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The Fleets

Thos. & Jas. Harrison

Formed in Liverpool in 1853 when the Harrison brothers, who had previously been partners in the firm of George Brown and Harrison, took over the company on the death of George Brown and renamed it Thos & Jas. Harrison. The original trade was the importation of brandy from the Charente region of France. In 1860 the company took delivery of their first two steamships and gradually disposed of their sailing ships, the last one being sold in 1889. In 1871 the Charente SS Co. was formed, managed by T & J. Harrison. John T. Rennie, Sons & Co Aberdeen Direct Line was taken over in 1911 together with their fleet of seven ships and passenger services to Natal. The Rankin, Gilmour fleet was also taken over in 1918 and the Crown Line fleet of Prentice, Service & Henderson, Glasgow in 1920. The same year, the fleet of Scrutton, Sons & Co., London was acquired. During World War I, 27 ships were lost to enemy action and a further 30 in WWII. By 1988 with the decline in British shipping, the company only owned three ships and chartered several more, but have subsequently withdrawn from shipowning.

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:

  • 1836-1936 Liverpool - Tonnay Charente.
  • 1860-1882 (sail) UK - Brazil, India and West Indies.
  • 1861-1863 London - Tonnay Charente.
  • 1863-1875 Liverpool - Oporto - Cadiz - Malaga - Cartagena.
  • 1870-1960 Liverpool / Glasgow - Malta - Port Said - Suez Canal - Port Sudan - Colombo - Calcutta.
  • 1870-1981 UK - Suez Canal - East African ports.
  • 1870-1880 (sail) Calcutta - Demarara - British Guiana - New York - Liverpool (emigrant service)
  • 1870-1914 Liverpool - Colon for transhipment by Railway for West Coast of America.
  • 1873-1880 (sail) Calcutta - New York - Liverpool.
  • 1876-1988 Liverpool - Porgreso - Vera Cruz - Tampico - La Guaira - Curacao - Columbian ports - Havana - Liverpool.
  • 1876-1988 Liverpool - Barbados - Trinidad - Puerto Cabelllo - Curacao - Savanilla - Barranquilla - Cartagena - Liverpool.
  • 1876-1988 Liverpool - Kingson, Jamaica - Belize - Liverpool.
  • 1886-1887 Belize - New Orleans (fruit)
  • 1880-1939 Liverpool - Central Brazil.
  • 1902-1977 Liverpool / London - South Africa - Mozambique - Mauritius.
  • 1906-1936 Calcutta - River Plate.
  • 1910-1939 Glasgow - Liverpool - Suez - East Africa - Dunkirk - Liverpool.
  • 1910-1914 Antwerp - London - Glasgow - Liverpool - South Wales - Santos - Straits of Magellan - US North Pacific ports.
  • 1911-1921 London - Durban.
  • 1915-1929 Antwerp - London - Glasgow - Liverpool - Newport - Colon - Panama Canal - US North Pacific ports.
  • 1920-1978 London - West Indies - British Guiana.
  • 1920-1929 Liverpool - Houston.
  • 1925-1940 London - Antigua - St. Kitts - Barbados - Grenada - Trinidad - Demarara (passenger service)
  • 1977-1988 Hamburg - Bremerhaven - Amsterdam - Antwerp - Tilbury - Le Havre - Liverpool - Barbados - Trinidad - Aruba - Curacao - Puerto Rico - Dominican Republic - Haiti - Kingston, Jamaica - Guatemala - Honduras.

Funnel:
1860-1865 Black.
1865-         Black with white, red, white bands.

Fleet: 1860-1865 1865-
    Sail  
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Admiral Grenfell 1854 barque, 1855 chartered to Sardinian Government for Crimean War trooping, 1858 sold. 324
America 1848 snow, part owned by Harrisons, 1854 sold to H. Cross & Co, Sunderland. 162
Anlaby 1819 schooner, part owned by Harrisons, 1850 disappeared from register. 130
Artist (1) 1884 1889 destroyed by fire at sea. 1,371
Astronomer (1) 1859 1883 sold to J. Browne. 1,119
Botanist (1) 1863 ship, 1881 sold to H. Folsch, Hamburg renamed Paposo. 1,160
Charles Souchay 1845 schooner, part owned by Harrisons, 1861 sold. 118
City of London 1847 ship, part owned by Harrisons, 1850 sold to Owen & Co, Cardiff. 891
Columbia 1853 ship, ex- Ralph C. Jonson, 1854 purchased renamed Columbia, part owned by Harrisons, 1859 sank. 1,291
Crescent 1818 schooner, part owned by Harrisons, 1847 rebuilt as 3-masted schooner, 1862 sold. 123
Daring 1844 brig, 1855 purchased, 1861 sold. 168
Dauntless 1837 ship, part owned by Harrisons, 1850 sold to T. Carry, Liverpool. 698
Devonport 1840 ship, 1853 purchased from Benn & Co, Liverpool, part owned by Harrisons, 1854 sank. 767
