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The Fleets

Royal Mail Steam Packet Company / Royal Mail Lines Limited

The Royal Mail Steam Packet Company received the mail contract for the West Indies and commenced operating in 1841. A West Indies inter-island service was also operated. In 1850 services expanded to South America. Several short lived routes were operated and in 1906 Owen Philipps, who later became Lord Kylsant became Chairman of the company. A joint service with Holland America Line to the Pacific coast of North America started in 1921. In 1932 the giant Kylsant Shipping empire collapsed and Lord Kylsant was jailed for issueing a false prospectus. Royal Mail Steam Packet Company went into liquidation, Royal Mail Lines Limited was formed and took over the assets of the Royal Mail Steam Packet Company, the Nelson Line and David MacIver & Company. The Royal Mail Line was taken over in 1965 by Furness, Withy & Company and ships often interchanged between the Royal Mail Line, Furness and Shaw Savill & Albion Lines fleets. By 1972 Royal Mail had virtually disappeared as a separate shipping 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 (on-site) or Immigrant Ship web site.

Routes:

  • 1840-1920 Falmouth / Southampton to the West Indies (London - West Indies cargo services continued)
  • 1847-1850 Southampton - Bermuda - New Orleans
  • 1850-1980 Southampton - Lisbon - Brazil - Uruguay - Argentina.
  • 1852 1868 Savannah - Nassau - Jamaica - Colon (Chagres)
  • 1857-1859 Marseilles - Malta - Alexandria
  • 1884 Brazil - Barbados - St.Thomas - New York.
  • 1906-1909 London - Mediterranean ports - Colombo - Australia.
  • 1906 Southampton - Cuba - Mexico.
  • 1913-1927 Halifax - St.John NB - Bermuda - West Indies - British Guiana.
  • 1921-1927 Hamburg - Southampton - Cherbourg - New York.
  • 1921-1980 London - Cherbourg - Vigo - Lisbon - Las Palmas - Rio de Janeiro - Santos - Montevideo - Buenos Aires.
  • 1921-1968 UK - Bermuda - West Indies - Colombia - Central America - Pacific USA ports - Vancouver. (Mostly cargo but some passengers carried - joint service with Holland America Line)

Funnel:
1841-1899 Black
1900-1972 Buff

Fleet:

1841-1899 1900-1972
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Abadesa 1962 1968 transferred from Houlder Line, 1969 chartered to J. Stolt Nielsen renamed Stolt Abadesa, 1973 sold to Liberia renamed Stolt Tiger. 13,398
Actaeon 1841 1844 purchased from Martin & Burns, Glasgow, West Indies feeder service, 1844 wrecked near Cartagena. 650
Agadir 1907 1908 purchased from Mersey SS Co., 1922 sold to Khedivial Mail, renamed Belkas. 2,722
Albany 1957 1971 sold to Liberia renamed Taiwan. 7,299
Alcala 1912 ex- Vauban, 1913 taken over from Lamport & Holt Line, renamed Alcala, 1914 returned to L&H Line and reverted to Vauban, 1922 chartered by RMSPCo for short period as Vauban. 10,660
Alcantara (1) 1914 1916 sunk in battle with German surface raider GREIF while serving as Armed Merchant Cruiser; loss of 72 lives. 16,034
Alcantara (2) 1926 1939 Armed Merchant Cruiser, 1943 troopship, 1948 returned to owners, 1958 scrapped Japan. 22,181
Almanzora 1915 1915-1919 Armed Merchant Cruiser, 1939-1945 troopship, 1945-1947 Government emigration ship, 1948 scrapped. 16,034
Amazon (1) 1851 1851 burnt out at sea on maiden voyage; loss of 104 lives. 2,256
Amazon (2) 1906 1918 torpedoed and sunk off Ireland, no lives lost. 10,037
Amazon (3) 1959 1968 transferred to Shaw Savill & Albion, renamed Akaroa. 20,348
Andes (1) 1913 1915-1919 Armed Merchant Cruiser, 1929 renamed Atlantis cruise ship, 1939-1946 Hospital Ship, 1948-1952 Australia / NZ emigrant ship, 1952 scrapped. 15,620
Andes (2) 1939 1939-1945 troopship, 1959 converted to cruise ship, 1971 scrapped. 26,689
Andes (3)   see Ortega  
Araby (1) 1923 1932 taken over with MacIver & Co., 1940 torpedoed and sunk in Atlantic. 4,936
Araby (2) 1947 1961 sold to Shamrock Shipping, Larne renamed Glynn. 5,040
Aragon (1) 1905 1917 torpedoed and sunk off Alexandria while trooping; loss of 610 lives. 9,588
Aragon (2) 1959 1969 transferred to Shaw Savill & Albion, renamed Aranda. 20,362
Araguaya 1906 1917-1920 Hospital ship, 1930 sold to Yugoslav Lloyd, renamed Kraljica Marija. 11,537
Arcadian (1)   see Ortona.
