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British India Line

History

The Calcutta and Burmah Steam Navigation Company was set up in 1856 to run a mail service between Rangoon and Calcutta. A new company was founded called the British India Steam Navigation Co. Ltd (BI) in 1862 to run services from Calcutta and Bombay to Indian Ocean ports, using local coal and with a subsidy from the government of Bombay.

With the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869, BI began direct services between India and the UK, their routes eventually extending to East Africa, the Far East and Australasia.

In 1914 BI amalgamated with P & O. The company suffered a loss of business as a result of Indian independence in 1947. BI ships were used for trooping in most conflicts until the British Government changed over to air transport in 1960.

In 1971 P & O S.N. Co. was reorganised into General Cargo, Passenger and Bulk Handling divisions. All ships of the group were progressively transferred to one of these divisions and BI lost its separate identity.

Ships

Vessel Type Launched/Completed Tonnage DWT Builder
Australia Cargo 4674 Gross: 7351 Net: 4724 12600 Hensberger S.G. Hensberg, N. Germany
Barmora Cargo/Passenger 7/4/1914 Yard No: 508 Gross: 3285 Net: 1878 4250 Barclay, Curle & Co Ltd. Glasgow
Bombala Cargo 29/3/1961 Yard No:1613 Gross: 6744 Net: 3670 7326 Harland & Wolffe Ltd, Govan
Bulimba Cargo 25/09/1958 Yard No: 1609 Gross: 6791 Net: 3648 7599 Harland & Wolffe Ltd, Govan
Chakdina Cargo/Passenger 21/5/1951 Yard No: 1880 Gross: 7267 Net: 4107 9229 Swan,Hunter & Wigham Richardson
Chanda Cargo July 1944 Yard No: 695 Gross: 6921 Net: 3966 9780 Barclay, Curle & Co Ltd. Glasgow
Carpenteria Cargo/Passenger April 1949 Yard No: 709 Gross: 7268 Net: 4166 9390 Barclay, Curle & Co Ltd. Glasgow
Chakla Cargo May 1954 Yard No: 494 Gross: 6611 Net: 3565 9870 Caledon S.B & E Co Ltd. Dundee
Chakdara Cargo 25/6/1951 Yard No: 722 Gross: 7132 Net: 4027 96500 Barclay, Curle & Co Ltd. Glasgow
Chakrata Cargo 15/10/1951 Yard No: 1883 Gross: 7265 Net:4108 9650 Swan,Hunter & Wigham Richardson
Chantala Cargo/Passenger March 1950 Yard No: 716 Gross: 7556 Net: 3726 9660 Barclay, Curle & Co Ltd. Glasgow
Chilka Cargo/Passenger 29/6/1950 Yard No: 1872 Gross: 7087 Net: 3985 9614 Swan,Hunter & Wigham Richardson
Chinkoa Cargo/Passenger 2/10/1952 Yard No: 723 Gross: 7102 Net: 3987 9670 Barclay, Curle & Co Ltd. Glasgow
Chindwara Cargo/Passenger 4505 Gross: 5192 Net: 3307 8075 WM Gray & Co Ltd, West Hartlepool
Chindwara Cargo/Passenger 24/01/1950 Yard No: 1870 Gross: 7602 Net: 3706 9574 Swan,Hunter & Wigham Richardson
Chupra Cargo/Passenger Dec 1944 Yard No: 696 Gross: 6957 Net: 3903 9780 Barclay, Curle & Co Ltd. Glasgow
Chyebassa Cargo 1907 Gross: 6317 Net: 4022 9336 Workman & Clark Co Ltd, Belfast
Dara No Information 1948
