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Aktiebolaget Svenska Ostasiatiska Kompaniet / Swedish East Asia Company (SEAC) 1907-1979

Aktiebolaget Svenska Ostasiatiska Kompaniet or Swedish East Asia Company (SEAC) was founded by K.A. Wallenberg, M. Wallenberg and Dan Broström with financial support from the Swedish Government to open new routes to east Asia on 15th June 1907. To start the operation as soon as possible a joint service agreement was signed on August 1, 1907 with the East Asiatic Company (EAC) of Copenhagen and the Nicobar was taken over and renamed CANTON (1).

During 1902 two new steamers were acquired the PEKING and YEDDO, followed by the NIPPON (1) in 1909. The joint service with EAC was a success and in 1910 two new ships were built for the company by R. & W. Hawthorn, Leslie & Co. Ltd of Newcastle, the CEYLON (1) and JAPAN (1).

By 1914 the company had become well established in East Asia and started to extend their operations to other parts of Asia, early that year a joint service was begun with the Deutsche Dampfschifffahrt Gesellschaft Hansa (DDG Hansa) and Wilh. Wilhelmsen and a new line was opened to British India. The collaboration with DDG Hansa ended abruptly at the outbreak of World War I. Also in 1914 a new steamer the SUMATRA (1) built also in Great Britain joined the fleet.

The company lost one ship during World War I, the NEW SWEDEN built in 1917. After the war SEAC became an independent member of the Straits, China and Japan Conference and in 1925 it became a member of the India Conference. The PEKING was lost in 1919, the INDUS in 1921 and the YEDDO in 1924.

In 1920 two new steamers were acquired the INDUS and BENARES (1), followed by the company’s first motorship ordered in 1915 but completed in 1921 from the Burmeister & Wain yard of Copenhagen, the FORMOSA. After 1920 all the company’s ships were motor ships and ordered from Swedish yards. In 1925 the fleet consisted of ten ships.

Between 1929 and 1931 four new motor vessels were acquired by SEAC, the NAGARA, SHANTUNG, TAMARA and PEIPING and the steamers BENARES (1) and NIPPON (1) were sold in 1934 and 1936 respectively. The NIPPON (2) joined the fleet in 1937 only to be lost in 1938, followed by the NINGPO in 1938 and TONGHAI in 1940. During World War II the SEAC paid a heavy price during that conflict and lost seven ships ; CANTON (2) in 1940 JAPAN (1), SHANTUNG and NINGPO in 1941, AGRA and PEIPING in 1942 NANKING in 1943.

Replacements for the lost ships were built in Swedish yards and between 1940 and 1946 SEAC obtained nine modern diesel ships and in 1946 the fleet consisted of thirteen ships. In the post war period an extensive ship building programme was under taken to keep the fleet modernised.

In 1978 all the remaining ships were transferred to Broströms Rederi AB and In 1984 Transatlantic (Red AB Transocean) took over all Broströms' liner operations.

Many thanks to Henk Jungerius and 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.

Funnels & Flags:

Fleet:

