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Compagnie des Chargeurs Reunis, HavreC Reunis

Formed in 1872 to operate a service between Havre and Brazil and the River Plate. In 1883 the company acquired the Societe Postale de l'Atlantique which ran a service to Canada and in 1889 commenced a new service to the west coast of Africa. The Compagnie Commerciale des Transports a Vapeur Francais was taken over in 1894 and Chargeurs Reunis thus acquired their services to New Orleans and the Gulf of Mexico. A new route to South Africa and Madagascar opened in 1896 and lasted until 1905, and a service from Dunkirk to Saigon and Haiphong started in 1901. During 1905 a 'round the world' route was opened from European ports to China and Japan, across the Pacific to Hawaii and the West coast of the USA, Mexico, Punta Arenas, Montevideo and Europe, but ceased in 1911. In May 1928 agreement was reached with the Polish Government for the opening of an emigrant service from Gdynia to Brazil and Argentina and this continued until 1931. In 1929 the company entered the fruit trade and built a fleet of special ships to carry bananas from Africa to France. During the second world war, the company sustained heavy losses and received several ex-German ships and Liberty ships as compensation and in 1946 a cargo service commenced between Dakar and the United States. Services continued after the war, but the increase in air travel and the loss of French Indo-China gradually forced the company to abandon passenger services.

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.

Funnel:
Buff with broad white band containing small red stars.

Fleet List: (to 1954)

Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Abbeville 1943 ex- John Trumbull, purchased 1946 renamed Abbeville, 1960 sold to Israel renamed Fede. 7,176
Aden 1918 1940 sunk by air attack at Dunkirk. 8,190
Adrar 1920 1933 ashore and abandoned, 1936 refloated and became German Freidenau. 5,872
Afrique 1907 1920 sank in gale in Bay of Biscay. 5,404
Amerique 1912 ex- Alba, ex- Sierra Ventana, 1926 purchased from Sud Atlantique renamed Amerique, 1936 scrapped. 8,396
Amiral Aube 1898 1911 sold to Menzell, Hamburg renamed Thora Menzell. 4,026
Amiral Baudin 1898 1911 sold to Menzell, Hamburg renamed Clara Menzell.. 4,026
Amiral Charner 1902 ex- Hungarian, 1913 purchased from Allan Line and renamed Amiral Charner, 1918 torpedoed and sunk. 4,508
Amiral Courbet 1899 1911 sold to Menzell, Hamburg renamed Lotte Menzell.. 4,089
Amiral de Kersaint 1903 1917 shelled and sunk by U.Boat in Spanish territorial waters. 5,570
Amiral Duperre 1901 1927 scrapped. 5,037
Amiral Exelmans 1901 1913 lost at Tabou, West Africa. 5,029
Amiral Fourichon 1901 1928 scrapped. 5,045
Amiral Ganteaume 1901 ex- Hibernian, 1913 purchased from Allan Line and renamed Amiral Ganteaume, 1934 scrapped. 4,505
Amiral Geuydon 1901 1903 on fire and exploded in Red Sea, towed to Marseilles and 1904 scrapped. 5,041
Amiral Hamelin 1901 1915 torpedoed and sunk in Mediterranean. 5,041
Amiral Jaurequiberry 1902 1927 scrapped. 5,037
Amiral Latouche Treville 1903 1929 scrapped. 5,573
Amiral Magon 1904 1917 torpedoed and sunk in Mediterranean. 5,566
Amiral Nielly 1904 1929 scrapped. 5,573
Amiral Olry 1904 1917 torpedoed and sunk. 5,567
Amiral Ponty 1904 1929 scrapped. 5,571
Amiral Rigault de Genouilly 1903 1929 scrapped. 5,410
Amiral Sallandrouze de Lamornaix 1904 1929 scrapped. 5,408
Amiral Troude 1903 1929 scrapped. 5,615
Amiral Villaret de Joyeuse 1912 1934 scrapped. 5,927
Amiral Zede 1912 1917 torpedoed and sunk. 5,927
Ango 1913 1940 seized by Germany renamed Lockstedt, 1948 scrapped. 7,393
Apsara 1951 1958 sold to Schiaffino & Co, France renamed Schiaffino Freres. 4,286
Asie 1914 1941 seized by Italy renamed Rossano, 1944 sunk by air attack at Genoa. 8,561
Aurigny 1917 1941 seized by Argentine Government renamed General San Martin. 9,588
Baccarat 1944 ex- Charles Goodnight, 1947 purchased renamed Baccarat, 1954 sold to Liberia renamed Margaritis. 7,244
Bakala 1947 1966 sold to Ivory Coast. 4,458
Bandama 1948 1970 sold to Somalia renamed Henriette. 4,461
Bangkok 1919 1950 sold to Greece. 8,056
Baoule 1921 1939 torpedoed and sunk off Finisterre. 5,874
Bar de Luc   see Lisieux. .
