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Booth Line

Founded in the 1866 as Alfred Booth & Co to operate services to Northern Brazil and the Amazon. In 1881 the Booth Steamship Co. was formed. In 1901 the Booth and Singlehurst's Red Cross Line were amalgamated into a single company and named Booth Steamship Co.(1901), Ltd. At the same time, to tidy up the tug and barge operations on the River Amazon, Booth & Co.was formed and these small units transferred to this company. In 1911 the Iquitos SS Co.and it's fleet was absorbed by Booth SS Co. In 1946 the Booth Line was sold to the Vestey Group of companies and in 1975 all the group's ships were pooled under Blue Star Ship Management Ltd and the Booth Line ceased to exist as a seperate entity.

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:

  • 1866-1986 Liverpool - Oporto - Lisbon - Brazil.
  • 1867-1881 (summer only) Hamburg - Antwerp - Havre - Lisbon - Brazil.
  • 1881-1964 Liverpool - Para (direct, passengers)
  • 1881-1964 Hamburg - Antwerp - Havre - Lisbon - Brazil.
  • 1881-1964 Manaos - Para - Galveston - New York.
  • 1881-1885 London - Para (sail)

Funnel:
1866-1946 Black
1947-1992 Black funnel with representation of house flag.

Fleet:

1866-1946 1947-1992
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Aidan 1911 1936 scrapped Italy. 4,545
Alban (1) 1914 1936 sold Italy renamed Zena. 5,223
Alban (2)   see Lyra.  
Amazonense 1899 1901 taken over with Red Cross Line fleet, 1911 sold to Holzapfel, Newcastle. 2,828
Ambrose (1) 1869 1893 sold to J.M.Lennard, Middlesborough. 1,168
Ambrose (2) 1903 1914 requisitioned as Armed Merchant Cruiser, 1915 purchased by the Admiralty renamed HMS Ambrose. 4,588
Ambrose (3) 1971 ex- Dollart, 1974 chartered from A. Krogstad, Singapore renamed Ambrose, 1976 reverted to owners as Dollart. 2,992
Anselm (1) 1882 1898 sold to W.A.Powell & Co., Liverpool. 1,562
Anselm (2) 1905 1922 sold to Argentina renamed, Commodoro Rivadavia. 5,442
Anselm (3) 1935 1941 torpedoed and sunk in Atlantic while trooping; loss of 250 lives. 5,954
Anselm (4) 1950 ex- Thysville, 1961 purchased from Cie Maritime Belge Antwerp, renamed Anselm, 1963 transferred to Blue Star Line renamed Iberia Star 10,990
Antony (1) 1907 1917 torpedoed and sunk off Coninbeg lightship; loss of 55 lives. 6,446
Antony (2) 1967 ex- Bilstein, 1974 chartered from Germany renamed Antony, 1977 reverted to owners renamed Conti Syria. 3,041
Atahualpa   see Hubert (1)  
Augustine (1) 1865 1892 sold to F.Pace, Malta. 1,106
Augustine (2) 1880 ex- Grantully Castle, 1896 purchased from Castle Mail Packet Co, renamed Augustine, 1912 scrapped. 3,849
Barbary 1877 1881 purchased from David McIver & Co., Liverpool, 1882 renamed Clement (1), 1897 sold to Empreza Navagacao Gram Para, Para, renamed Marajo. 1,227
Basil (1)   see Mirfield.  
Basil (2) 1895 ex- Mourne, 1898 purchased from Dixon & Sons, Belfast, renamed Basil, 1917 collided with and sunk by SS Margaux in the English Channel; loss of 42 lives. 3,223
Basil (3) 1928 1950 sold Panama renamed Parthenon. 4,913
Basil (4)   see Dunstan (4)  
Basil (5) 1939 ex- Norman Star, 1961 transferred from Blue Star Line renamed Basil, 1964 sold to Greece renamed Eleni K. 3,022
Bede 1938 ex- Roman Star, 1961 transferred from Blue Star Line renamed Bede, 1964 sold to Greece renamed Victoria Elena. 3,111
Benedict (1) 1894 ex- Leyden, 1897 purchased from Leyden SS Co, renamed Benedict, 1924 sold to Greece, renamed Vassilos. 3,378
Benedict (2) 1930 1948 transferred to Lamport & Holt renamed Bronte (2) 4,949
Benedict (3) 1952 ex- Mahsuri, 1966 transferred from Austasia Line renamed Benedict, 1967 chartered to Lamport & Holt renamed Renoir, 1971 sold to Panama renamed Diamond Star. 4,300
