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The Fleets

Ellermans comprised a group of several companies and each will be treated as a seperate entity.
Transfers between various companies within the group have been ignored.
Ellerman & Papayanni | Westcott & Laurence | Montgomerie & Workman | City Line | Hall Line | Ellerman & Bucknall | Miscellaneous

Ellerman & Papayanni

Formed in 1855, Papayanni Brothers joined the Ellerman Group in 1901 and became Ellerman & Papayanni Line.

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:

  • 1855 - Liverpool - Mediterranean ports and Spain. (Passenger and cargo service)
  • 1916 - Manchester - Marseilles - Italy.
  • 1954 - UK - Great Lakes - US Atlantic ports - Mediterranean - UK.

Abbreviations
JRE - J. R. Ellerman & Co.

Funnel:
1855-1901 Pale pink with black top
1901-1904 Pink with blue band below black top.
1904-1973 Buff with white band below black top.

Fleet:

1855-1901
1901-1904
1904-1973
Vessel
Built
Years in Service Tons
Adalia
1899
1901 to JRE, 1917 shelled and sunk by German submarine U.94 off Hebrides.
3,847
Agia Sophia
1857
1872 rebuilt to 2593 tons, 1901 to JRE, 1902 sold to Italy renamed Tripoli.
1,857
Albanian
1898
1901 taken over from F. Leyland & Co., 1903 resold to Leyland Line.
2,930
Alexandria
1890
ex- Ville de Paris, 1902 purchased from Cie. Havraise de Peninsulaire, Havre renamed Alexandria, 1914 scrapped. 3,501
Algerian (1)
1876
1901 taken over from F. Leyland & Co., 1906 scrapped.
1,757
Algerian (2)
1896
ex- Flintshire, 1913 purchased from Royal Mail SP Co., renamed Algerian, 1916 mined and sunk off Isle of Wight. 3,837
Algerian (3)
1924
1943 requisitioned to lay petrol pipeline between UK and Normandy, 1946 returned to JRE, 1957 scrapped. 2,305
Almerian (1)
1897
1901 taken over from F. Leyland & Co., 1903 resold to Leyland Line.
2,984
Almerian (2)
1956
1962 renamed City of Leeds, 1964 reverted to Almerian, 1966 chartered to Cunard temporarily renamed Assyria, 1967 again chartered to Cunard renamed Asia, 1969 sold to Cyprus renamed Theokletus. 3,649
Alsatian
1876
1901 taken over from F. Leyland & Co., 1907 scrapped.
1,765
Amalia
1860
1866 sank in Bay of Biscay.
1,825
Anatolia
1898
1901 to JRE, 1917 sunk by German submarine UC.35 off Genoa.
3,848
Anatolian (1)
1932
1933 sold to French Line (CGT) renamed Grande-Terre. 1,944
Anatolian (2)
1955
1963 renamed City of Durham, 1964 reverted to Anatolian, (In 1966 & 1968 chartered to Cunard for short periods and renamed Ascania), 1968 sold to Cyprus renamed Agia Sophia. 3,799
Andalusian (1)
1876
1901 taken over from F. Leyland & Co., 1909 scrapped.
1,763
Andalusian (2)
1911
1915 captured and scuttled by U.29 while 25 miles from Bishops Rock. 2,349
Andalusian (3)
1918
1941 torpedoed and sunk by U.106 in Atlantic. 3,074
Andalusian (4)
1950
1962 renamed City of Ely, 1964 reverted to Andalusian, 1966 sold to Panama renamed Capetan Andreas P.
3,913
Anglian
1947
1947 chartered to Wilson Line, 1963 sold to African Coasters, Durban renamed Bulwark. 2,219
Arabian (1)
1862
1901 taken over from F. Leyland & Co., 1902 scrapped.
1,995
Arabian (2)   see Bloemfontein (Bucknall Line)  
Ararat
1871
1901 to JRE, scrapped. 2,016
Arcadia
1855
1898 scrapped. 1,901
Arcadian (1)   1908 see Wharfedale
 