 
Arcadian (2)   see Asturias (1)  
Arlanza (1) 1911 1915-1919 Armed Merchant Cruiser, 1938 scrapped. 15,044
Arlanza (2) 1960 1969 transferred to Shaw Savill & Albion, renamed Arawa. 20,362
Arno (1) 1865 West Indies inter-island service, 1882 sold. 1,038
Arno (2) 1894 ex- Juno, 1901 purchased from J&P. Hutchison, Glasgow, renamed Arno West Indies Inter-island service, 1917 scrapped. 607
Arno (3) 1916 ex- Nosted III, 1920 purchased from Norway renamed Arno, 1933 sold after grounding damage and hulked. 345
Arun 1925 ex- Polonia, 1927 purchased from Denmark renamed Arun, West Indies Inter-Island service, 1951 sold. 384
Arzila 1907 1908 purchased from Mersey SS Co., 1922 sold to Khedivial Mail, renamed Bilbeis. 2,722
Asturias (1) 1907 1914-1917 Hospital ship, 1917 torpedoed and became ammunition hulk at Plymouth, 1919 re-purchased by R.M.S.P.Co, rebuilt as cruise ship and 1923 renamed Arcadian (2), 1930 laid up, 1933 scrapped. 12,105
Asturias (2) 1925 1939 Armed Merchant Cruiser, 1945 became a government owned emigrant ship and troopship. (Played the part of TITANIC in film "A Night to Remember"), 1957 scrapped. 22,048
Atlantis   see Andes (1)  
Atrato (1) 1853 1870 sold to J. Morrison, London. 3,466
Atrato (2) 1888 1912 sold to Viking Cruising Co. 5,366
Aurora 1841 1841-1843 coaling hulk at Falmouth.  
Avon (1) 1842 1863 wrecked Colon. 2,069
Avon (2) 1880 1903 scrapped. 2,225
Avon (3) 1907 1914 troopship, 1915-1919 Armed Merchant Cruiser, renamed HMS Avoca, 1919 returned to R.M.S.P.Co reverted to Avon, 1930 scrapped. 11,073
Balantia (1) 1909 W.I. Inter-island service, 1916 became hospital ship St. Margaret of Scotland, 1918 reverted to Balantia, 1922 sold to Khedivial Mail, renamed Boulac. 2,467
Balantia (2) 1944 ex- Samfaithful, 1947 purchased from Ministry of Transport renamed Balantia, 1958 sold to Liberia renamed Betamar. 7,210
Barima 1914 West Indies Inter-island service, 1923 sold to Straits SS Co, renamed Kudat. 1,498
Barranca 1943 ex- Samthar, 1947 purchased from Ministry of Transport renamed Barranca, 1957 sold to Italy renamed Cesco Corrado 7,252
Belize (1) 1871 ex- Bison, 1874 purchased from unknown owners renamed Belize, 1888 sold. 1,038
Belize (2) 1914 West Indies Inter-island service, 1923 sold to Government of Trinidad. 1,498
Berbice (1) 1909 West Indies Inter-island service, 1915 requisitioned by the Admiralty as Hospital ship HMS Berbice. 1922 sold to Mitchell Cotts & Co., London renamed Suntemple. 1924 sold to United Baltic Corp. renamed Baltara, 1929 wrecked at mouth of Vistula. 2,379
Berbice (2) 1943 ex- Samphill, 1947 purchased from Ministry of Transport renamed Berbice, 1958 sold to Lebanon renamed Nikolas S. 7,219
Beresina 1943 ex- Samspring, 1947 purchased from Ministry of Transport renamed Beresina, 1956 sold to Liberia renamed African Monarch. 7,298
Boyne 1871 1875 wrecked near Brest, France; no loss of life. 3,318
Brecknockshire 1917 1917 captured by German raider Moewe and sunk. 8,422
Brittany (1) 1928 1932 taken over with MacIver & Co, 1942 torpedoed and sunk in Atlantic. 4,772
Brittany (2) 1946 1962 scrapped. 5,089
Camilla 1850 1853 purchased from Samuel Cunard's Canadian organisation, 1859 sold to Brazil. 539
Caraquet 1894 ex- Guelph, 1913 purchased from Union-Castle Line renamed Caraquet, Canada -West Indies service, 1923 wrecked Bermuda. 4,917
Cardiganshire 1913 1929 scrapped 9,426
Caribbean 1889 ex- Dunottar Castle, 1913 purchased from Union-Castle Line, 1914 Armed Merchant Cruiser, later Scapa Flow depot ship, 1915 sank off Cape Wrath; loss of 15 lives. 5,625
Carmarthenshire 1915 1929 scrapped 7,823
Carnarvonshire 1913 1933 scrapped 9,406
Caroni 1904 1915 torpedoed and sunk off Chassiron. 2,628
Catalina 1904 1922 sold to Japan renamed Nisshin Maru No.3. 2,626
Chaleur   see Sabor (1)  
Chaudiere 1899 ex- Mandingo, 1914 purchased from Elder Dempster & Co. renamed Chaudiere, Canada - West Indies service, scrapped 1927. 3,986
Chignecto   see Segura.  
