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Khedivial Mail Line

The original name of the company is unknown but it is thought that it was founded in 1858. The Khedivial Mail Steamship & Graving Dock Co. was formed in 1898 to operate ships and docks owned by various departments of the Egyptian Government, but little is known of the early years of the company or it's ships. The new fleet was registered under the British flag and operated passenger and cargo services between Alexandria, Constantinople and Syrian ports and between Suez and Red Sea ports. Later services were extended to Piraeus, Malta, Marseille and Cyprus. P & O Line took control of the company between 1919 and 1924. In 1936 the company was re-formed in Alexandria as Pharaonic Mail Line and in 1941 was changed to Khedivial Mail Line. Services from the Mediterranean to Boston and New York started in 1948 and from 1951 calls were often made at Charleston, Philadelphia and Baltimore. A Port Said - Bombay - Karachi service started in 1953. In 1961 all Egyptian shipping lines were nationalised and became part of United Arab Maritime Co. who discontinued New York sailings, but for a time made passenger and cargo sailings to Canada until 1965.

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:
1948 Green.
1957 White with narrow red - white - black bands.

Fleet:

Funnel Funnel
  1948 1957
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Abassieh 1889 ex- Sicilian Prince, 1911 purchased from Prince Line Ltd, Newcastle renamed Abassieh, 1930 scrapped. 3,199
Abu Kerkas 1944 no further info. 438
Abukir 1920 ex- Kyle Queen, 1935 purchased from Monroe Bros, London renamed Abukir, 1940 taken over by MOWT, managed by General Steam Nav. Co., 1940 torpedoed and sunk by German MTB S.34 off Nieuport. 689
Al Kahira 1944 1959 boiler explosion at Ostend, 1960 scrapped at Bruges. 2,704
Al Rawdah   see Chenab.  
Alwadi   see Gumhuryat Misr.  
Armant 1948 ex- Vittoria Maria G, 1953 purchased from Gestioni Escercizio Navi Sicilia, Palermo renamed Armant, 1961 transferred to United Arab Maritime Co., Alexandria. 2,312
Assiout 1889 ex- British Empire, 1900 purchased from British Shipowners Co., Liverpool renamed Assiout, 1901 sold to Ellerman Lines Ltd, London, 1914 seized by Turkey, 1915 scuttled as blockship at Izmir. 3,020
Assouan 1882 ex- Pandora, 1900 purchased from Lloyd Austriaco, Trieste renamed Assouan, 1915 sold to British Admiralty for use as blockship but resold to South African owners. 2,706
B.O.K. 1937 no further info. 177
Belkas 1907 ex- Agadir, 1922 purchased from Royal Mail S.P. Co., London renamed Belkas, 1935 transferred to Soc. Orientale de Nav., Beirut (Khedivial Mail, managers) renamed Damas, 1940 transferred to Pharaonic Mail Line, Alexandria renamed Sakara, 1940 taken over by MOWT (General Steam Nav. Co.), 1946 returned to Khedivial Mail Line, 1955 scrapped Savona. 2,733
Benha 1891 ex- Naderi, 1914 purchased from Bombay & Persia S.N. Co., Bombay renamed Benha, 11th Jun. 1917 captured and sunk by UC.17 near Marsa Susa. 1,878
Bilbeis 1907 ex- Arzila, 1922 purchased from Royal Mail S.P. Co., London renamed Bilbeis, 5th Mar.1934 wrecked south of Jaffa. 2,732
Borulos 1890 ex- Cabo Silleiro, 1913 purchased from Ybarra y Cia, Sevilla renamed Borulos, 1927 sold to E. Tueta & Co., Alexandria.. 1,026
Boulac 1909 ex- Balantia, 1922 purchased from Royal Mail S.P. Co., London renamed Boulac, 1935 scrapped Italy. 2,379
Calioubieh 1892 ex- Southend, 1899 purchased from Red Sea SS Co., London renamed Calioubieh, 9th Jan.1916 sank near Mudros. 407