Dalgoma No Information
Dumra Cargo/Passenger 1946 Yard No: 706 Gross: 4867 Net: 2669 4619 Barclay, Curle & Co Ltd. Glasgow
Dilwara No Information
Dumana No Information
Dumra Cargo/Passenger 8157 Gross:2304 Net: 1317 Charles Hill  Co, Bristol
Dunera Passenger Gross: Net:
Durenda Cargo/Passenger 28/3/1922 Yard No: 349 Gross: 7241 Net: 4471 11150 Robert Duncan & Co. Ltd, Port Glasgow
Dwarka Cargo/Passenger
Ellora No Information
Gairsoppa Cargo 12/8/1919 Yard No: 894 Gross: 5237 Net: 3227 8210 Palmers' SB & Iron Co. Ltd. Hebburn on Tyne
Gamaria Cargo/Passenger 9/12/1919 Yard No: 897 Gross: 5255 Net: 3232 8120 Palmers' SB & Iron Co. Ltd. Hebburn on Tyne
Gambhira No Information
Gandarra Cargo/Passenger 7153 Gross: 5274 Net: 3185 8200
Howra No Information
Ikauna No Information
Itaura No Information
Ismaila Cargo. 51,020 Tons Gross 3/9/1940 Yard No: 1105 Gross: 6800 Net: 4035 8420 W M Gray & Co Ltd, West Hartlepool
Itria Cargo. 525,920 Tons Gross 12/3/1940 Yard No: 675 Gross: 6854 Net: 4041 9000 Barclay, Curle & Co Ltd. Glasgow
Itinda No Information
Janus No Information
Jelunga Cargo. 527,450 Tons Gross 23/9/1952 Yard No: 631 Gross: 8284 Net: 4609 10134 A. Stephens & Sons Ltd. Glasgow
Jelunga No Information
Kampala Cargo/Passenger 14,168 R, 430,998 G. 10/12/1946 Yard No: 611 Gross: 10304 Net: 5911 9400 A. Stephens & Sons Ltd. Glasgow
Karanja Cargo/Passenger 13,800 R, 448,000 G. 11310 Gross: 9891 Net: 4646 8500 A. Stephens & Sons Ltd. Glasgow
Karanja Cargo/Passenger 13,000 R, 10/3/1948 Yard No: 616 Gross: 10294 Net: 5893 9400 A. Stephens & Sons Ltd. Glasgow
Karoa Cargo/Passenger 262,000 G Dec 1914 Yard No: 946 Gross: 6631 Net: 3229 6820 Swan,Hunter , Newcastle
Katoria Cargo/Passenger 19/11/1889 Yard No: 421 Gross: 1127 Net: 674 1270 W M Denny & Bros, Dumbarton
Kenya Cargo/Passenger
Kenya Cargo/Passenger
Kenya Passenger
Kenya Passenger
Khandalla Cargo/Passenger 292,000 G 16/2/1923 Yard No: 1124 Gross: 7018 Net: 3289 6662 Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd, Newcastle
Kilwa Cargo/Passenger 140,970 G 1921 Gross: 2653 Net: 1545 Scotts SB & E Co. Ltd. Greenock
Landaura Cargo 563,180 G June 1946 Yard No: 705 Gross: 7289 Net: 4171 9750 Barclay, Curle & Co Ltd. Glasgow
Madura Cargo/Passenger 1,000 R, 495,000 G 7976 Gross: 8975 Net: 5464 11080 Barclay, Curle & Co Ltd. Glasgow
Mashobra Cargo/Passenger 6,600 R, 469,000 G 7609 Gross: 8324 Net: 5131 10700 Barclay, Curle & Co Ltd. Glasgow
Marsula No Information
Margha No Information
Malda Cargo/Passenger 618 R, 480,000 G 28/12/1921 Yard No: 588 Gross: 8965 Net: 5453 11081 Barclay, Curle & Co Ltd. Glasgow
Matiana Cargo/Passenger 1,000 R, 47,000 G 8127 Gross: 8965 Net: 5451 11080 Barclay, Curle & Co Ltd. Glasgow
Manela Cargo/Passenger 1,000 R, 488,000 G 9/10/1920 Yard No: 580 Gross: 8303 Net: 5041 10695 Barclay, Curle & Co Ltd. Glasgow