Edward Boustead 1842 barque, 1852 purchased, part owned by Harrisons, 1864 sold to Thompson & Co, Whitby. 425
Euphemia 1828 brig, part owned by Harrisons, 1840 lost. 145
Gem 1848 snow, 1851 purchased, part owned by Harrisons, 1854 sold. 216
Geologist (1) 1859 ship, 1872 sold to J. W. Ford, London. 854
Good Intent 1829 brigantine, part owned by Harrisons, 1858 sold. 138
Greyhound 1853 ship, ex- Euroclydon, 1864 purchased renamed Greyhound, 1871 sold. 1,401
Hebe 1835 schooner, 1851 purchased, part owned by Harrisons, 1860 sold. 100
Hero 1841 brig, part owned by Harrisons, 1858 sold. 173
Invincible 1841 schooner, 1852 purchased, part owned by Harrisons, 1854 wrecked Belfast Lough. 133
Jane 1833 brig, part owned by Harrisons, 1849 sold to H. Curry, Liverpool. 113
King Arthur 1861 1875 purchased from E. Higgins, London, 1878 wrecked Bannow Bay, County Wexford. 1,275
Lancashire 1853 ship, 1864 lost at sea. 855
Laurel 1848 part owned by Harrisons, 1860 sold. 149
Linguist (1) 1874 ship, 1877 chartered to White Star Line, 1879 lost at sea. 1,601
Mazeppa 1831 brig, part owned by Harrisons, 1860 sold, hulked and demolished. 134
Monarchy 1851 ship, 1873 re-rigged as barque, 1875 sold to Browne & Co, Liverpool. 776
Naturalist (1) 1863 ship, 1879 left Calcutta and disappeared at sea. 1,165
Orkney Lass 1849 barque, 1854 purchased part owned by Harrisons, 1857 sold to Haycock & Powditch, Wells-next-the Sea, Norfolk. 326
Peveril of the Peak 1856 ship, 1860 purchased, 1869 sold to Hunter & Co, Glasgow. 713
Philosopher (1) 1857 1857 rebuilt to 1,330 tons, 1879 wrecked off River Hooghly, Calcutta. 1,059
Prince of Orange 1814 barque, 1855 purchased, part owned by Harrisons, 1858 sank off Mauritius. 526
Redbreast 1833 schooner, part owned by Harrisons, 1857 lost off Faro, Portugal. 132
Robert Preston 1844 part owned by Harrisons, 1858 sold to Thomas Curwen, Maryport. 115
Senator (1) 1874 ship, 1889 sold to C. E. de Wolf & Co, Liverpool. 1,768
Sir Colin Campbell 1838 brig, part owned by Harrisons, 1860 sold to T. Rigby, Runcorn. 160
Templar 1842 ship, part owned by Harrisons, 1855 wrecked off Brazil. 566
Timandra 1853 ship, 1856 purchased, part owned by Harrisons, 1861 wrecked. 1,030
Tom Tough 1836 brig, part owned by Harrisons, 1845 sold. 114
Urgent 1839 ship, part owned by Harrisons, 1848 sold. 622
West Derby 1855 ship, 1877 sold to J. Browne and F. Lamb. 820
    Steam  
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Actor (1) 1885 1905 sold to Gellately, Hankey & Co renamed Olympo. 1,674
Actor (2) 1917 1939 sold to Nailsea SS Co, Cardiff renamed Nailsea River. 5,548
Administrator 1958 1978 sold to Stena Atlantic Line renamed Tyne, transferred to Singapore registry renamed Oriental Sea. 8,714
Adventurer 1960 1979 sold to Greece renamed Eleftheria. 8,971
Adviser (1) 1939 1960 scrapped. 6,348
Advisor (2) 1977 1983 chartered to Seawinds Ltd renamed Asia Winds, 1985 reverted to Advisor, 1985 chartered to CGT (French Line) renamed CGM Provence, 1990 reverted to Advisor, 1993 sold to Greece renamed Laser Stream. 27,867
Alhambra 1865 ex- Ada Wilson, 1866 purchased renamed Alhambra, 1871 sold to Quebec owners. 789
Alice 1865 1866 purchased, 1886 sold to Raylton, Dixon & Co, Middlesbrough (shipbuilders) in part exchange for new ship. 881
Amazon 1865 1872 sold to Mersey SS Co., Liverpool. 673
Ambassador 1872 1876 sunk in collision with s/s GEORGE MANSON in Arabian Sea; loss of 66 lives. 1,951
Arbitrator (1) 1872 1876 sank off Cape Race after striking iceberg. 1,262
Arbitrator (2) 1951 1970 sold to Cyprus renamed Vassiliki Methenitis. 8,150
Architect (1) 1880 1897 sold to France renamed Isabella. 1,934
Architect (2) 1912 1933 grounded in River Mersey and broke her back. 5,421
Artisan 1942 ex- Empire Newton (managed for MOWT by Harrison Line), 1946 purchased from MOWT renamed Artisan, 1959 scrapped. 7,037
Artist (2) 1909 1917 torpedoed and sunk by U-Boat off the Smalls. 3,570
Astronomer (2) 1884 1903 scrapped after grounding at Bahia, Brazil. 3,075
Astronomer (3) 1917 1939 taken over by Admiralty as Boom Defence carrier, 1940 was torpedoed and sunk by U.58 off Kinnaird Head, Scotland. 8,401
Astronomer (4) 1951 1970 sold to Cyprus renamed Zaira. 8,150
Astronomer (5) 1977 1982 chartered, then sold to Ministry of Defence, converted to aircraft ferry for Falklands campaign renamed Reliant. 27,867
