Egypt & Levant SS Co. / Thomas Bowen Rees, London

Egypt & Levant Steam Ship Company

Formed in 1893 to ship coal to Alexandria, returning to the UK with cotton from Egypt and grain from the Black Sea. The company was based at Smyrna, Turkey until the outbreak of the Great War when because Turkey was an ally of Germany, operations were moved to Alexandria. Five ships were lost to enemy action between 1914 and 1918 and these were replaced by three old tramp steamers. As well as these, two ex-Russian passenger steamers were purchased but these were soon sold to Turkish owners. The first of three new tramps designed for worldwide trade was delivered in 1925 and in 1939 the company owned three ships. All of these were lost during World War II, but one tramp was purchased in 1941. This ship survived the war but was sold to British India S.N. Co in 1948 and the company was closed.

 

Egypt & Levant Steam Ship Company, Fleet List

 

SHIP NAME O.N IMO BUILT G.T
Antonio (1)  77017    1877  1858 
1892 purchased from Steam Nav.Co, Nord Ltd, London, 1901 sold to G. Zaccaro, Taranto r/n Brento, 1905 sold to Beraldo & Devoto, Genoa r/n Operosita, 1923 scrapped.
Easington  81524    1880  1731 
Built for G. Pearson & Co, West Hartlepool, 1886 sold to J. Wood & Co, West Hartlepool, 1892 purchased by Bowen Rees, 1898 sold to A. Monsen, Tonsberg r/n Alf, 1.11.1898 sailed from Hartlepool for Stockholm and went missing.
Talbot  96571    1889  2482 
Ex-Saint Clears, 1895 purchased from Carlisle & Co, London r/n Talbot, 1900 sold to S.A. Maritime Ballesteros, Aviles r/n Ballesteros No.1, 1906 sold to Cia de Nav. Vasco-Asturiana, Gijon r/n Antonio de Satrustegui, 1934 scrapped.
Guildhall  86185    1882  2929 
Built as Cambodia for SS Cambodia Ltd, Liverpool, 1892 sold to Peterson, Tate & Co, Sunderland r/n Guildhall, 1895 purchased by Bowen Rees, 1905 sold to C. Banck, Helsingborg r/n Banco, 20.9.1905 wrecked on Mitylene Island.
Hubbuck  91912    1886  2834 
1898 purchased from Blue Anchor Line, London, 1910 sold to Olivier & Co, London, 1914 sold to The Admiralty as boom defence vessel, 1919 sold to Dutrus & Carsi, Valencia r/n Eugenio Dutrus, 26.4.1926 wrecked near Tarifa.
Cabral  104816    1894  2718 
1900 purchased from Carlisle & Co, London, 11.1.1907 wrecked near Agger, Denmark.
Wingrove  105879    1896  2806 
1901 purchased from P. W. Richardson, London, 18.12.1911 sailed from Plymouth for Port Said and went missing.
Antonio (2)  120496    1905  2652 
7.3.1917 torpedoed and sunk near Dartmouth by U.48.
Antaeus  123670    1906  3061 
4.11.1917 torpedoed and sunk 42 miles N x W from Cape Bon by UB.50
Antar (1)  123682    1906  3580 
1919 sold to W. Robson, Cardiff, 1920 sold to Merrett Bros, Cardiff r/n River Trent, 1924 sold to Watts, Watts & Co, London r/n Wokingham, 1930 sold to Latvian Shipping Co, Riga r/n Gundega, 1940 seized by USSR, 1941 seized by Germans r/n Weichselland, 21.12.1944 mined and sunk near Stavanger.
Antigone (1)  123694    1906  2366 
1928 sold to E. Friederich, Bremen r/n Emmy Friederich, 1929 sold to V. Beccard, Rouen r/n Saida, 4.11.1929 ashore near Tekinia Point, White Sea, abandoned to Soviet authorities, 1931 r/n Fabritzius for Sovtorgflot, 2.3.1942 sunk in 44.45N 37.28E by explosion.
