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Palm Line / United Africa Co.

Ilorin PalmWilliam Lever was a well known soap manufacturer and became involved in the West Africa trade to supply his company primarily with palm oil. In 1920 he acquired the Niger Company which entered shipowning in 1928. In 1929 the African & Eastern Trade Corporation which also owned ships was amalgamated with the Niger Company becoming the United Africa Co. The company became Palm Line in 1949. Disposed of to Ocean Transport and Trading PLC in 1985 and in 1989 Palm Line was sold to French owners.

Mainly a cargo company although a few passengers were carried.

Many thanks to Ted Finch for his assistance in collecting this data and Captain Neville Lester for the photograph of the Ilorin Palm. 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:

  • UK - West Africa

Funnel:
Green with white band containing representation of a palm tree and black top.

Fleet:

Funnel
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Africa Palm (1) 1953 1972 sold to Panama renamed Savoydean. 5,415
Africa Palm (2) 1971 ex- Joruna, 1974 purchased from Johansen & Knutsen, Oslo renamed Africa Palm, 1983 chartered and renamed Santa Barbara Pacific, 1983 reverted to Africa Palm, 1984 sold to Cyprus renamed Messaria. 10,008
Akassa Palm 1958 1972 sold to Greece renamed Elemma. 5,797
Andoni Palm 1958 1976 sold to Panama renamed Mastro Manolis. 5,802
Apapa Palm (1) 1974 ex- Hasselburg, 1976 chartered from H. Schuldt, Hamburg renamed Apapa Palm, 1977 charter ended renamed Hoegh Apapa. 9,067
Apapa Palm (2) 1973 ex- Schauenburg, 1977 purchased from H. Schuldt, Hamburg renamed Apapa Palm, 1985 taken over by United Africa Co. International, London, 1985 sold to Venezuela renamed General Salom
9,417
Apapa Palm (3) 1977 ex- Menestheus, 1986 purchased from Airlease International Nominees (Moorgate) Ltd by Ocean Transport & Trading PLC who had acquired Palm Line renamed Apapa Palm, 1989 sold to Belgium renamed CMB Esprit. 16,031
Ars 1897 ex- Tyria, 1928 purchased by Niger Co. from Cunard renamed Ars, 1929 transferred to United Africa Co., 1930 scrapped. 2,936
Ashanti Palm   see Ashantian (3)  
Ashantian (1) 1916 ex- Fordefjord, 1924 purchased by African & Eastern Trade Corp. from Norwegian American Line renamed Ashantian. 1929 transferred to United Africa Co., 1932 sold to Sandstrom Sanne & Co., Gothenburg renamed Adele. 2,116
Ashantian (2) 1935 1943 torpedoed and sunk by U.415 in Western Approaches. 4,917
Ashantian (3) 1947 1949 transferred to Palm Line renamed Ashanti Palm, 1962 broke adrift in Naples harbour during storm and wrecked on breakwater. 5,123
Badagry   see Badagry Palm (2)  
Badagry Palm (1) 1956 1972 sold to Cyprus renamed Irene's Grace. 5,042
Badagry Palm (2) 1979 1985 taken over by United Africa Co. International, London renamed Badagry, 1986 sold to Panama renamed Cordigliera. 12,279
Bamenda Palm (1) 1956 1972 sold to Cyprus renamed Lenio. 5,042
Bamenda Palm (2) 1979 1984 chartered to Lloyd Brasileiro, Rio de Janeiro renamed Lloyd Texas, 1985 reverted to Bamenda Palm, 1985 taken over by United Africa Co International, London, 1986 sold to Cyprus renamed Arko Glory. 11,223
Benin Palm   see Ethiopian (2)  
Burutu Palm 1952 1967 sold to Panama renamed Tyhi. 5,410
Conakrian 1937 1949 transferred to Palm Line renamed Dahomey Palm, 1959 sold to Wallem & Co., Hong Kong renamed Southern Mariner 4,876
Congonian (1) 1927 ex- Quercus, 1933 purchased from Arbor Shipping Co., London renamed Congonian, 1936 sold to Italy renamed XXIII Marzo. 5,010
Congonian (2) 1936 tanker, 1940 torpedoed and sunk by U.65 off West Africa. 4,928
Congonian (3) 1942 tanker, 1949 transferred to Palm Line renamed Opobo Palm, 1961 sold to Windward Shipping Co., Hong Kong renamed Winwar. 6,082
Dahomey Palm   see Conakrian.  
Dahomian 1929 ex- Themoni, 1933 purchased from Kassos S.N. Co., Syria renamed Dahomian, 1944 torpedoed and sunk by U.852 in Mediterranean. 5,277
Eketian 1935 African coastal service, 1969 converted to barge. 1,005
Elmina Palm 1957 1977 sold to Panama renamed Cyprus Sky. 5,356
Enugu Palm 1958 1978 sold to Kuwait renamed Athari. 5,328
Ethiopian (1) 1902 ex- Commodore, 1925 purchased by African & Eastern Trade Corp. from T & J. Harrison, Liverpool renamed Ethiopian, 1929 transferred to United Africa Co., 1933 scrapped. 2,739
Ethiopian (2) 1936 1949 transferred to Palm Line renamed Benin Palm, 1959 sold to Panama renamed Faneromeni (Lebanese flag) 5,424