Benedict (4) 1979 1986 sold to Croatia renamed Zamet. 3,636
Bernard (1) 1870 1889 sold to Baltimore Fruit Co., Baltimore. 915
Bernard (2) 1895 ex- Mount Sirion, 1898 purchased from Smith & Service Ltd, Glasgow, renamed Bernard, 1911 sold to H & C. Grayson, renamed Redbarn. 3,280
Bernard (3)   see Byron (2) Lamport & Holt Line.  
Bernard (4) 1952 ex- Rubens (2), 1965 chartered from Lamport & Holt renamed Bernard, 1967 returned to owners renamed Rossini, 1970 chartered from Lamport & Holt renamed Bernard, 1973 chartered to Panama renamed Berwell Adventure, 1974 sold to Panama. 4,459
Bessie Dodd 1874 schooner, 1882 purchased from Preston Shipowners, Preston, 1885 sold to W. Jago, Liverpool. 174
Bolivar 1891 1901 transferred to Iquitos SS Co. 2,030
Boniface (1) 1904 1917 torpedoed and sunk off Arran Islands. 3,498
Boniface (2) 1928 1949 transferred to Lamport & Holt renamed Browning (2) 4,862
Boniface (3) 1956 ex- Rossetti (2), 1963 chartered from Lamport & Holt renamed Boniface, 1967 reverted to Rossetti, 1970 chartered from Lamport & Holt renamed Boniface, 1974 sold to Greece renamed Amaryllis. 4,538
Boniface (4) 1979 1986 sold to Croatia renamed Pecine. 3,636
Cametense 1892 1901 taken over with Red Cross Line fleet, 1909 sold to Eastern Shipping Co., Peneng, renamed Tong Hong. 2,155
Carrie Dingle 1873 sailing barque, 1881 purchased from W. Dingle, Fowey, 1885 transferred to Red Cross Line. 194
Carvoeira 1869 3-masted barque, 1901 transferred from Red Cross Line, 1916 hulked at Para, 1922 scrapped. 1,356
Cearense 1891 1901 taken over with Red Cross Line fleet, 1911 sold to Coast SS Co., Liverpool. 2,769
Christopher 1909 ex- Kaduna, 1910 purchased from Elder Dempster Line, renamed Christopher, 1914 sold to Elder Dempster, renamed Obuasi. 4,416
Clement (1)   see Barbary.  
Clement (2) 1896 ex- La Plata, 1900 purchased from Royal Mail SP Co, renamed Clement, 1914 sold to Lawrence Smith & Co, Montreal, renamed Freshfield. 3,445
Clement (3) 1934 1939 captured and sunk by Admiral Graf Spee. 5,051
Clement (4) 1959 1979 sold to Liberia renamed Element. 1,902
Clement (5) 1985 ex- Frisian Glory, 1986 chartered from Holland renamed Clement, 1992 returned to owners renamed Umag Cayenne. 3,986
Crispin (1) 1907 1917 torpedoed and sunk off Ireland while trooping; loss of 8 lives. 3,694
Crispin (2) 1934 1941 torpedoed and sunk in Atlantic. 5,050
Crispin (3) 1951 1953 transferred to Austasia Line renamed Mandowi, 1966 returned to Booth Line renamed Dunstan, but chartered to Lamport & Holt renamed Rubens (3). 1973 sold to Greece renamed Irini K. 4,472
Crispin (4) 1956 1979 sold to El Salvador renamed Ana. 1,593
Crispin (5) 1985 ex- Frisian Hope, 1986 chartered from Holland renamed Crispin, 1992 returned to owners renamed Umag St. Malo. 3,986
Cuthbert (1) 1906 1931 scrapped Italy. 3,563
Cuthbert (2)   see Hubert (3)  
Cuthbert (3) 1961 ex- Spenser (5), 1967 transferred from Lamport & Holt renamed Cuthbert, 1973 sold to Panama Shipping Co, but chartered back, 1977 sold to Lebanon renamed Barouk. 1,535
Cyril (1) 1882 ex- Pacaxo, 1884 purchased from Brazil SS Co., Liverpool, renamed Cyril, 1897 sold to Empreza Navagacao Gram Para, Para, renamed Braganca. 1,190
Cyril (2) 1883 ex- Hawarden Castle, 1902 - 1905 built in 1883 and purchased from Union-Castle Mail SS Co, renamed Cyril, 1905 sank in collision with SS Anselm in Amazon. 4,341
Cyril (3)   see Sheridan.  
Denis (1) 1911 1932 scrapped Italy. 4,435
Denis (2) 1949 1968 sold to Vasmanto Shipping Co., Liberia, renamed Akrogiali, 1972 scrapped. 2,990
Dominic (1) 1895 1923 sold to Greece, renamed Taxiarchis. 2,966
