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The Fleets

Ryde Line, London

The Ryde Line started in 1870 where the London, Belgium, Brazil & River Plate SS Co., left off. Sailings to Antwerp, Falmouth, Lisbon, Rio de Janeiro, Montevideo and Buenos Aires started in 1870. The company operated until Jan. 1874 but declining passenger numbers caused the withdrawal of the service.

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:
    • London - Antwerp - Falmouth - Lisbon - Rio de Janeiro - Montevideo - Buenos Aires.
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Ariadne 1870 1875 sold to J. Hall, London renamed Gibraltar. 1,412
Bonita 1871 18th May 1874 wrecked on Vigo Island. 1,886
Charles Howard 1873 1874 sold to Sunderland owners, 1890 renamed Mineral and converted to tanker. 1,304
Evora 1871 24th Apr. 1872 wrecked near Montevideo. 1,717
Galatea 1871 1881 on charter to Anchor Line, 1883-1884 owned by Raeburn & Verel, Glasgow renamed Borghese, 1899 sank near Finisterre. 2,001
Lacydon 1870 1875 sold to J. Hall, London renamed Cadiz. 1,400
Leopold II 1873 1874 sold to Royal Mail S.P.Co. renamed Minho, 1887 sold to Turkey renamed Aslan, 1901 wrecked in Red Sea ; loss of 180 lives. 2,540
Rhone 1868 1873 purchased, 1879 sold to Westcott & Laurence, 1898 sold to Belgium. 1,343
Richard Cobden 1868 1873 purchased, 1876 sold to Spain renamed Vidal Sala, 1886 sold Belgium renamed Lys, 1889 sold to Westcott & Laurence, renamed Science, 1899 sunk in collision near Cape St. Vincent. 1,348
Santiago 1873 1874 sold to Royal Mail S.P. Co. renamed Mondego, 1888 sold to A. Ross, Glasgow, 1891 wrecked St. Mary's, NF. 2,564

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