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The Fleets

China Navigation Company

Founded in 1876 in London, initially to trade up the Yangtze River from their Shanghai base with passengers and cargo, the Union Steam Navigation Co. of Shanghai was taken over the following year. Chinese coastal trade started shortly after and in 1883 a regular service to Australia was initiated. Most of the company's ships were seized by Japan in 1941 and services did not resume until 1946. Pilgrim services to Mecca and cruising started in 1960 and in 1974 China Navigation Co. became known as part of the Swire Group. By 2000 the company still owned 12 ships which traded worldwide.

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:
    • River services
      • 1873-1937
        • Shanghai - Lower Yangtze - Hankow
        • Shanghai - Shasi Ichang / Ichang - Wanhsein - Chungking
        • Shanghai - Changsha - Tungting Lake Ports
    • Coastal Services
      • 1873-1937
        • Shanghai - north to Newchwang / Dairen
        • Shanghai - Ningpo
        • Shanghai - south to Hong Kong and Canton
        • Shanghai - south to Haihow and Haiphong
        • Hong Kong - Macao - Canton.

1946 operations moved from Shanghai to Hong Kong and China Coast services discontinued. Routes were to Australia, Taiwan (1946), Australia - New Guinea (1952), Japan - Hong Kong - New Guinea (1957), New Zealand (1963) and worldwide container services from 1980

Funnel:
1873-1966 Black
1967-         Black with depiction of houseflag.

Fleet: 1873-1966 1967-     
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Anhui (1) 1903 1918 sunk by Autro-Hungarian submarine U.27 off Cape Greco on voyage Famagusta - Port Said. 2,201
Anhui (2) 1925 1950 scrapped after striking a mine off Swatow. 3,494
Anking (1) 1925 1941 taken over by the Admiralty, 1942 sunk by Japanese warships 200 miles east of Christmas Island. 3,472
Anking (2) 1950 1970 sold to Straits SS Co., Singapore renamed Klias. 6,124
Anshun (1) 1930 1939 requisitioned by the Admiralty for use as stores ship at Freetown, 1940 returned to owners, 1942 became HMAS Anshun for Australian Navy, transferred to US Army, shelled and sunk by Japanese warships at New Guinea, 1944 towed to Sydney and laid up, 1946 sold to James Patrick & Co., 1948 renamed Culcairn. 3,188
Anshun (2) 1951 1971 sold to Pan Islamic SS Co., Karachi renamed Safina-e-Abid. 6,224
Antung 1925 1933 wrecked in fog on Hainan Island. 70 lives lost. 3,508
Aotearoa Chief   see Chekiang (3)  
Asian Exporter 1964 ex- Finnboston, 1973 purchased renamed Asian Exporter, 1975 renamed Poyang, 1981 sold to China Ocean Shipping Co. renamed Hue Lu. 9,047
Bangkok Star   see Kwangsi (1)  
Changchow (1) 1882 1884 went aground and lost on Fraser Island, Queensland on voyage to Newcastle NSW. 1,734
Changchow (2) 1901 1933 scrapped. 1,948
Changchow (3) 1950 chartered to Messageries Maritimes, 1952 sold to the Admiralty as supply ship renamed Resurgent. 9,403
Changlo   see Changsha (2)  
Chang-Ning 1921 tug, 1941 seized by Japanese at Ichang, trace lost. 251
Changsha (1) 1886 1912 sold to Australian-Oriental Line, Melbourne. 2,269
Changsha (2) 1921 tug, 1922 renamed Changlo, 1941 seized by Japanese at Shanghai, 1946 deleted from registers. 251
Changsha (3) 1922 1941 captured by Japanese warships in China Sea, 1942 renamed Ryuzan Maru, 1945 mined and sunk in Yangtze River. 2,493
Changsha (4) 1949 1969 sold to Pacific International Line, Singapore renamed Kota Panjang. 7,412
