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SHIPS BUILT AT SUNDERLAND IN THE 1870s

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VESSELS BUILT AT SUNDERLAND

1870, 1871, 1872, 1873, 1874, 1875, 1876, 1877, 1878, 1879.

1870 (data so far has been built up from elsewhere in the site. Can you provide a list? Just a start.)

#

Name

Gross

Builder

Built for

Official No.

1

Amy

808

William Doxford

W. Stobart (William)

63650

2

Ancient Briton Note

274

S. Hutchinson

Dove & Co., later J. Dove & Co.

62593

3

Anlaby

1110

T. R. Oswald

R. Ash (Robert Ash & Co.)

60227

4

Argos

990

T. R. Oswald

Rosich

 

5

Ariadne

1003

W. Pile & Co.

Rys & Sons. (W Rhys)

 

6

Avon Note

1594

T. R. Oswald

G. T. Gourley

62565

7

Beethoven

1393

W. Watson

G. Swainston

62587

8

Berwickshire

533

Wm. Pickersgill

G. Traill & Sons, (or G. Trail & Sons)

63631

9

Bethany

359

W. Briggs

Richardson & Co.

62560

10

Blyth (an iron steamer)

687/1061
(net/gross)

W. Pile & Co.

So far as I can see, this vessel was never recorded in Lloyd's Register. Launched on Jun. 16, 1870, 98 HP, 65.7 metres long. Was owned by George R. Dawson, I believe of Blyth. But registered at North Shields. Miramar advise (thanks!) that the vessel was wrecked on or about Jul. 26, 1872, 8 nautical miles N. of Cape St. Vincent while en route from the Tyne to Alexandria. Yes indeed. On Jul. 26, 1872, per line 2870 here the vessel is stated to have stranded near Cape St. Vincent (southern Portugal), while en route from Newcastle to Alexandria, Egypt, with a cargo of coal. Crew of 21 - none lost. Then owned by G. R. Dawson.

60554

11

Bonnie Kate

827

T. R. Oswald

W. Thompson (William)

65186

12

Bride

830

W. Briggs

W. Briggs & Sons

62603

13

Brilliant Star (a schooner)

200

Wm. Pickersgill

Per Lloyd's Registers, T. Seed thru 1886/87 then Fleetwood Shipping Co. Ltd., both of Fleetwood. However the Mercantile Navy List of 1880 states that the vessel, then a brigantine, was owned by 'The Fleetwood Shipping Co. Ltd.' of Liverpool. Bill Swift advises (thanks!) that on the night of Jan 23, 1875, the vessel was in collision with Joshua & Mary, also built at Sunderland, during an enormous gale which swept the country. Both vessels were damaged & both were assisted into Ramsgate. Lloyd's Register of 1882/83 notes that the vessel had been wrecked.

63931

14

Caledonia Note

1456

James Laing

J. Laing

62608

15

Canadian

768

Robert Thompson (1819-1910)

Culliford & Co.

62576

16

Celorio

281

J. Gill

Gallo e Hijo y-Hazas

 

17

Ceylon

399

G. Bartram & Sons

J. H. Barry

60551

18

Charles Dickens

1019

James Laing

G. Bell Jnr.

60571

19

Ching-too (a schooner)

304

W. Adamson

W. Adamson of London

63567

20

Clairellen

435

J. Gill

W. A. Guesdon

63697

21

Corinth

614

W. Pile & Co.

T. B. Walker, later (1880 & 1890) Thomas Boss Walker, both of London

63602

22

Corisande Note

989

W. Pile & Co.

G. J. Hay

62591

 

Countess Vane (a steamer/tug-boat)

66

Robert Potts of Seaham

These two newspaper cuttings record the sideways launch, on Aug. 13, 1870, of a steamer to be used as a tug-boat at Seaham Harbour. Launched from the S. pier at the harbour for Earl Vane. The vessel is listed in the Mercantile Navy Lists of 1880, 1890 (on page 60), & 1900 (on page 83). always owned by Earl Vane of Durham. 76.0 ft long, 40 HP. Wrecked on Nov. 28, 1901.

62606

23

Cumberland

347

Chilton

Thomson & Co.