City of Glasgow 1840 1841 purchased from Thomson & McConnell, Glasgow, West Indies inter-island service, 1846 laid up, 1848 sold. 1,700
Clyde (1) 1841 1865 scrapped. 1,841
Clyde (2) 1890 1913 scrapped. 5,645
Cobequid 1893 ex- Goth, 1913 purchased from Union-Castle Line renamed Cobequid, Canada - West Indies service, 1915 wrecked in Bay of Fundy. 4,738
Conway (1) 1846 1870 sold. 895
Conway (2) 1904 1930 scrapped. 2,627
Corsica 1863 1868 purchased from Cunard, 1877 sold to R. Foll. 1,134
Culebra 1919 ex- Riposto, 1922 purchased from J. Glynn & Son, Liverpool renamed Culebra, 1942 sunk in Atlantic by U-Boat shellfire; loss of 45 lives. 3,044
Danube (1) 1865 1871 sold to Union SS Co. 2,039
Danube (2) 1893 1918-1920 troopship, 1920 sold to C. Langton & Co., renamed Mediterranean Star. 5,946
Darro (1) 1912 1933 scrapped. 11,484
Darro (2) 1943 1967 sold, renamed Surrey and scrapped. 9,733
Darro (3) 1957 ex- Carnatic, 1973 transferred from Shaw, Savill & Albion to R.M.L. management renamed Darro, 1977 sold to Greece renamed Litsa K. 11,144
Dart (1) 1883 1884 wrecked near Santos, Brazil; loss of 1 life. 2,641
Dart (2) 1912 River Plate meat lighter, 1959 scrapped. 1,104
Dee (1) 1841 1862 scrapped. 1,849
Dee (2) 1872 ex- State of Minnesota, 1875 purchased from State Line renamed Dee, 1901 scrapped. 1,864
Dee (3) 1902 West Indies Inter-island services, 1914 taken over as military transport, did not return to R.M.S.P.Co. 1,871
Demarara (1) 1852 launched but grounded in River Avon and broke her back, never delivered to Royal Mail but rebuilt as sailing ship British Empire. 2,318
Demarara (2) 1912 1933 scrapped. 11,484
Denbighshire 1899 1907 transferred from Jenkin's Shire Line, 1919 renamed Tamar (4), 1922 sold renamed Avgy and scrapped. 3,844
Derwent (1) 1850 1867 wrecked in great hurricane at St.Thomas. 794
Derwent (2) 1879 1902 scrapped. 2,471
Derwent (3) 1949 ex- Persic, 1969 transferred from Shaw Savill & Albion Line renamed Derwent, 1971 scrapped. 13,594
Deseado (1) 1911 1934 scrapped.