Changteh 1914 tug 1914 converted to Royal Navy minesweeper. 1942 escaped from Singapore with RAF personnel but sunk by Japanese aircraft, 100+ dead. 244
Chefoo (1) 1876 1904 sold to F. D. Farmer, Shanghai. 1,087
Chefoo (2) 1958 1970 renamed Island Chief, 1978 sold to Straits Shipping Pte, Singapore renamed Straits Hope. 5,904
Chekiang (1) 1914 1941 seized by Japanese, 1942 renamed Sekko Maru, 1945 sunk by U.S. air attack. 2,172
Chekiang (2) 1957 1969 renamed Coral Chief, 1977 renamed Coral Chief I, 1977 sold to Pacific International Line, Singapore renamed Kota Buana. 5,904
Chekiang (3) 1990 1991 chartered to A. P. Moller renamed Maersk Tango, 1991 renamed Maersk Asia Decimo, 1994 reverted to Chekiang, 1996 renamed Kokopo Chief, 1998 renamed Aotearoa Chief, 2000 still in service. 7,914
Chenan 1903 1933 scrapped. 2,200
Chengling 1915 tug, 1941 seized by Japanese at Ichang, trace lost. 141
Chengtu (1) 1914 1941 scuttled at Hong Kong to avoid capture, 1942 salvaged by Japanese renamed Seito Maru, 1944 mined and sunk off Kota Baru. 2,219
Chengtu (2) 1955 1977 sold to Opal Nav. Co., Panama renamed Musi. 5,832
Chengtu (3) 1978 ex- Jeddah Crown, 1980 purchased from Timber Shipping Co., Singapore renamed Chengtu, 1990 sold to Pacific International Lines, Singapore renamed Kota Panjang. 6,216
Chengtu (4) 1991 1991 chartered to A. P. Moller renamed Maersk Credo, 1992 renamed Maersk Asia Octavo, 1994 reverted to Chengtu, 1998 renamed Kokopo Chief (2), 2000 still in service. 7,914
Chenyang 1922 tug, 1941 seized by Japanese at Hankow, 1946 returned to owners, 1950 owned by Chinese People's S.N. Co., trace lost. 144
Chihli 1895 1927 scrapped. 1,885
Chingtu 1886 1909 sold to Ping An S.S. Co., Shanghai (Wallem & Co.) renamed Chingtuan. 2,268
Chinhua 1903 1935 scrapped. 2,198
Chinkiang 1898 1930 scrapped. 2,004
Chinkong 1917 tug, 1941 seized by Japanese at Hankow, 1948 sold to China. 250
Chung-King 1882 1905 sold to Russian War Ministry renamed Ochotsk. 1,251
Chungking (1) 1914 1941 chartered to Government of Western Australia, 1947 sold to Tai Ping SS Co., Hong Kong renamed Taichungshan. 2,171
Chungking (2) 1950 chartered to Messageries Maritimes, 1952 sold to the Admiralty as supply ship renamed Retainer. 9,393
Chungking (3) 1955 1968 sold to Fortune Wind Maritime, Hong Kong renamed Fortune Glory. 5,832
Chusan 1914 1932 wrecked off Weihaiwei. 2,217
Chuting 1921 tug, 1942 lost at Singapore. 207
Coral Chief (1)   see Chekiang (2)  
Coral Chief (2) 1977 1990 sold to Ocean Bridge Shipping, Singapore renamed Vigour Pacific. 6,373
Coral Chief (3) 1990 2000 still in service. 7,914
Coral Chief I   see Chekiang (2)  
Coral Princess 1962 cruise ship, ex- Princesa Leopoldina, 1970 purchased from Lloyd Brasileiro, Rio de Janeiro renamed Coral Princess, 1990 sold to Universal Boss Ltd, Hong Kong renamed Cora Princess. 9,639
Dredger 1905 dredger used on Taikoo Dockyard. after completion, transferred from China Navigation ownership to the Dockyard. 655
Erawan 1971 1979 sold to Pegasus Ocean Services, Piraeus renamed Cape Rion. 9,229
Eredine (1) 1968 1974 sold to Tarpon Shipping Co., London renamed Tarpon Sentinel. 23,121
Eredine (2) 1981 1981 sold to Ben Line renamed Benalbanach. 35,716
Eriboll 1969 ex- World Hong Kong, 1973 purchased from Avondale Nav. Co., Hong Kong renamed Eriboll, 1977 sold to Rodson Shipping, Miami renamed Anadria. 12,341
Eriskay (1) 1969 1978 sold to China Mutual S.N. Co., then to Greece renamed Siganto A.S. 12,485
