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The Fleets

Ellermans comprised a group of several companies and each will be treated as a seperate entity.
Transfers between various companies within the group have been ignored.
Ellerman & Papayanni | Westcott & Laurence | Montgomerie & Workman | City Line | Hall Line | Ellerman & Bucknall | Miscellaneous

Montgomerie & Workman

Commenced shipowning in 1855 as Montgomerie & Greenhorne (Greenhorne was one of the Allan Line Masters). In 1877 with the death of Alexander Greenhorne, the company became Montgomerie & Workman. Sailing ships were operated until J. R. Ellerman took over the fleet in 1901 and introduced steamships. The management was gradually merged with City Line but ships were still registered as owned by Montgomerie & Workman until 1936 when the remaining ships were transferred to Ellerman Lines Ltd.


  • Mainly UK - Canada.

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.

Fleet: (sailing ships)

Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
City of Hamilton 1850 ship, 1865 sold to Edmonstone, Allen & Co., 1872 sold to Gillespey & Co. 524
City of Quebec 1855 ship, 1895 sold to Brazil and hulked. 729
Duke of Abercorn 1869 ship, 1892 lost on voyage Cardiff - Callao. 1,096
Duke of Argyll 1865 ship, 1896 sold to Georg T. Monsen, Stavanger renamed Signe. 960
Duke of Athole 1865 ship, 1880 sold to Devitt & Moore, London. 963
Duke of Connaught 1859 barque, ex- City of Madras, 1881 purchased from City Line renamed Duke of Connaught, 1887 sunk in collision. 999
Duke of Hamilton 1850 ship, 1868 purchased from Edmonston, Allen & Co, 1871 sold. 524
Duke of Rothesay 1864 ship, 1866 lost. 999
Xantippe 1893 4-masted barque, 1895 disappeared at sea. 972

Ships owned / managed after 1901 are included with other Ellerman companies.

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