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Miramar list of 12 pages, (highest hull number on page). It used to be that you could click on the links that follow & get to the relevant Miramar page. But no longer! The new procedure must be to go to Miramar (here) & log in (you must be registered to view any page). And once you are logged in, return to this page & all the following links should work for you:- 100, 127, 157, 187, 213, 247, 277, 308, 339, 383, 413, 427. (427) Now I should add here, that thanks to both Mr. Kit Bartram, son of Sir Robert Appleby Bartram & a company director, & Robert Hunter, the webmaster has what is believed to be a complete list of 'Bartram' built ships - commencing in 1838. The list includes vessels built before any numbering system at all was started. That list can be found here.
3637/6379 (N/G) tons or, re oil or ore cargoes 4889/8249 (N/G) tons
A cargo ship, which was launched on Oct. 23, 1951 & delivered on Jun. 14, 1952. Per 1 (Koninklijke Java China, Tjibantjet), 2 (account of the 1957 stranding, Tjibantjet, images, in Dutch), 3 (images, Tjibantjet), & 4 (image, Tjibantjet), 5 (page in Dutch, many images, including salvage of Tjibantjet in 1957, from 50% down), 6, 7 & 8 (large 'pdf' files with extensive 1957 content), 9 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). Note that a 40 minute film of the construction of Tjibantjet is available thanks to both of the Yorkshire and Northeast Film Archives. Available here or by clicking the top image at left. Built for 'Koninklijke Java-China Paketvaart Lijnen NV', ('Royal Interocean Lines') of Amsterdam, Netherlands.
441 ft. 11 in. (134.70 metres) long perpendicular to perpendicular, 471 ft. 10 in. (143.81 metres) long overall, accommodation for 6 passengers, speed of 15 or 16 knots, signal letters PHZF, 6800 BHP Doxford type oil engines by North Eastern Marine Engineering Co. (1938) Ltd. of Wallsend, River Tyne.
An interesting start to her life - during construction it was discovered that she was too wide to pass through a set of locks between the shipyard & the open sea, consequently the design had to be altered causing delays. The workmen called the ship the 'Jib and Jet'. Word has it that the ship got stuck & the foreman rigger, standing on the deck at the fore-end of the ship, shouted down to the Shipyard Manager - 'What are we going to do Mr. Mellanby?' Who likely nearly had a heart attack! It would however have been re the lock from the shipyard into Hendon Dock, rather than one to the open sea - there was no such lock to the open sea.
Used on Indonesia – Hong Kong – Japan routes. On Sep. 21, 1957, with typhoon Gloria approaching, the vessel arrived at Hong Kong from Moji (Japan?), half laden, with 6 passengers & a crew of 74. No suitable anchorage was available, so she anchored in Junk Bay - vacant, but with a muddy bottom. The typhoon hit, the anchors failed & wind & sea contributed to the vessel ending up broadside on a rocky shelf. At Lye Mun, near Devil's Point. The ship listed heavily to port (38 or more degrees) & sank, the engine room flooding. The crew settled the ship securely on the rock shelf. During the night & early morning, most of the Chinese crew were taken ashore via rope ladders, while the 6 passengers & a number of officers were also taken ashore, the Captain & the key officers staying on board. Most of the cargo was later saved. After extensive salvage work was completed the ship was, with the assistance of 4 tugs, on Jun. 05, 1958, towed to a beach 2 miles away & on Jun. 20, 1958 was towed to dry dock at the 'Hong Kong and Whampoa Dock Co. Ltd.' Whampoa Dock, Kowloon, Hong Kong, for permanent repairs. Perhaps the world's biggest repair job?
She resumed normal service on May 19, (or May 22) 1959.
The Captain (his name?) received a 4-week suspension from the Raad van Scheepvaart (Maritime Court of the Netherlands), perhaps for not riding out the typhoon at sea.
The vessel was sold, in 1972, to Mercury Shipping Co. Ltd., of Panama, & renamed Mercury River.
On Dec. 03, 1973, the vessel arrived at the Kaohsiung, Taiwan, ship breaking facilities of 'Yun Shen Steel & Iron Works', to be broken up. Can anybody clarify, add to or correct the above data?
A cargo ship. Per 1 (Wallenius, Bohème), 2 (extensive data, Bohème, Swedish page), 3 (image Bohème), 4 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 145.6 (or 144.8) metres long, speed of 12 1/2 or 13 knots, signal letters SHOA. Built for 'Rederi Ab Wallenco', of Stockholm, Sweden. Have also read built for 'Olof Wallenius Rederi AB Soya' (Wallenius Line), also of Stockholm. The vessel was sold, in Apl. 1965, to Redfern Shipping Co., of Hamilton, Bermuda, & renamed Nils Amelon. It was sold again, in Oct. 1966, to Ocean Wide Shipping Co., of Monrovia, Liberia, & renamed Compass Spirit. The vessel would seem to have been sold at auction, in Apl. 1970, to El Libertad Co., also of Monrovia, & renamed Meandros. On Jul. 5, 1970, the vessel suffered an engine room fire while bunkering at Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Not sure of what next happened. Towed to North Shields to effect repairs perhaps? Would seem to have been back in operation only in Jan. 1972. In May 1973, the vessel was sold to Newcastle Shipping Co., of Monrovia, & renamed Newcastle Trader. Was renamed Carmen in Mar. 1974. In Apl. 1974, the vessel was damaged & was towed to Tampa, Florida, for repair. The vessel was sold, in Sep. 1974, to Sea Spirits Navigation Co., of Monrovia, & renamed Captain Theo. The vessel caught fire, on Jan. 01, 1976 when at Rotterdam, a total loss it would appear. It was sold in 1977 to ship breakers Van Heyghen Frères, of Brugge, Belgium, & arrived at Ghent, Belgium, on Mar. 13, 1977, to be broken up. Can anybody correct or add to the above. WWW translation of 2 is difficult. A few references I could not understand.
103 La Chacra
6072 (later 5888) tons
A bulk cargo ship. Per 1 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 144 metres long (472 ft. 4 in.), speed of 14 knots. Built for Buries Markes Limited, of London, grain & coal shippers, which company was owned by S. A. Louis Dreyfus, of France. I read that the vessel, in 1955, took 3 cargoes of grain from Churchill, Manitoba (Hudson Bay) in a single summer, the first vessel to accomplish that feat. In 1961, the vessel was sold to General Shipping Inc., of Liberia, & renamed Arabella. It was possibly rebuilt with a reduced tonnage as a result? On Dec. 14, 1971, when owned by Overseas Enterprise Inc., of Liberia, & en route from Lirquen, near Talcahuano, Chile, to Buenos Aires with a cargo of wood pulp, the vessel grounded navigating English Narrows, Puerto Eden, Chile. The vessel had a list & probably for that reason was beached. I presume that she was re-floated because she was later broken up at Campana. Now there is a place of that name 75 km. from Buenos Aires. It looks on my map to be inland but is also noted for its shipyard. Can anybody fill in the details as to exactly what happened at English Narrows? Anything to add?
A cargo liner. Per 1 (text, image & plan, or at least they used to be there), 2 [Lamport & Holt, Raphael (2)], 3 (fine painting by Wallace Trickett of New Zealand), 4 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). Completed for Lamport & Holt Line Ltd. of Liverpool. 472.7 ft. (144.1 metres) long, speed of 15 knots, accommodation for 6 passengers. 81 voyages for 'Lamport', mostly on the South American run. In 1976, the vessel was sold to Carnation Shipping Co., of Limassol, Cyprus, & renamed Pola Rika. And was sold again, to Allegro Marine Co., also of Limassol. The vessel's owners at some point (Allegro?) went bankrupt & the ship was left unmanned in Lagos Roads, Nigeria. In May 1979, the vessel was sold to Hemesa Shipbreaking, of Gijón, Spain, (via Paul Christianson, of Naksov, Denmark), & broken up. Can you add anything?
105 British Monarch
5806 (or 5795) tons
A cargo ship. Per 1 (Moller & Co., Rosetta Maud), 2 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). Built for 'Monarch Steamship Co. Ltd.', of Glasgow, 'Raeburn & Verel Limited', the managers. 138.3 metres long (452 ft. 3 in.) long, speed of 11 (or 12.35) knots. In 1964, the vessel was sold to 'Mullion & Co. Ltd.' ('Mullion'), of Glasgow, or maybe instead of London & Hong Kong, who likely were the agents rather than the owners, & renamed Ardtara. In 1967, the vessel was sold twice, first to Hyperion Shipping Company Limited ('Hyperion'), of Gibraltar, & renamed Hyperion, & then to Redfern Shipping Co. Ltd., of London, & renamed Rosetta Maud. Hyperion may well have been a broker, since 1 indicates that Redfern Shipping Co., of Bermuda, was a company owned by Moller & Co., which acquired the vessel from Mullion. It would seem, however, that the vessel was owned by 'Redfern Shipping Co. Limited', of Hong Kong, when, on May 28, 1972, the vessel was abandoned 20 miles from Karachi, Pakistan, when fire broke out aboard, while en route from Karachi to Gadani Beach, Pakistan, to be broken up. Can anybody clarify the circumstances. And the dates? Miramar advises May 26, 1972, at Gadani Beach. The WWW record is modest. Can you add anything?
106 Hannington Court
A cargo ship. Per 1 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 145.1 metres long, speed of 12 1/2 knots, signal letters MTQX. Built for Court Line Ltd. The vessel was sold, in 1963, to Jayanti Shipping Ltd., of Bombay, India, & renamed Gandhi Jayanti - you might be interested to know that 'Gandhi Jayanti' is the name of a national holiday in India, held on Oct. 2nd each year to celebrate the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi (Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi). The vessel was sold, in 1974, to The Shipping Corp. of India Ltd., of Bombay, India, which company, in 1975, renamed the vessel Gandhi. In Apl. 1976, the vessel was broken up at Bombay. Can you add anything?
107 North Cornwall
A cargo ship. Per 1 (Oduduwa, voyage experiences, near top of page), 2 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 454 ft. 4 in. (138.48 metres) long overall, 425 ft. 10 in. long (129.79 metres) perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 12 or 12 1/4 knots, signal letters 5NAD, 3300 BHP oil engines by North Eastern Marine Engineering (1938) Limited of Wallsend. The vessel was built for North Shipping Co. Ltd., H. Roberts & Son the managers, both of Newcastle. The vessel was sold in 1959, for £400,000, to 'The Nigerian National Line Ltd.' ('Nigerian'), later 'Nigerian National Shipping Line Ltd.', of Lagos, Nigeria, & renamed Oduduwa. Oduduwa? Too difficult to explain, see here. Nigerian was 51% owned by the Government of Nigeria & 49% by Elder Dempster Lines Ltd. & Palm Line Ltd. Likely used principally on the company's New York service. The vessel was sold again, in 1974, for about $700,000, to 'Castrenza Cia Naviera SA', of Piraeus, Greece, & renamed Nanina. In 1977, the vessel was sold to 'Stravon Cia. Naviera SA', of Panama City, Panama, & renamed Anastasia V. On Apl. 28, 1979, the vessel arrived at the Seville, Spain, ship breaking facilities of 'Desguaces del Guadalquivir S.A.' to be broken up. It was sold to such ship-breakers in a fire damaged condition, but I have not read any details of the fire. Can you tell us? Actual break up would seem to have commenced on Oct. 1, 1979 & was completed in Dec. 1979. Much of the above is derived from WWW data 'snippets'. Can you add anything?
108 Thorpe Grange
5120/8695 (N/G) tons (or 8694) tons
A cargo ship. Per 1 (data & image 50% down, Thorpe Grange), 2 (Houlder Line, but vessel not listed there), 3 (Saint Line, but this St. Merriel not listed there), 4 (images, Thorpe Grange, but you must be registered to see them), 5 (2 fine images, Thorpe Grange, ex Vancouver Archives, linked directly at left), 6 (Malcolm Cranfield image, Joo Hong), 7 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 455 ft. 10 in. long (138.68 metres) perpendicular to perpendicular, 478 ft. 0 in. long (145.95 metres) overall, speed of 13 knots, signal letters GRTP, 4700 BHP oil engines by Wallsend Slipway & Engineering Co. Ltd. of Wallsend. Completed for Houlder Line Ltd. ('Houlder') of London, with Houlder Bros. & Co. Ltd. her managers. Engaged on the U.K. to River Plate run. Ownership of the vessel passed back & forth to 'South American Saint Line Ltd.' ('Saint'), a subsidiary of Houlder. In 1966 the vessel was transferred to 'Saint', & renamed St. Merriel. It was laid up in 1971. Also, in that year, the vessel was transferred back to Houlder & renamed Thorpe Grange. In 1972, the vessel was transferred again to Saint & renamed St. Merriel. It was sold, in 1973, to 'Joo Hong Maritime Navigation Private Ltd. of Singapore & renamed Joo Hong. And sold again, in 1975, to 'Li-Ta Shipping' - 'Li-Ta Shipping Co. Private Ltd.', also of Singapore, & renamed Pan Teck. Maybe, per 'Sea Breezes', 'Uta Shipping Co. (Pte.) Ltd.' In 1977 the vessel was transferred to Li-Ta of Malaysia & renamed Liva. Have also read Li-Va? On Mar. 23, 1977, the vessel arrived at Colombo, Sri Lanka, & was placed under arrest under circumstances not known to webmaster. Was renamed Selamat Sindia, but that name was apparently not officially registered. The vessel, still under arrest, broke her moorings in Feb. 1978, & was involved in a collision. Was then sold for breaking up in Taiwan. On Apl. 4, 1979, having been towed by tug Orinoco from Colombo, the vessel arrived at the facilities of Sheng Huat Steel & Iron Works Co. Ltd., at Kaohsiung, Taiwan, to be broken up. Can anybody clarify the arrest circumstances & expand the above data?
