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The Fleets

Ward Line / New York & Cuba Mail Steamship CompanyPoster

Ward Line commenced operations with steamships in 1877 with services between New York, Nassau and Havana. In 1888 Ward purchased the fleet and services to the east coast of Mexico of the Alexandre Line. In 1907 Charles W. Morse purchased the Ward Line, but shortly after went bankrupt and Ward Line combined with several other Morse companies to form Atlantic, Gulf and West Indies Line (Agwiline) each under their own management.

The high demand for freight and passenger services between Spain, Cuba and the USA after the Great War caused the Ward Line to extend some sailings from New York and Havana to Spanish ports. This continued from January,1920, to October, 1921, when the transatlantic service ceased.

After the Morro Castle disaster, the company was renamed Cuba Mail Line. Agwilines was liquidated in 1954 but the Ward Line name was purchased to sail cargo ships to Cuba under foreign registry. The following year Cia Naviera Garcia, Cuba purchased the company and operated it until 1959 when it ceased trading.

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) ot the Immigrant Ship web site.

see also http://www.wardline.com/ for more Ward Line information and ships' pictures

Funnel:
1877-1934 Black with two narrow white bands, widely spaced
1935-1955 Black

Fleet:

Funnel Funnel
  1877-1934 1935-1955
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Agwidale (1) 1919 1918-1919 U.S.Navy requisition, 1920 Mallory SS Co., 1935 to Agwilines Inc, 1946 sold Taiwan renamed Wei Ming, 1959 scrapped. 5,080
Agwidale (2) 1943 ex- Sovereign of the Seas, 1948 transferred from U.S. Maritime Commission renamed Agwidale, 1950 renamed Oriente, 1954 renamed Short Hills, 1955 to A. H. Bull & Co., NY renamed Jean, 1964 to Oceanic Ore Carriers, NY renamed Oceanic Tide, 1969 scrapped. 7,255
Agwiking 1944 ex- Pampero, 1947 purchased from U.S.War Shipping Admin renamed Agwiking, 1950 renamed Siboney, 1954 sold to T. J. Stevenson & Co renamed Plandome, 1954 to A. H. Bull, NY renamed Emilia, 1963 to Shipenter Lines NY renamed Taddei Village, 1964 scrapped after stranding near Yokohama. 7,259
Agwileon   see Havana (2).  
Agwimonte (1) 1941 ex- Cape Mendocino, 1941 transferred from U.S. Maritime Commission renamed Agwimonte, 28th May 1943 torpedoed and sunk in South Atlantic by U.177. 6,679
Agwimonte (2)   see Cape Alexander.  
Agwiprince 1941 1946 transferred to U.S. Maritime Commission and laid up, 1965 scrapped. 6,679
Agwiprincess 1944 ex- Cape Spear, 1948 purchased from U.S. War Shipping Admin renamed Agwiprincess, 1950 renamed Mexico, 1954 to Grace Line renamed Santa Fe, 1971 scrapped. 6,711
Agwistar (1) 1919 1920 purchased from Mallory SS Co., 1946 sold China renamed Chong Hsing, 1950 sold to Wheelock, Marden & Co., Panama renamed Fortune Star, 1953 scrapped. 5,229
Agwistar (2)   see Cape Chalmers.  
Antilla 1903 ex- Luristan, 1905 purchased from Strick Line renamed Antilla, 1918-1919 U.S.Navy requisition, 1931 sold and reduced to barge. 3,398
Bayamo 1898 ex- Turkistan, 1904 purchased from Strick Line, Swansea r/n Bayamo, 1923 scrapped. 3,204
Benito Juarez 1890 ex- Holguin, built for J. Christensen, Bergen, 1899 sold to A. Christensen, Copenhagen r/n Hebe, 1900 purchased by Ward Line r/n Benito Juarez, 1903 sold to Cia Mexicana de Nav, Vera Cruz, 1911 scrapped. 842
Black Arrow 1904 ex- Rhaetia of Hamburg America Line, 1917 seized by USA and renamed Black Hawk, 1918 US Shipping Board renamed Black Arrow, 1920-21 chartered by Ward Line for 3 round voyages. 6,022
Brunswick   see Niagara.  
Camaguey 1903 ex- Tabaristan,1906 purchased from Strick Line r/n Camaguey, 1932 sold for scrapping, 1934 scrapped. 3,398
Cape Alexander 1943 1948 r/n Agwimonte (2), 1950 r/n Orizaba, 1955 sold to T. J. Stevenson & Co., NY, 1963 sold Puerto Rico r/n Puerto Rico, 1968 to Scanus Shipping, NY r/n Highland Park, 1970 scrapped. 6,711
