamed Janus. 6,256
Prometheus (4) 1967 1978 sold to Liberia, renamed Oriental Merchant. 12,094
Protesilaus (1) 1910 1942 scrapped after being mined 1940 in Bristol Channel. 9,547
Protesilaus (2) 1967 1978 sold to Liberia, renamed Oriental Importer. 12,094
Pyrrhus (1) 1892 1907 transferred to NSMO (Dutch), 1914 sold to Japan, renamed Shingo Maru. 3,261
Pyrrhus (2) 1914 1940 torpedoed and sunk off Finisterre; loss of 8 lives. 7,615
Pyrrhus (3) 1949 1972 scrapped. 10,093
Rhesus (1) 1911 1950 scrapped. 6,719
Rhesus (2)   see Maron (2)  
Rhexenor (1) 1922 1943 torpedoed and sunk off Bermuda. 7,957
Rhexenor (2) 1945 1975 scrapped. 10,199
Rhexenor (3)   see Maron (3)  
Rhipeus   see Oanfa (1)  
Saladin (1) 1855 1865 transferred to Lamport & Holt Line. 535
Saladin (2) 1890 1905 sold to Japan, renamed Kotohira Maru No.3. 1,874
Sappho 1887 1890 transferred to Straits SS Co, 1923 sold Bangkok became pilot boat. 532
Sarpedon (1) 1871 1876 sank off Ushant after collision. 1,949
Sarpedon (2) 1877 1893 transferred to NSMO (Dutch), 1894 sold to Japan, renamed Tamahime Maru. 2,036
Sarpedon (3) 1894 1914 transferred to NSMO (Dutch), 1915 reverted to British flag, 1923 sold to Germany, renamed Gotz Von Berlichingen. 4,663
Sarpedon (4) 1923 1953 scrapped. 11,321
Sarpedon (5)   see Ajax (3)  
Sarpedon (6) 1939 ex- Denbighshire, 1967 transferred from Glen Line, renamed Sarpedon, 1969 scrapped. 7,151
Stentor (1) 1875 1891 transferred to NSMO (Dutch), 1896 sold to Singapore owner renamed Charterhouse. 2,025
Stentor (2) 1899 1922 transferred to NSMO (Dutch), 1926 sold to Philippines, renamed Don Jose. 6,773
Stentor (3) 1926 1942 torpedoed and sunk off Freetown; loss of 46 lives. 6,634
Stentor (4) 1946 1958 transferred to Glen Line, renamed Glenshiel, 1963 reverted to Stentor, 1975 scrapped. 10,203
Stentor (5)   see Memnon (6)  
Sultan 1894 jointly owned by Blue Funnel and West Australian SN Co for Singapore - Batavia - Fremantle route. 1898 owned by Blue Funnel, 1919 sold to Japan, renamed Kayo Maru. 2,063
Talisman 1857 1864 sold to the West India & Pacific SS Co. 738
Talthybius (1) 1912 1942 sank after bombing at Singapore, salvage by Japanese, renamed Tariuasi Maru. 10,224
Talthybius (2) 1945 ex- Samarkand, 1947 purchased from MOWT, renamed Talthybius, 1954 transferred to Glen Line, renamed Gleniffer, 1958 sold to Liberia, renamed Dove. 7,291
Talthybius (3)   see Polydorus (2)  
Tantalus (1) 1892 1904 transferred to NSMO (Dutch), 1922 sold to Germany, renamed Florian Geyer. 3,621
Tantalus (2) 1923 1936 transferred to Glen Line, renamed Radnorshire, 1939 reverted to Tantalus, 1941 bombed and sunk in Manila Bay. 7,777
Tantalus (3) 1943 ex- Samcleve, 1947 purchased from MOWT, renamed Tantalus, 1958 sold to Italy, renamed Urbania. 7,297
Tantalus (4)   see Polyphemus (4)  
Tantalus (5) 1972 1984 sold to Norway, renamed Tantra. 120,787
Teenkai 1895 1902 taken over with China Mutual SN Co fleet, 1922 sold to Germany, renamed Gerfrid. 4,642
Teiresias (1) 1914 1940 bombed and sunk off St. Nazaire. 7,606