109 La Orilla
Hong QI 128
A cargo ship. Per 1 (bottom ship), 2 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 145.1 metres (476 ft.) long, speed of 13 1/2 knots, signal letters GTSS. The vessel was ordered by 'Okeanoporos Shipping Corporation', of Greece, but the contract was purchased by Louis Dreyfus & Co. Ltd., of London, which company owned Buries Markes Limited, of London, ('Buries'). It was later launched for Buries, noted grain & coal shippers. The vessel was sold, in 1961, to 'A/S Norske Saltkompagni', of Bergen, Norway, 'Salina A/S Kommandittselskap', also of Norway, the managers, & renamed Salina. The vessel was sold, in 1966, to 'The People's Republic of China' (China Republic) & renamed Huangshi. In 1974, the vessel was transferred to 'China Ocean Shipping Co.', of Shanghai, China, which company was restyled in 1983 as 'Chinese Ocean Shipping Co.', of China. Can anyone confirm that was in fact so? In 1982 the vessel was renamed Hong QI 128. No later data except that vessel would seem no longer listed in 1992. Can you add anything?
110 Despina C
A cargo ship. Per 1 (Chapman and Willan, Ltd., flags & data), 2 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 145.1 metres long, speed of 14 1/2 knots, signal letters ELXR. Built for West African Steamship Co. Ltd., of Monrovia, Liberia. The vessel was sold, in 1960, to Chapman & Willan, Ltd. ('Chapman'), of Newcastle, & renamed Riverton, the fourth vessel of the name owned by Chapman & its predecessor companies. Miramar however reference 'Somerston SG Co Ltd.' The vessel was sold, in 1968, to Demetra Maritime Corp. of Piraeus, Greece, & renamed Vroulidia. On May 18, 1974, the vessel arrived at Tsingtao, Shandong, China, to be broken up. WWW data about the vessel is essentially non-existent. Can you add something? Anything?
111 Jevington Court
A cargo ship. Per A (e-Bay image, Jevington Court), 1 (data, Jevington Court), 2 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 476 ft. 0 in. (145.08 metres) long overall, 445 ft. 0 in. long, perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 12 1/2 knots, signal letters GVWW, later VWSF, 3300 BHP diesel engines by Harland and Wolff Limited of Glasgow, Scotland (mainly of Belfast, Northern Ireland). Built for Court Line Ltd., 'Haldin & Co. Ltd.', the managers, both of London. On Nov. 29, 1959, the vessel, outbound from Rosario to Buenos Aires, both Argentina, with a part cargo of cereals, grounded in the Martin Garcia Channel, Rio de la Plata estuary, as a result of negligence by the compulsory pilot & defects in the marking of a channel. A court case resulted, 'Court Line' asserting that the resulting costs were for the account of the charterer. Have not read the outcome - can you advise? The dispute may have resulted in the ship being aground for a long time - it was only re-floated on Jan. 10, 1960. The vessel served Western Australia - twice to Bunbury, S. of Perth, once in May 1958 & again in Aug. 1962. The vessel was sold, in late 1962, to Jayanti Shipping Co. Ltd. ('Jayanti'), of Bombay (now Mumbai), India, & renamed Krishna Jayanti. In 1973, Jayanti merged with 'The Shipping Company of India', which company became the ship's managers in 1967. In 1974, the vessel was renamed Shankara (no ownership change), On Nov. 17, 1975, the vessel arrived at Bombay, to be broken up. WWW data about the vessel is limited. Can you add anything?
112 Maria C
A cargo ship. Per 1 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 142.4 metres long, speed of 13 1/2 knots, signal letters 5LDN. Built for Compania Maritima Samsoc Limitada, of Monrovia, Liberia & registered at Liberia. The vessel was renamed Maria K. in 1959, vessel then of Syros, also known as Syra, Greece. The vessel was sold, in 1967, to Syros Aslan Shipping Corp., of Syros & renamed Astyanax. On Dec. 24, 1976, the vessel suffered a fire at Abidjan, Ivory Coast. And on Nov. 18, 1977, the vessel was scuttled 8 miles S. of Abidjan. WWW data about the vessel is essentially non-existent. No data even about the fire. Can you add something? Anything?
Osia Irini Chrysovalandou III (all one name!)
A cargo ship. Per 1 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 476 ft 0 in. long (145.085 metres) overall, speed of 14 knots, signal letters GVFN. Built for Rowland & Marwood's Steamship Co. Ltd., of Whitby with Headlam & Son the managers. On Jun. 1, 1968, the vessel collided with Havskar, a Norwegian vessel, off the estuary of the River Schelde, Germany. Runswick was extensively damaged & Havskar grounded as a result of the collision. One of the vessels may have been carrying a nuclear cargo. The vessel was sold in 1972, to 'Chios Shipping Co. Ltd.', of Famagusta, Cyprus, & renamed Margaret H. On Apl. 27, 1976, the vessel arrived at New Orleans & was laid up there until Jul. 2, 1978. In 1977, the vessel was sold to 'Granvias Oceanicos Navegacion S.A.', of Piraeus, Greece, & renamed Osia Irini Chrysovalandou III. On Jul. 2, 1978, the vessel left New Orleans, U.S.A. in tow, for Tuxpan, Mexico, having been sold to Mexican ship breakers. Later in Jul. 1978, the vessel arrived at Tuxpan, to be broken up. Miramar indicate (thanks!) that the vessel was 'not painted up' as Osia Irini Chrysovalandou III & arrived as Tuxpan as Margaret H. Can you correct the above and/or add anything?
114 Theomanna Odigitria
A cargo ship. Per 1 (image Theomanna Odigitria), 2 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 145.1 metres long, 476 ft., speed of 14 knots. Per Miramar, built for Theomanna Maritime Co. Ltd. of Piraeus, Greece, however the registered owner in 1957/58 was certainly A. K. Pezas, of Piraeus, Greece. No manager name was stated in 1957/58. The few references I have seen had her carrying grain. In 1958, the vessel was sold, for £640,000, to Argo Shipping Co. Ltd., of Nassau, the Bahamas, (Cove Shipping Co. Ltd., or British Colonial?, the managers, & renamed Formentor. In 1961, its main engine may have been damaged in Formosa Strait? The vessel visited Auckland, New Zealand, once, on Jun. 1, 1964, as Formentor. In 1965, the vessel, it appears, was sold for about £420,000 to 'Alkon Shipping Co. Ltd.', of Famagusta, Cyprus, & later (1967) renamed Dorine Papalios. In Feb. 1974, the vessel arrived at Shanghai, China, to be broken up. The data above is in part from WWW 'snippets' of data, so may well need correction. And new data?
115 Celtic Monarch
A cargo ship. Per 1 (extensive data & a postage stamp featuring Ribot, in the middle), 2 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 138.3 metres long overall, 129.8 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 12 1/2 knots. Built for Monarch Steamship Co. Ltd. ('Monarch'), of Glasgow, 'Raeburn and Verel Ltd.' the managers (& possibly the owners also). In 1960, Harrisons (Clyde) Ltd., of Glasgow, became the managers, I believe when Monarch was acquired (by Woodside Shipping Co. Ltd. perhaps). It would seem that the ship visited Nauru, Micronesia, many times to load phosphates. The ship visited Auckland, New Zealand, on Nov. 25, 1961. In 1964, the vessel was sold to 'Mullion & Co. Ltd.', of Hong Kong, & renamed Ardmarie. Still registered at Glasgow. In 1967, it was sold again, to Ribot Shipping Co. Ltd., of Gibraltar, & renamed Ribot. In 1971, the vessel was sold to Amazon Shipping Corp., of Monrovia, Liberia, & renamed Montana. More sales yet! In 1973, the vessel was sold to 'Tridentco Shipping Ltd.', of Famagusta, Cyprus, 'Five Continents Navigation Ltd.', of London, the managers, & renamed Sovereign Grace. In 1977, the vessel was renamed Grace. And later that same year, the vessel was sold to 'Tetarti Cia Naviera SA', of Piraeus, Greece, with no further change of name. On Jan. 13, 1978, while en route from Nordenheim to Rostock, both Germany, the vessel was in collision with Arya Taj, in Brunsbuttel Roads, Kiel Canal. Grace was so seriously damaged forward that she was declared a constructive total loss. She was sold to 'Eisen und Metall AG', of Hamburg, Germany, to be broken up, & arrived at Hamburg on Jul. 18, 1978. But she was not broken up there. Rather she was sold to Spanish ship breakers & left on Feb. 23, 1979 for Leixões, under tow by tug Caribic. I wonder why the references say Spanish ship breakers since Leixões is near Porto, Portugal. On Mar. 1, 1979, the vessel sank, at 46.21N/7.51W, in the Bay of Biscay. I have not been able to read the circumstances. Can you tell us about them or otherwise add anything? Another image?
A cargo ship. Per 1 & 2 (Silver Line, Silverpoint), 3 (image Hercegovina), 4 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 476 ft. 10 in. long, speed of 12 knots, signal letters GWBG. Built for Silver Line Ltd., of London. In 1965, the vessel was sold to 'Atlanska Plovidba', of Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia, & renamed Hercegovina. In 1972, the vessel was sold to 'Eurotanker AG Rederi KG', of Panama, & renamed Astarea. In 1976, the vessel was sold to 'Navegacion De Comar SA', of Singapore or maybe of Panama & renamed Ilok. The vessel was sold again, in 1978, to 'Alliance Shipping Pte Ltd.', also of Singapore, with no change of vessel name. In 1980, the vessel was sold to Inver Bay Shipping Co. Ltd., of Panama, & renamed Myrtos. On Feb. 23, 1982 the vessel ran aground, was wrecked & caught fire at 21.25N/39.06E, near Jiddah, Saudi Arabia. Was scuttled two months later, on Apl. 24, 1982, at 21.06N/38.37E, off Jiddah. WWW data about the vessel is modest. No detail even about the grounding, wreck & fire. The above may well contain unintended errors. Can you add to or correct the above?
117 Charlton Mira
A bulk carrier. Per 1 (Charlton Steam Shipping, but vessel not referenced), 2 (image Dona Mira), 3 (image, Charlton Mira), 4 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 465 ft. 0 in. long perpendicular to perpendicular, 494 ft. 9 in. long (150.8 metres) overall, speed of 12 knots, signal letters GXGM, 4800 BHP engines by Wm. Doxford & Sons (Engineers) Ltd. Owned by Charlton Steam Shipping Co. Ltd. (Chandris (London) Services Ltd.) On charter to Dominion Steel Corporation ('Dosco') during years 1962, 1963 & 1965 carrying iron ore (red hematite) from Bell Island, Newfoundland & Labrador, to Sydney, Nova Scotia (both Canada). From the spring to Nov. of 1967 thru 1969, the vessel carried coal from Sydney to Montreal, Quebec. The vessel had second hand derricks & winches installed at Immingham in 1969, was sold to 'General Carriers SA', & was renamed Dona Mira, Liberian flag. The vessel sailed from U.K. for New Orleans, U.S.A., to load grain for San Antonio, Chile. Was chartered for 10 months by 'Chilean Nitrates', & traded on the Chilean coast before returning to Europe with nitrates & then dry dock at Cadiz, Spain. The ship's officers became all Greek in late 1970 - previously all British. The vessel traded for another 2 years in Chile. The vessel was registered at Piraeus, Greece, in 1978, & at Panama, in 1979. In 1981, the vessel was sold to 'Glory Maritime International SA', of Panama, & renamed Honest Venture. And in 1986 or 1987, it was renamed Zoro. Registered at Iran. An ownership change? 4 states 'fire Bandar Abbas prior to 30.10.86', but am unclear of the meaning of those words. The vessel arrived at Gadani Beach, Pakistan, on Nov. 19, 1987 to be broken up. Is it possible that you have anything to add?
We thank Captain Terry Frith, who, in the late 1960s, served as a deck apprentice aboard Charlton Mira, for data included above. Mike Mason has been in touch. Mike served aboard Charlton Mira in 1963/4 & is trying to contact his old shipmates. And we thank John O'Leary for his following message - 'My name is John O'Leary. I signed on with Bill Proudfoot & John Welman as first trip Junior Engineers on the Charlton Mira. We stood by while she was being fitted out, we were allocated a little shed on the dock side so that we could observe the fitting of the Doxford engine, & were allowed around the Doxford engine works to see our engine being built & tested before it was installed. We were there for six months & enjoyed every moment of our time in Sunderland - trips to Binn's for lunch, the Rink dancing in the evenings, the Seaborn Hotel, a whole host of great memories. As a lad from Gloucester, it was a great and wonderful change. We paid off in Newport, South Wales, after a thirteen month trip. To the people of Sunderland, I thank you for your hospitality.' Should any site visitor wish to be in contact with any of the above, I'll gladly pass on any message.
118 La Falda
8525 (or 8372) tons
launched as Montcalm
A cargo ship. Per 1 (1976 collision with Agelos Raphael), 2 (Spanish page, data re Angelos Raphael & Rupsa collision, 45% down, ref. Mendoza), 3 (image & data, Rupsa), 4 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 145.3 metres long overall, 136.3 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 14 knots. The vessel was launched as Montcalm, but delivered to 'Buries Markes Limited', noted grain & coal shippers, of London, as La Falda. In 1964, the vessel was sold to 'National Shipping Corporation', of Karachi, Pakistan, & renamed Rupsa. In Nov. 1976, Rupsa was en route from Karachi to Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A., via Montreal, Quebec, with a general cargo, when it suffered engine trouble & electrical failure. As a result of which she was stopped, with no lights, i.e. 'blacked out', at 49.18N/65.58W (or 65.59W) - in the St. Lawrence River, just north of the Gaspé Peninsula coast. Agelos Raphael ran into Rupsa, on Nov. 6, 1976, in darkness I presume, with major damage to both vessels. Agelos Raphael was towed to Quebec City for dry-dock & repair at the 'Davie Shipbuilding and Repairing Company Limited' yard at Lauzon, Lévis, Quebec. Repairs completed on Dec. 14, she was being towed from the dry-dock to a berth when ice conditions broke the tow, & on Dec. 22, 1976, the ship ended up on rocks opposite Quebec City. She was floated off the next day but had suffered extensive bottom plate damage & her holds were flooded. Agelos Raphael was inspected & was found to be so seriously damaged that she was declared a constructive total loss. In Jul. 1977 she was towed to Brownsville, Texas, to be broken up. Rupsa was also towed to Quebec City, was there declared to be a total constructive loss, & was sold to Paul-Émile Caron of Louiseville, Québec, who had her repaired at Sorel, Quebec, & renamed her Caron P.E. She returned to service in early 1978 when sold to 'La Cie de Navigation Louisville Inc.', of Monrovia, Liberia. In 1980 (or maybe in 1979), the vessel was sold for the last time, to 'Maldives Shipping Ltd.', of Male, The Maldives, & renamed Maldive Image. On Jul. 6, 1982, while en route from Bangkok, Thailand, to Al-Mukalla, Yemen, with a cargo of bagged rice, the vessel ran aground at Al-Mukalla, manoeuvring in heavy weather. At 14.02N/48.41E. She ran aground on rocks, & was so seriously damaged that she was abandoned by her owners as a constructive total loss. 1 asks the question if she was later salvaged, a question to which I have WWW seen no answer. Is it possible that you have anything to add?
