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Cuyamel Fruit Co. and Bluefields Fruit Co.

The Cuyamel Fruit Co. was founded in 1904 and commenced shipowning in 1915. They traded mostly to Honduras, Nicaragua and Mexico. In 1921 the fleet of the Bluefields Fruit & SS Co. was acquired and in Dec.1929 Cuyamel Fruit merged with United Fruit Co.

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.

Fleet:
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Augusta 1900 1920 transferred from West India Sugar Corp., 1922 sold to Coastal SS Corp., New York. 2,372
Aztec 1929 1929 transferred to United Fruit Co. 5,527
Baja California 1914 1921 purchased from Norway, 1929 transferred to United Fruit Co. 1,648
Bluefields 1905 Norwegian, chartered to Bluefields Fruit Co., then to United Fruit Co., 1916 out of banana trade. 1,002
Choluteca 1921 1929 transferred to United Fruit Co. 2,493
Comoyagua 1921 1929 transferred to United Fruit Co. 2,493
Copan 1881 ex- Alleghany, 1915 purchased by Cuyamel Fruit renamed Copan, 1929 transferred to United Fruit Co. 1,704
Cuyamapa   see Sagua. .
George W. Kelly n/a building date unknown, Norwegian, chartered to Bluefields Fruit Co, 1900 disappeared at sea in hurricane. 1,500
Hibueras 1920 1929 transferred to United Fruit Co. 1,445
Jamaica 1905 ex- Staatssekretar Krateke (Hamburg America Line), 1917 seized by USA renamed Verdun, then Tacony, 1920 sold to Bluefields Fruit Co. renamed Jamaica, 1922 to Cuyamel Fruit Co., 1924 burned out in Mississippi River. 1,962
Knud Rassmussen   see Toltec. .
Lempira   see Tanamo. .
Managua 1906 ex- Lisboa, 1920 purchased by Bluefields Fruit Co. renamed Managua, 1922 to Cuyamel Fruit Co., 1929 transferred to United Fruit Co. 1,561
Maya 1929 1929 transferred to United Fruit Co. 5,383
Nicarao 1920 1929 transferred to United Fruit Co. 1,445
Olancho 1921 1929 transferred to United Fruit Co. 2,493
Omoa 1871 ex- Rosina, 1915 purchased from Standard Fruit Co. renamed Omoa, 1926 scrapped. 1,697
Quimistan 1871 ex- Joseph Vaccaro, 1915 purchased from Standard Fruit Co. renamed Quimistan, 1929 burned and sank in Atlantic. 1,661
Rama 1905 1922 purchased from Rama SS Co., 1929 transferred to United Fruit Co. 1,577
Sagua 1914 1923 purchased from Atlantic Fruit Co., later renamed Cuyamapa, 1929 transferred to United Fruit Co. 3,298
San Juan 1906 ex- City of Milford, 1916 purchased by Bluefields Fruit Co., 1922 removed from shipping registers. 264
San Juan II 1923 tug, no further info. 200
Sinaloa 1915 1921 purchased from Norway, 1929 transferred to United Fruit Co. 1,648
Tanamo 1914 1923 purchased from Atlantic Fruit Co., later renamed Lempira, 1929 transferred to United Fruit Co., 1934 reverted to Tanamo. 3,298
Toltec 1929 1929 transferred to United Fruit Co. 5,527

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