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Allan Line Steamship Fleet List - 1907 - 27 Vessels

Fleet of Steamers

Victorian, (Turbine Engines, Triple Screws) 12,000 Tons

  • Propulsion: Steel Triple Screw Turbine
  • Built: 1905 by Workman Clark, Belfast
  • Listed Tonnage: 10,635
  • Notes: First turbine liner on North Atlantic
  • History:
    • 1914: Became armed merchant cruiser
    • 1917: Taken over by CPOS
    • 1922: Renamed Marloch and fitted with geared turbines
    • 1929: Scrapped

Virginian, (Turbine Engines, Triple Screws) 12,000 Tons

  • Propulsion: Steel Triple Screw Turbine
  • Built: 1905 by Stephen, Glasgow
  • Listed Tonnage: 10,757
  • Notes: Liverpool to Canada Service
  • History:
    • 1914 Taken over as armed merchant cruiser
    • 1917: Taken over by CPOS
    • 1920 Sold to Swedish America Line as Drottningholm
    • 1948: Renamed Brasil for Home Line and in 1951 renamed Homeland.
    • 1955: Scrapped after a career which is probably a record for continous service for an Atlantic Liner.

Corsican, Twin Screws 11,000 Tons

  • Propulsion: Steel Twin Screw Triple Exp.
  • Built: 1907 by Barclay Curle, Glasgow
  • Listed Tonnage: 11,419
  • Notes: Mostly on Glasgow Service
  • History:
    • 1912: Collided with an iceberg by only slightly damaged.
    • 1917: Taken over by CPOS
    • 1922 Renamed Maroale
    • 1923 Wreked near Cape Race

Tunisian, Twin Screws 10,576 Tons

  • Propulsion: Steel Twin Screw Triple Exp.
  • Built: 1900 by Stephen, Glasgow
  • Listed Tonnage: 10,576
  • Notes: On Liverpool Service to Canada
  • History:
    • 1917: Taken over by CPOS
    • 1922: Renamed Marburn
    • 1928: Scrapped

Grampian, Twin Screws 10,000 Tons

  • Propulsion: Steel Twin Screw Triple Exp.
  • Built: 1907 by Stephen, Glasgow
  • Listed Tonnage: 10,955
  • Notes: On Glasgow to Montreal Service
  • History:
    • 1917: Taken over by CPOS
    • 1926: Scrapped

Hesperian, Twin Screws 10,000 Tons

  • Propulsion: Steel Twin Screw Triple Exp.
  • Built: 1908 by Stephen, Glasgow
  • Listed Tonnage: 10,920
  • Notes: Similar to Grampian, on Glasgow service.
  • History:
    • 1915 Torpedoed off the Fastnet

Ionian, Twin Screws 9,000 Tons

  • Propulsion: Steel Twin Screw Triple Exp.
  • Built: 1901 by Workman Clark, Belfast
  • Listed Tonnage: 8,268
  • Notes: Glasgow, Liverpool and London to Canada and U.S.
  • History:
    • 1917: Taken over by CPOS and subsequently torpedoed.

Pretorian 7,417 Tons

  • Propulsion: Steel Screw Triple Exp.
  • Built: 1901 by Furness Withy, West Hartlepool
  • Listed Tonnage: 6,948
  • Notes: Liverpool and Glasgow services
  • History:
    • 1917: Taken over by CPOS
    • 1925: Scrapped

Sicilian 6,284 Tons

  • Propulsion: Steel Screw Triple Exp.
  • Built: 1899 by Workman Clark, Belfast
  • Listed Tonnage: 6,224
  • Notes: Trooping to South Africa until 1901. Liverpool, Glasgow and London services thereafter.
  • History:
    • 1917: Taken over by CPOS
    • 1922: Renamed Bruton
    • 1925: Scrapped

Corinthian (II) 6,226 Tons

  • Propulsion: Steel Screw Triple Exp.
  • Built: 1900 by Workman Clark, Belfast
  • Listed Tonnage: 6,227
  • Notes: Employed in succession on Liverpool, Glasgow and London service.
  • History:
    • 1917: Taken over by CPOS and converted from passenger and cargo to cargo only.
    • 1918: Wreked in Bay of Fundy

Parisian 5,395 Tons

  • Propulsion: Steel Screw 3-Cyl Compound
  • Built: 1881 by Napier, Glasgow
  • Listed Tonnage: 5,359
  • Notes: Liverpool service to Canada and U.S.
    Originally fitted with 4 masts and 2 funnels, the fore and main masts carrying yards. After a brief period the main yards were removed.
  • History:
    • 1899: Rebuilt and fitted with Triple-Exp. machinery with one funnel and 4 pole masts.
    • 1902: Fitted with wireless
    • 1914: Scrapped after a remarkably successful career.

Hungarian II 5,000 Tons

  • Description: Cargo Only - Originally Known as the South Point
  • Built: 1902
  • Listed Tonnage: 4,508
  • Notes: Employed on Liverpool and Glasgow services. Similar to Mongolian
  • History:
    • 1903: Purchased from Norfolk & North American SS Co and renamed Hungarian
    • 1913: Sold to Chargeurs Reunis, Havre and renamed Amiral Charner.