Eriskay (2) 1975 ex- Jagarda, 1982 purchased from Anders Jahre, Sandefjord renamed Eriskay, 1995 sold to Dong Shen Tankers, Singapore renamed Song San. 17,511
Erisort 1969 ex- World President, 1972 chartered from World Wide Shipping Ltd, London renamed Erisort, 1978 purchased and resold to Tolani Ltd, Bombay renamed Prabhu Satram. 12,340
Erradale (1) 1972 1983 sold to Bulktank Shipping, Piraeus renamed Arethousa II. 20,239
Erradale (2) 1994 2000 still in service. 82,701
Fatshan (1) 1887 1933 scrapped. 2,360
Fatshan (2) 1933 1941 seized by Japanese at Hong Kong renamed Koto Maru, 1945 returned to owners reverted to Fatshan, 1951 sold to Man On S.N. Co., Hong Kong. 2,639
Fengning 1951 1964 sold to Ocean Tramping Co., renamed Wishford. 3,464
Fengtien (1) 1905 1933 scrapped. 1,765
Fengtien (2) 1946 1965 sold to Chen Lien Nav. Co., Panama renamed Chung Lien. 3,279
Fengtien (3) 1979 1986 sold to Ceram Shipping, Panama renamed Feng Shiang. 16,430
Foochow (1) 1873 ex- Theresa Batters, 1874 purchased by Coast Boats Ownery, Shanghai renamed Foochow, 1883 transferred to CNC, 1883 wrecked on Fan Island on voyage Newchwang - Chefoo. 845
Foochow (2) 1895 1927 hulked at Chinkiang, 1930 scrapped. 2,030
Foochow (3) 1945 1965 sold to Panama renamed Eternity. 3,279
Foochow (4) 1972 ex- Bella Coola, 1977 purchased from Brostrom Scanscot, Gothenburg renamed Foochow, 1980 transferred to Korean subsidiary Dong Young, Inchon renamed Pegasus Timber. 16,230
Fukien 1946 1965 sold to Panama renamed Felicity. 3,279
Funing (1) 1950 1964 sold to Ocean Tramping Co., renamed Starford. 3,464
Funing (2) 1978 1982 sold to Peoples Republic of China renamed Pin Jiang. 9,119
Glengyle 1864 1873 taken over with Union S.N. Co., Shanghai, 1875 wrecked on Namoa Island with loss of 210 lives. 1,933
Hangchow 1885 1923 scrapped. 1,572
Hankow 1875 1906 caught fire at Hong Kong and burnt out with loss of 130 lives. Became storage hulk at Shasi. 3,073
Hanyang (1) 1901 1933 scrapped. 1,956
Hanyang (2) 1940 1942 Australian Government supply ship, 1946 returned to owners, 1964 sold to Hemisphere Shipping Co., Hong Kong renamed Bidford. 2,852
Highland Chief 1990 1999 on charter renamed Forum Tonga, 2000 still in service. 7,914
Hoang Ho 1879 ex- Kiang Shun, 1899 purchased from Boyd & Co. renamed Hoang Ho, 1904 wrecked in Chimo Bay on passage Amoy to Chinchu. 677
Hoihow (1) 1880 1922 scrapped. 1,411
Hoihow (2) 1933 1943 torpedoed and sunk by U.181 north of Mauritius. 2,798
Hsin Peking (1) 1906 ex- Li-Ta, 1911 purchased from Cie. Asiatique de Nav, Dunkirk renamed Hsin Peking, 1936 scrapped. 2,866
Hsin Peking (2)   see Tungchow (2)  
Huichow 1905 1936 scrapped. 1,993
Hunan (1) 1895 1926 scrapped after grounding damage. 1,885
Hunan (2) 1932 1962 scrapped. 2,827
Hunan (3) 1966 1968 sold to Cia Nacional de Nav, Lisbon renamed Nacala. 8,966
Hunan (4) 1981 1990 sold to Great Eastern Shipping Co., Bombay renamed Jag Rashmi. 23,410
Hupeh (1) 1901 1931 sold to San Peh S.N. Co., Shanghai renamed Sungpu. 1,951
Hupeh (2) 1933 1961 sold to Robin & Co., Hong Kong, 1962 sold to Sin Hong Co., Hong Kong renamed Josefina. 2,801
Hupeh (3) 1961 ex- Sidonia, 1967 purchased from the Anchor Line renamed Hupeh, 1982 sold to Dagana Shipping Co., Panama renamed Sun Opal. 5,704
Hupeh (4) 1984 1990 sold to P. Meyer, Oslo renamed Havsul. 26,239
Ichang (1) 1873 1891 wrecked in fog on Nemesis Rock, off Tiger Island on voyage Shanghai - Ningpo; loss of 43 lives. 1,782
Ichang (2) 1898 1931 scrapped after being blown ashore at Amoy in typhoon and damaged. 2,002
Iron Dampier   see Kweilin (3)  
Island Chief (1)   see Tsingtao.  
