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The Fleets

Delmas Frères / Delmas-Vieljeux / Société Navale Delmas Vieljeux (SNDV) / SCAC-Delmas-Vieljeux (SDV), La Rochelle, Le Havre

The shipping company was initially formed in 1867 to operate a passenger service between La Rochelle and the coastal islands of Ile de Re and Quiberon. By 1878 they entered the coal importing trade from SouthWales to France and in 1895 expanded services to North African ports. The West African trade started in 1920 and services to the east coast of the USA and Canada in 1929. Until 1935 the company was named Delmas Freres

Léonce Vieljeux (1865-1944) married Helène Delmas and was hired by the Delmas Frères company. He was appointed president of the company, which was renamed Delmas-Vieljeux in 1935.

Vieljeux was elected mayor of La Rochelle in 1930 and reelected in 1935. Vieljeux refused to display the propaganda of the puppet French State in the city and was dismissed and expelled from the city. He came back secretely to La Rochelle in 1941 and helped to organize the Allied Resistance network on the grounds of the company. Vieljeux was arrested in 1944 and shot in the concentration camp of Struthof.

In 1947 the company was renamed Société Navale Delmas Vieljeux (SNDV). After the war, the company specialized in North-South (that is Europe-Africa) service. In 1944 the company was down to 14 ships.

In 1989 Palm Line, Elder Dempster and Guinea Gulf Line their nomenclature and trading rights were sold to Delmas Vieljeux.
In 1996, Bolloré raided Delmas, then called SDV (SCAC-Delmas-Vieljeux), in a very hostile way, and incorporated it, but a series of restructures led to a loss of market share and the sacking of 140 staff employe's

CMA CGM acquired its French rival Delmas based in Le Havre from the Bolloré group in September 2005 for 600 millions Euros. The acquisition was completed on 5th January 2006. The company still operates a large fleet of container ships and trades 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:
    • 1867 La Rochelle - Ile de Re & Oleron
    • 1878 La Rochelle - Cardiff
    • 1895 La Rochelle - Bordeaux - Morocco - Algeria - Tunisia
    • 1920 European ports - West Africa
    • 1929 European ports - Canada - USA.
  Funnel Funnel Funnel Funnel
  1867 1947 1971 1985
         

Funnels & Flags:

Fleet:

Flag Flag
  1947 1971 1989
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Adeline Delmas 1985 2009 still in service. 23,550
Alsace-Lorraine 1873 18th Apr.1878 struck rocks and sank off Chausee de Sein. 832
Andre Delmas 1976 1998 scrapped. 15,554
Andre Thome 1920 built as Depute Andre Thome for French Gov't, 1922 renamed Andre Thome for Soc.Aux. de Manutention & Nav., Brest, 1928 purchased by Delmas, 1950 sold Monaco renamed Sylva, 1952 sold Finland renamed Saaro, 1957 sold Panama renamed Mariquita, 1959 scrapped. 2,030
Antoine de Padoue 1993 1994 sold Croatia renamed Zrin, 1994 renamed MSC Zrin, 1996 renamed Alemania Express, 1997 renamed Columbus Bahia, 1998 renamed Zrin, 1998 renamed CSAV Peru, 2001 renamed MSC Zrin, 2007 Zrin, still in service. 29,912
Aquitaine (1) 1883 1900 sold to Paulsen & Ivers, Kiel renamed Real, 1906 sold Sweden renamed Gefle, 1922 renamed Marcato, 1926 struck wreck and sank. 1,504
Aquitaine (2) 1947 1968 sold to Cabahamas Corp, Nassau renamed Cabateal, 1970 scrapped. 4,498
Argonne 1920 1950 scrapped. 2,115
Armorique 1949 1951 purchased from Soc. Nationale des Chemins de Fer Francais, 1972 sold to Thenemaris Maritime renamed Elinela, 1978 scrapped. 4,664
Athenee 1918 built as War Visor for the Shipping Controller, London, 1919 sold Belgium renamed Sierra de Fuentes, 1922 sold to Cie de Nav.Francais, Marseille renamed Athenee, 1924 purchased by Delmas, 1935 scrapped. 2,362
Aufredi 1870 1900 sold. 54
Aunis 1877 ex- Sestao, 1879 purchased from Limpricht & Co., Newcastle renamed Aunis, 13th Aug.1898 wrecked on Antioche. 690
Auvergne 1921 1942 seized by Germans, transferred to Italy renamed Potenza, 1944 scuttled as blockship. 2,113
Barbizon 1976 built as Jocare for L. R. Johansen, Norway, 1977 sold to Cie de Nav. Mixte renamed Oyapok, 1978 purchased renamed Barbizon, 1979 sold to Hadley Shipping Co, London renamed Clymenen, 1986 sold Italy renamed Chris, 1988 sold Bahamas renamed BA Chris, 1990 renamed Alba, 1993 sold St. Vincent renamed Sun Glory, 1994 renamed Accord, 2000 scrapped. 5,999
Bearn 1894 1900 sold to Deves et Chaumet, Bordeaux, 1917 torpedoed and sunk by UC.69. 1,271
Belfort 1877 30th Aug. 1886 wrecked Guernsey. 741
Bertrand Delmas 1971 1975 rebuilt to 12,203 tons, 1983 sold Greece renamed Georgios K, 1996 sold Turkey renamed Transbora, 2003 still in service. 9,936