Cape Chalmers 1943 1948 r/n Agwistar, 1950 r/n Monterey, 1955 sold to T. J. Stevenson & Co., 1963 laid up, 1971 scrapped. 6,711
Cape Mohican 1942 1951 r/n Yucatan, 1954 to Grace Line r/n Santa Anita, 1954 r/n Santa Cruz, 1960 laid up, 1970 scrapped.  
Cauto 1916 1918-1919 U.S Navy requisition, 1937 wrecked at Puerto Mexico. 3,820
Cienfuegos (1) 1883 1895 wrecked off Eleuthera, Bahamas. 2,332
Cienfuegos (2) 1887 built as Caloric for Maclay & McIntyre, Glasgow, 1897 purchased by S. Castro & Cia, Cienfuegos r/n Cienfuegos, 1899 purchased by Ward Line, 1913 sold to C. L. Dimon, Cienfuegos, 1914 wrecked Nova Scotia. 1,748
Cinch Knot 1942 1947 to Southern SS Co., Philadelphia, 1949 to A. H. Bull, NY r/n Ann Marie, 1955 sold Korea r/n Mokpo, 1975 scrapped. 3,805
City of Alexandria 1879 1889 purchased from F. Alexandre & Son, NY, 1893 beached on fire after cargo explosion near Havana. 2,480
City of Washington 1877 1888 purchased from F. Alexandre & Son, NY, 1908 laid up, 1911 sold to E. F. Luckenbach and reduced to barge, 1917 wrecked Florida. 2,635
Coastal Delegate 1945 1947 to Southern SS Co., Philadelphia, 1952 to Huron Transportation Co., Detroit r/n Paul H. Townsend, 2007 still in service. 3,822
Comerio   see Guantanamo.  
Comet (1) 1940 1941 to U.S. Navy r/n Pollux, 1942 wrecked Newfoundland. 6,085
Comet (2) 1943 1944 to U.S. Navy, 1946 U.S. Maritime Commission, 1948 to United States Lines r/n Pioneer Reef, 1965 to Farrell Lines r/n Australian Reef, 1970 scrapped. 8,257
Cometa 1888 built for Hill, Gomes & Co., Glasgow, 1891 sold to Cia de Nav. Carioca, Rio de Janeiro, 1899 purchased by Ward Line, 1903 sold to Cia Mexicana de Nav, Vera Cruz, 1911 wrecked Tampico. 1,151
Culiacan   see Juno.  
Esperanza 1901 1924 struck jetty at Tampico, beached and scrapped. 4,702
Guantanamo 1910 ex- Registan, 1911 purchased from Strick Line r/n Guantanamo, 1918-1919 U.S. Navy requisition, 1927 r/n Comerio, 1940 sold Italy r/n Vittorin, 1940 seized by U.S. authorities r/n Grey Lag, 1946 sold China r/n Hai Lung. 3,293
Havana (1) 1898 1905 sold to Panama RR Co., NY renamed Panama, 1926 sold Alaska SS Co. renamed Aleutian, 1929 wrecked near Kodiak Island. 5,667
Havana (2) 1907 1917 requisitioned by U.S. Army, 1918 U.S. Navy hospital ship renamed Comfort, 1927 returned to Ward Line renamed Havana, 1935 renamed Yucatan (3), 1941 renamed Agwileon, 1942 U.S. Army transport, 1943 renamed Shamrock, hospital ship, 1946 laid up, 1947 scrapped. 6,391
Henry R. Mallory 1916 1920 chartered from Mallory Line for one round voyage. 6,063
Hidalgo 1897 1903 transferred to Cia Mexicano de Nav, Vera Cruz, 1912 sunk in collision with s/s Yucatan off Vera Cruz. 1,126
Juno 1891 built as Gurly for J. Christensen, Bergen, 1898 sold to A. Christensen, Copenhagen r/n Juno, 1899 purchased by Ward Line, 1901 r/n Porfirio Diaz, 1903 r/n Culiacan, 1905 r/n Porfirio Diaz, 1911 scrapped. 847
Manzanillo 1902 ex- Mauritanie 1903 purchased from Lombard SS Co., London r/n Manzanillo, 1926 scrapped. 1,815
Matanzas 1883 ex- Guido, 1898 captured by US Navy, r/n Matanzas for Ward Line, 1924 scrapped. 3,094
Merida 1906 1911 sunk in collision with s/s Admiral Farragut off Cape Charles, Va. 6,207
Mexico (1) 1899 1906 sold to Panama RR Co., NY, 1923 sold Alaska SS Co., Seattle renamed Yukon, 1946 wrecked in Prince William Sound. 5,667
Mexico (2) 1906 1930 sold to Alaska SS Co. renamed Aleutian, 1955 sold Liberia renamed Tradewind, 1956 scrapped. 6,207
Mexico (3) 1932 ex- Colombia, 1938 purchased from Colombian Mail SS Line renamed Mexico, 1947 sold Turkey renamed Istanbul, 1966 scrapped. 5,236
Mexico (4)   see Agwiprincess.  
Monterey (1) 1901 1931 scrapped after collision damage with s/s Isarco. 4,702
