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Ships of Bermuda - 1900's


SS Armenian
The "SS Armenian" on 28 June 1901 arrived at Bermuda with 963 Boer prisoners of War, who were distributed to Darrell's and Burt's Islands (reference: Boer Prisoners of War by Colin Benbow, p12).

SS Ranee
The "SS Ranee" arrived in Bermuda 19 Jul 1901 with 518 Boer prisoners of war, who were distributed to Darrell's and Burt's Islands. (reference: Boer Prisoners of War by Colin Benbow, p12).

SS Manila
The "SS Manila" arrived 1 Aug 1901 at Bermuda with 607 Boer prisoners of war, distributed to Tucker's Is. (reference: Boer Prisoners of War by Colin Benbow, p12).

SS Montrose
The "SS Montrose" arrived 13 Sep 1901 at Bermuda with 932 Boer prisoners of war, distributed to Tucker's and Morgan's Islands. (reference: Boer Prisoners of War by Colin Benbow, p12).

SS Harlech Castle
The "SS Harlech Castle" arrived 20 Dec 1901 at Bermuda with 340 Boer prisoners of war, distributed to Hawkin's Island. (reference: Boer Prisoners of War by Colin Benbow, p12).

SS Montrose
The "SS Montrose" arrived 17 Jan 1902 at Bermuda with 1259 Boer prisoners of war, distributed primarily to Hawkin's Island. (reference: Boer Prisoners of War by Colin Benbow, p12).

S S Ana
The vessel "Ana" was in service between January and July 1902, operating from Hamilton, Bermuda in and around the various islands of Bermuda. A log of the ship from this time period mentions frequently picking up Boer prisoners-of-war from one island and taking them to another island for a day's work and then returning them in the evening to the original island. (see Log of Capt Frederick Lockhart).

S S Kayo Mona
In 1902, Capt Frederick Lockhart of the S S Ana above mentions in his log the "S S Kayo Mona": Tuesday 25/Mar; At 7 am left Hamilton went to SS Kayo Mona thence to Agers Isld for workman...."

Amerika
In July (17-19), 1902, Capt Frederick Lockhart of the S S Ana above mentions in his log the "Amerika", to which he took a fatigue party during the stay of Boer War POWs in Bermuda (see Log of Capt Frederick Lockhart).

SS Dahome
The "SS Dahome" sailed from London 27 Nov 1901 to Halifax for Furness, Withy, and then the next arrival is from Demerara, BWI (1902-1904), Bermuda, Barbados arriving St John, NB 11 April 1902. Other entries for Bermuda show that the Pickford and Black, Halifax, Nova Scotia was the shipping line. Are these two different ships? Also note was that the ship was quarantined from 22 Jan 1902 to 13 Feb 1902 off the coast (Halifax). (personal communication). 1895 - 1911 built in 1890 and purchased from Cie de Navigation Mixte, 1911 sold toTurkey, renamed Kaisseri.2,740 tons. (ref:TheShipsList)

 
Varuna (yacht)
In the New York Herald, Nov 6 1902 edition, an article "The Varuna has a rough voyage to Bermuda" describes the trip of Mr Eugene Higgins and his party to Bermuda.

 Madiana
The "Madiana" wrecked in 1905 off Bermuda and was salvaged for metal in 1916-1917.


Oceana
Built by William Denny & Bros., Dumbarton in 1890, she was 6,844 gross tons when launched; length 477 ft; with clipper stem, 2 funnels, 2 masts, twin screws and speed of 16 knots. Passenger accomodations: 208 first class, 100 2nd, 100 3rd class. Launched 30 Dec 1890 as the "Scot" for the Union Line's UK to South Africa service. Maiden voyage 25 Jul 1891, leaving Southampton for Madeira and Cape Town. In 1895, she was rebuilt to 7,859 tons with 531 ft length and passenger accomodations for 400 1st class, and 25 2nd class. In 1899 was used as a troop ship during the Boer War. Sold 1905 to Hamburg America Line, renamed "Oceana" and initially cruised between Naples and Alexandria. 8 Jun 1906 started 1st Hamburg-NY voyage and by 25 Dec 1910 made 7.5 round trips on this service. In 1911 she was sold to the Bermuda North Atlantic Co and operated between NY and Bermuda. In 1916 was purchased by Spain and renamed "Alfonso XIII". Scrapped in Italy 1927. (reference North Atlantic Seaway by NRP Bonsor, Vol I, p412; Merchant Fleets by Duncan Haws, vol 4, Hambrug America Line).

