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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

George Smith & Sons / City Line

Commenced shipowning in 1840 and traded to India with sailing vessels. By 1852 voyages were being made to Valparaiso and the West Indies, Australia and New Zealand and later between India, New York and the UK. In 1901 the company was sold to J. R. Ellerman and became Ellerman's City 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:

  • Sail
    • Glasgow - India via the Cape of Good Hope.
    • Occasional UK - West Indies and South America.
    • UK - Australia and New Zealand
    • Calcutta - New York - Glasgow.
  • Steam
    • Glasgow - Liverpool - Port Said - Suez - Bombay - Karachi - Kathiawar ports - East & South Africa - Continent - UK ports - Glasgow.
    • Glasgow - Suez - Aden - Vizagapatam - Chalna - Calcutta - Colombo - UK and Continental ports.

Abbreviations
JRE - J. R. Ellerman & Co.

Funnel:
1870-1901 Dark buff with black top
1901-1904 Buff with red. white and blue bands, black top.
1904-1988 Buff with white band below black top.

Fleet: Sail

1870-1901
1901-1904
1904-1988
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Asia 1846 ship, 1862 sank off Cape of Good Hope. 450
Ballengeich 1849 ship, 1855 purchased from J. Tod, Glasgow, 1859 wrecked Madras. 478
City of Amoy 1863 barque, 1882 sold to Bramwell & Gardener, Glasgow renamed Amoy. 990
City of Athens (1) 1867 ship, 1900 sold to J. Johanson, Oslo renamed Athena. 1,198
City of Benares (1) 1853 ship, 1865 destroyed by fire at Calcutta. 692
City of Benares (2) 1865 ship, 1881 sold to G. Traill & Sons, Glasgow renamed Ruthin, rigged as barque. 1,182
City of Benares (3) 1882 ship, 1900 sold to G. Revell, Finland. 1,574
City of Berlin 1864 ship, 1881 sold to T. C. Guthrie, Glasgow renamed Dalswinton, rigged as barque. 1,011
City of Bombay (1) 1862 barque, 1882 sold to Capt. J. Rhind, Glasgow renamed Bombay. 990
City of Brussels 1863 ship, 1881 sold to H. Hogarth, Ardrossan renamed Brussels. 990
City of Calcutta (1) 1850 ship, 1859 wrecked Calcutta. 541
City of Calcutta (2) 1860 barque, 1881 sold to Capt. C. Barrie, Dundee renamed Calcutta. 984
City of Canton 1857 ship, 1877 sold to J. & R. Wilson, Glasgow. 908
City of Cashmere 1863 barque, 1882 wrecked Timaru, New Zealand. 979
City of Corinth (1) 1870 ship, 1889 sunk in collision with barque TRAFALGAR off Isle of Wight. 1,219
City of Delhi (1) 1857 ship, 1867 wrecked Dungeness. 813
City of Delhi (2) 1867 ship, 1900 sold to J. Johanson, Oslo renamed Ailsa.
1,199
City of Dover 1868 ship, 1874 sold. 1,199
City of Dublin (1) 1855 ship, 1878 wrecked Portland, Oregon. 813
City of Edinburgh (1) 1852 ship, 1867 sold to J. McAlister, 1869 wrecked in Bay of Bengal. 599
City of Edinburgh (2) 1868 ship, 1874 sank in collision with FRENCH EMPIRE at Calcutta.
1,206
City of Florence 1867 ship, 1900 wrecked Half Moon Bay, California. 1,198
City of Foochow 1864 ship, 1877 wrecked off Flinder's Island, Bass Strait. 1,034
City of Glasgow (1) 1848 ship, 1866 sold to Connell & Co., Glasgow. 509
City of Glasgow (2) 1867 ship, 1900 sold to J. Johanson, Oslo renamed Albania.
1,168
City of Hankow 1869 ship, 1900 sold to G. J. Robertson, Sydney. 1,195
City of Lahore 1864 ship, 1883 sold to T. C. Guthrie, Glasgow renamed Durisdeer. 988
City of London (1) 1851 ship, 1867 sold to Hendry & Co., Greenock. 540
City of Lucknow (1) 1858 ship, 1861 wrecked Belfast Lough. 869
City of Lucknow (2) 1869 ship, 1889 sold to Knohr & Burchard, Hamburg renamed Reinbek. 1,195
City of Madras (1) 1855 ship, 1856 wrecked near Stranraer. 800
City of Madras (2) 1859 barque, 1881 sold to Montgomerie & Workman renamed Duke of Connaught. 999
City of Madras (3) 1882 ship, 1900 sold to Hatfield, Cameron & Co, Glasgow renamed Wemyss Bay. 1,577
City of Madrid (1) 1869 ship, 1888 sold to S. Goldberg & Sons, Swansea renamed Agnes Lilian. 1,191
City of Manchester (1) 1854 ship, 1871 sold to J. McAlister. 766
City of Nankin 1859 barque, 1881 sold to Guthrie, McDonald & Hood, Glasgow. 986
City of Ningpo 1862 barque, 1881 sold to Capt. J. Rhind, Glasgow renamed Kinloss. 986
City of Paris (1) 1862 ship, 1882 sold to G. Traill & Sons, Glasgow renamed Kiandra. 990
City of Pekin 1858 ship, 1873 sunk in collision off Cape Verde Islands. 893
City of Perth (1) 1857 ship, 1867 sold to McPhail, Connell & Co, Glasgow. 466
City of Perth (2) 1866 ship, 1882 blown ashore at Timaru, 1883 sold to New Zealand Shipping Co. repaired and renamed Turakina. 1,188
City of Seringapatam 1866 ship, 1876 wrecked Cape Verde Islands. 1,190
City of Shanghai 1860 barque, 1881 sold to Capt. Bramwell renamed Nith. 989
City of Sparta (1) 1870 ship, 1889 sold to S. Goldberg & Sons, Swansea renamed Florence Stella. 1,193
City of Tanjore 1855 ship, 1879 sold to T. C. Guthrie, Glasgow. 799
City of Venice (1) 1867 ship, 1871 wrecked Rodriguez Island, Mauritius. 1,199
City of Vienna (1) 1866 ship, 1881 sold to T. C. Guthrie, Glasgow renamed Dunscore. 990
City of York (1) 1859 ship, 1865 lost on voyage Calcutta - Glasgow. 569
City of York (2) 1869 ship, 1899 wrecked Fremantle. 1,194
Constellation 1839 barque, 1848 sold to Capt. P McPhee. 334
Majestic 1846 ship, 1860 sold to R. & J. Craig. 565
Oriental 1843 barque, 1846 sold to Capt. J. Neill. 346

