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The Fleets

Chesapeake and Ohio Steamship Company

The Chesapeake and Ohio Steamship Company started Liverpool - Newport News sailings in 1893 in partnership with Furness to carry cargo, emigrants, cattle and troops. The ships were fitted with portable hinged fittings to enable cattle to be carried from America to Britain and emigrants or cargo to be carried in the same spaces on the return voyage. In 1907 all ships were transferred to the main Furness Withy fleet and Chesapeake & Ohio lay dormant until 1912 when the company was temporarily revived as owners of two ships. In 1913 the company was completely absorbed by Furness Withy and went into voluntary liquidation.

Ships' histories are given while owned by the C&O / Furness group.

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.

Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Albiana (1) 1905 1907 transferred from Furness to C&O, 1907 transferred to Agincourt SS Co., renamed Evesham, 1914 transferred to Furness Agentuur Maats, renamed Veenbergen, 1917 returned to Furness Withy, 1919 transferred to Furness Agentuur Maats, renamed Voorburg, 1922 sold, renamed Karl Hans. 4,224
Albiana (2) 1898 ex- Braemount, 1912 purchased from Glasgow owners and renamed Albiana, 1913 sold to Sale & Co., London. 3,607
Alleghany 1901 1902 transferred from British Maritime Trust to C&O, 1909 transferred to Furness Withy, 1912 sold to Japan, renamed Saigon Maru. 4,262
Appomatox 1893 1902 sold to Elders & Fyffes Ltd. 2,875
Chickahominy 1893 1902 sold to Elders & Fyffes Ltd. 2,875
Graciana 1903 ex- Sierra Morena, 1911 purchased by Furness, 1912 transferred to C&O, 1913 transferred to Furness Withy, 1924 sold to Greece, renamed Andreas K. 3,536
Greenbrier 1893 1902 sold to Elders & Fyffes Ltd. 2,875
Kanawha 1893 1907 transferred to Furness Withy, 1922 sold, renamed Georgette and scrapped. 3,884
Mariana 1905 1907 transferred from Furness to C&O, 1908 transferred to Furness Withy, 1908 sold to Belgium, renamed Gouverneur de Lantscheere. 4,204
Newport News 1907 1907 transferred to Furness Withy, 1913 sold, renamed Ijzerhandel. 3,031
Norfolk 1907 1908 transferred to Furness Withy, 1914 sold to Greece, renamed Efstathios. 3,836
Powhatan 1900 launched as Austriana, completed for British Maritime Trust as Powhatan, 1902 transferred to C&O, 1909 transferred to Furness Withy, 1913 sold to Japan, renamed Senju Maru. 4,262
Rapidan (1) 1898 1898 transferred to Furness Withy, 1902 sold to Houlder Line, renamed Haversham Grange. 7,359
Rapidan (2) 1907 1907 transferred to Furness Withy, chartered to Clan Line, renamed Clan Maciver, 1913 returned to Furness, renamed Rapidan, 1923 sold, renamed Dovenby Hall. 3,760
Rappahannock 1893 1907 transferred to Furness Withy, 1916 torpedoed and sunk. 3,884
Richmond 1907 1908 transferred to Furness Withy, 1914 sold, renamed Dront. 2,921
Roanoke 1907 1907 transferred to Furness Withy, chartered to Clan Line, renamed Clan Macinnes, 1913 returned to Furness, renamed Roanoke, 1917 torpedoed and sunk. 3,755
Shenandoah 1893 1907 transferred to Furness Withy, 1916 mined and sunk. 3,886
Washington 1907 1907 transferred to Furness Withy, 1913 sold, renamed Ersthandel. 3,031
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