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National Greek Line / Byron S.S. Co.

Founded in 1908 by Embiricos Bros to operate passenger services between Greek ports and New York. A British flagged subsidiary company was set up in 1915 and named Byron Steamship Co. In 1921 U.S.Immigration Laws restricted the number of Greek immigrants resulting in a large decrease in the number of 3rd class passengers and in 1923 the company extended their sailings to Constantinople, Beirut and Alexandria and also commenced calls at Boston. Further immigration restrictions and the world slump caused further decline in business and the company made their last voyage in 1935 and later went into liquidation.

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.

Buff with broad white band containing blue replica of houseflag, below black top.
Flag - White with blue saltire, red ball in centre with blue E
National Greek Line:
Buff with broad blue band containing containing white replica of houseflag below black top.
Flag - Blue with white saltire (St. Andrew's Cross), white ball in centre with blue E.


Byron National Greek
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Athinai 1908 1914 purchased from Hellenic Transport Line. 1915 destroyed by fire in North Atlantic. 6,742
Byron   see Vasilefs Constantinos  
Constantinople 1896 ex- Bremen (North German Lloyd). 1921 purchased renamed Constantinople (British flag) 1924 renamed King Alexander (2). 1929 scrapped. 11,456
Edison 1896 ex- Konigin Luise (North German Lloyd). 1924 purchased renamed Edison (British flag). 1928 Greek flag. 1935 scrapped. 11,103
Ioannina 1896 ex- Arconia. 1913 purchased from Russian American Line renamed Ioannina. 1917 torpedoed and sunk off Azores. 4,167
King Alexander (1) 1908 ex- Cleveland (Hamburg America Line). 1919 ceded to USA, renamed Mobile. 1920 purchased renamed King Alexander (British flag). 1923 sold to United American Line renamed Cleveland. 16,960
King Alexander (2)   see Constantinople  
Macedonia 1911 1912 converted to Greek armed cruiser. 1913 sunk by Turkish cruiser at Syra. 1916 refloated, repaired and sold to Holland. 6,333
Megali Hellas   see Vasilefs Constantinos  
Moreas 1902 ex- Columbia, 1926 purchased from Anchor Line, renamed Moreas (British flag). 1928 Greek flag but laid up. 1929 scrapped. 8,497
Patris 1909 1925 sold to Messageries Maritimes, Marseilles renamed Claude Chappe. 4,390
Themistocles 1907 1914 purchased from Hellenic Transport Line. 1933 scrapped. 6,045
Thessalonika 1889 ex- City of Vienna. 1914 purchased from Ellerman City Line renamed Thessalonika. 1916 sank in Atlantic after engine breakdown. 4,682
Vasilefs Constantinos 1914 1919 renamed Megali Hellas. 1923 renamed Byron (British flag). 1928 transferred to Greek flag. 1937 scrapped. 9,272

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