Arcadian (2)
1960
1974 renamed City of Famagusta, 1977 sold to Lebanon renamed Batroun. 3,402
Assiout
1889
ex- British Empire, 1901 purchased from British Shipowners Ltd renamed Assiout, 1914 sunk by Turkish warships.
3,146
Assyrian
1914
ex- Fritz (Woermann Line), 1919 war reparations ship, 1920 renamed Assyrian, 1940 torpedoed and sunk by U.101 in Atlantic. 2,962
Asturian
1890
ex- Capella, 1910 purchased from T. & J. Harrison, Liverpool renamed Asturian, 1921 sold to Franco-British SN Co. 3,193
Athenian (1)
1875
1901 taken over from F. Leyland & Co., 1906 scrapped.
1,619
Athenian (2)
1966
1974 renamed City of Valetta, 1980 sold to Singapore renamed Kota Jade. 2,702
Austrian
1894
ex- Bhamo, 1901 purchased from British & Burmese SN Co., renamed Austrian, 1921 sold to Ognam Shipping, London. 3,127
Avoca
1883
1901 taken over with Westcott & Laurence Line, 1908 sold to Norway renamed Christiania. 1,539
Avon
1880
1903 purchased from Royal Mail SP Co, 1916 sunk in collision in River Mersey. 2,199
Barcelona
1882
1904 purchased from Rabassa, Montevideo, 1912 sank. 2,307
Bavarian
1895
ex- Merionethshire, 1907 purchased from Jenkins Shire Line renamed Bavarian, 1928 scrapped. 3,012
Belgian
1900
1901 taken over from F. Leyland & Co., 1909 resold to Leyland Line.
3,657
Belgravian (1)
1891
ex- Clan Macneil, 1902 purchased from Clan Line renamed Belgravian, 1922 sold to K. Saunders, Glasgow. 2,521
Belgravian (2)
1937
1941 torpedoed and sunk by U.372 in Atlantic. 3,133
Ben H. Miller
1943
1947 purchased from Ministry of Transport renamed City of Shrewsbury, 1959 sold to Lebanon renamed Marucla. 7,262
Boetia
1855
1858 purchased from J. Dudgeon, London, 1859 sold to Bibby Line, Liverpool. 951
Border Knight
1899
1917 purchased from Border Union SS Co, Liverpool, 1917 torpedoed and sunk by UC.17 off Lizard Point, Cornwall. 3,774
Bosnian
1891
ex- Clan Macleod, 1902 purchased from Clan Line renamed Bosnian, 1922 sold to Greece renamed Psara. 2,507
Britannia
1885
1901 to JRE, 1917 torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U.65 in Mediterranean.
3,129
Bulgarian (1)
1891
ex- Clan Macintyre, 1902 purchased from Clan Line renamed Bulgarian, 1917 torpedoed and sunk by U.84 in Atlantic; loss if 14 lives. 2,515
Bulgarian (2)
1904
ex- Otto Kalthoff, 1919 war reparations ship renamed Bulgarian, 1936 scrapped after stranding. 2,064
Castilian (1)
1890
ex- Umbilo, 1909 purchased from Bullard, King & Co renamed Castilian, 1917 torpedoed and sunk by U.61 off Ireland. 1,923
Castilian (2)
1919
1943 wrecked Anglesey.
3,067
Castilian (3)
1955
1963 renamed City of Peterborough, 1964 reverted to Castilian (1966-7 chartered to Cunard, temporarily renamed Arabia), 1971 sold to Maldives renamed Maldive Freedom. 3,803
Catanian
1958
1972 sold to Maldives renamed Ocean Glory. 1,408
Cedardene
1881
1901 taken over with Westcott & Laurence Line, 1903 wrecked Morocco. 2,197
City of Amsterdam
1877
1902 purchased from Palgrave, Murphy & Co, Dublin, 1913 wrecked. 823
City of Cork
1870
1902 purchased from Palgrave, Murphy & Co, Dublin, 1906 scrapped. 1.001
City of Durham (1)   1963 see Anatolian 1955.  
City of Durham (2)   1964 see Ionian 1947.  
City of Ely (1)   1947 see Samarina.  
City of Ely (2)   1962 see Andalusian 1950.
 
