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Jamaica Line

History

The correct name is the Jamaica Banana Producers Steamship Co. Ltd

The company was formed in 1929 as the Jamaica Direct Fruit Line by the Jamaica Banana Producers Association of Kingston (an organization of independent growers). Four steamers were purchased to transport passengers and general cargo from London to Rotterdam and Jamaica and ship back bananas to Europe. Most banana boats had some passenger capacity.

In 1935 the line bought new ships to replace their second-hand tonnage and changed their name to the Jamaica Producers Steamship Company. The company flag, originally red with a white cross and the letters ‘J D F L’ in the quarters changed to green with a yellow cross and the new initials. Their ships sailed under the Jamaican Flag following that country’s independence in 1962. The Jamaican Government took over the company in 1977 and it ceased independent operation in 1980.

Ships

Jamaica Merchant

Jamaica Merchant
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo/Passenger Ship (Ref)
Original Owners and Managers Nelson SN Co Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Cammell Laird & Co Ltd
Shipyard Birkenhead
Country where built UK
Yard Number 767
Official Number 132559
Call Sign GLYS
Classification Society Lloyds Register
Gross Tonnage 7,459
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 4,647
Length 413 Ft 8"
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 56 Ft 2"
Depth 35 Ft 1"
Draught N/K
Engine Type Triple-expansion Steam Engine
Engine Details Cylinders of bore 31", 51", 86" and stroke 54"
Engine Builder Cammell Laird & Co Ltd
Engine Builder Works Birkenhead
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details 3 single-ended boilers operating at 210 psi
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 872 NHP
Maximum Speed 13.5

Additional Construction Information

  • 3 decks and shelter deck
  • Fitted with radio direction finding equipment
  • Refrigeration by Liverpool Refrigeration Co Ltd with 3 refrigeration units and three circulation pumps using Ammonia with brine and air refrigerant and granulated cork insulation

Career Highlights

Date Event
18 March 1911 Launched
July 1911 Completed

Crew and Capacity Information

Item Value
Crew N/K
Passengers N/K
Cargo Capacity 4 refrigerated storage areas with capacity 250,000 cubic feet

Status and Service History Information

Item Value
Status Broken Up
Service History Information Completed for Nelson SN Co Ltd as Highland Piper. Change of name to Jamaica Merchant and owner to Jamaica Direct Fruit Line Ltd 1929. Taken to Trieste for breaking 16 May 1937.

Jamaica Pioneer

Jamaica Pioneer
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship (Ref)
Original Owners and Managers Jamaica Banana Producers' SS Co Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Lithgows Ltd
Shipyard Kingston Yard Port Glasgow
Country where built UK
Yard Number 851
Official Number 156134
Call Sign VPLC
Classification Society N/K
Gross Tonnage 5,471
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 3,205
Length 386 Ft 2"
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 54 Ft 2"
Depth 30 Ft 8"
Draught N/K
Engine Type Quadruple-expansion Steam Engine
Engine Details Cylinders of bore 27", 39", 56", 80" and stroke 51"
Engine Builder D. Rowan & Co Ltd
Engine Builder Works Glasgow
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 485 NHP
Maximum Speed 16.5

Additional Construction Information

  • 4 decks
  • Fitted with refrigeration machinery by Liverpool Refrigeration Co Ltd. 2 refrigeration units and 2 circulation pumps using the Ammonia system. Brine and air coolant and granulated cork insulation.
  • Fitted for oil fuel
  • Fitted with radio direction finding equipment

Career Highlights

Date Event
3 February 1931 Launched
March 1931 Completed

Crew and Capacity Information

Item Value
Crew N/K
Passengers N/K
Cargo Capacity N/K

Status and Service History Information

Item Value
Status Sunk/foundered (Act of War)
Service History Information The vessel was sunk on 25 August 1940 by torpedoes fired by German submarine U-100 at position 57° 05' N, 11° 02' W. She was en route from Jamaica to Avonmouth with a cargo of bananas. Details of those that lost their lives can be found on the Benjidog Tower Hill website HERE.

Jamaica Producer (1934)

Jamaica Producer (1934)
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship (Ref)
Original Owners and Managers Jamaica Banana Producers' SS Co Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Lithgows Ltd
Shipyard Kingston Yard Port Glasgow
Country where built UK
Yard Number 868
Official Number 156140
Call Sign VPLM
Classification Society Lloyds Register
Gross Tonnage 5,464
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 2,882
Length 411 Ft 1"
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 54 Ft 7"
Depth 30 Ft 3"
Draught N/K
Engine Type Quadruple-expansion Steam Engine
Engine Details Cylinders of bore 30 1/8", 41 5/8", 59", 84" and stroke 54"
Engine Builder D. Rowan & Co Ltd
Engine Builder Works Glasgow
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details 5 single-ended boilers operating at 225psi
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 961 MN
Maximum Speed 16