Island Chief (2)   see Chefoo (2)  
Kaifong 1888 1919 laid up after grounding damage, 1922 scrapped. 1,643
Kalgan (1) 1895 1916 taken over by the Shipping Controller, London, 1918 torpedoed and sunk by UB.53 off Syria. 1,885
Kalgan (2) 1921 1941 seized by Japanese at Bangkok renamed Nishi Maru, 1944 sunk by US air attack in Manila Bay. 2,655
Kanchow 1905 1941 scuttled at Hong Kong to avoid capture. 1943 salvaged by Japanese renamed Gyoshin Maru, later Ganshu Maru, 1945 mined, beached and scrapped. 1,993
Kangting (1) 1925 1929 burnt out, converted to oil storage barge. 435
Kangting (2) 1924 ex- Chi Ping, 1935 purchased from Yangtse Rapids SS Co., Hong Kong renamed Kangting, 1948 scrapped. 646
Kansu 1895 1927 scrapped. 1,885
Kashing 1895 1927 scrapped. 1,885
Kaying 1922 1943 torpedoed and sunk by U.593 off Derna on voyage Tripoli to Alexandria. 2,626
Keelung 1880 1884 wrecked on Dodd Island on voyage Swatow - Shanghai. 1,434
Kian 1907 1935 wrecked on Tungchow Beacon. 1,195
Kiangsu 1921 1941 seized by Japanese off Amoy, 1942 renamed Kinmon Maru, 1944 burnt out at Singapore. 2,661
Kiating 1925 1937 sold to China, trace lost. 423
Kingyuan 1921 1944 destroyed in explosion of s/s FORT STIKINE at Bombay. 2,653
Kinling 1904 1916 destroyed by fire at Kiangyin, Yangtze, hull sold to Japan and rebuilt as Suiyang Maru. 3,397
Kinshan 1903 1935 sold to Hong Kong, Canton & Macao Steamboat Co. 2,861
Kintang 1925 1941 seized by Japanese, 1945 laid up in damaged condition, 1948 scrapped. 435
Kiukiang 1898 1932 scrapped. 2,002
Kiungchow 1921 1941 taken over by MOWT, 1946 sold to British India S.N. Co. renamed Kilwa. 2,653
Kokopo Chief   see Chekiang (3)  
Kuala Lumpur 1936 ex- Dilwara, 1960 purchased from British India S.N. Co. renamed Kuala Lumpur, cruising and pilgrimage trades, 1971 scrapped. 11,080
Kueichow 1905 1936 scrapped. 1,992
Kwangchow 1921 1937 wrecked in typhoon at Hong Kong. 2,626
Kwangse 1898 1928 wrecked on Ping Rock on voyage Swatow - Shanghai. 2,002
Kwangsi (1) 1960 1971 renamed New Guinea Chief, 1944 transferred to subsidiary company Halsbury Shipping Ltd, Singapore renamed Bangkok Star, 1978 sold to Straits Shipping Pte, Singapore renamed Straits Star. 5,957
Kwangsi (2) 1967 ex- Persus, 1978 purchased from China Nav. Co. renamed Kwangsi, 1982 sold to Hong Kong renamed Asia Dragon. 12,094
Kwangtung (1) 1921 1942 sunk by Japanese submarine I.156 south of Java. 2,626
Kwangtung (2) 1959 1965 chartered to Crusader Shipping Co., renamed Norman, 1966 reverted to Kwangtung, 1979 sold to Johnson & Co., Panama renamed California. 5,957
Kwangtung (3) 1981 ex- Presidente Jose Pardo, 1989 purchased from Admiralty Marshal and renamed Kwangtung, 1992 chartered to Woermann Line renamed Woermann Africa, 1992 reverted to Kwangtung, 1994 chartered to Cie. General Maritime renamed CGM Kwangtung, 1995 reverted to Kwangtung, 1999 renamed Tauranga Chief, 2000 still in service. 17,527
Kweichow (1) 1959 1966 chartered to Crusader Shipping Co., renamed Norman (2), 1968 reverted to Kweichow, 1974 sold to Somalia renamed Orient Victory. 5,957
Kweichow (2) 1967 ex- Phemius, 1978 purchased from China Nav. Co. renamed Kweichow, 1983 sold to Saudi Arabia renamed Saudi Kawther. 12,094
Kweilin (1) 1891 1923 scrapped. 1,765
Kweilin (2) 1962 1974 sold to Rogers & Co., Mauritius renamed Rogers Trader. 5,902
Kweilin (3) 1981 ex- Palapur, 1982 purchased from Halstead Shipping, Liberia renamed Kweilin, 1992 chartered to Broken Hill Propietary Co., Melbourne renamed Iron Dampier, 2000 still in service. 16,288
Kweiyang (1) 1890 1910 wrecked on Little Okseu Island on voyage Hong Kong to Ningpo. 1,715
Kweiyang (2) 1921 1952 sold to Wai Thai Co., Bangkok renamed Mecca Neva. 2,644
Liangchow 1905 1941 taken over by MOWT, 1943 blown ashore in storm in Benghazi Harbour. 1,990
Lin Tan 1904 1917 sold to Sai Hing SS Co., Hong Kong. 572
Linan 1903 1934 scrapped. 2,203
Luchow 1905 1938 scrapped. 1,992
Luen Ho 1906 ex- Li-Mao, 1911 purchased from Cie. Asiatique de Nav, Dunkirk renamed Luen Ho, 1911 sold to Jardine, Matheson & Co, Shanghai. 2,868
Luen Yi 1906 ex- Li-Fong, 1911 purchased from Cie. Asiatique de Nav, Dunkirk renamed Luen Yi, 1912 transferred to China Merchants Co. 2,868
Micronesian Pride   see Swire Star.  
