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The Fleets

Warren Line / White Diamond SS Company / Furness Withy & Company / Johnston-Warren Line / Furness-Warren Line

Successor to the White Diamond Line of sailing packets which failed in 1857, they bought up many of their ships and continued the Liverpool - Boston trade as George Warren's Line of Liverpool and Boston Packets. The company started passenger steamship sailings in 1865 as George Warren & Company. They became the White Diamond SS Company in 1898. In 1912, Furness Withy & Company acquired a controlling interest in the company and a new company - George Warren & Company (Liverpool) Limited was formed. In 1922 the the name became Warren Line (Liverpool) Limited and in 1934 they took over the Johnston Line and Neptune Steam Navigation Company to form the Johnston-Warren Line. They became known as the Furness-Warren Line in 1947.

They sailed mostly Liverpool to Boston, but also made calls at Halifax and Philadelphia.

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.

Funnel:
1865 - 1921 Black
1922 - 1975 Black with one narrow and one broad red band.

Fleet:

1865 - 1921 1922 - 1975
    Sail  
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Edith Warren 1868 ship, 1878 sold to Kellock & Co, Liverpool.
1,334
Fred Warren 1863 ship, 1877 scrapped. 983
Lotte Warren 1863 ship, 1877 sold, 1879 scrapped.
1,184
    Steam  
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Alleghany 1922 1923 transferred to Rio Cape Line renamed Castilian Prince. 3,489
Appomattox 1922 1924 transferred to Rio Cape Line renamed Sardinian Prince. 3,491
Aviemore 1920 1935 transferred from Johnston Line, 1939 torpedoed and sunk off Lands End. 4,060
Bay State (1) 1898 1899 wrecked Cape Ballard, NF. 6,824
Bay State (2) 1915 1917 torpedoed and sunk in Atlantic. 6,583
Bay State (3) 1919 ex- Spartan Prince , 1923 transferred from Prince Line renamed Bay State, 1928 sold to Greece renamed Eleni Stathatos. 5,247
Beechmore 1954 1965 transferred to Prince Line renamed English Prince. 3,596
Beemore 1929 tug, 1935 transferred from Johnston Line, 1958 transferred to Alexandra Towing Co, Liverpool renamed Mumbles. 186
Ceemore 1929 tug, 1935 transferred from Johnston Line, 1958 transferred to Alexandra Towing Co, Liverpool renamed Murton. 186
Chickahominy 1921 ex- Persiana , 1922 transferred from Furness Withy renamed Chickahominy, 1924 transferred to Rio Cape Line renamed Corsican Prince. 3,493
Deemore 1930 tug, 1935 transferred from Johnston Line, 1958 transferred to Alexandra Towing Co, Liverpool renamed Margam. 186
Digby 1913 1914 commissioned as armed merchant cruiser HMS Digby, 1916 renamed Artois, 1918 reverted to Digby, 1925 transferred to Bermuda & West Indies SS Co renamed Dominica, 1934 sold to United Baltic Co renamed Baltrover, 1939-1944 chartered from United Baltic Co, 1944 returned to owners. 3,966
Dromore 1920 1935 transferred from Johnston Line, 1955 sold to Costa Rica renamed Mictric. 4,096
Fort Victoria 1912 1920 transferred from Bermuda & West Indies SS Co for 4 voyages. 7,784
Foylemore 1958 tug, 1969 sold to Rea Towing Co, Liverpool renamed Foylegarth. 208
Heathmore 1945 ex- Hickory Mount , 1948 purchased from US Maritime Commission renamed Heathmore, 1961 sold to Greece renamed Grecian Med. 3,825
Hoosac 1918 ex- Trojan Prince , 1923 transferred from Prince Line renamed Hoosac, 1930 sold to Yugoslavia renamed Nemanja. 5,226
Incemore 1920 1935 transferred from Johnston Line, 1940 wrecked on Anticosti Island. 4,098
Iowa (1) 1879 1891 damaged in ice field and abandoned. 4,329
Iowa (2) 1902 1913 sold to HAPAG renamed Bohemia. 8,370
Jessmore (1) 1921 1934 transferred from Johnston Line, 1941 sank after collision with s/s BARON HAIG. 4,099
Jessmore (2) 1941 ex- Empire Faith , 1946 purchased from MOWT renamed Jessmore, 1958 sold to Panama renamed Antiope. 7,061
Kansas 1882 1906 scrapped. 3,455
Kenmore 1923 1935 transferred from Johnston Line, 1937 sold to France renamed Lorrain. 3,616
Kilmore 1958 tug, 1969 sold to Rea Towing Co, Liverpool renamed Kilgarth. 208
London Exchange 1921 1934 transferred from Neptune S.N. Co, 1938 sold to Ben Line (Wm. Thomson) renamed Benrinnes. 5,415
Massachusetts 1866 ex- Manhattan , 1875 purchased from Guion Line renamed Massachusetts, 1881 sold to Thistle Line renamed City of Lincoln. 2,869
Michigan 1887 1914 converted to dummy battleship HMS Collingwood, 1915 beached at Dardanelles and later scrapped due to shellfire damage. 4,982
Minnesota 1867 1875 purchased from Guion Line, 1882 sold to Spain renamed Vinuelas. 3,008
Missouri 1881 1886 wrecked in Caernarvon Bay, Wales; no loss of life. 5,146
