Blue Funnel Line

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Painting of Cyclops approaching Hong Kong. The 9,076 GRT cargo ship was built for Blue Funnel in 1906. U-123 sank her in 1942 with the loss of 87 lives. The painting is in the Museum of Liverpool; the artist is unknown.

Alfred Holt and Company, marketed as the Blue Funnel Line, was founded by Alfred Holt on 16 January 1866.[1] The main operating subsidiary was the Ocean Steam Ship Company, which owned and operated the majority of the company's vessels.

A Dutch subsidiary, the Nederlandsche Stoomvaart Maatschappij Oceaan, was founded in 1891, as was the East India Ocean Steam Ship Company, operated from Singapore. This latter was sold in 1899 to Norddeutscher Lloyd. The company acquired the competing China Mutual Steam Navigation Company in 1902, keeping it on the books as a separate company but operating it as part of the Blue Funnel Line.

The 8,510 GRT cargo ship Menestheus in King George V Dock, London in about 1960

Ships of the Blue Funnel fleet all had names from classical Greek legend or history.[2] The majority were cargo ships, but most of the Ocean SS Co cargo ships also had capacity for a few passengers.[2] The line also had a small number of purely passenger vessels.[3]

The Blue Funnel Line came to an end in 1988, when Ocean Group withdrew from the Barber Blue Sea Service, its last shipping line.

References and sources[edit]

  1. ^ "A History of Alfred Holt and Company". Retrieved 13 May 2008. 
  2. ^ a b Talbot-Booth, 1942, pages 486-487
  3. ^ Talbot-Booth, 1942, pages 487

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