Mantola Cargo/Passenger 1,000 R, 510,000 G 8006 Gross: 8963 Net: 5453 11080 Barclay, Curle & Co Ltd. Glasgow
Merkara No Information
Merkara Cargo 30,000 R, 22,122 G 25741 Gross: 11143 Net: 5947 13200 Barclay, Curle & Co Ltd. Glasgow
Modasa Cargo/Passenger 1,000 R, 490,000 G 7664 Gross: 9070 Net: 5566 11065 Swan,Hunter & Wigham Richardson
Mongara Cargo/Passenger 11/2/1914 Yard No: 941 Gross: 8205 Net: 5138 10800 Swan,Hunter & Wigham Richardson
Mulbera Cargo 28,450 R,660,000 G 13/4/1971 Yard No: 24 Gross: 11143 Net: 5947 13300 Swan, Hunter Shipbuilders Ltd, Wallsend
Mulbera Cargo/Passenger 1,000 R, 470,000 G 8188 Gross: 9100 Net: 5521 11100 A. Stephens & Sons Ltd. Glasgow
Mundra Cargo/Passenger 1,060 R, 558,000 G 30/6/1920 Yard No: 578 Gross: 7275 Net: 4461 11270 Barclay, Curle & Co Ltd. Glasgow
Nalgora No Information
Nardana No Information
Nardana Cargo 588,000 G 12/8/1919 Yard No: 565 Gross: 7591 Net: 4968 10800 Barclay, Curle & Co Ltd. Glasgow
Naringa No Information
Nagina No Information
Nerbudda Cargo 2/2/1919 Yard No: 563 Gross: 7911 Net: 4958 11250 Barclay, Curle & Co Ltd. Glasgow
Neuralia Cargo/Passenger, 354,000 G 4639 Gross: 9082 Net: 5656 9900 Barclay, Curle & Co Ltd. Glasgow
Nevasa Passenger 30/11/1955 Yard No: 733 Gross: 20527 Net: 11496 6333 Barclay, Curle & Co Ltd. Glasgow
Nirpura Cargo/Passenger 10/12/1920 Yard No: 893 Gross: 5961 Net: 3674 10100 WM Gray & Co Ltd, West Hartlepool
Nirvana Cargo/Passenger, 608,000 G July 1914 Yard No: 847 Gross: 7640 Net: 3800 10100 WM Gray & Co Ltd, West Hartlepool
Nowshera Cargo 588,000 G 6961 Gross: 7920 Net: 4875 11250 Barclay, Curle & Co Ltd. Glasgow
Nowshera Cargo 27,890 R. 585,306 G. 19985 Gross: 8516 Net: 3918 10250 Scotts SB & E Co. Ltd. Greenock
Nuddea Cargo 558,000 G 21/4/1919 Yard No: 564 Gross: 7928 Net: 4956 11190 Barclay, Curle & Co Ltd. Glasgow
Nuddea Cargo/Passenger, 29,120 R. 567,560 G 29/9/1953 Yard No: 732 Gross: 8596 Net: 4106 10270 Barclay, Curle & Co Ltd. Glasgow
Nurmahal Cargo 601,436 R. 654,350 G. June 1959 Yard No: 1121 Gross: 8628 Net: 4875 11600 Lithgows Ltd. Port Glasgow
Obra Cargo 568,255 G. Mar 1946 Yard No: 548 Gross: 5695 Net: 3161 9200 John Readhead & Sons Ltd. South Shields
Olinda Cargo 517,109 G. 7/12/1949 Yard No: 1432 Gross: 5424 Net: 2992 9200 WM Denny & Bros Ltd, Dumbarton
Ormara No Information
Orna Cargo 529,280 G. Mar 1938 Yard No: 667 Gross: 6779 Net: 4030 9180 Barclay, Curle & Co Ltd. Glasgow
Ozarda Cargo 529,610 G. Jan 1940 Yard No: 673 Gross: 6895 Net: 4056 9050 Barclay, Curle & Co Ltd. Glasgow
Padana Cargo/Passenger, 555,658 G 16540 Gross: 7541 Net: 4944 10475 Burnt Island Shipbuilders Co. Ltd. Fife
Pachumba Cargo 545,533 G May 1945 Yard No: 1175 Gross: 7282 Net: 4958 10060 WM Gray & Co Ltd, West Hartlepool
Palikonda Cargo 552,830 G. 22/6/1945 Yard No: 546 Gross: 7434 Net: 5181 10100 John Readhead & Sons Ltd. South Shields