Min 1901 1905 sold to Richard McBain, Shanghai. 540
Ming Chuan   see Wanliu (1)  
Nanchang (1) 1890 1911 sold to K. Ishigaki, Uraga renamed Hokuse Maru. 1,715
Nanchang (2) 1922 1950 scrapped. 2,488
Nanchang (3) 1943 ex- Glaucus (4), 1964 chartered from Blue Funnel Line renamed Nanchang, 1968 scrapped. 8,265
Nanchang (4) 1957 ex- Hervang, 1969 purchased from Vaboens Shipping, Kristiansand renamed Nanchang, 1973 sold to Cyprus renamed Enterprise. 9,959
Nanning (1) 1900 1917 sold to Sai Hing SS Co,. Hong Kong. 569
Nanning (2) 1923 1941 scuttled at Hong Kong, raised by Japanese and renamed Nannin Maru, 1945 mined and sunk off Yawata. 2,485
New Guinea Chief   see Kwangsi (1)  
Newchwang (1) 1877 1912 sold to Woo Yik SS Co., Macao renamed Chang-Va. 895
Newchwang (2) 1922 1942 became HMAS Newchwang for Australian Navy, 1946 returned to owners, 1950 scrapped at Hong Kong. 2,480
Ngan-Kin 1883 1933 grounded on Hirado Island on voyage Shanghai - Changchow, total loss. 2,553
Nimos 1977 1979 sold to Broderick & Co., Bermuda. 6,373
Ninghai (1) 1925 1950 scrapped. 2,484
Ninghai (2) 1945 ex- Athenian (originally Anchor Line's Elysia), 1965 purchased from Efcarriers Ltd, Liberia renamed Ninghai, 1971 sold to Venus International Corp, Panama renamed Venus Ninghai. 9,991
Ningpo (1) 1898 1933 scrapped. 2,002
Ningpo (2) 1949 ex- Corinaldo, 1967 purchased from Donaldson Line renamed Ningpo, 1967 sold to Liberia renamed Kinaros. 8,392
Ningpo (3) 1952 ex- Essequibo, 1968 purchased from Royal Mail Line, London renamed Ningpo, 1970 sold to Burma. 7,791
Pacific Islander   see Pacific Princess.  
Pacific Princess 1977 1981 purchased from Helm World Shipping, Singapore, 1982 renamed Pacific Islander, 2000 still in service. 8,012
Pakhoi (1) 1880 1881 wrecked at entrance to Amoy on voyage Shanghai - Amoy. 1,408
Pakhoi (2) 1895 1927 scrapped. 2,023
Pakhoi (3) 1941 1964 sold to Peninsular Shipping Co., Hong Kong renamed Longford. 2,868
Pakhoi (4) 1997 1997 chartered renamed Rio Apure, 2000 still in service. 7,197
Paoting 1891 1923 scrapped. 1,765
Papuan Chief (1) 1954 ex- Bahia, 1966 purchased from L. Lorentzen, Oslo renamed Papuan Chief, 1969 chartered to Burns, Philp & Co., Sydney renamed Marsina, 1970 reverted to Papuan Chief, 1975 sold to Maldives renamed Maldive Coral. 2,436
Papuan Chief (2) 1977 1990 sold to Alleyn Shipping Ltd, Singapore renamed Vigour Singapore. 6,373
Papuan Chief (3) 1991 2000 on charter renamed Capitain Tasman. 7,914
Pekin 1873 1912 withdrawn from service and used as accommodation ship at Wuhu for 30 years. Trace lost in WWII. 3,076
Polynesia 1979 2000 still in service. 8,083
Pow An 1872 1907 transferred from Hong Kong, Canton & Macao Steamboat Co. 1908 struck rock off Capsuimun and sank with loss of approx. 50 lives. 2,339
Poyang (1) 1891 1934 scrapped. 2,551
Poyang (2) 1941 1941 became HMAS Poyang as supply ship for Australian Navy, 1946 returned to owners, 1963 sold to Steering Line Ltd, Hong Kong renamed Bali Steer. 2,873
Poyang (3)   see Asian Exporter.  
Poyang (4)   see Swire Star.  