Gambia Palm   see Gambian (2)  
Gambian (1) 1929 ex- Knight of the Rose, 1933 purchased from Pardoe Thomas & Co., Newport renamed Gambian. 1936 sold to Scindia S.N. Co., Bombay renamed Jalamani. 3,865
Gambian (2) 1937 1940 seized at Dakar by Vichy French renamed St. Gabriel, 1943 released and renamed Gambian, taken over by MOWT renamed Empire Tweed, 1946 returned to owners renamed Gambian, 1949 transferred to Palm Line renamed Gambia Palm, 1959 sold to Panama renamed Irini's Blessing (Lebanese flag) 5,452
Guinean 1936 1949 transferred to Palm Line renamed Kano Palm, 1954 sold to Panama renamed St. George (Greek flag) 5,202
Ibadan Palm 1959 1978 sold to Kuwait renamed Hind. 5,658
Ikeja Palm 1961 1981 sold to Panama renamed GME Palma. 5,682
Ilesha Palm 1961 1979 sold to Liberia renamed Daphnemar. 5,682
Ilorin Palm 1960 1979 sold to Liberia renamed Diamant Captain. 5,658
Kano Palm (1)   see Guinean.  
Kano Palm (2) 1958 1979 sold to India renamed Purna Shanti. 8,723
Katsina Palm 1957 1978 sold to Singapore renamed New Dragon.
8,734
Kumasi Palm   see Kumasian (3)  
Kumasian (1) 1905 ex- Baltic, 1931 purchased from Rederiaktieb Transatlantic, Gothenburg renamed Kumasian, 1935 scrapped. 3,400
Kumasian (2) 1935 1941 torpedoed and sunk by U.74 in North Atlantic. 4,922
Kumasian (3) 1943 1949 transferred to Palm Line renamed Kumasi Palm, 1960 sold to Panama renamed Flower. 7,221
Lafian (1) 1929 built for African & Eastern Trade Corp., 1929 transferred to United Africa Co. 1936 sold to Moss Hutchison Line, Liverpool renamed Meroe. 3,832
Lafian (2) 1937 1941 torpedoed and sunk by U.107 in Atlantic. 4,876
Lafian (3) 1943 1949 transferred to Palm Line renamed Oguta Palm (1), 1960 sold to Aristidis SS Co, Piraeues, later Good Hope Shipping, London renamed Aristoteles. 7,221
Lagos   see Lagos Palm (3)  
Lagos Palm (1)   see Lagosian (2)  
Lagos Palm (2) 1961 1981 renamed Lagos Palm I, 1981 sold to Cyprus renamed City of Lobito. 6,256
Lagos Palm (3) 1982 1984 chartered to Lloyd Brasileiro, Rio de Janeiro renamed Lloyd Rio, 1985 taken over by United Africa Co. International, London, 1986 with end of charter renamed Lagos, 1986 sold to USSR renamed Boris Andreyev. 15,575
Lagos Palm I   see Lagos Palm (2)  
Lagosian (1) 1930 ex- Melmay, 1932 purchased from T. L. Duff & Co., Glasgow renamed Lagosian, 1943 torpedoed and sunk by U.159 off West Africa. 5,413
Lagosian (2) 1947 1949 transferred to Palm Line renamed Lagos Palm, 1960 renamed Oguta Palm (2), 1964 sold to Greece renamed Heraclitos. 5,120
Leonian 1936 1949 transferred to Palm Line renamed Mendi Palm, 1959 sold to Panama renamed Rio Yape. 5,424
Liberian 1936 1949 transferred to Palm Line renamed Volta Palm, 1954 sold to Finland renamed Hermes 5,205
Lobito Palm 1960 1979 sold to Cyprus renamed Lobito Pal. 6,157
Lokoja   see Lokoja Palm (2)  
Lokoja Palm (1)   see Zarian (3)  
Lokoja Palm (2) 1982 1983 chartered to Germany renamed Wameru, 1983 reverted to Lokoja Palm, 1984 chartered to Lloyd Brasileiro, Rio de Janeiro renamed Lloyd Australia. 1985 taken over by United Africa Co. International, London renamed Lokoja, 1986 sold to USSR renamed Mekhanik Bardetskiy. 15,576
Makeni Palm 1951 tanker, ex- British Rover, 1961 purchased from British tanker Co., London renamed Makeni Palm, 1967 sold to Panama renamed Kerkennah. 6,137
Makurdi Palm   see Tema Palm.  
Matadi   see Matadi Palm (2)  
Matadi Palm (1)   see Matadian (2)  
Matadi Palm (2) 1970 1986 taken over by United Africa Co. International Ltd renamed Matadi, 1986 sold to Troodos Shipping & Trading Co., London renamed Modesty. 8,870
Matadian (1) 1936 tanker, 1944 torpedoed and sunk by U.66 off West Africa. 4,275
Matadian (2) 1948 tanker, 1949 transferred to Palm Line renamed Matadi Palm, 1963 scrapped. 6,246
Mendi Palm   see Leonian.  
Mendian 1903 ex- Laurel Branch, 1930 purchased by United Africa Co., from Nautilus Steam Shipping Co., renamed Mendian, 1933 scrapped.
3,752
Niger Palm   see Nigerian (3)  
Nigerian (1) 1925 built for African & Eastern Trade Corp., 1929 transferred to United Africa Co. 1935 sold to Moss Hutchison Line, Liverpool renamed Kyrenia. 3,543
Nigerian (2) 1936 1942 torpedoed and sunk by U.508 off Trinidad. 5,423
Nigerian (3) 1948 1949 transferred to Palm Line renamed Niger Palm, 1966 sold to Panama renamed Triana (Liberian flag) 5,202
Oguta Palm (1)   see Lafian (3)  
Oguta Palm (2)   see Lagosian (2)  
Opobo Palm   see Congonian (3)
 