Palitana Cargo April 1886 Gross: 2998 Net: 1975 A & J Inglis, Pointhouse, Glasgow
Palamcotta No Information
Pemba Cargo 560,497 G. Dec 1945 Yard No: 305 Gross: 7449 Net: 5241 10200 Bartram & Sons Ltd, Sunderland
Pentakota Cargo 501,133 G. 16803 Gross: 6672 Net: 3825 9650 Lithgows Ltd. Port Glasgow
Purnea Cargo/Passenger 20/10/1888 Yard No: 203 Gross: 3306 Net: 2156 4475 A & J Inglis, Pointhouse, Glasgow
Pundua Cargo 532,810 G. June 1945 Yard No: 725 Gross: 7295 Net: 4607 10130 WM Doxford & Sons Ltd. Sunderland
Querimba Cargo/Passenger 734,000 G. 9192 Gross: 7769 Net: 4800 12100 WM Gray & Co Ltd, West Hartlepool
Quiloa Cargo/Passenger 734,000 G. 9406 Gross: 7765 Net: 4750 12100 WM Gray & Co Ltd, West Hartlepool
Rajula Cargo/Passenger 428,120 G. 26/9/1926 Yard No: 614 Gross: 8496 Net: 6703 9413 Barclay, Curle & Co Ltd. Glasgow
Rohna Passenger 9806 Gross: 8602 Net: 4759 Barclay, Curle & Co Ltd. Glasgow
Santhia No Information
Sangola No Information
Sangola Cargo/Passenger 11,023 R. 457,643 G. 1947 Yard No:707 Gross: 8647 Net: 4967 8930 Barclay, Curle & Co Ltd. Glasgow
Sir H. Adamson No Information
Sirdhana No Information
Sirsa Cargo/Passenger 511,840 G. 2/6/1950 Yard No: 465 Gross: 6722 Net: 4009 10090 Chas Connell& Co. Ltd. Scotstown
Sofala Cargo 91,000 G. Oct 1937 Yard No: 241 Gross: 1031 Net: 491 1385 Henry Robb Ltd. Leith
Tairea No Information
Takada Cargo/Passenger 19/12/1913 Yard No: 457 Gross: 6949 Net: 4223 8650 Alex Stephen & Sons. Govan
Talamba No Information
Takliwa No Information
Tanda Cargo 30,460 R. 542,000 21/12/1953 Yard No: 731 Gross: 8774 Net: 470 10746 Barclay, Curle & Co Ltd. Glasgow
Teesta No Information
Tilawa Cargo/Passenger 516,000 G. 20/2/1924 Yard No: 530 Gross: 10006 Net: 6153 9416 Hawthorn, Leslie & Co. Ltd. Hebburn Yard
Urlana No Information
Uganda Cargo/Passenger 22,470 R. 420,750 G. 15/1/1952 Yard No: 720 Gross: 14430 Net: 8034 9630 Barclay, Curle & Co Ltd. Glasgow
Uganda Converted to Hospital Ship for Falklands War
Umaria Cargo 9/7/1914 Yard No: 460 Gross: 5317 Net: 3327 8300 Alex Stephen & Sons. Govan
Umaria Cargo 538,266 G. 3/4/1946 Yard No: 1194 Gross: 6835 Net: 4039 8460 WM Gray & Co Ltd, West Hartlepool
Wangaratta Cargo 378,000 G. 30/4/1919 Yard No: 440 Gross: 7942 Net: 4704 10000 Workman & Clark Co Ltd, Belfast
Warialda Cargo 234,815 G. July 1918 Yard No: 946 Gross: 3148 Net: 1934 5050 Armstrong, Whitworth & Co. Newcastle
Waroonga Cargo/Passenger 716,000 G. 28/5/1957 Yard No: 738 Gross: 8753 Net: 4056 11470 Barclay, Curle & Co Ltd. Glasgow
Warora No Information
Warla Cargo 302,320 G. 17/8/1948 Yard No: 317 Gross: 3668 Net: 1933 5530 Burnt Island Shipbuilders Co. Ltd. Fife
Woodarra Cargo 688,690 G. 22/11/1956 Yard No: 737 Gross: 8753 Net: 4056 11000 Barclay, Curle & Co Ltd. Glasgow


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