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R.P. Houston & Company / Houston Line

The company was formed in 1880 in Liverpool as R.P. Houston & Company to carry frozen meat from the Argentine to the UK. They commenced passenger operations in 1885. In 1898 the British & South American Steam Navigation Company was formed and all existing ships transferred to it. New York to the River Plate services commenced in 1899 and in 1900 outward services from the UK to South Africa were instituted before crossing to the River Plate.

In 1904 agreement was reached with the Union-Castle Line for the Houston Line not to run passenger services to South Africa, in return for which Union-Castle purchased one of Houston's ships. In 1918, with the prospect of replacing an ageing fleet, Robert Houston sold out to Clan Line, but the company retained their own ship names and livery.

South American services were sold to the Royal Mail Group in 1926. In 1932 the company was renamed Houston Line (London) Limited and inter-group ship transfers became common. British & Commonwealth Shipping Company was formed in 1956 with the merger of Houston, Clan,

Union-Castle, Bullard King, and King Lines. By 1970 the Houston Line had disappeared as a seperate company.

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:

  • 1875-1926 Liverpool - River Plate.
  • 1899 UK - South Africa; USA - South Africa - East Africa; USA - South America.
  • 1899-1912 Cape Town - Buenos Aires - Montevideo.
  • 1903-1906 British / Continental ports feeder service to Liverpool.
  • 1921-1936 South African Coastal services / Mauritius / Madagascar.

See Clan Line for post 1918 routes.

Funnel:
Red with black top.

Fleet:

Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Athlete 1855 purchased from Liverpool, Bristol & London SS Co., 1880 scrapped (part owned by R.P.Houston) 363
Dauntless 1890 ex- Ptarmigan, 1903 purchased from City of Cork SP Co., renamed Dauntless, feeder services, 1907 sold to Liverpool & Hamburg SS Co., renamed Lapland. 2,157
Fearless 1878 ex- Dotterel, 1903 purchased from City of Cork SP Co., renamed Fearless, feeder services, 1906 scrapped after collision in River Mersey. 1,422
Halesius (1)   see Clan Macbeolan, Clan Line.  
Halesius (2)   see Clan Murdoch (1), Clan Line.  
Haliartus 1919 ex- Dennistoun, 1919 purchased from Shankland, Russel & Co, Glasgow, renamed Haliartus, 1932 wrecked South Africa. 5,294
Halizones (1) 1902 1915 captured and sunk by U-boat off Italy. 5,093
Halizones (2)   see Clan Macwhirter, Clan Line.  
Halizones (3) 1920 1943 bombed and sunk off Spain. 5,298
Halizones (4)   see Clan Murray (3), Clan Line.  
Halocrates   see Clan Skene, Clan Line.  
Harmodius (1) 1892 ex- Warrnambool, 1900 purchased from Blue Anchor Line, renamed Harmodius, 1919 sold to Kaye, Son & Co., London, renamed Kut. 3,515
Harmodius (2) 1919 1941 torpedoed and sunk in Atlantic. 5,229
Harmodius (3)   see Clan Matheson (4), Clan Line.  
Harmonides (1) 1891 ex- Woolloomooloo, 1901 purchased from Blue Anchor Line, renamed Harmonides, 1919 sold to Kaye, Son & Co., London, renamed Khartum. 3,251
Harmonides (2) 1919 1942 torpedoed and sunk by Japanese submarine off Ceylon; loss of 13 lives. 5,288
Heliades 1885 1910 scrapped. 2,965
Helius 1888 ex- Dresden, 1903 purchased from North German Lloyd and renamed, 1906 sold to Turkish Government, renamed Tirimujghian. 4,579
Hellenes (1) 1884 1897 sold to Blohm & Olsen, Norway renamed Fram. 2,023
Hellenes (2) 1900 1925 scrapped. 3,332
Hellenes (3) 1942 ex- Farningham, 1952 purchased from Thompson SS Co., London and renamed Hellenes, 1958 sold to India, renamed Janmada. 7,174
Hellopes (1) 1889 1911 capsized and sank off Penzance. 2,774
Hellopes (2) 1890 ex- Arbroath, 1920 purchased from Dundee, Perth & London Shipping Co. and renamed Hellopes, African coastal services, 1927 sold to Turkey, renamed Konya. 1,703
Heraclides (1) 1886 1907 wrecked German South West Africa. 2,977
Heraclides (2) 1916 ex- Anglo Chilean, 1930 purchased from Lawther, Latta & Co., London, renamed Heraclides, 1939 sold to Vergottis Ltd, London, renamed Hermes. 6,987
Hercules 1881 1888 sold to Danziger Schiffahrts, Danzig. 1,095
Hermes (1) 1882 1885 wrecked Uruguay. 2,175
Hermes (2) 1899 1901 wrecked at Cape Town. 3,400
Herminius (1) 1898 1919 sold to Greece, renamed Spyridon. 3,548
Herminius (2)   see Clan Macqueen, Clan Line.  
Hermione 1891 ex- Yarrawonga, 1903 purchased from Blue Anchor Line and renamed, 1917 mined off Ireland, condemned and scrapped. 4,011
Hesione (1) 1899 ex- Mamari, 1903 purchased from Shaw, Savill & Albion Line, renamed Hesione, 1915 captured and sunk by U.Boat off Fastnet. 3,583
Hesione (2) 1915 ex- Itajahy, Hamburg South America Line, 1921 war reparations, renamed Hesione, 1937 sold to Stanhope SS Co., London, renamed Stanwood. 4,125
Hesione (3) 1943 ex- Empire Capulet, 1946 purchased from MOWT, renamed Hesione, 1960 scrapped. 7,044
Hesperia (1) 1919 ex- Patria (2), Hamburg America Line, 1921 war reparations, renamed Hesperia, 1938 sold to Euxine Shipping Co, London, renamed Christine Marie. 3,895
Hesperia (2)   see Clan Murdoch (2), Clan Line.  
Hesperides (1) 1884 1895 sold to O.Williams, Cardiff. 2,404
Hesperides (2) 1899 1917 torpedoed and sunk off Fastnet. 3,393
Hesperides (3) 1919 ex- Parthia (2), Hamburg America Line, 1921 war reparations, renamed Hesperides, 1937 sold to Germany, renamed Bertha Fisser. 3,928
Hesperides (4)   see Clan Murray (4), Clan Line.  
Hilarius (1) 1894 ex- Afghan Prince, 1899 purchased from Prince Line, renamed Hilarius, 1919 sold to N.G.Livanos, renamed Livanos. 3,261
Hilarius (2)   see Clan Keith, Clan Line.  
Hippomenes 1889 1912 sold to Italy, became coal hulk Ippomenes at Genoa. 2,742
Homerus 1890 ex- Storm King, 1903 purchased from Puritan Line, renamed Homerus, 1919 sold to Burns, Philp & Co., Sydney, renamed Malayan. 3,279
Honorius 1899 1925 scrapped. 3,476
Horatius 1898 1918 sold to Brown, Jenkinson & Co., London. 3,552
Hortensius 1899 1925 scrapped. 3,472
Hostilius 1900 1926 sold to Byron SS Co., Liverpool, renamed General Napier. 3,325
Hyacinthus 1902 1930 scrapped. 5,756
Hyades 1899 1914 captured and sunk by German cruiser Dresden north of Pernambuco. 3,352
Hyanthes 1899 1923 scrapped. 3,427
Hydarnes 1889 1897 went missing in Atlantic; loss of 43 lives. 2,774
Hydaspes 1899 ex- Manchester Port, 1900 purchased from Manchester Liners Ltd, renamed Hydaspes, 1930 sold and scrapped. 5,658
Hylas 1899 1917 torpedoed and sunk off Scotland; no loss of life. 4,233
Hypatia 1902 1929 wrecked on Robben Island, Cape Town. 5,663
Hyperia 1895 ex- Pinners Point, 1903 purchased from Norfolk & North American SS Co., Liverpool, renamed Hyperia, 1918 torpedoed and sunk near Port Said; loss of 75 lives. 3,908
KingAlfred 1968 1977 transferred from King Line, 1983 sold to China, renamed Luo Fu Shan. 24,419
Stirlingshire 1945 ex- Empire Falkland, 1946 purchased from MOWT, renamed Stirlingshire, 1966 scrapped. 6,987

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