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Prince Line

History

Prince Line was started by James Knott of Howdon Newcastle in 1878 when he purchased his first ship - an old collier called Pearl. He went on to purchase many more sailing ships and got his first steamer Saxon Prince in 1881. Many more were to follow in the next few years – some oil tankers with 29 steamers by 1890.

The company traded in North and South America as well as Europe. New routes from the Mediterranean to Manchester were set up to fill exploit the situation of Liverpool companies like Moss Line refusing to use the Manchester Ship Canal. Some passengers were carried (especially to the Americas) but mainly cargo. There were 38 Prince Line steamers by 1900 and new services started from New York to S Africa, Indian and the East followed by a round-the-world service after the Panama Canal opened in 1909.

The Prince Line had 45 steamers at the beginning of WW1 but 16 were lost to enemy action with the loss of 86 lives, 4 lost as a result of other incidents and 1 was sunk as a blockship. Knott sold the business to Furness Withy and Co in 1916 after losing two sons in the war. The Furness family sold the Prince Line on to a London syndicate headed by Frederick Lewis in 1919.

New services were started from the USA to France in the early 1920s and further vessels were purchased so that there were 33 vessels in 1927. The company weathered the 1930s depression making various purchases and disposals.

At the beginning of WW2 Prince Line had 20 ships and this number was more or less kept steady by replacements of the 8 ships lost during the war. The company took over 3 Victory ships after the war.

In 1972 management was transferred to Shaw Savill, and Albion and the company acquired two container ships in 1979. The line continued to exist as part of Furness Withy Group until at least 1988.

Ships

Arabian Prince

Arabian Prince
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers Prince Line Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder W. Pickersgill & Sons Ltd
Shipyard Sunderland
Country where built UK
Yard Number 197
Official Number 142824
Call Sign SVLP
Classification Society Lloyd's
Gross Tonnage 5,764
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 3,551
Length 405 Ft.
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 52.3 Ft.
Depth 31.9 Ft.
Draught N/K
Engine Type Triple-expansion Steam Engine
Engine Details Cylinders of bore 26", 43", 78" and stroke 48"
Engine Builder Richardsons, Westgarth & Co Ltd
Engine Builder Works Sunderland
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details 3 single-ended boilers operating at 180 psi
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 546 NHP
Maximum Speed 11

Additional Construction Information

  • 1 deck and shelter deck

Career Highlights

Date Event
22 October 1918 Launched
January 1919 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 Wrecked
Service History Information Change of name to Zenada and owner to "Z" SS Co Ltd 1927, change of name to Nestos and owner to Livanos Bros 1933, change of owner to Theofano Maritime Co Ltd 1935. The ship was wrecked on 2 April 1941 at E Hoyle Bank, 6nm South of Mersey Bar Light Vessel whilst en route from New Orleans to Garston with a cargo of sulphur

Black Prince

Black Prince
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers Prince Line Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Burntisland Shipbuilding Co. Ltd.
Shipyard Burntisland
Country where built UK
Yard Number 354
Official Number 186205
Call Sign N/K
Classification Society N/K
Gross Tonnage 3,597
Deadweight (DWT) 4900
Net Tonnage 1,707
Length 372 Ft. 10"
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 52 Ft. 10"
Depth 21 Ft. 9"
Draught N/K
Engine Type Diesel Engine
Engine Details Doxford 60LB4 type (No. E4111) 2SCSA oil engine with 4 cylinders of bore 600mm and stroke 2,320
Engine Builder N/K
Engine Builder Works N/K
Engine Builder Country N/K
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 660 NHP
Maximum Speed 13.5

Additional Construction Information

  • Keel laid down 23 December 1953

Career Highlights

Date Event
15 October 1954 Launched
8 March 1955 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 Change of name to Maria B. and owner to Intermar Services Co SA 1971. The vessel caught fire 20 March 1977 at approximate poistion 6°58' N, 11°32' W and sank on 23 March 1977. She was en route from Las Palmas to Port Harcourt carrying drummed asphalt