11,475
Deseado (2) 1942 1968 scrapped. 9,641
Deseado (3) 1961 ex- Iberic, 1976 transferred from Shaw, Savill & Albion to R.M.L. management renamed Deseado, 1980 sold to Metcalfe Shipping Co. 11,034
Desna 1912 1933 scrapped. 11,483
Devon 1914 River Plate meat lighter, 1959 scrapped. 1,368
Don 1872 ex- Corcovado, 1875 purchased from Pacific Steam Nav. Co. renamed Don, 1901 scrapped. 4,028
Doon 1913 River Plate meat lighter, 1919 London - Continent feeder service, 1919 sold to Blue Star Line renamed Britanica. 1,353
Douro (1) 1864 1882 run down and sunk by Spanish steamer Yruruc Bat off Cape Finisterre; loss of 17 lives. 2,824
Douro (2) 1946 ex- Hornby Grange, 1969 transferred from Houlder Line Ltd. renamed Douro, 1972 scrapped. 10,783
Drina (1) 1912 1917 torpedoed and sunk off Milford Haven; loss of 15 lives. 11,483
Drina (2) 1944 North Pacific route, 1965 transferred to Shaw Savill & Albion Line, renamed Romanic. 9,785
Drina (3) 1953 ex- Cretic, 1972 transferred from Shaw, Savill & Albion to R.M.L. management renamed Drina, 1977 sold to Lancaster Shipping Co., Singapore renamed United Vigour. 10,961
Duquesa 1949 1968 transferred from Houlder Line, 1970 scrapped. 9,762
Durango 1944 North Pacific route, 1966 transferred to Shaw Savill & Albion Line, renamed Ruthenic. 9,806
Eagle 1846 1861 purchased from Taylor & Scott, Dublin, West Indies inter-island service, 1861 sold at Jamaica. n/a
Ebro (1) 1865 ex- Rakaia, 1871 purchased from Panama, Australian & New Zealand Royal Mail Steam Packet Co. renamed Ebro, 1881 sold to Cia Trasatlantica, Barcelona, renamed Baldomero Iglesias. 1,509
Ebro (2) 1896 1903 sold to Swan, Peterson & Co, Newcastle, renamed Quebec. 3,445
Ebro (3) 1914 1922 transferred to Pacific Steam Nav. Co. 8,490
Ebro (4) 1952 1969 sold to Fortune Maritime, Hong Kong, renamed Fortune Victory. 7,784
Eden (1) 1882 1909 W.I. inter-island service, 1909 wrecked Cabrit Island. 2,145
Eden (2) 1956 1969 sold to Neptune Orient Line, Singapore, renamed Neptune Garnet. 7,791
Eider (1) 1864 1883 sold to Haiti, rebuilt as gunboat and renamed La Patrie. 1,569
Eider (2) 1900 Southampton - Bremen - Hamburg feeder ship, 1927 sold to Union-Castle Line. 1,236
Elbe 1870 1902 scrapped. 3,108
Empire Ken 1928 ex- Ubena (German East Africa Line), 1945 surrendered to Britain, operated by RML, 1957 scrapped. 9,523
Escalante 1955 1970 sold to Panama, renamed Manes P. 7,791
Esk (1) 1849 1854 sold to Thomas Hill, Southampton. 232
Esk (2) 1882 1909 West Indies inter-island service, 1910 scrapped. 2,145
Essequibo (1) 1871 ex-Bladworth, 1873 purchased from Brownlow & Co., Hull renamed Essequibo, WI inter-island service, 1900 scrapped. 1,831
Essequibo (2) 1915 1922 transferred to Pacific Steam Nav. Co. 8,489
Essequibo (3) 1952 1968 sold to China Navigation Co., renamed Ningpo. 7,791
Flintshire 1899 1907 transferred from Jenkin's Shire Line, 1913 sold to Ellerman Line renamed Algerian. 3,837
Forth 1841 1849 wrecked near Cartagena; no loss of life. 1,939
Gascony 1925 1932 taken over with MacIver & Co, 1958 scrapped. 4,716
Glamorganshire 1918 ex- War Armour, 1919 purchased from the Shipping Controller renamed Glamorganshire, 1933 scrapped.
8,192
Great Western 1838 1847 purchased from Great Western SS Co., 1854 Crimean War transport, 1856 scrapped. 1,340
Guadiana 1874 1885 wrecked on Abrolhos Rocks, Brazil. 2,504
Highland Brigade 1929 1932 taken over with Nelson Line, 1959 sold to John Latsis, Piraeus, renamed Henrietta. 14,131
Highland Chieftain 1928 1932 taken over with Nelson Line, 1959 sold to Calpe Shipping Co, Gibraltar, renamed Calpean Star. 14,131
Highland Monarch 1928 1932 taken over with Nelson Line, 1960 scrapped. 14,139
Highland Patriot 1932 1932 taken over with Nelson Line, 1940 torpedoed and sunk in Atlantic; loss of 3 lives. 14,157
Highland Princess 1929 1932 taken over with Nelson Line, 1959 sold to John Latsis, Piraeus, renamed Marianna. 14,128
Humber 1880 1885 sailed from New York for West Indies and went missing; loss of 66 lives.. 2,371
Isis 1841 1842 grounded Puerto Rico, refloated but sank off Bermuda; loss of 1 life. 1,900
Kennet 1895 ex- General Havelock, 1901 purchased from R. M. Hudson, Sunderland, based at Trinidad, 1914 scrapped. 827
La Plata (1) 1852 1871 sold.