Sainam 1900 1917 sold to Sai Hing SS Co., Hong Kong. 588
Saingtan 1905 1941 captured by Japanese at Ichang, 1942 renamed Kinko Maru, 1944 sunk by U.S. air attack off Hankow. 1,217
Sam Shui 1899 1900 sold to Shanghai Dock & Eng. Co. as a tug. 269
San Ui 1904 1917 sold to Sai Hing SS Co., Hong Kong. 322
Shan Tung 1915 1948 scrapped. 2,549
Shanghai 1873 1890 caught fire and beached 6 miles from Mud River Fort on voyage Shanghai to Hankow. Over 200 deck passengers drowned by jumping into the river. Laid up unrepaired until 1894 when converted to storage hulk at Shanghai. 3,088
Shansi (1) 1898 1930 scrapped. 2,002
Shansi (3) 1950 ex- Berganger, 1968 purchased from Westfal-Larsen & Co., Bergen renamed Shansi, 1977 sold to Cie de Nav. Full Moon, Panama renamed Yat Lee. 8,089
Shansi (3) 1947 1967 sold to Pacific International Line, Singapore renamed Kota Rajah. 3,152
Shantung 1995 1997 chartered renamed Melanesian Chief, 1998 reverted to Shantung, 1999 renamed Malaysia Star, 1999 renamed Maersk Zanzibar, 2000 still in service. 7,914
Shaoshing 1901 1917 sank after striking rock near Tungsha lightship on voyage Swatow - Shanghai - Weihaiwei. 2,123
Shasi (1) 1891 1909 sold to Tah Deh, Shanghai renamed Ta Ngan. 1,090
Shasi (2) 1910 1941 captured by Japanese renamed Rijo Maru, 1945 returned to owners, 1948 scrapped. 1,327
Shasi (3) 1995 1998 chartered renamed Sea Explorer II, 1999 chartered to American President Line renamed APL Rose, 2000 still in service. 7,914
Shengking (1) 1895 1931 scrapped. 1,650
Shengking (2) 1931 1941 taken over by the Admiralty as supply ship, renamed HMS Shengking, 1955 sold to Shun Cheong S.N. Co., Hong Kong renamed Taipoosek. 3,000
Shuntien (1) 1904 1933 renamed Shuntien I, 1934 scrapped. 1,758
Shuntien (2) 1934 1941 taken over as Royal Naval transport, 1941 torpedoed and sunk by U.559 on voyage Tobruk to Alexandria with Axis prisoners of war. 3,000
Shuntien I   see Shuntien.  
Siam Star   see Swire Star.  
Singan 1890 1922 scrapped. 1,663
Sinkiang (1) 1915 1942 sunk by Japanese air attack on voyage Calcutta to Colombo. 2,646
Sinkiang (2) 1946 1966 sold to Asia Selatan Enterprises, Panama renamed Tong Jit. 3,029
Sinkiang (3) 1954 ex- Troubadour, 1971 purchased from Wilhelm Wilhelmsen, Oslo renamed Sinkiang, 1980 scrapped. 6,057
Siushan 1926 1942 lost during evacuation of Singapore. 296
Six Stars   see Tientsin (3)  
Soochow (1) 1885 1895 wrecked on North East Promontary on voyage Chinkiang - Chefoo. 1,572
Soochow (2) 1920 1941 scuttled at Hong Kong to avoid capture, 1942 salvaged by Japanese renamed Tosan Maru, 1945 mined and sunk off Shiminoseki. 2,604
Soochow (3) 1947 1967 sold to Pacific International Line, Singapore renamed Kota Ratu. 3,152
Soochow (4) 1950 ex- Moldanger, 1970 purchased from Westfal-Larsen & Co., Bergen renamed Soochow, 1977 sold to Cie de Nav. Full Moon, Panama renamed Yat Shing. 8,055
Soochow (5) 1994 1994 chartered renamed Micronesian Chief, 1995 reverted to Soochow, 1996 chartered to A. P. Moller renamed Maersk Asia Decimo, 2000 still in service. 7,914
Strathkeith 1977 1977 transferred to Zepranger Co., Liberia renamed Ranger. 6,216
Suiting 1926 1941 seized by Japanese. trace lost. 296
Suiyang 1917 1946 beached after hitting a mine near Bangkok, total loss. 2,590
Sungkiang 1888 1918 sank near Lamock Island after striking a rock. 1,620
Sunning 1916 1936 blown ashore by typhoon at Hong Kong, total loss. 2,549
Swatow 1873 ex- William Batters, 1874 purchased by Coast Boats Ownery, Shanghai renamed Swatow, 1888 struck a reef off Namoa Island and sank on voyage Swatow - Shanghai. 820