Belfort 1943 ex- John Grier Hibben, 1947 purchased renamed Belfort, 1967 sold to Panama renamed Kettara. 7,234
Belgrano 1872 ex- Louis XIV, 1872 purchased renamed Belgrano, 1894 scrapped. 2,131
Belle Isle 1917 1943 destroyed by air attack at Toulon. 9,591
Beyla 1946 1968 sold to the Bahamas. 4,458
Bilma 1947 1968 sold to Liberia renamed Seagull. 4,458
Boffa 1947 1969 sold to Liberia renamed Monar. 4,458
Bouca 1947 sold to Singapore renamed Golden Harbour. 4,458
Bougainville 1913 1942 seized by Japan renamed Teihu Maru, 1945 sunk by air attack. 7,293
Boulogne Sur Mer 1942 ex- William B. Giles, purchased 1946 renamed Boulogne Sur Mer, 1966 sold to Panama renamed Boulogne. 7,176
Brazza (1)   see Camranh (2) .
Brazza (2) 1948 1975 sold to French Navy renamed Maurienne. 9,065
Calais 1942 ex- George H. Dern, purchased 1946 renamed Calais, 1960 sold to Greece renamed Almavita. 7,176
California 1882 ex- Dupuy de Lome, 1894 purchased and renamed California, 1900 lost at Boa Vista. 3,447
Campana 1889 1908 scrapped. 3,038
Campinas 1895 1929 sold in Far East. 3,098
Camranh (1) 1915 ex- Altenburg, 1919 war reparations, renamed Camranh, 1920 wrecked in Straits of Malacca. 6,472
Camranh (2) 1923 1927 renamed Brazza (1), 1940 torpedoed and sunk. 11,700
Canarias 1893 1908 wrecked in fog at Tarifa Point. 3,242
Cap Lay   see Halgan. .
Cap Padaran   see D'Iberville. .
Cap Saint Jacques   see Guichen. .
Cap Tourane   see Jouffroy D'abbans. .
Cap Varella   see Kersaint. .
