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Robert Singlehurst & Co. / Red Cross Line

Founded in 1869 to operate a cargo and passenger steamship line from Liverpool to Northern Brazil. In 1882 a joint Red Cross - Booth Line service started from Manaos and Para to New York and an Amazon feeder service to Para commenced in 1887. In 1897 the Red Cross Iquitos Steamship Co was founded to operate services 2,000 miles up the River Amazon to Iquitos, Peru. Robert Singlehurst retired in 1901 and the company amalgamated with Booth 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.

Routes:

  • 1869-1871 Liverpool - Maranham - Para.
  • 1871-1901 Liverpool - Lisbon - Para - Manaos (1897 extended to Iquitos)
  • 1882-1901 Manaos - Para - New York (1897 extended to Iquitos)

Funnel:
1869-1901 Black with white band containing red cross.

Fleet:

Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Amazonense (1) 1879 1881 wrecked off St. David's Head, Wales. 1,865
Amazonense (2) 1869 ex- Hindostan, 1881 purchased from Apcar & Co, London renamed Amazonense, 1896 sold to Tandonnet, Bordeaux renamed Saint Augustin. 1,692
Amazonense (3) 1899 1901 transferred to Booth Line. 2,828
Cametense 1891 ex- Carlo Poerio, 1893 purchased from Italo Britannica renamed Cametense, 1901 transferred to Booth Line. 2,155
Carrie Dingle 1873 3-masted barque, 1885 transferred from Booth Line, 1889 sunk in collision in English Channel. 194
Carvoeira 1869 3-masted barque, ex- Locksley Hall, 1887 purchased from Lowden, Edgar & Co, Liverpool renamed Carvoeira, 1901 transferred to Booth Line. 1,356
Cearense (1) 1869 1899 sold to Flores, Palermo renamed Picnic. 1,381
Cearense (2) 1891 ex- West Indian, 1900 purchased from West India & Pacific SS Co. (Leyland & Co) renamed Cearense, 1901 transferred to Booth Line. 2,769
Fluminense 1891 ex- IL Principe di Napoli, 1893 purchased from Italo Britannica renamed Fluminense, 1901 transferred to Booth Line. 2,154
Grangense (1) 1882 Amazon feeder service, 1890 sold to Brazil renamed Augusto Leal. 420
Grangense (2) 1891 ex- Ruggiero Settimo, 1893 purchased from Italo Britannica renamed Grangense, 1901 transferred to Booth Line. 2,162
Javary 1898 ex- Harlech, 1899 purchased from J & C. Harrison renamed Javary, 1901 transferred to Booth Line. 1,199
Lisbonense 1871 1901 transferred to Booth Line. 1,657
Madeirense 1891 ex- Dubbeldam, 1895 purchased from Holland America Line renamed Madeirense, 1901 transferred to Booth Line. 2,760
Manauense 1874 ex- Bowen, 1884 purchased from Eastern & Australian SS Co. renamed Manauense, 1898 sold to T. Edwards, Liverpool. 1,672
Mara 1883 1898 purchased from F. S. Holland & Co., London, Amazon feeder service, 1901 sold to Brazil renamed Amazonas. 1,448
Maranhense (1) 1869 1880 sold to T. R. Oswald, Liverpool. 1,354
Maranhense (2) 1880 ex- Blodwen, 1882 purchased from Arvon Shipping Co., Liverpool renamed Maranhense, 1895 sold to Tandonnet, Bordeaux renamed Saint Antoine. 1,480
Maranhense (3) 1890 ex- Gulf of Lions, 1899 purchased from Greenock SS Co. (Gulf Line) renamed Maranhense, 1901 transferred to Booth Line. 2,767
Napo 1897 ex- Harmony, 1898 purchased from J & C. Harrison, London renamed Napo, 1901 transferred to Booth Line. 1,118
Obidense 1891 1901 transferred to Booth Line. 2,380
Paraense (1) 1869 1870 wrecked at Ceara, Brazil. 1,300
Paraense (2) 1871 1901 transferred to Booth Line. 1,697
Portuense 1875 ex- Glenapp, 1883 purchased from Merchant SS Co., London renamed Portuense, 1898 sank 250 miles off Bahamas. 1,470
Santarense 1891 ex- Didam, 1895 purchased from Holland America Line renamed Santarense, 1896 sunk in collision with barque DUNDONALD. 2,751
Sobralense 1884 1901 transferred to Booth Line. 1,982
Theresina 1876 1880 purchased from Dodd & Co, Liverpool, 1898 sold to Palgrave, Murphy & Co., Dublin renamed City of Brussels. 1,109
Theresinense 1880 Amazon feeder service, 1891 sold to Brazilian owners. 300
Ucayali 1898 ex- Paris, 1898 purchased from Strick Line renamed Ucayali, 1901 transferred to Booth Line. 1.052

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