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The Fleets

Lamport and Holt Line / Liverpool, Brazil and River Plate Steam Navigation Company / Société de Nav. Royale Belge Sud-Americaine

The company started in 1845 with the sailing ship CHRISTABEL to operate in the cotton trade from Alexandria and off Lamport & Holtseason marble trade from Italy. Later voyages were made to other areas including New Orleans, Bombay, Australia and New Zealand. In 1857 the company acquired their first steamship. The Liverpool, Brazil and River Plate Steam Navigation Company was formed in 1865 to operate services to the East coast of South America and in 1877 a Belgian flagged subsidiary company, Societe de Nav. Royale Belge Sud-Americaine was started to operate the Belgian Mail contract to South America. The Argentine Steam Lighter Co., based in Buenos Aires was formed in 1884 to run a fleet of feeder ships in the River Plate. In 1911 controlling interest in the company was sold to Sir Owen Philipps (later Lord Kylsant). The Kylsant shipping empire collapsed in 1930 and the constituent companies, including Lamport & Holt were placed in the hands of receivers. The Argentine Steam Lighter Co. was sold to Albert Dodero, Buenos Aires and in 1934 a new Lamport & Holt Line Ltd was formed and the name Liverpool, Brazil and River Plate Steam Navigation Company passed into history. In 1944 the company was purchased by the Vestey Group of companies which included Blue Star Line, Frederick Leyland & Co., and which also took over the Booth Line in 1946. From 1947 many inter-company transfers of ships and temporary renamings took place, plus the formations of several groupings of companies. In 1991 the last Lamport & Holt ship (CHURCHILL) transferred to Blue Star and became the ARGENTINA STAR, and the name of Lamport & Holt disappeared.

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:

  • Sailing ships
    • 1845-1863 No fixed routes but sailed to India, Africa and South America with occasional voyages to the Far East and West Indies. Smaller ships traded on UK coastal and North European services plus a large Mediterranean trade
  • Steamships
    • 1863-1986 Liverpool - Lisbon - Brazil - Uruguay - Argentina.
    • 1866- Liverpool / Glasgow - Antwerp - Brazil - Argentina.
    • 1869- River Plate - Brazil - New York - US East coast ports - UK.
    • 1869- River Plate - Brazil - East Coast of USA - Brazil - River Plate.

Funnel:
Blue funnel with broad white band below black top

Fleet: Sailing ships

Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Agenoria 1856 ship, 1868 sold to Griffiths & Co, Liverpool. 1,023
Attila 1860 barque, 1864 sold to Rathbone & Co, Liverpool. 1,146
Balkan 1849 brigantine, 1863 sold to Gambles & Co, Liverpool. 192
Blencathra 1857 barque, 1874 scrapped. 466
Bonnie Dundee 1861 ship, 1872 sold to F. Spaight. Limerick. 1,027
Breeze 1848 snow, 1855 purchased from J. Nicholson, Annan, 1868 went missing at sea. 165
Brunette 1864 ship, 1864 sold to Rathbone & Co, Liverpool renamed Irwell. 1,508
Canova (1) 1859 barque, 1860 sold to Rathbone & Co, Liverpool.
1,283
Cathaya 1850 barque, 1852 rebuilt to 503 tons, 1857 lost at sea. 407
Ceres 1850 topsail schoner, 1856 sold to T. Colgan, Hull. 117
Chalgrove 1862 barque, 1869 sold to R. Habgood, London. 513
Chiltern 1865 barque, 1865 sold to Stoddart & Co renamed Vanda. 760
Christabel (1) 1845 barque, 1846 sold to James Alexander, Workington. 335
Christabel (2) 1863 brigantine, 1864 sold to H. F. Watt, Liverpool. 170
Christabel (3) 1867 barque, 1869 sold to France renamed Formose. 660
Coniston 1857 barque, 1865 wrecked. 204
Eddystone 1860 barque, 1861 sold to Young & Co, South Shields renamed St. Mirram. 526
Edith   see West Riding.  
Elizabeth Morrow 1857 barque, 1860 sold to Walker & Co, Glasgow. 394
Emma 1845 ship, 1852 sold to Schilizzi Bros, Liverpool. 376
Florentine 1868 ship, 1870 sold to Owen Edwards, Pwllheli. 979
Glaramara 1857 barque, 1863 sold to Shute & Co, Liverpool. 475
Grasmere 1847 ship, 1865 lost at sea. 454
Jane Morice 1850 barque, 1870 deleted from Lloyds Register. 323
Julius Caesar 1838 ship, 1846 purchased from Charles H. Marshall, 1853 scrapped. 738
Junior 1845 barque, 1855 wrecked. 677
Kathlamba 1856 barque, 1869 sold to Spain renamed Carlos. 319
Manchester 1824 brigantine, 1852 purchased from Armstrong. Workington, 1873 scrapped. 158
March 1866 ship, 1867 sold to C. Hill, Bristol renamed Glenhaven. 1,280
Margaret Gibson 1844 schooner, 1850 purchased from W. Gibson, Hull rebuilt to 148 tons, 1866 deleted from Lloyds Register. 124
Memphis 1856 barque, 1862 sold to Phillips & Co, Liverpool. 416
Mornington 1868 ship, 1868 sold to J. Owen, Carnarvon. 1,357
Moslem 1835 brig, 1848 purchased from J. Vale, London, 1853 sold to T. Blesset, Liverpool. 170
Napan Belle 1849 barque, 1856 scrapped.