63688

24

Cvjet Note A 1, 2, 3, Note B

380

Richardson

N. Bielovucich i.e. Nicolo Stefano Bielovucich

 

25

Davina

425

B. Hodgson

J. Smith, later (1880) James Smith, both of Liverpool

63241

26

Daylight 1, 2 & 3 Note

330

Chilton

W. Rowell of Sunderland

62557

27

Dexterous

388 became 400

Robert Thompson (JLT)

G. & J. Robinson

63703

28

Diego Maria de Bolivar (a barque)

425

J. Crown

The vessel was completed in Sep. 1870. Owned initially by L. de Bolivar, of Coruna (A Coruña, Galicia, Spain), for service from Sunderland to the Mediterranean. 147.4 ft. long.

 

29

Elemore

681

Iliff and Mounsey

Sharp & Co. (Robert Sharp)

62596

30

Elizabeth Childs

391

T. Metcalfe

G. Childs of Sunderland, later (1880) George Childs of Monkwearmouth

62568

31

Elizabeths Note

378
became
373

B. Hodgson

G. Oates

62571

32

Ellias Loukatos Note

298

Gibbon, maybe J. & J. Gibbon

A. Vreones of Cephalonia, Greece

 

33

Emblehope

1905
became
1944

T. R. Oswald

T. Henderson (Thomas)

62376

34

Ernest

697

William Doxford

Fenwick & Co.

63613

35

Ethel Anne

241

Liddle, or Liddle & Sutcliffe

Jones & Co.

56415

36

Evora (an iron steamer)

1717/1111
(gross/net)

W. Pile & Co.

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1869/70 thru 1872/73. Launched on Jan. 31, 1870, 275.1 ft. (83.8 metres) long, 250 HP. Was owned by Ryde & Co. of London, for service initially from Sunderland to the Mediterranean, but later (the detail is confusing when it refers to Hartlepool to India) for service from Liverpool to Lisbon, Portugal. LR of 1872/73 notes that the vessel had been wrecked. Miramar advise (thanks!) that the vessel was wrecked near Montevideo on Apl. 24, 1872. But ... on May 21, 1872, per line 2854 here, the vessel is stated to have stranded near Montevideo while en route from Buenos Ayres (Buenos Aires, Argentina) to Monte Video (Montevideo, Uruguay) with a cargo of wool etc. Crew of 41 - 7 lost. Then owned by John Ryde. Can anybody clarify the differing dates & tell us more about the circumstances of the vessel's loss.

63569

37

Excelsior

1417

W. Pile & Co.

J. Wait or, per Miramar, James & John Watt

60560

38

Express Note

757

W. Pile & Co.

Banks & Mitchell

63976

39

Fawn Note

461

W. Pile & Co.

Stamp & Co.

62592

40

Galatea

2001
later
2044

W. Pile & Co.

Ryde & Co. (John Ryde)

63698

41

Galeed 1, 2 Note

950

James Laing

J. F. Middleton & Co. (John Forster)

60555

42

Gift

287

Lester, maybe J. G. & H. Lester

J. & H. Lester

62602

43

Halyma (a steamer) (data is most limited)

666

James Laing

So far as I can see, the vessel was not Lloyd's Register listed. Was owned by E. T. Gourley & Co. of Sunderland. On Apl. 22, 1871, per line 1777 here, the 665 gross ton steamship collided with another vessel. Halyma, which was en route, in ballast, from St. Nazaire, France, to Cardiff, sank off Ushant (a small rocky island in the English Channel off the coast of Brittany, near Brest, France). Crew of 20 - none lost. Then stated to be owned by Edward T. Gourley. I learn that Halyma was in collision with Agnes Jack & sank 20 miles off Ushant. May have been, per wrecksite.eu, rather en route to Sunderland. Agnes Jack was a 574 gross ton steamer built at Liverpool in 1865. It was later driven ashore in a major storm on Jan. 27, 1883, off Port Eynon Point, Glamorgan, 15 miles from Swansea, with the loss of its entire crew of 17. Can you tell us about the circumstances of Halyma's loss or otherwise add anything?

62556

44

Harriet

377

Thompson, maybe John Thompson

J. Thompson

 

45

Houghton (a steamer)

763

W. Watson

H. T. Morton & Co., or Henry Thos. Morton, of Biddick Hall, County Durham. 196.4 ft. long, signal letters JTBS. Have not yet researched the vessel. But I note that at midnight on Aug. 18, 1886, Houghton was in collision with J. M. Strachan, a 780 gross ton Newcastle steamer, off Scarborough, Yorkshire. Houghton sank while J. M. Strachan, which suffered severe damage to her starboard bow, survived the encounter.

