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Jamaica Direct Fruit Line / Jamaica Banana Producers' SS Co.

Formed in 1929 to carry passengers and general cargo to Jamaica and bananas to Europe. In 1962 with the independence of Jamaica, the fleet transferred to the Jamaican flag. Taken over by the Jamaican Government in 1977, the company continued to operate until 1980 when they disappeared as an independent shipowning concern.

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.


  • 1929-1977 London - Rotterdam - Jamaica

Blue funnel with two white bands below black top.


Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Jamaica Merchant 1911 ex- Highland Piper, 1929 purchased from Nelson Line renamed Jamaica Merchant, 1935 sold to Standard Fruit Co, New Orleans. 7,490
Jamaica Pioneer 1931 1940 torpedoed and sunk in Atlantic. 5,471
Jamaica Planter (1) 1911 ex- Highland Loch, 1929 purchased from Nelson Line renamed Jamaica Planter, 1935 scrapped. 7,493
Jamaica Planter (2) 1936 chartered from Hadley Shipping Co, London, 1940 purchased from Hadley Shipping Co, 1944 sunk in collision in Barry Roads with s/s WELLESLEY. 4,098
Jamaica Planter (3) 1959 1974 sold to Singapore renamed Fine Fruit. 6,159
Jamaica Producer (1) 1910 ex- Highland Glen, 1929 purchased from Nelson Line renamed Jamaica Producer, 1934 scrapped after fire at London. 7,548
Jamaica Producer (2) 1934 1962 scrapped. 5,598
Jamaica Producer (3) 1962 1981 sold to Greece converted to livestock carrier, renamed Miranda. 5,781
Jamaica Progress 1932 1940 torpedoed and sunk in Atlantic; loss of 7 lives. 5,475
Jamaica Settler 1910 ex- Highland Laddie, 1929 purchased from Nelson Line renamed Jamaica Settler, 1935 scrapped. 7,381

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