332
Nazarine 1854 ship, 1862 purchased from Fisher & Sons, Liverpool, 1865 sold to Curwin & Co, Liverpool. 921
Old Harry 1843 ketch, 1857 purchased from C. Pybus, Rochester, 1870 deleted from Lloyds Register. 98
Princeza 1849 brig, 1853 purchased from Miller & Co, Liverpool, 1862 sold. 149
Queen 1848 schooner, 1854 purchased from A. Owens, Teignmouth, 1859 sold to Pritchard, Bangor. 104
Rothay 1858 schooner, 1864 sold to J. Hainsworth, Liverpool. 198
Rydal 1852 brig, 1852 sold to Rathbone Bros, Liverpool. 262
Sarah J. Eills 1867 ship, 1871 sold to W & R. Wright, Liverpool renamed Bride of Lorne. 1,306
Simoda 1854 ship, 1855 purchased from Kirk & Worrall, 1856 chartered to British Government as Crimea War transport and wrecked in the Dardanelles. 697
Southern Queen 1866 ship, 1880 sold to Jenkins & Co, Liverpool, re-rigged as barque. 789
Sumroo 1865 ship, 1867 sold to Germany. 612
Thebes 1850 ship, 1858 purchased from Rathbone & Co, Liverpool, 1862 sold to E. S. Roberts, London. 432
Thornhill 1848 ship, 1856 deleted from Lloyds Register. 698
Tidal Wave 1867 ship, 1868 sold to Fletcher & Parr, Liverpool renamed Louisa Fletcher. 1,280
Timour 1865 ship, 1865 sold to Rathbone & Co, Liverpool. 1,331
West Riding 1864 ship, 1868 purchased from T. Seddon, 1868 renamed Edith, 1870 sold. 1,089
Wilhelmina 1843 brig, 1849 purchased from J. Moss & Co, Liverpool, 1852 sold to Byers & Co, Workington. 168
William Ward 1842 ship, 1853 sold to W. Morgan, Liverpool. 755

Fleet: Steamships
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Adelaide Star 1950 1964 transferred from Blue Star Line, 1965 reverted to Blue Star Line. 12,964
Archimedes (1) 1874 1893 sold to France renamed Helene. 1,561
Archimedes (2) 1911 ex- Den of Airlie, 1912 purchased from Barrie & Son, Glasgow renamed Archimedes, 1914-1919 requisitioned as British Expeditionary Force supply ship, 1932 sold to Ben Line renamed Benmacdhui. 5,364
Arethuse 1864 1864 sold to Messageries Imperiales, Marseilles (Messageries Maritimes) 1,184
Balfe 1920 ex- War Lupin, 1920 purchased from The Shipping Controller renamed Balfe, 1950 sold to A. A. Hoborby renamed Star Of Aden. 5,369
Balzac (1) 1920 ex- War Yew, 1920 purchased from The Shipping Controller renamed Balzac, 1941 sunk by German raider ATLANTIS off Brazil. 5,372
Balzac (2) 1939 ex- Albion Star, 1954 transferred from Blue Star Line renamed Balzac, 1959 renamed Carroll, 1960 reverted to Blue Star Line renamed Norman Star. 3,022
Belloc 1980 owned by Belloc Shipping Co renamed Boswell, 1981 sold to Panama renamed Piva. 9,324
Bernini 1918 ex- War Penguin, 1919 purchased from The Shipping Controller renamed Bernini, 1933 sold to Greece renamed Mount Dirfys. 5,242
Bessel 1878 1895 sunk in collision with Wilson Line's s/s HERO in English Channel. 1,911
Biela (1) 1870 1900 sunk in collision with s/s EAGLE POINT off Nantucket. 2,162
Biela (2) 1918 ex- War Mastiff, 1919 purchased from The Shipping Controller renamed Biela, 1942 torpedoed and sunk off Cape Race; loss of 56 lives. 5,298
Bonheur 1920 ex- War Triumph, 1920 purchased from The Shipping Controller renamed Bonheur, 1940 torpedoed and sunk off Cape Wrath. 5,327
Boswell (1) 1920 ex- War Bamboo, 1920 purchased from The Shipping Controller renamed Boswell, 1933 sold to White SS Co renamed Adderstone. 5,327
Boswell (2) 1938 ex- Barfleur, 1955 purchased from French Line renamed Boswell, 1960 renamed Crome, 1960 transferred to Blue Star Line renamed Roman Star. 3,111
Boswell (3) 1979 1983 sold to China renamed Shun Yi. 9,324
