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The Fleets

Commonwealth & Dominion Line / Port Line

Formed in 1914 with 23 ships contributed by J. P. Corry & Co, Wm. Milburn & Co, Thos. B. Royden & Co and Tyser & Co. to operate services to Australia and New Zealand. In 1916 the share capital of the company was purchased by Cunard and after the war, their ships' funnels were painted in Cunard colours. Apart from this, the company operated as a separate entity from the parent company. The Montreal, Australia & New Zealand Line (M.A.N.Z) was formed in 1936 with equal thirds held by C & D Line, Ellerman & Bucknall and New Zealand Shipping Co to take over the Canadian National Line's Australian service. In Nov.1937 the official name of the company became Port Line Ltd and in 1957 the company became a fourth equal partner with Blue Star Line, New Zealand Shipping Co and Shaw Savill & Albion Lines in Crusader Shipping Ltd to trade between New Zealand, the Far East and Pacific Coast of North America. The Port Line joined a consortium named Associated Container Transportation Ltd in 1966 and this gradually started the run down and replacement of the MANZ Line which ended in 1969. Several other amalgamations took place in subsequent years and in 1972 the parent company Cunard, was taken over by Trafalgar House Investments Ltd. By 1978 Port Line had become an integral part of the Cunard Group and in 1982 the last two Port Line ships were transferred to the Brocklebank 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.

Funnel:
Red with black top and two narrow black bands.

Fleet:

Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Empire Moulmein 1944 1944-1945 managed for Ministry of War Transport. 1945 transferred to French Government renamed Colonel Vieljeux. 7,047
Empire Treasure 1943 1943-1946 managed for Ministry of War Transport. 1946 transferred to Donaldson Line renamed Gracia. 7,040
Fort Chambly 1942 1942-1947 managed for Ministry of War Transport. 1947 returned to USA. 7,130
Fort Stikine 1942 1942-1944 managed for Ministry of War Transport. 1944 caught fire and exploded at Bombay
(see http://www.chennaionline.com/columns/safety/safety81.asp )
7,130
Lowlander 1925 ex- Leme (Italia Line), 1941-1948 managed for Ministry of War Transport. 1948 returned to Italia renamed Leme. 8,059
Marere 1902 1914 transferred from Tyser Line, 1916 captured by U-Boat, shelled and sunk off Malta. 6,443
Port Adelaide (2) 1911 ex- Indrapura (3), 1914 transferred from Royden & Co, 1916 renamed Port Adelaide, 1917 torpedoed and sunk in Atlantic. 8,144
Port Adelaide (3) 1919 1949 scrapped. 8,422
Port Adelaide (4) 1951 1972 scrapped. 8,106
Port Albany (1) 1914 1929 sold to Union Cold Storage Ltd renamed Oregonstar. 5,714
Port Albany (2) 1943 ex- Sampler, 1947 purchased from Ministry of War Transport renamed Port Albany, 1951 sold to Panama renamed Teni. 7,219
Port Albany (3) 1965 1972 sold to Greece renamed Marietta. 6,080
Port Alfred 1961 1978 transferred to Brocklebank Line renamed Masirah. 8,296
Port Alma (1) 1901 ex- Indralema (2), 1914 transferred from Royden & Co, 1916 renamed Port Alma, 1923 sold to Vianda S.S.Co, London renamed Vianda. 6,669
Port Alma (2) 1928 1964 scrapped. 7,983
Port Auckland (1) 1922 1943 torpedoed and sunk in Atlantic. 8,308
Port Auckland (2) 1949 1976 sold to Singapore owners renamed Mashaallah. 11,945
Port Augusta (2) 1906 1914 transferred from Wm.Milburn & Co, 1925 sold to W. Thomas & Co., London renamed Cambrian Countess. 4,063
Port Bowen 1919 1939 wrecked on Castleshore Beach, New Zealand. 8,267
Port Brisbane (1) 1923 1940 captured and sunk by German surface raider. 8,315
Port Brisbane (2) 1949 1975 scrapped. 11,942
Port Burnie 1966 1972 sold to Greece renamed Angeliki. 6,080
Port Campbell (1) 1904 ex- Star Of Scotland, 1914 transferred from Corry Line, 1916 renamed Port Campbell, 1918 torpedoed and sunk in Atlantic. 6,230
Port Campbell (2) 1922 1953 scrapped. 8,308
Port Campbell (3) 1960 ex- Clarkspey, 1961 chartered from J & J. Denholm renamed Port Campbell, 1966 reverted to owners, sold to Counties Ship Management renamed Kings Reach. 7,683
Port Caroline (3) 1919 1950 scrapped. 8,236
Port Caroline (4) 1968 1982 transferred to Brocklebank Line renamed Matra (4) 12,400
Port Chalmers (3) 1907 ex- Whakarua, 1914 transferred from Tyser Line, 1916 renamed Port Chalmers, 1926 sold to Italy renamed Norge. 6,543
Port Chalmers (4) 1933 1965 scrapped. 8,535
Port Chalmers (5) 1968 1982 transferred to Brocklebank Line renamed Manaar (4) 12,398
Port Curtis (1) 1910 1914 transferred from Wm.Milburn & Co, 1917 captured and sunk by U-Boat off Brittany. 4,710
Port Curtis (2) 1920 1936 sold to Counties Ship Management, London renamed Tower Dale. 8,287
Port Curtis (3) 1953 ex- Thistledowne, 1955 chartered from Albyn Line renamed Port Curtis, 1961 reverted to Thistledowne. 5,636
Port Darwin (2) 1918 1949 scrapped. 8,179
Port Denison (3) 1918 1940 bombed and sunk off Scotland. 8,191
Port Denison (4) 1959 ex- Vimeira, 1960 chartered from J & J. Denholm renamed Port Denison, 1966 reverted to Vimeira. 6,227
Port Dunedin 1925 1962 scrapped. 7,463
Port Elliot (2) 1910 ex-Indrabarah (2), 1914 transferred from Royden & Co, 1916 renamed Port Elliot, 1924 wrecked north of Gisborne. 7,395
Port Fairy (2) 1928 1952 MANZ service, 1965 sold and renamed Taishikan for voyage to breakers. 7,980
Port Fremantle 1927 1960 scrapped. 8,072
Port Gisborne 1927 1940 torpedoed and sunk off Ireland. 8,001
Port Hacking 1900 ex- Mimiro, 1914 transferred from Tyser Line, 1916 renamed Port Hacking, 1927 sold to Italy renamed Capo Nord. 6,225
Port Halifax 1937 MANZ service, 1962 sold to Lebanon renamed Ilena. 5,820
Port Hardy (1) 1907 ex- Nerehana, 1914 transferred from Tyser Line, 1916 renamed Port Hardy, 1918 torpedoed and sunk off Morocco. 6,533
Port Hardy (2) 1923 1941 torpedoed and sunk in Atlantic. 8,705
Port Hardy (3) 1944 ex- Herefordshire, 1954 chartered from Bibby Line renamed Port Hardy, 1961 reverted to Bibby Line Herefordshire. 8,320
Port Hobart (1) 1925 1940 captured and sunk by German pocket battleship Admiral Scheer. 7,448
Port Hobart (2) 1946 1970 scrapped. 11,138
Port Hunter (3) 1906 1914 transferred from Wm.Milburn & Co, 1918 rammed and sunk by tug Covington off Vineyard Haven, Mass. 4,062
Port Hunter (4) 1922 1942 torpedoed and sunk in Atlantic; loss of 87 lives 8,437
Port Huon (1) 1927 1961 scrapped. 8,021
Port Huon (2) 1965 1972 sold to Greece renamed Julietta. 6,081