Atlanta 1864 1870 purchased from London & New York SS Line, 1873 sold to H. N. Hughes, Liverpool. 2,299
Atlantian 1928 1934 purchased from Leyland Line, 1951 sold to Japan renamed Hakuzan Maru. 6,549
Auditor 1924 1941 torpedoed and sunk by U-Boat off Cape Verde Islands. 5,444
Author (1) 1880 1890 sold to Goodyear & Co, Liverpool renamed Corinthia. 1,392
Author (2) 1905 1916 captured and sunk by German raider MOEWE off Lisbon. 3,490
Author (3) 1914 ex- Saint Egbert, 1918 taken over with Rankin, Gilmour fleet renamed Author, 1935 scrapped. 5,596
Author (4) 1959 1978 sold to Stena Atlantic Line renamed Humber. 8,715
Author (5) 1980 1981 chartered to Ben Line renamed Benarmin, 1982 reverted to Author (no later info) 22,858
Barrister (1) 1893 1914 sold to Anglo-Spanish Coaling Co renamed Gaditano. 4,750
Barrister (2) 1915 torpedoed and sunk by U-Boat off Ireland. 3,679
Barrister (3) 1916 ex- Saint Hugo, 1918 taken over with Rankin, Gilmour fleet renamed Barrister, 1918 torpedoed and sunk off Isle of Man; loss of 30 lives. 4,952
Barrister (4) 1939 1943 wrecked on Inishark Island, Galway. 6,348
Barrister (5) 1954 1974 sold to Liberia renamed George. 8,366
Bellona 1862 1870 purchased from London & New York SS Line, 1875 sold to H. N. Hughes, Liverpool. 1,914
Benefactor (1) 1912 1935 scrapped. 5,511
Benefactor (2) 1971 1982 sold to Panama renamed Southern Lady. 7,819
Biographer 1948 1964 sold to Panama renamed Tolmi. 6,922
Botanist (2) 1911 1920 wrecked Colombo. 7,688
Candidate (1) 1906 1915 torpedoed and sunk by U-Boat off Conningbeg Light Vessel. 5,858
Candidate (2) 1907 ex- Crown of Castille, 1920 taken over with Crown Line fleet renamed Candidate, 1928 sold to Greece renamed Okeania. 4,843
Capella (1) 1882 1889 purchased from Star Nav. Co, 1889 sold to Lamport & Holt renamed Wordsworth. 3,359
Capella (2) 1890 1910 sold to Ellerman & Papayanni Line renamed Asturian. 3,115
Castilla 1863 1869 purchased, 1870 sold after completing three emigrant voyages to USA. 2,254
Cella 1862 1870 purchased from London & New York SS Line, 1870-1871 chartered as cable layer, 1874 sold to H. N. Hughes, Liverpool. 2,048
Centurion (1) 1908 1915 torpedoed and sunk by U-Boat off Ireland. 5,495
Centurion (2) 1906 ex- Crown of Galicia, 1920 taken over with Crown Line fleet renamed Centurion, 1925 sold to Eftikhia SS Co, London renamed Bito. 5,149
Chancellor (1) 1872 1886 sold to J. Laing, Sunderland (shipbuilders) in part exchange for new ship renamed Ettrickdale. 2,052
Chancellor (2) 1891 1901 sold to Sloman, Hamburg, renamed Pallanza. 4,637
Chancellor (3) 1895 ex- Saint Cuthbert, 1902 purchased from Rankin, Gilmour, Liverpool renamed Chancellor, 1915 shelled and sunk by U-Boat off Ireland. 4,586
Chancellor (4) 1916 ex- Crown of Cadiz, 1920 taken over with Crown Line fleet renamed Chancellor, 1939 sunk in collision off Halifax N.S. with s/s ATHELCHIEF. 4,607
Charente 1862 1863-1865 chartered to Secretary of State for India, 1872 went missing in Irish Sea. 545
Chrysolite 1865 1867 purchased from H. Fernie & Co, Liverpool, 1886 sold to Spain. 702
City of Brussels 1868 1870 purchased from Tait & Co., London, 1871 sold to CGT (French Line) renamed Desirade. 1,427
Civilian 1902 1917 torpedoed and sunk by U-Boat off Alexandria. 7,100
Cognac (1) 1860 1898 sunk in collision off Wales. 490
Cognac (2) 1902 1935 scrapped. 814
Collegian (1) 1899 1917 torpedoed and sunk by U-Boat off Alexandria. 7,236
Collegian (2) 1912 ex- Crown of Seville, 1920 taken over with Crown Line fleet renamed Collegian, 1931 laid up, 1933 scrapped. 5,904
Collegian (3) 1923 ex- Royal Prince, 1935 purchased from Prince Line renamed Collegian, 1947 scrapped. 7,886
Colonial (1) 1903 1925 sold to Italy renamed Color. 4,956
Colonial (2) 1926 1941 torpedoed and sunk by U-Boat off Freetown. 5,108
Colonial (3) 1943 ex- Khansi (Kansi), 1947 purchased from British & Burmese SN Co (P. Henderson) renamed Colonial, 1961 renamed Planter, 1962 sold to India renamed Gargi Jayanti. 7,277
Comedian (1) 1902 1917 torpedoed and sunk by U-Boat off Ireland. 4,889
Comedian (2) 1901 ex- Crown of Cordova, 1920 taken over with Crown Line fleet renamed Comedian, 1925 sold to Italy renamed Grazia, later Teresa Schiaffino. 3,197