Chao Chow Fu 1900 ex- Rajaburi, 1914 seized from North German Lloyd by British authorities at Hong Kong, 1915 renamed Chao Chow Fu for British Gov't, 1917 transferred to Khedivial Mail Line, 1920 transferred to the Shipping Controller, managed by General Steam Nav. Co., London, 1922 purchased by G.S.N.Co. renamed Guillemot, 1929 scrapped. 1,904
Charkich 1865 no further info. 1,160
Chenab 1911 1930 purchased from James Nourse Ltd, London, 1931 sold to Cie de Nav. Libano-Syrienne, Beirut renamed Ville de Beyrouth, 1936 owned by Soc. Orientale de Nav (Khedivial Mail, managers), Beirut, 1939 renamed Al Rawdah, same owners. 1940 taken over by MOWT (managed by British India S.N.Co.), 1946 returned to Khedivial Mail Line, Alexandria. 1953 Scrapped Rosyth. 3,549
Chibine 1865 9th March 1900 wrecked off Sinai. 678
Cleopatra 1944 see Khedive Ismail (2)  
Dakahlieh 1865 1923 sold to Italy. 1,639
Damanhour 1857 no further info. 627
Damas   see Belkas.  
El Kahira 1892 1920 sold to Transport & Trading Co., London, resold to Franco-British SS Co., London. 2,027
El Malek Fouad 1947 1956 renamed Nefertiti, 1961 sold to Tirrenia Soc. per Azioni, Naples renamed Olbia. 3,746
El Ramanieh 1865 no further info. 1,010
Famaka 1922 1927 chartered to Australasian United S.N. Co. renamed Ormiston, 1931 sold to Eastern Traders Ltd, Melbourne. 5,815
Fayoum n/a no further info. 1,070
Fezara 1923 1927 chartered to Australasian United S.N. Co. renamed Orungal, 1931 sold to Eastern Traders Ltd, Melbourne. 5,809
Fouadier 1923 ex- Hadrian, 1935 purchased from Tyne-Tees Shipping Co., Newcastle renamed Fouadier, 1956 renamed Isis, 1961 taken over by United Arab Maritime Co., Alexandria. 1,858
Gumhuryat Misr 1928 ex- Lady Nelson, 1953 purchased from Canadian National Steamships Ltd, Montreal renamed Gumhuryat Misr, 1960 renamed Alwadi, 1961 taken over by United Arab Maritime Co., Alexandria, 1968 scrapped. 7,831
Hodeidam 1857 no further info. 628
Isis 1923 see Fouadier.  
Ismailia 1880 ex- Garth Castle (1), 1902 purchased from Elder, Dempster & Co. renamed Ismailia, 1921 sold to Soc. Armatrice Radivo-Frausin, Trieste renamed Brunette. 3,660
Keneh 1885 ex- Matabele, 1905 purchased from J. T. Rennie & Son, Aberdeen renamed Keneh, 1930 scrapped at Savona. 1,578
Khedive Ismail (1) 1922 ex- Aconcagua, 1935 purchased from Cia Sud Americana de Vapores, Valparaiso renamed Khedive Ismail, 1940 MOWT (British India S.N. Co.), 12th Feb.1944 torpedoed and sunk by Japanese submarine I-27 in Indian Ocean with troops ; loss of 1,297 lives. 7,309
Khedive Ismail (2) 1944 ex- United Victory, 1948 purchased from Renfrew Navigation Co., London renamed Khedive Ismail, 1956 renamed Cleopatra, 1961 transferred to United Arab Maritime Co., Alexandria. 7,612
Kom Ombo 1944 no further info. 438
Kosseir 1884 ex- Vassilefs Gheorghios, 1906 purchased from Ionian SS Navigation, Piraeus renamed Kosseir, 20th Jul.1918 torpedoed and sunk by UB.51 near Alexandria. 1,851
Mahallan 1864 no further info. 1,106
Malmoudieh 1920 1923 sold to Leith, Hull & Hamburg S.P. Co., London renamed Finland. 2,021
Mansourah (1) 1863 no further info. 664
Mansourah (2) 1892 ex- Safari (Deutsche Ost-Afrika Linie), 1907 purchased from Cowasjee, Dinshaw & Bros, Bombay renamed Mansourah, 1928 scrapped Trieste. 1,432
Mariout 1876 no further info. 888
Matama 1920 1922 sold to Leith, Hull & Hamburg S.P. Co., London renamed Sutherland. 2,012
Mecca 1929 ex- Lady Rodney, 1953 purchased from Canadian National Steamships Ltd, Montreal renamed Mecca, 1961 taken over by United Arab Maritime Co., Alexandria, 1967 scuttled in Suez Canal during Arab-Israeli War. 8,194
