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Bombay and Persia Steam Navigation Company / Mogul Line Ltd.

The Bombay and Persia Steam Navigation Co. was founded in 1877 and was long managed by Turner Morrison & Co. Ltd, Bombay and was participating in the Pilgrim trade from the very early days.
In 1939 the Bombay and Persia Steam Navigation Co. was renamed as the Mogul Line. In 1960 the Mogul Line became entirely Indian owned and was in 1963 taken over by the Shipping Corporation of India.

Many thanks to Henk Jungerius and 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:
    • Bombay-Karachi-Calcutta-Red Sea-Persian Gulf
    • Calcutta-Japan
    • Bombay / Karachi-Jeddah (Pilgrims)

Funnels & Flags:

Fleet:

Funnel Flag Funnel Flag
. Bombay & Persia S.N. Co. Mogul Line
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Ahmadi 1888 ex- Endeavour, 1901 purchased from MacIntyre Bros, Newcastle renamed Ahmadi, 1909 wrecked Mombasa. 2,519
Akbar (1) 1898 built by Napier & Sons, Glasgow | ex- Moravian, 1914 purchased from G. Thompson & Co., Aberdeen (Aberdeen Line) renamed Akbar, 1923 scrapped at Genoa. 4,573
Akbar (2) 1921 built by Lithgows Ltd., Port Glasgow | 1953 scrapped at Tsurumi. 4,043
Alavi (1) 1893 built by Tyne Iron Shipbuilding Co Ltd., Newcastle | 13th October 1917 intercepted by a German submarine six miles N.E. of Cape Palos, near Cartagena and sank by gunfire with the loss of 13 lives. 3,627
Alavi (2) 1924 built by Lithgows Ltd., Port Glasgow | 1958 scrapped at Bombay. 3,566
Aviemoor   see Naderi (2)  
Bahrein 1895 built by Hall, Russell & Co., Aberdeen | ex- Inchanga built for Aberdeen Clipper Line of Packets (J.T. Rennie & Sons)1911 sold to Arab Steamers, Bombay renamed Bahrein, 1922 sold to the Bombay & Persia Steam Nav. Co. (The Mogul Line), Bombay not renamed, 1923 sold, 1926 laid up, 1927 sold to Egypt, 1933 scrapped at Alexandria. 2,197
Firoozi 1894 ex- Carlton. 1905 purchased from Chapman & Son, Newcastle renamed Firoozi, 1923 scrapped. 3,085
Haidari 1888 ex- Drumfell, 1899 purchased from Gillison & Chadwick, Liverpool renamed Haidari, 1911 scrapped. 2,448
Homayun 1895 built by Raylton,Dixon & Co., Middlesborough | ex- Leopoldville built for Cie Belge Maritime du Congo, Antwerp (CMB), 1896 Biafra, African SS Co. (Elder, Dempster & Co.), Liverpool, 1910 purchased, renamed Homayun, 1923 scrapped. 2,500
Hoseinee 1890 1914 scrapped. 1,601
Islami (1) 1887 built by Raylton,Dixon & Co., Middlesborough | ex- Gulf of Trinidad, 1905 purchased from Greenock S.S. Co. Ltd, Greenock renamed Islami, 1917 sold renamed Patriot, 1927 sold renamed Ye Ken, 1930 scrapped in China. 2,362
Islami (2) 1934 built by Lithgows Ltd., Port Glasgow | 1963 Mogul Line taken over by the Shipping Corporation of India, 1967 scrapped at Kaohsiung. 5,879
Jana Priya 1975 built by Stocznia im Komuny Paryskiej, Gdynia | bulkcarrier, 1987 scrapped in India. n/a
Jana Vijay 1966 built by Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co., Glasgow | ex- Duhallow, bulkcarrier, 1971 transferred from Charter Shipping Ltd to P&O not renamed, 1974 sold to Mogul Line, Bombay renamed Jana Vijay, 1985 scrapped. 25,368
Jehangir (1) 1890 built by W. Denny & Bros., Dumbarton | ex- Jelunga built for British India Associated Steamers (BIAS), 1893 chartered to Spain renamed, Leon XIII, 1894 reverted to BIAS and previous name, 1896 chartered to Spain renamed Santiago, 1896 reverted to BIAS and previous name, 1903 transferred to British India Steam Nav. Co., 1908 sold to Robertson, Shankland & Co. not renamed, 1909 re-possessed by BI, 1914 sold to Bombay & Persia SN Co., renamed Jehangir, 1917 sold to Hong Kong same name, 1920 renamed Wing Shing, 1923 driven ashore by Typhoon and lost. 5,186
Jehangir (2) 1924 built by Lithgows Ltd., Port Glasgow | 1958 scrapped at Bombay. 3,566
Kaisari 1886 ex- Federation, 1899 purchased from Angier SS Co., London renamed Kaisari, 1900 wrecked at Reunion. 2,494
Khosrou (1) 1897 built by Raylton,Dixon & Co., Middlesborough | ex- Leopoldville built for Cie Belge Maritime du Congo, Antwerp (CMB), 1901 sold to African SS Co. (Elder, Dempster & Co.). Liverpool renamed Sekondi, 1910 purchased, renamed Khosrou, 1922 sold to Japan renamed Akashi Maru, 1928 sold same name, 1933 scrapped. 3,760
