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MacAndrews & Co.

Formed 1917 as a successor to Robert MacAndrew & Co. which had been operating as shipowners since 1857, the new company was a member of the Royal Mail group. In 1923 Glynn Line Ltd of Liverpool was taken over, together with their two ships and in 1935 Andrew Weir & Co. acquired MacAndrews & Co. for their United Baltic Corporation. MacAndrews joined Yeoward Line to operate a fruit service from the Canary Islands in 1938 and in the same year a passenger / cargo service started between London and Gibraltar, Malaga, Cadiz and Seville. Nine of the company ships were requisitioned by the Admiralty on the outbreak of war as anti-aircraft and convoy rescue ships and ten ships were lost to enemy action. Express services to Gibraltar and Barcelona resumed in 1947 and in 1967 a Southampton - Bilbao ferry service was inaugurated but their last ships were sold in 1979 and the Iberian trade was then carried in chartered ships.

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:
    • U.K. Dublin and Le Havre to Lisbon, Gibraltar, Cadiz, Bilbao and Spanish Mediterranean ports.

Funnel:
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Fleet:

Funnel
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Almagro 1920 1922 sold to Pacific Steam Nav. Co. 2,464
Alvarado 1920 ex- War Raisin, 1920 purchased from Shipping Controller renamed Alvarado, 1922 sold to Pacific Steam Nav. Co. 2,464
Arana 1920 1922 sold to Pacific Steam Nav. Co. 2,464
Balboa 1913 ex- Linmere, 1923 purchased from Bromport SS Co., Liverpool renamed Balboa, 1928 sold to Azores renamed Goncalo Velho. 1,579
Bazan 1910 ex- Oakmere, 1923 purchased from Bromport SS Co., Liverpool renamed Bazan, 1936 sold to Westcliff Shipping Co. renamed Thorpehall, 1938 bombed and sunk off Valencia. 1,911
Boscan 1915 ex- Flaxmere, 1923 purchased from Bromport SS Co., Liverpool renamed Boscan, 1928 sold to Azores renamed Angra, 1934 deleted from registers. 1,524
Calderon 1919 1939 requisitioned as store ship, 2nd May 1942 bombed and sunk in Mediterranean. 1,390
Campeador 1894 completed for Cia Maritima, Barcelona (Robert MacAndrew subsidiary), 1898 transferred to British registry, 1917 transferred to MacAndrews & Co., 1932 scrapped. 1,320
Cano 1911 ex- Melilla, 1921 war reparations from Oldenburg Portuguese Line renamed Cano, 1936 sold to Hellenic Lines, Piraeus renamed Hollandia. 1,759
Carpio 1921 1954 scrapped Rainham. 1,847
Castelar 1914 ex- Orotava, 1921 war reparations from Oldenburg Portuguese Line renamed Castelar, 1936 sold to Thamesside Shipping Co. renamed Marvia. 1,989
Cervantes (1) 1919 27th Sep.1941 torpedoed and sunk off Ushant ; loss of 8 lives. 1,810
Cervantes (2) 1968 1977 transferred to United Baltic Corp. 1,593
Churruca (1) 1921 1941 bombed and sunk at Alexandria, raised and repaired, 1954 scrapped on Tyne. 1,847
Churruca (2) 1968 1977 transferred to United Baltic Corp. 1,577
Cid 1922 1954 sold to Cia Linea Roja, Monrovia renamed Filtric II. 1,847
Ciscar 1919 19th Aug.1941 torpedoed and sunk off Ushant ; loss of 20 lives. 1,809
Cisneros 1926 1951 sold to Merchant S.N.Co., Bombay renamed Sagar Laxmi. 1,886
Colon 1919 1954 scrapped Glasgow. 1,803
Cortes 1919 26th Sep.1941 torpedoed and sunk off Ushant ; loss of 31 lives. 1,390