Cyprian Prince

Cyprian Prince
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship (Ref)
Original Owners and Managers Prince Line Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Furness Shipbuilding Co. Ltd.
Shipyard Haverton Hill
Country where built UK
Yard Number 263
Official Number 165374
Call Sign GZJW
Classification Society Lloyd's
Gross Tonnage 1,988
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 1,002
Length 296.5 Ft.
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 44.2 Ft.
Depth 16.4 Ft.
Draught N/K
Engine Type Triple-expansion Steam Engine
Engine Details Cylinders of bore 19", 31", 55" and stroke 36"
Engine Builder Richardsons, Westgarth & Co. Ltd.
Engine Builder Works Hartlepool
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details 2 single-ended boilers operating at 220 psi
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 315 NHP
Maximum Speed 12

Additional Construction Information

  • Keel laid down 24 April 1936
  • 1 deck, shelter deck and cruiser stern
  • Fitted with radio direction finding and echo sounding equipment

Career Highlights

Date Event
29 October 1936 Launched
January 1937 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 bombed by aircraft at Piraeus on 6 April 1941 during the invasion of Greece and beached near Salamis. Details of Merchant Seaman casualties can be found on the Benjidog Tower Hill website HERE.

Egyptian Prince (1922)

Egyptian Prince (1922)
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers Prince Line Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Furness Shipbuilding Co. Ltd
Shipyard Haverton Hill
Country where built UK
Yard Number 27
Official Number 146667
Call Sign GFXY
Classification Society Lloyd's
Gross Tonnage 3,490
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 1,804
Length 363.3 Ft.
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 52.2 Ft.
Depth 22 Ft.
Draught N/K
Engine Type Triple-expansion Steam Engine
Engine Details Cylinders of bore 26", 43", 73" and stroke 48"
Engine Builder Richardsons, Westgarth & Co. Ltd
Engine Builder Works Middlesbrough
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details 3 single-ended boilers operating at 180 psi
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 547 NHP
Maximum Speed 13

Additional Construction Information

  • Keel laid down as Braziliana 2 December 1920
  • 1 deck, shelter deck and cruiser stern
  • Fitted with radio direction finding and echo sounding equipment

Career Highlights

Date Event
29 November 1921 Launched
May 1922 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 Laid down as Braziliana but completed as Egyptian Prince. Change of owner to Furness, Withy & Co Ltd 1922, change of name to Lorrain and owner to Cie des Bateaux a Vapeur du Nord 1946, change of owner to Union Mariitime 1949, change of name to Herculis and owner to Soc Monegasque de Tpt Maritime1953, change of name to Lorrain and owner to Cie des Bateaux a Vapeur du Nord 1953. Taken to Toulon for breaking 22 February 1960

Egyptian Prince (1951)

Egyptian Prince (1951)
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers Prince Line Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Burntisland Shipbuilding Co. Ltd.
Shipyard Burntisland
Country where built UK
Yard Number 335
Official Number 184358
Call Sign N/K
Classification Society N/K
Gross Tonnage 3,364
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 1,574
Length 348.7 Ft.
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 51.2 Ft.
Depth 21.7 Ft.
Draught N/K
Engine Type Diesel Engine
Engine Details Doxford 60LB4 type (No. E4067) oil engine 2SCSA with 4 cylinders of bore 600mm abd stroke 2,320mm
Engine Builder Hawthorne, Leslie & Co Ltd
Engine Builder Works Newcastle
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 660 NHP
Maximum Speed 13.5

Additional Construction Information

  • Keel laid down 11 April 1950

Career Highlights

Date Event
27 September 1950 Launched
23 January 1951 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 Nikolas S. and owner to Agia Irini Sg Co Ltd 1951. Taken to Hong Kong 10 April 1972 for breaking by Fuji Marden & Co