62601

46

Humbleton

420

J. Gill

Gayner & Co. of Sunderland

62562

47

Hypathia Note

982

T. R. Oswald

Robert Hough

63626

48

James Thomson

336

Liddle, or Liddle & Sutcliffe

Thomson & Co., later (1880) John Matthews, both of London

63582

49

John Potts

374

Thompson, maybe Richard Thompson

J. Potts of Sunderland, later (1880) Alexander Nairne Brown of Shanghai, China

62569


#

Name

Gross

Builder

Built for

Official No.

50

Juno

728

Iliff and Mounsey

Hogartts

62609

51 Jupiter

720

Iliff and Mounsey

Mitchell & Co., became J. Steel in 1872/73, maybe Joseph Steel & Son

62373

52

Khedive

394

J. Robinson

Charles James Briggs of Sunderland, later (Lloyd's Register of 1869/70 thru 1890) John Tweddell Junr. of Hartlepool

62541

53 Laira

492

W. Pile & Co.

Richard Hill of Plymouth, later (1880) Fredk. N. Hill of London

62152

54

Lanchester

735

James Laing

H. T. Morton (re Lambton Collieries)

62605

55

Lanoma (an iron steamship)

795

Robert Thompson (1819-1910)

Culliford & Co. of Sunderland.

62585

56

Long Ditton

813

T. R. Oswald

Commercial Steamship Co. Ltd.

63638

57

Marbella

801

James Laing

Wm. & Samuel S. Malcolm

62572

58

Maria (a barque)

411

J. Crown

The vessel was completed in Nov. 1870. Was initially owned by A. Galotola, of Procida (Flegrean Islands off the coast of Naples, S. Italy) for service from Sunderland to the Mediterranean. 132.5 ft. long.

 

59

Marmion Note

1233

W. Pile & Co.

J. R. Kelso

60540

60

Marshall

83

Allan

Shaw & Co.

62107

61

Mary Ann (a schooner)

236

W. Adamson

W. Adamson of Sunderland

62595

62 Merope

1082

T. R. Oswald

Shaw, Savill & Co. of London

63605

63

Myrtle

417

George Bartram & Sons

George Bartram

62616

64

Nenuphar

392

Short Brothers

Morgan & Co.

62607

65

Newfield Note

760 became 785

Robert Thompson (1819-1910)

Wilkinson & Co.

65037

66

Nina

783

W. Watson

C. R. Fenwick or Fenwick & Co.

63660

67

Norseman Note

731

T. R. Oswald

C. M. Webster

63039

68

Offerton

521

J. Gill

Gayner & Co.

62578

69

Olga Note

1329

James Laing

Per Miramar C. M. Norwood & Co., later River Parana Steamship Co. Ltd.

60222

70

Peace

366

Robert Thompson (JLT)

J. Thompson, became J. Hedley in 1870

62583

71

Polino

807

W. Pile & Co.

D. G. Pinkney & Co., Wm. Ross in 1874/75

62598

72

Precursor Note

768 became 791

Robert Thompson (1819-1910)

Jinman & Co. maybe George Jinman & others

65198

73

Prynn Note

1085

T. R. Oswald

Prynn & Co.

65193

 

Robert & Mary (a brig)

285

Robert Potts of Seaham

R. Mushens of Sunderland for service ex Sunderland. 110.0 ft. long, signal letters JSRD. This article (in green) refers to a 2 year voyage of the vessel commencing at Sunderland in 1879 & ending at King's Lynn, Norfolk, on Sep. 11, 1881, with Captain French in command.

62599

74

Rosland (a barque)

241

J. Crown

The vessel was completed in Aug. 1870. Was initially both owned & captained by J. Davies of Aberystwyth, Wales, for service from Sunderland to the Black Sea. 115.9 ft. long.

56413

75

Ruth

468

J. & G. Mills

W. Kish

62581

76

Said Note

1060

James Laing

R. M. Hudson & Co.

62600

77

Said NoteA 1 NoteB

1035

T. R. Oswald

Initial owner's name not known. Owned by SA di Nav. a Vapore 'La Trinacria' after sale in 1870

62577

78

Saint Antoine

394

George Barker

J. M. Cairo of Nantes, France

 

79

Sea Spray (a brig)

277

Spowers Brothers

M. H. Elliott

62584

80

Sesame (a schooner, later a brigantine)

