FOR ALL THOSE WITH AN INTEREST IN BRITISH INDIA STEAM NAVIGATION (BI)
BI's fleet spanning 116 years
BI's fleet of ships ranged from small service craft and tugs through to major vessels of their time, both passenger and cargoships. The fleetpages on this site list the more than 700 vessels which came under BI control from the inception of the company in the mid-nineteenth century to its absorption into P&O in 1972. Included are ships managed by BI for other owners.
In one period, during the 1920s, British India had the largest fleet of any in the world's mercantile marine. The largest number of ships in the fleet was reached in 1920, when there were 161 vessels in commission. The following year the company's tonnage rose to its all-time peak of 831,533 gt.
In the following fleet list pages all BI's 700 owned and managed vessels are shown with tonnages, dates and salient details of service. The pages show vessels in the order of coming into BI service. The following abbreviations are used: BIAS = British India Associated Steamers; GD = Gray Dawes.
The present edition of the fleet list on these pages was put together by Henk Jungerius, to whom we are grateful for the time and effort he spent in compilation. He used the following main source for the fleet:
BI The British India Steam Navigation Company Ltd, W A Laxon, F W Perry, 1994
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