Swire Star 1981 ex- Michelle, 1981 purchased from Tan Wing Shipping, Hong Kong renamed Swire Star, 1983 renamed Siam Star. 1992 transferred to Swire Atoll Ltd, Liberia renamed Micronesian Pride, 1994 renamed Poyang (4), 1999 sold to Yunda Shipping Co., St. Vincent. 6,783
Szechuen (1) 1895 1916 taken over by the Shipping Controller, London, 1918 torpedoed and sunk by UB.51 on voyage Famagusta, Cyprus to Port Said. 1,885
Szechuen (2) 1920 1942 on military service with cargo of aviation spirit, exploded and sank on voyage Haifa - Port Said. 2,604
Szechuen (3) 1946 1966 sold to Asia Selatan Enterprises, Panama renamed Tong Hin. 3,033
Szechuen (4) 1995 1996 chartered renamed Kokopo Chief (3), 1998 renamed Tasman Chief, 1999 renamed Thailand Star, 1999 renamed Maersk Nairobi, 2000 still in service. 7,914
Taiwan (1) 1882 1905 sold to Diederichsen, Jebsen & Co., Hamburg renamed Plon. 1,734
Taiwan (2) 1961 ex- Kong Olav V, 1969 purchased from DFDS, Copenhagen renamed Taiwan, 1972 sold to Birka Line, Mariehamn renamed Baronessan. 5,150
Taiyuan (1) 1886 1912 sold to Australian-Oriental Line, Melbourne. 2,269
Taiyuan (2) 1929 1942 scuttled at Sourabaja to avoid capture. 2,994
Taiyuan (3) 1949 1972 sold to Pacific International Line, Singapore renamed Kota Sahabat. 7,472
Tak Hing 1903 1906 blown ashore in typhoon at Hong Kong, sold to Sze Yap SS Co., Hong Kong. 617
Taming 1903 1935 scrapped. 2,220
Tamsui 1880 1919 grounded in Hukwang Channel on voyage Hankow - Swatow and capsized. 1,424
Tatung (1) 1891 1935 scrapped. 2,548
Tatung (2) 1928 ex- I-Fung, 1935 purchased from Yangtse Rapids SS Co., Hong Kong renamed Tatung, 1942 scuttled off Singapore to avoid capture, later salvaged by Japanese renamed Taito Maru, 1947 scrapped. 1,560
Tauranga Chief   see Kwangtung (3)  
Tean 1904 1936 scrapped. 2,193
Tientsin (1) 1876 1887 lost on Rees Island, Amoy on voyage Swatow - Shanghai. 1,087
Tientsin (2) 1895 1927 scrapped. 2,026
Tientsin (3) 1955 ex- Maroua, 1961 purchased from Chargeurs Reunis renamed Tientsin, 1969 renamed Six Stars, 1971 Sold to Nilmore Ltd, Hong Kong renamed Tientsin. 5,588
Tsinan (1) 1886 1909 sold to Ping An S.S. Co., Shanghai (Wallem & Co.) renamed Tsinanfu. 2,269
Tsinan (2) 1930 1939-1945 MOWT, 1951 sold to John Manners, Hong Kong renamed San Eduardo. 2,994
Tsingtao 1954 ex- Manga, 1961 purchased from Chargeurs Reunis renamed Tsingtao, 1968 renamed Island Chief, 1970 reverted to Tsingtao, 1972 chartered to Tonga renamed Tauloto, 1973 chartered to Soochow Shipping Co., Somalia renamed Soochow, 1977 sold to Seychelles renamed Wenchow. 5,588
Tungchow (1) 1886 1904 sold to Russia renamed Dneipr. 1,502
Tungchow (2) 1914 1936 renamed Hsin Peking (2), 1941 seized by Japanese, 1942 renamed Rakuzan Maru, 1945 sunk by U.S. air attack. 2,104
Tung-Ting 1900 1929 wrecked 14 miles upstream from Wusueh. 2,036
Tunsin 1863 1873 taken over with Union S.N. Co., Shanghai,1885 converted to a pontoon landing stage at Swatow. 774
Wan Yuan 1939 1941 taken over by Royal Navy, 1942 destroyed at Singapore by R.N. 674
Wanhsien 1922 1941 scuttled at Hong Kong, 1946 raised and scrapped. 868
Wanliu (1) 1920 ex- Loong Mow, 1923 purchased from W. A. Argent, Shanghai renamed Wanliu, renamed Ming Chuan, 1938 seized by Japanese and renamed Mari Maru, 1945 returned to owners reverted to Ming Chuan, 1969 scrapped. 1,112
Wanliu (2) 1924 ex- I-Ping, 1935 purchased from Yangtse Rapids SS Co., Hong Kong renamed Wanliu, 1948 scrapped. 781
Wanliu (3) 1949 ex- Wanstead, 1969 chartered from Watts, Watts & Co., London renamed Wanliu, 1969 purchased, 1975 sold to Maldives renamed Maldive Explorer. 5,393
Wantung 1921 ex- Alice Dollar, 1925 purchased from Robert Dollar & Co., Shanghai renamed Wantung, 1941 captured by Japanese at Shanghai renamed Heizan Maru, 1943 sunk by US air attack near Anking. 1,061
