E. Bigland & Co, London / Cuban S.S. Co.

Cuban S.S. Company

The company was formed in 1893 with two ships which were not only used for tramping work, but also operated mainly to Cuba and the Caribbean. In 1911 a new company Cayo Line was formed to own the Cayo Romano (2) and by 1914 six ships were owned. In 1916 the Cuban and Cayo companies sold all their ships and went into liquidation. E. Bigland & Co were appointed to manage two vessels for The Shipping Controller in 1918 but withdrew from shipowning in 1920.

 

E. Bigland & Co, London / Cuban S.S. Co, Fleet List

 

SHIP NAME O.N IMO BUILT G.T
Cayo Romano (1)  102800    1893  2690 
1904 sold to Luigi Zino fu G, Savona r/n Alacrita, 1912 sold to Lloyd del Pacifico, Savona, 17.9.1921 abandoned in 33.04N 55.34W on voyage New Orleans to Barcelona
Cayo Mono  102807    1893  2711 
1904 sold to Cie des Vapeurs de Charge Francais, Marseille r/n Aster, 1912 sold to Cie de Nav. Mixte, Marseille, 1915 sold to SGTM, Marseille, 1916 sold to Cie de Nav. Paquet, Marseille, 1933 scrapped.
Cayo Blanco  105755    1895  2688 
1905 sold to Cie des Vapeurs de Charge Francais, Marseille r/n Mira, 1912 sold to Cie de Nav. Mixte, Marseille, 1916 sold to SGTM, Marseille, 15.5.1916 torpedoed and sunk 35 miles off Cape Passero by U.34
Cayo Largo  108341    1898  3431 
16.4.1911 sailed from Swansea for Tampico and went missing.
Cayo Soto (1)  112691    1900  3421 
1901 sold to Russische Baltische Damps. Ges, Riga r/n Xenia, 1906 Imperial Russian Navy, 1918 English & Russian Repair Works Assoc, Murmansk, 1921 Northern State SS Co, Archangel, 21.9.1921 crushed in ice and sank in 72.38N 66.00E.
Cayo Bonito  114760    1901  3427 
1916 sold to Brys & Gylsen Ltd, London r/n Caledonier, 1917 r/n Cayo Bonito, 11.10.1917 torpedoed and sunk off Savona by UC.35.
Cayo Domingo  118489    1904  2717 
1916 sold to Bay SS Co, London r/n Baymingo, 1921 sold to French Gov?t r/n Port de Lorient, 1921 sold to Frisch & Cie, Marseille r/n Saint Fereol, 1934 sold to Cie Generale d?Armements Maritimes, Nantes, 1935 scrapped.
Cayo Manzanillo  118492    1904  3001 
1916 sold to Brys & Gylsen, London r/n Yzer, 20.7.1916 torpedoed and sunk in 37.12N 02.20E by U.39
Cayo Soto (2)  120579    1905  3082 
1916 sold to Bay SS Co, London r/n Baysoto, 6.8.1917 torpedoed and sunk off Girdleness by UC.42
Cayo Gitano  120631    1905  3073 
1916 sold to Bay SS Co, London r/n Baygitano, 18.3.1918 torpedoed and sunk off Lyme Regis by UC.77
Cayo Romano (2)  132614    1911  3675 
1916 sold to Bay SS Co, London r/n Baymano, 1921 sold to French Gov?t r/n Port de Cherbourg, 1921 sold to Cie Maritime de Transports Coloniaux, Marseille r/n Malgache, 1936 sold to Union Maritime S.A, Marseille, 1937 r/n Rouennais, 25.4.1943 mined and sunk in 34.02N 07.27W.
MANAGED VESSELS
War Cygnet  142628    1918  5271 
1918-1919 managed for the Shipping Controller, London.
War Swan  142732    1918  5275 
1918-1920 managed for the Shipping Controller, London.