Elder
Dempster
Lines

EDL

ships of the fleet

 

1960s
Aureol
Aureol - the flagship
14,000 grt
Accra
Accra
11,500 grt
Apapa
Apapa
11,500 grt
Bhamo
Bhamo
9,650 dwt
Calabar
Calabar
8,300 grt
D-boat
D-boats
Daru, Degema, Deido, Dixcove,
Dumurra, Dunkwa
9,500 dwt

Dalla, Donga, Dumbaia
10,500 dwt (photo is Dumbaia)

Eboe
E-boats
Egori
Eboe, Ebani
10,000 dwt (upper photo is Eboe)

Egori
10,500 dwt (lower photo)

F-boat
F-boats
Falaba, Fian, Forcados, Fourah Bay,
Freetown, Fulani
8,500 dwt (photo is Fourah Bay)
K-boat
K-boats
Kabala, Kaduna, Kalaw, Kandaw,
Kentung, Kohima, Koyan, Kumba
9,500 dwt (photo is Kabala)

Kadeik
10,500 dwt

O-boat
O-boats
Obuasi, Onitsha, Owerri
7,000 dwt (photo is Onitsha)

Oti
8,000 dwt

Patani
P-boats
Pegu
Patani, Perang
10,000 dwt (upper photo is Patani)

Pegu (lower photo)
9,500 dwt

S-boat
S-boats
Salaga, Sekondi, Sherbro, Shonga,
Sulima, Swedru
6,500 dwt (photo is Salaga)
T-boat
T-boats
Tamele
8,000 dwt

Tarkwa
7,500 dwt (photo is Tarkwa)

Winneba
Winneba
8,300 grt (photo is Calabar)

 

The table above is an overview of the Elder Dempster fleet in the mid 1960s (including those absorbed from the British and Burmese Steam Navigation Company). It is not intended to be a definitive list, but rather an indication of the size and variety of the fleet and the names and classes of the ships when the company was at its peak.

Vessels coming in to service in the 1970s and 1980s are shown in the following table. In addition to those listed a number of Blue Funnel Line ships were nominally transferred to Elder Dempster ownership, but are not shown here.

 

1970s / 1980s
Akosombo
Akosombo (ex Ascanius)
9,500 dwt

Blue Funnel ship transferred to EDL

Mano
Obuasi (ex Machaon), Onitsha (ex Menestheus),
Opobo (ex Maron), Mano / Oti (ex Menelaus),
Owerri (ex Memnon)
9,500 dwt (photo is Mano)

Blue Funnel ships transferred to EDL

Shonga
Sapele, Sherbro, Shonga
12,000 dwt (photo is Shonga)
Sapele
Sapele, Sekondi, Sokoto
11,500 dwt (photo is Sapele)
Menelaus
Maron, Melampus, Memnon, Menelaus,
Menestheus, Mentor, Myrmidon
21,000 dwt (photo is Menelaus)

Ocean Fleets ships in EDL service

Kaduna
Blue Kobe / Kaduna, Blue Yokohama
12,000 dwt (photo is Kaduna)

Chartered ships in EDL service

 

The tonnages given are deadweight (dwt) for the cargo ships and gross registered (grt) for the mailboats. The actual figures varied even between ships of the same class so there has been some rounding up/down to ensure clarity in the table.

Five measures of ship tonnage may be used -

The naming convention for Elder Dempster Lines and Guinea Gulf Line vessels was place names in West Africa, for the British and Burmese Steam Navigation Company places in Burma, and for Blue Funnel Line (and Ocean Fleets) names from Greek mythology.

for full details please see the books and links below

 

Company Colours
EDL

Elder Dempster Lines

Funnel
buff

Hull
Aureol white, green boot-topping
Accra / Apapa grey, green boot-topping
Other ships black, red boot-topping

House Flag
as shown here

see funnel colours and house flags

 

Photographs
photographs

class and individual ship photographs

 

Elder Dempster Fleet Lists
fleet history The Elder Dempster Fleet History 1852-1985
J E Cowden and J O C Duffy
published by Mallett and Bell, 1986
ISBN 0950945315


Elder Dempster Lines
Duncan Haws
TCL Publications
Merchant Fleets series, 1990
ISBN 0946378177

fleet history
History of Elder Dempster
Paul Wood
on this website

this is in PDF format
download a free copy of Adobe Reader software from Adobe website

 

Other Fleet Lists
BBSNCo
British and Burmese S.N.Co. ships
GGL
Guinea Gulf Line ships
Palm
other West African fleets
links
links to more fleet lists

 

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