Sapele Palm 1953 built for subsidiary Olhandel und Transport GmbH, Hamburg (German flag), 1960 transferred to Palm Line (British flag), 1966 sold to Panama renamed Capetan Georgis. 4,981
Takoradi Palm   see Takoradian.  
Takoradian 1937 1940 seized at Dakar by Vichy French, 1941 renamed St. Paul, 1943 released and renamed Takoradian, 1943 taken over by MOWT renamed Empire Swale, 1946 returned to owners renamed Takoradian, 1949 transferred to Palm Line renamed Takoradi Palm, 1959 sold to Panama renamed Irini's Luck (Lebanese flag) 5,452
Tema Palm 1953 tanker, built for subsidiary Olhandel und Transport GmbH, Hamburg (German flag), 1960 transferred to Palm Line (British flag) renamed Makurdi Palm, 1969 sold to Peru renamed Santamar. 6,178
Volta Palm   see Liberian.  
Warrian 1929 African coastal services, ex- Frank, 1937 purchased from C. J. Reim, Porsgrunn, Norway renamed Warrian, 1941 sunk in collision. 1,057
Woodville 1892 1924 purchased by African & Eastern Trade Corp. from Southern Whaling & Sealing Co. 1928 sold to Greece renamed Volgas. 2,513
Zarian (1) 1907 ex- Cambrian Empress, 1931 purchased from William Thomas Shipping Co., Holyhead renamed Zarian, 1932 scrapped. 3,815
Zarian (2) 1938 1942 torpedoed and sunk by U.591 in Atlantic. 4,871
Zarian (3) 1947 1949 transferred to Palm Line renamed Lokoja Palm, 1966 sold to Panama renamed Despina L. 5,135
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
    SHIP MANAGED FOR MOWT  
St. Clair II 1929 ex- St. Clair, 1940 managed by UAC for MOWT, 1941 torpedoed and sunk by U.67 in Atlantic. 3,757
    SHIPS CHARTERED FROM MOWT  
Fort McPherson 1943 chartered 1946-1949 7,146
Fort Moose 1943 chartered 1946-1948 7,130
Fort St. Joseph 1943 chartered 1946-1949. 7,151

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