Dominic (2) 1922 ex- Claus Horn, 1923 purchased from H.C.Horn, Flensburg, renamed Dominic, carried Brazilian coastal passengers only, 1932 sold to Maurel & Prom, Bordeaux, renamed Montesquieu. 3,396
Dominic (3) 1945 ex- Hickory Stream, 1947 purchased from US War Shipping Administration renamed Dominic, 1961 sold to Singapore renamed Samodra Mas. 3,834
Dominic (4) 1953 ex- Makati, 1967 transferred from Austasia Ltd, Singapore renamed Dominic, 1975 sold to Cyprus renamed Dominica. 3,324
Dunstan (1) 1895 1923 sold to Greece, renamed Despina. 2,966
Dunstan (2) 1925 ex- A.D. Bordes, 1935 purchased from France, renamed Dunstan, 1941 bombed and sunk off Cape Wrath; loss of 2 lives. 5,149
Dunstan (3)   see Pachitea.  
Dunstan (4) 1948 1951 transferred to Lamport & Holt renamed Sallust (3), 1958 returned to Booth Line reverted to Dunstan, 1966 renamed Basil (4), 1968 sold to Panama renamed Christina. 2,993
Dunstan (5)   see Crispin (3)  
Fluminense 1891 1901 taken over with Red Cross Line fleet, 1909 sold to de C. Martins, Para, renamed Amazonia. 2,154
Francis 1910 1931 sold to Moller, Shanghai, renamed Rosalie Moller. 3,960
Grangense 1891 1901 taken over with Red Cross Line fleet, 1910 sold to Turkey, renamed On Temmouz. 2,162
Gregory (1) 1879 ex- Laurium, 1889 purchased from Cie Maritime du Pacifique, Havre, renamed Gregory, 1897 sold to Empreza Navagacao Gram Para, Para, renamed Guajara. 1,587
Gregory (2) 1891 ex- Creswell, 1899 purchased from J.E. Bowser, Newcastle, renamed Gregory, 1907 transferred to Iquitos SS Co, 1911 reverted to Booth Line, 1920 wrecked on Tutoia Bar. 2,030
Hilary (1) 1889 ex- Red Sea, 1892 purchased from Dundee, Perth & London Shipping Co., renamed Hilary, 1911 sold to Japan, renamed Misumi Maru. 1,930
Hilary (2) 1908 1917 torpedoed and sunk off Shetlands while Armed Merchant Cruiser. 6,329
Hilary (3) 1931 1959 scrapped at Inverkeithing. 7,403
Hildebrand (1) 1893 1908 transferred to Iquitos SS Co., Liverpool renamed Huayna, 1911 reverted to Booth Line Hildebrand, 1917 converted to Q ship by Admiralty (merchant ship with hidden guns to lure submarines to surface) and held several fictitious names during this period, 1919 sold to Spain renamed Manuel Carsi. 1,947
Hildebrand (2) 1911 1932 laid up, 1935 scrapped Wales. 6,995
Hildebrand (3) 1951 1957 grounded near Lisbon - total loss. 7,735
Horatio 1892 1895 purchased from Thos. Wilson & Co, Hull, 1911 sold to Christian Salveson & Co., converted to whale store ship. 3,212
Huascar 1896 1898 purchased from Hernandez & Co., Liverpool, 1901 transferred to Iquitos SS Co. 875
Huayna   see Hildebrand (1)  
Hubert (1) 1894 1908 transferred to Iquitos SS Co., Liverpool, renamed Atahualpa, 1911 reverted to Booth Line Hubert, 1919 sold to Franco-British SS Co., renamed City of Algiers. 1,922
Hubert (2) 1910 1934 scrapped Scotland. 3,930
Hubert (3) 1946 1951 purchased from Ministry of War Transport, renamed Cuthbert (2), 1954 transferred to Austasia, renamed Mandama. 4,251
Hubert (4) 1954 1964 transferred to Blue Star Line, chartered to Austasia Ltd, renamed Malaysia. 8,062
Javary 1898 1901 taken over with Red Cross Line fleet, 1914 sold to Garland SS Corp, NY. 1,199
Jerome (1) 1866 1890 sold to Goodyear & Co., Liverpool, renamed Murcia. 1,090
Jerome (2) 1877 ex- Warwick Castle, 1897 purchased from Castle Mail Packet Co., renamed Jerome, 1911 sold to Turkey, renamed Kirasounde. 2,957
Justin (1) 1880 ex- Ponca, 1890 purchased from Mediterranean & New York SS Co., renamed Justin, 1898 sold to G. Beck & Cie, Dunkirk. 1,774
Justin (2) 1904 1930 scrapped Holland. 3,506
Jutahy 1945 ex- Roband Hitch, 1946 chartered from Panama Shipping Co. renamed Jutahy, 1954 transferred to Lamport & Holt renamed Sargent. 3,843