119 North Devon
3122/5770 (N/G) tons, and re oil or ore cargoes 4510/7905 (N/G) tons
A cargo ship which was launched on Jan. 21, 1958 & completed on May 12 or 13, 1958. Per 1 (48 second launch video ex YouTube.com, North Devon, with Robert Appleton Bartram officiating), 2 & 3 (North Shipping), 4 (image North Devon), 5 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). It took just 11 weeks from laying the keel to launching the ship - see video via above link. 431 ft. 8 in. (131.57 metres) long perpendicular to perpendicular, 460 ft. 1 in. (140.23 metres) long overall, signal letters GXQM, speed of 13 knots, 4400 BHP oil engines, Doxford type, by North Eastern Marine Engineering Co. Ltd. of Wallsend, North Tyneside. A tramp ship. The vessel was built for 'North Shipping Co. Ltd.' ('North'), of Newcastle, owned & managed by Hugh Roberts & Co. Ltd. of Newcastle. In 1964 North became owned by Common Brothers Ltd. also of Newcastle (but North company name unchanged), who became her new managers. In 1967, the vessel was sold to 'Argo Cia. Naviera S.A.', (have also read 'Argo Cia. Maritima S.A.'), of Monrovia, Liberia, & renamed Armonikos. It was sold or transferred again, in 1971, to 'Armonikos Shipping Co. Ltd.', Empros Lines, of Famagusta, Cyprus, with no change of vessel name. In 1977, the vessel was renamed Panagis S. when sold to Dashwood Shipping Co. S.A., D. P. Simatos her manager, both of Piraeus, Greece. I have read, at a site that requests no recognition, that the vessel was laid up at Piraeus from Sep. 1978 to Jun. 1979. Miramar advise (thanks!) that on Oct. 11, 1878, the vessel was fire-damaged when at Drapetzona, near Piraeus. She was being repaired at the time. The vessel arrived on Jun. 19, 1979, under tow, at the Split, Croatia, ship breaking facilities of Brodospas, to be broken up. WWW data is most limited. Is it possible that you have anything to add?
A cargo ship. Per 1 (image, Ermoupolis), 2 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 154.7 metres long, perpendicular to perpendicular, 507 ft., speed of 14 or 16 knots. A tramp ship. Built for 'Compañía Marítima Samsoc Limitada S.A.', of Panama, but maybe only registered at Panama & owned at Syra, Greece. In 1968, the vessel was sold to 'Aggeliki Dymameis Cia. Maritima S.A.', (or maybe 'Aggelikai') of Greece, & renamed Angelic Power. It was sold again, in 1981, to 'European Management Inc.', also of Greece, & renamed Hellera. On Dec. 4, 1982, the vessel arrived at Gadani Beach, Pakistan, to be broken up. WWW data is most limited. Is it possible that you have anything to add?
121 La Loma
Japan Auto A
A cargo ship. Per 1 (data), 2 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 150.5 metres long overall, 494 ft., 142.0 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 14 knots. Built for 'Buries Markes Ltd.', of London. Was employed carrying Volkswagen cars from Germany to the U.S. including the west coast & return with coal & grain. In 1969, the vessel was sold to Falmouth Shipping Co. Ltd., of Monrovia, Liberia, & renamed Falmouth. In 1974, the vessel was registered at Piraeus, Greece. In 1978, the vessel was sold to Sunfire Cia. Naviera SA, of Piraeus, Greece, & renamed Japan Auto A. In 1980, when sold to Scope Maritime Inc., also of Piraeus, the vessel was renamed Fiskardo. And, in 1981, the vessel was sold to Avondale Enterprises Inc., of Piraeus, & renamed Aegean Sun. In 1984 the vessel was sold again, to Propiano Shipping Corp., of Piraeus, with no change of vessel name. On Mar. 18, 1985, the vessel arrived at Gadani Beach, Pakistan, to be broken up. WWW data is limited. Is it possible that you have anything to add?
A bulk carrier. Per 1 & 2 [Ropner, Wandby (3)], 3 (ref.), 4 (1965 fire at Brooklyn), 5 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 158.1 metres long, diesel, speed of 14 knots. Built for Ropner Shipping Company (3rd vessel of that name). A fire broke out aboard the vessel early on Feb. 4, 1965 while moored alongside the Lumber Exchange pier in Brooklyn, New York. The fire was extinguished by the N.Y. Fire Department with the help of fire boats. Fortunately the vessel's yet unloaded cargo of timber was not damaged, the fire being confined to the ship's living quarters. The vessel travelled to New Zealand in 1966. In 1972, the vessel was sold to Ouse Shipping Co. Ltd., of Piraeus, Greece, & renamed Sea Ranger. In 1984, the vessel was sold to Ledra Shipping Ltd., of Valetta, Malta, & renamed Ledra. On Jun. 12, 1984, the vessel arrived at Gadani Beach, Pakistan, to be broken up. Is it possible that you have anything to add?
123 Canterbury Star
7539 (or 7437) tons
A refrigerated cargo liner. Per 1 (data & 3 images), 2 [Blue Star, Canterbury Star (1)], 3 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 462 ft. 8" (141.1 metres) long overall, 129.6 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 17 knots, but attained 19.32 knots on her trials, 4 hatch. Built for Union International Co. Ltd., of London, with Blue Star Line Ltd. ('Blue Star') the managers. Was a vessel in the 'Crusader Line' (The Crusader Shipping Co. Ltd.), formed 1957 to provide service between Australia, New Zealand, the Far East & the Pacific coast of the U.S., with vessels from 4 lines including 'Blue Star'. In 1963, the vessel was transferred to Blue Star. In 1980, the vessel was sold to 'Ghasiram Goklchand & Co.', ship breakers of Darukhana, Mumbai (Bombay), India, & arrived there on Jul. 11, 1980. Breaking commenced in Sep. 1980. Can you add anything? Or correct the above?
A refrigerated cargo liner. Per 1 (Silver Line, Silverbeck), 2 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 152.2 metres long overall, 142.5 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 12 knots, but attained 15.4 knots on her trials. Built for Silver Line Ltd., of London. William Rance recalls (thanks Bill!). 'The Doxford opposed piston engines, while not built for fast ships, were extremely popular with cargo ship operators, especially the 'Johnny Greeks'. I do remember being on a Sunderland built ship with a 4 cylinder Doxford called Silverbeck. We carried 15,000 tons of bagged sugar from Cuba to Japan at an average speed of 12.5 knots on 12.5 tonnes of fuel per day (good weather of course) that was a good economical performance.' It would appear that in 1965, the vessel was involved in a collision, off Suez, but I have not read any detail. In 1965, the vessel was sold, for £630,000, to 'Jugoslavenska Oceanska Plovidba', of Kotor, Yugoslavia & renamed Durmitor. The vessel must have later been sold to 'Kopo Shipping S.A.' ('Kopo'), of Piraeus, Greece, & renamed Aspyr, since in 1979, Kopo sold the the vessel to 'Aspyr Enterprises Maritime Co. S.A.', also of Piraeus, with no change of vessel name. In 1982, the vessel was sold to 'Ceylan Sailor Shipping Co. Ltd.', of Colombo, Sri Lanka, & renamed Ceylan Sailor. From Jul. 24, 1982, to Jan. 21, 1984, the vessel was laid up at Trincomalee, Sri Lanka. On Jan. 26, 1984, the vessel arrived at the Chadha Shipbreaking Yard at Karwar, Karnataka, India, to be broken up. Can you add anything? Or correct the above?
7707 (or 7770) tons
A refrigerated cargo liner. Per 1 (#98), 2 [New Zealand, Turakina (4)], 3 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 454 ft. 11" (138.7 metres) long, speed of 17 knots. Built for New Zealand Shipping Co. of London. In 1966 or 1967, the vessel was sold or transferred to Federal Steam Navigation Co. It was sold, in 1973, to The Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Co. The vessel was sold, in 1977, to 'Uiterwyk Line (Reefer) Inc.', of Monrovia, Liberia & renamed Patricia U. Also in 1978, the vessel was sold to 'Sparta Shipping Co. S.A.' of Piraeus, Greece, with no change of vessel name. In 1982, the vessel was sold to 'Armadora Compania Frigorifica S.A.', also of Piraeus, & renamed Gulf Reefer. In 1985, the vessel was sold to Lisboa Shipping Co. Ltd., of Valetta, Malta, & renamed Sines. In 1986, the vessel was sold to Chinese breakers, & in Jan. 1986 was scrapped at Huangpu, an outer port of Guangzhou, China. Can you add anything? Or correct the above?
A cargo ship. Per 1 [Australind, Australind (4)], 2 (New Zealand), 3 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). Built for 'Australind Steam Shipping Company', of London. 145.4 metres long overall, 136.3 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 14 1/2 knots. The vessel visited Auckland, New Zealand, twice as Australind. It was sold, in 1975, to 'Uiterwyk Lines Ltd.', of New Orleans & renamed Johanna U. (though 1 says no name change). Was registered at Monrovia, Liberia. The vessel was sold, in 1983, to Forum Shipping Co. Ltd., of Valetta, Malta, & renamed Arabian Merchant. The vessel was sold again, in 1984, to Ledimi Maritime Ltd., of Amapala, Honduras, & renamed Lemonia. The vessel arrived at Pusan (Busan), South Korea, to be broken up, on Jun. 10, 1984. WWW data is most scarce. Is it possible that you have anything to add?
A general cargo ship. My data was mainly from a long expired eBay listing. Per 1 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). Built for Oregon Steamship Co. Ltd., of London. 152 metres long, speed of 15 knots. The vessel was sold in 1971 to Overseas Shipping Pte. (Hong Kong) Ltd., & registered at Singapore, (the eBay source stated Bali Shipping Ltd.) & renamed Hwa Gek. In 1974, the vessel was sold to South China Shipping Co. Ltd. of Singapore, with no change of vessel name. It was sold again, in 1981, to Carewell Shipping & Trading Pte. Ltd., also of Singapore, again no change of name. And in 1985, the vessel was sold to Nazrul Islam Khan & Co. Pvt. Ltd. ('Nazrul'), of Dacca, Bangladesh. That presumably relates to the vessel's arriving, on May 25, 1985, at Chittagong, Bangladesh, to be broken up. David Watts (thanks!) has added i) that on Sep. 8, 1983, the vessel was anchored off Chittagong, ii) that Nazrul intended to operate the vessel as Ocean Bridge under the flag of Bangladesh, iii) that the vessel was driven ashore in cyclonic weather at Chittagong on May 25, 1985, was declared a constructive total loss & was broken up in situ. Anything additional you can add?
5005 (or 4993) tons
A refrigerated cargo ship. Per 1, 2 (data & images, 1962 Montrose sinking, Detroit River), 3 (video of the 1962 Montrose sinking & salvage, thanks to 'fallingup7' & YouTube), 4 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 134.1 metres long overall, 128.5 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 17 knots (attained 17.26 knots on trials). Built for 'Montship Lines Ltd.', of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 'Montship-Capo Lines', managed & owned by Buries, Markes Limited, of London. The vessel's acceptance trials were on Mar. 27, 1962. On Jul. 30, 1962, Captain R. (Ralph) Eyre-Walker in command, with a crew of 41 all told, Montrose was on the vessel's 5th visit to the Great Lakes. She left her Detroit mooring, & was crossing the Detroit River, at night & with a pilot, to gain the up-bound channel. She was en route from Marseilles, France, to Chicago, Illinois, with a cargo of fine wines & also 200 tons of aluminum. B. H. Becker, a tug, was at the time pushing a 200 ft. barge, ABL 502, laden with clinker cement from Port Huron bound for the Peerless Cement plant on the Rouge River. I read that the tugboat skipper blew a warning signal, reversed engines & threw a spotlight on Montrose, which however did not take evasive action & collided big-time with the barge. A huge hole was torn in Montrose's port side bow, 48 ft. long & 24 ft. wide, & the ship began to list. Eyre-Walker tried to make it across the river to beach it on the Canadian side, but the bow settled, the propeller came out of the water, & the current caught the helpless ship. Montrose went aground right under the Ambassador Bridge which connects Detroit, Michigan, with Windsor, Ontario. John Kendall, a Detroit fireboat & other vessels too, came to her assistance, but could do very little to help. 38 of the crew were soon taken off the ship but the Captain & 2 officers stayed on board to protect the owner's rights. Early the next morning, the ship, rolled over on its side, sank in 45 ft. of water. A dramatic scene with many thousands of spectators! B. H. Becker suffered no damage, while damage to the barge's port bow was only modest. Montrose was raised in Oct. 1962, after 2 months of salvage work by Merritt-Chapman Scott Corporation, at a cost of $750,000, by pulling the ship into shore with cables, bringing her upright with a crane & pumping the water from her holds. The cause? The Coast Guard held an investigation & concluded that both vessels had blame. It is unclear what exactly happened - perhaps what happened depends upon which of the different versions of the events one chooses to believe. But Eyre-Walker would seem to have lost his ticket as a result. The wine was, alas, a total loss, though the aluminum was salvaged. Montrose's ship's bell was also salvaged & given to the Dossin Museum on Belle Isle. On Nov. 9, 1962, the vessel left Detroit & was towed to the American Ship Building Co.'s Lorain, Ohio, shipyard to effect necessary repairs. It would appear that while those repairs were being effected, the vessel was sold, in 1963, to Skibs A/S Hilda Knudsen, of Haugesund, Norway, & renamed Concordia Lago. I have seen Mr. Christian Haaland referenced re that purchase, & also 'Haaland Shipping Co.' Can anybody explain the relationships? In 1978, the vessel was sold to Triton Maritime Ltd. ('Triton'), of Piraeus, Greece, 'Armada Marine SA' the managers, with no change of vessel name. In 1981, however, Triton renamed the vessel Lago. On May 16, 1982, the vessel left Colombo, Sri Lanka, having been sold to Pakistan ship breakers for a price in the region of $83 ltd. A slow passage it would appear, since only on Nov. 3, 1982, did the vessel arrive at the Gadani Beach, Pakistan, ship breaking facilities of Tawakkal Ltd., to be broken up. Anything you can add? Maybe a good sized image of the ship on its side in the Detroit River?