Monterey (2) 1932 built as Haiti for Colombian Mail SS Co., 1938 renamed Puerto Rico, 1939 purchased by Ward Line renamed Monterey, 1942-1946 U.S. Army transport, 1946 laid up, 1948 sold Turkey renamed Adana, 1967 scrapped. 5,236
Monterey (3)   see Cape Chalmers.  
Morro Castle (1) 1900 1924 laid up, 1926 scrapped. 6,004
Morro Castle (2) 1930 8th Sep.1934 caught fire off New Jersey and beached at Asbury Park, 1935 scrapped ; loss of 134 lives. 11,520
Newport 1880 1886 sold to Pacific Mail SS Co., 1924 sold to SS Newport Inc., Wilmington, Del, 1930 sold to shipbreakers. 2,735
Niagara 1877 1907 sold to Brunswick SS Co., Brunswick, Ga renamed Brunswick, 1910 repurchased by Ward Line, 1914 sold to Gulf & Southern SS Co., Tampa, 1919 renamed Truxillo for United Fruit Co., 1926 scrapped. 2,265
Oriente (1) 1930 1941 U.S. Army transport renamed Thomas H. Barry, 1957 scrapped. 11,520
Oriente (2)   see Agwidale (2).  
Orizaba (1) 1890 1906 sold to North Western SS Co., NY renamed Northwestern, 1908 sold to Alaska SS Co., Seattle, 1940 sold to Puget Sound Dredging Co. as accommodation ship at Dutch Harbor, Aleutians, 1942 destroyed by Japanese air attack. 3,497
Orizaba (2) 1918 1918-1919 U.S.Navy requisition, 1920 returned to owners, 1920-1921 sailed New York - Havana - Spain, 1941 U.S.Navy requisition, 1945 renamed Duque de Caxias for Brazilian Navy (managed by Lloyd Brasileiro), 1962 scrapped. 7,582
Orizaba (3)   see Cape Alexander.  
Porfirio Diaz   see Juno.  
Santiago (1) 1879 1907 sold to Mallory SS Co., NY, 1924 scrapped. 2,359
Santiago (2) 1906 ex- Tabaristan, 1907 purchased from Strick Line r/n Santiago, 1918-1919 U.S. Navy requisition, 1924 sank off Cape Hatteras. 3,286
Santiago de Cuba (1) 1878 ex- Amethyst, 1897 purchased from Newton Bros, Hull by S. Castro, Cienfuegos r/n Santiago de Cuba, 1899 purchased by Ward Line, 1905 sold to G.C. Cook, Halifax N.S., 1911 wrecked Trepassey Bay, St. Lawrence. 1,357
Santiago de Cuba (2) 1906 1920 burned at Santiago de Cuba. 1,493
Saratoga (1) 1877 1878 sold to Imperial Russian Navy, converted to cruiser, renamed Afrika, 1925 scrapped. 2,286
Saratoga (2) 1879 1906 sold to North Western SS Co., NY, 1908 sold to Alaska SS Co., Seattle, 1908 wrecked in Prince William Sound, Alaska. 2,426
Saratoga (3) 1907 1917 U.S. Navy hospital ship renamed Mercy, 1920 laid up, 1939 scrapped. 6,391
Seguranca 1890 1894 purchased from United States & Brazil Mail SS Co., NY, 1915 sold to Breitung & Co., NY, 1918 sold to Standard Commercial SS Corp, NY, 1921 sold to J. G. Hitner, NY, 1923 scrapped. 4,033
Seneca 1884 1894 purchased from Old Dominion SS Co., NY, 1914 sold to Luckenbach, NY and reduced to barge, 1917 US Navy, 1919 Neptune Line, NY, 1928 sunk in collision off Sandy Hook with s/s Siboney. 2,729
Short Hills   see Agwidale (2).  
Siboney (1) 1918 1918-1919 U.S.Navy requisition, 1920 returned to owners, 1921 made 2 transatlantic voyages, 1941 U.S. Army transport, 1944 renamed Charles A. Stafford, U.S Army hospital ship,1946 laid up, 1957 scrapped. 7,582
Siboney (2)   see Agwiking.  
Vigilancia 1890 1894 purchased from United States & Brazil Mail SS Co., NY, 1915 sold to Walker, Armstrong & Co., Savannah, 1917 torpedoed and sunk in Atlantic. 4,115
Wacouta   see Yucatan (2).  
Yucatan (1) 1890 1906 sold to North Western SS Co., NY, 1908 sold to Alaska SS Co., Seattle. 3,525
Yucatan (2) 1903 1903 3,227 tons, built as Prinz Waldemar for North German Lloyd,1914 interned at Honolulu, 1917 seized by U.S. authorities renamed Wacouta,1920 sold to Ward Line, 1921 renamed Yucatan, 1925 scrapped. 3,227
Yucatan (3)   see Havana (2).  
Yucatan (3)   see Cape Mohican.  
Yumuri (1) 1889 1898 sold to US Navy renamed Badger, 1900 to US Army renamed Lawton, 1907 sold to Pacific Mail SS Co. renamed Rose City, 1909 sold to San Francisco & Portland SS Co., 1924 sold to C. McCormick Lumber Co., SF, 1930 reduced to barge. 3,497
Yumuri (2) 1902 1928 scrapped. 1,836

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