Menzaleh 1888 ex- Inanda (J. T. Rennie & Son), ex-Abd-el-Monem, 1905 purchased from H.H.The Khedive of Egypt renamed Menzaleh, 5th Jun.1918 torpedoed and sunk by UB.105 ESE of Malta. 1,704
Minieh 1876 built by D. & W. Henderson & Co. Ltd., Glasgow | ex- Alsatia, 1901 purchased from Anchor Line renamed Minieh, 1914 sold to British Admiralty for use as a blockship. 2,166
Missir 1864 no further info. 445
Mohamed Ali el Kebir (1) 1922 ex- Teno, 1935 purchased from Cia Sud Americana de Vapores, Valparaiso renamed Mohamed Ali el Kebir, 1940 MOWT (British India S.N. Co.), 7th Aug.1940 torpedoed and sunk by U.38 on voyage Avonmouth - Gibraltar with troops ; loss of 96 lives. 7,289
Mohamed Ali el Kebir (2) 1944 ex- Atchison Victory, 1948 purchased from Renfrew Nav. Co, London renamed Mohamed Ali el Kebir, 1960 renamed Salah-el-Din, 1961 transferred to United Arab Maritime Co., Alexandria. 7,612
Monassir 1920 1922 sold to Leith, Hull & Hamburg S.P. Co., London renamed Switzerland. 2,021
Montazah 1919 laid down as War Wey but completed as Montazah for Khedivial Mail SS Co. 1921 sold to Leith, Hull & Hamburg SS Co., London renamed Foreland. 2,022
Moukter 1867 no further info. n/a
Nag Hamadi 1944 no further info. 438
Nefertiti 1947 see El Malek Fouad.  
Neghileh 1864 no further info. 777
Orungal 1923 see Fezara. 5,809
Osmanieh 1906 1916 Admiralty requisition, 31st Dec.1917 mined and sunk Alexandria. 4,041
Papua 1944 ex- HMS Papua, 1950 purchased from Boston Metals Co., Baltimore, 1956 sunk as blockship in Suez Canal. 1,509
Prince Abbas 1892 1915 Admiralty requisition, 1916 sold to Hudsons Bay Co., London. 2,027
Rahamanieh 1865 no further info. 1,300
Ramleh 1903 ex- Egyptian Prince, 1922 purchased from Prince Line, Newcastle renamed Ramleh, 1930 sold to Ahmed Ibrahim El Kouedy, Alexandria renamed Lateef. 507
Rashid 1906 ex- Atua, 1926 purchased from Union SS Co. of New Zealand renamed Rashid, 1933 scrapped at Savona. 3,444
Roda 1904 ex- Navua, 1927 purchased from Union SS Co of New Zealand renamed Roda, 1932 scrapped Egypt. 2,930
Saidieh 1878 ex- Pretoria, 1907 purchased from Quebec SS Co. (Furness, Withy) renamed Saidieh, 1st Jun.1915 torpedoed and sunk by UB.6 off Elbow Buoy, Kent on voyage Alexandria - Hull. 3,199
Sakara   see Belkas.  
Salah-el-Din   see Mohamed Ali el Kebir (2)  
Taif 1928 1961 taken over by United Arab Maritime Co., Alexandria, 1969 shelled and sunk at Suez. 1,590
Talodi 1928 1961 taken over by United Arab Maritime Co., Alexandria, 1969 shelled and sunk at Suez. 1,585
Tantah 1889 ex- Ifafa, 1906 purchased from J. T. Rennie & Son, Aberdeen renamed Tantah. 1923 sold to W. J. Hutchison, London renamed Jean. 1,751
Tewfik Rabbani 1892 1900 sold to Cie. de Nav. Mixte, Marseille renamed La Marsa. 2,027
Tewfikieh 1893 ex- Rameses, 1911 purchased from Moss SS Co., Liverpool renamed Tewfikieh, 9th Jun. 1918 torpedoed and sunk in mediterranean by UB.105. 2,495
Tobago 1944 ex- HMS Tobago, 1950 purchased from Boston Metals Co., Baltimore, 1956 sunk as blockship in Suez Canal. 1,509
Ville de Beyrouth   see Chenab.  
Yambo 1863 ex- Vanguard, 1864 purchased from Bailey & Leetham, Hull renamed Yambo, 1910 sold to Italy. 805
Zaafaran 1921 ex- Philomel, 1934 purchased from General Steam Nav. Co., London renamed Zaafaran, 1940 MOWT (G.S.N.Co, managers), 5th Jul.1942 sunk by German air attack on Russian convoy. 1,563
Zagaszig 1863 no further info. 1,028
Zamalek 1921 ex- Halcyon, 1934 purchased from General Steam Nav. Co., London renamed Zamalek, 1940 MOWT (G.S.N.Co., manager), 1946 returned to Khedivial Mail, Nov.1956 scuttled by Egyptian authorities in Suez Harbour. 1,566

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