129 Arlington Court
A cargo ship. Per A (e-Bay image Gela), 1 (extensive data, Arlington Court), 2 (first 2 images, Arlington Court, but you now must be registered to see them), 3 (image Gela), 4 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 152.0 metres long, speed of 15 knots. Built for Court Line Ltd. (Haldin & Co., managers). The vessel was chartered to the Chinese. Her maiden voyage was to Shanghai, China, with phosphates from Casablanca, Morocco, & cotton from Lattakia, Syria. The vessel was sold, in 1963, to Turnbull Scott Shipping Co. Ltd., of London, & renamed Southgate. It was sold again, in 1969, to 'Wm. Brandts Leasing Ltd.' (Turnbull Scott Management Ltd., managers), & in Mar. 1970 was renamed Gela. In 1973, the owner's name became 'Brandts Leasing Ltd.' Later that year, Sir William Readon Smith & Sons Ltd., of Cardiff, became the managers. In 1977, the vessel was sold to Pluto Ltd., of Bermuda. And in 1978, was sold to 'Seajet Shipping Ltd.', of Piraeus, Greece, (Union Commercial Steamship Co., the managers). The vessel was sold again, in 1979, to Union Commercial Steamship Co., of Greece. And sold again, in 1984, to 'Cyclopus Cia. Nav. S.A.', of Piraeus, & renamed Cyclopus, (Palmyra Tsiris Lines S.A., the managers). In Jul. 1986, the vessel arrived in China to be broken up. I thank 1 for much of the above data, which page indicates that portions of the data are in doubt. Anything to add?
A general cargo ship. Per 1 (image Egidia), 2 & 3 ('Anchor Line', but this Egidia not referenced), 4 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 140.4 metres long, speed of 14 1/2 knots. Built for Aviation and Shipping Company Ltd. (Purvis Shipping Co., or a similar name, the managers?) The vessel travelled to Indonesia in 1962/3. It was chartered to a Cuban company in 1966/7 & carried sugar to China & to N. Korea. The vessel was sold, in 1971, to Greek owners & renamed Alexandros B. And sold, in 1977, to 'Anchor Line (1935) Ltd.' (Anchor Line), then owned by Runciman & Co. of Glasgow, & renamed Egidia. The vessel was sold again, in 1981, & renamed Seavictory. And sold again later in 1981 & also in 1984 & renamed, respectively, Southdene & Asther. On Jan. 20, 1985, the vessel arrived at San Esteban de Pravia, Spain, to be broken up. There are many gaps in the above data. Can you add anything?
7175 (have also read 9958) tons
A cargo ship. Per 1 (ref. to 'Rowland and Marwoods', near page bottom), 2 (some 'Rowland and Marwoods' history & flag), 3 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 154.7 metres long, speed of 14 knots, signal letters GJPN. Certainly 7175 tons in 1966/67. Was owned by 'Rowland and Marwood's Steamship Company Limited', maybe later 'PLC' instead of 'Limited' ('Rowland'), (Headlam and Sons Ltd., the managers - but likely much more than the managers since William Headlam was the sole managing director of Rowland & surely was its owner), both of Whitby. The vessel was mothballed on Apl. 24, 1977 at Hartlepool - the very last Rowland ship - until sold for scrap. But I am advised that in fact she was laid up earlier - in about 1971, at Sunderland. Maybe not for long since the 4th image at left dates from Oct. 1974. On Jan. 18, 1986, the vessel arrived at Naantali, Finland, to be broken up. WWW data is most limited. I thank Ian Clarke for his help with the above data. It is interesting to note (thanks to Stephen Allen) that William Headlam (1910?/1991) is said to have kept Egton in mothballs for many years because he had sworn he would die a ship owner - a story that is however in some doubt. But the ship was sold before he died in 1991, by others who were then running his affairs. Ian Raw advises (thanks Ian!) that Reginald Raw, his father, was a director of 'Headlam' & managed Egton. 'Headlam', a public company, was listed as a 'shipping company' even though its business was really then the management of ships owned by others. To maintain their 'shipping company' status they needed to own at least one actual ship & Egton fitted the bill even though it was no longer trading. Anything to add?
132 Maurice Delmas
2670/5309 (N/G) tons, 4243/7785 (N/G) tons, 10700 tons summer deadweight
A refrigerated cargo ship. Per 1 [Société Navale Delmas Vieljeux, Maurice Delmas (2)], 2 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 461 ft 10 in. (140.77 metres) long overall, 428 ft. 0 in. (130.45 metres) perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 16 knots, signal letters FNMQ, 9600 BHP Sulzer oil engines by George Clark (Sunderland) Ltd., of Sunderland. Certainly of 8043 tons in 1966/67. There is very little data WWW available re this vessel. Built for 'Société Navale Chargeurs Delmas Vieljeux' ('Delmas'), of La Rochelle & Dunkirk, France. I am advised that when the vessel was built it had huge wine tanks for the crew. An old eBay listing referred to 'Svedel Line' re this vessel, which seems to mean 'Groupament d'Interet Economique Svedel', trading as 'Svedel Line', created in 1951 jointly by Delmas & the 'Swedish East Africa Line' (Svedel is a contraction of 'Svenska Ostafrika Linjen' & 'Delmas'). I presume that the vessel was operated by Svedel, which linked East Africa to Scandinavian, Baltic & N. French ports, via the Suez canal. In 1978, the vessel was sold to 'Almi Compania Naviera SA', of Panama, (or maybe of Greece) at a price of $1.25/$1.30 million, & renamed Dimitrios A. Greek flagged. On Nov. 1, 1982, the vessel arrived at Chittagong, Bangladesh, to be broken up. Can you add anything?
133 Montreal Star
7483 (have read 7365 & 7899 also) tons
A 'fully refrigerated 4 hatch cargo ship'. Per 1 (many images), 2 (Blue Star Line, Montreal Star), 3 (fine copyrighted image at Hobart, Tasmania), 4 (image at Kuwait 1977/78), 5 (larger version of 1st thumbnail link image), 6 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 141.1 metres long, speed of 18 knots, signal letters GKVE. Certainly 7483 tons in 1966/67. Very little real data is WWW available. Built for Blue Star Line Ltd. Was a vessel in the 'Crusader Line' (The Crusader Shipping Co. Ltd.), formed 1957 to provide service between Australia, New Zealand, the Far East & the Pacific coast of the U.S., with vessels from 4 lines including 'Blue Star'. In 1980, the vessel was sold to Noori Trading Co. Ltd., of Pakistan, & on Aug. 1, 1980, it arrived at Gadani Beach, Pakistan, to be broken up. Anything you can add?
5531 (or 5440) tons
A collier, thru 1985 perhaps, but later described as a 'transhipment barge', general cargo barge, or bulk carrier. Per 1 (detailed data, Stenjohan, 75% down), 2 [Houlder Line, Oswestry Grange (4)], 3 (Michael Croft re Oswestry Grange), 4 (image, Gina T., off Limassol, Cyprus, in Mar. 1996), 5 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 112.7 metres long (370 ft.) overall, 106.9 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 14 knots, powered by a 'Stork' 54/115 type two-stroke diesel engine, signal letters GNYE. Built for Wm. France Fenwick & Co. Ltd., of London. The vessel was long-term chartered to the Central Electricity Generating Board, presumably for the transport of coal from the north-east to the London area (Thames) power stations, including Tilbury, West Thurrock & Kingsnorth. In 1974, the vessel was sold to Houlder Brothers & Co. Ltd., also of London, & renamed Oswestry Grange, the 4th fleet vessel of the name. The vessel occasionally went to the continent including one such voyage in Christmas of 1983. In 1984, the vessel was transferred to 'Stevinson Hardy (Tankers) Ltd.', a Furness Withy, of London, owned company. And in 1985 was sold to Oxelösunds Hamn AB', of Oxelösund, Sweden, for U.S. $310,000 & renamed Stenjohan. Became a transhipment barge for cavalletto (discharging) equipment. In 1989, the vessel was sold to 'Lucky Marine Enterprises SA', of Liberia, for U.S. $230,000. And was sold again, later that year to Dido Shipping, of Kingston, (Jamaica?). It would seem that the vessel was rebuilt ('restored'), at Gdynia, Poland. Home port became Saint Vincent (Caribbean?). In 1994?, the vessel was sold to 'Tarbin Maritime Ltd.', of Limassol, Cyprus, & renamed Gina T - home port San Lorenzo (there are many San Lorenzo's, I wonder which one?). In 1995, the vessel was sold to 'Tamara Shipping Ltd.', of Charlestown, (of Nevis, St. Kitts & Nevis, perhaps?), & renamed El Billy. Later in 1995, the vessel was sold to 'Tarbin Marine', of Tartous, Syria, & named Gina T. for the second time. In 2001, the vessel was sold to 'Gold Coast Shipping Co.', of Tonga, or of Comoros Islands, (can it be both?) & renamed Nadi, registered in Comoros Islands (off E. coast of Africa). I read that on Oct. 15, 2002, the vessel grounded (described as a breakdown with shore assistance) at Lughaye, on the coast of Somalia. At 10.40N/43.57E. The crew was evacuated by helicopter, so no lives were lost. Was that the end of the ship? I suspect that it was. The above record, assembled from many sources, most particularly from 'Lars' at 1, may very well contain unintended errors. Certainly many matters are unclear. So corrections are invited. And/or additional data.
135 Halifax Star
7879 (later 9220) tons
laid down as Quebec Star
A 'fully refrigerated 5 hatch cargo ship'. Per 1 (data, many images, Halifax Star), 2 (Blue Star Line, Halifax Star), 3 (Blue Star line history), 4 (fine copyrighted image, Halifax Star, at Wellington, New Zealand), 5 & 6 (images, Halifax Star, but do view all the vessel images at 'shipspotting.com' & also at 'shipsnostalgia.com'), 7 (W. W. Trickett painting), 8 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 141.1 metres long overall, 129.5 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 18 knots, its Clark-Sulzer diesel engines controlled from the bridge, signal letters GMOM. Laid down as Quebec Star but delivered as Halifax Star to Blue Star Line Ltd. In 1972 or 1973, the vessel was lengthened at the Framnaes Mek. Vaerksted A/S, shipyard at Sandefjord, Norway. The vessel became 164.73 metres long overall, & 9220 gross tons. In 1975, Blue Star Ship Management Ltd. became the managers. In 1977, the vessel was chartered by 'Johnson ScanStar' for the shipment of fruits, vegetables, nuts, fish & meats from the W. coast of U.S.A. to European ports. In 1983, the vessel was sold to Chinese ship breakers, for a price in the region of $101 per ltd, & on Nov. 16, 1983 the vessel left Taichung, Taiwan, for ship breakers at Beilun, Zhejiang Province, China. Only modest data seems to be WWW available. about this vessel, but there are many fine images. Anything you can add?
A refrigerated cargo ship. Per 1 (Anchor Line, Sicilia), 2 (image, Gold Star), 3 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 143.3 metres (470 ft. 2 in.) long overall, 131.1 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 16 1/2 knots, signal letters GPRU. Built for Anchor Line Limited, of Glasgow, which company was then a subsidiary of Runciman's 'Moor Line'. The vessel was engaged in the shipment of Scotch whisky to U.S.A. as part of a joint service of Cunard & Anchor Line. In 1968, the vessel was sold to 'Anat Lines Ltd.' ('AnatLine'), of London (though the vessel would still seem to have been registered at Glasgow), & renamed Anat. AnatLine was, I read in a data 'snippet', 'operated by Mediterranean Agencies (Shipping) Ltd, was a subsidiary of Shoham Maritime Services and so closely associated with the Zim Line.' A couple of years later, in 1970, the vessel was transferred? to 'ZIM Israel Navigation Co. Ltd.', of Haifa, Israel, with no change of vessel name. In 1974, the vessel was sold to 'Topaz Shipping Corporation' ('Topaz'), of Monrovia, Liberia, & renamed Gold Star. Again it may have been a transfer rather than a sale since Topaz was, apparently, a Shoham company. The vessel was sold, on Mar. 4, 1981, to 'Fragga Shipping Co.', of Piraeus, Greece, & renamed Golemi. On Jan. 30, 1986, the vessel arrived at the Gadani Beach, Pakistan, ship breaking facilities of 'Ahmed Shipbreakers', to be broken up. There seems to be very little data available on the WWW about the vessel & her actual service. And few images. But ... Rodger Lodewyk has kindly been in touch - to advise that his father, Cornelis Lodewyk, served as a captain for Gold Star Shipping, owned by ZIM, which operated from the West Coast of Africa to Asia & Japan carrying mixed cargoes. In particular, he captained Gold Star for three separate periods & was her captain when the vessel was sold in Mar. 1981. Gold Star was air conditioned, especially appreciated in the humid conditions of East Africa. At the time of sale, it was anticipated that Gold Star was to be broken up, & in such circumstances (still so?) the captain was entitled to take the ship's bell - to this day a treasured family possession. Cornelis retired in 1981 after a 44 year maritime career which included extensive service in WW2 & a term as 1st officer aboard hospital ship Oranje. Thank you so much, Rodger, for being in touch & sharing your family history. Can you add anything additional? #1856
137 Ocean Endurance
7795 & 10308 (or 10262) tons
A refrigerated passenger/cargo ship. Per 1 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 152.9 metres (501 or 503 ft.) long, speed of 17 1/2 knots, signal letters AQMK. An open/closed shelter deck type vessel, with two 5 ton, two 10 ton & one 50 ton derricks & cranes also. Facilities for passengers - have read 26 but also 526 passengers. They cannot both be correct, I presume. 26 is more likely correct. Built for Trans Oceanic Steamship Company Ltd., of Karachi, Pakistan. Used on the Karachi, Pakistan, to Chittagong (then also Pakistan, now Bangladesh) route. The vessel was harassed by Indian warships in Apl. 1971. Passenger service curtailed in 1971. In May 1971, 8 Bangladeshi crew members jumped ship at Detroit, having, they said, been held prisoner since 'differences arose between the 2 countries'. Presumably related to the 1971 independence of Bangladesh, previously a province of Pakistan. The vessel was taken over, in 1974, by Pakistan Shipping Corporation. On Apl. 2, 1984, the vessel arrived at Gadani Beach, Pakistan, to be broken up. Very little on WWW about the vessel. Can you add anything?