Biscaye 1882 1900 sold to Paulsen & Ivers, Kiel renamed Aval, 1905 sold Sweden renamed Sverige, 1915 mined and sunk off Lowestoft. 1,504
Blandine Delmas 1985 2009 still in service. 23,550
Boileau 1884 1911 purchased from Soc. Gen.de Houilles & Agglomeres, Nantes , 10th Nov. 1915 sailed from Swansea for St. Nazaire and went missing. 1,679
Bougival 1976 built as Jodew for L.R. Johansen, Norway, 1978 sold to Cie. de Nav. Mixte renamed Bougival, 1978 purchased, 1979 sold Liberia renamed Arc Minos, 1989 sold Cyprus renamed Troodos, 1990 renamed Olympos, 1990 renamed Clipper Pacific, 2002 renamed Caesar, 2003 renamed Ugarit,still in service. 5,999
Calvados 1974 1982 sold to Louis Martin SA, Paris renamed Mungo, 1990 sold Djibouti renamed Mananjary, 1993 sold Panama renamed MSC Angela, 2003 still in service. 11,739
Cantal 1974 1986 sold Bahamas renamed Marine Coral, 1994 sold Malta renamed Elpis, 1996 renamed African Bridge, 1997 scrapped. 11,739
Caroline Delmas 1985 2009 still in service. 23,275
Cevennes 1921 1950 scrapped. 2,508
Charles de Fourcauld 1993 1993 sold Cyprus renamed Ajama, 1994 renamed Sea Musketeer, 1994 renamed Delaware Bay, 1995 renamed Choyang Grace, 1997 renamed Seastar, 1999 renamed Ajama, 2002 renamed Dal East London, 2004 renamed Lykes Pathfinder, 2005 renamed CP Pathfinder, 2006 renamed Ajama, 2007 renamed Anafi, still in service. 30,833
Chef Mecanicien Mijotte 1953 1970 sold Greece renamed Santa Katerina II, 1973 sold Cyprus renamed African Trader, 1977 renamed Kymi, 1979 renamed Mana, 1980 sold Greece renamed Giannoula K, 1981 wrecked off Rhodes. 2,944
Christian Vieljeux 1970 1981 sold Peru renamed Santa Rita, 1993 sold Panama renamed Santa Rita I, 1993 scrapped. 12,463
Coligny 1875 1899 no further information. 46
Colonel Vieljeux 1943 built as Empire Stronghold for MOWT, 1945 renamed Camille Porch for French Gov't (managed by Delmas Vieljeux), 1948 purchased renamed Colonel Vieljeux, 1954 sold Liberia renamed Indian River, 1960 renamed Atticos, 1961 sold Panama renamed Valor, 1963 wrecked near Mukoh. 7,065
Commandant Le Biboul 1943 built as Empire Falstaff for MOWT, 1945 renamed Commandant Mantelet for Cie de Transports Oceaniques, Cherbourg, 1951 purchased renamed Commandant Le Biboul, 1954 sold Liberia renamed Monrovia, 1959 sunk in collision with s/s Royalton in Lake Huron. 7,067
Corneille 1889 built as Newquay for J & C. Forster, Newcastle, 1905 sold to Soc. Gen.de Houilles & Agglomeres, Nantes renamed Corneille, 1912 purchased by Delmas, 1923 sold Greece renamed Gladstone, 1926 sold Turkey renamed Kirzade, 1930 renamed Hacizade, 1931 wrecked. 2,233
Cornouaille 1928 ex- Mahagi, 1938 purchased from Cie Maritime Belge, Antwerp renamed Cornouaille, 1940 seized by Germans, 1944 sunk by air attack at Egersund, Norway. 3,324
Correze 1974 1985 sold Nigeria renamed Congola Hope, 1986 sold Bahamas renamed Maris Beacon, 1987 sold Cyprus renamed Janika, 1991 scrapped after engine room fire. 11,739
Cotes du Nord (1) 1948 1964 sold to Peninsular Shipping Co, London renamed Atlanticstar, 1970 sold Somalia, 1976 sold Panama, 1978 sold China renamed Jin Fen, 1992 deleted from Lloyds Register. 4,003
Cotes du Nord (2) 1972 1985 sold Liberia renamed Marine Clipper, 1987 sold Cyprus renamed Giorvas, 1991 scrapped. 11,739
Creuse 1973 1986 sold Nigeria renamed Congola Hope, 1992 scrapped. 11,739
Dahra (1) 1889 built as Ermanarich for J. Lange, Kiel, 1892 sold to de Freitas & Co., Hamburg renamed Troja, 1896 purchased renamed Dahra, 1901 sold to Soc. Navale de l'Ouest, Havre renamed Saint Jacques, 1908 scrapped after fire at Oran. 911
Dahra (2) 1891 ex- Casos, 1901 purchased from R. Nicholson & Sons, Liverpool renamed Dahra, 4th Nov. 1915 sunk by U.38 off Arzew. 2,127
Daloa 1948 1971 purchased from Chargeurs Reunis, 1972 sold Cyprus renamed Julia, 1978 scrapped. 6,739
Daphnis 1959 ex- Havkatt, 1969 purchased by Chargeurs Reunis from P.Meyer, Norway renamed Daphnis, 1971 purchased by Delmas, 1975 sold Indonesia renamed Rasamala, 1983 scrapped. 10,438
Delphine Delmas 1986 2009 still in service. 23,275
Dina 1959 ex- Alterani, 1966 purchased by Chargeurs Reunis from Stove Shipping, Oslo renamed Dina, 1971 purchased by Delmas, 1975 sold Indonesia renamed Ramin, 1982 scrapped. 10,407
Djiba 1960 ex- Bonita, 1965 purchased by Chargeurs Reunis from J. Lorentzen, Goteborg renamed Djiba, 1971 purchased by Delmas, 1975 sold Indonesia renamed Salunaka, 1978 renamed Ujung Raja, 1983 scrapped. 10,256
Douka 1959 ex- Aleppo, 1965 purchased by Chargeurs Reunis from Norway renamed Douka, 1971 purchased by Delmas, 1973 sold Cyprus renamed Kalliopi Antonatos, 1975 sold Greece renamed Dimos Halcoussis, 1978 scrapped. 10,246