Teiresias (2) 1950 operated by NSMO (Dutch), 1960 transferred to Blue Funnel, renamed Telemachus (5), 1971 sold to Cyprus renamed Aegis Courage. 8,924
Telamon (1) 1885 1897 transferred to NSMO (Dutch), 1902 scrapped. 2,292
Telamon (2) 1904 1933 sold and scrapped. 4,509
Telamon (3)   see Teucer (4)  
Telemachus (1) 1880 1894 transferred to NSMO (Dutch), 1899 reverted to British flag, 1902 sold to Hong Kong owners. 2,186
Telemachus (2) 1902 1932 sold to Italy, renamed Tasmania. 7,450
Telemachus (3) 1940 taken over by Admiralty renamed Empire Activity, completed as escort carrier HMS Activity, 1947 to Glen Line, renamed Breconshire, 1967 scrapped (never sailed as Telemachus) 9,061
Telemachus (4) 1943 1957 transferred to Glen Line, renamed Monmouthshire, 1963 reverted to Blue Funnel renamed Glaucus (4), 1964 chartered to China Nav. Co., renamed Nanchang, 1968 scrapped. 8,265
Telemachus (5)   see Teiresias (2)  
Teucer (1) 1877 1885 wrecked off Ushant. 2,057
Teucer (2) 1890 1890 transferred to NSMO (Dutch), 1903 reverted to British flag, 1906 sold to Japan, renamed Chusa Maru. 2,846
Teucer (3) 1906 1948 scrapped. 9,017
Teucer (4) 1950 operated by NSMO (Dutch), 1960 transferred to Blue Funnel, renamed Telamon (3), 1971 sold to Cyprus renamed Aegis Epic. 8,922
Theseus (1) 1908 1947 scrapped. 6,723
Theseus (2) 1955 1971 sold to Cyprus, renamed Aegis Myth. 7,804
Titan (1) 1885 1895 transferred to NSMO (Dutch), 1902 scrapped. 2,283
Titan (2) 1906 1940 torpedoed and sunk off Rockall; loss of 6 lives. 8,954
Titan (3) 1943 ex- Samgara, 1947 purchased from MOWT, renamed Titan, 1950 transferred to Glen Line, renamed Flintshire, 1958 reverted to Titan, 1962 sold to Liberia, renamed Titanus. 7,297
Titan (4) 1972 1975 sold to Liberia, renamed Mobil Condor. 113,551
Troilus (1) 1913 1914 sunk by German cruiser EMDEN in Indian Ocean. 7,562
Troilus (2) 1917 1917 torpedoed and sunk off Malin Head. 7,625
Troilus (3) 1921 1944 torpedoed and sunk in Indian Ocean; loss of 24 lives. 7,648
Troilus (4) 1943 ex- Samharle, 1947 purchased from MOWT, renamed Troilus, 1958 sold to Panama, renamed Green River. 7,287
Troilus (5) 1974 1975 sold to Liberia, renamed Al-Dhrafrah. 141,288
Tydeus (1) 1901 1931 scrapped. 7,440
Tydeus (2) 1944 ex- Samjack, 1947 purchased from MOWT, renamed Tydeus, 1950 transferred to Glen Line, renamed Glenbeg, 1958 sold to Panama, renamed Roan. 7,234
Tyndareus 1915 1960 scrapped. 11,347
Ulysses (1) 1871 1887 wrecked in Gulf of Suez. 1,949
Ulysses (2) 1886 1890 wrecked Japan. 2,140
Ulysses (3) 1892 1912 sold to Japan, renamed Daisai Maru. 3,261
Ulysses (4) 1913 1942 torpedoed and sunk off Florida. 14,499
Ulysses (5) 1949 1971 sold to Cyprus, renamed Aegis Saga. 8,976
Will O'The Wisp 1883 1887 purchased from Mansfield & Co, Singapore, 1890 transferred to Straits SS Co, 1896 sold to Singapore owner. 283
Xanthus 1927 oil barge in River Mersey, 1959 sold to T. Routledge, Seaforth renamed Crosby Dale. 213
Yang-Tsze 1899 1902 taken over with China Mutual SN Co fleet, 1927 sold to Philippines, renamed Macaris. 6,457
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