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Johnston Line

William and Edmund Johnston purchased their first steamer in 1872 to operate to the Black Sea, Greece and Turkey. In 1876 the Saint Andrews Steam Shipping Co. was formed. In 1880 Atlantic services commenced in conjunction with Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Co and specialised in the live cattle trade. 1890 a direct London - Boston service commenced by William Johnston & Co. Ltd. In 1914 Furness, Withy & Co. acquired a 50% interest in William Johnston & Co and the company became Johnston Line Ltd. 1916 Johnston Line became a wholly owned subsidiary of Furness, Withy & Co. and in 1934 Johnston-Warren Lines Ltd was formed and all ships transferred to this 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:

  • 1872-1940 Liverpool - Black Sea, Greece & Turkey.
  • 1880-1964 UK ports (mainly Liverpool) - Boston and U.S East coast ports.
  • 1895-1914 New York - Baltimore - Tampico - Vera Cruz - New York.
  • 1895-1914 Liverpool - Galveston - Gulf of Mexico ports.
  • 1945-1961 Liverpool - Greece and Turkey.

Funnel:
1856-1920 Red funnel with white over blue bands and black top.
1920-1964 as Furness, Withy.

Fleet: 1856-1920 1920-1964
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Amore 1896 tug, 1929 sold to C. Duncan & Sons, Middlesbrough renamed Steelopolis. 155
Ardmore 1872 1894 sold to Hine Bros., Maryport. 928
Arranmore 1879 1889 sold to F. Hagerup & Co, Liverpool, 1890 renamed Congal. 1,394
Aviemore 1920 1935 transferred to Johnston-Warren Line. 4,060
Avonmore 1899 1904 sold to Elmes Shipping Co., Liverpool. 2,511
Baltimore 1884 1899 sold to W. Wilhelmsen, Christiania renamed Dunmore. 3,730
Barnesmore (1) 1880 1896 sold to Turkey renamed Essere Djidid. 1,518
Barnesmore (2) 1905 1915 sold to Blow, Richards & Co., Cardiff renamed Whitehall. 3,158
Barrowmore 1911 1918 torpedoed and sunk off Bishops Rock; loss of 25 lives. 3,832
Barrymore 1920 1924 sold to Indo-China S.N. Co. renamed Kumsang. 5,415
Beemore 1929 tug, 1935 transferred to Johnston-Warren Line. 186
Blairmore 1894 1914 sold to Underwood Shipping Co, Liverpool renamed Ballater. 2,286
Cassini 1866 (ex-Lamport & Holt), 1877 purchased from Barrow Shipbuilding Co., 1879 reverted to Barrow S.B. Co., 1881 sold to Navigazione Generale Italiana renamed Palmaria. 993
Ceemore 1929 tug, 1935 transferred to Johnston-Warren Line. 186
Cottesmore 1917 ex- Swindon , 1917 purchased from Radcliffe, Cardiff renamed Cottesmore, 1920 sold to Mede Line, Liverpool renamed Avonmede. 4,240
Craigmore (1) 1880 1889 sold to Japan renamed Dai-Itchi Maru. 1,536
Craigmore (2) 1890 1902 sold to Greece renamed Aenos. 2,285
Cranmore 1905 1921 sold to Greece renamed Pelagia. 3,157
Crimea 1873 1873 wrecked. 928
Dartmore 1881 1897 sold to J. Cormack & Co, Leith. 1,609
Dawn 1872 1876 renamed Dromore, 1892 sold to Palgrave, Murphy & Co., Dublin renamed City of Livepool. 1,106
Deemore 1930 tug, 1935 transferred to Johnston-Warren Line. 186
Dromore (1)   see Dawn.  
Dromore (2) 1898 1913 sold to W. Kuntsmann, Stettin renamed Italia. 3,063
Dromore (3) 1913 1917 torpedoed and sunk 200 miles west of Ireland. 4,398
Dromore (4) 1920 1935 transferred to Johnston-Warren Line. 4,096