2,292
La Plata (2) 1879 ex- Norfolk, 1882 purchased from Money Wigram & Co. renamed La Plata, 1893 sold to Orienta Steam Yachting Assoc., London, renamed Orienta. 3,240
La Plata (3) 1896 1900 sold to Booth Line, renamed Clement. 3,445
La Plata (4) 1882 ex- Moor, 1901 purchased from Union-Castle Line renamed La Plata for cruising, 1908 sold to Polytechnic Touring Assoc., renamed The Viking. 4,464
Larne (1) 1841 sailing ship, West Indies inter-island service, 1851 scrapped. 300
Larne (2) 1870 ex- De Ruyter, 1873 purchased from Engels & Co., Antwerp, 1900 sold to Italy, renamed Little Mary, later Mario. 1,670
Larne (3) 1894 ex- Aldenham, 1916 purchased from Eastern & Australasian SS Co. renamed Larne, 1918 sold to MacAndrews & Co. 3,808
Lee 1841 sailing ship, 1848 West Indies inter-island service, 1848 wrecked near Belize. 250
Liffey (1) 1841 sailing ship, West Indies inter-island service, 1847 out of service - no further record. 350
Liffey (2) 1866 ex- Ruahine, 1871 purchased from Panama, Australian & New Zealand Royal Mail Steam Packet Co. renamed Liffey, 1874 wrecked Uruguay. 1,504
Loch Avon 1947 North Pacific service, 1967 sold to Singapore Malaysia Overseas Line, renamed Hongkong Observer. 8,617
Loch Garth 1947 North Pacific service, 1968 scrapped. 8,617
Loch Gowan 1954 North Pacific service, 1970 scrapped. 9,718
Loch Loyal 1957 North Pacific service, 1971 sold to Aegis Group, Piraeus, renamed Aegis Loyal. 11,035
Loch Ryan (1) 1943 ex- Empire Chieftain , 1946 purchased from Ministry of Transport renamed Loch Ryan, 1960 sold, renamed Fair Ryan and scrapped. 9,904
Loch Ryan (2) 1958 ex- Pacific Envoy , 1967 transferred from Furness Withy renamed Loch Ryan, 1970 reverted to Furness Withy, renamed Pacific Envoy. 9,439
Lochavon 1938 1939 torpedoed and sunk in Atlantic. 9,205
Lochgoil 1922 UK - Vancouver service, 1943 bombed and sunk near Gibraltar. 9,462
Lochkatrine 1921 UK - Vancouver service, 1942 torpedoed and sunk off Newfoundland; loss of 9 lives. 9,409
Lochmonar 1923 UK - Vancouver service, 1949 scrapped 9,412
Lombardy (1) 1920 1932 taken over with David MacIver & Co., 1956 sold to Far East Metal Co. renamed Metal Trader. 3,379
Lombardy (2) 1958 ex- Manchester Freighter, 1969 transferred from Manchester Liners renamed Lombardy, 1971 sold to Liberia renamed Premier Pacific. 8,105
Magdalena (1) 1852 1854 Crimean War transport, 1866 scrapped. 2,318
Magdalena (2) 1889 1915 taken over as troopship, 1921 scrapped. 5,362
Magdalena (3) 1949 1949 wrecked Rio de Janeiro on maiden voyage. 17,547
Manau 1892 ex- Transvaal, 1906 purchased from Bucknall Line renamed Manau, 1906 wrecked near Bahia, Brazil. 2,745
Marima 1892 ex-Zulu, 1906 purchased from Bucknall Line renamed Marima, 1911 sold to Greece renamed Marika. 2,742
Medina 1841 1842 wrecked Turks Island; no loss of life. 1,800
Medway (1) 1841 1854 Crimean War transport, 1861 scrapped 1,895
Medway (2) 1877 1899 scrapped. 3,687
Merionethshire 1913 ex- Reptonian, 1913 purchased from J. Mathias, Aberystwyth renamed Merionethshire, 1918 torpedoed and sunk off Azores 4,308
Mersey 1859 Rio - Buenos Aires feeder service, 1876 sold. 1,039
Minho (1) 1872 ex- Leopold II, 1874 purchased from Ryde & Co., 1878 sold to A. Ross, Glasgow. 2,540
Minho (2) 1896 1903 sold to Swan, Peterson & Co, Newcastle, renamed Halifax. 3,445
Mondego 1872 ex- Santiago, 1874 purchased from Ryde & Co., 1888 sold to A. Ross, Glasgow. 2,564
Monmouthshire 1902 1907 transferred from Jenkin's Shire Line, 1919 renamed Tyne (4), 1922 sold to Japan renamed Toku Maru. 5,091
Montgomeryshire 1921 1931 sold to Italy renamed Riv. 6,650
Moselle 1871 1891 wrecked near Colon; loss of 1 life. 3,298