Dracula 1961 ex- Ringulv, 1969 purchased by Chargeurs Reunis from O. Ringdal, Oslo renamed Dracula, 1971 purchased by Delmas, 1973 sold Liberia renamed Ogooue, 1976 renamed Captain Pappis, 1980 renamed Granikos, 1984 scrapped. 10,666
Edimbourg 1921 built as Commandant Rabot for French Gov't, 1924 sold to Soc. Lorraine de Combustibles, Rouen renamed Edimbourg, 1928 managed by Delmas-Vieljeux, 1934 purchased by Delmas-Vieljeux, 1937 sold to Cie France Navigation, Havre renamed Perros-Guirec, 1944 scuttled as blockship. 2,012
Eldonia Delmas 1963 ex- Gravisia, 1969 purchased from ATIC renamed Eldonia Delmas, 1976 sold Greece renamed Irenes Target, 1980 sold Panama renamed Louise I, 1981 sunk by Iraqi air attack. 12,946
Emile Delmas (1) 1913 ex- Arucas, 1919 war reparations to French Government from Oldenburg Portuguese Line, Oldenburg, 1921 purchased by Delmas renamed Emile Delmas, 1936 sold Yugoslavia renamed Lina Matkovic, 1942 mined and sunk off Cristobal. 2,316
Emile Delmas (2) 1959 1970 sold Singapore renamed Ivory Moon, 1975 renamed Biscaya Golf, 1981 renamed New Dawn, 1982 scrapped. 6,711
Emmanuel Delmas 1971 1975 rebuilt to 12,201 tons, 26th Jun.1979 collided with tanker Vera Belingieri off Italian coast and caught fire, towed to Toulon, sold to Greece renamed Good Challenger, 1984 sold Cyprus renamed Nefeli I, 1999 scrapped. 9,936
Eric Vieljeux 1972 1979 sold to Cie de Nav d'Orbigny renamed Thonon, 1983 sold Greece renamed Fratzis, 1987 renamed Trias Unity, 1994 scrapped. 12,458
Fort Louis 1889 ex- Baron Elibank, 1899 purchased from W. Hogarth, Ardrossan renamed Fort Louis, 28th May 1910 sunk in collision with s/s Hildawell off Longships. 1,859
Francois Vieljeux 1973 14th Feb. 1979 sank off Vigo in storm ; loss of 23 lives. 12,458
Frank Delmas (1) 1904 ex- Tregarthen, 1911 purchased from Hain SS Co., St. Ives renamed Frank Delmas, 1933 sold Greece renamed Mari Chandris, 1936 sold Finland renamed Snabb, 1940 sunk by U.37. 2,364
Frank Delmas (2) 1949 1964 rebuilt to 6,799 tons, 1971 sold Cyprus renamed Crios II, 1976 renamed Georgis P, 1978 scrapped. 6,396
Frank Delmas (3) 1975 1986 sold Liberia renamed Marine Flower, 1991 sold Panama renamed Galaxy, 1998 sold Greece renamed Drakonis, 1999 scrapped. 16,430
Gafsa 1895 ex- Cento, 1904 purchased from Nicholson & Sons, Liverpool renamed Gafsa, 1926 sold Italy renamed Santa Rita, 1930 wrecked. 2,239
Galilee 1874 1889 sold to W. J. Tillett & Co., Cardiff, 1891 sold, Norway renamed Grip, 1897 wrecked Mounts Bay. 423
Georges Vieljeux 1971 1984 sold Liberia renamed Good Luck, 1988 sold Singapore renamed Kota Abadi, 1994 scrapped. 12,463
Ghislaine 1917 wooden steamer, 1920 sold to F. Mouton, Rouen, 1922 sold U.S.A. renamed Whitney Olson, 1947 sold Panama renamed Catherine II, 1948 renamed Firebird, 1949 dismantled. 1,517
Glasgow 1921 built as Prefet Collingnor for French Gov't, 1924 sold to Soc. Lorraine de Combustibles, Rouen renamed Glasgow, 1928 managed by Delmas-Vieljeux, 1934 purchased by Delmas-Vieljeux, 1935 scrapped. 2,038
Guyenne 1882 23rd Jul. 1893 wrecked off Armen. 1,642
Hadrumete 1917 wooden steamer, ex- Robert C. Sudden, 1918 purchased from Sudden & Christensen, San Francisco renamed Hadrumete, 1921 sold to Crowley & Mahony, San Francisco renamed Robert C. Sudden, 1922 renamed John C. Kirkpatrick, 1936 renamed Cornelia, 1940 renamed West Coast, 1946 exploded in Los Angeles harbour. 1,363
Helene Delmas (1) 1968 1973 sold Iran renamed Arya Omid, 1980 renamed Iran Nezhat, 1989 scrapped. 10,171
Helene Delmas (2) 1978 1986 chartered to Lloyd Triestino renamed Piave, 1989 reverted to Helene Delmas, 1990 sold to Norway renamed Direct Falcon 1998 sold Bahamas renamed Maritime Falcon, 1999 scrapped. 20,393
Helene Vieljeux 1910 built as Nora Hugo Stinnes II, 1919 war reparations from Hugo Stinnes, Mulheim to French Government, 1922 renamed Wesserling for Soc. Anon de Nav.Les Armateurs Francais, St. Nazaire, 1927 purchased by Delmas renamed Helene Vieljeux, 1933 scrapped. 5,098
Henri Delmas (1) 1906 ex- Klio, 1919 war reparations to French Government from Neptun Line, Bremen, 1922 purchased by Delmas renamed Henri Delmas, 1933 sold Italy renamed Carlo Zeno, 1966 scrapped. 1,386
Henri Delmas (2) 1964 1976 sold Panama renamed Alhambra, 1984 scrapped. 7,877
Irma Delmas (1) 1968 1973 sold Iran renamed Arya Shad, 1980 renamed Iran Shahadat, 1983 sunk by Iraqi air attack. 10,171
Irma Delmas (2) 1978 1986 chartered to Lloyd Triestino renamed Rosandra, 1989 reverted to Irma Delmas, 1990 sold Norway renamed Direct Kiwi, 1998 sold Bahamas renamed Maritime Kiwi, 1999 scrapped. 20,393
Ivan Delmas 1963 ex- Tiha, 1970 purchased from Liberia renamed Ivan Delmas, 1976 sold Cyprus renamed Helena I, 1979 renamed Miretta, 1980 renamed Daphna, 1980 renamed Omega, 1983 scrapped. 11,575