Earl of Dufferin 1873 1873-74 chartered from W. R. Price, London, 1874 went missing at sea. 1,703
Edenmore (1) 1889 1907 sold to W. S. Miller & Co, Glasgow renamed Julistan. 2,459
Edenmore (2) 1909 1915 transferred to Furness Withy's Gulf Line, 1919 renamed Salerno. 3,667
Ennismore 1880 1889 sold to G, R. Sanderson & Co, Liverpool. 1,560
Ernemore 1918 ex- Ardgay , 1919 purchased from Lang & Fulton, Glasgow renamed Ernemore, 1923 sold to Japan renamed Tohkoh Maru. 4,717
Fenmore 1894 1915 sold to F. Dawson, Newcastle renamed Marion Dawson. 2,300
Foylemore (1) 1897 1911 sold to Greece renamed Ioannis P. Goulandris. 3,153
Foylemore (2) 1911 1917 torpedoed and sunk in English Channel. 3,831
Frogmore 1880 1897 sold to J. Neil & Co, Glasgow renamed Hermia. 1,547
Galtymore 1919 ex- War Sable , 1919 purchased from the Shipping Controller renamed Galtymore, 1927 sold to Max Morck, Hamburg renamed Lisa, 1929 sold to HAPAG renamed Taunus. 4,565
Glenmore 1882 1898 sold to Donald & Taylor, Glasgow. 1,863
Gorsemore 1899 1918 torpedoed and sunk in Gulf of Taranto. 3,079
Hartmore 1913 ex- Hartland Point , 1919 transferred from Norfolk & North American Shipping Co. renamed Hartmore, 1922 sold to Anglo-Oriental Nav. Co., Liverpool renamed Sureway. 5,131
Heathmore (1) 1882 1919 sold to W. R. Davies SS Co., Liverpool. 1,864
Heathmore (2) 1898 1916 grounded at Garston and broke her back, abandoned to insurers. 3,147
Incemore (1) 1883 1900 sold to Greece renamed Maria. 1,721
Incemore (2) 1898 1917 torpedoed and sunk in Mediterranean. 3,060
Incemore (3) 1920 1935 transferred to Johnston-Warren Line. 4,098
Jessmore (1) 1888 1899 sold to Donald & Taylor, Glasgow. 2,465
Jessmore (2) 1911 1917 torpedoed and sunk off Fastnet. 3,911
Jessmore (3) 1921 ex- Peruviana , 1923 transferred from Furness, Withy renamed Jessmore, 1935 transferred to Johnston-Warren Line. 4,099
Kenmore (1) 1912 1917 torpedoed and sunk near Inistrahull. 3,919
Kenmore (2) 1923 1935 transferred to Johnston-Warren Line. 3,616
Kilmore 1889 1906 sunk in collision with Canadian Pacific's s/s MONTEZUMA. 2,215
Larchmore 1912 1915 shelled and sunk by U-Boat off Wolf Rock. 4,355
Lascelles 1878 1883 sold to Raggio & Cia renamed Amedeo. 1,942
Linmore 1917 ex- Llanover , 1917 purchased from Radcliffe, Cardiff renamed Linmore, 1920 sold to Canute SS Co., Liverpool renamed Shannonmede. 4,274
Lochmore 1889 1912 sold to Greece renamed Theokespasti. 2,140
London Corporation 1922 1925 transferred from Furness, Withy, 1928 reverted to Furness Withy. 6,629
Maplemore 1899 1901 sold to Ellerman City Line renamed City of Edinburgh. 7,803
Mentmore 1882 1895 sold to G. Zino, Savona renamed Assiduita. 3,405
Nessmore 1882 1895 wrecked on Hebrides Islands. 3,377
Oakmore (1) 1897 1911 sold to Norway renamed Benguela. 4,547
Oakmore (2) 1917 1920 sold to Canute SS Co., Liverpool renamed Clydemede. 4,289
Olga 1870 1877 chartered to tow Cleopatra's Needle Alexandria - London, 1882 sold to Greece. 1,329
Oranmore 1882 1902 sold to Schenker, Cosulich & Cia, Trieste renamed Gottfried Schenker. 3,377
Orchis 1870 1884 sold to Hornstedt & Carthorne, Liverpool. (later to Westcott & Laurence) 1,765
Parkmore 1890 1897 sold to Elder Dempster Line. 3,318