Funnel Funnel Flag Flag
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Agra 1925 built by Götaverken Cityvarvet, Göteborg | 1942 torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U.654 on voyage Philadelphia to Alexandria with the loss of 4 lives. 4,589
Andaman 1947 built by Götaverken Cityvarvet, Göteborg | 1953 sunk after collision with steamer FORTUNE near East Goodwin Light Vessel. 4,742
Bali 1942 built by Oresund Varvet, Landskrona | 1969 sold to Cyprus renamed Alma, 1979 scrapped at Kaohsiung. 6,105
Barber Nara 1979 built by Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Chiba | 1979 to Rederi AB Transatlantic, 1989 sold to Wilh. Wilhelmsen, Norway renamed Tampere. 22,087
Bataan 1946 built by Götaverken Cityvarvet, Göteborg | 1968 sold to Rederi AB Timex renamed Browind, 1972 scrapped in China. 4,742
Benares (1) 1920 built by Furness Shipbuilding Co., Haverton Hill, Middlesbrough | 1934 transferred to Svenska Orient Linien renamed Lappland, 1939 sold to Greece renamed Pegasus, 15 September 1941 torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U.94 while in convoy ON14. 5,762
Benares (2) 1946 built by Eriksbergs Mekaniska Verkstad, Göteborg | 1966 stranded off Scheveningen and declared total loss, wreck sold to Ugland Rederi AS, repaired renamed Benarita, 1969 sold to General Maritime Co., Singapore renamed Benares, 1971 stranded off Texel after engine failure, wreck sold for scrapping, 1972 scrapped. 4,796
Bengal 1944 built by Eriksbergs Mekaniska Verkstad, Göteborg | 1963 sold to KS IS Ocean Transport, Norway renamed Fanafjord, 1966 renamed Fana, 1973 sold to Virnat Shipping Line, Singapore renamed Natasha K, 1978 scrapped at Gadani Beach. 4,796
Burma 1952 built by Eriksbergs Mekaniska Verkstad, Göteborg | 1976 sold to Cyprus renamed Andromachi, 1977 renamed Eddy, 1982 scrapped at Gadani Beach. 7,693
Canton (1) 1906 built by Burmeister & Wain, Copenhagen | ex- Nicobar, 1907 purchased from EAC renamed Canton, 1918 sold to Swedish Amerika Mexico Linien renamed Carlsholm, 1934 grounded and scrapped. 3,453
Canton (2) 1922 built by Oresund Varvet, Landskrona | 09 August 1940 torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U.30 with the loss of sixteen lives. 5,783
Ceylon (1) 1910 built by R. & W. Hawthorn, Leslie & Co. Ltd., Newcastle | 1950 sold to Wheelock, Marden & Co., Hong Kong renamed Corda, 1951 sold to Daichi Kisen KK, Japan renamed Orient Maru, 1961 sold same name, 1963 scrapped. 5,980
Ceylon (2) 1950 built by Eriksbergs Mekaniska Verkstad, Göteborg | 1975 sold to Pacific International Lines, Singapore renamed Kota Pusaka, 1980 scrapped at Kaohsiung. 7,693
Delhi 1925 built by Lindholmens Varv, Gothenburg | 1945 sold to S. Svensson renamed Gella, 1959 sold to N.J. Pateras Sons renamed Platani, 1962 scrapped at Hong Kong. 4,592
Formosa 1921 built by Burmeister & Wain, Copenhagen | Ordered in 1915 but completed in 1921 due shortage of materials, company first motorship, 1952 renamed Kinaland, 1954 sold to Rederi AB Wallen renamed C.A. Falkland, 1959 scrapped at Hong Kong. 7,032
Fujisan 1971 built by Götaverken Arendal | Bulkcarrier, 1978 sold to International Obo Carriers, Liberia renamed Atlantic Endeavour, 1982 sold renamed Navios Collier, 1984 sold to Philippine President Lines renamed Philippine Collier, 1988 sold renamed Oscar II, 1990 sold to Soc. Anon Monagasque d’Adm Maritime et Arienne, Panama renamed River Maas, 1992 scrapped at Gadani Beach. 55,534
Hainan 1946 built by Götaverken Cityvarvet, Göteborg | 1971 sold to Astro del Golfor SA, Panama renamed Anna Boleyn, 1972 scrapped in Spain. 4,742
Hakone 1967 built by Eriksbergs Mekaniska Verkstad, Göteborg | 1978 transferred to Broströms Rederi AB, 1979 sold to Norway renamed Hallborg, 1985 scrapped. 10,663
Hirado 1967 built by Eriksbergs Mekaniska Verkstad, Göteborg | 1977 sold to Bangladesh Shipping Corp., Bangladesh renamed Banglar Maan, 1985 scrapped at Chittagong after engine failure. 10,663
Hokkaido 1966 built by Eriksbergs Mekaniska Verkstad, Göteborg | 1977 sold to Bangladesh Shipping Corp., Bangladesh renamed Banglar Mita, 1991 scrapped at Chittagong. 10,663
Hondo 1966 built by Eriksbergs Mekaniska Verkstad, Göteborg | 1978 transferred to Broströms Rederi AB, 1980 sold to Afromar Inc., Greece renamed Sifnos, 1994 scrapped at Alang. 10,663