Jean Bosco 1992 1993 renamed Yucatan, 1994 renamed Jean Bosco, 1995 sold Cyprus renamed Copiaco, 1998 renamed CSAV Callao, 1999 renamed Cape Race, 2001 renamed MSC Argentina, 2002 renamed Cape Race, 2003 renamed MSC Perth, 2005 renamed Cape Race, 2009 still in service. 29,912
Jean Guiton (1) 1867 1892 purchased, 1896 sold. 59
Jean Guiton (2) 1894 1906 sold to Soc.Anon.des Bateaux a Vapeurs de L'Isle de Re, 1920 scrapped. 170
Jean Guiton (4) 1957 1975 sold Cyprus renamed Brigina I, 1979 scrapped. 6,752
Joseph Camaret 1942 1962 rebuilt to 6,801 tons, 1971 sold Cyprus renamed Elanthia, 1972 scrapped. 6,150
Julien Delmas 1960 ex- Oppelia, 1967 purchased from ATIC renamed Julien Delmas, 1976 sold Panama renamed Monarch, 1977 sold Singapore renamed Penn Hills, 1982 sold Panama renamed Baker Island, 1982 renamed Lady Angela, 1983 scrapped. 12,993
Kairouan 1923 ex- Capitaine Rodier, 1924 purchased from French Gov't renamed Kairouan, 3rd Nov. 1934 wrecked near Cape Juby. 4,578
La Fontaine 1889 built as Lady Tennant for Scott Bros, Newcastle, 1907 sold to Soc. Gen.de Houilles & Agglomeres, Nantes renamed La Fontaine, 1912 purchased by Delmas, 1927 sold Greece renamed Panagiotis, 1929 renamed Chrysanthi Stavroudi, 1933 renamed Pavlos, 1935 scrapped. 2,181
La Gaule 1879 ex- Auchintoul, 1881 purchased from Adam SS Co., Aberdeen renamed La Gaule, 1887 sold to Cie de Nav. Paquet, Marseille, 1932 scrapped. 1,518
La Pallice (2) 1975 1984 sold Liberia renamed Angelique, 1998 scrapped. 11,641
La Rochelle (2) 1975 1984 sold Liberia renamed Nicole, 1998 scrapped. 11,641
Le Creusot 1878 25th Nov. 1883 wrecked Bilbao. 811
Leon 1895 built as Acacia for J. Lilly & Co., West Hartlepool, 1900 sold Greece renamed Leon, 1916 sold to Cie des Vapeurs Nantais, Nantes, 1917 purchased by Delmas, 7th Jan. 1918 torpedoed and sunk by UC.75 in English Channel. 2,401
Leonce Vieljeux (1) 1956 1968 transferred to Soc. Ivoirienne de Transport Maritime renamed Korhoga, 1977 sold Ashland Shipping Corp renamed Anna M, 1980 rammed and sunk by s/s Sea Horse in Tripoli Roads. 6,746
Leonce Vieljeux (2) 1970 1983 sold Panama renamed Barranco I, 1984 sold Peru renamed Santa Rosa de Lima, 1993 scrapped. 12,454
Loudima 1954 1971 purchased from Chargeurs Reunis, 1972 sold Panama renamed Stefania, 1979 renamed Enif, 1980 sold Kuwait renamed Alrana, 1983 scrapped. 6,802
Louga 1954 1971 purchased from Chargeurs Reunis, 1975 sold Cyprus renamed Electra, 1980 scrapped. 6,801
Louis Delmas 1957 ex- Rocroi, 1966 purchased from Soc. Anon. Courtage & Transports renamed Louis Delmas, 1975 sold Cyprus renamed Christina I, 1979 renamed Keharitomeni, 1982 renamed Theoupolis, 1984 scrapped. 11,919
Loulea 1949 1971 purchased from Chargeurs Reunis, 1972 sold Panama renamed Armelle, 1973 renamed Captain Tiho, 1975 renamed Kamenari, 1976 sold Greece renamed Nostos Vasso Athene, 1977 scrapped after fire damage. 6,714
Lucie Delmas (1) 1925 1937 sold to Cie France Navigation, La Rochelle renamed Dairiguerrme, 1937 wrecked near Guilvinec. 1,731
Lucie Delmas (2) 1967 1973 sold Iran renamed Arya Sara, 1980 renamed Iran Hejrat, 1980 sunk by Iraqi air attack. 10,171
Lucie Delmas (3) 1978 1985 sold Bahamas renamed Lucie, 1993 renamed Direct Eagle, 1998 renamed Maritime Eagle, 1999 scrapped. 20,393
Lucien Delmas 1976 1993 chartered to Soc Ivoirienne de Nav. Maritime renamed Buyo, 1994 transferred to Bahamas registry renamed Lucien Delmas, 1995 renamed Le Nyanga, 1998 renamed Lucien Delmas, 1999 sold Singapore renamed Asean Pioneer, 2001 scrapped. 15,554
Maine 1947 8th Oct. 1963 wrecked in fog on Ivory Coast. 4,512
Marechal Foch 1905 ex- Buda II, 1919 war reparations to French Government from Royal Hungarian Sea Nav.Co., Fiume renamed Marechal Foch, 1922 purchased by Delmas, 1936 sold China renamed Ha-Ven, 1938 sold to Wallem & Co., Panama renamed Foch, 1941 seized by Japan renamed Hoshi Maru, 1945 mined and sunk near Osaka. 2,369
Marie Delmas (1) 1968 1973 sold Iran renamed Arya Pake, 1980 renamed Iran Besat, 1986 sold Panama renamed Fortune II, 1986 scrapped. 10,171
Marie Delmas (2) 1978 1985 sold Bahamas renamed Marie, 1987 renamed CR Marseille, 1992 renamed Delmas Antilles, 1994 sold South Africa renamed Padrone, 1996 sold renamed MSC Jessica, 1997 reverted to Marie Delmas, 2000 scrapped. 20,393
Maroc 1898 ex- Koordistan, 1906 purchased from F. C. Strick & Co., Swansea renamed Maroc, 14th Apr. 1918 torpedoed and sunk by UB.74 in English Channel. 2,740
Maurice Delmas (1) 1919 laid down as War Crater, launched as Mateba for Elder Dempster & Co., 1921 sold to Cie Maritime Belge, Antwerp, 1937 purchased by Delmas renamed Maurice Delmas, 1942 seized by Germans, handed to Italy renamed Modica, 1960 scrapped. 2,864
