THE WHITE STAR LINE FLEET
Photos and brief history's
The White Star Line comprised over 120 ships in its fleet over the lifespan of the company. Not all of these ships were built by Belfast shipbuilders Harland and Wolff, and not all of them were owned by the White Star Line. In the beginning years, most of White Star's ships were leased.
As the company grew and became more financially sound, a contract agreement was made with Harland and Wolff Shipbuilders to build ships exclusively for White Star. In later years, many ships were purchased by WSL from the British Government having been acquired through war reparations. As well, a few were only leased and managed by WSL. Some of the ships had very interesting and dramatic careers, others had non-eventful careers.
To clear up confusion, the White Star Line had several ships with the same name as predecessors, i.e. 2-Celtics, 2- Cufic's, 2- Doric's, 4-Belgic's 3-Baltic's, 3-Britannic's, 2-Gaelic's, 2-Cedric's, 2-Majestic's, 2-Runic's, 2-Tropic's, 2-Traffic's, 3-Oceanic's, etc.
The WSL Fleet
Note - The following vessels were owned by the White Star Line under 5 different WSL ownerships: 1) Pilkington and Wilson, 2) T.H. Ismay's Oceanic Steam Navigation Company, 3) JP Morgan's International Mercantile Marine Company, 4) Owen Phillip's Royal Mail Group, and 5) Cunard / White Star.
(Several ships were managed or chartered by White Star for short periods of time over the years and are not all shown here, i.e SS Victorian, SS Mobile, Red Star, SS Armenian, and others )
More ship photos and histories will be added as time and photo availability allows
Adriatic (1st) 1856 Adriatic (2nd) 1906 Afric 1899 Albatross 1854 Albertic 1904 Annie Wilson 1863 Arabian 1857 Arabic 1881
Artic - Celtic 1872 Asiatic 1881 Athenic 1902 Atlantic 1870 Baltic (1st) 1871 Baltic (2nd) 1904 Bardic 1919 Belgic 1873
Belgic (2nd) 1885 Blue Jacket 1889 Bovic 1892 Britannic (1st) 1874 Britannic (2nd) 1914 Britannic (3rd) 1930 Broughton 1867 Calgaric 1917
Canopic 1898 Cedric 1903 Celtic (1st) Celtic (2nd) 1901 Ceramic 1912 Ceric / Belgic (4th) 1917 Cevic 1894 Coptic 1881
Corinthic 1902 Cretic 1902 Cufic (1st) 1888 Cufic (2nd) 1895 Cymric 1898 Delphic 1897 Delphic (2nd) 1918 Donna Maria 1862
Doric (1st) 1883 Doric (2nd) 1922 Emma 1856 Gaelic 1875 Gaelic (2nd) 1918 Gallic 1894 Georgic (1st) 1895 Georgic (2nd) 1931
Germanic 1874 Glendevon 1862 Golden Era 1856 Gothic 1893 Haverford 1899 Homeric 1914 Ionic (1st) 1884 Ionic (2nd) 1903
Justicia Laurentic (1st) 1908 Laurentic (2nd) 1927 Magnetic 1891 Medic 1898 Megantic 1908 Majestic (1st) 1889 Majestic (2nd)
Mermaid 1853 Mersey 1894 Morning Light 1862 Mystery 1853 Naronic 1892 Nomadic 1911 Oceanic (1st) 1871 Oceanic (2nd) 1899
Oceanic III (not built) Olympic 1911 Pacific 1871 Persic 1899 Pittsburgh 1913 Pontic Red Jacket 1854 Regina 1917
Republic (1st) 1871 Republic (2nd) 1903 Romanic 1903 Royal Standard 1863 Runic (1st) 1889 Runic (2nd) 1902 Shalimar 1857 Shepardess 1856
Sirocco 1862 Star of the East 1862 Suevic 1900 Tauric 1891 Tayleur 1853 Teutonic 1889 Titanic 1910 Traffic (I) 1872
Traffic (II) 1911 Tropic 1 -1871 Tropic 2 - 1896 Vedic 1918 Windsor Castle 1840 Zeeland 1900 Zealandic 1911
* WSL Vessel information sources:
Duncan Haws Merchant Fleet Series, various US and British newspaper accounts, Jane' Ships, and original White Star Line postcards
White Star Line Ships Lost or Seriously Damaged During Peacetime
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