Hong Kong 1958 built by Eriksbergs Mekaniska Verkstad, Göteborg | Tanker, 1971 sold to Greece renamed Tramontana, 1973 sold to Athenian Parcel Tankers renamed Athenian Victory II, 1978 damaged by stranding at Durban, 1979 scrapped. 16,694
Indus (1) 1920 built by J. Coughlan & Sons, Vancouver | 1923 sold to E. Cesano & Co. renamed Indiano, 1925 sold to Nav Alta Italia renamed Monrosa, 25 October 1941 torpedoed and sunk by submarine. 5,772
Indus (2) 1969 built by Eriksbergs Mekaniska Verkstad, Göteborg | 1978 transferred to Broströms Rederi AB, 1979 sold to Singapore renamed Turtle Bay, 1980 sold to China Ocean Shipping Co. (COSCO) renamed Tong Bai Shan, 1990 sold to Polyeala Shipping Co., Panama renamed Sky Hill, 1990 scrapped in India. 9,639
Isfahan 1969 built by Eriksbergs Mekaniska Verkstad, Göteborg | 1978 transferred to Broströms Rederi AB, 1979 sold to Seafalcon Shipping Co., Singapore renamed Seafalcon, 1983 sold to Eleanor Enterprise, Liberia renamed Santa Cruz, 1987 scrapped in Colombia. 9,639
Japan (1) 1910 built by R. & W. Hawthorn, Leslie & Co. Ltd., Newcastle | 04 May 1941 torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U.38 while in convoy OB310. 5,235
Japan (2) 1950 built by Eriksbergs Mekaniska Verkstad, Göteborg | 1975 sold to Pacific International Lines, Singapore renamed Kota Pentani, 1980 scrapped at Kaohsiung. 7,693
Kinaland   see Formosa.  
Kyoto 1955 built by Eriksbergs Mekaniska Verkstad, Göteborg | 1972 sold to Ocean Tramping Co., Hong Kong renamed Baining, 1976 sold to China Ocean Shipping Co. (COSCO) renamed Ning Du, 1984 scrapped ?. 6,031
Mandalay 1960 built by Wärtsilä, Abo | 1978 sold to Everett Orient Line, Liberia renamed Ramon Everett, 1985 scrapped in China. 5,610
Mangalore 1943 built by Götaverken Cityvarvet, Göteborg | 1966 to Aug Leffler & Sons, Göteborg, 1968 sold to Ignazio Messina, Italy renamed Pierangelaemme, 1976 sold to Mazzanti Giafranco same name, 1977 sold to Kuwait renamed Alwady, 1977 scrapped. 4,506
Mindoro 1940 built by Götaverken Cityvarvet, Göteborg | 1969 sold to Cyprus renamed Alpa, 1978 scrapped at Hong Kong. 6,105
Minikoi 1955 built by Eriksbergs Mekaniska Verkstad, Göteborg | 1972 sold to South Shipping Lines-Iran Lines, Iran renamed Iran Shahr, 1975 to Arya National Shiping Lines, 1977 renamed Faizi, 1985 scrapped. 6,031
Nagara (1) 1929 built by Götaverken Cityvarvet, Göteborg | 1961 sold to P. Palsson renamed Broriver, 1961 sold to T. Berglund renamed Dagmar, 1965 sold to Ricardo Shipping renamed Ricardo, 1966 sold to United China Shipping Co. renamed Bali River, 1967 scrapped at Kaohsiung. 6,589
Nagara (2) 1974 built by OY Wärtsilä, Turku/Abo | Container vessel, 1978 transferred to Broströms Rederi AB, 1984 transferred to Rederi AB Transocean, 1984 sold to Sea Containers Ltd, Bahamas not renamed, 1986 sold to Hong Kong renamed Burling Island, 1989 sold to China Ocean Shipping Co. (COSCO) renamed Ta He, 1998 scrapped in Shanghai. 22,270
Nagasaki 1961 built by N.D.S.M., Amsterdam | 1972 sold to China Ocean Shipping Co. (COSCO) renamed Heng Shui, 1991 renamed Zi Jin. 9,300
Nanking 1924 built by Götaverken Cityvarvet, Göteborg | 29 April 1943 torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U.123 on voyage Bombay to Freetown. 5,931
Nara 1964 built by N.D.S.M., Amsterdam | 1972 sold to China Ocean Shipping Co. (COSCO) renamed Qing Shui, 1991 scrapped in Bangladesh. 9,300
New Sweden 1913 built by Earle's Shipbuilding & Engineering Company Ltd., Hull | ex- New Sweden, 1917 transferred from AB Svenska Amerika Mexico Linien, 20 May 1918 torpedoed and sunk by German submarine. 5,319
Nicobar 1963 built by N.D.S.M., Amsterdam | 1972 sold to China Ocean Shipping Co. (COSCO) renamed Tian Shui, 1991 scrapped at Chittagong. 9,300
Nihon 1972 built by Oresund Varvet, Landskrona | Container vessel, 1978 transferred to Broströms Rederi AB, 1984 transferred to Rederi AB Transocean, 1984 lengthened 55,241gt, 1984 to Transatlantic Shipping Co., Norway not renamed, 1991 to Det Östasiatiske Kompagni AS (EAC), Copenhagen, 1993 sold to Maersk renamed Ladby Maersk, 1995 sold to Mediterranean Shipping Co. (MSC), Panama renamed Ladby, 1996 renamed MSC Carla, 1997 broke in two in hurricane off Azores, stern towed to Gijon and scrapped. 50,400