8219 (or 10983) tons
A refrigerated cargo ship. Per 1 (#101), 2 [Austasia, Mandama (2)], 3 (New Zealand, Taupo), 4 (3 Mandama images), 5 (fine Taupo image), 6 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 160.8 metres (490 ft. 1 in.) long, speed of 20 knots, no passenger capacity, signal letters GRNH. Equipped with distinctive 'Hallen Swinging Derricks.' Built for New Zealand Shipping Co. Ltd. ('NZCo'). Visited Auckland, New Zealand ('NZ'), 8 times (as Taupo) between Apl. 1966 & Dec. 1975. On Mar. 12, 1967, the vessel ran aground on a mudbank at Port Nelson, NZ, as she was approaching her berth at McGlashen Quay. After 10 hours the vessel was refloated with the assistance of Tasman Bay, Titoki & the flood tide. The vessel suffered no damage. In Jun. 1969, the vessel was transferred to Federal Steam Navigation Company Ltd., of London, (a subsidiary of NZCo since 1912), with NZCo the managers. On Apl. 19, 1973, the vessel was registered in the name of Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Co. (P&O Line) - but I cannot spot vessel in the partial fleet list here. A 3 day problem with a 'turbo blower' in Jan. 1975 (ex a 2 page 'pdf' no longer available). And, on Apl. 21, 1977, the vessel was transferred to Strick Line Limited, a subsidiary of P&O Line. The vessel was chartered to Overseas Containers Ltd. And was laid up at Liverpool in Aug. 1978 & May. 1979. From Aug. 1979 to Mar. 1980, it was laid up at Dubai. On Jun. 19, 1980, the vessel was sold to 'Austasia Line (Private) Ltd.', of Singapore & renamed Mandama. The vessel was laid up at Bluff, NZ. On May 28, 1984, the vessel arrived at Chittagong, Bangladesh, to be broken up. Anything to add?
8226 (or 10975) tons
A refrigerated cargo ship. Per 1 [#102, Tekoa (3)], 2 [Autasia, Mahsuri (3)], 3 (3 Mahsuri images at Napier, New Zealand), 4 (fine Tekoa image), 5 (Tekoa image), 6 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 160.76 metres (527.6 ft.) long, speed of 19 1/2 or 20 knots, capacity for 12 passengers. Equipped with distinctive 'Hallen Swinging Derricks.' Built for New Zealand Shipping Company ('NZCo') at cost of £2,004. Is that correct? Surely not. Cannot recheck the cost data since the source site has now vanished. Nicknamed 'tea-cosy' by the crew! In 1969, the vessel was transferred to Federal Steam Navigation Company Ltd., of London, (a subsidiary of NZCo since 1912). In Feb. 1970, the vessel dropped a propeller blade en route from Panama to Sydney - but reached its destination safely. The vessel was sold in 1973 & on Apl. 19, 1973 was registered in name of Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Co. (P&O Line) - but I cannot spot vessel in the partial fleet list here. And, in Sep. 1978, the vessel was transferred to Strick Line Limited, a subsidiary of P&O Line, & so registered on Sep. 18, 1978. In 1979, the vessel was laid up at Dubai. In Dec. 1979, the vessel was chartered to 'Lauritzen Peninsular Reefers'. And on Jul. 21, 1980, was sold to 'Austasia Line (Private) Ltd.', of Singapore & renamed Mahsuri. Engaged in the New Zealand to Iran meat trade from 1980 to 1984, I read. In early 1984, the vessel was sold to Taiwanese shipbreakers - I presume that means 'Chin Tai Steel Enterprise Co. Ltd.', of Kaohsiung, Taiwan, who commenced her break up in Feb. 1984. How can the stated tonnages vary so much? Anything to add?
4560/7880 (N/G) tons, 14650 tons summer deadweight
6316/10475 (N/G) tons, 15800 tons summer deadweight
A cargo ship. Per 1 & 2 (both re Oregon Steamship), 3 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 511 ft. 9 in. (155.98 metres) long overall, 485 ft 10 in. long (148.08 metres) perpendicular to perpendicular, signal letters GXFU, speed of 15 1/2 (or 17 1/2) knots, 9600 Sulzer oil engines by George Clark Ltd. & North Eastern Marine Ltd., both of Sunderland. Built for Oregon Steamship Co. Ltd. ('Oregon'), of London. I am advised that the vessel was a most successful project for Bartram - money-wise. Her maiden voyage was, it would seem, in ballast to Houston, Texas, to pick up a cargo of grain (milo). In 1977, Continental (London) Ltd., also of London, owned the vessel, but that would seem to have likely been a transfer since Oregon would seem to have been part of or related to 'Continental Grain'. I read (thanks Steve Woodward) that Lutetian was chartered to carry grain from Rouen, France, to Libya, via Rotterdam. The vessel apparently ended up anchored for 4 months off Libya along with other ships with cargoes of grain or cooking oil. In 1978, the vessel was again sold to 'Bromar Cia. de Navigation S.A.', of Italy, for approx. $2.8 million, & renamed John. But registered at Panama. In 1982, the vessel was sold to 'Skiathos Shipping Enterprise S.A., (of Greece, I presume), & renamed Northland. Also Panama registered. The vessel arrived at Kaohsiung, Taiwan, on Jun. 17, 1886 to be broken up. A most difficult vessel to search for. Anything to add?
141 Timaru Star
A 'fully refrigerated 5 hatch cargo ship with 150 ton Stülcken heavy lift derrick'. Per A (Delcampe image, Timaru Star), 1 (many images), 2 [Blue Star, Timaru Star (2)], 3 (1969 image, Timaru Star), 4 (data), 5 (many images, Timaru Star), 6 (image, Timaru Star), 7 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 151.44 metres long, speed of 18 knots. Built for Blue Star Line Ltd. (the 2nd vessel of the name for Blue Star). On Oct. 17, 1978, the vessel was severely damaged by fire while lying at Cardiff Docks; 2 officers died; newspaper cutting low on page 1. The vessel was sold, early in 1983, to Crest Hill Shipping Ltd. (a subsidiary of Blue Star) & renamed Crest Hill (Hong Kong registry). Her duties at that time were 'carrying meat from New Zealand ports to Bandar Abbas,' Iran. On Jun. 18, 1984, the vessel was laid up at Jebel Ali, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. In 1985, the vessel was sold to Chinese ship breakers & on Mar. 1, 1985 arrived at Huangpu, an outer port of Guangzhou, China, to be broken up. Can you add to or correct the above?
8233 (or 8232) tons (surely not 11000 tons)
A refrigerated cargo ship. Per 1 & 2 [Federal Steam & NZ Shipping, both (4)]), 3 (NZ data), 4 (Capetan Leonidas), 5 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 160.75 metres (527.6 ft.) long, speed of 19 1/2 knots. Built for New Zealand Shipping Co. ('Company') at a cost of £2,004,000. Engaged on routes from Europe to Australia & New Zealand ('NZ'). Visited Auckland, NZ, 9 times between Sep. 1968 & Jan. 1979. Known to the British crews as Tongaplonk! In Jun. 1969, the vessel was transferred to Federal Steam Navigation Co. Ltd. (a subsidiary of Company. And on Apl. 19, 1973, was transferred to The Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company (which owned Company). In May 1978, the vessel lost a propeller blade while en route from Singapore to Auckland, NZ. It completed its voyage safely & was repaired at Wellington, NZ. On Sep. 18, 1978, (or maybe 1979), the vessel was sold to Strick Line Ltd. Was laid up at Dubai in Jul. 1979. On Nov. 30, 1979, the vessel was sold to 'Seaspeed Maritime Inc.', of Piraeus, Greece, (1 says of Panama), (Arvaship Inc., managers), (or in some way 'Theodoros Arvonitakis') & renamed Reefer Princess. In Feb. 1982, the vessel was sold to 'Platana Maritime Co. SA' (Diana Shipping Agencies SA, managers), also of Piraeus, & renamed Capetan Leonidas. Was laid up at Piraeus in Sep. 1983. In Sep. 1985, the vessel was sold to 'M. Nasir Trading Co.', of Karachi, Pakistan, beached at Gadani Beach, Gujarat, India, & broken up. Can you add to or correct the above?
143 Capetan Giannis
An SD-14 cargo ship. Per 1 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 141.1 metres long, speed of 14 knots. Built for the Alafouzos Shipping Company Ltd. of Piraeus, Greece. The vessel was sold, in 1979, to Sigma Shipping (have also read 'Evelpis Shipping Corp.' & Lemos & Skinitis') & renamed Agia Skepi. The vessel was sold, in 1990, to Greencast Shipping & renamed Gigi F. - H. K. A. H. S. Fanaki perhaps the manager? The vessel was sold again, in 1992, to Mrs. Kamal Aly Hassan of Panama & renamed Faros. On Jul. 22, 1993, the vessel was run onto the beach at Alang, India, to be scrapped by 'Kwality Steel Suppliers'. Is it possible that you have anything to add?
An SD14 dry cargo ship. Per 1 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 141.1 metres long, speed of 14 knots. Data in part from an expired eBay listing. The vessel was built for Ulysses Shipping Enterprises Special Shipping S.A., of Ithaca, Greece, (or maybe of Piraeus), who owned the vessel thru 1981. N. & J. Vlassopulos the managers. The vessel was sold, in 1981, to 'Apostolakis & Miral', who may be the managers rather than the owners, & renamed Daniella. The vessel was sold again, in 1985, to Cargo Carriers Co. & renamed Heliopolis. In 1986 the vessel was renamed Palawan. On May 10, 1986, the vessel arrived at Gadani Beach, Pakistan, to be broken up. Can you add anything?
145 Mimis N. Papalios
The first SD14 dry cargo ship launched & the second completed. Per 1 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 141.1 metres long, speed of 14 knots. Limited data in part from an expired eBay listing. Completed for 'Marguardia Compania Naviera S.A.' of Panama, Aegis Shipping Co. Ltd. (N. D. Papalios), of Piraeus, Greece, the manager, or perhaps the ultimate owner. I say that since the vessel was launched by Mrs. N. D. Papalios, described as being the wife of the President of the owning company. Greek flag, which is a puzzle. Was originally ordered by 'Deko Trading S.A.', of Panama, an Onassis Group company, but arrangements re the purchase of the vessel were terminated. Indicated above is that the vessel was the second SD14 completed. I am advised in that regard that its delivery by 'Bartram' was held back, so Austin & Pickersgill Limited ('A&P') would have the honour of delivering the first SD14, Nicola, for London & Overseas Freighters Limited, who owned A&P. In 1970, the vessel was 'transferred' to 'Agenor Shipping Co. Ltd.' of Famagusta, Cyprus, (Cypriot flag). In 1976, the vessel was transferred again to 'Olympos Shipping Enterprises' ('Olympos'), of Monrovia, but Greek flag. The vessel must have been later transferred again or sold, since in 1980, it was sold by 'Parnis Shipping Enterprises Inc.', of Greece, to 'Good Sun Navigation Inc.' also of Greece (later of Panama), with 'Frangos & Moundreas' likely the managers, & renamed Good Sun. Miramar indicate, however, that Parnis Shipping Enterprises Ltd. owned the vessel from 1976 rather than Olympos. The vessel was renamed in 1984 as Wave Crest, now owned by Wave Crest Shipping S.A. of Panama. On Dec. 20, 1994, the vessel arrived at Alang, India, to be broken up. Peter Hadfield has added (thanks!) trading data for the vessel ex Lloyd's List - here. Can you correct or add to the above?
146 Corfu Island
An SD14 dry cargo ship. Per 1 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 141.05 metres long, speed of 14 knots. Built for Naxos Shipping Corporation ('Naxos'), of Monrovia, Liberia, likely owned by the T. Voyazides family of Greece, with 'Transmarine Shipping Agencies Ltd.', (likely also owned by the T. Voyazides family), of London, the managers. Launched by Miss Marie-Lisa Voyazides, daughter of the Chairman of Naxos. The vessel was sold in 1974 to 'Loyalty Shipping Co. SA', (I think), of Greece, M. P. Tsikopoulos, of Greece, the manager?, 'for a price of about $4,000,000, including a time charter'. Now the webmaster often finds it harder to find WWW data re relatively recently built vessels, & such is the case with Corfu Island/Loyalty. It would seem, however, that on Jun. 20, 1980, Loyalty left Duluth, Minnesota, (its cargo?) & berthed at Basrah, (Al Basrah), in southern Iraq, on Sep. 18, 1980, 4 or 5 days before President Saddam Hussein of Iraq attacked Iran on Sep. 22, 1980, i.e. the Iran/Iraq War, which war ended in Aug. 1988, with an estimated 1.7 million wounded & 1 million dead. All Iraqi ports were then closed & Loyalty was trapped. I have not read the detail but it would seem that Loyalty was attacked on Sep. 24, 1980 by Iranian aircraft & suffered major damage, since it stayed at Basrah until 1993 when it was sold to Pakistani ship breakers. On Aug. 13, 1993, it left Basrah in tow for Gadani Beach, near Karachi, Pakistan. It arrived there on Sep. 22, 1993 & was broken up. Miramar refers to 'ac/gm' but I am not clear what the 'm' means but it may mean missiles. The above is assembled from mere 'snippets' of WWW data. Can you correct the above and/or add additional data?
9244 (or 8967) tons.