Maurice Delmas (2) 1963 1978 sold Greece renamed Dimitrios A, 1982 scrapped. 8,043
Medea 1914 built as Waregga, 1919 war reparations to French Government from Woermann Line, Hamburg, 1920 renamed Doris, 1923 purchased from Union Maritime France-Algerie, Havre renamed Medea, 1937 sold China renamed Founder, 1938 sold Italy renamed Pluto, 1940 sold Portugal, 1945 wrecked. 3,830
Medjerda 1923 ex- Capitaine Charles Boivin, 1924 purchased from French Gov't renamed Medjerda, 1944 scuttled by Germans at Marseille. 4,578
Michel Delmas 1975 1987 sold Portugal renamed Fernando Pessoa, 1998 reverted to Michel Delmas, 2002 renamed Michel, 2003 scrapped. 17,079
Monique Vieljeux 1917 built as War Fish for Shipping Controller, London, 1920 sold to Soc.Anon des Cargos Francais, Havre renamed Roubaix, 1925 purchased by Delmas, 1926 renamed Monique Vieljeux, 1930 sold Finland renamed Malve, 1931 wrecked Tiree. 2,646
Morbihan 1946 1964 sold to Peninsular Shipping Co., London renamed Seasage, 1970 sold Somalia, 1977 sold China renamed Yi Chi, 1982 scrapped. 4,024
Nathalie Delmas 1982 transferred to Mediterranean Shipping Co. renamed MSC Jessica, 1999 sold renamed Nordana Benefactor, 2000 renamed Kariba, 2003 scrapped. 20,424
Oppelia Delmas 1960 ex- Stigmaria, 1968 purchased from ATIC renamed Oppelia Delmas, 1976 sold Greece renamed Irenes Progress, 1980 sold Panama renamed Caroline I, 1982 scrapped. 12,932
Patricia Delmas 1982 1997 sold Bahamas renamed Patricia, 1998 renamed Patricia D, 1998 reverted to Patricia Delmas, 2008 still in service. 20,424
Patrick Vieljeux 1973 1981 sold Peru renamed Cuzco II, 1988 sold Cyprus renamed Kapetan Leonidas, 1994 renamed Clipper Amazonias, 1995 sold Bahamas renamed Csav Teno, 1996 scrapped. 12,458
Picardie 1950 1971 sold Greece renamed Suma Trader, 1973 renamed Athalnasos, 1975 renamed Nasos, 1978 scrapped. 4,664
Pierre Vieljeux 1970 1984 sold Greece renamed Harapan, 1986 scrapped. 12,463
Poitiers (2) 1975 1983 sold Liberia renamed Nathalie, 1987 sold Cyprus renamed Antaios, 1988 sold Norway renamed Nopal Evina, 1989 renamed MC Gem, 1990 renamed Cayambe II, 1991 renamed MC Gem, 1991 renamed Bosco I, 1992 renamed MC Gem, 1993 renamed Jubilee I, 1997 renamed Ochimos, 1999 scrapped. 11,542
Quiberon 1949 1951 purchased from Soc. Nationale des Chemins de Fer Francais, 1963 sold to Cie Maritime Francaise, Dunkirk, 1964 sold Liberia renamed Kwong Hing, 1971 renamed Malibera Trader, 1971 scrapped. 3,577
Renee Delmas 1982 1987 renamed Ville de Rouen, 1990 sold Saudi Arabia renamed Ibn Zaidoun, 1990 renamed Ville de Rouen, 1991 renamed Nedlloyd Bordeux, 1992 Renee Delmas, 1995 renamed CGM Mascareignes, 1996 renamed Renee Delmas, 1999 renamed Kamina, still in service. 20,424
Rhin 1921 8th Oct. 1924 wrecked at Pointe de la Coubre. 2,922
Rhuys 1947 1949 purchased from Soc. Nationale des Chemins de Fer Francais, 1961 sold Finland, 1973 sold Panama, 1974 scrapped. 3,577
Rochefort (2) 1975 1983 sold Liberia renamed Maris Otter, 1989 sold Cyprus renamed Silver Glory, 1995 sold St. Vincent renamed Jin Shan Bao, 1998 scrapped. 11,542
Royan (2) 1976 1982 sold to Soc. Gen. d'Armament et de Navigation renamed Ile de France I, 1983 sold Liberia renamed Maris Sportsman, 1988 sold Cyprus renamed Silver Chariot, 1995 sold St. Vincent renamed Jin Chuan Bao, 2000 scrapped. 11,542
Sahel (1) 1889 built as Geiserich for J. Lange, Kiel, 1892 sold to de Freitas & Co., Hamburg renamed Karthago, 1896 purchased renamed Sahel, 1901 sold to Soc. Navale de l'Ouest, Havre renamed Saint Barthelemy, 1935 sold Greece renamed Aghios Spyridon, 1936 struck wreck and sank. 1,658
Sahel (2) 1889 ex- Foyle, 1900 purchased from Mercantile SS Co., London renamed Sahel, 1916 sold to Cie des Chargeurs Francais renamed Baigorry, 1917 sunk by UC.21. 2,161
Saint Corentin 1993 1993 renamed Med Marseilles, 1996 renamed Nordstrand, 1997 renamed Byron Bay, 1998 renamed Nordstrand, 1999 renamed Nautic, 2000 renamed Nordstrand, 2006 renamed ACX Lavender, 2007 renamed Nordstrand, still in service. 30,833
Saintes 1915 built as Remscheid for North German Lloyd, 1919 war reparations to French Gov't, 1920 sold Messageries Maritimes renamed Yang Tse, 1941 seized by Germans renamed Markobrunner, 1946 returned to Messageries Maritimes renamed Yang-Tse, 1957 purchased by Delmas renamed Saintes, 1959 renamed Kinokuri Maru for voyage to shipbreakers, 1959 scrapped. 8,149
Saintonge 1882 20th Mar. 1895 wrecked off Penzance. 1,642
Stephane Vieljeux 1974 1981 sold Peru renamed Lima II, 1992 sold Panama renamed Tirol, 1993 sold Cyprus renamed United, 1997 scrapped. 12,458