Khosrou (2) 1924 built by Lithgows Ltd., Port Glasgow | 1953 scrapped at Osaka. 4,043
Lok Prabha 1966 built by Sanoyasu, Osaka | ex- Banasol, 1971 purchased by Jardine Matheson & Co. from Bana Nav. Co., Liberia renamed Eastern Glory, 1974 sold to Mogul Line Ltd, Bombay renamed Lok Prabha, 27th December 1976 broke in two after collision. 9,317
Majidi 1882 built by Napier, Shanks and Bell, Glasgow | ex- Clan Graham, 1905 purchased from Clan Line Steamers renamed Majidi, 1912 sold to Comm. Tomaso Astarita, Italy, and renamed Maria Vittoria, 1913 renamed Maria Delle Vittorie, 1915 sold to British Admiralty for use as blockship, 1916 Scrapped at Naples. 2,926
Mecca 1871 built by Iliff, Mounsey Co., Newcastle | 1871 sold to Lloyd Italiano Soc. di Nav., Genoa renamed Livorno, 1877 sold to Raffaele Rubattino renamed Bengala, 1881 transferred to Navigazione Generale Italiana (NGI), 1889 wrecked Cape Rizzuto, Italy. 1,567
Mohammedi 1947 built by Lithgows Ltd., Port Glasgow | 1950 renamed Ocean Triumph, 1950 renamed Mohammedi, 1963 Mogul Line taken over by the Shipping Corporation of India, 1978 scrapped at Bombay. 7,026
Monsoon 1884 built by D.& W. Henderson & Co., Glasgow | ex- Ningchow, 1899 purchased from China Mutual Steam Navigation Co. renamed Monsoori, 1909 scrapped at Genoa. 2,708
Moshtari 1883 built by Wigham Richardson and Co., Newcastle | ex- Gorji built for Persian Gulf Steam Ship Co. Ltd., London. 1888 H. Jones, London, 1891 Persian Gulf SS Co., 1895 purchased renamed Moshtari, 1914 sold to Abe Shokei, Dairen, Japan, and renamed Fukuju Maru 1916 sold to Murao Kisen Goshi Kaisha, Amagasaki, Japan, name unchanged. 3rd March 1930 wrecked near Shiriyasaki on passage Ofunato to Muroran. 1,710
Mozaffari (1) 1882 built by Schlesinger Davis, Wallsend | ex- Ville de Ceare, built for Soc. Postale Francaise de l’Atlantique, Havre, 1883 sold to Chargeurs Reunis, Havre, 1896 purchased renamed Mozaffari, 19th January 1910 wrecked Mozambique. 2,255
Mozaffari (2) 1948 built by Lithgows Ltd., Port Glasgow | 1950 renamed Ocean Victory, 1950 renamed Mozaffari, 1963 Mogul Line taken over by the Shipping Corporation of India, 1977 scrapped at Bombay. 7,024
Naderi (1) 1891 1914 sold to Khedivial Mail SS Co., London renamed Benha, 1917 sunk by German submarine UC.74 in Mediterranean. 1,878
Naderi (2) 1902 ex- Aviemoor, 1916 purchased from Runciman & Co., London, 1919 renamed Naderi, 1923 sold to Japan renamed Ise Maru, 1941 scrapped after stranding damage. 3,715
Nairung 1892 built by Harland & Wolff, Ltd, Belfast | ex- Nairung, 1914 purchased from Asiatic Steam Navigation Co. not renamed, 1923 sold to Hajee M.H. Nemazee, Bombay; was to have been renamed Namsestan, but this was never carried out and she remained as Nairung, 1925 sold to Hong Kong for scrapping, but resold and broken up in Italy. 4,425
Naseri 1882 ex- Sculptor, 1891 purchased from T & J. Harrison, Liverpool renamed Naseri, 1913 sold to Japan renamed Matsuyoshi Maru, 1914 wrecked off Innami. 1,454
Noor Jehan 1956 built by Soc. Espanola de Construccion Naval, Bilbao | ex- Cabo San Vincente, 1963 Mogul Line taken over by the Shipping Corporation of India, 1976 purchased from Ybarra Line Cia SA renamed Noor Jehan, 1984 laid up, 1985 scrapped. 14,569
Nurani 1892 built by Harland & Wolff, Ltd, Belfast | ex- Nurani, 1914 purchased from Asiatic Steam Navigation Co. not renamed, 1923 broken up in Italy. 4,432
Rahmani (1) 1882 built by Napier, Shanks and Bell, Glasgow | ex- Clan Sinclair, 1905 purchased from Clan Line Steamers renamed Rahmani, 20th July 1917 sank following a collision in the Mediterranean Sea whilst on a voyage from Bombay to Genoa. 2,933
Rahmani (2) 1928 built by Lithgows Ltd., Port Glasgow | 12th July 1943 torpedoed and sunk by Japanese submarine I-29 with the loss of 19 lives. 5,291
Rizwani 1930 built by Lithgows Ltd., Port Glasgow | 1959 scrapped at Bombay. 5448
Saudi 1956 built by Lithgows Ltd., Port Glasgow | 1963 Mogul Line taken over by the Shipping Corporation of India, 25th June 1973 foundered with the loss of 39 lives. 5,973

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