Ningpo 1938 built by Eriksbergs Mekaniska Verkstad, Göteborg | 25 December 1941 shelled by Japanese warships at Hong Kong, repaired and in service for Japan, 1942 renamed Nippo Maru, 29 June 1944 torpedoed and sunk by American submarine USS Flasher. 6,089
Nippon (1) 1909 built by R. & W. Hawthorn, Leslie & Co. Ltd., Newcastle | 1936 sold to A. Wihuri renamed Wirta, 24 January 1941 wrecked at Skjerjafjord, Iceland. 4,013
Nippon (2) 1937 built by Götaverken Cityvarvet, Göteborg | 13 September 1938 sunk in collision 3nm E Wandelaar Light Vessel. 6,095
Nippon (3) 1962 built by N.D.S.M., Amsterdam | 1967 trapped in Suez Canal after Six Days War, 1968 abandoned to Insurance Company, 1974 sold to Norway renamed Marit, 1975 sold to Hellenic Lines, Greece renamed Hellenic Patriot, 1984 sold to Gibraltar renamed Tenon, 1984 scrapped in China. 10,309
Peiping 1932 built by Götaverken Cityvarvet, Göteborg | 09 September 1942 torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U.66 with the loss of 3 lives. 6,393
Peking 1908 built by Burmeister & Wain, Copenhagen | 1919 lost in storm with all hands on voyage Dalny Sabang. 3,422
Sabang 1955 built by Eriksbergs Mekaniska Verkstad, Göteborg | 1972 sold to Ocean Tramping Co., Hong Kong renamed Baiyen, 1973 sold to Nan Yang Shipping Co., Somalia, 1976 sold to China Ocean Shipping Co. ( COSCO ) renamed Wudu, 1981 renamed Hua Qiang, 1982 scrapped at Chittagong. 6,031
Shantung 1929 built by Götaverken Cityvarvet, Göteborg | 25 December 1941 on fire, shelled and sunk. 6,598
Sudan 1953 built by Eriksbergs Mekaniska Verkstad, Göteborg | 1974 renamed Concordia Sudan on charter to Haaland, 1974 renamed Sudan, 1977 sold to Pacific International Lines, Singapore renamed Kota Puri, 1979 scrapped at Kaohsiung. 7,693
Sumatra (1) 1914 built by Earle's Shipbuilding & Engineering Company Ltd., Hull | 12 November 1939 stranded and wrecked near Moyapore. 6,840
Sumatra (2) 1948 built by Cantieri Riuniti dell' Adriatico, Monfalcone | 1964 sold to Chris. Haaland renamed Concordia Faro, 1969 abandoned by crew near Capetown, 1970 sold to Bry Overseas Nav. Co., Panama renamed Mondia II, 1972 scrapped at Kaohsiung. 8,329
Svealand 1917 built by Södra Varvet, Stockholm | ex- Svealand, 1917 purchased from Redei AB Svenske not renamed, 1924 sold to the USA and converted into a yacht renamed Utowana, 1933 sold renamed Stranger, 1937 sold renamed Moana, 1940 sold to The North American Motor Ship Co. and converted into a dry cargo ship renamed Brooklyn Heights, 1947 sold to Panama renamed Colima, 1950 sold to Pakistan renamed Al Chishti, 1954 scrapped in India. 1,036
Tamara (1) 1932 built by Götaverken Cityvarvet, Göteborg | 1960 sold to Rederi AB Timex renamed Brosea, 1965 sold to Time Lines, Panama not renamed, 1965 renamed Tyning, 1969 scrapped at Kaohsiung. 6,490
Tamara (2) 1974 built by OY Wärtsilä, Turku/Abo | Container vessel, 1978 transferred to Broströms Rederi AB, 1984 transferred to Rederi AB Transocean, 1984 sold to Sea Containers Ltd, Great Britain renamed Tavara, 1986 sold to Seagull International Trading, Bahamas renamed Seagull, 1988 sold to Mediterranean Shipping Co. (MSC), Panama renamed Rafaela S, 1994 renamed MSC Rafaela S, 1996 renamed MSC Teresa. 22,270
Tokyo 1967 built by Hitachi Zosen, Hiroshima Works, Innoshima | Bulkcarrier, 1977 sold to Panatlantic Carriers, Liberia renamed Rio Sun, 1984 sold to Cyprus Sea Lines, Cyprus renamed A.H., 1986 scrapped in South Korea. 42,534
Tonghai 1940 built by Götaverken Cityvarvet, Göteborg | 1953 sunk after collision with British tanker ESSO CARDIFF off Ferrol. 6,105
Travancore (1) 1944 built by Götaverken Cityvarvet, Göteborg | 1965 sold to Rederi AB Timex renamed Brofjord, 1968 sold to Ignazio Messina, Italy renamed Ginancarloemme, 1975 sold to Archos Maritime, Cyprus renamed Spirit, 1976 laid up, 1978 scrapped in Greece. 4,506
Travancore (2) 1957 built by AG Weser, Bremen | ex- Stureholm built for Tirfing, 1970 transferred from Svenska Amerika Linien renamed Travancore, 1975 sold to Norway renamed Hermes, 1976 sold to Pacific International Lines, Singapore renamed Kota Setia, 1979 scrapped at Kaohsiung. 8,720
Yeddo 1908 built by Wm. Doxford & Sons, Sunderland | 07 May 1924 beached after collision River Schelde and scrapped. 3,961

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