City of Famagusta   1974 see Arcadian 1960.
 
City of Istanbul   1974 see Mediterranian.  
City of Izmir   1974 see Flaminian 1956
 
City of Kobe   see Malvernian 1924.  
City of Lancaster
1924
1947 renamed Lancastrian, 1953 scrapped. 3,040
City of Leeds (1)   1964 see Venetian.
 
City of Leeds (2)   1962 see Almerian 1956.
 
City Of Leicester (1)
1926
1937 transferred to Ellerman's Hall Line, 1942 transferred to Westcott & Laurence, 1952 scrapped. 3,351
City Of Leicester (2)   1964 see Egyptian 1947.
 
City Of Leicester (3)   1962 see Lancastrian 1956.  
City of Lichfield   1947 see Samois.  
City of Norwich   1962 see Maltasian 1950.  
City of Oxford
1926
1942 torpedoed and sunk by U.552 in Atlantic. 2,759
City of Peterborough   1963 see Castilian 1955.  
City of Rochester   1947 see Samboston.
 
City of Shrewsbury   1947 see Ben H. Miller.
 
City of Stafford   1947 see Samtorch.  
City of Valetta   1974 see Athenian 1966.  
Como
1910
1921 transferred from Wilson Line, 1930 reverted to Wilson Line. 1,246
Corinthian
1938
1963 scrapped.
3,198
Cortian
1962
ex- Cortia, 1966 purchased from Sweden renamed Cortian, 1971 sold to Sweden renamed Cortia. 537
Cressado
1913
ex- Cressida, 1919 war reparations ship, 1920 renamed Cressado, 1942 sank off Skerries, Anglesey after collision. 1,227
Crosbian
1947
1967 sold to Philippines renamed Mabuhay. 1,518
Darinian
1947
1970 sold to Panama renamed Kostandis Fotinos. 1,533
Darino
1917
1939 torpedoed and sunk by U.41 off Spain; loss of 16 lives. 1,349
Destrian   1946 see Destro.  
Destro
1920
Completed for Ellerman's Wilson Line, 1926 transferred to JRE, 1946 renamed Destrian, 1950 sold to Deutsche-Levant Line renamed Pergamon. 3,553
Dido
1920
1941 seized by Germany renamed Dorpat. 3,554
Douro (1)
1900
1901 taken over from F. Leyland & Co., 1909 wrecked at Oporto. 1,028
Douro (2)
1881
ex- Congella, 1910 purchased from Bullard, King & Co., renamed Douro, 1915 shelled and sunk by U.20 while 75 miles SW of Bishops Rock. 1,603
Egyptian (1)
1861
1901 taken over from F. Leyland & Co., 1903 scrapped.
1,986
Egyptian (2)
1891
ex- Saxon King, 1904 purchased from T, Ronaldson & Co, renamed Egyptian, 1912 wrecked Great Yarmouth. 2,923
Egyptian (3)
1920
1943 torpedoed and sunk by U.230 in Atlantic. 2,866
Egyptian (4)
1947
1964 renamed City Of Leicester, 1965 sold to Greece renamed Gardenia. 3,607
Estrellano (1)
1910
1917 torpedoed and sunk off Greece by UC-71. 1,161