Comedian (3) 1929 1950 sold to Indian National SS Co, Calcutta renamed Indian Importer. 5,122
Commander 1877 1884 wrecked Brazil. 1,580
Commodore (1) 1906 1915 captured and sunk by U-Boat off Malta. 4,521
Commodore (2) 1902 ex- Crown of Navarre, 1920 taken over with Crown Line fleet renamed Commodore, 1925 sold to African & Eastern Trade Corp., Liverpool renamed Ethiopian. 2,739
Contractor 1930 1943 torpedoed and sunk by U-Boat off Sardinia; loss of 7 lives. 6,003
Cordova 1864 1870 purchased from London & New York SS Line, 1883 sold to Italy renamed Elisa Anna. 1,417
Counsellor (1) 1877 1894 sold to Swan, Hunter (shipbuilders) in part exchange for new ship, resold to Italy renamed Alacrita. 2,161
Counsellor (2) 1903 1916 mined and sunk off Galley Head. 4,958
Counsellor (3) 1902 ex- Crown of Granada, 1920 taken over with Crown Line fleet renamed Counsellor, 1925 scrapped. 2,746
Counsellor (4) 1926 1940 mined and sunk off River Mersey. 5,068
Craftsman (1) 1897 1914-1915 troopship, 1919 sold to Steam Nav. Co. of Canada renamed Hampstead Heath. 6,196
Craftsman (2) 1911 ex- Crown of Toledo, 1920 taken over with Crown Line fleet renamed Craftsman, 1930 laid up, 1933 scrapped. 5,815
Craftsman (3) 1922 ex- Imperial Prince, 1935 purchased from Prince Line renamed Craftsman, 1941 captured and sunk by German raider KORMORAN in South Atlantic. 7,896
Craftsman (4) 1947 1967 sold to Gibraltar renamed Sea Bird. 6,726
Craftsman (5) 1972 1981 sold to Greece renamed Forum Craftsman. 6,721
Crofter 1951 1971 sold to Cyprus renamed Aghios Georgios. 8,377
Custodian (1) 1900 1900 Boer War transport, 1923 sold to H. J. Giffin, Leith renamed Polcevera. 9,241
Custodian (2) 1928 1950 sold to Indian National SS Co., Calcutta renamed Siva Ranjita. 5,881
Custodian (3) 1961 1979 sold to Cyprus renamed Sea Pearl. 8,850
Dakarian 1921 1934 purchased from Leyland Line, 1939 sold to Ben Line renamed Benvannoch. 6,426
Dalesman (1) 1940 1941 sunk by German air attack at Suda Bay in evacuation from Crete, salvaged by Germans renamed Pluto, 1944 captured by Allies at Trieste renamed Empire Wily, 1946 returned to Harrison Line reverted to Dalesman, 1959 scrapped. 6,348
Dalesman (2) 1961 1979 sold to Greece renamed Adrianos. 7,200
Darian 1922 1934 purchased from Leyland Line, 1939 sold to Ben Line renamed Benvrackie. 6,434
Davisian 1923 1934 purchased from Leyland Line, 1940 captured and sunk by German raider WIDDER off Bermuda. 6,433
Daytonian 1922 1934 purchased from Leyland Line, 1942 torpedoed and sunk by Italian submarine off Bahamas. 6,434
Defender (1) 1915 1952 scrapped. 8,258
Defender (2) 1955 1975 sold to Panama renamed Euromariner. 8,367
Delilian 1923 1934 purchased from Leyland Line, 1936 sold to Donaldson Line. 6,423
Designer 1928 1941 torpedoed and sunk by U-Boat off Portugal; loss of 68 lives. 5,945
Dictator (1) 1891 1899 chartered to Government as Boer War transport, 1915 shelled and sunk by U-Boat off Ireland. 4,116
Dictator (2) 1912 ex- Saint Bede, 1918 taken over with Rankin, Gilmour fleet renamed Dictator, 1932 scrapped. 4,940
Diplomat (1) 1912 1914 sunk by German cruiser EMDEN near Madras. 7,615
Diplomat (2) 1921 1940 torpedoed and sunk by U-Boat off Ireland. 8,240
Diplomat (3) 1952 1972 sold to Cyprus renamed Antonios. 8,200
Director (1) 1903 1925 sold to Greece renamed Emmanuel Stavroudis. 4,931
Director (2) 1926 1944 torpedoed and sunk by U-Boat in Indian Ocean. 5,107
Discoverer (1) 1877 1893 sold to Italy renamed Vittoria V. 2,218
Discoverer (2) 1913 1917-1918 Armed Escort Cruiser, 1935 scrapped. 5,416
Discoverer (3) 1964 1977 sold to China renamed Jinchang. 6,162
Dorelian 1923 1934 purchased from Leyland Line, 1936 sold to Donaldson Line. 6,430
Dragon 1861 1862 purchased from P. E. Hinde, Liverpool, 1866 sold. 315
Dramatist (1) 1914 1916 sunk by German raider MOEWE in Atlantic. 5,423
Dramatist (2) 1920 1949 scrapped. 5,443
Editor 1885 1897 wrecked near Holyhead, Wales. 1,674
Electrician (1) 1887 1905 sold to Watts, Watts & Co, London renamed Woolwich. 2,924
Electrician (2) 1913 ex- Saint Winifred, 1918 taken over with Rankin, Gilmour fleet renamed Electrician, 1932 sold to Greece renamed Aghia Varvara. 4,572
Empire Addison   see Philosopher (2)  
Empire Chivalry   see Inkosi (2)  
Empire Explorer   see Inanda (2)  
Empire Mandalay   see Tribesman (2)  
Empire Newton   see Artisan.  