Mystic 1959 1975 sold to Liberia renamed Sea Swallow. 6,656
Newfoundland (1) 1925 1940 converted to hospital ship, 1943 bombed and sunk off Salerno; loss of 38 lives. 6,791
Newfoundland (2) 1947 1962 sold to Domonion Nav. Co, Melbourne renamed George Anson as emigrant ship, 1971 scrapped. 7,437
Newfoundland (3) 1964 1973 chartered to Shaw Savill & Albion renamed Cufic, 1974 reverted to Newfoundland, 1976 renamed Cufic, 1978 sold to Panama renamed Gaiety. 6,660
Nova Scotia (1) 1926 1941 converted to troopship, 1942 torpedoed and sunk in the Indian Ocean SE of Lourenco Marques, while carrying Italian prisoners; loss of 858 lives. 6,796
Nova Scotia (2) 1947 1962 sold to Dominion Nav. Co, Melbourne renamed Francis Drake as emigrant ship, 1971 scrapped. 7,438
Nova Scotia (3) 1975 1973 chartered to Shaw Savill & Albion renamed Tropic, 1974 reverted to Nova Scotia, 1976 renamed Tropic, 1978 sold to Booker Line renamed Booker Valient. 6,660
Oakmore 1939 ex- Levante (Atlas Levante Line, Bremen), 1946 purchased from MOWT renamed Oakmore, 1967 scrapped. 4,735
Pinemore 1955 1965 transferred to Prince Line renamed African Prince. 3,597
Quernmore 1923 1935 transferred from Johnston Line, 1937 sold to France renamed Alsacien. 3,787
Rhode Island 1918 1927 sold to West Hartlepool S.N. Co renamed Polamhall. 5,655
Rossmore 1958 tug, 1969 sold to Rea Towing Co, Liverpool renamed Rossgarth. 206
Rowanmore 1956 1958 transferred to Brocklebank Line renamed Madulsima, 1961 reverted to Rowanmore, chartered to Pacific Steam Nav. Co, 1973 sold to Cyprus renamed Adrianna I. 8,492
Sachem 1893 1927 scrapped. 5,204
Sagamore 1892 1917 torpedoed and sunk in Atlantic; loss of 52 lives. 5,036
Savannah 1918 ex- Grecian Prince , 1923 transferred from Prince Line renamed Savannah, 1927 sold to Yugoslavia renamed Nevesinje. 5,263
Sycamore 1950 1955 chartered to Watts, Watts & Co, London renamed Walsingham, 1957 reverted to Sycamore, 1965 transferred to Prince Line renamed Merchant Prince. 3,343
Victoria 1867 ex- Nebraska , 1876 purchased from Guion Line renamed Victoria, 1887 scrapped. 3,985
    Chartered Ships  
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Angloman 1892 1892-1896 chartered from British & North Atlantic S.N. Co. 4,892
Baltrover   see Digby.  
Borderer 1884 1884-1897 chartered. 4,740
Bosphorus 1864 1865-1867 chartered. 2,045
Brazilian 1852 1879-1881 chartered from Merchants Trading Co, London. 3,496
Cambroman 1892 1892-1899 chartered from British & North Atlantic S.N. Co. 6,059
Canopus 1870 1878-1880 chartered from Moss Line, Liverpool. 2,802
Chesapeake 1872 1872-1873 chartered from Mercantile SS Co. 1,474
Concordia 1862 ex- Caledonia (Anchor Line), 1866 chartered from USA for one voyage. 1,348
Delaware 1865 1866-1869 chartered. 2,200
Eastern Prince 1929 1940-1941 chartered from Prince Line for 7 voyages. 10,926
Ganges 1867 1871-1873 chartered from Mercantile SS Co. 1,410
Glamorgan 1872 1879-1883 chartered from South Wales Atlantic Co, 1883 sank; loss of 7 lives. 2,411
Java 1865 1877-1878 chartered from Cunard SS Co. 1878 sold to Red Star Line renamed Zeeland. 2,696
Melita 1853 1867-1868 chartered from Cunard SS Co. 1868 destroyed by fire at sea. 1,254
Nepthis 1877 1878-1896 chartered from Moss Line, Liverpool. 2,010
Nerissa 1926 1939 chartered from Bermuda & West Indies SS Co. 1941 torpedoed and sunk off Inistrahull on voyage Halifax - Liverpool; loss of 207 lives. 5,583
Norseman 1882 1882-1899 chartered from British & North Atlantic S.N. Co, 1899 wrecked near Boston. 4,386
Northern Prince 1928 1940-1941 chartered from Prince Line for 7 voyages, 1941 bombed and sunk off Greece. 10,917
Nyanza 1867 1871-1873 chartered from Mercantile SS Co. 1,859
Ottoman 1890 1890-1896 chartered from British & North Atlantic S.N. Co. 4,843
Palestine 1858 1876-1892 chartered from W. H. Jones, Liverpool. 2,867
Pembroke 1873 1878-1881 chartered from South Wales Atlantic Co, 1881 sank after collision with s/s GANOS off Boston. 2,410
Peruvian 1863 1866-1867 chartered from British & American SS Co. 1,713
Potomac 1872 1872-1873 chartered from Mercantile SS Co. 1,832
Propontis 1864 1865-1868 chartered. 2,132
Roman 1884 1884-1895 chartered from British & North Atlantic S.N. Co. 4,491
Shannon 1871 1871-1873 chartered from Mercantile SS Co. 1,210
Sir Francis 1872 1872-1873 chartered from Mercantile SS Co, 1873 wrecked New Hampshire. 1,833
Tagus 1868 1871-1873 chartered from Mercantile SS Co. 1,899
Tiber 1870 1871-1873 chartered from Mercantile SS Co. 1,739
Trent 1870 1871-1873 chartered from Mercantile SS Co. 1,410
Western Prince 1929 1940 chartered from Prince Line, 1940 torpedoed and sunk; loss of 14 lives. 10,926

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