Hibernian II 5,000 Tons

  • Description: Cargo Only - Originally Known as the Orient Point
  • Built: 1902
  • Listed Tonnage: 4,505
  • Notes: Employed on Liverpool and Glasgow services. Similar to Mongolian
  • History:
    • 1904: Purchased from Norfolk & North American Steamship Company and renamed Hibernian
    • 1913: sold to Chargeurs Reunis, Havre and renamed Amiral Ganteaume

Numidian 4,838 Tons

  • Propulsion: Steel Screw Triple Exp.
  • Built: 1891 by Henderson, Glasgow
  • Listed Tonnage: 4,836
  • Notes: Employed on Liverpool and Glasgow services. Similar to Mongolian
  • History:
    • 1914 Sold to Admiralty for sinking as a blockship.

Mongolian 4,838 Tons

  • Propulsion: Steel Screw Triple Exp.
  • Built: 1891 by Henderson, Glasgow
  • Listed Tonnage: 4,838
  • Notes: Employed on all services except South America. Similar to Numidian
  • History:
    • 1900: Trooping to South Africa
    • 1914: Sold to Admiralty
    • 1918: Torpedoed

Laurentian 4,522 Tons

  • Propulsion: Iron Screw 4-Cyl Compound
  • Built: 1872 by Steele, Greenock
  • Listed Tonnage: 3,983
  • Notes: Original name was Polynesian. Known at the Rolling Poly because of her propensity to roll at sea. Employed on the Liverpool and Glasgow to Canada and U.S.
  • History:
    • 1893: refitted with triple-expansion engine and renamed Laurentian.
    • 1909: Wreked near Cape Race.

Sardinian 4,349 Tons

  • Propulsion: Iron Screw Compound
  • Built: 1875 by Steele, Greenock
  • Listed Tonnage: 4,349
  • Notes:
  • History:
    • 1897: Fitted with Triple-Expansion machinery
    • 1917: Taken over by CPOS
    • 1920 circa: Scrapped

Ontarian 4,309 Tons

  • Propulsion: Steel Screw Triple-Expansion
  • Built: 1900 by Duncan, Port Glasgow
  • Listed Tonnage: 4,078
  • Notes: Cargo Only
  • History:
    • 1913: Sold to Donaldson Line

Pomeranian 4,258 Tons

  • Propulsion: Iron Screw Compound
  • Built: 1882 by Earle, Hull
  • Listed Tonnage: 4,364
  • Notes: Built as Grecian Monarch and purchased by Allan Line in 1887.
  • History:
    • 1893: Severely damaged in heavy weather
    • 1902: Refitted with triple expansion engine
    • 1917: Taken over by CPOS
    • 1918: Torpedoed

Carthaginian 4,223 Tons

  • Propulsion: Steel Screw Compound
  • Built: 1884 Govan S/B Co., Glasgow
  • Listed Tonnage: 4,444
  • Notes: Employed on Glasgow and Liverpool service
  • History:
    • 1901: New Boilers Installed
    • 1917: Mined near Irishtrahull

Buenos Ayrean 4,164 Tons

  • Propulsion: Steel Screw Compound
  • Built: 1880 by Denny, Dumbarton
  • Listed Tonnage: 4,005
  • Notes: The first steel steamer on the North Atlantic. Employed from Glasgow to Canada and U.S. with annual voyage to South America.
  • History:
    • 1896: Fitted with Quadruple Expansion machinery.
    • 1910: Scrapped.

Siberian 3,895 Tons

  • Propulsion: Steel Screw Compound
  • Built: 1884 Govan S/B Co., Glasgow
  • Listed Tonnage: 3,904
  • Notes: Sailed Glasgow to Canada and U.S.
  • History:
    • 1912: Scrapped.

Orcadian 3,563 Tons

  • Description: Cargo Ship originally named Ormiston
  • Built: 1893
  • Listed Tonnage: 3,546
  • Notes: First turbine liner on North Atlantic
  • History:
  • 1899: Purchased from R & C, Allan, Glasgow and renamed Orcadian.
  • 1914: Sold to Donaldson Line and renamed Polaria. The 3,546-ton cargo steamer

Corean 3,488 Tons

  • Propulsion: Iron Screw Compound
  • Built: 1881 by Doxford Sunderland
  • Listed Tonnage: 3,488
  • Notes: Employed on Glasgow and London Routes
  • History:
    • 1908 Scrapped.

Polynesian 3,983 Tons

  • See Laurentian

Rosarian 3,070 Tons

  • Propulsion: Steel Screw Triple Expansion
  • Built: 1887 by Henderson, Glasgow
  • Listed Tonnage: 3,077
  • Notes: Employed on Atlantic and South American services.
  • History:
    • 1910: Scrapped.

Monte Videan 3,000

  • Propulsion: Steel Screw Triple Expansion
  • Built: 1887 by Henderson, Glasgow
  • Listed Tonnage: 3,076
  • Notes: Employed on Glasgow to South America services.
  • History:
    • From 1888: Used on London to Montreal run
    • 1910: Scrapped

Note: Ship descriptions and History were not part of original brochure - added by the Archives for additional clarity. Source of Ship Information: Ravenscrag: The Allan Royal Mail Line by Thomas E. Appleton © 1974. ISBN 0-7710-0720-5

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