Fleet: Steam

Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
City of Agra 1879 1897 wrecked in gale near Finisterre; loss of 31 lives. 3,274
City of Ankara 1968 ex- Sangro, 1973 transferred from Wilson Line renamed City of Ankara, 1978 sold to Panama renamed Rezeki. 1,523
City of Athens (2) 1899 1901 taken over by JRE, 1917 mined and sunk off Capetown. 5,159
City of Athens (3) 1955 ex- Beechwood, 1955-57 chartered from Soc de Nav. Magliveras, Panama. 8,965
City of Athens (4) 1967 ex- Salmo, 1973 transferred from Wilson Line renamed City of Athens, 1978 sold to Panama renamed Aldebaran II. 1,523
City of Bagdad 1919 1940 captured and sunk in Indian Ocean by German raider Atlantis. 7,506
City of Benares (4) 1902 1914-18 troopship, 1933 scrapped. 6,984
City of Benares (5) 1936 1940 torpedoed and sunk by U.48 in North Atlantic with the loss of 248 lives including 77 child evacuees. 11,081
City of Birmingham (1) 1917 1940 mined and sunk off Spurn Head. 6,182
City of Birmingham (2) 1949 1971 scrapped. 7,599
City of Bombay (2) 1885 1901 taken over by JRE, 1903, 1906, 1907 chartered to Allan Line, 1908 scrapped.
4,492
City of Bristol 1943 1961 sold to Far Eastern Nav. Corp., renamed Tung Lee. 8,459
City of Calcutta (3) 1881 1901 sold to Wee Bin & Co., Singapore renamed Hong Moh. 3,836
City of Calcutta (4) 1903 1914-18 troopship, 1934 sold and renamed Calcut for voyage to shipbreakers in Japan. 7,512
City of Calcutta (5) 1940 1961 sold to Grosvenor Shipping Co, Hong Kong renamed Grosvenor Pilot. 8,063
City of Cambridge (1) 1870 1881 sold to Clan Line renamed Clan Maclean. 2,329
City of Cambridge (2) 1882 1917 torpedoed and sunk by UC-17 off Algeria. 3,788
City of Cambridge (3) 1920 1934 wrecked in China Sea. 7,058
City of Canterbury (1) 1875 1896 wrecked at Calcutta. 3,212
City of Canterbury (2) 1922 1940-46 troopship, 1953 scrapped. 8,421
City of Canterbury (3) 1976 1981 sold to Greece renamed Arc Aeolos. 7,690
City of Carthage 1873 1890 sold to N. McLean, Glasgow renamed Straits of Magellan 2,651
City of Colombo 1956 1977 sold to Ben Line renamed Benmhor. 7,739
City of Corinth (2) 1898 1901 taken over by JRE, 1912 sold to Cie.de Nav. Sud-Atlantique, Bordeaux renamed Sequana. 5,443
City of Corinth (3) 1965 ex- Salerno, 1973 transferred from Wilson Line renamed City of Corinth, 1978 sold to Perivale Maritime Inc., renamed Pyrgos Star. 1,559
City of Delhi (3) 1901 1923 sold to Greece renamed Margarita. 4,443
City of Delhi (4) 1925 1956 scrapped. 7,443
City of Dieppe 1929 1941 stationed at Freetown as convoy storeship, 1956 sold to Eastman Shipping Co, Nassau renamed Eastman. 7,958
City of Dublin (2) 1888 1900 sold to E. Haselhurst, London renamed Clavering. 3,267
City of Dundee 1890 1901 taken over by JRE, 1908 sunk in collision with Elders & Fyffes MATINA in St. George's Channel. 3,427