Nagara 1918 1943 torpedoed and sunk off Lands End. 8,803
Nagoya 1920 ex- Highland Warrior, 1932 taken over with Nelson Line renamed Nagoya, 1936 sold to Kaye & Son renamed Marlene. 8,442
Nalon 1915 ex- Murillo, 1932 taken over with Nelson Line renamed Nalon, 1940 bombed and sunk by German aircraft. 7,206
Narenta 1919 1939 sold to Japan, renamed Kosei Maru. 8,266
Nariva 1920 1943 torpedoed in Atlantic and sunk by escorts. 8,723
Nasina 1915 ex- Meissonier, 1932 taken over with Nelson Line renamed Nasina, 1935 sold to Italy renamed Asmara. 7,206
Natia 1920 1940 sunk in Atlantic by German surface raider. 8,723
Navasota 1918 1939 torpedoed and sunk in North Atlantic; loss of 37 lives. 8,803
Nebraska 1919 1944 torpedoed and sunk off Ascension Island. 8,261
Nela 1915 ex- Moliere, 1932 taken over with Nelson Line renamed Nela, 1946 scrapped. 7,206
Neva 1868 1890 scrapped. 3,025
Nictheroy 1920 1937 sold to Achille Lauro, Naples, renamed Cuma. 8,265
Nile (1) 1869 1890 sold to Union SS Co., renamed Roman (2). 2,994
Nile (2) 1893 1900 Boer War transport, 1911 sold to Nile SS Co., Hong Kong. 5,855
North Britain 1841 coaling hulk at Corunna, 1843 Engineer's depot and repair ship at Southampton, 1853 scrapped. ?
Ohio 1919 ex- Munchen (North German Lloyd), completed as Ohio (war reparations) for R.M.S.P.Co., Hamburg - NY service, 1927 transferred to White Star Line, renamed Albertic. 18,490
Oneida 1855 1858 purchased from European & Australian Royal Mail Co, 1874 sold to Ellis & Sons, London became sailing ship. 2,293
Orbita (1) 1919 1921 chartered from Pacific Steam Nav. Co. for Hamburg - NY service, 1923 transferred from PSNCo., 1927 reverted to PSNCo. 15,495
Orbita (2) 1971 1980 sold to Cia. Sud Americana de Vapores renamed Andalien. 8,396
Orca 1918 1923 transferred from Pacific Steam Nav. Co., 1927 sold to White Star Line, renamed Calgaric. 15,120
Orcana 1903 ex- Miltiades, 1920 purchased from Aberdeen Line renamed Orcana, 1922 transferred to Pacific Steam Nav. Co. 6,793
Orduna (1) 1914 1921 transferred from Pacific Steam Nav. Co. for Hamburg - New York service, 1927 reverted to PSNCo. 15,507
Orduna (2) 1973 1980 transferred from Pacific Steam Nav.Co, 1982 transferred to Houlder Line renamed Beacon Grange. 8,396
Orinoco (1) 1852 1854 Crimean War transport, 1858 scrapped (dry rot in wooden hull) 2,245
Orinoco (2) 1886 1909 scrapped. 4,434
Orotava 1889 1906 transferred from Pacific Steam Nav.Co, 1914 Armed Merchant Cruiser. In 1919 she passed to the ownership of the Shipping Controller, London (managed by RMSPCo.) and was eventually scrapped in Nov.1921. 5,857
Oroya 1886 1906 purchased from Pacific Steam Nav.Co, 1909 scrapped. 6,057
Ortega 1973 1980 transferred from Pacific Steam Nav.Co, renamed Andes, 1982 sold to Hong Kong renamed Oceanhaven. 8,396
Ortona 1899 1906 purchased from Pacific Steam Nav.Co, 1910 renamed Arcadian (1) cruise ship, 1915-17 troopship, 1917 torpedoed and sunk in Mediterranean; loss of 279 lives. 7,945
Oruba (1) 1889 1906 transferred from Pacific Steam Nav.Co, 1914 sold to Admiralty became dummy battleship HMS Orion 1915 scuttled at Mudros as breakwater. 5,852
Oruba (2) 1904 ex- Marathon, 1920 purchased from Aberdeen Line renamed Oruba, 1922 transferred to Pacific Steam Nav. Co. 6,795
Palma 1941 1944 torpedoed and sunk by Japanese submarine off Ceylon; loss of 7 lives. 5,419
Pampas (1) 1940 1942 bombed and sunk in Malta harbour. 5,415
Pampas (2) 1944 1944 Infantry Landing Ship then renamed HMS Persimmon, 1946 returned to owners as Pampas, 1964 sold to Panama renamed Aristodimos. 5,576
Para 1872 ex- Puno, 1875 purchased from Pacific Steam Nav. Co. renamed Para, 1901 scrapped.