An SD14 dry cargo ship. Per 1 (Jardine Matheson, Carrel), 2 (images, Carrel), 3 (data & image, Carrel), 4 (image, Niger Valley), 5 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 141.1 metres long overall, 134.2 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 14 knots, signal letters C4SU. The vessel was initially owned by Matheson & Co. Limited, of London. Which company was presumably related to Jardine, Matheson & Co., of Hong Kong. But ... the vessel would seem to have been chartered by Johnson Line (A & B) Note. From 1972? The vessel was sold, in 1976, to 'Nigerian Green Lines Ltd.', of Lagos, Nigeria, 'Edward Nannini & Co. Ltd.', of London, the managers, & renamed Niger Valley. It was sold again, in 1981, to 'Mercantile Shipping Co.', of Monrovia, Liberia, registered at Panama perhaps, 'M. P. Tsikopoulos' likely the managers, & renamed Honesty II. And sold again, in 1984, to 'General Leasing & Financing Inc.', of Piraeus, Greece, Overseas Shipping Co. maybe the managers, & renamed Urania. In 1986, the vessel was sold to Cypriot owners, renamed Thunder, & registered at Limassol, Cyprus. The vessel arrived, on Dec. 23, 1986, at Gadani Beach, Pakistan, to be broken up. It would seem that it had been sold for $114 per LDT (3,596 LDT), for a total of $408,000. Need help with additional data re this vessel! Another image? Laura Tristram is seeking good quality images of the vessel for publication in a forthcoming book. Do help if you can! The webmaster will gladly pass on to her any images that are received.
An SD14 dry cargo. Per A (eBay image, Collin), 1 (image, Al Hafizu), 2 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 141.1 metres long overall, 134.2 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 14 knots. Built for Matheson & Co. Limited, of London. The vessel was sold, in 1976, to 'Armadora Naviera Proestos SA', of Piraeus, Greece, & renamed Giannis Xilas. In 1983, the vessel was sold again, to Nava Maritime Ltd. ('Nava'), of London, a Fafalios company, & renamed Brother. A Google data 'snippet' advises that in 1986, the vessel was reported as sold, by Nava, to Indian interests for a price in the region of $510,000. Miramar advise, however, that in 1985, the vessel was owned by 'Blanchard Shipping SA' ('Blanchard'), of Panama City, Panama, & was renamed Al Hafizu. 'Holbud Ship Management Ltd.' were the managers appointed by Blanchard. I suspect that that is all one & the same transaction & that Blanchard was Indian owned. Can anybody confirm that or otherwise advise? On Jan. 4, 1999, the vessel arrived at Mumbai (Bombay), India, to be broken up. The available WWW data re the vessel is modest indeed. Need help! Another image? #1813
An SD14 dry cargo ship. Per 1, 2 & 3 (images, Mar Courrier, 50% down re last image), 4 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 141.1 metres long overall, 134.2 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 14 knots, signal letters 3FCM2. Built for 'Laertis Shipping Enterprises Special Shipping S.A.', of Piraeus, Greece, N. & J. Vlassopoulos Ltd., the manager. The vessel was sold, on Mar. 17, 1982, to 'Maritime Courier SA', of Panama, 'Frangos & Moundreas' (Nikolaos Frangos & Nicholas G. Moundreas) of Piraeus, the managers, & renamed Mar Courrier. On Jul. 3, 1999, the vessel was sold again, to 'Alfa Shipping', likely in anticipation of its being scrapped, & renamed Igen Moon. On Aug. 26, 1999, the vessel arrived at Mumbai (Bombay), India, to be broken up. The available WWW data re the vessel is modest indeed. Need help! #1875
150 Saint Paul
9126 or 9142 (later 12356) tons.
Capitaine Cook III
An SD14 refrigerated cargo ship, which became a container ship. Per 1 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 141.0 metres long overall (462 ft. 7 in.), 134.2 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 15 or 16 knots, crew of 28. Built for 'Compagnie de Navigation Denis Frères S.A.' ('Frères'), of Paris, & maybe also of Dunkirk, France, which company would seem to have served French Indo-China for many decades. Saint Paul was placed on the Europe to West Africa, 'Scadoa', service. During the period of Dec. 1977 thru Jan. 1978, the ship was at the 'Lisnave' shipbuilding facilities at Lisbon, Portugal, being lengthened by the addition of a new mid section. The vessel became 174.7 metres long overall, a container ship of 12,356 gross tons. In 1979, the vessel left the 'Scadoa' service & served 'la Société Navale Chargeurs Delmas-Vieljeux' which I believe, in Jan. 1980, took over ownership of Frères. In 1984, the vessel was sold to 'Sud Pacifique Navigation SA', of Nouméa, New Caledonia (South Pacific, NE of Brisbane, Australia), with 'Gérance "Sofrana" (Société Française de Navigation), also of Nouméa, the managers, & renamed Capitaine Cook III. Registered at Mata Utu (Wallis Island, South Pacific, near Samoa Islands). Operated in the Pacific Ocean. Crew of 32. In 1989, the vessel was sold to 'Thoresen & Co. (Bangkok) Ltd.' of Bangkok, Thailand, & renamed Hai Meng. Operated in the SE Asia area. On Oct. 20, 1994, the vessel anchored at Alang, India, where on Oct. 30, 1994 it ran aground. It was then broken up at the Alang facilities of 'Ship Trade Corp.' Am grateful for the extensive data that used to be available at a French blog-site, alas now long gone. Can you add anything?
There were many later ships built at the Bartram South Dock facility. Those later vessels are recorded under the name of Austin & Pickersgill Limited, who acquired Bartram's in 1968 but in a practical sense only took over in 1971 after a 3 year period of co-operation. The 'Bartram' financial results of such 3 year period were a factor in determining the acquisition price that Austin & Pickersgill Limited paid.
While I know nothing about this 'North Sand Point Yard', Monkwearmouth, builder, a vessel built by them has been brought to my attention. I would welcome information from anybody who has any knowledge about 'David Baxter & Co.'
Judging by the listing at Miramar, the shipbuilder was only in existence for a few years. Miramar records yard/hull numbers up to 33 but so far only has recorded just 13 vessels built by 'Baxter', all built during the period of Jun. 1881 to Aug. 1884. The builder may, however, have been in business rather prior to Jun. 1881, since the first vessel Miramar list at that date was yard number 20. Here (but you need to be registered to access the link) & then here.
A further puzzle is that Nordjylland, hull #31 in the 'Baxter' Miramar list, is Lloyd's Register listed (1885/86) as being built by Joseph L. Thompson & Sons. Maybe the 'Baxter' operation was taken over by Joseph L. Thompson in or about 1884?
714 (or 691 or 713) tons
A cargo ship that had a very long life indeed. Per 1 (launch data, left column), 2 (ref.), 3 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 184.9 ft. long perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 9 1/2 knots. Built for 'Charlton, McAllum & Co.', of Newcastle & registered there. Named at launch by a Mrs. Richardson. In 1908, the vessel was sold to 'J. Cook & Son', of Aberdeen, Scotland, & renamed Glen Tilt. In 1925, the vessel was sold to 'Carmine Vitiello di R.', of Torre del Greco, (nr. Naples), Italy, & renamed Rocco. Later, in 1940, the vessel was sold to 'Orazio Rossini', of Genoa, Italy & renamed Quadrifoglio. From Jun. 1940; (when Italy entered WW2), to Aug. 1941, the vessel was requisitioned by the Italian Navy as F.32. On Sep. 11, 1943, the vessel was seized by German forces at Saseno, (Sazan) Albania, presumably for the German war effort in the Mediterranean. On Feb. 3, 1944, the vessel suffered a major boiler explosion & sank, a total loss. Have not read the circumstances or if there was any loss of life. At 43.27N/16.27E, 'some 500 meters off village of Suhi Potok on the Dalmatian coast, 12 km SE of Split.' The vessel lay there until scrapped underwater, in 1955, by 'Bridospas d.d.', of Split, Croatia. So far have located no WWW links to Quadrifoglio or F.32. I suspect there must be Italian links, however. We thank Marijan Zuvic for much of the above data. Can you add anything? Another image?
The webmaster has no knowledge about this shipbuilder. Who built, it would seem, 18 vessels in the years of 1818 thru 1843. Need help!
174 later 175, 179 & 170 tons
A brig, later a snow. If one only had Lloyd's Registers ('LR') as a source for data, you would never have expected that this vessel could have survived for so long. Emulous, which was launched in Aug. 1818, is LR listed from 1818/19 thru 1846/47 (& not thereafter) with the exception of 1839/40 & possibly 1834/35 thru 1838/39. But it actually survived thru to 1870.
Emulous was initially owned by B. Roberts & Co. (also her captain) for service from Topsham, Devon, to Sunderland. From 1819/20 thru 1825/26, the vessel was owned by 'Schofield' for service to Sunderland from Dartmouth, Plymouth & Exmouth, all Devon, & for service as an Exmouth coaster. From 1826/27 thru 1833/34, the vessel was owned by R. Starrow for service as a Hull & Dartmouth coaster. It possibly was registered at Scarborough from 1834/35 thru 1838/39.
In 1840/41, 'Stewart', of Blyth, became her owner for service from Blyth to London, however in 1843/44 'Heron jun.', of Hartlepool, became her owner, thru 1845/46, for service as a Blyth coaster.
The North of England Maritime Directory of 1848/9, lists the vessel, in May 1848 data, as registered at Stockton & owned by Henry and H. Fawcus, Jun., of Stockton & James Stephenson & R. Fawcus of Hartlepool.
It would seem that the vessel was later registered at Whitby, Stockton again & at Middlesbro'.
This Whitby, Yorkshire, shipping history book page tells us that Emulous became registered at Whitby in 1852, owned by Andrew Clark. Turnbull's Shipping Register ('TR') of 1855 records the vessel as registered at Whitby & both owned & captained by A. Clark. TR of 1856, in 1855 data, lists A. Clark of Whitby as both her owner & her captain. The above history book page also tells us that the vessel became Stockton registered in 1857. While Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 lists Robert Robinson of Middlesbro' as her owner.
The Mercantile Navy List ('MNL') records Emulous as Whitby registered in 1857, Stockton registered from 1858 thru 1861 & Middlesbro', Yorkshire, registered from 1862 thru 1870. And owned, from 1865, by Robert Robinson of Middlesbro'.
Signal letters JGPV. Some Emulous crew lists are available via here.
On Mar. 4, 1870, per line 756 here, the 170 ton brig stranded at Cromer, Norfolk, while en route from Middlesbro' to London with a cargo of coal. With, there stated, a crew of 6 - none lost. Vessel then owned by Robt. Robinson. Wikipedia tells us (thanks!) that the brig was driven ashore & wrecked at Cromer, further that her crew were rescued by Benjamin Bond Cabbell, the Cromer lifeboat. I read (in red), in one of many similar sources, that her crew was five in number only, that the vessel was driven ashore in a gale from the east, that 'When the men were taken off, the sea was making a clean breach over their ship, which afterwards went to pieces'.
A word about that lifeboat. There were two lifeboats of the name, the first being in operation at Cromer from 1868 thru 1884 & the second from 1884 thru 1902. Both named after Benjamin Bond Cabbell, a politician & philathropist, who paid both for the rebuilding of the Cromer lifeboat station in 1868 & for the 34 ft. self-righting lifeboat that first bore his name. The lifeboat that rescued the crew of Emulous was under the command of coxswain John Davies, step grandfather to Henry Blogg, Britain's most decorated lifeboatman. Henry Blogg (1876/1954) served as a coxswain for 38 years, launched an amazing 387 times & saved 873 people. An image of the 2nd lifeboat named Benjamin Bond Cabbell is available at left.
Can you tell us more? #2653
I now know just a little about George Booth, born Jun. 21, 1818 at Monkwearmouth. Thanks to a Jan Carol of New Zealand (George Booth's great great grand-daughter), a number of references to him on the WWW (1, 2 but now no longer available) and to the help also of Michael Orpin of Jersey, Channel Islands. It is, however, most easy for the webmaster to make errors in the data that follows, so corrections big or small are invited.
That said, in 1840 George married Jane Rickaby & they had 7 children who survived early childhood: Jane (1842), Isabella (1844), John Merriman (1847), Mary (1849), Catherine & Benjamin (twins born 1852), George Thomas (1858), all of whom were born in Monkwearmouth. The family emigrated to New Zealand in 1859. It is thought that George Booth returned, without any of his family, to Sunderland in 1879. But only for a visit. George Booth died on May 5, 1888 at Christchurch, New Zealand, at almost age 70.
While the above is of interest, this page is supposed to be about the shipbuilders! In that regard, it would appear, that in 1850, George Booth was a shipbuilder at North Sands, as referenced about 30% down on this fine page. That link no longer works & I cannot find a replacement link - this page may however somehow relate. For just a few years only, however, since it was George's yard which was taken over in 1859 (when the Booth family emigrated to New Zealand) by 'Pace' (who was George's foreman) & John Blumer or maybe just by John Blumer (but I suspect not). I am advised that George Booth was, in fact, John Blumer's brother in law, which makes perfect sense since John married Catherine Alice Rickaby in 1855.
So far as I can see, George Booth built 20 vessels in the years from 1852 thru 1859. Which early date (1852) is a bit of a puzzle since the predecessor 'Booth & Blacklock' (or 'Booth & Blakelock') partnership was dissolved on May 14, 1853. See here.
327/353 later 323 tons
Constance, a barque which was launched on Apl. 22, 1852 & first registered, at Sunderland, on May 05, 1852, is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1853/54 thru 1860/61 & not thereafter. It was owned, thru such entire, if brief, period per LR, by W. Thompson of Sunderland, with 'Atkinson' her sole captain. This newspaper report (in blue) tells of her launch & of her purchase by William Thompson, of Sunderland, a chemist, for the Mediterranean trade.
For service, from 1853/54 thru 1856/57, from Limerick, Ireland, to London, then ex Sunderland. Marwood's North of England Maritime Directory of 1854/5, in Mar. 1854 data, lists her then owner as being Wm. Thompson, jun. of Sunderland, with Robt. Atkinson her captain. Turnbull's Shipping Register of 1856 & Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 both record identical ownership data.
The Mercantile Navy List records Constance as registered at Sunderland thru 1864, but from 1865 thru 1868 lists the vessel as registered at Shields & owned by Wm. McKenzie of Blyth, Northumberland.
100.0 ft. long, signal letters PKWT, a few crew lists are available via this page.
What finally happened to Constance? Line 22 on this page advises that on Nov. 11, 1865 the 323 ton barque, then 16 years old, was stranded at Windau, Russia, (now Ventspils, Latvia) while en route from the Tyne to the Baltic with an unknown cargo. The vessel is stated to have had a crew of 11 (actually 12) four of whom were lost.