Empire Service   see Selector.  
Empire Trumpet   see Naturalist.  
Engineer (1) 1882 1899 sold to J. White, Genoa. 2,667
Engineer (2) 1908 1920 abandoned after cargo fire at Lourenco Marques. 5,883
Explorer (1) 1873 ex- Crocus, 1877 purchased from Groves, Ferguson & Co, Liverpool renamed Explorer, 1906 sold to Pacific Steam Nav. Co. for use as coal hulk. 2,010
Explorer (2) 1910 1932 scrapped. 7,608
Explorer (3) 1935 1957 sold to Panama renamed Eleanor. 6,235
Explorer (4) 1961 1979 sold to Greece renamed Link Trust. 7,200
Factor 1948 1972 scrapped. 6,533
Fire Queen 1864 1866 purchased, 1879 sold to H. Swan, Newcastle and J. Clark, Barcelona. n/a
Forester 1952 1970 sold to Maldives Shipping Co renamed Maldive Ambassador. 8,377
Frankfort 1851 1865 purchased, 1874 sold. 657
Geologist (2) 1943 1955 sank after collision with Liberian s/s SUNPRINCESS off Trinidad; loss of 20 lives. 6,155
Gladiator (1) 1860 1861-1864 sold to agents of Confederate States as blockade runner, 1864 returned to Harrisons, 1878 sold to M. C. de Pothonier, Liverpool. 591
Gladiator (2) 1904 1915 shelled and sunk by U-Boat off Ireland. 3,358
Gladiator (3) 1914 ex- Saint Quentin, 1918 taken over with Rankin, Gilmour fleet renamed Gladiator, 1932 scrapped. 5,052
Governor (1) 1881 1899 sold to J. White, Genoa. 2,623
Governor (2) 1915 1917 sunk by the German raider MOEWE in Atlantic. 5,523
Governor (3) 1918 1950 scrapped. 5,571
Governor (4) 1952 1972 sold to Cyprus renamed Diamondo. 8,202
Herdsman 1947 1965 sold to Hong Kong renamed Hock Aun. 6,822
Historian (1) 1870 1891 sold to Christopher Furness and resold to Portugal, 1892 renamed Cidade do Porto. 1,836
Historian (2) 1896 1921 sold to Hajee Nemazee, Hong Kong renamed Arabestan. 6,857
Historian (3) 1924 1948 sold to Greece renamed Marlene. 5,074
Historian (4) 1943 ex- Queen Victoria, 1948 purchased from Thomas Dunlop & Sons, Glasgow renamed Historian, 1962 sold to India renamed Parvati Jayanti. 7,269
Historian (5) 1968 1981 sold to Singapore renamed Cherry Orient. 8,454
Huntsman (1) 1904 1917 torpedoed and sunk by U-Boat off Fastnet. 7,460
Huntsman (2) 1921 1939 captured and sunk by German battleship ADMIRAL GRAF SPEE in South Atlantic. 8,196
Inanda (1) 1904 1911 taken over with J. T. Rennie fleet, 1920 sold to Wilson Line, Hull renamed Orlando. 4,090
Inanda (2) 1925 1940 bombed and sunk in London Docks, repaired and renamed Empire Explorer for Ministry of Supply, managed by T & J. Harrison, 1942 torpedoed, shelled and sunk by U-Boat off Trinidad. 5,985
Ingelli 1897 1911 taken over with J. T. Rennie fleet, 1913 sold to Honduras renamed Tegucigalpa. 2,928
Ingoma 1913 1915-1917 troopship, 1937 sold to Italy renamed Giovanni Batista. 5,686
Inkonka 1900 1911 taken over with J. T. Rennie fleet, 1916 sold to David MacIver renamed Tuscany. 3,430
Inkosi (1) 1902 1911 taken over with J. T. Rennie fleet, 1918 torpedoed and sunk by U-Boat off Galloway. 3,576
Inkosi (2) 1937 INKOSI (2) 1937 6618 tons, 1940 sunk by air attack in London Docks, raised and renamed Empire Chivalry for MOWT with Harrison Line managers, 1946 returned to Harrison Line renamed Planter, 1958 scrapped. 6,618
Insizwa 1899 1911 taken over with J. T. Rennie fleet, 1913 sold to Italy renamed Tolemaide. 2,984
Instructor 1912 ex- Saint Dunstan,1918 taken over with Rankin, Gilmour fleet renamed Instructor, 1918 sunk in collision with U.S. Transport AMERICA in Western Approaches. 4,422
Intaba 1910 1911 taken over with J. T. Rennie fleet, 1916-1917 operated as Q-ship, 1927 sold to Hajee Nemazee, Hong Kong renamed Engelstan. 4,832
Interpreter 1948 1967 sold to Panama renamed Taxiarchis Michael. 6,815
Intombi 1912 1914-1917 Royal Navy squadron supply ship, 1931 sold to M. A. Embiricos renamed Maliakos. 3,884
Inventor (1) 1878 1905 sold to Lamport & Holt, converted to storage hulk. 2,291
