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Manchester Liners Ltd.

Formed in 1897 after the opening of the Manchester Ship Canal in 1894 and as a partner to Furness Withy & Co. Sailings were mainly to Canada particularly for the cattle trade, but Galveston and New Orleans sailings were also made for the cotton trade to the Lancashire mills. In 1901 a joint service with R. W. Leyland & Co to Philadelphia was inaugurated and in 1906 a service to the River Plate commenced, but these were not a success and regular sailings ceased. Services to the Great Lakes started in 1952 and in 1970 Manchester Lines became a subsidiary of Furness Withy & Co. The parent company was taken over by C. Y. Tung, Hong Kong in 1980 and Manchester Liners ceased trading as a seperate entity in 1988. Although mainly a cargo company, many ships had accommodation for a limited number of passengers.

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:
Red with black band and black top.

Fleet:

Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Belwoods Park 1943 managed for Ministry of War Transport, 1946 returned to Canadian Gov't. 7,149
Frontier 1972 1972 chartered from Condron's, Manchester, 1975 purchased by Manchester.Liners, 1979 sold to Greece renamed Box Trader. 3,621
Manchester Brigade 1918 1940 torpedoed and sunk in Atlantic; loss of 58 lives. 6,021
Manchester Challenge (1) 1968 1979 sold to Panama renamed Ocean Container. 11,898
Manchester Challenge (2) 1970 ex- Dart America, 1981 renamed Manchester Challenge, 1988 Manchester Liners ceased trading, transferred to Orient Overseas Container Line renamed Oocl Challenge. 31,030
Manchester Citizen (1) 1912 1917 torpedoed and sunk in Atlantic; loss of 1 life. 4,251
Manchester Citizen (2) 1925 1943 torpedoed and sunk off West Africa; loss of 15 lives. 5,328
Manchester City (1) 1898 from 1908 chartered to Houston Line, 1929 scrapped. 7,698
Manchester City (2) 1937 1939-1945 requisitioned as minelayer, 1964 scrapped Faslane. 5,600
Manchester City (3) 1964 1971 sold to South Korea renamed Korean Winner. 8,734
Manchester City (4) 1978 ex- City of Lisbon, 1985 chartered from J. Luhrs, Hamburg renamed Manchester City, 1986 off charter, renamed Polaris. 3,984
Manchester Civilian 1913 1933 sold to S. G. Razis, Argostoli renamed Tasis. 4,706
Manchester Clipper 1980 ex- Clipper, 1980 chartered from H. Winter, Hamburg renamed Manchester Clipper, 1991 reverted to Clipper. 1,595
Manchester Commerce (1) 1899 1914 mined and sunk off Ireland; loss of 14 lives. 5,363
Manchester Commerce (2) 1906 ex- King, 1916 purchased from State S.S.Co., Liverpool renamed Manchester Commerce, 1917 torpedoed and sunk by U-Boat in Straits of Gibraltar. 4,144
Manchester Commerce (3) 1925 1952 sold to Camel Lines, London renamed Corbita. 5,328
Manchester Commerce (4) 1963 1971 sold to Hong Kong owners renamed Ber Sea. 8,724
Manchester Concept   see Manchester Progress (2)  
Manchester Concorde 1969 1982 sold to Panama renamed Char Lian. 11,898
Manchester Corporation 1899 1929 scrapped Barrow. 5,400
Manchester Courage 1968 1979 sold to Liberia renamed Pacific Container. 11,898
Manchester Crown 1979 ex- Crown Prince, 1983 transferred from Prince Line renamed Manchester Crown, 1985 sold to Liberia renamed Thai Amber. 1,599
Manchester Crusade 1971 1982 sold to Panama renamed Char Che. 11,898
Manchester Division 1918 1953 scrapped Briton Ferry. 6,024
Manchester Eagle 1972 ex- Atlantic Eagle, 1981 chartered from Senator, Singapore renamed Manchester Eagle, 1982 off charter renamed Eagle. 2,732
Manchester Engineer (1) 1902 1916 torpedoed and sunk in St.George's Channel. 4,302
Manchester Engineer (2) 1905 ex- Nation, 1917 purchased from Treasury S.S.Co., Liverpool, renamed Manchester Engineer, 1917 torpedoed and sunk off Flamborough Head. 4,415
Manchester Engineer (3) 1952 ex- Cairngowan, 1965 chartered from Cairn Line renamed Manchester Engineer, 1966 reverted to Cairngowan. 8,275
Manchester Enterprise 1889 ex- Queensmore 1898 purchased from Elder Dempster & Co renamed Manchester Enterprise, 1899 sank in North Atlantic. 3,878
Manchester Exchange 1901 1925 sold to Finland-America Line renamed Equator. 4,091
Manchester Explorer 1952 Great Lakes service, 1963 sold to Crosbie Shipping Co., St.John's, NF renamed C. A. Crosbie. 1,805
