Founded in New York in 1899 to operate a cargo service
to Havana and later extended to Mexico and Gulf ports. In 1915 a passenger
ship was purchased for the trade to Cuba and after World War I the company
commenced passenger and cargo services between New York and the east
coast of South America using mainly ex-German ships which had been interned
in US ports. The company suffered severely during the depression and
many of it's ships were scrapped or laid up. The last ship was sold in
1938 and the company went bankrupt.
The remaining passenger ships were
taken over by the US Maritime Commission
and laid up.
Many thanks to Ted Finch for his assistance in collecting this data.
The following list was extracted from various sources. This is not an
all inclusive list but should only be used as a guide. If you would like
to know more about a vessel, visit the Ship
Descriptions (onsite) or Immigrant
Ship web site.
- New York - Bahia - Rio de Janeiro - Santos - Montevideo -
- New York - Nassau - Miami - Havana
- New York - Bermuda
- Miami - Nassau
- New Orleans - Havana
York - Antilla
Blue with white band below black top.
||Years in Service
|| ex- Grosser Kurfurst, 1917 seized by USA from North
German Lloyd r/n Aeolus, 1919 transferred to Munson from U.S.Shipping
Board, 1921 returned to USSB, 1923 r/n City of Los Angeles for
Los Angeles SS Co., 1935 to Matson
Line, 1937 scrapped.
||1921 assigned from U.S. Shipping Board, 1938 transferred
to U.S. Maritime Commission, 1939 military transport, 1947 scrapped.
||ex- Sierra Cordoba, 1917 seized by Peru fron North
German Lloyd r/n Callao, 1918 chartered to US Shipping Board,
1921 purchased by USSB, allocated to Munson SS Line, 1921 returned
to USSB r/n Ruth Alexander, 1941 bombed and sunk by Japanese.
||tug, 1898 sold to Haley & Appleton, Boston.
||ex- Ardanmhor, 1903 purchased from Clark & Service,
Glasgow r/n Cubana, registered Havana, 1914 scrapped.
|| ex- Friedrich der Grosse, 1917 seized by USA from North
German Lloyd r/n Huron, 1919 transferred to Munson from U.S.
Shipping Board, 1921 returned to USSB r/n City of Honolulu, 1922
burned and sank off San Pedro.
||1917 seized from Unione
Austriaca, Trieste by USA, 1919 transferred to Munson from
US Shipping Board, 1922 returned to Cosulich,
Trieste, 1934 r/n Tel Aviv, 1934 scrapped after fire damage.
|| 1917-1919 US Navy requisition, 1937 sold to Greece
r/n Elena R, 1939 mined and sunk in English Channel.
||ex- Lauenburg, 1900 purchased
from H. Diederichsen, Kiel, registered in Havana, 1903 r/n Mobila,
1912 sold to New Orleans, Cuban SS Co., Havana. 1918 sold to France
r/n Sidi Mabrouck, 1930 scrapped.
|| ex- Prinz Joachim, 1917 seized from Hamburg
America Line by USA r/n Moccasin, 1919 transferred to Munson
from U.S.Shipping Board, 1921 returned to USSB r/n Porto Rico,
1923 sold to Ward Line, 1933 scrapped after stranding.
|| 1918-1919 US Navy requisition, 1937 sold to Greece
r/n Pleiades, 1940 sold Japan r/n Tamon Maru No.6, 1942 torpedoed
and sunk by USS Nautilus.
|| 1918-1919 US Navy requisition, 1936 sold to Mystic
SS Co., Boston r/n James L. Richards, 1948 converted to barge, 1954
||1934 sold to International Mercantile Marine Co.,
NY and laid up, 1938 scrapped.
||ex- Lake Fernando, 1926 purchased from US Shipping
Board r/n Munami, 1927 sold McCormick SS Co., San Francisco, 1940
sold French Line r/n Lisieux, 1940 seized by Canada, 27th Nov.1940
abandoned in N. Atlantic.
||1930 purchased from Clark & Service, Glasgow, 1937
sold to Italy r/n Cabo Noli, 1940 seized by Canadian Government r/n
Bic Island, 29th Oct.1942 torpedoed amd sunk by U.224 in N. Atlantic.
||1938 sold to Munargo Line (United
Fruit Co.), 1941 U.S. Navy, 1943 r/n Thistle, converted to
US Army Hospital Ship, 1946 US Maritime Commission, 1957 scrapped.
