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Munson Steamship LinePoster

Founded in New York in 1899 to operate a cargo service to Havana and later extended to Mexico and Gulf ports. In 1915 a passenger ship was purchased for the trade to Cuba and after World War I the company commenced passenger and cargo services between New York and the east coast of South America using mainly ex-German ships which had been interned in US ports. The company suffered severely during the depression and many of it's ships were scrapped or laid up. The last ship was sold in 1938 and the company went bankrupt.
The remaining passenger ships were taken over by the US Maritime Commission and laid up.

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:
    • New York - Bahia - Rio de Janeiro - Santos - Montevideo - Buenos Aires
    • New York - Nassau - Miami - Havana
    • New York - Bermuda
    • Miami - Nassau
    • New Orleans - Havana
    • New York - Antilla

Funnel:
Blue with white band below black top.

Fleet:

Funnel
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Aeolus 1899 ex- Grosser Kurfurst, 1917 seized by USA from North German Lloyd r/n Aeolus, 1919 transferred to Munson from U.S.Shipping Board, 1921 returned to USSB, 1923 r/n City of Los Angeles for Los Angeles SS Co., 1935 to Matson Line, 1937 scrapped. 13,182
American Legion 1920 1921 assigned from U.S. Shipping Board, 1938 transferred to U.S. Maritime Commission, 1939 military transport, 1947 scrapped. 13,736
Callao 1913 ex- Sierra Cordoba, 1917 seized by Peru fron North German Lloyd r/n Callao, 1918 chartered to US Shipping Board, 1921 purchased by USSB, allocated to Munson SS Line, 1921 returned to USSB r/n Ruth Alexander, 1941 bombed and sunk by Japanese. 8,226
Carbonero 1890 tug, 1898 sold to Haley & Appleton, Boston. 362
Cubana 1891 ex- Ardanmhor, 1903 purchased from Clark & Service, Glasgow r/n Cubana, registered Havana, 1914 scrapped. 2,082
Huron 1896 ex- Friedrich der Grosse, 1917 seized by USA from North German Lloyd r/n Huron, 1919 transferred to Munson from U.S. Shipping Board, 1921 returned to USSB r/n City of Honolulu, 1922 burned and sank off San Pedro. 10,531
Lauenburg   see Mobila.  
Luristan   see Mundale.  
Martha Washington 1908 1917 seized from Unione Austriaca, Trieste by USA, 1919 transferred to Munson from US Shipping Board, 1922 returned to Cosulich, Trieste, 1934 r/n Tel Aviv, 1934 scrapped after fire damage. 8,146
Minindies 1917 1917-1919 US Navy requisition, 1937 sold to Greece r/n Elena R, 1939 mined and sunk in English Channel. 5,095
Mobila 1886 ex- Lauenburg, 1900 purchased from H. Diederichsen, Kiel, registered in Havana, 1903 r/n Mobila, 1912 sold to New Orleans, Cuban SS Co., Havana. 1918 sold to France r/n Sidi Mabrouck, 1930 scrapped. 2,156
Moccasin 1903 ex- Prinz Joachim, 1917 seized from Hamburg America Line by USA r/n Moccasin, 1919 transferred to Munson from U.S.Shipping Board, 1921 returned to USSB r/n Porto Rico, 1923 sold to Ward Line, 1933 scrapped after stranding. 4,760
Munaires 1918 1918-1919 US Navy requisition, 1937 sold to Greece r/n Pleiades, 1940 sold Japan r/n Tamon Maru No.6, 1942 torpedoed and sunk by USS Nautilus. 4,589
Munalbro 1916 1918-1919 US Navy requisition, 1936 sold to Mystic SS Co., Boston r/n James L. Richards, 1948 converted to barge, 1954 scrapped. 4,293
Munamar 1915 1934 sold to International Mercantile Marine Co., NY and laid up, 1938 scrapped. 3,477
Munami 1919 ex- Lake Fernando, 1926 purchased from US Shipping Board r/n Munami, 1927 sold McCormick SS Co., San Francisco, 1940 sold French Line r/n Lisieux, 1940 seized by Canada, 27th Nov.1940 abandoned in N. Atlantic. 2,595
Munardan 1917 1930 purchased from Clark & Service, Glasgow, 1937 sold to Italy r/n Cabo Noli, 1940 seized by Canadian Government r/n Bic Island, 29th Oct.1942 torpedoed amd sunk by U.224 in N. Atlantic. 4,283
Munargo 1921 1938 sold to Munargo Line (United Fruit Co.), 1941 U.S. Navy, 1943 r/n Thistle, converted to US Army Hospital Ship, 1946 US Maritime Commission, 1957 scrapped. 6,484