Brisbane Star 1937 1950 transferred from Blue Star Line, 1959 reverted to Blue Star Line. 11,076
Bronte (1) 1919 ex- War Coney, 1919 purchased from The Shipping Controller renamed Bronte, 1939 torpedoed and damaged off Ireland, sunk by escorts. 5,314
Bronte (2) 1930 ex- Benedict, 1948 transferred from Booth Linerenamed Bronte, 1950 sold to Turkey renamed Muzaffer. 4,949
Bronte (3) 1979 1983 sold to China renamed Dong Jiang. 9,324
Browning (1) 1919 ex- War Marten, 1919 purchased from The Shipping Controller renamed Browning, 1942 torpedoed and sunk during Oran landings. 5,332
Browning (2) 1928 ex- Boniface, 1949 transferred from Booth Line renamed Browning, 1951 sold to Panama renamed Sannicola. 4,862
Browning (3) 1979 1983 sold to China renamed An Fu Jiang. 9,324
Bruyere 1919 ex- War Mole, 1919 purchased from The Shipping Controller renamed Bruyere, 1942 torpedoed and sunk off Freetown. 5,335
Buffon 1883 1908 sold to Brazil renamed Tijuca. 2,304
Byron (1) 1901 ex- Loyalist, 1902 purchased from Furness, Withy & Co renamed Byron, 1915 taken over by the Admiralty as convoy commodore ship, 1922 sold to Chile renamed Santiago. 3,909
Byron (2) 1940 ex- Bernard, 1947 transferred from Booth Line renamed Byron, 1953 renamed Lalande, 1961 sold, renamed Uncle Bart and scrapped. 6,902
Calderon (1) 1971 1887 sold to Brazil renamed Arlindo. 1,054
Calderon (2) 1900 1901 transferred to Belgian subsidiary, 1912 collided with s/s MUSKETEER in River Mersey, broke in two. 4,083
Cameons (1) 1871 1879 aold to Slimon & Co, Leith. 1,093
Camoens (2) 1900 1901 transferred to Belgian subsidiary, 1908 reverted to British flag, 1924 scrapped. 4,070
Canning (1) 1883 Brazilian coastal services, 1891 sold to Brazilian Government renamed Itatiaya. 645
Canning (2) 1896 1899-1900 Boer War transport, 1914 requisitioned as convoy protection balloon ship HMS Canning, 1919 returned to owners, 1921 sold to Greece renamed Okeanis. 5,366
Canova (2) 1876 1883 sold to Brazil. 1,120
Canova (3) 1895 1899-1900 Boer War transport, 1901 transferred to Belgian subsidiary, 1906 reverted to British flag, 1917 torpedoed and sunk off Ireland. 4,637
Carroll   see Balzac (2)  
Cassini 1866 1871 sold to R. T. Smyth & Co, Liverpool. 993
Cavour (1) 1881 Brazilian coastal services, 1891 sold to Brazilian Government renamed Itapeva. 632
Cavour (2) 1895 1899-1900 Boer War transport, 1929 scrapped. 4,914
Caxton 1883 ex- Test, 1885 purchased from T. R. Oswald & Co, Liverpool renamed Caxton, 1895 sold to T. Hogan & Sons, Liverpool renamed Mendota. 2,784
Cervantes (1) 1874 1884 sold to Brazil renamed Camillo. 1,131
Cervantes (2) 1895 1899-1900 Boer War transport, 1902 transferred to Belgian subsidiary, 1908 reverted to British flag, 1914 captured and sunk in South Atlantic by German cruiser KARLSRUHE. 4,635
Chantry 1890 1896 wrecked near Valparaiso. 2,788
Chatham (1) 1883 Brazilian coastal services, 1891 sold to Brazilian Government renamed Itauna. 647
Chatham (2) 1960 1962 transferred to Blue Star Line renamed Mendoza Star. 3,563
Chaucer 1886 1913 scrapped. 2,769
Churchill 1979 ex- New Zealand Star, 1986 transferred from Blue Star Line renamed Churchill, 1991 reverted to Blue Star Line renamed Argentina Star. 17,082
City of Rio de Janeiro 1868 1870 purchased from Tait & Co, London, 1873 renamed Teniers, 1878 transferred to Belgian subsidiary, 1892 scrapped. 1,597
Colbert 1908 jointly owned with E. Grosos, Havre, sailed under French flag, 1917 torpedoed and sunk in Mediterranean. 5,395