Inventor (2) 1910 1932 scrapped. 7,679
Inventor (3) 1935 1960 scrapped. 6,210
Inventor (4) 1964 1981 sold to Singapore renamed Penta World. 9,171
Inyati 1896 1911 taken over with J. T. Rennie fleet, 1912 sold to Spain renamed M. Benlliure. 2,516
Jarnac 1890 1922 sold to T. B. Scott & Co, Liverpool renamed Stottfield. 618
Journalist 1954 1973 sold to Cyprus renamed Aghia Thalassini. 8,366
Jurist 1872 1873 went missing in Bay of Biscay. 727
Legislator (1) 1872 1887 sold to Spain renamed Honduras. 2,126
Legislator (2) 1888 1898 caught fire and sank in Atlantic. 2,902
Linguist (2) 1947 1966 sold to Liberia renamed Jade Venture. 6,736
Linguist (3) 1966 1980 sold to Singapore renamed Bangplee. 6,488
Logician (1) 1894 1923 scrapped. 4,878
Logician (2) 1928 1941 bombed and sunk in evacuation from Crete. 5,993
Magician (1) 1896 1900 chartered to Government as Boer War transport, 1922 sold to Japan renamed Magician Maru, then Keigo Maru. 5,065
Magician (2) 1925 1944 wrecked in convoy near Peterhead. 5,105
Magician (3) 1968 1981 sold to Singapore renamed Cherry Crystal. 8,454
Mariner 1881 1910 sold to Galbraith Bros., Glasgow. 1,443
Matador (1) 1904 1917 torpedoed and sunk by U-Boat off Ireland. 3,400
Matador (2) 1912 ex- Saint Veronica, 1918 taken over with Rankin, Gilmour fleet renamed Matador, 1932 scrapped. 4,761
Mechanician 1900 1917 taken over by Admiralty as Armed Escort Vessel, 1918 torpedoed by U-Boat off St. Catherines Point and beached, total loss. 9,044
Mediator 1872 ex- Dahlia, 1876 purchased from Groves, Ferguson & Co, Liverpool renamed Mediator, 1884 sunk in collision at Curacao with HAPAG's s/s THURINGIA. 2,011
Merchant (1) 1881 1897 sold to Bahr, Behrend & Ross, London renamed Cecilia, resold to Spain. 1,401
Merchant (2) 1908 1929 sold to Italy renamed Milanese. 3,682
Merchant (3) 1935 1941 mined and sunk off Great Yarmouth. 4,615
Merchant (4) 1943 ex- Empire Miranda, 1947 purchased from MOWT renamed Merchant, 1961 sold to Lebanon renamed Trito. 7,045
Merchant (5) 1964 ex- Scythia (3), 1969 purchased from Cunard renamed Merchant, 1979 sold to Liberia renamed Sisal Trader. 5,349
Mira 1889 1889 purchased from Star Nav. Co, 1909 scrapped. 3,138
Musician (1) 1894 1923 scrapped. 4,764
Musician (2) 1919 ex- Saint Bede, 1924 purchased from Rankin, Gilmour & Co renamed Musician, 1938 sold to African & Continental SS Co, London renamed African Explorer. 4,663
Naturalist (1) 1943 ex- Empire Trumpet (managed for MOWT by Harrison Line), 1946 purchased from MOWT renamed Naturalist, 1959 sold to B. Ashworth & Co, London renamed Persian Cyrus. 7,061
Naturalist (2) 1965 1977 sold to China renamed Yichang. 6,162
Navigator (1) 1886 1910 scrapped. 2,570
Navigator (2) 1914 1932 sold to M. A. Embiricos, Greece renamed Laconikos. 3,846
Novelist (1) 1940 1961 sold to Lebanon renamed Phoenix. 6,183
Novelist (2) 1965 1977 sold to China renamed Wuchang. 6,162
Oberon 1871 1872 purchased, 1880 sold to Clive Clayton & Co. 1,207
Observer 1928 1942 torpedoed and sunk by U-Boat off Brazil; loss of 81 lives. 5,881
Olinda 1865 1873 sold to Moss SS Co, Liverpool.
654
Orator (1) 1878 1889 sold to H. E. Moss, Liverpool. 1,342
Orator (2) 1905 1917 torpedoed and sunk by U-Boat off Ireland. 3,563
Orator (3) 1912 ex- Saint Fillans, 1918 taken over with Rankin, Gilmour fleet renamed Orator, 1932 sold to Moller, Shanghai renamed Hilda Moller. 4,622
Orion 1889 1889 purchased from Star Nav. Co, 1909 scrapped. 3,242
Pallas 1888 1889 purchased from Star Nav. Co, 1894 sold to Japan renamed Hachidate Maru. 3,175
Pantheon 1867 1869 sunk in collision with tug off New Orleans. 998
Patrician (1) 1901 1914 taken over by Admiralty converted to dummy battleship HMS Invincible, 1915 converted to naval tanker renamed Teakol. 7,474
Patrician (2)   see Saint Jerome.  