3,805
Paraguay 1944 1964 sold to Greece. 5,564
Paramatta 1858 1859 wrecked on Anegada, West Indies on maiden voyage, no lives lost. 3,439
Parana (1) 1851 1855 chartered to French Government as Crimean War transport, 1868 hulked at St, Thomas, 1876 scrapped. 2,943
Parana (2) 1904 1933 scrapped. 4,515
Pardo (1) 1904 1934 scrapped. 4,538
Pardo (2) 1940 1964 sold to Greece renamed Aristarchos. 5,405
Parima 1944 1962 sold to Panama renamed Michalios X. 5,596
Pembrokeshire 1914 1933 scrapped. 7,821
Picardy 1957 1971 sold to Liberia renamed Europe. 7,306
Pilcomayo 1945 1964 sold to Greece renamed Aristagelos. 5,574
Potaro (1) 1904 1915 captured by German raider KRONPRINZ WILHELM, used as scout ship, 1915 scuttled by Germans. 4,378
Potaro (2) 1940 1965 sold to Greece renamed Aristipos. 5,416
Prince 1851 1862 sold. 398
Princess Victoria 1844 Southampton passenger tender, 1850 out of service. ?
Radnorshire (1) 1913 ex- Salopian, 1913 purchased from J. Mathias, Aberystwyth renamed Radnorshire, 1917 captured and sunk by German raider MOEWE off Brazil. 4,310
Radnorshire (2) 1919 ex- War Diamond, 1920 purchased from the Shipping Controller renamed Radnorshire, 1930 sold to Thomson SS Co., London renamed Sithonia. 6,723
Reina del Mar 1956 1969 transferred from Union-Castle SS Co. to R.M.L., 1973 sold to Union-Castle SS Co. 20,750
Reindeer 1840 1845 purchased from G.Langtrey & Co., Liverpool, West Indies inter-island service, fate not known. 600
Rhone 1865 1867 wrecked at St. Thomas in great hurricane; loss of 124 lives. 2,738
Sabor (1) 1893 ex- Gaul, 1906 purchased from Union-Castle Line renamed Sabor, 1908 transferred to Jenkin's Shire Line renamed Carmarthenshire, 1913 reverted to R.M.S.P.Co renamed Chaleur (Canada - West Indies service), 1927 scrapped. 4,745
Sabor (2) 1920 ex- War Whale, 1920 purchased from the Shipping Controller renamed Sabor, 1943 torpedoed and sunk in Indian Ocean. 5,212
Sambre 1919 ex- War Swift, 1920 purchased from the Shipping Controller renamed Sambre, 1940 torpedoed and sunk in Atlantic. 5,260
Sarthe 1919 1942 torpedoed and sunk off Cape of Good Hope. 5,271
Segura (1) 1893 ex- Greek, 1906 purchased from Union-Castle Line renamed Segura, 1908 transferred to Jenkin's Shire Line, renamed Pembrokeshire, 1913 reverted to R.M.S.P.Co renamed Chignecto (Canada - West Indies service), 1927 scrapped. 4,747
Segura (2) 1919 ex- War Pansy, 1920 purchased from the Shipping Controller renamed Segura, 1935 sold to Houlder Bros, renamed Langton Grange. 5,295
Seine 1860 1871 scrapped. 3,440
Severn (1) 1841 1854 Crimean War transport, 1856 scrapped. 1,886
Severn (2) 1873 1887 sold to Turkey. 1,736
Severn (3) 1898 1913 sold to Cia Trasatlantica Espanola, Cadiz, renamed Fernando Poo. 3,760
Severn (4) 1919 ex- War Pelican, 1920 purchased from the Shipping Controller renamed Severn, 1932 sold to Greece renamed Leonidas II. 5,246
Shannon 1859 1875 wrecked near Colon. 3,609
Sicily 1913 1933 taken over with David MacIver & Co, 1933 sold to Greece renamed Pagasitikos. 3,457
Silarus 1919 1931 sold to Greece renamed Nemea. 5,101
Siris 1919 1942 torpedoed and sunk in Atlantic. 5,242
Solent (1) 1852 West Indies inter-island service, 1869 scrapped. 2,230
Solent (2) 1878 West Indies inter-island service, 1905 became cruise ship, 1909 scrapped. 1,908
Solway 1841 1843 wrecked near Corunna, Spain; loss of 35 lives. 1,700
Somme 1919 ex- War Toucan, 1920 purchased from the Shipping Controller renamed Somme, 1942 torpedoed and sunk in Atlantic. 5,265
Spey 1892 West Indies inter-island service, 1913 sold to V. Kibrit, London. 470
Tagus (1) 1871 1897 scrapped. 3,298
Tagus (2) 1899 1900 Boer War transport, 1914-1918 Hospital ship, 1920 sold to Hijos de Jose Taya, Barcelona, renamed Prince de Viana. 5,545
Taff 1914 lighter at Southampton, 1920 sold to J. Little & Co, Southampton. 204
Tamar (1) 1854 1854 Crimean War transport, 1871 sold. 1,850
Tamar (2) 1873 ex- Vancouver, 1878 purchased from China Transpacific SS Co. renamed Tamar, 1897 scrapped. 2,923
Tamar (3) 1902 1915 captured and sunk by German raider KRONPRINZ WILHELM off Brazil. 3,207
Tamar (4)   see Denbighshire.  