Port Invercargill 1957 1967-1975 trapped in Great Bitter Lake by closure of Suez Canal and abandoned to underwriters. 1975 sold to Greece renamed Kavo Kolones. 10,463
Port Jackson (3) 1937 1967 sold and renamed Legation for voyage to breakers. 9,687
Port Kembla (1) 1910 1914 transferred from Wm.Milburn & Co, 1917 mined and sunk in Cook Strait. 4,700
Port Kembla (2) 1920 1926 wrecked off Bahamas. 8,435
Port Launceston 1957 1977 sold to Singapore renamed United Vantage. 10,468
Port Lincoln (1) 1912 1914 transferred from Wm.Milburn & Co, 1927 sold to R. J. Thomas, London renamed Cambrian Baroness. 7,243
Port Lincoln (2) 1946 1971 scrapped. 7,250
Port Lyttelton (1) 1902 ex- Niwaru, 1914 transferred from Tyser Line, 1916 renamed Port Lyttelton, 1924 scrapped after grounding off Tasmania. 6,444
Port Lyttelton (2) 1947 1972 scrapped. 7,413
Port Macquarie (1) 1912 1914 transferred from Wm.Milburn & Co, 1927 sold to R. J. Thomas, London renamed Cambrian Marchioness. 7,236
Port Macquarie (2) 1944 1968 scrapped. 7,319
Port Melbourne (2) 1914 ex- Star Of Victoria, 1914 transferred from Corry Line, 1916 renamed Port Melbourne, 1948 scrapped. 9,152
Port Melbourne (3) 1955 1972 sold to Carras Group, Greece, 1973 renamed Therisos Express. 10,470
Port Montreal (1) 1937 MANZ service, 1942 torpedoed and sunk off Panama. 5,882
Port Montreal (2) 1954 1972 sold to Liberia renamed Puerto Princesa. 7,179
Port Napier (1) 1912 ex- Hawkes Bay (2), 1914 transferred from Tyser Line, 1916 renamed Port Napier, 1932 laid up, 1936 transferred to Brocklebank Line renamed Martand. 8,491
Port Napier (2) 1940 completed as HMS Port Napier (minelayer), 1940 dragged anchor at Kyle of Lochalsh, ashore, caught fire and blew up. 8,947
Port Napier (3) 1947 1970 scrapped. 11,879
Port Nelson 1951 1972 scrapped. 8,375
Port New Plymouth 1960 1979 sold to Panama renamed Plymouth and scrapped. 13,085
Port Nicholson (1) 1912 ex- Makarini, 1914 transferred from Tyser Line, 1916 renamed Port Nicholson, 1917 mined and sunk off Dunkirk. 8,418
Port Nicholson (2) 1919 1942 torpedoed and sunk off Portland, Maine. 8,402
Port Nicholson (3) 1962 1979 scrapped. 11,711
Port Phillip (3) 1906 1914 transferred from Wm.Milburn & Co, 1918 sunk in collision with USS Proteus off New York. 4,060
Port Phillip (4) 1941 1971 scrapped. 9,936
Port Pirie (2) 1907 1914 transferred from Wm.Milburn & Co, 1914 sold to Glasgow S.S.Co renamed Kelvinbrae. 4,068
Port Pirie (3) 1910 ex- Star Of India, 1914 transferred from Corry Line, 1916 renamed Port Pirie, 1935 scrapped. 7,316
Port Pirie (4) 1947 1972 scrapped. 10,561
Port Quebec 1939 1939 purchased by the Admiralty renamed HMS Port Quebec (minelayer), then HMS Quebec, 1943 renamed Deer Sound, aircraft component repair ship, 1947 Port Quebec, Port Line, 1968 scrapped. 5,936
Port Saint John 1938 1961 sold to Greece renamed Redestos. 5,668
Port St. Lawrence 1961 1976 transferred to Brocklebank Line renamed Matangi. 8,297
Port Stephens (2) 1899 ex- Star Of Australia, 1914 transferred from Corry Line, 1916 renamed Port Stephens, 1924 scrapped. 6,179
Port Stephens (3) 1944 ex- Silveroak, 1955 chartered from Silver Line renamed Port Stephens, 1956 ship sold to Ben Line renamed Benvannoch. 6,597
Port Sydney (1) 1913 ex- Star Of England, 1914 transferred from Corry Line, 1916 renamed Port Sydney, 1948 scrapped. 9,136
Port Sydney (2) 1955 1972 sold to Carras Group, Greece, 1973 renamed Akrotiri Express. 10,166
Port Townsville (1) 1935 1941 bombed and sunk off Wales. 8,661
Port Townsville (2) 1951 1972 scrapped. 8,070
Port Victor (2) 1907 ex- Murital, 1914 transferred from Tyser Line, 1916 renamed Port Victor, 1935 scrapped. 6,440
Port Victor (3) 1942 1943 torpedoed and sunk in Atlantic; loss of 17 lives. 12,411
Port Victor (4) 1942 completed as aircraft carrier HMS Nairana, 1946 transferred to Netherlands Navy renamed HNMS Karel Doorman, 1948 returned to Port Line rebuilt as Port Victor, 1971 scrapped. 10,390
Port Vindex 1943 completed as aircraft carrier HMS Vindex, 1947 reverted to Port Vindex converted to cargo liner, 1971 scrapped. 10,489
Port Wanstead 1949 ex- Wanstead, 1957 chartered from Watts, Watts & Co. renamed Port Wanstead, 1960 reverted to Wanstead. 5,393
Port Wellington (1) 1924 1940 captured and sunk by German surface raider. 7,868
Port Wellington (2) 1946 1971 scrapped. 10,609
Port Wimbledon 1958 ex- Wimbledon, 1960 chartered from Watts, Watts & Co renamed Port Wimbledon,1965 reverted to Wimbledon. 9,223
Port Wyndham (3) 1935 1967 scrapped. 8,580
Samblade 1943 1943-1948 managed for Ministry of War Transport.1948 returned to USA. 7,219
Sameden 1944 1944-1946 managed for Ministry of War Transport. 1946 transferred to Counties Ship Management renamed Mill Hill. 7,219
Samleven 1944 1944-1947 managed for Ministry of War Transport.1947 transferred to Counties Ship Management renamed Bisham Hill. 7,219

For earlier ships with PORT names, see Wm. Milburn & Co.

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