Estrellano (2)
1920
1941 torpedoed and sunk by U.37 off Portugal. 1,963
Fabian (1)
1881
1901 taken over from F. Leyland & Co., 1917 torpedoed and sunk by German submarine UB.40 near Tangier.
2,248
Fabian (2)
1919
1940 torpedoed and sunk by U.65 in the Atlantic. 3,059
Falernian (1)
1880
1901 taken over from F. Leyland & Co., 1911 scrapped. 2,252
Falernian (2)
1914
1914 seized by Turkey, 1919 reverted to JRE, 1928 sold to E. Cesano renamed Bosforo, 1928 repurchased by JRE renamed Volturno, 1943 bombed and sunk by German aircraft off Portugal. 3,419
Favonian
1894
ex- Alnwick, 1910 purchased from Hunting & Sons renamed Favonian, 1916 torpedoed and sunk by U.35 in Mediterranean. 3,039
Flaminian
1956
1974 renamed City of Izmir, 1975 sold to Maldives renamed Climax Pearl. 3,100
Flaminian (1)
1880
1901 taken over from F. Leyland & Co., 1912 scrapped.
2,131
Flaminian (2)
1914
1915 shelled and sunk by U.28 while 50 miles off Scilly Isles. 3,439
Flaminian (3)
1917
1939 requisitioned, renamed Empire Flaminian, 1946 reverted to JRE as Flaminian, 1950 scrapped. 3,227
Flavian
1880
1901 taken over from F. Leyland & Co., 1913 scrapped.
2,139
Florian (1)
1940
1941 torpedoed and sunk by U.94 in Atlantic; loss of 44 lives. 3,174
Florian (2)
1955
1971 sold to Maldives renamed Maldive Loyalty. 3,134
Gascon
1890
1906 purchased from J. McCormick & Co, Leith, 1909 went aground in River Douro, total loss. 1,106
Gerano
1914
ex- Stern, 1919 war reparations ship, 1920 renamed Gerano, 1935 scrapped. 2,080
Grecian (1)
1949
1966 sold to Greece renamed Alexandra. 3,347
Gulf of Suez
1880
1901 taken over with Westcott & Laurence Line, 1924 scrapped. 1,608
Hero
1895
1923 transferred from Wilson's NE Railway Shipping Co, 1926 sold to General Steam Nav. Co. 775
Ionia
1856
1861 sold to Bibby Line, Liverpool.
1,388
Ionian (1)
1938
1939 mined and sunk in North Sea.
3,114
Ionian (2)
1947
1964 renamed City of Durham, 1964 sold to Greece renamed Angelica N. 3,596
Italian (1)
1887
ex- Port Fairy, 1909 purchased from Booth SS Co., renamed Italian, 1913 scrapped. 2,581
Italian (2)
1899
ex- Fantee, 1913 purchased from Elder Dempster & Co renamed Italian, 1921 transferred to Wilson Line renamed Rollo. 3,648
Joshua Nicholson
1880
1901 taken over with Westcott & Laurence Line, 1917 torpedoed and sunk by U.70 off Wolf Rock, 26 lost. 1,853
Laconia
1856
1901 transferred to JRE, 1902 scrapped. 1,982
Lancastrian (1)   1947 see City of Lancaster.
 