Manchester Exporter (1) 1918 ex- Rexmore, 1929 transferred from Johnston Line renamed Manchester Exporter, 1947 sold to Wallem & Co, Hong Kong renamed Nicaragua. 5,277
Manchester Exporter (2) 1952 ex- Cairndhu, 1965 transferred from Cairn Line renamed Manchester Exporter, 1970 sold to Greece renamed Gemini Exporter. 8,275
Manchester Faith (1) 1959 Great Lakes service, 1965 chartered to Cairn Line renamed Cairnesk, 1966 reverted to Manchester Faith, 1969 sold to Panama renamed Ilkon Tak. 4,459
Manchester Faith (2) 1974 ex- Francop, 1976 chartered from Bartels, Hamburg renamed Manchester Faith, 1977 reverted to Francop, 1978 renamed Manchester Faith, 1983 reverted to Francop. 1,421
Manchester Faith (3) 1971 ex- Nahost Kurier, 1985 chartered from H. Bastian, Panama renamed Manchester Faith, 1985 off charter renamed Pinguin. 1,599
Manchester Falcon 1975 ex- Lappland, 1975 chartered from C. Speck, Rendsberg renamed Manchester Falcon, 1976 reverted to owner and original name. 998
Manchester Fame 1959 Great Lakes service, 1965 chartered to Cairn Line renamed Cairnglen, 1966 reverted to Manchester Fame, 1970 sold to Liberia renamed Ilkon Niki. 4,459
Manchester Freighter 1958 ex- Cairnforth, 1965 chartered from Cairn Line renamed Manchester Freighter, 1969 chartered to Royal Mail Lines renamed Lombardy. 8,105
Manchester Fulmar (1) 1974 ex- Fulmar, 1975 chartered from Maritima Astur, Gijon renamed Manchester Fulmar, 1977 reverted to Fulmar. 2,524
Manchester Fulmar (2) 1979 ex- City of Ipswich, 1981 chartered from Ellerman Lines renamed Manchester Fulmar, 1983 reverted to original name. 1,559
Manchester Hero 1916 1937 sold to South American Saint Line renamed St. Winifred. 5,779
Manchester Importer 1899 1927 sold to N. Negroponte, Syra renamed Alexandra. 4,028
Manchester Inventor (1) 1902 1917 captured and sunk by U-Boat off Fastnet. 4,247
Manchester Inventor (2) 1907 ex- Celtic King, 1917 purchased from Celtic Shipping Co., Liverpool renamed Manchester Inventor, 1917 captured and sunk by U-Boat. 4,102
Manchester Mariner (1) 1904 1925 sold to Finland-America Line renamed Mercator. 4,106
Manchester Mariner (2) 1955 1968 sold to Greece renamed Ira. 7,850
Manchester Market 1901 1903 wrecked near Tuskar Rock. 4,091
Manchester Merchant (1) 1900 1903 cotton cargo caught fire, burnt out in Dingle Bay, Ireland, scrapped. 5,657
Manchester Merchant (2) 1904 1934 scrapped Italy. 4,152
Manchester Merchant (3) 1940 1943 torpedoed and sunk in Atlantic; loss of 36 lives. 7,264
Manchester Merchant (4) 1951 1967 sold to Liberia renamed Clio. 7,651
Manchester Mercurio 1971 chartered from Naviera Santa Catalina, Gijon. 1980 returned to Spain renamed Folita. 1,997
Manchester Merit 1970 Mediterranean service, 1972 renamed Fortuna, 1975 sold to Liberia renamed Kathleen. 3,414
Manchester Miller (1) 1903 1905 chartered to Watts, Watts & Co., renamed Fulham, 1907 returned and reverted to Manchester Miller, 1917 torpedoed and sunk off Fastnet; loss of 8 lives. 4,234
Manchester Miller (2) 1959 1968 caught fire and sank at New York. 1970 rebuilt as Manchester Quest, 1976 scrapped Taiwan. 9,297
Manchester Pioneer 1952 Great Lakes service, 1963 sold to Greece renamed Cyprian Med. 1,805
Manchester Port (1) 1899 1908 chartered to Houston Line, 1911 sold to Houston Line renamed Hydaspes. 5,658
Manchester Port (2) 1904 1925 sold to H. Vogemann, Hamburg renamed Vogesen. 4,093
Manchester Port (3) 1935 1965 scrapped Bilbao. 5,469
Manchester Port (4) 1966 1971 sold to Yugoslavia renamed Biokovo. 8,168
Manchester Prince 1981 ex- Njord, 1985 chartered from F. Beutelrock, Limassol renamed Manchester Prince, 1989 reverted to Njord. 1,599
Manchester Producer 1916 ex- Start Point, 1921 transferred from Furness Withy & Co., renamed Manchester Producer, 1939 purchased by Board of Trade renamed Botwey. 5,106
Manchester Progress (1) 1938 1966 scrapped Split. 5,620
Manchester Progress (2) 1967 1972 converted to container ship renamed Manchester Concept, 1980 sold to Hong Kong renamed Cherry Bunga. 8,176
Manchester Prospector 1948 ex-Vigor, 1953 purchased from S. Ugelstad, Oslo, renamed Manchester Prospector, Great Lakes service. 1960 sold to Greece renamed Georgios. 1,400
Manchester Quest   see Manchester Miller (2)  