Coleridge 1875 ex- Mira, 1889 purchased from Rathbone Bros, Liverpool renamed Coleridge, 1890 transferred to Belgian subsidiary, 1892 reverted to British flag, 1893 scrapped. 2,610
Columbia Star 1939 1950 transferred from Blue Star Line, 1953 renamed Dryden (4), 1955 renamed Patagonia Star, 1957 reverted to Columbia Star, 1959 returned to Blue Star Line. 8,293
Constable 1959 1962 transferred to Blue Star Line renamed Santos Star. 3,594
Copernicus (1) 1861 1862 sold to Messageries Imperiales, Marseilles (Messgeries Maritimes) renamed Copernic. 1,597
Copernicus (2) 1866 1877 transferred to Belgian subsidiary, 1883 wrecked Ponta de Pedras, Brazil. 1,629
Copernicus (3) 1887 ex- Lilian, 1888 purchased from E. Bates & Cp, Liverpool renamed Copernicus, 1895 disappeared en route New York to Valparaiso. 3,153
Crome   see Boswell (2)  
Cuvier 1883 1900 sunk in collision with s/s DOVRE off Goodwin Sands. 2,299
Dalton 1881 1895 wrecked Isle of Islay. 2,039
Debrett 1940 1955 transferred to Blue Star Line renamed Washington Star, 1956 reverted to Debrett, 1964 sold, renamed Ambasciata and scrapped. 6,244
Defoe (1) 1940 1942 sank when cargo exploded off Rockall. 6,245
Defoe (2) 1945 1954 transferred to Blue Star Line renamed Geelong Star, 1958 reverted to Defoe, 1966 sold to Panama renamed Argolis Star. 8,641
Delambre (1) 1873 1896 sold to Thirkell & Co, Liverpool. 1,308
Delambre (2) 1917 ex- War Dame, 1919 purchased from The Shipping Controller renamed Delambre, 1940 captured and sunk by German raider THOR. 7,032
Delane 1937 1954 transferred to Blue Star Line renamed Seattle Star. 7,761
Delius 1937 1954 transferred to Blue Star Line renamed Portland Star, 1958 reverted to Delius, 1961 sold to Morocco renamed Kettara VII. and scrapped. 7,783
Devis (1) 1938 1943 torpedoed and sunk off Sicily while trooping; loss of 52 lives. 7,761
Devis (2) 1944 1955 transferred to Blue Star Line renamed Oakland Star, 1956 reverted to Devis, 1962 scrapped. 8,148
Donati 1866 1891 sold to A. Coote & Co, Liverpool. 1,392
Dryden (1) 1885 1895 sold to T. Hogan & Sons, Liverpool renamed Menemsha. 2,743
Dryden (2) 1912 1932 sold to Greece renamed Panagiotis Th. Coumantaros. 5,839
Dryden (3) 1944 ex- Empire Haig, 1946 purchased from MOWT renamed Dryden, 1951 transferred to Blue Star Line renamed Fremantle Star, 1956 renamed Catalina Star, 1963 reverted to Lamport & Holt renamed Devis (3), 1969 sold, renamed Mondia and scrapped. 9,942
Dryden (4)   see Columbia Star.  
Empire Star 1946 1950 transferred from Blue Star Line, 1971 scrapped. 7,027
Euclid (1) 1877 1898 sold to Brazil. 1,545
Euclid (2) 1911 ex- Horley, 1912 purchased from Houlder, Middleton & Co, London renamed Euclid, 1931 sold to Ben Line renamed Benvannoch. 4,770
Flamsteed (1) 1866 1873 sunk in collision with HMS BELLEROPHON. 1,376
Flamsteed (2) 1892 1893 wrecked Imperial River, Chile. 3,381
Flaxman 1882 1903 sold to Brazil renamed Canoe. 2,175
Fremantle Star 1960 1964 transferred from Blue Star Line, 1965 reverted to Blue Star Line. 8,403
Galileo (1) 1864 1872 sold to T. H. Jackson & Co, Liverpool renamed Juan. 1,585
Galileo (2) 1873 1886 transferred to Belgian subsidiary, 1899 scrapped. 2,263
Garrick 1885 1906 sold to Norway as whaling supply ship renamed Fridtjof Nansen. 2,561
Gassendi 1872 1885 sold to T & J. MacFarlane, Glasgow. 1,249
George Salt 1936 tug, 1945 transferred from Blue Star Line, stationed at Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, 1946 sold to Brazil renamed Sao Cristovo. 77
Halley 1865 1895 scrapped. 1,347