Lanfranc (1) 1884 1898 sold to J.Montgomery, Belize, renamed Olympia. 1,657
Lanfranc (2) 1906 1917 torpedoed and sunk off Havre while being used as hospital ship; loss of 34 lives. 6,287
Lisbonense 1871 1901 taken over with Red Cross Line fleet, 1904 sold to Vaccaro Bros, Liverpool, renamed Joseph Vaccaro. 1,657
Lyra 1971 1976 chartered from Norway later renamed Alban (2), 1978 sold to Macao renamed Lin Jiang. 4,547
Madeirense 1891 1901 taken over with Red Cross Line fleet, 1910 sold to O.B.Sorenson, Bergen. 2,760
Manati 1907 tug at Para, 1967 abandoned. 58
Manco 1908 1921 sold to Vaccaro Bros, Honduras, renamed Morazon. 2,384
Maranhense 1890 1901 taken over with Red Cross Line fleet, 1910 scrapped. 2,767
Mars 1907 tug at Iquitos, 1960 deleted from register. 58
Mero 1909 tug at Maranham, 1930 trace lost. 58
Michael 1914 1924 sold to Algeria, renamed Charles Schiaffino. 3,172
Mirfield 1871 1880 purchased from J.B. Crawhall & Co, London, 1882 renamed Basil (1), 1897 sold to Empreza Navagacao Gram Para, Para, renamed Salinas. 1,171
Napo 1897 1901 taken over with Red Cross Line fleet, 1913 sold to Reval Shipping Co., renamed Kodumaa. 1,118
Obidense 1891 1901 taken over with Red Cross Line fleet, 1909 sold to C. Olander, Fredrikshavn. 2,380
Origen (1) 1886 ex- Gloamin, 1890 purchased from J.& R.Mudie, Dundee, renamed Origen, 1899 sold to H. Waage, Christiania. 1,541
Origen (2) 1918 1918 torpedoed and sunk off Ushant on maiden voyage; loss of 1 life. 3,545
Oswald 1914 1917 torpedoed and sunk in N. Atlantic. 5,185
Pachitea 1945 ex- Coastal Challenger, 1946 chartered from Panama Shipping Co. renamed Pachitea, 1954 purchased, renamed Dunstan, 1958 transferred to Lamport & Holt renamed Sallust (3) 3,844
Pancras 1911 1932 scrapped Italy. 4,436
Paraense 1871 1901 taken over with Red Cross Line fleet, 1902 sold to Vaccaro Bros, Liverpool, renamed Rosina. 1,697
Polycarp (1) 1896 1912 sold to Sweden, renamed Augusta. 2,966
Polycarp (2) 1918 1940 torpedoed and sunk off Ushant. 3,577
Port Fairy 1887 ex- Dona Maria, 1907 purchased from Andressen Line, Oporto, 1909 sold to Ellerman Line, renamed Italian. 2,581
Santarense 1891 Red Cross Line, 1896 sunk in collision with barque DUNDONALD (Houston Line) 2,751
Sheridan 1961 1961 chartered to Lamport & Holt, 1964 sold to Lamport & Holt, 1967 chartered from Lamport & Holt renamed Cyril (3), 1978 sold to Greece renamed Angie. 1,535
Sobralense 1884 1901 taken over with Red Cross Line fleet, 1904 sold to Li Chien, Hong Kong. 1,982
Stephen 1910 1934 scrapped UK. 4,444
Ucayali 1898 1901 taken over with Red Cross Line fleet, 1914 sold to Walford & Co., London. 1,052
Valiente 1959 ex- Spenser (4), 1961 chartered from Lamport & Holt renamed Valiente, 1969 renamed Veloz, 1973 sold to Colombia renamed Tanambi. 1,312
Vamos 1952 1954 chartered from Panama Shipping Co., then purchased, 1968 sold to Panama renamed Defiance. 1,090
Veloz (1) 1955 1967 sold to Peru renamed Atahualpa. 1,312
Veloz (2)   see Valiente.  
Venimos 1956 1956 chartered from Salient Shipping, Bermuda, 1973 sold to Colombia renamed Acaima. 1,309
Veras 1959 ex- Siddons, 1962 chartered from Lamport & Holt renamed Veras, 1973 sold to Panama. 1,282
Viajero 1957 1957 chartered from Panama Shipping Co, 1973 sold to Colombia renamed Pigoanza. 1,204
Vianna 1943 ex- La Grande Hermine, 1951 chartered from Panama Shipping Co., Panama renamed Vianna 1955 sold to Algeria renamed Cap Falcon. 2,825
Vincent (1) 1910 1912 sold to Santa Cruz renamed Libertad. 986
Vincent (2) 1895 ex- Fort Salisbury, 1913 purchased from Bucknall Line, renamed Vincent, 1913 sold to Andrew Weir & Co., renamed Gujarat. 4,456