Caravellas 1893 1922 sold in Far East. 3,240
Carolina 1882 ex- Havre, 1894 purchased, renamed Carolina, 1907 scrapped. 3,447
Casamance 1921 1940 seized by Britain, 1941 mined and sunk. 5,817
Cernay 1943 ex- Jacob H. Gallinger, purchased 1946 renamed Cernay, 1955 transferred to Fabre Line. 7,176
Ceylan 1907 1934 scrapped. 8,223
Champlain 1913 1918 torpedoed and sunk. 7,400
Chodoc 1898 1904 purchased from Cie. Nationale, 1905 wrecked at Gardafui, Somalia. 4,685
Cholon 1897 1904 purchased from Cie. Nationale, 1911 renamed Tchad, 1929 scrapped. 4,317
Claude Bernard 1948 1963 sold to East Germany renamed J.G.. Fichte. 12,021
Clement Ader 1953 1956 sold to Italia Line renamed Alessandro Volta. 11,348
Colombia 1890 1901 scrapped. 3,038
Colonia 1889 1909 scrapped. 3,038
Comte d'eu 1878 ex- Powhatan, 1888 sold to South America renamed Ibo. 1,561
Concordia 1889 1909 scrapped. 3,038
Cordilleras 1895 1909 scrapped. 3,098
Cordoba 1887 1907 scrapped. 2,906
Corrientes 1890 1901 rammed and sunk in Havre Roads by s/s Maywood. 3,038
Corse 1908 1910 sold to the French Line, renamed Niagara. 8,481
Corsica 1890 1909 scrapped. 3,038
Dahomey 1920 1942 wrecked in Allied landings off Rabat. 5,851
Dalny 1914 ex- Waldeck, 1919 war reparations, renamed Dalny, 1942 seized by Germany, 1943 torpedoed and sunk. 6,672
Daloa 1948 1971 sold to Delmas-Vieljeux, France. 4,457
D'entrecasteaux 1921 1940 seized by Britain,1942 torpedoed and sunk. 7,291
Desirade 1921 1950 scrapped. 9,645
D'Iberville 1922 1925 renamed Cap Padaran, 1941 captured by British, 1943 torpedoed and sunk. 7,676
Doba 1937 ex- Dresden, 1949 acquired, 1950 wrecked near Ras Hafoun. 7,096
Docteur Roux 1944 ex- Willow Park, 1956 transferred to Cie. des Transports Maritimes de L'Afrique Occidentale Francaise. 3,087
Dom Pedro 1878 1895 struck rocks and sank off Spanish coast. 2,999
Dupleix 1913 1941 seized by Holland in East Indies, renamed Boero, 1942 torpedoed and sunk by Japanese. 7,418
Edouard Branly 1951 1956 sold to Italia Line renamed Antonio Pacinotti. 11,344
Entre Rios 1887 1905 sold to Greece renamed Athenaion. 2,853
Eubee 1921 1936 rammed and sunk by s/s Corinaldo in fog. 9,645
Europe 1906 1930 scrapped. 4,769
Forbin 1922 1940 seized by Britain, 1944 scuttled at Arromanches as breakwater for Normandy landings. 7,291
Formose 1921 1942 seized by Argentine Government renamed Rio Tunuyan, 1946 returned to owners renamed Formose, 1953 scrapped. 9,975
Fort Archambault 1917 ex- Ariano (Gulf Line), ex- War Python, 1929 purchased renamed Fort Archambault, 1951 sold. 5,549
Fort Binger 1919 ex- Cornish City, 1929 purchased renamed Fort Binger, 1950 scrapped. 5,250
Fort de Douaumont 1918 ex- War Deer, 1919 purchased renamed Fort de Douaumont, 1951 sold to Italy renamed San Giuliano. 5,266
Fort de Souville 1918 ex- War Finch, 1919 purchased renamed Fort de Souville, 1942 seized by Italy renamed Benivento, 1943 torpedoed and sunk. 5,229
Fort de Troyon 1919 ex- War Rider, 1919 purchased renamed Fort de Troyon, 1951 sold to Italy renamed Eridano. 5,206
Fort de Vaux 1918 ex- War Gnat, 1919 purchased renamed Fort de Vaux, 1943 torpedoed and sunk off Liberia. 5,186
Fort Lamy 1919 ex- Portfield, ex- War Peacock, 1929 purchased renamed Fort Lamy, 1943 torpedoed and sunk. 5,234
Fort Medine 1919 ex- Bradford City, 1929 purchased renamed Fort Medine, 1941 torpedoed and sunk. 5,355
Foucauld (1)   see Hoedic. .