Handel 1881 1902 sold to Italy renamed Guasco. 1,988
Herschel (1) 1864 4th Dec.1865 wrecked at Maldonado Harbour, River Plate. 1,543
Herschel (2) 1879 1902 scrapped after collision with Yeoward Line's s/s ARDEOLA in River Mersey. 1,950
Herschel (3) 1914 1934 scrapped. 6,293
Hevelius 1874 1889 transferred to Belgian subsidiary, 1903 scrapped. 2,611
Hipparchus 1867 1878 transferred to Belgian subsidiary, 1895 hulked at Buenos Aires. 1,840
Hogarth (1) 1883 1904 sold to Brazil renamed Attilio. 2,057
Hogarth (2) 1921 1933 scrapped. 8,109
Holbein (1) 1882 1901 sold to Spain renamed Timbre. 2,053
Holbein (2) 1914 1935 scrapped. 6,278
Homer 1895 1912 sold to Uruguay renamed Odila. 2,585
Horace 1895 1916 sunk in South Atlantic by German raider MOEWE. 3,335
Horrox 1877 1878 transferred to Belgian subsidiary, 1887 reverted to British flag, 1903 scrapped. 1,707
Humboldt 1866 1894 sold to Brazil renamed Camocin. 1,346
Inventor 1878 1905 purchased from T & J. Harrison, Liverpool, 1905 storage hulk at Buenos Aires, 1910 sold to Chile as hulk renamed Adriana. 2,291
Ironsides 1865 1866 purchased from Girvan & Co, Liverpool, 1868 sold to D. Jones, Briton Ferry. 691
Kepler 1863 1871 rebuilt to 2232 tons, 1878 transferred to Belgian subsidiary, 1902 reverted to British flag, 1903 scrapped 1,500
La Plata 1866 1867 taken over with Malcolmson Bros, Waterford, 1874 sold to Bailey & Leetham, Hull. 1,778
Lalande (1) 1872 1885 sold to J. J. MacFarlane & Co, Glasgow. 1,048
Lalande (2) 1920 1950 sold to Italy renamed Cristina Maria G. 7,453
Lalande (3) 1944 ex- Pacific Star, 1951 transferred from Blue Star Line renamed Lalande, 1951 sold to Italy renamed Ninfea. 7,259
Lalande (4)   see Byron (2)  
Laplace (1) 1866 1894 sold to Brazil renamed Capibaribe. 1,410
Laplace (2) 1919 1942 torpedoed and sunk off Cape of Good Hope; no loss of life. 7,327
Laplace (3) 1944 ex- Oregon Star, 1952 transferred from Blue Star Line renamed Laplace, 1953 sold to Panama renamed San Panteleimon. 7,283
Lassell (1) 1878 1900 sold to McCaldin Bros, New York. 1,957
Lassell (2) 1922 1941 torpedoed and sunk off Cape Verde Islands; loss of 17 lives. 7,417
Lassell (3) 1943 ex- Samariz, 1947 purchased from U.S. War Shipping Admin., renamed Lassell, 1962 sold to Lebanon renamed Alolos II. 7,256
Leibnitz 1873 1889 transferred to Belgian subsidiary, 1896 scrapped. 2,280
Leighton 1921 1947 scuttled with cargo of surplus ammunition. 7,412
Linnell 1921 1939 scrapped after grounding damage at Alexandria. 7,424
Luna 1889 tug at Buenos Aires, 1894 transferred to Argentine owners (lasted until 1975 when beached and abandoned) 193
Maraldi 1873 1875 wrecked near Pernambuco. 1,002
Marconi 1916 1937 transferred to Kaye, Sons & Co, London, 1941 torpedoed and sunk in Atlantic; loss of 22 lives. 7,402
Maskelyne 1874 1889 transferred to Belgian subsidiary, 1903 sank in Atlantic. 2,605
Meissonier 1914 1930 sold to Nelson Line. 7,206
Memling (1) 1872 ex- Malaga, 1873 purchased from Malcolm & Co, London renamed Memling, 1885 sold to Monteith & Co, Glasgow. 1,007
Memling (2) 1915 1917 torpedoed and damaged off Brest, total loss. 7,307
Memling (3) 1942 ex- Empire Bardolph, 1945 purchased from MOWT renamed Memling, 1953 transferred to Blue Star Line renamed Vancouver Star, 1957 reverted to Memling, 1959 scrapped. 7.017
Memnon 1861 1883 sold to Blue Funnel Line. 1,210
Millais (1) 1916 1938 sold to Blue Star Line renamed Scottish Star.. 7,224
Millais (2) 1942 ex- Empire Geraint, 1946 purchased from MOWT renamed Millais, 1952 transferred to Blue Star Line renamed Oregon Star. 6,991
