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Palm Line

History

William Lever, the worlds largest soap maker at the time, was anxious to safeguard his supply of raw materials, particularly palm oil and palm kernel oil. In 1916 he formed the Bromport Steamship Co.Ltd. to carry his own goods to and from West Africa - principally to his Port Sunlight headquarters on the River Mersey. In all he had eight ships all built in the years 1910-1917- all with names ending in Mere.

The shipping interest was acquired by the Niger Company in 1923. In 1929 the African & Eastern Trade Corporation which also owned ships was amalgamated with the Niger Company becoming the United Africa Co.

The company had 16 vessels when WW2 started. Of these 9 were lost; with replacements, the fleet consisted of 10 vessels at the end of the war.

Lever Bros. sold the vessels to Christian Salvesen in 1940 but retained the company itself which was later revived as the Palm Line in 1949. By the end of 1962 the fleet comprised 23 vessels of which three were vegetable oil tankers. The fleet was down to 12 vessels in 1972 and 7 vessels by 1984.

Uniliver Organisation sold Palm Line Ltd. to Ocean Transport and Trading PLC in 1985 who sold it on to the French company Delmas Vieleuxin in 1989.

Ships

Vessel Type Launched/Completed Tonnage DWT Builder
Africa Palm Cargo 597,460 G. Jan 1953. Yard No: 512 Gross: 5410 Net: 2917 8516 Short Bros Ltd. Sunderland
Africa Palm Cargo 1971?
Akassa Palm Cargo 583,755 G. April 1958. Gross: 5797 Net: 2959 9109 Bremer Vulkan, Vegesak
Andoni Palm Cargo 583,755 G. March 1958. Yard No: 869 Gross: 5802 Net: 2959 8630 Bremer Vulkan, Vegesak
Apapa Palm No Info
Badagary Palm Cargo 479,720 G. Oct 1956. Yard No: 1928 Gross: 5051 Net: 2539 7275 Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd. Newcastle
Bamenda Palm Cargo 1956. Yard No: 1926 Gross: 5154 Net: 2617 7400 Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd. Newcastle
Benin Palm Cargo 593,200 G. March 1936. Gross: 5426 Net: 3187 8080 Deutsche Sch, AG. Seebeck, Wesermunde
Burutu Palm Cargo 597,460 G. Oct 1952. Yard No: 511 Gross: 5410 Net: 2917 8516 Short Bros Ltd. Sunderland
Elmina Palm Cargo 528,325 G. April 1957. Yard No: 1932 Gross: 5356 Net: 2648 7900 Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd. Newcastle
Enugu Palm Cargo 524,955 G. June 1958. Yard No: 1948 Gross: 5328 Net: 2631 7963 Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd. Newcastle
Gambia Palm Cargo 587,400 G. June 1937. Gross: 5452 Net: 3106 8055 Deutsche Schiff und Mach A.G. Wesermunde
Ibadan Palm Cargo 548,035 G. Nov 1959. Yard No: 1970 Gross: 5658 Net: 2758 8600 Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd. Newcastle
Ikeja Palm Cargo 542,115 G. April 1961. Gross: 5682 Net: 2759 8900 Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd. Newcastle
Ilorin Palm Cargo 548,035 G. Jan 1960. Yard No: 1972 Gross: 5658 Net: 2758 8600 Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd. Newcastle
Ilesha Palm Cargo 542,115 G. Oct 1961. Gross: 5682 Net: 2759 8900 Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd. Newcastle
Kano Palm Cargo 632,005 G. March 1958. Yard No: 1946 Gross: 8723 Net: 4771 Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd. Newcastle
Katsina Palm Cargo Dec 1957. Gross: 8734 Net: 4783 11370 Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd. Newcastle
Lagos Palm Cargo 526,575 G. July 1961. Yard No: 1980 Gross: 6256 Net: 2791 8757 Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd. Newcastle
Lobito Palm Cargo 563,700 G. Sept 1960. Yard No: 1978 Gross: 6157 Net: 2706 Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd. Newcastle
Makeni Palm Cargo April 1951. Yard No: 665 Gross: 6137 Net: 3334 8480 J. L. Thompson & Sons. Ltd. Sunderland
Makurdi Palm Cargo 1953. Yard No: 743 Gross: 6178 Net: 3365 9249 AG. Weser Werk, Seebeck, Bremerhaven
Mendi Palm No Info
Nigerian Cargo 284,990 G. 1925. Yard No: 625 Gross: 3824 Net: 2248 4930 Barclay, Curle & Co. Ltd. Glasgow
Oguta Palm Cargo 552,300 G. 25/03/1943. Yard No: 352 Gross: 7227 Net: 4393 9075 Furness S.B. Co. Ltd. Haverton Hill - on - Tees
Sapele Palm Cargo 592,530 G. 1953 Gross: 5185 Net: 2834 AG. Weser Werk, Seebeck, Bremerhaven
Tema Palm No Info
Takoradian Cargo 587,000 G. 1937 Gross: 5452 Net: 3106 8055 Deutsche Schiff und Mach A.G. Wesermunde


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