Javanese Prince

Javanese Prince
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers Rio Cape Line Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Deutsche Werft
Shipyard Finkenwarder
Country where built Germany
Yard Number 82
Official Number 148717
Call Sign GDBT
Classification Society Lloyd's
Gross Tonnage 8,593
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 5,288
Length 441.6 Ft.
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 60.3 Ft.
Depth 39.2 Ft.
Draught N/K
Engine Type Diesel Engine
Engine Details Two 4SCSA oil engines each with 8 cylinders of bore 29 1/8" and stroke 47 1/4"
Engine Builder Algemeine Elec Ges
Engine Builder Works Berlin
Engine Builder Country Germany
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Twin Screw
Power 1,313 NHP
Maximum Speed 15

Additional Construction Information

  • 3 decks and cruiser stern
  • Fitted with radio direction finding and echo sounding equipment

Career Highlights

Date Event
10 November 1925 Launched
January 1926 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 Sunk on 20 May 1941 by torpedo fired by German submarine U-138 at approximate position 59°46' N, 10°45' W whilst en route from Cardiff to New York in ballast. Details of those that lost their lives can be found on the Benjidog Tower Hill website HEREH.

Lancastrian Prince

Lancastrian Prince
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers Prince Line Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Burntisland Shipbuilding Co. Ltd.
Shipyard Burntisland
Country where built UK
Yard Number 395
Official Number 301226
Call Sign N/K
Classification Society N/K
Gross Tonnage 4,800
Deadweight (DWT) 5846
Net Tonnage 2,730
Length 372 Ft. 10"
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 52 Ft. 10"
Depth N/K
Draught 23 Ft. 5"
Engine Type Diesel Engine
Engine Details Doxford 60LBD4 type 2SCSA oil engine with 4 cylinders of bore 600mm and stroke 2,320mm
Engine Builder Hawthorn, Leslie (Engineering) Ltd
Engine Builder Works Newcastle
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 3,300 BHP
Maximum Speed 14

Additional Construction Information

  • Keel laid down 5 October 1959

Career Highlights

Date Event
26 April 1960 Launched
12 September 1960 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 Tamara and owner to Navios Panoceanica SA 1971, change of name to Amar and owner to Erymanthose Maritime Co 1980, change of name to Amari and owner to Bavarta Maritime Co SA. Taken to Bombay 25 June 1983 for breaking by Mansoor Taherbhai

Malayan Prince

Malayan Prince
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers Rio Cape Line Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Deutsche Werft
Shipyard Finkenwarder
Country where built Germany
Yard Number 83
Official Number 148730
Call Sign N/K
Classification Society N/K
Gross Tonnage 6,734
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage N/K
Length 134.6 Metres
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 18.4 Metres
Depth N/K
Draught N/K
Engine Type Diesel Engine
Engine Details N/K
Engine Builder N/K
Engine Builder Works N/K
Engine Builder Country N/K
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Twin Screw
Power N/K
Maximum Speed 15

Career Highlights

Date Event
12 December 1925 Launched
March 1926 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 Taken to Inverkeithing 21 July 1950 for breaking by T.W.Ward

Scottish Prince

Scottish Prince
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers Prince Line Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Burntisland Shipbuilding Co. Ltd.
Shipyard Burntisland
Country where built UK
Yard Number 334
Official Number 184311
Call Sign N/K
Classification Society N/K
Gross Tonnage 3,364
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 1,574
Length 348.7 Ft.
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 51.2 Ft.
Depth 21.7 Ft.
Draught N/K
Engine Type Diesel Engine
Engine Details Doxford 60LB4 type (No. E4066) 2SCSA oil engine with 4 cylinders of bore 600mm and stroke 2,320mm
Engine Builder Hawthorn, Leslie & Co. Ltd
Engine Builder Works Newcastle
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 660 NHHP
Maximum Speed 13.5

Additional Construction Information

  • Keel laid down 11 January 1950

Career Highlights

Date Event
30 June 1950 Launched
16 November 1950 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 as Afric for charter to Shaw, Savill & Albion Company Ltd. Change of name to Albemarle 1955, change of name to Scottish Prince 1957, change of name to Grigorios and owner to Klimnos Sg Co 1968, change of name to Milos and owner to Milos Sg Co Ltd 1968, change of name to Nestor II 1975. Taken to Gadani Beach for breaking 16 January 1978.