Additional Construction Information

  • 4 decks and cruiser stern
  • Fitted with radio direction finding equipment
  • Fitted for oil fuel
  • Ammonia refrigeration system by Liverpool Refrigeration Co Ltd with 2 units and 2 circulation pumps. Air and brine coolant and cork insulation

Career Highlights

Date Event
4 April 1934 Launched
June 1934 Completed

Crew and Capacity Information

Item Value
Crew N/K
Passengers N/K
Cargo Capacity N/K

Status and Service History Information

Item Value
Status Broken Up
Service History Information Keel laid down as Jamaica Perseverence. Change of name to Jamaica Producer 1934. Taken to Barrow 8 May 1962 for breaking by T.W. Ward.

Jamaica Producer (1962)

Jamaica Producer (1962)
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship (Ref)
Original Owners and Managers Jamaica Banana Producers' SS Co Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Lithgows Ltd
Shipyard East Yard Port Glasgow
Country where built UK
Yard Number 1,144
Official Number 174255
Call Sign N/K
Classification Society N/K
Gross Tonnage 5,781
Deadweight (DWT) 5182
Net Tonnage 3,112
Length 368 Ft
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 55 Ft 9"
Depth 34 Ft 3"
Draught N/K
Engine Type Diesel Engine
Engine Details 6 cylinder oil engine
Engine Builder David Rowan & Co.
Engine Builder Works Glasgow
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power N/K
Maximum Speed 17

Career Highlights

Date Event
8 February 1962 Launched
June 1962 Completed

Crew and Capacity Information

Item Value
Crew N/K
Passengers N/K
Cargo Capacity N/K

Status and Service History Information

Item Value
Status Broken Up
Service History Information Change of name to Miranda and owner to Bimberton Sg Corp 1981. Converted to a livestock carrier of 5,870 GRT, name changed to Cattle King and owner to Cattle Purcell Express Sg Corp of Liberia 1981, change of name to Cattle Purcell Express 1981, change of name to Cattle Express and owner to Cattle Express Sg Corp 1983. Taken to Gadani Beach 23 April 1985 for breaking by Adam Steel.

Jamaica Planter

Jamaica Planter
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship (Ref)
Original Owners and Managers Jamaica Banana Producers' SS Co Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Lithgows Ltd
Shipyard Port Glasgow
Country where built UK
Yard Number 1,086
Official Number 174251
Call Sign N/K
Classification Society N/K
Gross Tonnage 6,159
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 3,389
Length 445 Ft 7"
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 58" 6"
Depth 24 Ft 1"
Draught N/K
Engine Type Steam Turbine
Engine Details 2 steam turbines driving a single shaft
Engine Builder David Rowan & Co
Engine Builder Works Glasgow
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power N/K
Maximum Speed 17

Career Highlights

Date Event
10 August 1959 Launched
December 1959 Completed

Crew and Capacity Information

Item Value
Crew N/K
Passengers N/K
Cargo Capacity N/K

Status and Service History Information

Item Value
Status Broken Up
Service History Information Change of name to Fine Fruit and owner to Universal Seaways Co Pte Ltd 1974. Taken to Kaohsiung 19 August 1976 for breaking by Lien Hong Iron & Steel Works.

Jamaica Settler

Jamaica Settler
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo/Passenger Ship (Ref)
Original Owners and Managers Nelson Line (London) Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Cammell Laird & Co Ltd
Shipyard Birkenhead
Country where built UK
Yard Number 756
Official Number 129082
Call Sign GLZM
Classification Society Lloyds Register
Gross Tonnage 7,256
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 4,561
Length 405 Ft 8"
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 56 Ft 1"
Depth 34 Ft 6"
Draught N/K
Engine Type Triple-expansion Steam Engine
Engine Details Cylinders of bore 31", 51", 86" and stroke 54"
Engine Builder Cammell Laird & Co Ltd
Engine Builder Works Birkenhead
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details 3 single-ended boilers operating at 210 psi
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 855 NHP
Maximum Speed 13

Additional Construction Information

  • 3 decks and shelter deck
  • Fitted with radio direction finding equipment

Career Highlights

Date Event
30 October 1909 Launched
April 1910 Completed

Crew and Capacity Information

Item Value
Crew N/K
Passengers N/K
Cargo Capacity N/K

Status and Service History Information

Item Value
Status Broken Up
Service History Information Completed for Nelson Line (London) Ltd as Highland Laddie. Change of owner to Nelson SN Co Ltd 1910, change of name to Jamaica Settler and owner to Jamaica Direct Fruit Line Ltd 1929. Taken to Dalmuir 26 October 1935 for breaking by W.H. Arnott Young & Co.


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