177
later
187

J. Crown

The vessel, which was completed in Feb. 1870, would seem to have been Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1869/70 thru 1888/89. It was initially owned, thru 1873/74, by Hill & Co. of London, with Tates serving as her captain. For service, from Sunderland to the West Indies. In 1873/74, Banner Bros., also of London, became her owner for service in 1873/74 from London to Lagos, Nigeria (LR ceased providing service data after that date). The Mercantile Navy List of 1875 lists E. G. Banner of London as her then owner or managing owner, while the equivalent list of 1880 lists John Banner. In 1876/77, per LR, the vessel became a brigantine of 187 tons. Per LR, Banner owned the vessel thru 1879/80 with W. Blow, H. Price & J. T. Blampied serving as her captains. Blampied remained her captain, per LR, thru 1888/89. In 1879/80, G. H. Gann, of London, became the vessel's owner thru 1885/86 in which year Whitstable Shipping Co. Ltd., also of London, acquired the vessel. Such owners may well be related - just my guess. MNL of 1882 lists George H. Gann of Whitstable, Kent, as her then owner, as does MNL of 1885. The vessel is not listed in MNL of 1890. 100.0 ft. long, signal letters JLFM. I cannot yet tell you what happened to the vessel likely in 1889. Can you help in that regard? Y

63562

81 Severn

1271

James Laing

E. T. Gourlay & Co.

62611

82

Silkstone

393

William Doxford

Pope & Pearson, per Miramar J. B. Pope & G. Pearson

60197

83

Solent

693

James Laing

Hill & Co., maybe James L. Hill & Co.

62221

84

Southwick, later Félicité (a barque)

447 (net)
later
461/447
(G/N)

J. Crown

The vessel, which was completed in Feb. 1870, would seem to have been Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1869/70 thru 1887/88. It was initially owned, thru 1873/74, by J. Crown of Sunderland, i.e. by its builder, with B. Davies serving as her captain. For service from Sunderland to South America thru 1870/71 & from London to India in 1871/72. In 1872/73, J. Moses, of Newport, Wales, (J. Moses & Co. from 1876/77) became her owner for service in 1872/74 from London to the West Indies (LR ceased providing service data after 1873/74) with J. Martin, W. Prosser, J. Full & Morgan serving as her captains. The Mercantile Navy List of 1875 lists John Moses of Newport as her then owner or managing owner, as does the equivalent list of 1880. Which data is in conflict with LR of both 1879/80 & 1880/81, which inform us that the vessel had been renamed Félicité & that F. Leroy, of Le Havre, France, had become the vessel's owner. The vessel continued to be LR listed with Leroy the owner until 1887/88 where the vessel is stated to have been 'Condemned'. 131.6 ft. long. Is there anything you can add? Y

62563

85

Stafford (a barque)

342

Short Brothers

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1869/70 thru 1871/72, owned by W. Watson of Sunderland, for service from Sunderland to the Mediterranean. 123.2 ft. long. On Feb. 8, 1871, per line 2152 here, the 342 ton barque left Sunderland for Ancona, E. coast of Italy, with a cargo of coal. And went missing en route. 200.5 ft. long. LR of 1871/72 notes (barely) 'missing'. Crew of 12 & 1 passenger - all lost. Then owned by William H. Watson. Is there anything you can add?

62566

86

Stanton

800

William Doxford

J. T. Stanton

62597

87

Stephensons

1291

Iliff and Mounsey

Heald & Co. (Joseph)

62372

88

Suzerain

393

Robinson

Hick & Co., later (1880) Thomas Hick, both of Scarborough, later (1890) Joseph J. King of Liverpool

62548

89

The Barton

649

James Laing

J. T. Stanton (John)

62589

90

Titian

1245

Iliff and Mounsey

Glover Bros.

63581

91

Triune

369

Gibbon, maybe Gibbon & Nichol

W. Bedford of Sunderland, later (1880) John Matthews of London

62558

92 Tweed

1304

James Laing

J. Morrison

63579

93

Ulpiano 1, 2, 3 Note

348

W. Watson

Ulpiano de Ondarza (or Ondaza)

 

94

Vanguard

1407

W. Pile & Co.

J. R. Kelso

60573

95

Wells

1102

T. R. Oswald

Per Miramar Augustus W. H. Prynn, later (1873) C. Wells

60228

96

Witness

381

Reay, or Reay & Naizby

H. Eggleston

62574

97

Zea (a schooner)

201

W. Adamson

W. Adamson

62580

98

Yarra

463

W. Watson

R. Cresswell, later J. Hall Jr. & Co.

63604

 

 

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Total tonnage

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What were the official build numbers for 1870? 'Where Ships Are Born' states 103 vessels & 70,084 tons. Do please advise me if you know.