Suzanne Delmas 1982 1987 renamed Ville de Marseille, 1990 renamed Suzanne Delmas, 1997 renamed Marfret Caraibes, 1998 renamed Suzanne, 1999 renamed Suzanne Delmas, 2003 renamed Mol Horizon, 2007 renamed Delmas Kissama, 2008 still in service. 20,424
Talassa 1957 1971 purchased from Chargeurs Reunis, 1974 sold renamed Owendo, 1977 sold Ivory Coast renamed Dabema, 1980 sold Panama renamed Asia Carrier I, 1980 wrecked near Colombo. 7,114
Tamba 1954 1971, purchased from Chargeurs Reunis, 1974 sold renamed Nyanga, 1977 sold Ivory Coast renamed Ilomba, 1980 sold Panama renamed Asia Carrier II, 1981 scrapped. 7,287
Tchibanga 1958 1971 purchased from Chargeurs Reunis, 1974 scrapped after fire damage. 7,271
Tessa 1955 1971 purchased from Chargeurs Reunis, 1974 sold renamed Mandji, 1977 sold Ivory Coast renamed Lotofa, 1980 sold Panama renamed Asia Carrier III, 1981 scrapped. 7,274
Therese Delmas 1983 2001 renamed AIC William H.Pitsenbarger, 2008 renamed Black Eagle, still in service. 30,457
Tidra 1959 1971 purchased from Chargeurs Reunis, 1973 sold renamed Akrou, 1977 sold Greece renamed Ariadni PA, 1980 renamed Pactolus, 1984 scrapped. 7,271
Tours (2) 1976 1982 sold Liberia renamed Celya, 1986 sold Panama renamed Kitty Bay, 1987 renamed Pioneer Sky, 1989 sold Bahamas renamed Pearlstone, 1989 renamed MC Pearl, 1996 renamed Anna D, 1997 sold St. Vincent renamed Bonita, 1999 scrapped. 11,542
Tristan Vieljeux 1918 built as War Power for the Shipping Controller, London, 1919 sold to Achille Bayart et fils, France, 1920 renamed Antoinette for Soc Anon des Cargos Francais, Havre, 1922 renamed Monnette, 1925 purchased by Delmas renamed Tristan Vieljeux, 1933 sold Greece renamed Keti Chandris, 1940 renamed Agios Vlasios, 1959 scrapped. 2,948
Ursula Delmas 1984 ex- Etienne Denis, 1989 purchased from Cie de Nav. Denis Freres renamed Ursula Delmas, 90 renamed Nedlloyd Zaandam, 1991 chartered to Elder Dempster & Co. renamed SHERBRO, 1994 renamed Ursula Delmas, 2003 renamed MSC Ipanema, 2004 renamed Ursula Delmas, 2009 scrapped. 30,457
Utique 1917 wooden steamer, ex- Lucinda Hanify, 1918 purchased from J. R. Hanify & Co., San Francisco renamed Utique, 1921 sold Crowley & Mahony, San Francisco renamed Lucinda Hanify, 1922 renamed Thomas Crowley, 1925 renamed Jane Nettleton, 1936 reduced to barge, 1937 sank at San Francisco. 1,013
Vaccares 1953 ex- Tohoro, 1966 purchased from Chargeurs Reunis by Fabre Line / SGTM renamed Vaccares, 1971 purchased by Delmas, 1972 sold Cyprus renamed European-Link, 1977 sold Greece renamed Eurco-Link, 1979 scrapped. 4,999
Vercingetorix 1881 1887 sold to Bailey & Leetham, Hull renamed Vera, 1889 wrecked. 2,019
Veronique Delmas 1984 2009 scrapped. 30,457
Victor Hugo 1909 1913 sold to A/S C. Mathisens Rederi, Bergen renamed Imataca, 1915 sank in North Atlantic. 1,983
Ville de Puebla 1864 1873 sold. 33
Voltaire 1895 built as Birnam for Doughty & Co., West Hartlepool, 1907 sold to Soc. Gen.de Houilles & Agglomeres, Nantes renamed Voltaire, 1912 purchased by Delmas, 11th Jan. 1918 torpedoed and sunk by unidentified submarine off Cape Ortegal. 2,651
Yolande Delmas 1984 1995 renamed Deppe Texas, 1995 renamed Nedlloyd Pernambuco, 1997 renamed Argolikos 1998 renamed MSC Bogota, 2001 renamed Morgane Delmas, 2003 renamed Argolikos, 2003 renamed Rigena 2004 renamed MSC Pilar, 2009 still in service. 30,457
York 1921 built as Prefet Alfred Roth for French Gov't, 1924 sold to Soc. Lorraine de Combustibles, Rouen renamed York, 1928 managed by Delmas-Vieljeux, 1931 purchased by Delmas-Vieljeux, 1935 scrapped. 2,038
 
ships of Delmas subsidiary companies
 
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Agen 1921 1929 taken over with Paris-Orleans Railway Co., 1952 wrecked off S. Goodwin lightship. 4,185
Albi 1920 1929 taken over with Paris-Orleans Railway Co., 1940 scuttled to avoid capture by HMS Delhi. 4,191
Alexandre Rougier 1970 1977 sold Gabon renamed Alcyon. 422
Amarante 1922 ex- Kerkena, 1952 purchased from Cie. France-Navigation, Marseille renamed Amarante, 1955 sold Panama. 1,580
Amiral de Joinville 1943 ex- Lord Strickland, 1954 purchased from U.S. Navy renamed Amiral de Joinville, 1964 renamed Centaure, 1965 sold. 309
Andromede 1949 ex- Knut Jarl, 1963 purchased from Nordenfjeldske Damps., Trondheim renamed Andromede, 1969 transferred to Cie Generale de Geophysique. 1,390
Angouleme 1918 1929 taken over with Paris-Orleans Railway Co., 1932 scrapped. 2,431
Argentan 1943 ex- Gabriel Franchere, 1947 renamed Argentan, 1954 transferred from French Line management, 1971 scrapped. 7,303
Aurillac 1921 1929 taken over with Paris-Orleans Railway Co., 1941 torpedoed and sunk by Italian submarine Enrico Tazzoli. 4,267
Bernieres 1942 ex- John Harvard, 1947 renamed Bernieres, 1954 transferred from French Line management, 1963 scrapped after stranding damage at Abidjan. 7,278