Foucauld (2) 1947 1967 sold to Franch Navy renamed Moselle. 9,065
General Leclerc 1950 1969 sold to Panama renamed General Leclerque. 9,499
Gerardmer 1944 ex- Henry L. Gantt, 1947 purchased renamed Gerardmer, 1963 scrapped. 7,207
Groix 1921 1952 scrapped. 9,975
Guichen 1921 1925 renamed Cap Saint Jacques, 1954 scrapped. 7,677
Halgan 1921 1926 renamed Cap Lay, 1928 wrecked in typhoon at Along Bay. 7,677
Henri IV 1871 1872 purchased, 1886 sold to Bossiere for Havre - Canada service. 1,590
Henri Poincare 1952 1956 sold to Italia Line renamed Galileo Ferraris. 11,348
Hoedic 1922 1929 renamed Foucauld (1), 1940 by air attack at La Pallice. 9,975
Irima 1947 ex- Owendo, 1953 purchased renamed Irima, no further info. 4,478
Isigny 1943 1950 transferred from French Line, 1965 sold to Liberia renamed Odysion. 7,176
Issia 1950 ex- Yombe, purchased 1953 renamed Issia, 1964 sold to Cie de Navigation d'Orbigny, France renamed Salon. 4,668
Jamaique 1921 ex- Mosella, 1928 purchased from Sud Atlantique renamed Jamaique, 1954 scrapped. 10,123
Jouffroy D'abbans 1923 1925 renamed Cap Tourane, 1953 scrapped. 7,676
Kaa 1936 ex- Galatee, ex- Dorset Coast, 1953 purchased from Soc. Algerienne d'Armement renamed Kaa, 1955 sold to Hong Kong renamed Isabel. 783
Kadoura 1951 1969 sold to Greece renamed Asterix. 4,143
Kakoulima 1933 1943 sunk at Civita Vecchia. 3,723
Katiola 1935 1943 seized by Argentina renamed Rio Lujan, 1946 returned to France renamed Katiola, 1958 sold to Liberia renamed Ocean Reefer. 3,891
Kerguelen 1920 ex- Meduana, 1928 purchased from Sud Atlantique renamed Kerguelen, 1940 seized by Germany renamed Winrich von Kniprode, 1945 reverted to France renamed Kerguelen, 1955 scrapped. 10,123
Kersaint 1921 1926 renamed Cap Varella, 1942 captured by Japanese renamed Teika Maru, 1945 mined and sunk. 7,677
Kiffa 1951 1965 sold to nationalist China renamed Singi Reefer. 4,101
Kilissi 1934 1944 bombed and sunk. 3,723
Kindia 1919 ex- Haworth, 1929 purchased renamed Kindia, 1942 seized by Japan renamed Teikun Maru, 1943 mined and sunk. 1,972
Kita 1936 1940 seized by Germany renamed Brandenburg, 1943 torpedoed and sunk. 3,894
Koba 1951 1959 wrecked off Liberia. 4,101
Kolente 1932 1947 renamed Saint Michel, 1955 sold to Hong Kong renamed Tai Poo An. 3,723
Koufra 1954 1970 sold to Singapore renamed Lien Fung. 4,150
Krakus   see Malte. .
Lavoisier 1948 1962 sold to Italy renamed Riviera Prima. 11,968
Le Lavandou 1943 1955 transferred from Societe Generale de Transports Maritimes, 1963 sold to Panama renamed Kettara VIII. 7,176
Libreville 1950 1954 sold to Vietnam renamed Ton That Ky. 860
Linois 1907 ex- Santa Elena, 1922 purchased from Hamburg South America Line renamed Linois, 1944 scuttled by Germans at Marseilles. 7,473
Lipari 1921 1942 shelled and destroyed by fire at Casablanca. 9,954
Lisieux 1943 1949 transferred from French Line, 1952 renamed Bar de Luc, 1954 sold to Italy renamed Andrea Parodi.. 7,176
Loudima 1954 1971 sold to Delmas-Vieljeux, France. 4,544
Louga 1954 1971 sold to Delmas-Vieljeux, France. 4,577
Louis Lumiere 1951 1962 transferred to Messageries Maritimes. 12,358
Loulea 1949 1971 sold to Delmas-Vieljeux, France. 4,459