Syrian Prince

Syrian Prince
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers Prince Line Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder J. L. Thompson & Sons Ltd.
Shipyard North Sands
Country where built UK
Yard Number 539
Official Number 142851
Call Sign GPFC
Classification Society Lloyd's
Gross Tonnage 5,148
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 3,053
Length 418.1 Ft.
Overall Length 432.5 Ft.
Breadth or Beam 56 Ft.
Depth 25 Ft.
Draught N/K
Engine Type Triple-expansion Steam Engine
Engine Details Cylinders of bore 22 1/2", 36", 65" and stroke 48"
Engine Builder J. Dickinson & Sons Ltd.
Engine Builder Works Sunderland
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details 2 single-ended boilers operating at 220 psi
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 400 NHP
Maximum Speed 11

Additional Construction Information

  • 1 deck, shelter deck and cruiser stern
  • Fitted with radio direction finding and echo sounding equipment

Career Highlights

Date Event
2 August 1919 Launched
18 November 1919 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 Laid down for the British Government as War Rock but completed for Prince Line Ltd as Syrian Prince. Change of owner to Welsh Prince 1936, change of name to Dea Mazzella and owner to Pasquale Mazzella 1936. The vessel was seized by German forces at Venice on 18 September 1943. She was shelled by Yugoslav partisan forces off Sibenik and abandoned. The wreck was torpedoed on 4 October 1943 by Polish submarine Sokol.

Tudor Prince (1940)

Tudor Prince (1940)
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers Prince Line Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Smith's Dock Co Ltd
Shipyard South Bank, Middlesborough
Country where built UK
Yard Number 1068
Official Number 167616
Call Sign GCST
Classification Society Lloyd's
Gross Tonnage 1,914
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 920
Length 304 Ft.
Overall Length 315 Ft.
Breadth or Beam 44.2 Ft.
Depth 16.5 Ft.
Draught N/K
Engine Type Triple-expansion Steam Engine
Engine Details Cylinders of bore 21", 35", 60" and stroke 42"
Engine Builder Smith's Dock Co Ltd
Engine Builder Works South Bank, Middlesborough
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details 2 single-ended boilers operating at 220 psi
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 395 MN
Maximum Speed 12

Additional Construction Information

  • 1 deck, shelter deck and cruiser stern
  • Machinery aft
  • Fitted with radio direction finding and echo sounding equipment

Career Highlights

Date Event
23 May 1940 Launched
August 1940 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 Croce Ital and owner to F.italo Croce SpA 1958, change of name to Ornella and owner to Maritime Enterprise Co 1961. Taken to La Spezia 1 July 1964 for breaking by Cant.Tomaso di Savoia

Tudor Prince (1961)

Tudor Prince (1961)
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Tanker
Original Owners and Managers Furness, Withy & Co Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder William Doxford & Sons
Shipyard Pallion, Sunderland
Country where built UK
Yard Number 842
Official Number 302625
Call Sign N/K
Classification Society N/K
Gross Tonnage 12,958
Deadweight (DWT) 19578
Net Tonnage 7,178
Length 559 Ft. 3"
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 72 Ft.
Depth 40 Ft. 1"
Draught 31 Ft. 1"
Engine Type Diesel Engine
Engine Details 2SA oil engine with 6 cylinders of bore 650mm and stroke 2,320mm
Engine Builder Doxford, William & Sons (Engineers) Ltd.
Engine Builder Works Sunderland
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 8,000 BHP
Maximum Speed 14.5

Career Highlights

Date Event
20 December 1960 Launched
April 1961 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 Stolt Tudor 1971, change of owner to Moniwel Corp 1973, change of name to Stolta and owner to Montiron Sg Corp 1975, change of name to Seella Azzurra and owner to Sicula Partenopea di Nav SpA 1977, change of name to Azzurra and owner to Petrolnav Sri 1986.Taken to Gadani Beach 17 December 1987 for breaking by M.H.& Co


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