Blois 1890 1929 taken over with Paris-Orleans Railway Co., 1933 scrapped Ghent. 2,291
Bongo 1962 1971 purchased from Fabre Line, 1972 sold Liberia renamed Sinoe 2,575
Bourges 1919 1929 taken over with Paris-Orleans Railway Co., 1942 seized by Italian Government renamed Foligno, 1944 scuttled at St. Louis du Rhone. 2,909
Bretagne 1947 1966 purchased from Det Danske-Franske D/S, Copenhagen, 1969 sold Greece renamed Lefteris M. 2,685
Briere 1928 1951 transferred from Soc. Anon Courtage et Transports, St. Nazaire, 1954 sold Liberia renamed Cape Mount. 8,218
Bruly 1960 1971 purchased from Fabre Line, 1972 sold Liberia renamed Nanakru II. 2,278
Capitaine Cook III 1970 1987 purchased from Sofrana Line, 1988 sold. 12,355
Capitaine Dampier 1978 ex- Sunny Arabella, 1989 purchased from Liberia r/n Capitaine Dampier, 1991 sold Cyprus r/n Orient Faith. 6,444
Capitaine Kermadec III 1969 1987 purchased from Sofrana Line, 1987 sold r/n Hai Hing. 12,390
Capitaine La Perouse 1973 1987 purchased from Sofrana Line, 1991 sold. 4,750
Capitaine Quiros 1973 1989 purchased from Sofrana Line, 1991 sold Indonesia r/n Tanto Capitaine. 9,420
Capitaine Surville 1977 1989 purchased from Sofrana Line, 1989 sold Norway r/n Stenwille. 16,649
Capitaine Tasman 1973 1987 purchased from Sofrana Line, 1991 sold. 4,750
Capitaine Torres 1978 ex- Sunny Isabella, 1989 purchased from Liberia r/n Capitaine Torres, 1989 sank off Cape Breton. 6,444
Capitaine Wallis 1964 1987 purchased from Sofrana Line, 1991 sold. 7,832
Capricorne 1942 ex- Caramy, 1965 purchased renamed Capricorne, 1965 sold. 338
Casamance 1956 1964 sold South Africa renamed Border. 2,279
Centaure   see Amiral de Joinville.  
Chateauroux 1920 1929 taken over with Paris-Orleans Railway Co., 1945 scrapped at Preston. 4,185
Colmar 1942 ex- William T. Sherman, 1947 renamed Colmar, 1960 transferred from Cie Havraise Peninsulaire management, 1971 scrapped. 7,176
CR Alicante 1984 1991 purchased from Chargeurs Reunis, 1998 sold Bahamas r/n Brest. 7,949
CR Dieppe 1984 1991 purchased from Chargeurs Reunis, 1993 sold Bretagne Maritime r/n Bretagne. 7,949
Delchim Alsace 1974 1978 sold Liberia r/n Lucor Manor. 4,038
Delchim Bearn 1974 1976 sold to Buries Markes, London r/n La Selva. 4,038
Delchim Cevennes 1975 1978 sold to O. Schroder, Oslo r/n Lucor Wickliff. 4,038
Delchim Dauphine 1975 1976 sold to Buries Markes, London r/n La Cumbre. 4,038
Direct Kea 1968 1989 chartered from P&O Containers Ltd, 1991 charter ended. 26,876
Direct Kookaburra 1968 1988 chartered from P&O Containers Ltd, 1991 charter ended. 26,756
Finistere 1958 1967 sold Kenya renamed Southern Dawn. 1,447
Fontenoy 1957 1963 sold. 11,922
France I 1958 meterological research vessel, 1986 sold to Greece. 1,974
France II 1958 meterological research vessel, 1986 sold to Greece. 1,974
Francois Tixier 1917 ex- Little Evy, 1935 purchased from Bata a.s, Prague renamed Francois Tixier, 1940-45 MOWT, 1948 capsized and sank off Sheringham. 499
Hilaire Maurel 1976 ex- Sinoe, 1985 chartered from Liberia r/n Hilaire Maurel, 1987 sold r/n Cardhu. 4,847
Iliade 1951 1959 sold Panama renamed Tahchee. 12,654
Jacobsen 1923 ex- Consul Suckau, 1933 purchased from NV Nederland Scheeps. Hypotheekbank, Rotterdam renamed Jacobsen, 1941 torpedoed and sunk by HMS Tigris. 564
Jean Guiton (3) 1948 ex- Runn, 1953 purchased from Per Carlsson, Goteborg renamed Jean Guiton, 1953 renamed Louis Frederic de Wulf, 1963 sold to Italy renamed Caputerra. 1,285
La Pallice (1) 1943 ex- Anne Bradstreet, 1947 transferred from French Gov't renamed La Pallice, 1969 scrapped. 7,237
La Rochelle (1) 1943 ex- Samuel de Champlain, 1947 transferred from French Gov't renamed La Rochelle, 1967 sold Cyprus renamed Jupiter, 1968 scrapped. 7,236
Lariven 1921 ex- Rance, 1944 scuttled by Germans, 1946 salvaged, 1947 purchased from French Navy renamed Lariven, 1952 sold Italy renamed Punta Stilo. 1,481
Le Brix 1943 ex- USS Manitowoc, 1947 renamed Le Brix, 1952 weather ship managed by Delmas, 1958 scrapped. 1,319
Le Sagittaire 1933 ex- Pierre & Laurent, 1958 purchased renamed Le Sagittaire, 1972 scrapped. 185
Le Verdon 1943 ex- Victor Herbert, 1947 transferred from French Gov't renamed Le Verdon, 1948 management transferred to Cie des Transports Oceaniques, Bordeaux. 7,237
Le Verrier 1943 ex- USS Emporia, 1947 renamed Le Verrier, 1952 weather ship managed by Delmas, 1959 scrapped. 1,319
Lorient 1921 1929 taken over with Paris-Orleans Railway Co., 1943 torpedoed and sunk by U.952 in North Atlantic. 4,185
Louis Frederic Dewulf (1) 1949 1953 sold to Messageries Maritimes renamed Song-Be. 708
Louis Frederic Dewulf (2)   see Jean Guiton (3).  