Managed Ships (Check Mariners website for details of 'Empire' ships, 'War __' ships and 'Liberty' ships)

Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Empire Chamois 1918 ex- Westmount, 1941 acquired by MOWT from U.S. Shipping Board, renamed Empire Chamois, managed by Booth Line. 1947 to Goulandris Bros, London renamed Granview. 5,683
Empire Endurance 1928 ex- Alster, 1940 captured from North German Lloyd, renamed Empire Endurance managed for MOWT, 1941 torpedoed and sunk; loss of 61 lives. 8,514
Empire Flame 1941 managed for MOWT, 1945 to Medomsley SS Co., London renamed Dunkery Beacon. 7,069
Empire Moorhen 1919 ex- West Totant, 1941 acquired by MOWT from U.S. Shipping Board, renamed Empire Moorhen, managed by Booth Line. 1944 sunk as blockship in Normandy landings. 5,617
Fort la Maune 1942 managed for MOWT, 1944 torpedoed and sunk near Socotra Island, Red Sea; no loss of life. 7,132
Fort Nipigon 1942 managed for MOWT, 1947 returned to U.S. Maritime Commission. 7,132
Samyale 1943 (Liberty Ship), managed for MOWT, 1947 to Elder Dempster renamed Zungon. 7,256
War Icarus 1918 1919 managed for the Shipping Controller, London. 1919 to Atlantic Transport Line renamed Mesaba. 8,006

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