City of Durban 1978 container ship, 1983-4 chartered to P & O Line renamed Portland Bay, 1984 reverted to City of Durban, 1986 transferred to Associated Container Lines as ACT 8. 53,790
City of Durham 1945 1962 sold to Taiwan renamed Yonlee. 7,253
City of Edinburgh (3) 1876 1900 sold to Wee Bin & Co., Singapore renamed Hong Wan I. 3,230
City of Edinburgh (4) 1899 ex- Maplemore, 1901 purchased from Wm. Johnstone & Co, Liverpool renamed City of Edinburgh, 1914-18 taken over as troopship, 1929 scrapped. 7,803
City of Edinburgh (5) 1938 1943 converted to Landing Ship Headquarters for Pacific, renamed HMS Lothian, 1946 returned to owners, 1961 sold to Hong Kong renamed Castle Mount. 8,036
City of Edinburgh (6) 1973 container ship, 1989 still in service. 58,284
City of Exeter (1) 1914 1914-15 troopship, 1950 scrapped. 9,447
City of Exeter (2) 1974 ex- Strathdare, 1976 transferred from P & O Line renamed City of Exeter, 1980 sold to Greece renamed Phoevos. 9,014
City of Glasgow (3) 1906 1914-18 troopship, 1918 torpedoed and sunk by UB-118 off Tuskar Rock. 6,547
City of Hartlepool 1979 1984-86 chartered to Iceland SS Co. renamed Laxfoss, 1986 renamed City of Manchester, 1987 transferred to Cunard-Ellerman. 1,560
City of Hongkong 1924 1939-45 troopship, 1951 sold to Grimaldi, Genoa renamed Centauro. 9,606
City of Ipswich 1979 1981-86 chartered to Manchester Liners renamed Manchester Fulmar, 1983 reverted to City of Ipswich, 1984 renamed Liverpool Star, 1987 transferred to Cunard-Ellerman. 1,560
City of Karachi (1) 1905 1934 renamed Karachi for voyage to shipbreakers in Japan. 5,547
City of Karachi (2) 1937 1941 bombed and sunk off Crete. 7,139
City of Karachi (3) 1951 1972 sold to Panama renamed Kavo Kolones. 7,320
City of Khios 1878 1901 taken over by JRE, 1914 seized by Turkey, 1915 sunk as blockship at Smyrna. 3,241
City of Limassol 1960 ex- Rapallo, 1973 transferred from Wilson Line renamed City of Limassol, 1977 sold to Lebanon renamed Beiteddine. 3,042
City of Lisbon   see City of Perth 1978.  
City of London (2) 1876 1900 sold to Wee Bin & Co, Singapore renamed Hong Bee. 3,212
City of London (3) 1907 1916 converted to Armed Merchant Cruiser, 1919 returned to owners, 1939 taken over as troopship, 1946 scrapped. 8,815
City of Lucknow (3) 1896 ex- Guyana, 1898 purchased from Caw, Prentice, Clapperton & Co, Glasgow, 1901 taken over by JRE, 1914 requisitioned as troopship, 1916 torpedoed and sunk by U.21 east of Malta. 3,669
City of Lucknow (4) 1908 ex- Heluan, Kosmos Line, Hamburg, 1920 war reparations ship renamed City of Lucknow, 1926 sold to Hamburg America Line renamed Heluan. 7,248
City of Madrid (2) 1901 1927 sold to Italy renamed Nitro. 4,901
City of Manchester (2) 1873 1885 lost off Ushant. 3,126
City of Manchester (3) 1903 1933 scrapped. 5,551
City of Manchester (4) 1950 1971 sold to Panama renamed Kavo Yerakes. 7,583
City of Manchester (5)   see City of Hartlepool 1979
 