Marcel Mounier 1954 1970 sold Cyprus renamed Anna Fanny. 1,973
Mecanicien Principal Carvin 1922 1936 purchased from French Gov't, 1940 bombed and sunk by German aircraft off Le Verdon. 4,282
Mermoz 1943 ex- USS Muskegon, 1947 renamed Mermoz, 1952 weather ship managed by Delmas, 1959 scrapped. 1,319
Moana II 1964 1988 taken over with Sofrana Lines, 1990 sold Tonga. 499
Moni 1966 1970 renamed Moni Delmas, 1976 sold Greece renamed Eurofina Moni Delmas see Moni. 2,791
Montauban 1921 1929 taken over with Paris-Orleans Railway Co., 1940 wrecked on Saltscar Rocks, Redcar. 4,191
Nantes 1917 1929 taken over with Paris-Orleans Railway Co., 1934 sold to L. Teryazos renamed Aikaterini T, 1944 went missing in North Atlantic. 2,718
Oppelia 1960 1968 renamed Julien Delmas. 12,839
Oualidia 1924 ex- Huxter, 1948 purchased from Fernand Voss, Paris renamed Oualidia, 1954 sold to Soc. Maritime Africaine, Douala. 1,388
Pechelbronn 1943 1951 transferred from Soc.Anon Courtage at Transports, Havre, 1955 sold Liberia renamed Eagle. 8,317
Phenix 1954 1965 sold Liberia renamed Phenix I. 14,256
Pierre-Eugene de Caplane 1948 1959 sold to Nouvelle Cie Havraise Peninsulaire de Nav renamed Ville de Manakara. 6,056
Pilat 1971 1984 sold Greece renamed Thita Argo. 2,839
Poitiers (1) 1921 1929 taken over with Paris-Orleans Railway Co., 1940 scuttled off Bathurst to avoid capture by HMS Cumberland. 4,185
Pont-l'Eveque 1945 ex- Ernest L. Dawson, 1946 renamed Pont l'Eveque, 1964 transferred from Cie Havraise de Nav. Corblet management, 1972 scrapped. 7,303
Port-en-Bessin 1945 ex- William H. Lane, 1947 renamed Port-en-Bessin, 1963 renamed Isly, 1963 purchased from C. Audibert, Monte Carlo renamed Port-en-Bessin, 1967 sold Cyprus, 1968 scrapped. 7,303
Psyche 1904 1929 taken over with Paris-Orleans Railway Co., 1939 converted to pontoon at Lorient. 2,951
Rhonetal 1970 1974 chartered from J. Reincke, Hamburg, 1975 transferred to Cie Meridionale de Nav. r/n Rhone. 2,464
Rochefort (1) 1943 ex- John Chandler, 1947 transferred from French Gov't renamed Rochefort, 1970 sold Cyprus renamed Ephimeron, 1971 scrapped. 7,237
Rocroi 1957 1966 renamed Louis Delmas. 11,911
Roger Rougier 1968 1976 sold Australia. 322
Royan (1) 1943 ex- Horace H. Lurton, 1946 transferred from French Gov't renamed Royan, 1968 sold Cyprus renamed Roy, 1968 scrapped. 7,237
Saaletal 1969 ex- Thule, 1973 chartered from J. Reincke, Hamburg r/n Saaletal, 1974 transferred to SFTM r/n Cotentin. 994
Saint Claude 1903 ex- Harald, 1940 seized from DFDS, Copenhagen and managed for Vichy Gov't, 1943 returned to MOWT, 1945 returned to DFDS. 1,955
Saint Denis 1929 ex- Viola, 1940 seized from Torm, Denmark and managed for Vichy Gov't, 1941 torpedoed and sunk by British submarine off Balearic Islands. 1,212
Saint Etienne 1924 ex- Birgit, 1940 seized from C. Andresen, Denmark and managed for Vichy Gov't, 1943 bombed and sunk by Soviet aircraft off Evpatoria. 1,971
Sainte Bernadette 1924 1948 transferred from Soc. Tunisienne d'Armement, Tunis, 1955 sold Italy. 1,596
Sainte Brigitte 1935 ex- Rutenfjell, 1940 seized from Olsen & Ugelstad, Oslo and managed for Vichy Government, 1943 recaptured, renamed Rutenfjell. 1,384
Sainte Monique 1937 ex- Brott, 1940 seized from Henriksens Rederi, Oslo and managed for Vichy Gov't, 1942 seized by Germans renamed Brott and 1943 scuttled as blockship in Bizerta Canal. 1,283
Saint-Nazaire 1919 1929 taken over with Paris-Orleans Railway Co., 1943 torpedoed and sunk off Spezia by HMS Sibyl. 2,909
Saloum 1957 1964 sold South Africa renamed Barrier. 2,277
Saumur 1921 1929 taken over with Paris-Orleans Railway Co., 1942 seized by Italian Gov't renamed Talentino, 1944 torpedoed and sunk off Port Vendres by HMS Upstart. 2,954
Senegal 1960 1969 sold Italy renamed Andrea Cagnoni. 1,596
Stilbe 1898 1929 taken over with Paris-Orleans Railway Co., 1929 scrapped Briton Ferry. 3,229
Tour Prignac 1981 ex- Full Cry, 1984 purchased from Panama renamed Tour Prignac, 1991 sold. 3,626
Tours (1) 1920 1929 taken over with Paris-Orleans Railway Co., 1951 sold to Soc. Franco-Tunisienne d'Armement renamed Lacydon, 1967 scrapped Tunis. 4,158
Tui Cakau III 1975 1987 purchased from Sofrana Line, 1991 sold. 7,246
Vendome 1920 1929 taken over with Paris-Orleans Railway Co., 1948 scrapped Antwerp. 4,192
Verseau 1956 ex- Petit Olivier, 1958 purchased renamed Verseau, 1965 sold. 104
Yann Roullet 1948 ex- Satellite, 1949 purchased from Soc.Azienda Gen. Italiana Petroli, Rome renamed Yann Roullet, 1959 sold to Ciane Cia de Nav., Syracuse renamed Magnisi. 1,922

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