New York Times, 6 Mar 1910:
Sailing Saturday: Oceana, Bermuda

SS Prince George
Sailed from Bermuda 18 Jan 1909 at 1pm and due at New York Ewdnwsday morning 20 Jan. Leaves again Thursday the 21st.  (per postcard written by E. L. M? rom St George's 18 Jan 1909).


RMSP Coss SS
Tagus
c 1904 to 1922 Ship Tagus from Hamilton, Bermuda to Ellis Island, NY: There are numerous listings of travel between Bermuda and New York for Agnew Strachen Eve (b 1871 Turks Is) and his wife Annie Eve (b 1872), children - Warren Durham Eve (b 24th Oct 1894), Joyce Chambers Eve  (b 28th Nov 1899) and Howard Brownlow Eve (b 17th March 1905). (Ellis Island Records). R.M.S.P. Coss S.S. " Tagus " New York...Bermuda service, The Royal Mail Steam Packet Company.

S S Corona

S S Bermudian
The Bermudian, made her first appearance at Bermuda in Jan 1905 and, with the Trinidad, continued service until WWI.

New York Times, 6 Mar 1910:
Sailing Wednesday: Bermudian, Bermuda
Due tomorrow: Bermudian, Bermuda
New York Times, 15 April 1913:
Outgoing steamships: Bermudian, Bermuda

Ellis Island Records:  In 1915 there is a a record of a Claudine Eve (age 21) from Bermuda travelling to New York on the 13th July 1915 on the ship Bermudian. Claudine is described as age 21, single, traveling alone and first class. In New York she was staying at 66 74th Street, NY.     1909 & 1910 - from Hamilton, Bermuda to Ellis Island, NY: Ada E Eve, passenger,  single 1910, age 25 (b c 1886), birthplace Liverpool, England, residence in 1909 was Bailey's Bay, Bermuda. In 1910 residence was given as St. Georges, Bermuda. In 1909 Ada was due to stay in New York . In 1910 she is listed as traveling on to Canada to stay at 190 Beeches Road, Toronto.
1911 & 1921 Ships Bermudian and Fort Hamilton, from Bermuda  to Ellis Island, NY- passenger Almeria Eve is listed in 1921 as being aged 40 (b c1871 Pembroke, Bermuda), single , African West Indian origin, travelling alone. According to the manifest she intended to stay at 231 W 134th St, New York.
1916  Bermuda to Ellis Is, NY: Alvin Eve is listed travelling alone, aged 21 (b c 1895, Bermuda), single, of African West Indian origin. According to the manifest he was going to the home of Horatio Eve his brother who lived at 112 W 139th St, New York
Orotava
New York Times, 6 Mar 1910:
Sailing Wednesday: Bermudian, Bermuda; Orotava, Bermuda
Due tomorrow: Bermudian, Bermuda; Orotava, Bermuda

Caribbean
New York Times, 12 Mar 1914:
Outgoing steamships (sail today Thursday):  Caribbean, Bermuda

SS Arcadian
New York Times, 12 Mar 1914:
SS Arcadian, RMS steamer, Bermuda to New York, 205 miles SE of Ambrose Lightship at 8 PM Mar 11.


S S Triton c1910
Herbert Paynton (or Paintin) Spurling died as a result of poisoning, inadvertantly drinking nitro-benzole, used in preparation of explosives, having mistaken it for whiskey. he was engineer of the "Triton", and was taken ill on board, en route from Grassy Bay to Ireland Island. Burial Pembroke Churchyard. (Bermuda Index 1989 pg 1263).


HMS Psyche
The HMS Psyche, 1911, at the floating dock in Bermuda for repairs.

 
SS Dominion
The SS Dominion, before 1911, at the new floating dock in Bermuda for repairs.


HMS Tourmaline


HMS Bellerophon

SS Grampian
The "SS Grampian" sailed from Bermuda 29 May 1916 and arrived in Plymouth 9 June 1916 and at Quebec 23 June 1916 with the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary forces.

Caraquet (als Guelph)
The "Caraquet" was a Royal Mail Line ship sailing from the West Indies to Canada in the 1910-1920's and was wrecked off Bermuda in 1923. She was the ex-Union Castle ship "Guelph".