It seems clear that the vessel was departing Windau rather than arriving there. I learn that W. C. Bergen was the vessel's captain at the time of her loss & that Thomas Bergen, the captain's eldest son was one of the four who lost their lives.
Constance left Windau on Nov. 08, 1865, partially loaded, to moor in the roadstead outside & there take aboard a further 1,100 (railway) sleepers to complete her cargo. Fierce winds sprang up on the evening of Nov. 10, 1865. At 3.30 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1865 the vessel's two anchor chains let go & ten minutes later the vessel was on the beach (or more likely aground close to the beach). A ship's long boat was launched with five men aboard, but it broke up alongside the ship. Despite valiant efforts being made to bring the five back aboard, only one of them could be saved - J. Scrivener the vessel's mate. At 1 p.m. on Nov. 11, 1865, a tiny boat put out from shore commanded by Captain Jessop of Traveller (a snow built in Sunderland in 1846) of Blyth. Overloaded when all 8 survivors got aboard her, the boat safely made it to shore. Constance ended up a wreck. All as per these contemporary news reports - 1, 2, & 3.
Is it possible that you can tell us anything more? #2812
2 Eliza Jane
258/237, later 209 tons
A snow. The vessel, which I read was launched on Jun. 10, 1854, was first registered, at Sunderland, on Jun. 17, 1854 (scroll to #11758). It was always, the webmaster believes, correctly named Eliza Jane.
It is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed, as Eliza & Jane, from 1855/56 thru 1858/59, & as Eliza Jane from 1859/60 thru 1864/65. LR always listed the vessel at 258/237 tons & the vessel's owner as being 'Wrightson' of Sunderland - with 'Legender' the vessel's captain thru 1862/63 & 'Briggs' from & after 1862/63. Available Turnbull's Shipping Registers ('TR') clarify both the vessel's name & her owners. TR of 1855 lists Eliza & Jane, 236 tons, owned by Robert Wrightson, Wm. Legender & Thomas Booth, all of Sunderland. With W. Legender her then captain. While TR of 1856 lists Eliza Jane, 209 tons, owned by R. Wrightson & W. Legender, both of Sunderland. Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 confirms such vessel name & ownership data.
LR records the vessel's service as being from Sunderland to the U.S.A. from 1855/56 thru 1858/59 & ex Sunderland thereafter.
It would seem that 'Legender' was the vessel's captain from 1854 thru to Sep. 1861, 'Briggs' certainly from Jun. to Sep. 1862 & 'Gibson' from mid Nov. 1862. I read that on Sep. 15, 1863, Eliza Jane, Gibson in command, en route from Cronstadt (St. Petersburg, Russia) to London, put into Elsinore, Denmark, with 'considerable damage to upper works' having been in collision with Neptune, a steamship. Neptune likely was built at Hull in 1862 & was then under the command of 'Robertson'. Neptune had also, I read, been in collision with Camilus, a French brig.
94.0 ft. long, crew lists re 1863 are available, via this page.
The Mercantile Navy List ('MNL') records the vessel from 1857 thru 1864, always registered at Sunderland. The vessel was not recorded in MNL of 1865.
I earlier was unable to tell you what happened to the vessel & when. But noted that LR of 1864/65 recorded the vessel as 'Wrecked'. We can now tell you more as to what happened to Eliza Jane, thanks to John Westdijk-Laarmann.
John advises that the crew of Eliza Jane were rescued, on Dec. 04, 1863, by Heinrich, a Leer (near Emden, River Ems, Germany) registered vessel under the command of Captain R. M. Eckhoff. The British Government granted to Captain Eckhoff, a fine telescope to both acknowledge & thank him for his rescue efforts that day. Such telescope has been owned by John Westdijk-Laarmann's family for many years - it is for sale on May 06, 2023 at the auction house of Neumann Auktionen, of Westercelle (NE of Hanover), Germany. As you can see here. We thank John for alerting us about such auction sale.
The telescope bears an extensive inscription in English. Which reads as follows:- 'Presented by the British Government to Captain R. M. Eckhoff, Master of the Hanoverian Ship "Heinrich" in acknowledgement of his humanity and Kindness to the Master and Crew of the British Ship "Eliza Jane" of Sunderland whom he rescued on the 4th December 1863".
I learn that 'Gibson' was the master of Eliza Jane at the time of her abandonment & that her crew were landed, clearly by Heinrich, at Bremerhaven, Germany. The Lloyd's List report of her loss. Wikipedia tells us that the vessel was abandoned in the North Sea - we thank them for that because the webmaster has not himself spotted a contemporary reference to where she was abandoned. Hopefully, a report will one day be found that tells us the circumstances surrounding the abandonment of the vessel & where & when it occurred.
John understands (per '--und fuhren weit übers Meer', Karl-Heinz Wiechers 1988 (ISBN 3-922365-43-4, which covers ships registered in the harbours of the river Ems, N. Germany) that Heinrich was a small 1859/1860 built schooner, owned by Bruno Chr. Ukena, captained by F. M. Eckhoff, & later, from 1863, by Riepke M. Eckhoff, possibly his son. On Nov. 05, 1864 Heinrich itself sank while en route from Brake (N. Germany) to Libau (Liepaja, Latvia) between Öland & Gotland. Her crew of 4 were rescued by the Norwegian ‘Bark’ under command of Captain Bjelke & were brought to Helsingör (Elsinore, Denmark). So about a year after he rescued the crew of Eliza Jane, R. M. Eckhoff himself had to be rescued.
Anything you can add? Or correct? #2774
419, later 387/419 tons
A barque. The vessel, which was launched in Jul. 1858 but first registered, at Sunderland, on Aug. 13, 1858, is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1859/60 thru 1887/88. Acacia's initial owner, thru 1868/69, was, per LR, Denton & Co. of Sunderland, & registered there. However the Mercantile Navy Lists ('MNL') report Denton's residence differently. MNLs report J. P. Denton as her owner, rather of Liverpool in 1865 & 1866 & of Hartlepool from 1867 thru 1869. Per LR, the vessel served South America i) ex Sunderland in 1859/60 & 1860/61 & ii) from Swansea, Wales, thereafter. With 'Halliday' her captain during the period of Denton ownership, indeed thru 1869/70.
In 1868/69 per LR, 'Tulloch', of Swansea, became Acacia's second & final owner - Tulloch & Co. thru 1875/76 & L. Tulloch from 1876/77 thru 1887/88. MNLs of 1870 thru 1887 all record Lawrence Tulloch, of Swansea, as her owner. For continued service from Swansea to S. America in 1868/69 & 1869/70, & from Swansea to Chile in 1872/73 & 1873/74 (when LRs recording of intended voyages came to an end). With a number of captains. 'Richards' from 1869/70 thru 1876/77, G. Williams from 1876/77 thru 1878/79, & 'Good' in all of the years thereafter.
I should note that this vessel was first detail listed having seen a reference on this page (ref. #256) to a barque of the name which put into Algoa Bay, South Africa, on Jan. 18, 1879 in a leaky condition. It was, at the time, en route to Reunion (a French island in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar & 109 miles SW of Mauritius) & soon, repaired, continued its intended voyage. Was it 'our' Acacia? I believe that the answer is 'No'. Per Welsh Newspapers Online (thanks!) 'our' Acacia, of 386 tons, 'Good' her captain, was cleared out of Swansea, Wales, on Jan. 31, 1879 for Cape Town, South Africa. There were two other barques of the name, at the time. I believe that the 'leaky' Acacia was built at Newcastle upon Tyne in 1863 - ON 44528, which vessel would seem to have been Sunderland owned & registered for its entire lifetime - thru about 1880.
125.6 ft. long, signal letters HJDH, crew lists for the vessel are available here - none after 1880.
LR of 1887/88 notes that the vessel had been 'Broken up', a happier fate, surely, than being cast up & wrecked on some distant shore.
Is there anything you can add to the above text? And/or correct? #2398
Can you help with the history of this shipbuilder?
So far as I can see, 'Booth & Blacklock' built 24 vessels over the period of 1844 thru 1853.
I understand that the 'London Gazette' of May 24, 1853, published a list of dissolved partnerships. And included in such list was the partnership of George Booth & John Blakelock, of Sunderland, shipbuilders. Thanks to the WWW 'London Gazette' archives, I am able to provide readers with the exact text.
It would seem, based upon the published wording, that the shipbuilder should have been rather named 'Booth & Blakelock'. Whose partnership was dissolved on May 14, 1853. I note, however, that Marwood's North of England Maritime Directory of 1854/5 references 'Booth & Blacklock' many times in lists of vessels built at Sunderland in 1852 & 1853.
From the last words of the announcement, it would seem that George Booth intended to continue onwards with shipbuilding activities. George Booth is listed above.
The matter of the shipbuilder name is not yet satisfactorily resolved - to the webmaster's satisfaction at least.
188, later 167/178 & 150 tons
A snow or brig, later a brigantine. A vessel that had a very long life indeed. Effort was launched on Aug. 6, 1849 & recorded in the Mercantile Navy List ('MNL') from 1857 thru 1903. It is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1850/51 thru 1899/1900 at least (though LR of 1895/6 is not available to the webmaster). It seems likely that the vessel would have been LR listed after 1899/1900, the latest LR edition which is available to the webmaster.
The vessel, per LR, was both owned & captained, from 1850/51 thru 1856/57, by 'Robinson' of North Shields ('NS') - for service from Sunderland to Bordeaux, France, in 1850/51 & ex London thereafter thru 1856/57.
A grounding at Wells, Norfolk, on Oct. 31, 1850 (in blue), while en route to Bordeaux. The webmaster has really not tried to find operational events in Effort's life - the term 'Effort' & the length of the vessel's life make such a search most difficult. The webmaster will add in any other references to the vessel he later comes across. But he did find the following, all with 'Efford' as the captain - On Jan. 31, 1856, Effort was at Falmouth en route to Constantinople & Taganrog (Rostov Oblast, Russia, Sea of Azov, Black Sea). On Sep. 25, 1856, the vessel arrived back at Gloucester ex Taganrog. On Dec. 11, 1856, the vessel was at Deal, en route to Seville & Grenada, arriving back at London on or about Apl. 23, 1857. Likely means Seville & Granada, Spain. On May 28, 1857, the vessel left Shields for Constantinople, returning to Galway (W. coast of Ireland), on Jan. 2, 1858.
In 1857/58 & only in that year, LR records H. Harrison of NS as Effort's owner with J. Efford serving as the vessel's captain. For service as a Gloucester coaster. It is clear, however, that 'Harrison' became an owner rather earlier than 1857/58. The North of England Maritime Directory of 1854/55 records Effort, in 1854 data, as then Shields registered & owned by Hy. Harrison, Eliz. Shotton & Geo. Robinson, all of NS, with W. Gibson her then captain. While a Sunderland shipping website, which site requests no links or recognition, notes that Elizabeth Shotton, Henry Harrison & George Robinson were the vessel's registered owners on Mar. 20, 1851.
Turnbull's Shipping Register ('TR') of 1855 confirms the 1854 data, while TR of 1856 records H. Harrison & E. Shotton, as the vessel's then owners. The Sunderland shipping website referred to above, also records (thanks!) Marshall Tweddle of South Shields ('SS') as the vessel's registered owner on Feb. 15, 1858.
Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 records Effort's then owners as being Robert Taylor & William Watson, both of SS, data essentially confirmed by LRs of 1858/59 thru 1860/61 which record Taylor & Co., of NS, as the vessel's owner with W. Watson her then captain, for service from Shields to i) France in 1858/59 & ii) Hamburg, Germany, from 1859/60 thru 1863/64.
LRs of 1861/62 thru 1863/64 provide no owner name or port of registration. MNL tells us, however, that the vessel was SS registered from 1860 thru 1865, in which year (1865) the vessel's owner or managing owner was stated to be William Watson of SS.
LR s of 1864/65 thru 1870/71 record Effort as now Lynn, i.e. King's Lynn, Norfolk, registered & owned by 'Curson & Co.' - for service as a Lynn coaster. With 'Curson' also her captain. While LRs of 1871/72 thru 1875/76 record no ownership data, MNL comes to our rescue. It tells us that from 1866 thru 1872 (MNL of 1873 is not available) the vessel was Lynn registered & owned by T. H. Curson of King's Lynn, which I have read means Thomas Harrison Curson.
The vessel's later ownership is unusual & to many readers may be truly extraordinary. It would seem that from 1874 thru 1903, a period of about 29 years, Effort was owned by John Steward Sterry, of Lowestoft, Suffolk, & his family, though still Lynn registered from 1875 thru 1879 (thereafter registered at Lowestoft). A slight variation in 1899 (LR in 1897/98) when the owner is MNL recorded as J. S. Sterry & Co. Ltd., of Lowestoft, with H. S. Sterry her then manager. An amazingly long ownership period for essentially one owner/family. And a long captaincy also - 'Curson', per LR, served as Effort's captain from 1864/65 thru 1892/93 covering the period when he owned it, & much of the period when he didn't own it. Then J. Crandell for two years & R. J. Moore from 1896/97 thru 1899/1900 & just possibly even later.
81.0 ft. long, 82.4 ft. from 1880/81, from 1880 per MNL a brigantine of 167 tons, of 150 tons from 1898, signal letters NDPK, a great many Effort crew lists, thru 1902, are available via here.
The webmaster has not spotted what finally happened to Effort. But hopes that after such a long period of service it did not end up a forlorn wreck on some rocky shore.
Can you tell us anything additional, and/or correct the above? #2617
225/208, later 191 tons
A brig. Coldstream, which was launched on Feb. 25, 1850, is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1850/51 thru 1866/67, owned throughout that entire period, per LR, by W. Kerrs (or W. Kerss thru 1854/55), of Sunderland. The North of England Maritime Directory of 1854/55, records the vessel, in Mar. 1854 data, as registered at Sunderland & owned by Wm. Kerss of Sunderland with Edwd. Warden then her captain. Turnbull's Shipping Register ('TR') of 1855 lists Wm. Kers (with one 's') of Sunderland as her then owner with R. S. Newton her then captain, while TR of 1856 lists her then owners as being W. Kerss and R. S. Newton, both of Sunderland. Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 states William Kerss to be her then owner. The prime owner's name is confused! I thought that 'Kerss' looked good (and still do) but see that the Mercantile Navy Lists ('MNL') of 1866 & 1867, both list Wm. Rerss as Coldstream's then owner. Strangely, perhaps, the vessel was not listed in MNL of 1865.