Philosopher (2) 1942 ex- Empire Addison (managed for MOWT by Harrison Line), 1945 purchased from MOWT renamed Philosopher, 1958 sold to Liberia renamed Aiolos. 7,011
Philosopher (3) 1964 1977 sold to China renamed Yongchang. 6,162
Plainsman 1959 1979 sold to Panama renamed Evlalia. 8,732
Planter (1) 1927 1940 torpedoed and sunk by U-Boat off Ireland; loss of 13 lives. 5,887
Planter (2)   see Inkosi (2)  
Planter (3)   see Colonial (3)  
Politician (1) 1899 1922 sold to Christian Salvesen, Leith as whale oil processing ship renamed Coronda. 7,228
Politician (2) 1923 ex- London Merchant, 1935 purchased from Furness, Withy & Co renamed Politician, 1941 wrecked on Isle of Eriskay, Hebrides with cargo of whisky which was looted by the islanders. (Film "Whisky Galore" was based on this incident!) 7,939
Professor (1) 1881 1900 sold to Lavarello, Genoa. 2,593
Professor (2) 1910 1930 sold to Pentwyn SS Co, Cardiff renamed Pentrent. 3,580
Prospector 1943 1961 sold to Lebanon renamed Ektion. 6,165
Rancher 1927 1949 scrapped. 5,882
Recorder 1930 1950 sold to Chinese Maritime Trust, Hong Kong renamed Audax. 5,982
Saint Jerome 1917 1918 taken over with Rankin, Gilmour fleet, 1919 renamed Patrician, 1938 sold to Golden Cross Line, Cardiff renamed Mazic. 5,742
Sapphire 1867 1870 abandoned after striking reef off Florida. Last reported drifting seven months later. 672
Scholar (1) 1886 1903 sold to Atlantic & Eastern SS Co, Liverpool. 1,587
Scholar (2) 1922 1940 torpedoed and sunk by U-Boat off Ireland. 3,940
Scholar (3) 1944 ex- Samidway, 1947 purchased from MOWT renamed Scholar, 1964 sold to Panama renamed Konstantinos Yemelos. 7,280
Scholar (4) 1954 ex- Samaria (3), 1969 purchased from Cunard renamed Scholar, 1979 sold to Liberia renamed Steel Trader. 5,349
Scientist (1) 1908 ex- Sargasso, 1920 taken over with Scrutton's fleet renamed Scientist, 1925 sold to C. Schiaffino, Algiers renamed Laurent Schiaffino. 3,844
Scientist (2) 1938 1940 captured and sunk by German raider ATLANTIS in South Atlantic. 6,199
Sculptor (1) 1882 1899 sold to Bombay & Persia S.N. Co, Bombay renamed Naseri. 1,400
Sculptor (2) 1911 1917 torpedoed and sunk by U-Boat off Ireland. 3,846
Sculptor (3) 1912 ex- Saint Andrew, 1918 taken over with Rankin, Gilmour fleet renamed Sculptor, 1918 torpedoed by U-Boat off Oran and beached, later destroyed when cargo exploded. 4,874
Sculptor (4) 1944 ex- Mary Moller, 1948 purchased from Mollers Ltd, Hong Kong renamed Sculptor, 1962 sold to Panama renamed Cape Venetico. 7,259
Selector 1943 ex- Empire Service (managed for MOWT by Harrison Line), 1945 purchased from MOWT renamed Selector, 1960 sold to Panama renamed Margalante II. 7,060
Senator (2) 1893 1914 sold to Chile renamed Gobernador Bories. 4,689
Senator (3) 1916 1938 sold to Kyle Shipping Co renamed Kyleglen. 3,670
Senator (4) 1943 ex- Sambay, 1947 purchased from MOWT renamed Senator, 1964 sold to Counties Ship Management, London renamed Ajax (Greek flag) 7,259
Settler (1) 1912 ex- Saba, 1920 taken over with Scrutton's fleet renamed Settler, 1928 sold to Greece renamed Atreus. 4,257
Settler (2) 1939 1959 sold to Panama renamed Margalante. 6,225
Songster 1907 ex- Spheroid, 1920 taken over with Scrutton's fleet renamed Songster, 1926 sold to Sir Thomas Roberts, Holyhead renamed Cambrian Empress. 3,815
Speaker (1) 1913 ex- Savan, 1920 taken over with Scrutton's fleet renamed Speaker, 1926 sold to C. Schiaffino, Algiers renamed Nicole Schiaffino. 4,264
Speaker (2) 1943 ex- Lilian Moller, 1948 purchased from Mollers Ltd, Hong Kong renamed Speaker, 1962 sold to Panama renamed Byzantion. 7,276
Specialist (1) 1917 ex- Santille, 1920 taken over with Scrutton's fleet renamed Specialist, 1936 sold to Nailsea SS Co, Cardiff renamed Nailsea Lass. 4,287
Specialist (2) 1943 ex- Samwis, 1947 purchased from MOWT renamed Specialist, 1964 sold to Liberia renamed Mitera. 7,263
Specialist (3) 1976 1983 sold to Greece renamed Eleni II. 35,716
Spectator (1) 1914 1917 torpedoed and sunk by U-Boat off Galley Head 3,808
Spectator (2) 1911 ex- Saint Leonards, 1918 taken over with Rankin, Gilmour fleet renamed Spectator, 1927 sold to Greece renamed Yero Carras. 4,574