Florentino 1921 1923 taken over with Glynn Line, Liverpool, 1940 sold to Government and sunk as blockship at Zeebrugge. 1,822
Goya 1976 launched as Stena Trader, 1977 completed as Goya, 1979 sold to Federal Commerce & Nav., Cayman Islands renamed Federal Nova. 3,779
Larne 1894 ex- Aldenham, 1916 purchased by Royal Mail S.P. Co. renamed Larne, 1918 transferred to MacAndrews & Co., 1923 scrapped. 3,808
Pacheco (1) 1927 1958 sold to M. A. Bakhashab, Jeddah renamed Abqaiq. 1,346
Pacheco (2) 1961 1972 sold to Yugoslavia renamed Srakane. 1,242
Pacheco (3) 1986 chartered out on completion to various companies and with many renamings, 1992 sold to Schoning Gmbh, Harem renamed Lirena. 3,790
Palacio (1) 1927 1958 sold to M. A. Bakhashab, Jeddah renamed Damman. 1,346
Palacio (2) 1961 1977 sold to Armella Shipping S.A, Cyprus renamed Barakat. 1,096
Palacio (3) 1985 chartered out on completion to various companies and with many renamings. 1997 sold to Baltimar Ltd, Nassau renamed Baltimar Okeanos. 3,790
Palomares (1) 1928 1941 converted to anti-aircraft vessel, 1946 returned to owners, 1959 sold to O. Svendsen, Copenhagen renamed Mary Sven. 1,896
Palomares (2) 1963 1973 sold to Yugoslavia renamed Susak. 1,196
Pelayo (1) 1927 14th Jun.1942 torpedoed and sunk west of Finisterre on voyage Gibraltar - Swansea ; loss of 16 lives. 1,346
Pelayo (2) 1947 1960 sold to Atlantide spA, Cagliari after stranding damage and renamed Annalisa. 2,589
Pelayo (3) 1963 1971 sold to Companion Carriers Ltd, Monrovia renamed Bonaport. 1,196
Pinto (1) 1928 1940 convoy rescue ship, 8th Sep.1944 torpedoed and sunk off Hebrides while picking up survivors ; loss of 13 lives. 1,346
Pinto (2) 1947 1965 sold to General Maritime Enterprises Corp, Greece renamed Panaghia P. 2,576
Pinzon 1922 1951 sold to A. Johansson, Mariehamn renamed Havny. 1,365
Pizarro 1923 31st Jan.1941 torpedoed and sunk west of Scilly Islands on voyage London - Seville ; loss of 28 lives 1,367
Ponzano (1) 1928 13th Nov.1939 mined and sunk off Margate. 1,346
Ponzano (2) 1948 ex- Svensksund, 1954 purchased from Stockholm Rederi AB, Stockholm renamed Ponzano, 1960 transferred to United Baltic Corp, renamed Baltic Spray. 1,305
Pozarica (1) 1938 1941 converted to anti-aircraft vessel, 13th Dec.1943 capsized in Bougie after torpedo damage, 1951 salvaged and scrapped. 1,893
Pozarica (2) 1949 1941 laid down as Hermes for KNSM, Holland but not completed, 1949 completed in Germany as Empire Dove for M.O.T, London and managed by MacAndrews, 1949 purchased by MacAndrews, 1953 renamed Pozarica, 1964 sold to Soc. Anon Letasa, Spain renamed Blue Fin. 2,503
Ravens Point 1918 1923 taken over with Glynn Line, Liverpool, 1956 sold to Thomas Leitch Ltd renamed Elespoint. 1,787
Valdes 1955 1968 sold to Ocean Shipping & Enterprises, Monrovia renamed Ocean Cheer. 2,200
Valdiva 1955 1966 sold to Yugoslavia renamed Osor. 1,216
Vargas 1959 1971 sold to Yugoslavia renamed Tiha. 2,052
Velarde 1957 1969 chartered to Prince Line renamed Sailor Prince, 1970 sold to Panama renamed Zenit. 2,055
Velazquez 1954 1968 sold to Ocean Shipping & Enterprises, Monrovia renamed Ocean Trust. 2,196
Verdaguer 1958 1971 sold to Yugoslavia renamed Ursa. 2,049
Villegas 1955 1970 sold to Eurocyprian Nav. Co., Cyprus renamed Aghios Lazaros. 1,216
Vives 1955 1970 sold to F. M. Visentini, Italy renamed Nives. 1,216

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