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Thomas Cook Fleet
Acknowledgements : My thanks to Paul Smith, Archivist at Thomas Cook Travel for his kind assistance including the use of vessel photos from the company's archives. Thanks also to Stuart Cameron and the Scottish Built Ships Database
The above publicity can be dated to between 1889 and 1892
For First Class passengers only :
Rameses (236x30 ft)
Prince Abbas (Fairfield, 1886, 160x20 ft)
Tewfik (Fairfield, 1886, 160x20 ft), - originally named Prince Tewfik
Amasis (1886, 170x20 ft) - originally named Prince Mohammed Ali
Rameses the Great (Fairfield, Glasgow, 1889, 221x30 ft)
Rameses III (J McArthur, Paisley, engines by Bow, McLachlan, 1893, 200x28 ft)
Memnon (1904, 131x19 ft)
Express steamers for first class and local passengers :
Cleopatra (J McArthur, Paisley, engines by Bow, McLachlan, 1888, 140x25 ft),
Nefertari (J McArthur, Paisley, engines by Bow, McLachlan, 1888, 140x25 ft),
Amenartas (J McArthur, Paisley, engines by Bow, McLachlan, 1888, 140x25 ft)
Hatasoo (J McArthur, Paisley, engines by Bow, McLachlan, 1890, 160x25 ft),
Serapis (125x18 ft)
Oonas (110x18 ft)
Seti (100x18 ft)
Nitocris (103x15 ft)
Mena (100x18 ft)
Prince Abbas, Amasis, Rameses III, Cleopatra, Nefertari, Amenartas and Hatasoo were
taken to Mespotamia in 1916 and owned by the Royal Indian Marine (who were in
charge of the British campaign in the region). Rameses III was lost to fire in
at Amara 1916.
Tewfik and Rameses the Great were lost to fire in 1916 whilst being prepared to be sent to Mesopotamia
Above : Prince Abbas
Above : Hatasoo on war service
Above : Serapis.
Above : Oonas.
Above : Paddle Steamer Seti was used as a floating hotel at Aswan until 1894 when Thomas Cook purchased a hotel on the shores of the Nile
side-wheel fleet comprised these steamers in 1925 :
Large (high-season services) :
Egypt (Thornycroft, 1907, 230x32
Arabia (Thornycroft, 1911, 236x32 ft),
Sudan (Bow, McLachlan, 1915-1921, 236x32 ft).
(Ferguson, Port Glasgow, 1917, 220x30 ft) former British Army Hospital Ship
"SP13", in Cooks fleet from 1922
Damietta (A&J Inglis, Pointhouse, Glasgow, 1917, 220x30 ft) former British Army Hospital Ship "HP15", in Cooks fleet from 1921
Medium (off-season services) :
Thebes (150x26 ft)
Small (generally sold for group charter) :
Memnon (1904, 131x19 ft),
Chonsu (125x18 ft),
Serapis (125x18 ft),
Oonas (110x18 ft),
Seti (100x18 ft),
Scarab (90x17 ft)
Rosetta and Damietta were originally intended for military hospital service on the Tigris in World War I but were in Alexandria at the time of the armistice. It is understood from research by Alistair Deayton that they were lengthened and converted from side-wheelers to quarter-wheelers for Nile service.
Egypt remained in the fleet until 1950
Sudan (in operation) and Memnon (derelict) still exist (as at January 2020). It is believed that Egypt and Delta survive but are laid up
For more about Egyptian paddle steamers see this report by Alan Dumelow on the Modern Luxor website
Paddle Steamers : 1925 Fleet
Above : Memnon.
Above : Chonsu.
1849 : Sayed Pacha : Built by Caird of Greenock for Mohammed Said
1865 : El Mahroussa (converted to turbine steamer in 1905 and still in existence) and Bordein, both by Samuda Bros, London, for Khedive Ismail Pacha
1894 : Safa el Bahr : Built by A&J Inglis of Glasgow : 690 GRT : 220 x 27 ft : Triple Expansion 18, 29 and 48 in x 46 in
1926 : Kased Kheir : Built by JI Thornycroft in Southampton in kit form for King Fuad. 237 ft 9 in x 32 ft
Kheir was used to take the deposed King Farouk into exile in 1952. In
1958 it was used as a hotel annexe. The Navy Hotel - Kased Kheir
in Cairo now has a smaller modern vessel moored outside.