Munbeaver 1918 ex- Sudbury, 1927 purchased from United American Lines, New York r/n Munbeaver, 1938 sold Italy r/n Capo Alga, 1944 scuttled at St. Nazaire. 5,075
Muncove 1919 ex- Covedale, 1922 purchased from US Shipping Board r/n Muncove, 1940 sold Estonia r/n Peeter, 1941 sold Panama r/n Cathrine, 1941 taken over by MOWT, Grangemouth, 1941 torpedoed and sunk by U.43 in Atlantic. 2,450
Mundale 1906 ex- Luristan, 1912 purchased from F. C. Strick, Swansea, 1914 r/n Mundale, 1923 sold to France r/n Mitidja, 1939 scrapped. 3,286
Mundelta 1917 1918-1919 US Navy requisition, 1938 sold to Wheelock & Co., Shanghai r/n Munlock, 1941 seized by Japanese r/n Rizan Maru, 1944 torpedoed and sunk by USS Searaven. 5,288
Mundixie   see Redman.  
Mundolphin   see Redbird.  
Muneastern 1882 ex- Excelsior, 1924 purchased from Southern Pacific Co., New Orleans r/n Muneastern, 1927 scrapped. 3,264
Munisla 1916 8th Sep.1919 sailed Mobile for Havana and went missing in hurricane. 1,697
Munisla 1919 ex- Glorieta, 1920 purchased from US Shipping Board r/n Munisla, 1937 sold Honduras r/n Neptuno, 1941 sold Nicaragua r/n Managua, 1942 torpedoed and sunk by U.67. 2,740
Munleon 1919 ex- Lake Fabyan, 1926 purchased from US Shipping Board r/n Munleon, 1927 sold to McCormick SS Co., San Francisco, 1931 wrecked Point Reyes. 2,606
Munlisto 1920 ex- Hancock County, 1926 purchased from US Shipping Board r/n Munlisto, 1937 scrapped. 2,606
Munloyal 1919 ex- Lake Ellsbury, 1925 purchased from US Shipping Board r/n Munloyal, 1936 scrapped. 2,674
Munmotor 1919 ex- Courtois, 1922 purchased from US Shipping Board r/n Munmotor, 1940 sold Belgium r/n Rubens, 1947 sold Panama, 1949 r/n Hope, 1957 r/n Esperanza, 1960 scrapped. 2,450
Munmystic 1919 ex- Mystic, 1927 purchased from Mystic SS Corp, N.Y., 1930 r/n Munmystic, 1937 sold to Waterman SS Corp, Mobile r/n Iberville, 1941 r/n Ironclad, 1944 lend-lease to USSR r/n Marina Raskova, 1944 torpedoed and sunk by U.365. 6,044
Munorleans 1911 ex- Grunewald, 1917 seized by US from Hamburg America Line, r/n General G. W. Goethals, 1926 purchased by Munson r/n Munorleans, 1936 scrapped. 4,707
Munplace 1916 1918-1919 US Navy requisition, 1939 scrapped. 3,315
Munrio 1916 1937 sold Hungary r/n Szent Gellert, 1940 sold Panama r/n Carola, 1946 r/n Mary Louise, 1950 r/n Maria L, 1950 r/n Tropic, 1950 sold Italy r/n Nerina, 25th Nov. 1950 wrecked in heavy weather off Cuba. 3,868
Munsomo 1916 1918-1919 US Navy requisition, 1938 sold Italy r/n Capo Orso, 1943 sunk by British air attack. 3,315
Muntropic 1919 ex- Terre Haute, 1930 purchased from American SS Corp, N.Y r/n Muntropic, 1937 sold Greece r/n Ioannis Fafalios, 1944 torpedoed and sunk by U.861 in Indian Ocean. 5,670
New Northland 1926 1928-1931 winter charters to Nassau from Clarke SS Co. 3,445
Paloma 1894 ex- Ardanrose, 1903 purchased from Clark & Service, Glasgow r/n Paloma, registered Havana, 1924 scrapped. 2,129
Pan America 1922 ex- Palmetto State, 1922 r/n Pan America, 1926 assigned to Munson from U.S. Shipping Board, 1939 military transport r/n Hunter Liggett, 1948 scrapped. 13,712
Rajah 1902 1917 seized from North German Lloyd, 1928 purchased by Munson, 1937 scrapped. 2,028
Redbird 1921 1930 r/n Mundolphin, 1937 scrapped. 3,286
Redman 1921 1930 r/n Mundixie, 1940 sold Greece r/n Mount Taygetus, 1942 torpedoed and sunk by U.517 in N. Atlantic. 3,286
Southern Cross 1920 1925 transferred to Munson from U.S. Maritime Commission, 1938 returned to USMC, 1939 military transport r/n Wharton, 1951 scrapped. 13,789
Tuscan 1907 1918 purchased from Merchants & Miners Transportation Co., Baltimore, 1923 returned to Merchants & Miners Transportation Co., Baltimore, 1937 scrapped. 2,415
Walter D. Munson 1917 1918-1919 US Navy requisition, 1940 sold Greece r/n Mount Kyllene, 1959 scrapped. 4,388
Western World 1922 ex- Nutmeg State, 1922 r/n Western World, 1926 transferred to Munson from U.S. Maritime Commission, 1938 returned to USMC, 1939 military transport r/n Leonard Wood, 1948 scrapped. 13,712

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