Lancastrian (2)
1956
1962 renamed City Of Leicester, 1964 reverted to Lancastrian, 1966 chartered to Cunard, temporarily renamed Alsatia, 1969 sold to Cyprus renamed Theokrates. 3,799
Lesbian (1)
1874
1901 taken over from F. Leyland & Co., 1903 scrapped.
1,559
Lesbian (2)
1915
1917 shelled and sunk by U.35 while east of Malta.
2,555
Lesbian (3)
1923
1940 seized at Beirut by Vichy French, later destroyed. 2,532
Lisbon (1)
1910
1917 mined and sunk off Royal Sovereign Lightship, English Channel. 1,203
Lisbon (2)
1920
1940 wrecked on Rattray Head, Scotland. 1,964
Lord Clive
1871
1872 chartered to Dominion Line, 1875 operated by American Line, 1888 sold to Lord Clive SS Co., owned by the American Line.
3,386
Lord Gough
1878
1879 chartered to the American Line, 1888 sold to Lord Gough SS Co., owned by American Line.
3,655
Lucian
1948
1964 sold to Panama renamed Amorgos. 1,516
Macedonia
1867
1881 rebuilt to 2853 tons, 1899 scrapped. 1,732
Malatian (1)
1914
1936 sold to Italy renamed Santa Maria. 3,427
Malatian (2)
1958
1971 sold to Maldives rnamed Maldive Victory. 1,407
Maltasian
1950
1962 renamed City of Norwich, 1964 reverted to Maltasian, 1967 sold to Panama renamed Capetan Christos P. 3,910
Malvernian (1)
1924
1925 transferred to Ellerman's Hall Line, 1927 renamed City of Kobe, 1939 mined and sunk off Great Yarmouth. 4,373
Malvernian (2)
1937
1940 requisitioned as Armed Boarding Vessel renamed HMS Malvernian, 1941 bombed and sunk off Spain. 3,133
Manchurian
1905
ex- Tilly Russ, 1919 war reparations ship, 1920 renamed Manchurian, 1934 scrapped. 2,819
Mardinian (1)
1913
1917 torpedoed and sunk by U.34 in Mediterranean. 3,322
Mardinian (2)
1919
1940 torpedoed and sunk by U.28 in Atlantic. 2,434
Maronian
1913
1938 sold to Italy renamed Luciano. 3,585
Mediterranian
1968
1974 renamed City of Istanbul, 1978 sold to Gracechurch Shipping Ltd, Newcastle renamed Fenchurch. 1,460
Mercian
1948
1970 sold to Cyprus renamed Rinoula. 1,517
Mexican
1891
1901 taken over from F. Leyland & Co., 1903 resold to Leyland Line.
3,488
Minho (1)
1890
1901 taken over from F. Leyland & Co., 1913 sold to Spain renamed Manuel Pla.
825
Oporto (1)
1888
1901 taken over from F. Leyland & Co., 1918 sold to Bombay S.N. Co.
739
Oporto (2)
1928
1943 torpedoed and sunk by U.107 in Atlantic. 2,352
Orchis
1870
1901 taken over with Westcott & Laurence Line, 1913 sold to A/S Brunkeberg renamed Birka. 1,765
Orestes
1888
1901 taken over with Westcott & Laurence Line, 1907 sold to Kingsdyke SS Co., Glasgow renamed Kingsdyke.
1,779
Orontes
1851
1859 purchased from Moss SS Co., Liverpool, 1861 sold to H. Withers, Liverpool.
701
Palm
1869
1885 purchased from G. H. Horsfall & Co., Liverpool, 1898 scrapped.
1,826
Palmelian
1948
1970 scrapped.
1,535
Palmella (1)
1913
1918 torpedoed and sunk by UB.92 near South Stack; loss of 28 lives. 1,352
Palmella (2)
1920
1940 torpedoed and sunk by U.37 off Portugal. 1,568
Pandorian
1940
1963 sold to Greece renamed Kyrakali.
3,146
Patrician
1947
1963 sank in Straits of Gibraltar after collision with US ship Santa Emilia. 3,604
Perim
1877
1901 taken over with Westcott & Laurence Line, 1917 sank after collision off Tarragona.
1,348
Persian (1)
1863
1901 taken over from F. Leyland & Co., 1902 scrapped.
2,075
Persian (2)   see Kaffir (Bucknall Line)
 