Manchester Rapido 1971 chartered from Equimar Maritima, Bilbao. 1977 returned to Spain renamed Esther Del Mar. 1,997
Manchester Regiment (1) 1922 1939 sank after colliding with Oropesa in convoy off Cape Race. 7,930
Manchester Regiment (2) 1946 1969 sold to Panama renamed Azure Coast II. 7,638
Manchester Renown (1) 1964 1971 sold to South Korea renamed Korean Challenger. 8,742
Manchester Renown (2) 1974 1974 chartered to Australian Asian Express Line renamed Asian Renown, 1978 reverted to Manchester Renown, 1982 sold to Indonesia renamed Ratih. 12,577
Manchester Reward 1974 1974 chartered to Australian Asian Express Line renamed Asian Reward, 1978 reverted to Manchester Reward, 1979 chartered to Seatrain Lines renamed Seatrain Norfolk, then TFL Reward, 1980 reverted to Manchester Reward. 1982 sold to Indonesia renamed R.R.Ratna. 12,577
Manchester Shipper (1) 1900 1930 scrapped Briton Ferry. 4,038
Manchester Shipper (2) 1943 1969 scrapped Trieste. 7,636
Manchester Shipper (3) 1973 ex- Peter Theilgaard, 1974 chartered from Petersen, Copenhagen renamed Manchester Shipper, 1975 returned to owners and original name. 500
Manchester Spinner (1) 1903 1918 torpedoed and sunk near Malta. 4,227
Manchester Spinner (2) 1918 ex- Grampian Range, 1924 transferred from Furness Withy & Co. (Neptune) renamed Manchester Spinner, 1944 scuttled off Normandy as Mulberry Harbour blockship. 4,767
Manchester Spinner (3) 1952 1968 sold to Greece renamed Estia. 7,815
Manchester Trader (1) 1890 ex- Parkmore 1898 purchased from Elder Dempster, renamed Manchester Trader, 1913 sold to Norway renamed Ferdinand Melsom. 3,318
Manchester Trader (2) 1902 ex- Auchenblae, 1916 purchased from Auchen S.S.Co., Glasgow renamed Manchester Trader, 1917 captured by U-Boat in Mediterranean. 3,938
Manchester Trader (3) 1941 1963 scrapped Split. 5,671
Manchester Trader (4) 1955 ex- Western Prince, 1963 chartered from Prince Line renamed Manchester Trader, 1969 reverted to original name. 7,917
Manchester Trader (5) 1952 ex- Werratal, 1968 chartered from J. A. Reinecke, Hamburg renamed Manchester Trader, 1973 to Panama renamed Union Kings. 2,479
Manchester Trader (6) 1972 ex- Jeanette Helleskov, 1973 chartered from Petersen, Copenhagen renamed Manchester Trader, 1975 returned to owners and original name. 500
Manchester Trader (7) 1976 ex- Kaethe Johanna, 1978 chartered from Hamburg owners renamed Manchester Trader, 1978 reverted to original name. 1,596
Manchester Trader (8) 1977 ex- Lamara, 1984 chartered from Meteor, Singapore renamed Manchester Trader, 1984 off charter renamed Lamara. 1,999
Manchester Trader (9) 1980 ex- Karyatein, 1989 chartered from Karyatein, Hamburg, renamed Manchester Trader, 1991 renamed Altona. 3,348
Manchester Trader (10) 1980 ex- Kormoran, 1985 chartered from Hamburg owners renamed Manchester Trader, 1989 off charter renamed Fair Cosmos. 4,146
Manchester Vanguard (1) 1956 Great Lakes service, 1963 sold to General Steam Navigation Co., London renamed Sheldrake. 1,662
Manchester Vanguard (2) 1977 1977 chartered to Seatrain Lines renamed Seatrain Trenton, 1979 reverted to Manchester Vanguard, 1979 chartered to Taiwan renamed Keelung, 1980 reverted to Manchester Vanguard, 1980 renamed Oriental Vanguard, 1981 reverted to Manchester Vanguard, 1982 transferred to Golden Cross Line renamed Ibn Majid. 16,544
Manchester Venture (1) 1956 Great Lakes service, 1961 sold to General Steam Navigation Co., London renamed Philomel. 1,662
Manchester Venture (2) 1977 1977 chartered to Seatrain Lines renamed Seatrain Bennington, 1978 reverted to Manchester Venture, 1979 chartered to Golden Star Line renamed Marseille, 1980 reverted to Manchester Venture, 1980 transferred to Kalten Shipping Co., Hong Kong renamed Oriental Venture. 16,544
Manchester Vigour 1973 1975 chartered to Cargo Lines, renamed Cargo Vigour, 1976 reverted to Manchester Vigour, 1980 sold to France renamed Ville d'Orient. 5,310
Manchester Zeal 1973 1975 chartered to Cargo Lines renamed Cargo Zeal, 1976 reverted to Manchester Zeal, 1981 sold to Singapore renamed Sea Hawk. 5,310
Riverdale Park 1943 managed for Ministry of War Transport, 1946 returned to Canadian Gov't . 7,149
Westmount Park 1943 managed for Ministry of War Transport, 1946 returned to Canadian Gov't. 7,149

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