1871 (Just a start. Can you provide a list? Do please advise me if you have data. Corrections will surely be required in the data that follows.)

#

Name

Gross

Builder

Built for

Official No.

1

Abana (a steamship) 1 Note

719

James Laing

Launched in May 1871. James Westoll & Co. of Sunderland. 204.8 ft. long, signal letters KFNL, 90 HP, schooner rigged.

62619

2

Albany

293

J. & J. Gibbon

Foulds & Co.

63459

3

Anglesea Lass (a brig)

264

A. Simey

A vessel that had a very short life. The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed only in 1871/72 & 1872/73. In both cases clearly LR listed as Anglessa Lass. It is clear, however, that the vessel was truly named Anglesea Lass. The vessel was launched on Sep. 30, 1871, initially, perhaps, registered at Sunderland but in 1871 registered at Beaumaris, Isle of Anglesey, North Wales, & owned by William Thomas of Amlwch, for service from Sunderland to South America. Bill Swift has extensively researched the vessel & in the pdf that he has kindly provided notes that the vessel carried bones & bone ash on a couple at least of its voyages, 113.8 ft. long. LR of 1872/73 notes that the vessel had been 'wrecked'. On Nov. 2, 1872, per line 2656 here, the 265 ton brig, under the command of captain David Jones, stranded at Ciganos Bank (a large bank located near Paranaguá, Brazil, (Paranaguá is located N. of São Francisco & SW of Rio de Janeiro), while en route from Lisbon, Portugal to Paranagua (Paranaguá), with a cargo of salt. It would seem that the intended destination was truly Antonina, at the end of the bay which has Paranagua at its mouth. Crew of 9 - 3 lost. Then still owned by William Thomas. Bill Swift notes that an account of the vessel's wreck, written by David Jones, her captain, is held  by the Australian National Maritime Museum, but has not get been digitised. Bill invites your assistance if you can translate Portuguese! Is there anything you can add?

62632

4

Ann Armytage

448

W. Briggs

Tweddle & Co., maybe Tweddell

58759

5

Aquila

1034

James Laing

H. S. McKenzie

65557

6

Arch Druid

1156

W. Pile & Co.

Edward Shotton & Co.

65390

7

Armenian

1123

Robert Thompson (1819-1910)

J. (maybe John) Lacy

65853

8

Arno

1083

James Laing

James Westoll

62637

9

Anthony Strong, later A. Strong (a steamship) Note1, 1, Note2, 2

1146

W. Pile & Co.

Launched in Apl. 1871. Anthony Strong 240.0 ft. long, signal letters KGPD, 2 masts, schooner rigged, 115 HP.

65394

10

Auguste Elsa, later Justine Helene, later Vesta (an iron barque)

376/365
(gross/
net)

W. Watson

This listing was made possible thanks to Niels Hald-Andersen of Denmark, who advises that the vessel was initially owned by U. de Ondarza, of Barcelona, Spain. 129.2 ft. long. By 1887/88, per Lloyd's Register ('LR'), the vessel, renamed Justine Helene, was owned by C. M. Mantzen & Cie. (or maybe by J. C. M. Matzen), of Hamburg, Germany. The initials C. M. apparently mean Christian Michael. Such ownership & name change must have taken place much earlier than 1887/88. Kathy Doering, in a guestbook message advises us (thanks!) that Christian Michael Matzen of Altona, Hamburg, owned the vessel in 1882, the data being recorded within a registry of passengers from Hamburg to Australia in May 1882. Yes indeed! On May 9, 1882, Justine Helene, under the command of Peter Petersen, left Hamburg via Cuxhaven (at the mouth of Elbe river, Germany - left May 15) for Adelaide, South Australia, with a general cargo which included 30 cases of pianos. With a single cabin passenger & 22 in steerage. As per these cuttings ex Trove, Australia. On Sep. 22, 1882, the vessel left Adelaide for Apia (Navigators' Islands, now Samoa, South Pacific) en route, presumably, to Hamburg. The vessel's sole voyage to Australia, it would seem. In 1888, the vessel was sold to O. C. Hirth, of Kolding, Denmark, & renamed Vesta. Niels further advises that in May 1889 the vessel went missing while en route from Esmeralda to Hamburg, with the loss of all hands. I wonder where Esmeralda is? There seems to be places named Esmeralda in both Chile & in Cuba. Note that wrecksite.eu states that the vessel was rather lost at an unknown date in 1890. I initially thought that the vessel was never mentioned in LR, but that is clearly not true. The webmaster seems to have in his files 3 versions of LR of 1887/88 & in one of those 3 volumes the vessel is mentioned, both re its change of name to Justine Helene & re its ownership by 'Matzen'. As you can see here. Is there anything you can add? Y