Statesman (1) 1869 1891 sold to Chrisopher Furness and resold to Portugal, later renamed Alice. 1,651
Statesman (2) 1895 1914 taken over for Government service, 1916 torpedoed and sunk by U-Boat off Malta. 6,153
Statesman (3) 1914 ex- Saint George, 1918 taken over with Rankin, Gilmour fleet renamed Statesman, 1932 scrapped. 5,596
Statesman (4) 1923 ex- British Prince, 1935 purchased from Prince Line renamed Statesman, 1941 sunk by German air attack off Inishtrahull, Ireland. 7,939
Statesman (5) 1944 ex- Norah Moller, 1948 purchased from Mollers Ltd, Hong Kong renamed Statesman, 1962 sold to Lebanon renamed Aktis. 7,259
Statesman (6) 1964 1977 sold to China renamed Jianchang. 6,162
Strategist (1) 1937 1957 sold to Hansa Line, Bremen renamed Schonfels. 6,286
Strategist (2) 1975 1983 sold to Bridgeworth Ltd, operated by Wallem Ship Management, Hong Kong renamed Barnworth. 35,716
Student (1) 1871 1884 sold to Italy renamed Messupo. 727
Student (2) 1910 1930 sold to France renamed Lillois. 3,579
Student (3) 1943 ex- Samarinda, 1947 purchased from MOWT renamed Student, 1963 sold to Liberia renamed Parthenon. 7,252
Successor 1944 ex- Rosalie Moller, 1948 purchased from Mollers Ltd, Hong Kong renamed Successor, 1963 sold to Zela Shipping Co, London renamed Zela M. 7,249
Tactician (1) 1900 1922 sold to Japan renamed Yojin Maru. 7,281
Tactician (2) 1928 1950 sold to Hansa Line, Bremen renamed Crostafels. 5,996
Tactician (3) 1962 1979 sold to Cyprus renamed Sea Luck. 8,844
Trader (1) 1940 1961 sold to Panama renamed Pemto. 6,143
Trader (2) 1966 1980 sold to Singapore renamed Bangpa-In. 6,488
Traveller (1) 1888 1919 sold to Limerick SS Co, renamed Inishbofin. 2,966
Traveller (2) 1922 1942 torpedoed and sunk by U-Boat off U.S. East Coast; loss of 50 lives. 3,963
Tribesman (1) 1937 1940 captured and sunk by German battleship ADMIRAL SCHEER off Cape Verde Islands; loss of 59 lives. 6,242
Tribesman (2) 1944 ex- Empire Mandalay (managed for MOWT by Harrison Line), 1946 purchased from MOWT renamed Tribesman, 1961 sold to Panama renamed Delta. 7,083
Vanguard 1870 1872 purchased from River Parana SS Co, Liverpool, 1881 sold to D. G. Pinkney & Sons, Sunderland. 1,405
Vega 1879 1889 purchased from Star Nav. Co, 1890 sold to C. Furness, West Hartlepool. 3,063
Vesta 1881 1889 purchased from Star Nav. Co, 1898 wrecked Santo Domingo. 3,055
Wanderer (1) 1891 1922 sold to Italy renamed Enrichetta. 4,086
Wanderer (2) 1925 1949 scrapped. 5,105
Wanderer (3) 1951 1970 sold to Cyprus renamed Cleopatra. 8,150
Wanderer (4) 1973 1988 sold to Panama renamed Sotiras. 16,317
Warrior (1) 1867 ex- City of Limerick, 1870 purchased from Tait & Co, London renamed Warrior, 1872 sold to Lamport & Holt Line, 1873 renamed Vandyke. 1,502
Warrior (2) 1874 1888 sold to G. W. Allen, Liverpool. 1,231
Warrior (3) 1905 1927 sold to France renamed Neuilly. 3,491
Warrior (4) 1973 1989 sold to Cyprus renamed Ourania L. 16,317
Wayfarer (1) 1902 1923 sold to Dollar Line, San Francisco renamed Virginia Dollar. 9,599
Wayfarer (2) 1925 1944 torpedoed and sunk by U-Boat in Indian Ocean; loss of 51 lives. 5,068
Wayfarer (3) 1951 1971 sold to Cyprus renamed Mitera Zafira. 8,150
Wayfarer (4) 1973 1986 sold to Cyprus renamed Wave. 16,317
Workman 1898 1912 wrecked near Rio de Janeiro. 6,166
Yeoman 1901 1904 wrecked near Cape Vilano. 7,379
    Managed for MOWT during WWII  
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Arica 1921 1942 captured from CGT (French Line), 1942 torpedoed and sunk by U-Boat off Trinidad. 5,379
Empire Captain 1944 1946 sold to Canadian Pacific renamed Beaverburn. 9,875
Empire Gazelle 1920 ex- Higho, 1941 lend lease from USA, 1946 sold to Williamson & Co., Hong Kong renamed Inchmay. 4,828
Empire Kent 1939 ex- Levante, siezed from Atlas Levant Line, Bremen renamed Empire Kent, 1946 sold to Johnston Warren Line renamed Oakmore. 4,769
Empire Life 1945 1946 sold to Union-Castle Mail SS Co renamed Good Hope Castle. 9,879
Empire Rangoon 1944 1944 management transferred to Reardon Smith Line Ltd. 6,988
Winnipeg 1918 1941 captured from CGT (French Line), 1942 transferred to Canadian Pacific management renamed Winnipeg II. 8,379

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