Millais (3) 1944 ex- Fresno Star, 1957 transferred from Blue Star Line renamed Millais, 1960 sold to Hong Kong renamed Grosvenor Navigator. 7,053
Milton 1888 1910 scrapped. 2,679
Moliere 1915 1929 sold to Nelson Line. 7,206
Mozart 1881 1902 scrapped. 1,994
Murillo (1) 1915 1929 sold to Nelson Line. 7,206
Murillo (2) 1942 ex- Celtic Star, 1947 transferred from Blue Star Line renamed Murillo, 1952 sold to Italy renamed Bogliasco. 7,046
Murillo (3) 1944 ex- Tacoma Star, 1957 transferred from Blue Star Line renamed Murillo, 1959 laid up, 1961 scrapped. 7,201
Napier Star 1942 1950 transferred from Blue Star Line, 1953 transferred to Booth Line. 7,166
Naysmyth (1) 1880 1902 scrapped. 2,001
Naysmyth (2) 1919 ex- War Vision, 1919 purchased from The Shipping Controller renamed Naysmyth, 1938 scrapped after grounding damage in Canary Islands. 6,509
New Zealand Star 1935 1950 chartered from Blue Star Line, 1953 transferred to Booth Line. 10,746
Newton (1) 1864 1881 wrecked Madeira. 1,324
Newton (2) 1888 1910 scrapped. 2,540
Newton (3) 1919 ex- War Justice, 1919 purchased from The Shipping Controller renamed Newton, 1933 sold to Greece renamed Mount Orthrys. 6,509
Olbers 1870 1886 transferred to Belgian subsidiary, 1901 scrapped. 2,162
Pascal (1) 1869 1878 transferred to Belgian subsidiary, 1887 reverted to British flag, 1897 scrapped. 1,876
Pascal (2) 1913 1916 torpedoed and sunk off Channel Islands; loss of 2 lives. 5,587
Patagonia Star   see Columbia Star.  
Phidias (1) 1890 1911 sold to Brazil renamed Tupy. 2,822
Phidias (2) 1913 1941 torpedoed, shelled and sunk in Atlantic by U-Boat; loss of 8 lives. 5,623
Plato 1878 1892 propeller shaft broke and sank in Atlantic; no loss of life.  
Pliny 1878 1882 wrecked off New Jersey. 1,671
Plutarch 1913 1931 sold to Yugoslavia renamed Durmitor. 5,613
Ptolomy 1865 1896 scrapped. 1,115
Queensland Star 1957 1964 transferred from Blue Star Line, 1965 reverted to Blue Star Line. 9,920
Raeburn (1) 1900 1900 Boer War transport, 1914 chartered to French Government for 6 voyages, 1931 scrapped. 6,511
Raeburn (2) 1952 1958 chartered to Blue Star Line renamed Colorado Star, 1972 chartered to Austasia Line renamed Mahsuri, 1977 returned to owners renamed Roland (1), 1978 scrapped. 8,292
Raeburn (4) 1949 ex- Wanstead, 1964 chartered from Watts, Watts & Co, London renamed Raeburn, 1964 returned to owners renamed Wanliu. 9,096
Raeburn (5) 1957 ex- Canadian Star, 1972 chartered from Blue Star Line renamed Raeburn, 1975 purchased from Blue Star Line, 1979 sold to Cyprus renamed Braeburn. 6,291
Raphael (1) 1898 1899-1900 Boer War transport, 1930 scrapped. 4,699
Raphael (2) 1953 1976 sold to Cyprus renamed Pola Rika. 7,971
Rembrandt 1899 1900 Boer War transport, 1922 scrapped. 4,667
Renoir 1952 ex- Benedict, 1967 chartered from Booth Line renamed Renoir, 1971 sold to Panama renamed Diamond Star. 4,300
Rhodesia Star 1943 1949 chartered from Blue Star Line, 1959 returned to owners. 8,642
Rockhampton Star 1958 1964 transferred from Blue Star Line, 1965 reverted to Blue Star Line. 10,619
Roland (1) 1950 ex- Dunedin Star, 1968 transferred from Blue Star Line renamed Roland, 1975 sold to Cyprus renamed Jessica. 7,344
Roland (2)   see Raeburn (2)  
Romney (1) 1898 1900 Boer War transport, 1926 scrapped. 4,464
Romney (2) 1952 1978 scrapped. 8,237
Romney (3) 1979 ex- Ruddbank, 1983 purchased from Andrew Weir & Co. renamed Romney, 1986 sold to Hong Kong renamed Lairg. 12,214