Wenchow (1) 1878 1922 scrapped. 898
Wenchow (2) 1923 1941 seized by Japanese at Shanghai, 1942 renamed Hachigan Maru, 1942 torpedoed and sunk off Borneo by USS SEAWOLF. 3,113
Wenchow (3) 1949 ex- Wendover, 1964 chartered from Watts, Watts & Co., London renamed Wenchow, 1969 purchased, 1975 sold to Pacific International Line, Singapore renamed Kota Subur. 5,393
Whampoa 1882 1904 sold to Russian Trade & Insurance Co., Sebastopol. 1,734
Whangpu 1920 1941 requisitioned as Submarine Depot Ship at Singapore. 1943 became Royal Australian Navy Mobile Repair Ship.1946 returned to owners and used as accommodation ship, 1949 scrapped. 3,204
Woosung (1) 1882 1905 sold to Diederichsen, Jebsen & Co., Hamburg renamed Eutin. 1,734
Woosung (2) 1918 1941 seized by Japanese, 1942 renamed Reizan Maru, 1945 mined and sunk in Yangtze River. 3,426
Woosung (3) 1950 ex- Woodford, 1964 chartered from Watts, Watts & Co., London renamed Woosung, 1968 purchased, 1976 sold to Guan, Guan Enterprising, Singapore renamed New Dragon. 5,393
Wuchang (1) 1882 1900-1902 taken over by German authorities for troop transport during Boxer Rebellion, 1905 sold to von Kriegelstein, Hamburg renamed Cacalie, wrecked the same year. 1,251
Wuchang (2) 1914 1941 converted to submarine depot ship for Royal Navy. 1946 returned to owners and used as accommodation ship at Hong Kong, 1949 scrapped. 3,204
Wuchow 1899 1900 sold to German authorities for use as a tug during the Boxer Rebellion. 269
Wuhu (1) 1879 1883 wrecked outside Shanghai. 3,051
Wuhu (2) 1895 1927 scrapped. 2,026
Wuhu (3) 1930 1941 captured by Japanese renamed Kakuzan Maru, 1943 sunk by US air attack near Anking. 2,938
Wulin 1935 1942 sunk by Japanese air attack at Johore, salvaged by Japanese renamed Unryu Maru, 1944 torpedoed and sunk by HMS SHAKESPEARE off Andaman Islands. 2,516
Wusueh 1931 1942 converted to Hospital Ship, 1946 returned to owners, 1950 sold to the Admiralty as HQ ship at Hong Kong renamed HMS Ladybird, 1953 scrapped. 3,099
Yingchow 1905 1942 taken over by Royal Indian Navy as training ship, 1945 returned to owners and scrapped. 1,992
Yochow (1) 1901 1918 torpedoed and sunk by U.33 while 54 miles NE from Port Said. 50 dead. 2,127
Yochow (2) 1933 1960 sold to Guan Guan Pte, Singapore renamed Kuda Mas. 2,810
Yochow (3) 1948 ex- St. Thomas, 1965 purchased from South American Saint Line renamed Yochow, 1971 sold to New Asia SS Co., Panama renamed Lucky Four. 6,861
Yunnan (1) 1890 1891 wrecked on Double Island on voyage Amoy to Swatow. 1,663
Yunnan (2) 1901 1930 scrapped. 1,953
Yunnan (3) 1934 1942 became HMAS Yunnan as store ship for Australian Navy. 1946 returned to owners, 1959 sold to On Thai Navigation, Hong Kong renamed Hock Ann. 2,812
Yunnan (4) 1948 ex- St. Essylt (2), 1964 purchased from South American Saint Line renamed Yunnan, 1971 sold to New Asia SS Co., Panama renamed Lucky Two. 6,844
    Managed Ships
MOWT = Ministry of War Transport
 
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Hickory Burn 1945 managed for MOWT, 1947 returned to US Maritime Commission, 1948 sold to China Union Lines renamed Union Trader. 3,834
Hickory Dale 1945 managed for MOWT, 1947 returned to US Maritime Commission renamed Persian Knot. 3,834
Hickory Glen 1945 managed for MOWT, 1947 returned to US
Maritime Commission, sold to Lamport & Holt Line renamed Sheridan.
3,834
Hickory Knoll 1945 managed for MOWT, 1947 returned to US Maritime Commission and renamed William J. Sutton for U.S. Army. 3,834
Hickory Stream 1945 managed for MOWT, 1947 returned to US Maritime Commission, sold to Booth Line renamed Dominic. 3,834

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