Antiope (1)  123678    1906  2973 
9.8.1916 shelled and sunk 88 miles SW x W of Marseille by U.35
Antinoe (1)  125605    1907  2396 
28.5.1917 torpedoed and sunk 150 miles WSW of Bishop Rock by U.86
Antinous (1)  125612    1907  3682 
29.1.1922 wrecked La Guardia, Portugal.
Antiope (2)  118382    1904  3004 
Ex-Cragside, 1916 purchased from Pyman Bros, London r/n Antiope, 1926 sold to Watts, Watts & Co, London r/n Mortlake, 1933 sold to Latvian Shipping Co, Riga r/n Valdona, 1941 seized by Germany r/n Memelland, 1941 r/n Sudetenland, 1941 r/n Baltenland, 25.12.1944 torpedoed and sunk off Stolpmunde by Russian submarine K-56
Anteros  139190    1917  4241 
24.3.1918 torpedoed and sunk 16 miles W x N of South Stack by UB.103
Antonio (3)  129084    1910  2857 
Ex-Lundy, 1918 purchased from Farrar, Groves & Co, London r/n Antonio, 1919 sold to J. McKelvie, London r/n Augusto Halenke, 1920 sold to A & C. Aboaf, London, 1923 sold to King, Warriner, London r/n Arundale, 26.3.1933 wrecked off Ceuta.
Foreric  108771    1898  3987 
Built for Andrew Weir & Co, Glasgow, 1916 sold to Christie & Co, Cardiff, 1919 purchased by Bowen Rees, 1920 sold to J. Culucundis, Syra r/n Eugenia, 16.4.1921 mined and sunk off the Burlings.
Antinoe (2)  102898    1894  2080 
Built as Rosetti for F. Bolton, London, 1916 sold to J. Cadogan, London, 1919 purchased by Bowen Rees r/n Antinoe, 1923 sold to T. Syrmas, Andros r/n Anastassios A. Syrmas, 1929 sold to E. Hogberg, Gefle r/n Gerania, 1940 r/n Wilhelmina, 14.12.1941 wrecked NW of Utlangen.
Antar (2)  144904    1920  6503 
Ex-Kincardine, 1923 purchased from B. J. Sutherland, Newcastle r/n Antar, 1932 sold to H. M. Thomson, London, 14.3.1941 bombed and sunk in 52.53N 01.39E
Antonio (4)  142601    1918  5257 
Built as War Fijian for The Shipping Controller, London, 1919 sold to J. Mathias & Sons, Aberystwith r/n Fijian, 1921 purchased by Bowen Rees r/n Antonio, 1943 sold to Michalinos & Co, London, 28.3.1945 collided with s/s Fort Moose off Milford Haven, 31.3.1945 capsized and sank in 51.37N 05.10W
Antioch  145479    1896  1120 
Built as Emperor Nicholas II for Archangel Mourman S.N. Co, Archangel, 1917 r/n Michael Sideroff, 1922 purchased by Bowen Rees r/n Antioch, 1924 sold to Admin de Nav. a Vapeur Turque, Istanbul r/n Mersine, 1928 r/n Mersin, 1959 scrapped.
Antissa  144926    1891  977 
Built as Lomonosoff for Archangel Mourman S.N. Co, Archangel, 1920 owned by W. Mathwin & Co, Newcastle, 1922 purchased by Bowen Rees r/n Antissa, 1924 sold to Admin de Nav. a Vapeur Turque, Istanbul r/n Antalia, 1929 r/n Antalya, 1955 scrapped.
Antinoe (3)  115657    1902  3910 
Ex-Benarty, 1924 purchased from Ben Line, Leith r/n Antinoe, 27.1.1926 abandoned and sank in 47.50N 36.00W after cargo shifted.
Antinous (2)  148530    1925  4563 
1933 sold to Watts, Watts & Co, London r/n Willesden, 1.8.1942 shelled and sunk in 16.00S 16.00W by German raider Thor.
Antigone (2)  160457    1928  4545 
11.5.1943 torpedoed and sunk in 40.30N 32.30W by U.402
Antiope (3)  161362    1930  4545 
27.10.1941 bombed and sunk in 53.13N 01.08E.
Antar (3)  168066    1941  5222 
1948 sold to British India S.N. Co, London r/n Garbeta, 1963 scrapped.

Ted Finch 13-11-2012