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Compagnie Bordelaise de Navigation a Vapeur / Nouvelle Compagnie Bordelaise de Navigation

Compagnie Bordelaise de Navigation a Vapeur was formed in 1880 to run services from France to New York. The company was not a success and was reformed in 1891 as the Nouvelle Compagnie Bordelaise de Navigation a Vapeur. They finally ceased operating in 1902.

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.


  • Bordeaux - New York.
  • some Naples / Palermo - New York voyages.

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Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Cella 1863 1881 chartered from London & New York SS Line for 2 voyages. 2,163
Chateau Lafite 1881 1898 chartered to Spain as troopship, 1898-1899 chartered to French Line for 6 voyages, 1902 scrapped. 3,462
Chateau Leoville 1881 1888 sold to Bossiere, then to R. Hudson, Sunderland, renamed Connemara. 3,354
Chateau Margaux 1883 1888 chartered to French Line, 1889 sunk in collision with s/s MANGORA in English Channel. 1,435
Chateau Yquem 1883 1888 chartered to French Line, 1895 chartered to French Government as military transport, 1896 sold to Fabre Line . 4,035
Ville D'Alger 1879 1880-1882 chartered from Cie Havraise Peninsulaire for 5 voyages. 1,699
Ville de Lisbonne 1880 1881 chartered from Cie Havraise Peninsulaire for 2 voyages. 1,892

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