Tasmanian 1857 1859 taken over from European & Australian Royal Mail Co, 1878 sold. 2,956
Taw 1892 W.I inter-island service, 1915 sold to T.H.Scott, Trinidad. 180
Tay 1841 1856 wrecked near Vera Cruz; no loss of life..
1,858
Tees 1892 W.I. inter-island service, 1915 sold to T.H.Scott, Trinidad. 180
Teign 1914 lighter at Southampton, 1920 sold to Spillers Ltd, Cardiff. 204
Teviot (1) 1841 1864 scrapped. 1,744
Teviot (2) 1902 1914-1918 supply ship, 1928 scrapped at Danzig. 3,271
Teviot (3) 1944 ex- Empire Abbey, 1946 purchased from Ministry of Transport renamed Teviot, 1960 scrapped. 7,085
Thames (1) 1841 1854 Crimean War transport, 1865 scrapped St.Thomas. 1,889
Thames (2) 1890 1914 scuttled as blockship in Scapa Flow. 5,645
Thessaly (1) 1909 1932 taken over with MacIver & Co, 1933 scrapped. 3,135
Thessaly (2) 1957 1971 sold to Liberia renamed Japan. 7,299
Tiber 1865 ex- Kaikoura, 1871 purchased from Panama, Australian & New Zealand Royal Mail Steam Packet Co. renamed Tiber , 1882 wrecked San Domingo. 1,591
Towey 1914 lighter at Southampton, 1920 sold to Spillers Ltd, Cardiff. 204
Trent (1) 1841 1854 Crimean War transport, 1865 laid up, 1867 scrapped. 1,856
Trent (2) 1873 ex- Vasco de Gama (sp), 1878 purchased from China Transpacific SS Co. renamed Trent, 1897 scrapped. 2,912
Trent (3) 1899 1915 HMS Trent, Monitor Depot ship, 1922 scrapped. 5,573
Tuscany 1956 1970 sold to Random Ltd (H & J. Denholm), renamed Federal Hudson. 7,455
Tweed (1) 1841 1847 wrecked Yucatan; loss of 72 lives. 1,800
Tweed (2) 1944 ex- Empire Lady, 1946 purchased from Ministry of Transport renamed Tweed, 1959 scrapped. 7,046
Tyne (1) 1854 1875 scrapped. 1,603
Tyne (2) 1891 1897 WI inter-island service, 1897 sold Phillippines, renamed P. de Sotolongo. 615
Tyne (3) 1900 1917 WI Inter-island service, 1917 torpedoed and sunk in English Channel. 2,902
Tyne (4)   see Monmouthshire.  
Wear 1892 West Indies inter-island service, 1915 sold to T. H. Scott, Trinidad. 180
Wye 1853 West Indies inter-island service, 1867 wrecked at St. Thomas in great hurricane; loss of 41 lives. 819
Yacare 1959 River Plate local service, 1972 transferred to Buenos Aires ownership 1,344
Yaguarete 1959 River Plate local service, 1972 transferred to Buenos Aires ownership. 1,344
Yare 1887 ex- Norfolk, 1901 purchased from H. Reeve, Yarmouth renamed Yare, based at Dominica, 1915 sold to Joseph Gale, Preston renamed Ribbleton. 299

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