Plantain
1879
1886 purchased from G. H. Horsfall & Co., Liverpool, 1901 to JRE, 1903 scrapped.
2,117
Plymothian
1883
1901 taken over with Westcott & Laurence Line, 1906 sold to Greece renamed Marika. 1,626
Roumelia
1877
1901 to JRE, 1905 scrapped. 2,158
Roumelian
1914
1936 sold to Italy renamed Drepanum.
2,687
Samarina
1943
1947 purchased from Ministry of Transport renamed City of Ely, 1961 sold to Trader Line, London renamed Paget Trader. 7,258
Samboston
1943
1947 purchased from Ministry of Transport renamed City of Rochester, 1962 sold to Greece renamed Fotini Xilas. 7,265
Samois
1943
1947 purchased from Ministry of Transport renamed City of Lichfield, 1959 sold to Wheelock, Marden & Co., Panama renamed Camerona 7,263
Samtorch
1944
1947 purchased from Ministry of Transport renamed City of Stafford, 1961 sold to Stuart Navigation, Bahamas renamed Kuniang. 7,208
Sardinia
1888
ex- Paolo V, 1902 purchased from Italy renamed Sardinia, 1908 caught fire off Malta and went ashore and burned out; loss of 120 lives.
2,474
Serbino
1919
1941 torpedoed and sunk by U.82 in the Atlantic; loss of 14 lives.
4,080
Sicilian
1948
1964 sold to Liberia renamed Bluesea.
3,351
Tagus (1)
1898
1901 taken over from F. Leyland & Co., 1916 captured and sunk by German submarine UB.39 off Ushant. 937
Tenedos
1873
1901 taken over with Westcott & Laurence Line, 1904 sold to Turkey renamed Salonique. 1,280
Thessalia
1855
1881 sold, trace lost - probably scrapped.
1,857
Torcello
1911
ex- Stahlhof, 1919 war reparations ship, 1920 renamed Torcello, 1923 transferred from Wilson Line, 1938 sold to African & Continental SS Co., renamed Lutine. 1,479
Truthful
1877
1883 purchased from J. Ellis, Liverpool, 1886 deleted from register.
956
Venetian (1)   1908 see Volta.  
Venetian (2)
1947
1964 renamed City of Leeds, 1965 sold to Liberia renamed Catrina P. 3,578
Volta
1891
1908 purchased from Elder Dempster & Co., later renamed Venetian, 1924 scrapped.
2,743
Volturno   1928 see Falernian.  
Wharfedale
1891
1908 purchased from Sir James Laing & Sons, later renamed Arcadian, 1910 sunk in collision in fog near Rosslare; loss of 12 lives. 2,855
    Chartered Ships  
Vessel
Built
Years in Service Tons
Anglian
1866
ex- Wilhelm S., chartered 1968-1970. 499
City of Florence   1974 see Tua 1970.  
City of Genoa   1974 see Tamega 1970.  
City of La Spezia   1974 see Tronto 1972.  
City of Lisbon   1974 see Tagus 1970.  
City of Milan   1974 see Minho 1969.  
City of Naples   1974 see Tiber 1970.  
City of Oporto   1974 see Tormes 1970.  
City of Venice   1974 see Mondego 1972.  
Estremadurian
1958
ex- Varodd, chartered 1968-1970. 1,921
Evorian
1963
ex- Karin Smits, chartered 1969. 455
Grecian (2)
1966
ex- Andromeda, chartered 1969-1974. 1,450
Iberian
1964
ex- Yuki Hansen, chartered 1966. 455
Italian (3)
1963
ex- Dita Smits, chartered 1968-1971. 454
Marmorian
1966
ex- Marmorhav, chartered 1967-1968. 1,174
Minho (2)
1969
1974 renamed City of Milan, chartered 1969-1978. 1,578
Mondego
1972
1974 renamed City of Venice, chartered 1972-1980. 1,559
Silvian
1956
ex- Transylvania, ex- Stahleck, chartered 1971-1972. 1,877
Tagus (2)
1970
1974 renamed City of Lisbon, chartered 1970-1979 1,578
Tamega
1970
1974 renamed City of Genoa, chartered 1970-1982.
1,578
Tiber
1970
1974 renamed City of Naples. chartered 1970-1979. 1,578
Tormes
1970
1974 renamed City of Oporto, chartered 1970-1980.
1,578
Tronto
1972
1974 renamed City of La Spezia, chartered 1972-1979.
1,559
Tua
1970
1974 renamed City of Florence, chartered 1970-1983. 1,599

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