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Furness Withy / Gulf Line

The Greenock S.S. Co. was formed in 1879 to operate services to the Persian Gulf, extended to Australia as required and in 1883 a route to the Gulf of Mexico was inaugurated. In 1891 services to South America replaced the Persian Gulf route. There were now two main services - Gulf of Mexico and Australia via South America or direct via Suez. In 1899 the Gulf Line was formed and in 1903 Christopher Furness acquired a controlling interest in the company. Gulf Line sold it's interests in the South America trade to F. W. Ritson's Branch Line in 1906 and after the Great War, the fleet declined and went into liquidation in 1929.

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:
1879-1903 Red with black top.
1903-1929 Black.

Fleet: 1879-1903 1903 - 1929
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Appenine   see Furness Line.  
Ariano 1918 ex- War Python, 1919 purchased from the Shipping Controller, London renamed Ariano, 1929 sold to Chargeurs Reunis, Paris renamed Fort Archambault. 5,155
Arranmore   see Santeramo (2)  
Boldwell 1901 1914 purchased from Franco-Ottoman Shipping Co., London, 1915 sold to Letricheux & David, Swansea. 3,118
Castellano 1918 ex- War Spaniel, 1919 purchased from the Shipping Controller, London renamed Castellano, 1922 sold to Japan renamed Hokkoh Maru. 5,227
Caterino 1909 1921 sold to N. P. Roussos, Piraeus renamed Maria N. Roussos. 3,729
Comino 1918 ex- Ardgorm, 1919 purchased from Lang & Fulton, Glasgow renamed Comino, 1929 sold to Deutsche Tankreederi, Hamburg renamed Doris, resold to Hamburg America Line renamed Eifel. 4,618
Como 1902 1902 chartered to R. Sloman, Hamburg, 1904 returned to owners, 1909 sold to Holland America Line renamed Gorredijk. 6,466
Crossby 1907 1910 purchased from Harowing & Co., Whitby, 1916 sold to Sale & Co., London, 1919 renamed Baycross. 3,893
Edenmore   see Salerno.  
Feliciana   see Furness Line.  
Florentino 1900 ex- Gunwell, 1914 purchased from Franco-Ottoman Shipping Co., London renamed Florentino, 1915 sold to P. A. Vickery, Liverpool. 3,411
Gulf of Aden 1887 1890 sank on voyage Liverpool - Valparaiso. 2,470
Gulf of Akaba 1883 1891 sold to C. P. Jensen, Copenhagen renamed Vulcan. 2,041
Gulf of Ancud 1890 1902 transferred to Furness, Withy & Co., 1911 sold to Embiricos, London renamed Vostizza. 2,716
Gulf of Bothnia 1891 1902 transferred to Furness, Withy & Co., 1903 sold to Hamburg America Line renamed Schwarzburg. 3,452
Gulf of Carpentaria (1) 1881 1885 lost. 2,454
Gulf of Carpentaria (2) 1904 1905 sold to British India S.N. Co. renamed Carpentaria. 5,677
Gulf of Corcovado 1888 1900 sold to P. Viale, Genoa renamed Paolo V. 2,468
Gulf of Finland 1880 1882 wrecked. 2,323
Gulf of Florida 1891 1900 sold to M & A Dell'Orso, Spezia renamed Italia. 2,865
Gulf of Genoa 1891 1902 transferred to Furness, Withy & Co., 1903 sold to Hamburg America Line renamed Altenburg. 3,448
Gulf of Guinea 1888 1899 sold to Alfred Holt, Liverpool (Blue Funnel Line) renamed Memnon. 2,438
Gulf of Lions 1890 1899 sold to Red Cross Line, Liverpool renamed Maranhense. 2,662
Gulf of Martaban 1889 1902 transferred to Furness, Withy & Co., sold to de Freitas, Hamburg renamed Lusitania. 2,793
Gulf of Mexico 1883 1898 sold to Austro-American SS Co, Trieste renamed Vienna. 3,172
Gulf of Panama 1880 1882 wrecked on Texel Island, Holland. 1,592
Gulf of Papua 1883 1896 sold to Zerssen & Co., Tonning renamed Ida. 2,042
Gulf of Siam 1892 1902 transferred to Furness, Withy & Co., 1903 sold to Hamburg America Line renamed Schaumburg. 3,433
Gulf of St. Vincent 1881 1890 wrecked. 2,450
Gulf of Suez 1880 1897 sold to Westcott & Laurence Ltd. (to Ellerman & Papayanni Line in 1901) 1,535
Gulf of Taranto 1892 1902 transferred to Furness, Withy & Co., 1903 sold to Hamburg America Line renamed Mecklenburg. 3,448
Gulf of Trinidad 1887 1900 sold to Admiral SS Co. (J. Gardiner & Co.) 2,362
Gulf of Venice 1883 1902 transferred to Furness, Withy & Co., 1913 sold to Vincenzo Sabia, Naples renamed Anna. 2,923
Lugano 1917 1917 mined and sunk off Ireland. 3,810
Messina   see Furness Line.  
Modesta 1917 1922 sold to A/S Iverans Rederi, Oslo. 3,832
Oristano 1911 1922 sold to Japan renamed Ryokai Maru. 4,253
Ortona   see Furness Line.  
Rapallo (1) 1902 1902 chartered to R. Sloman, Hamburg, 1904 returned to owners, 1906 chartered to Hamburg America Line, 1908 returned to owners, 1909 sold to Holland America Line renamed Maartensdijk. 6,483
Rapallo (2) 1917 1918 torpedoed and sunk. 3,811
Rossano 1909 1912 transferred from Furness, Withy & Co., 1921 sold to N. P. Roussos, Piraeus renamed Possidon. 3,744
Salerno 1909 ex- Edenmore, 1915 transferred from Barnesmore SS Co. Liverpool, 1919 renamed Salerno, 1921 sold to Petsalis & Dounai, Spezia renamed Evelpis. 3,667
Santeramo (1) 1914 1914 sold to Reardon Smith & Co., Cardiff renamed Jersey City. 4,670
Santeramo (2) 1904 ex- Arranmore, 1915 transferred from Oakmore SS Co., Liverpool, 1919 renamed Santeramo, 1921 sold to C. N. Vassilakis, Chios renamed Anna Vassilakis. 3,045
Sicily 1880 ex- Rhenania, 1903 purchased from Hamburg America Line renamed Sicily, 1904 chartered to R. Sloman, Hamburg, 1905 sold to Fratelli Degregori, Palermo renamed Lourdes. 1,845
Turino   see Westhoe Hall.  
Tuscany 1908 1913 sold to Cia de Nav. Olazzari, Bilbao renamed Oquendo. 3,000
Westhoe Hall 1914 1915 purchased from E. Nicholl & Co., Cardiff renamed Turino, 1917 torpedoed and sunk. 4,241

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