Pinemore (1) 1898 1901 sold to Ellerman Hall Line. 6,306
Pinemore (2) 1913 ex- Den of Ewnie , 1916 purchased from C. Barrie & Sons, Dundee renamed Pinemore, 1922 sold to Morel Line, Cardiff renamed Lesreaulx. 4,664
Plynlymon 1856 1872 purchased from Sydney & Wiggins, London, 1845 out of service. 260
Queensmore (1) 1889 1889 caught fire on maiden voyage, put into Dunmanus Bay, Ireland and abandoned. 4,195
Queensmore (2) 1890 1896 sold to Elder Dempster Line. 3,792
Quernmore (1) 1898 1917 torpedoed and sunk off Ireland. 7,302
Quernmore (2) 1923 1935 transferred to Johnston-Warren Line. 3,787
Rathmore 1878 1880 went missing at sea. 2,136
Red Rose 1873 1873-76 chartered from J. Lancaster, Liverpool, 1876 deleted from Lloyds Register. 389
Rexmore 1918 1929 transferred to Manchester Liners renamed Manchester Exporter. 5,277
Rossmore (1) 1880 1885 sold to Spain renamed Cristobal Colon. 2,677
Rossmore (2) 1889 1899 abandoned and sank in Atlantic. 4,455
Rowanmore 1900 1916 torpedoed and sunk off Fastnet. 9,456
Sagamore 1893 registered under Belgian flag, 1911 sold to Schiaffino, Genoa renamed Solideo. 2,140
Sedgemore 1891 1899 sold to French Line renamed Pauillac. 4,332
Stanmore (1) 1871 ex- James C. Stevenson , 1879 purchased from H. S. Edwards, South Shields renamed Stanmore, 1883 sold to Cambria Steam Shipping Co., Liverpool. 1,952
Stanmore (2) 1914 ex- Ardgarry , 1919 purchased from Lang & Fulton, Glasgow renamed Stanmore, 1923 sold to Kaye, Son & Co. renamed Kemmel. 4,526
Swanmore 1913 1917 torpedoed and sunk west of Fastnet. 6,373
Sycamore (1) 1917 1917 torpedoed and sunk off Ireland. 6,550
Sycamore (2) 1923 1926 sold to Prince Line renamed Castilian Prince. 3,908
Templemore 1894 1913 abandoned on fire in Atlantic, towed to Boston and scrapped. 6,276
Thanemore 1867 ex- City of Antwerp , 1879 purchased from Inman Line renamed Thanemoor, 1890 went missing in North Atlantic; loss of 43 lives. 2,391
Thistlemore 1917 1923 renamed Wheatmore, 1927 sold to Rickmers Line, Hamburg renamed Ursula Rickmers. 5,019
Tramore 1924 1924 sold to Prince Line renamed Brazilian Prince. 3,907
Tullamore 1918 ex- Ardgroom , 1919 purchased from Lang & Fulton, Glasgow renamed Tullamore, 1922 sold to Japan renamed Saikoh Maru. 4,639
Ulstermore 1894 1913 wrecked in River Mersey. 6,326
Valemore 1918 1930 transferred to Norfolk & North American Shipping Co. renamed London Citizen. 5,388
Vedamore (1) 1896 1917 torpedoed and sunk off Fastnet; loss of 26 lives. 6,330
Vedamore (2) 1914 ex- Wingate , 1922 transferred from Furness, Withy renamed Vedamore, 1928 sold to Norway renamed Erland. 1,911
Westmore 1908 ex- Portinglis , 1922 transferred from Furness, Withy renamed Westmore, 1922 sold to Seed Shipping Co, Newcastle renamed Phyllis Seed. 1,867
Wheatmore   see Thistlemore.  
Wigmore 1916 ex- Ardgrange , 1919 purchased from Lang & Fulton, Glasgow renamed Wigmore, 1922 sold to Japan renamed Nankoh Maru. 4,714
Willowmore 1908 ex- Cundall , 1922 transferred from Furness, Withy renamed Willowmore, 1922 sold to Latvia renamed Venta. 1,850
Wraymore 1907 ex- Pomaron , 1922 transferred from Furness, Withy renamed Wraymore, 1922 sold to Latvia renamed Biruta. 1,809

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