The vessel's service per LR? i) For service from Sunderland to Coruna, Spain, thru 1854/55, ii) for service as a Sunderland coaster from 1855/56 thru 1862/63 & iii) for service from Sunderland to Lisbon, Portugal, thereafter.
Some 'best efforts' Coldstream operational history. 'Jackson' would seem to have been the vessel's captain thru about Apl. 1851. Then 'Atkinson' thru likely late 1853. 'Warden' in the summer of 1854 & 'Newton' from late 1854 thru 1856, 'Lawton' briefly, 'Simpson' from Aug. 1856 thru May 1857, 'Leighton' thru Jul. 1858, 'Wilkinson' from Aug. 1858 thru Jul. 1859, 'White' from summer of 1859 thru Sep. 1860. After that I don't know. 'Jackson' - On Mar. 13, 1850, Coldstream left Shields for Coruna, went on to Oporto, Portugal & on Jul. 5, 1850 arrived back at Gravesend, London ex Oporto. On Aug. 9, 1850 the vessel was at Elsinore, Denmark, en route from Sunderland to Cronstadt (St. Petersburg, Russia). On Apl. 23, 1851 the vessel arrived at Gravesend ex Marseilles, France. 'Atkinson' - On May 24, 1851 Coldstream was at Elsinore again en route to Cronstadt ex Sunderland. It arrived back at Plymouth on Aug. 18, 1851 noted to be ex Riga, Latvia. On Jan. 29, 1852 the vessel arrived at Plymouth ex Sunderland, en route to Carthagena, Spain. It went on to Galatz (i.e. Galați, on the Danube, Eastern Romania, Black Sea) returned to Falmouth presumably for orders & sailed for Galway (W. coast of Ireland). On Nov. 17, 1852 the vessel arrived at Milford, Wales, ex Cardiff, for Oran, Algeria. Went on to Salonica, Greece, & on Jun. 29, 1853 arrived at Queenstown, Ireland, ex Smyrna, Turkey, & Salonica. 'Warden' - In very late 1853 or very early 1854 the vessel arrived at Cronstadt ex Galatz. It would seem to have returned to Galatz, & on the return journey to the U.K., put into Cagliari, Sardinia, leaky & with her pumps choked. She had to discharge her cargo there. On Jun. 15, 1854 Coldstream arrived back at Plymouth ex Galatz. 'Newton' was the vessel's next captain. One particular 1854 'Newton' event next.
On Nov. 15, 1854 Coldstream became stranded behind the N. pier at Sunderland, at the end of a voyage from Southampton to Sunderland with a cargo of pit props. With a crew of 8. The vessel stranded due to stress of weather & was much damaged in a collision with another (unnamed) stranded vessel. All as per item 1 on this page, ex here. 'Lloyd's List' confirms that a number of vessels had indeed been driven ashore N. of Sunderland, on Nov. 15, 1854, during a SE gale. Including Coldsteam, commanded by Robert S. Newton, John Wesley of Arendal & likely Auckland, a brig (built at Sunderland in 1836). Further that Coldstream had collided with another vessel & was 'much damaged'. It seems likely, as the webmaster interprets the text of the third Lloyd's List report, that it was with Auckland that Coldstream had collided. I read that Joseph Ray Hodgson (1, 2, 3 & 4), (1829/1908), known as 'The Stormy Petrel', a Sunderland hero indeed, helped save Coldstream's crew as he did with countless other vessels in his lengthy & honorable life-saving career.
More operational history. 'Newton' - On Sep. 14, 1855, Coldstream arrived at Swinemunde (now Świnoujście, NW Poland), ex Sunderland. On Jan. 9, 1856, the vessel arrived at Falmouth ex Shields for Malta where it arrived on Apl. 10, 1856. En route the vessel had to put into Gibraltar (on Mar. 1, 1856) leaky, & had to discharge its cargo to effect repairs. It went on to Girgenti & Palermo (both Sicily) & on Jul. 16, 1856 was at Deal ex Palermo, bound for Hull. On Jul. 19, 1856, Coldstream arrived at Hull with however 'Lawton' noted to now be in command (rather than 'Newton'). 'Simpson' - In mid Aug. 1856 the vessel left Sunderland for Cronstadt & on Oct. 23, 1856 arrived at Dundee, Scotland, noted to be ex Riga. A voyage to Stettin (now Szczecin, NW Poland) returning to Leith, Scotland, on May 8, 1857. A voyage to Dieppe, France, & back ex Sunderland. 'Leighton' - On Feb. 13, 1858, the vessel left Sunderland for Marseilles, went on to Huelva (southern Spain) & arrived back at Shields on Jul. 19, 1858. 'Wilkinson' - On Aug. 23, 1858 the vessel was at Elsinore en route from Newcastle to St. Petersburg. On Jan. 14, 1859, Coldstream arrived at Lisbon ex Sunderland, went on to Navia (N. coast of Spain) & arrived back at London on Jul. 19, 1859. 'White' - On Oct. 22, 1859, the vessel arrived at Gravesend ex Cronstadt. On Apl. 1, 1860 it arrived at Danzig (now Gdańsk, Poland) ex Sunderland, & later, on May 25, 1860, arrived back at London. Another voyage to Cronstadt with 'White' in command.
85.6 ft. long, signal letters NSTQ. Some crew lists are available here.
LR of 1866/67 notes that the vessel had been 'Wrecked'. Wikipedia tells us (thanks!) that on Feb. 25, 1867 & also on Mar. 6, 1867, while en route from Sunderland to Hamburg, Germany, Coldstream ran aground on a sandbank off Pellworm, a North Frisian island on the North Sea coast of Germany. On the Nordervog sandbank per the earlier report. Wiki's sources included articles in the 'Newcastle Courant' of both Mar. 8, 1867 & Mar. 15, 1867. If any kindly reader can provide such articles to the webmaster, he would be most grateful.
Can you tell us more as to the detail circumstances of the vessel's loss? #2618
3 James Richard Hindson
What an unfortunate name to bestow upon a ship! There are other words I could use but I'll refrain.
James Richard Hindson, a snow or brig which was launched in Aug. 1850, is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1851/52 thru 1864/65. Its initial owner, per LR, was T. Hindson of Stockton, for service from Stockton to the Baltic in 1851/52 & from Sunderland to the Baltic from 1852/53 thru 1854/55. With J. Atkinson, per LR at least, consistently her captain. A Sunderland shipping website, which website requests no links or recognition, tells us that her initial owner was Thomas Hindson, Jnr., & that the vessel was completed on Sep. 18, 1850. We thank such site for that information.
It seems likely that 'Atkinson' was the vessel's captain only until Oct. 1851. On Oct. 08, 1851, John Atkinson, master mariner of Redcar, was charged by Thomas Hindson with detaining & refusing to deliver to Hindson the certificate of registry of James Richard Hindson. 'Atkinson' was ordered to deliver the certificate & to pay costs.
On Oct. 29, 1852, now with 'Jones' in command, the vessel, from Gapse for Hull, was said to be riding in Leith roads 'all safe'. Probably it had experienced a storm. Gapse should, the webmaster believes, correctly have read Gaspé (Quebec, Canada), since on Jun. 08, 1852 the vessel was cleared out of New York for the nearby St. Lawrence river island of Anticosti. It later arrived at Hull on Nov. 10, 1852.
Now this listing was initiated as a result of the webmaster spotting that James Richard Hindson was advertised for sale from Dec. 31, 1852 thru Jan. 07, 1853. Then lying near John Hutchinson's landing & later at Ayres Quay, both in Sunderland. Offered for cash at a public auction held in Sunderland at 7 p.m. on Jan. 13, 1853. One of the advertisements.
It seems clear that Fenwick & Co., of Sunderland, acquired James Richard Hindson at such Jan. 1853 auction & soon registered it at Sunderland. LR records Fenwick & Co. as the vessel's owner from 1855/56 thru 1864/65. The North of England Maritime Directory of 1854/5, however, in Mar. 1854 data, records John Fenwick, Thos. Dickinson & Edwd. Rowntree, all of Sunderland, as the vessel's then owners with Thos. Dickinson her then captain. Turnbull's Shipping Register ('TR') of 1855 confirms such data, while TR of 1856 & Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 both record J. (John) Fenwick & E. (Edw.) Rowntree of Sunderland as her then owners. Anyway, LR records 'T. Dickens'n' as the vessel's captain from 1855/56 thru 1857/58, 'W. Stothrd' from 1858/59 thru 1861/62, T. Shotton from 1861/62 thru 1862/63 & J. Farrow in 1863/64 & 1864/65.
The vessel's service while 'Fenwick' owned? Service as a Llanelly, Wales, coaster from 1855/56 thru 1857/58 & ex Sunderland thereafter including to France from 1862/63 thru 1864/65.
88.0 ft. long, some crew lists are available here.
What finally happened to James Richard Hindson? LR of 1864/65 notes that the vessel was 'Abandoned'.
I learn that the vessel was on Nov. 01, 1864 entered out from Sunderland for a departure to Hamburg, Germany, with 'Shotton' in command. The vessel must have made that voyage but rather with 'Stamp' as her captain. In reports from Bremen or Bremerhaven on Dec. 07, 1864 it was advised that James Richard Hindson had been abandoned & that her crew had been landed there. Captain Stamp later stated he had left Sunderland on Nov. 19, 1864, bound for Hamburg with a cargo of coal. And that on Nov. 24, 1864 the vessel had been hit by a heavy sea which caused her to be damaged & become leaky. The crew struggled for many days to control the water & to save the ship, but at 4 p.m. on Nov. 29, 1864, with waters rising & the crew exhausted they had to abandon her. The crew were rescued by Thames, a galiot, & landed at Bremerhaven on Dec. 06, 1864. Though Captain Stamp does not refer to the matter, an earlier report had advised that the vessel had got aground on the Doggerbank & become leaky. A couple of contemporary news reports - 1 & 2.
Can you tell us anything additional, and/or correct the above? #2859
235 later 212 tons
Louisa, which, I have read, was launched in Jan. 1852, is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1852/53 thru 1873/74. Its initial owner, per LR, was 'T. Hindsn' of Stockton, thru 1853/54 only, for service from Sunderland to London wirh 'R. Fishwck' serving as her captain. I note that a Sunderland shipping website, which website requests no links or recognition, rather lists T. Hudson as Louisa's initial owner. Such site also states that the vessel was launched on Feb. 02, 1852 & was completed on Feb. 16, 1852.
The webmaster suspects that 'Hindson' was correct. Having just re-read the listing immediately above.
It seems clear that 'Hindsn' or 'Hudson' did not own the vessel for the full period just indicated. From Jan. 13, 1853 thru Jan. 31, 1853, Louisa was advertised to be sold for cash at an auction to be held at Portsmouth, Hampshire, on Jan. 25, 1853, which date was rescheduled for Feb. 01, 1853. The vessel was then lying at Portsmouth harbour. A sample advertisement.
The Mercantile Navy List ('MNL') tells us that the vessel was first registered at Whitby, Yorkshire, on May 17, 1853.
Louisa was presumably bought by Flintoft & Co., of Whitby. LR records that 'Flintoff & Co.' owned the vessel from 1854/55 thru 1860/61, with T. Storey her captain from 1854/55 thru 1856/57, then J. Jackson from 1857/58 thru 1860/61. Marwood's North of England Maritime Directory of 1854/5, in Apl. 1854 data, lists the vessel as registered at Whitby & owned by S. Flintoft (with a 't') & W. Gale, both of Whitby, with Thomas Storey her then captain. While Turnbull's Shipping Register ('TR') of 1856, in 1855 data, lists S. Flintoft & Co. with T. Storey her captain. I note that Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 is much more explicit as to the (now 212 ton) vessel's ownership - i.e. Samuel Flintoft (again with a 't'), John Dale, Christopher, Isaac and Robt. Gale, Helenor Smith & Thomas Ward.
The vessel's service while 'Flintoft' owned? Per LR - i) from Whitby to the Mediterranean thru 1856/57, ii) from Newcastle to the Baltic in 1857/58 & 1858/59 & iii) ex London in 1859/60 & 1860/61.
LRs record Gale & Co. of Whitby as Louisa's owner from 1861/62 thru 1873/74. For consistent service from Whitby to the Baltic, with J. Gale, per LR, the vessel's captain from 1861/62 thru 1868/69, 'Stevenson' from 1868/69 thru 1871/72 & 'Burton' from 1871/72 thru 1873/74.
A 1908 Whitby history book confirms that Louisa became Whitby registered in 1853, then owned by Sam Flintoft and Will. Gale. It lists the vessel's owners in 1871 as being Isaac Gale, Jn. Crowe Gale, Dorothy Ann Gale, Will Ward and Hen. Burton (master mariner) with, respectively 18, 7, 7, 16 & 16 shares in the vessel. TR of 1874 records Gale & Co. as the vessel's then owners.
91.5 ft. long per LR, 90.0 ft. long per the 1853 sale notice, signal letters KTGB, many crew lists are available via this page.
MNL records Louisa from 1857 thru 1874, always registered at Whitby, owned, presumably her managing owner, from 1865 thru 1874, by Isaac Gale, of Whitby.
The Whitby history book further tells us that Louisa was lost with all hands, in the North Sea, 'in the great gale of Mar. 19-20 1874'.
The webmaster has now seen that on Mar. 13, 1874, Louisa, 'Bovell' noted to have been in command, was entered out of Newcastle for 'Nokping' (Nyköping, on the E. coast of Sweden, S. of Stockholm). With a cargo of about 340 tons of coal. Its exact date of departure was Mar. 17, 1874. The vessel was never heard from again. The vessel's captain was correctly Joseph J. Bovil, with Henry Burton serving as mate & with a crew of 8 all told. The storms that the vessel encountered may well have been late in the month of Mar. 1874. They impacted both the North Sea & the Baltic. This U.K. Government listing of missing ships tells us that Louisa had been repaired & refitted before commencing her final voyage. It further advises that the Whitby Receiver of Wrecks noted that the vessel had three inexperienced apprentices aboard, & may well have been insufficiently manned for severe weather. Some contemporary news reports - 1, & 2.
Can you add anything? Or correct the above in any way? #2885
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