||ex- Sudbury, 1927 purchased from United
American Lines, New York r/n Munbeaver, 1938 sold Italy r/n
Capo Alga, 1944 scuttled at St. Nazaire.
||ex- Covedale, 1922 purchased from US Shipping Board
r/n Muncove, 1940 sold Estonia r/n Peeter, 1941 sold Panama r/n Cathrine,
1941 taken over by MOWT, Grangemouth, 1941 torpedoed and sunk by
U.43 in Atlantic.
||ex- Luristan, 1912 purchased
from F. C. Strick, Swansea, 1914 r/n Mundale, 1923 sold to France
r/n Mitidja, 1939 scrapped.
||1918-1919 US Navy requisition, 1938 sold to Wheelock & Co.,
Shanghai r/n Munlock, 1941 seized by Japanese r/n Rizan Maru, 1944
torpedoed and sunk by USS Searaven.
|| see Redman.
|| ex- Excelsior, 1924 purchased from Southern Pacific
Co., New Orleans r/n Muneastern, 1927 scrapped.
||8th Sep.1919 sailed Mobile for Havana and went missing
||ex- Glorieta, 1920 purchased from US Shipping Board
r/n Munisla, 1937 sold Honduras r/n Neptuno, 1941 sold Nicaragua
r/n Managua, 1942 torpedoed and sunk by U.67.
||ex- Lake Fabyan, 1926 purchased from US Shipping Board
r/n Munleon, 1927 sold to McCormick SS Co., San Francisco, 1931 wrecked
||ex- Hancock County, 1926 purchased from US Shipping
Board r/n Munlisto, 1937 scrapped.
||ex- Lake Ellsbury, 1925 purchased from US Shipping
Board r/n Munloyal, 1936 scrapped.
|| ex- Courtois, 1922 purchased from US Shipping Board
r/n Munmotor, 1940 sold Belgium r/n Rubens, 1947 sold Panama, 1949
r/n Hope, 1957 r/n Esperanza, 1960 scrapped.
|| ex- Mystic, 1927 purchased from Mystic SS Corp, N.Y.,
1930 r/n Munmystic, 1937 sold to Waterman SS Corp, Mobile r/n Iberville,
1941 r/n Ironclad, 1944 lend-lease to USSR r/n Marina Raskova, 1944
torpedoed and sunk by U.365.
|| ex- Grunewald, 1917 seized by US from Hamburg
America Line, r/n General G. W. Goethals, 1926 purchased by
Munson r/n Munorleans, 1936 scrapped.
||1918-1919 US Navy requisition, 1939 scrapped.
||1937 sold Hungary r/n Szent Gellert, 1940 sold Panama
r/n Carola, 1946 r/n Mary Louise, 1950 r/n Maria L, 1950 r/n Tropic,
1950 sold Italy r/n Nerina, 25th Nov. 1950 wrecked in heavy weather
||1918-1919 US Navy requisition, 1938 sold Italy r/n
Capo Orso, 1943 sunk by British air attack.
||ex- Terre Haute, 1930 purchased from American SS Corp,
N.Y r/n Muntropic, 1937 sold Greece r/n Ioannis Fafalios, 1944 torpedoed
and sunk by U.861 in Indian Ocean.
||1928-1931 winter charters to Nassau from Clarke
||ex- Ardanrose, 1903 purchased from Clark & Service,
Glasgow r/n Paloma, registered Havana, 1924 scrapped.
||ex- Palmetto State, 1922 r/n Pan America, 1926 assigned
to Munson from U.S. Shipping Board, 1939 military transport r/n Hunter
Liggett, 1948 scrapped.
||1917 seized from North
German Lloyd, 1928 purchased by Munson, 1937 scrapped.
||1930 r/n Mundolphin, 1937 scrapped.
||1930 r/n Mundixie, 1940 sold
Greece r/n Mount Taygetus, 1942 torpedoed and sunk by U.517 in N.
||1925 transferred to Munson from U.S. Maritime Commission,
1938 returned to USMC, 1939 military transport r/n Wharton, 1951
||1918 purchased from Merchants & Miners Transportation
Co., Baltimore, 1923 returned to Merchants & Miners
Transportation Co., Baltimore, 1937 scrapped.
|Walter D. Munson
|| 1918-1919 US Navy requisition, 1940 sold Greece r/n
Mount Kyllene, 1959 scrapped.
||ex- Nutmeg State, 1922 r/n Western World, 1926 transferred
to Munson from U.S. Maritime Commission, 1938 returned to USMC, 1939
military transport r/n Leonard Wood, 1948 scrapped.
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