Malte 1907 1928 renamed Krakus for Gdynia - South America emigrant service, 1934 scrapped. 8,223
Manga 1953 ex- Duquesne, 1956 purchased from Fabre Line renamed Manga, 1962 sold to China Navigation Co., renamed Tsingtao. 5,788
Maroua 1954 ex- Fontenac, 1956 purchased from Fabre Line renamed Maroua, 1962 sold to China Navigation Co., renamed Tientsin. 5,690
Montbeliard 1944 ex- James Devereux, 1947 purchased renamed Montbeliard, 1966 sold to Greece renamed Geowilka. 7,212
Moreno 1872 1874 wrecked at Rio de Janeiro. 1,971
Ouessant 1908 1928 renamed Swiatovid for Gdynia - South America emigrant service, 1934 scrapped. 8,497
Pampa 1878 1905 scrapped. 3,021
Paraguay 1888 1908 scrapped. 3,551
Parahyba 1889 1905 sold. 2,606
Parana 1882 1892 ashore near Cape Frio and broke in two. 3,360
Paranagua 1889 1905 sold. 2,117
Pilote Garnier 1943 ex- Empire Outpost 1945 purchased renamed Pilote Garnier, 1960 sold to Greece renamed Kyra Hariklia. 6,978
Plouharnel 1943 1949 transferred from French Line, 1952 sold to Nouvelle Compagnie Havraise Peninsulaire. 7,176
Portena 1875 1896 sold, converted to cable ship, renamed Contre-Amiral Caubet. 2,321
Radiotelegraphiste Biard 1942 ex- Empire Driver, 1945 purchased renamed Radiotelegraphiste Biard, 1950 sold to Italy renamed Deo Mazzella.. 7,042
Rio Negro 1883 1906 sold to Chile-Argentina Nav. Co. renamed Valdivia. 3,366
Rivadavia 1873 1880 wrecked in fog near Cape Villano. 2,258
Robert Espagne 1942 ex- F. A. C. Muhlenberg, 1947 purchased renamed Robert Espagne, 1961 sold to Lebanon renamed Agapi. 7,259
Saint Die 1944 ex- Isaac I. Stevens, 1947 purchased renamed Saint Die, 1965 sold to Liberia renamed Vara. 7,237
Saint Michel   see Kolente. .
San Martin 1873 1889 wrecked in fog near Montevideo. 2,214
Santa Fe 1887 1907 scrapped. 2,853
Sully 1874 1880 purchased, 1891 sold. 1,278
Swiatovid   see Ouessant. .
Tamba 1954 1971 sold to Delmas-Vieljeux, France. 5,640
Tchad   see Cholon. .
Tessa 1955 1971 sold to Delmas-Vieljeux, France. 5,690
Turckheim 1945 ex- Elias Reisberg, purchased 1946 renamed Turckheim, 1968 scrapped. 7,227
Uruguay 1882 1901 wrecked near Cotonou. 3,376
Ville de Bahia 1872 1890 sold to Cie. Nationale. 1,435
Ville de Buenos Ayres 1882 1898 sold to Cie. des Bateaux a Vapeur du Nord renamed Ville de Rochefort. 2,108
Ville de Ceara 1882 1895 sold to Bombay & Persia S.N. Co renamed Mozaffari. 2,342
Ville de Maceio 1883 1906 scrapped. 2,472
Ville de Maranhao 1882 1908 scrapped. 2,548
Ville de Montevideo 1881 1898 sold to Cie. des Bateaux a Vapeur du Nord renamed Ville de Lorient. 2,111
Ville de Para 1882 1884 struck rock and sank at Las Palmas. 2,356
Ville de Pernambuco 1882 1905 sold to Messageries Maritimes. 2,158
Ville de Rio Janeiro 1872 1887 sunk in collision off Barfleur. 1,435
Ville de Rosario 1881 1898 sold to Cie. des Bateaux a Vapeur du Nord renamed Ville de Constantine. 2,111
Ville de San Nicolas 1881 1905 sold to Argentina renamed Neuquen. 2,112
Ville de Santos 1872 1890 sold to Norway renamed Vulkan. 1,435
Ville de Victoria 1883 1886 rammed and sunk in River Tagus by H.M.S. Sultan. 2,472
Yama 1950 1969 sold to Burundi renamed Toni. 6,049

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