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William Milburn & Co. / Milburn Line

William Milburn became part owner of a ship in 1849 employed in the coal trade from Blyth and Newbiggin to other British ports and by 1852 operated his own ships. By 1856 he was trading to the Far East and in 1857 founded the firm of Watts, Milburn & Co with Edmund Watts. The partnership split in 1879 and in 1880 Wm. Milburn & Co was founded and traded to China and Australia. The Anglo-Australasian Steam Navigation Co. was formed in 1883 to operate direct UK - Australia services via Antwerp. Antwerp became a regular passenger embarkation port for the continental trade and the company advertised themselves there as the Australasian S.N.Co. The name of the line was changed in 1890 to The Milburn Line and in 1912 an agreement was entered into with the Government of Victoria for the carriage of emigrants in partnership with Royden's Indra Line. In 1914 nine ships were contributed to the newly formed Commonwealth & Dominion Line (Port Line). The company went back into shipowning in 1927 with the BENWELL TOWER and later the FOWBERRY TOWER, but these had no connection with the Port Line.

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.

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Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Steam Ships
Angerton 1884 1895 stranded and abandoned, salvaged and sold to Northumbrian Shipping Corp, Newcastle. 2,794
Ascalon 1882 1887 wrecked Ceylon; no loss of life 2,351
Chollerton 1883 1895 sold to Everilda Co, Glasgow (Maclay & MacIntyre) 2,565
Conniston 1880 1884 went missing in Atlantic; loss of 24 lives. 2,258
Haverton 1883 1894 wrecked at St.Croix in River St.Lawrence. 2,531
Normanton 1882 1886 wrecked Japan. 2,367
Port Adelaide (1) 1884 1888 chartered to Canadian Pacific for one trans-Pacific voyage, 1898 sold to Austria-Hungary renamed Sofia Brailli. 2,751
Port Albany (1) 1914 1914 transferred to Commonwealth & Dominion Line (Port Line). 5,714
Port Albert (1) 1891 1894 sold to Japan renamed Kagoshima Maru. 4,370
Port Albert (2) 1897 1906 sold to M. Wallenberg, Stockholm renamed Delagoa. 3,514
Port Augusta (1) 1886 1891 sold to Russian S.N.Co, Odessa renamed Czaritza. 2,883
Port Augusta (2) 1906 1914 transferred to Commonwealth & Dominion Line (Port Line). 4,063
Port Caroline (1) 1889 1893 sold to Jover y Costas, Barcelona renamed J. Jover Serra. 3,528
Port Caroline (2) 1905 1914 sold to Italy renamed Loredano. 4,076
Port Chalmers (1) 1891 1896 sold to Federal S.N.Co (same name) [this ship lasted until 1956 ending up under the Mexican flag] 4,154
Port Chalmers (2) 1905 1914 seized by Germany, insurers became owners. 4,077
Port Curtis (1) 1910 1914 transferred to Commonwealth & Dominion Line (Port Line). 4,710
Port Darwin (1) 1884 1892 sold to Coote & Ridley, London. 2,517
Port Denison (1) 1887 1892 sold to Jover y Costas, Barcelona renamed Miguel Jover. 3,506
Port Denison (2) 1896 1907 sold to Bede S.S.Co., Newcastle renamed Bedeburn. 3,435
Port Douglas 1891 1892 wrecked on Cape Verde Islands. 4,285
Port Elliot (1) 1894 1906 sold to Cie.Royale Belgo-Argentina, Antwerp renamed Republica Argentina. 3,556
Port Fairy 1887 1892 sold to J. H. Andressen, Oporto renamed Dona Maria. 2,581
Port Hunter (1) 1892 1894 sold to Japan renamed Riojun Maru. 4,794
Port Hunter (2) 1895 1897 sold to Gordon S.S.Co., London renamed Dargai. 3,552
Port Hunter (3) 1906 1914 transferred to Commonwealth & Dominion Line (Port Line). 4,062
Port Jackson (1) 1883 1891 sold to A. Mancini, Genoa renamed Agordat. 2,644
Port Jackson (2) 1904 sold to British India S.N.Co while fitting out renamed Waipara (1) 5,505
Port Kembla (1) 1910 1914 transferred to Commonwealth & Dominion Line (Port Line). 4,700
Port Lincoln (1) 1912 1914 transferred to Commonwealth & Dominion Line (Port Line). 7,243
Port Macquarie (1) 1912 1914 transferred to Commonwealth & Dominion Line (Port Line). 7,236
Port Melbourne (1) 1892 1899 on charter to the National Line, London and went missing in the Atlantic; loss of 52 lives. 4,670
Port Phillip (1) 1883 1896 sold to Blyth S.S.Co., London renamed Blyth. 2,671
Port Phillip (2) 1897 1900 sold to Buenos Aires Southern Railway Co, London renamed Solar. 3,103
Port Phillip (3) 1906 1914 transferred to Commonwealth & Dominion Line (Port Line). 4,060
Port Pirie (1) 1886 1897 sold to Prince Line renamed Spanish Prince. 3,109
Port Pirie (2) 1907 1914 transferred to Commonwealth & Dominion Line (Port Line). 4,068
Port Stephens (1) 1894 1906 flooded and sank between Oamaru and Newcastle, NSW after tail shaft snapped. 3,554
Port Victor (1) 1885 1898 sold to US Government as supply ship for Spanish American war. 2,793
Port Victoria 1897 1908 sold to P. Regier, Mariupol renamed Belorussia. 3,378
Teddington 1880 1887 wrecked near Aden. 2,017
Tiverton 1883 1895 sold to Glasgow Navigation Co., Glasgow (Maclay & MacIntyre) 2,581
Woodhorn 1894 1912 sold to Norway renamed Tento. 1,283

For later ships with the same names or subsequent careers of transferred ships, see Commonwealth & Dominion Line (Port Line).

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