City of Mandalay 1925 1939 torpedoed and sunk by U.46 off Finisterre. 7,049
City of Mecca 1871 1881 sold to Clan Line renamed Clan Macleod. 2,290
City of Milan 1907 ex- Plauen, Deutsche-Australische Line, 1921 war reparations, renamed City of Milan, 1930 sold to Cia Colonia de Nav., Portugal renamed Ganda. 4,222
City of Nagpur 1922 1941 torpedoed and sunk by U.75 while 900 miles west of Fastnet. 10,146
City of Oran 1915 1943 torpedoed by U.196 off Mozambique, sunk by escorts. 7,784
City of Oxford (1) 1870 1881 sold to Clan Line renamed Clan Macduff. 2,319
City of Oxford (2) 1882 1901 taken over by JRE, 1914 taken over by Admiralty and converted to dummy of battleship HMS ST VINCENT, 1919 reverted to JRE (Bucknall Line), 1924 scrapped. 3,959
City of Oxford (3) 1948 1976 sold to Panama renamed Union Arabia. 7,593
City of Oxford (4) 1981 1983 chartered to Iceland SS Co. renamed Bakkafoss, 1988 renamed Oxford by Cunard-Ellerman. 1,560
City of Paris (2) 1907 1915 troopship, 1917 torpedoed and sunk by UC-35 off Cap d'Antibes; loss of 122 lives. 9,191
City of Paris (3) 1922 1939-46 troopship, 1947 returned to commercial service, 1956 scrapped. 10,840
City of Patras 1967 ex- Silvio, 1973 transferred from Wilson Line renamed City of Patras, 1978 sold to Ghana renamed City of Tema. 1,523
City of Perth (3) 1890 1901 taken over by JRE, 1917 torpedoed and sunk by U.70 while 200 miles from Fastnet. 3,427
City of Perth (4) 1949 1967 sold to Greece renamed Elenif.
7,547
City of Perth (5) 1978 1986 renamed City of Lisbon, 1987 transferred to Cunard-Ellerman. 1,560
City of Plymouth 1978 1987 transferred to Cunard-Ellerman. 1,559
City of Poona 1912 1934 scrapped. 7,467
City of Poonah 1870 1878 sold to Temperley Line renamed Clyde. 2,283
City of Ripon 1956 1978 sold to Ben Line renamed Benvannoch. 7,713
City of Simla 1921 1940 torpedoed and sunk by U.138 off Hebrides. 9,468
City of Sparta (2) 1896 1901 taken over by JRE, 1931 scrapped. 5,179
City of Sparta (3) 1967 ex- Sorrento, 1973 transferred from Wilson Line renamed City of Sparta, 1978 sold to Gracechurch Line, London renamed Gracechurch. 1,523
City of St. Albans 1943 ex- Frederick Banting, 1947 purchased from Ministry of Transport renamed City of St. Albans, 1959 sold to Panama renamed Marineri. 7,264
City of Valencia 1908 ex- Roda, Kosmos Line, Hamburg, 1920 war reparations, renamed City of Valencia, 1934 scrapped. 7,329
City of Venice (2) 1875 1901 taken over with fleet by JRE., 1912 scrapped. 3,372
City of Venice (3) 1924 1943 torpedoed and sunk by U.375 off Cape Tenez, Mediterranean while trooping. 8,762
City of Vienna (2) 1890 1899-1902 Boer War transport, 1901 taken over by JRE, 1906 chartered to Allan Line for three voyages, 1913 sold to National Greek Line renamed Thessalonika. 4,672
City of Winchester 1976 1981 sold to Greece renamed Arc Odysseus. 7,691
City of York (3) 1904 1936 sold for scrap and renamed City for voyage to breakers. 7,844
City of York (4) 1976 1976-1986 chartered from Lloyds Leasings Ltd, 1986 to Cyprus renamed Vicman. 7,690

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