Ronsard 1957 1980 sold to Panama renamed Obestein. 7,948
Roscoe   see Spenser (3)  
Rosse 1875 1887 transferred to Belgian subsidiary, 1898 sold to Brazil. 1,683
Rossetti (1) 1900 1929 scrapped. 6,508
Rossetti (2) 1956 1963 chartered to Booth Line renamed Boniface, 1967 reverted to Rossetti, 1970 chartered to Booth renamed Boniface, 1974 sold to Greece renamed Amaryllis. 4,538
Rossetti (3) 1950 ex- Woodford, 1963 chartered from Watts, Watts & Co, London renamed Rossetti, 1964 reverted owners as Woodford. 5,664
Rossetti (4) 1958 ex- Weybridge, 1964 chartered from Watts, Watts & Co, London renamed Rossetti, 1964 reverted to owners as Weybridge. 9,221
Rossini   see Siddons (3)  
Rubens (1) 1872 1900 became refrigerated store ship at Punta Arenas, 1909 hulked. 1,709
Rubens (2)   see Siddons (3)  
Rubens (3) 1951 ex- Dunstan, 1966 chartered from Booth Line renamed Rubens, 1973 sold to Greece renamed Irini K. 4,472
Saladin 1856 1865 purchased from West India & Pacific SS Co, Liverpool, 1872 sold to J. Martin, Liverpool. 510
Sallust (1) 1898 1924 scrapped. 3,628
Sallust (2) 1948 ex- Dunstan, 1951 transferred from Booth Line renamed Sallust, 1958 reverted to Booth Line renamed Dunstan. 2,993
Sallust (3) 1945 ex- Dunstan, 1958 transferred from Booth Line renamed Sallust, 1959 transferred to Austasia Line renamed Malacca. 3,844
Sargent 1945 ex- Jutahy, 1954 transferred from Booth Line renamed Sargent, 1962 sold to Greece renamed Pamit. 3,843
Scottish Star 1950 1964 transferred from Blue Star Line, 1967 trapped in Suez Canal by Arab-Israel War, 1970 abandoned to underwriters, 1975 towed to Port Said, sold to Greece, renamed Kavo Yerakas. 10,174
Sheridan (1) 1918 1947 sold to Alexandria Nav. Co., renamed Star of Cairo. 4,665
Sheridan (2) 1945 ex- Hickory Glen, 1947 purchased from MOWT renamed Sheridan, 1960 transferred to Austasia Line renamed Matupi. 3,843
Sheridan (3) 1961 Chartered from Booth Line, 1967 reverted to Booth Line renamed Cyril. 1,535
Siddons (1) 1886 1894 sold to Bellingall & Garroway, Glasgow. 2,846
Siddons (2) 1910 ex- Tremont, 1911 purchased from E. C. Thin & Co, Liverpool renamed Siddons, 1923 sold to R. J. Thomas, Cardiff renamed Cambrian Maid. 4,189
Siddons (3) 1952 1955 renamed Rubens, 1965 chartered to Booth Line renamed Bernard, 1967 returned to owners renamed Rossini, 1979 transferred to Booth Line renamed Bernard. 4,459
Siddons (4) 1959 1962 chartered to Booth Line renamed Veras, 1973 sold to Panama 1,282
Sirius 1869 1878 purchased from Rathbone & Co, Liverpool, 1899 scrapped. 2,175
Socrates 1913 1930 sold to Greece renamed P. Margaronis. 4,979
Spenser (1) 1885 1895 sold to T. Hogan & Sons, Liverpool renamed Manitou. 2,477
Spenser (2) 1910 ex- Tripoli, 1911 purchased from E. C. Thin & Co, Liverpool renamed Spenser, 1918 torpedoed and sunk off Tuskar Rock; no loss of life. 4,186
Spenser (3) 1935 ex- Star of el Nil, 1950 purchased from MOWT renamed Spenser, 1955 renamed Roscoe, 1962 scrapped. 6,334
Spenser (4) 1959 1961 sold to Panama Shipping Co, Panama, chartered to Booth Line renamed Valiente. 1,312
Spenser (5) 1961 Chartered from Booth Line, 1967 reverted to Booth Line renamed Cuthbert. 1,535
Stella 1880 tug based at Buenos Aires, 1894 sold Argentina. 106
Strabo (1) 1881 1905 scrapped. 1,965
Strabo (2) 1913 1932 sold to Greece renamed Pauline. 4,910
Swinburne 1917 1941 bombed off Ireland and sunk by escort ship. 4,659
Talisman 1860 1865 purchased from West India & Pacific SS Co, Liverpool, 1873 sank off Portugal. 738
Teniers   see City of Rio de Janeiro.  