Fort Hamilton
1911 & 1921 Ships Bermudian and Fort Hamilton, from Bermuda  to Ellis Island, NY- passenger Almeria Eve is listed in 1921 as being aged 40 (b c1871 Pembroke, Bermuda), single , African West Indian origin, travelling alone. According to the manifest she intended to stay at 231 W 134th St, New York


TSS Prince Henry

The TSS "Prince Henry" was steamship passenger liner operated by the Canadian National Steamships Company, sailing weekly from Boston to Bermuda

Fort St George and Fort Hamilton, Furness Lines

 


MS Bermuda
c1927 Furness Bermuda Line


  Hauling Dock 1928

Duchess of York
The "Duchess of York" was a 20,021 gross ton ship, length 601 ft x beam 75.2 ft, with 2 funnels, 2 masts, twin screw, speed 18 knots. Passenger accomodations for 580 cabin, 480 tourist, and 510 3rd class. Built by John Brown & Co, Glasgow for the Canadian Pacific Steamship Ltd., she was laid out as the "Duchess of Cornwall" but launched as the "Duchess of York" on 28 Sep 1928. On 22 Mar 1929 she left Liverpool on her maiden voyage to St John, New Brunswick, with calls at Belfast and Greenock. In addition to her normal Liverpool-Canada run, she made several trips on the NY to Bermuda service in 1931-32. Bombed off the Spanish coast 7 Jul 1943, catching fire and abandoned with the loss of 27 lives. (reference: Canadian Pacific by George Musk)

SS Fernebo
The SS Fernebo, of the Ocean-Dominion Line, a cargo boat left Hamilton Harbour for the West Indies in May 1932. Mr Arthur H Spencer, son of WA Spencer was found missing and presumed lost at sea the following day. (Royal Gazette, vol 17, no 127, May 30 1932).


HMS Bermuda

HMS Bermuda was a Colony class cruiser, displacement 11,040 tons, overall length 555 ft 6", with twelve six inch guns in four triple turrets. Launched 11 Sep 1941 at Clydebank and completed 21 Aug 1942. Served in WWII and was then refit 30 Jun 1944 to 27 Mar 1945. She visited Bermuda 3 times: Feb 1958, Jul 1959, and Feb 1962.


S S Monarch of Bermuda/ SS New Australia/ Arkadia
Furness-Bermuda Line passenger cruise ship MONARCH OF BERMUDA at the fitting-out berth at Vickers-Armstrong Shipbuilders, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, in 1931. It sailed on the New York to Bermuda service until the outbreak of WWII, became a troopship in 1939. Surviving the War, she burned in a fire in March of 1947. She was rebuilt as an immigration ship and sailed under two other names until scrapped in Spain in 1966.
c.1953 postcard of  S.S. New Australia, Shaw, Savill & Albion Line. The

New Australia was built as the Monarch of Bermuda for Furness-Withy Line at the Vickers-Armstrong yard in Newcastle and completed in 1931. With 3 funnels, and a gross tonnage of  22,242, she had accommodation for 830 first class passengers and operated weekly cruises from New York to Bermuda.  At the outbreak of WWI she was requisitioned by the British Admiralty and converted to a troopship, carrying the first Canadian soldiers to Great Britain. After a distinguished war service, she was returned to her owners for conversion back to a passenger liner. but caught fire in dry dock and was declared a total loss. She was saved from the breakers by the British Government who had her completely rebuilt at Southampton. She emerged in 1949 as the emigrant ship New Australia with one conventional funnel and an odd combined funnel-mast just aft of her bridge. This strange arrangement can be clearly seen in this photograph. New Australia served the emigrant run to Australia until 1958 when she was sold to the Greek Line and renamed Arkadia. (reference: postcard)

Cristobal Colon
The Spanish passenger steamer Christobal Colon wrecked off the northeast breakers in 1936. It had broken in two at the boiler room. The stern portion including the engine room remained intact. It was salvaged for metal during WWII.

 
SS Fort Victoria

 
Swedish American Liner
1938

 
S S Atlantic
The SS Atlantic of the American Export Lines c 1950 with trade in Bermuda.


Ocean Monarch

       

      

 
The Queen of Bermuda, Furness Line c1950

 
The MV Maria, Bermuda Gray Line c1960

 
Imperial Airways

 


Pan Am Clipper 1946

The Quebec Steamship Co. ad -  at shed I, City of Hamilton

 
Bermuda Star


TSS Rotterdam

24150 tons registered, 34740 tons displaced. of the Holland-America Line; Rotterdam-New York.


Monarch of Bermuda
Furness Bermuda Line, QTEV, 23,200 tons


President Roosevelt's US Steamship Line


The sloop Diamond at Watford Bridge early 1900's




SS Majestic, cruiseliner


S S Franconia