Tennyson 1900 ex- Evangeline, 1902 purchased from Furness, Withy & Co renamed Tennyson, 1914 taken over by the Admiralty as convoy commodore ship, 1922 sold to Chile renamed Valparaiso. 3,901
Terence 1902 1917 captured and sunk by U-Boat in Atlantic. 4,309
Thales 1873 1891 sold to France renamed Jules Coudert. 1,488
Thespis 1901 1930 scrapped. 4,343
Timaru Star 1945 1950 transferred from Blue Star Line, 1958 renamed California Star, 1959 reverted to Blue Star Line. 7,930
Tintoretto 1902 1930 scrapped. 4,181
Titian 1902 1917 torpedoed and sunk by Austrian submarine off Malta. 4.170
Tycho Brahe 1867 1878 transferred to Belgian subsidiary, 1892 sold to Charles Wells, London renamed Palais Royale (Charles Wells is the man who broke the bank at Monte Carlo) 1,848
Ulster Star 1959 1964 transferred from Blue Star Line, 1965 reverted to Blue Star Line. 10,413
Vandyck (1) 1867 ex- Warrior, 1872 purchased from T & J. Harrison, Liverpool renamed Vandyck, 1892 hulked at Rio de Janeiro. 1,502
Vandyck (2) 1911 1914 captured and sunk off Brazil by German cruiser KARLSRUHE. 9,872
Vandyck (3) 1921 1939 converted to boarding vessel HMS Vandyck, then depot ship at Scapa Flow. 1940 bombed and sunk near Narvik during evacuation from Norway. 13,233
Vasari 1908 1919-1921 chartered to Cunard, 1928 sold to Hellyer Bros, Hull renamed Arctic Queen. 8,401
Vauban 1912 1913 chartered to Royal Mail Line renamed Alcala, 1913 reverted to Vauban, 1930 laid up, 1932 scrapped. 10,660
Velasquez 1906 1908 wrecked in fog near Santos; no loss of life. 7,452
Verdi (1) 1907 1917 torpedoed and sunk off Ireland.(6) 6,578
Verdi (2) 1954 ex- Hermes, 1955 purchased from Germany renamed Verdi, 1963 sold to Holland renamed Kilo. 571
Veronese 1906 1913 wrecked near Leixoes, Portugal; loss of 27 lives. 7,877
Vestris 1912 1928 sank in storm off Hampton Roads; loss of 112 lives. 10,494
Virgil (1) 1896 1924 scrapped. 3,338
Virgil (2) 1956 1956 chartered from Panama Shipping Co, Panama, 1963 sold to Holland renamed Metre. 404
Voltaire (1) 1907 1916 sunk in Atlantic by German raider MOEWE. 8,406
Voltaire (2) 1923 1939 converted to Armed Merchant Cruiser HMS Voltaire,.1941 sunk in battle with German raider THOR; loss of 75 lives. 13,248
Wordsworth 1882 ex- Capella, 1889 purchased from Rathbone Bros, Liverpool renamed Wordsworth, 1890 transferred to Belgian subsidiary, 1893 wrecked near Santos. 3,260
Zulu 1857 1858 sold to Port Louis, Mauritius owners.
189

Ships Managed by Lamport & Holt for the Ministry of War Transport (MOWT)

Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Batory 1935 1940 taken over by MOWT, managed by L & H as troopship, 1946 returned to Gdynia America Line. 14,287
Cockaponset 1919 1941 managed for MOWT, 1941 torpedoed and sunk in Atlantic. 5,995
Empire Bure 1922 ex- Elisabethville (Cie. Maritime Belge), 1947 purchased by M.O.D. renamed Empire Bure, managed by L & H as troopship, 1950 sold to Charlton SS Co., London renamed Charlton Star. 8,178
Empire Dynasty 1944 1944-1946 managed by L & H, 1946 sold to Eastern & Australian SS Co., renamed Eastern. 9,896
Empire Franklyn 1941 1942-1945 managed by L & H, 1945 sold to Andrew Weir & Co., renamed Hazelbank. 7,289
Empire Helford 1915 ex- Kosciusko (Gdynia America Line), 1940 renamed Gdynia for Polish Navy, then taken over by MOWT, managed by L & H, 1946 purchased by M.O.D. renamed Empire Helford as troopship, 1950 scrapped. 6,852
Empire Ibex 1918 ex- Edgefield, 1941 renamed Empire Ibex, 1943 sank after collision in Atlantic. 6,990
Empire Penryn 1912 ex- Pulaski (Gdynia America Line),1940 taken over by MOWT, managed by L & H, 1946 purchased by M.O.D renamed Empire Penryn as troopship, 1949 scrapped. 6,345
Empire Test 1922 ex- Thysville (Cie. Maritime Belge), 1947 purchased by M.O.D. renamed Empire Test, managed by L & H as troopship, 1952 scrapped. 8,300
Kinross 1935 1941 chartered by MOWT, managed by L & H, 1941 torpedoed and sunk in Atlantic. 4,965
Samana 1943 1943 managed for MOWT, 1947 returned to USA renamed William F. Vilas. 7,256
Samarovsk 1943 1943 managed for MOWT, 1947 returned to USA renamed Henry M. Robinson. 7,256
Samur 1943 1943 managed for MOWT, 1948 returned to USA. 7,256
Willimantic 1918 1940 managed for MOWT, 1942 sunk by U-Boat in Atlantic. 4,857

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