 

11

Aurora (an iron steamship)

1068/668
(gross/
net)

T. R. Oswald

So far as I can see, the vessel was never listed in Lloyd's Register. Miramar advise (thanks!) that the vessel was launched in Jul. 1871 & was owned by Wolff & Haigh, of Hull. Also see 'wrecksite.eu' page. On Dec. 5, 1871, per line 1805 here, the 1068 gross ton steamship stranded at Lœssoe, (Laeso or Læsø, an island in the North Sea Bay of Kattigat, located 11 miles off the E. coast of Denmark), while en route from Riga, Latvia, to Dublin, Ireland, with a cargo of deals. Crew of 20 - none lost. Then stated to be owned by Wm. Edw. Woolf.

65253

12

Bahia

1949

James Laing

Hamburg-Sudamerikanische DG (Hamburg South American Line)

 

13

Bengalese (an iron steamship)

1474/937
(gross/
net)

William Doxford

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1871/72 to 1874/75 at least - likely except for 1873/74. LR of 1875/76 is not available to the webmaster. Owned by T. Harper of London, for service from Sunderland to Rangoon, Burma, now Yangon, Myanmar. 251.8 ft. long, signal letters KTCJ, barque rigged. On Mar. 13, 1875, the vessel left Odessa (Ukraine, Black Sea) for Malta with a cargo of about 1875 tons of grain - to await orders at Malta, presumably as to her U.K. port for delivery. The vessel was never heard from again. A crew of 25 - all lost of course. As per this page.

62641

14

Ben Lomond, later Inger (an iron steamship)

1171/796

James Laing

I have not researched this vessel. I have listed the vessel as first registered in 1871, as consistently recorded in Lloyd's Register, though the links below rather state that the vessel was first registered in 1872. It was initially owned by J. Morrison, later J. Morrison & Son, of North Shields for service from Sunderland to the Mediterranean, soon Shields to the Mediterranean. The Mercantile Navy List of 1880 lists John Morrison of North Shields as the vessel's then owner while the equivalent lists of 1890 & 1900 list Samuel A. Morrison of Tynemouth, Northumberland, as her then owners. Data about Morrison Steamship Company is available here. 234.9 ft. long, 98 H.P., signal letters KVLN, later NMKD. Niels Hald-Andersen advises (thanks!) that in 1903 the vessel was sold to Dampskibsselskab A/S (N. K. Stroeyberg), of Aalborg, Denmark, & renamed Inger. Further that Inger stranded in fog at Southerpoint, near Sunderland, on Jan. 4, 1906 while en route from Aalborg to Sunderland in ballast. The entire crew was saved by a lifeboat from Whitburn. Wrecksite.eu rather states that the vessel was wrecked at Wheatall Point, near Sunderland. A few days later, on Jan 10, 1906, the vessel was condemned in situ, about 400 yards from shore, & sold for kr. 3,400. As per this page ex a large Danish 'pdf' fle available here. The vessel was deleted from U.K. registers in 1903. Anything you can add?

65425

15

Benwell

695

James Laing

A. Pring

62399

16

Bertha 1

2197

T. R. Oswald

J. Norwood. maybe J. F. Norwood

65274

17

Black Sea

1092

Joseph L. Thompson

Blyth Steam Shipping Co.

62396

18

Buena Ventura (an iron steamship)

1763/1348
(gross/
net)
later
1699

T. R. Oswald
Hull #102

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1870/71 to 1892/93 at least - 1892/93 being the last LR edition readily available to the webmaster. 278.0 ft. long, 160 HP later 200 HP, 2 masts, brig rigged, speed of 11 knots. 'Buena Ventura' means 'good fortune' in Spanish. Was Spanish owned & registered (#3758) thru 1899 it would seem, initially by Olano & Co., soon (1876/77) by Olano, Larrinaga & Co., then (from 1885/86) by Larrinaga & Co., all of Bilbao, Spain. Initially for service from Sunderland to Ferrol, Spain. Miramar advise us (thanks!) that in 1899 the vessel became owned by Lewis Luckenbach, of New York, U.S.A., presumably as a result of the vessel being taken as a prize by Nashville, a tiny U.S. naval gunboat, 17 miles off Key West, Florida - on Apl. 22, 1898, during the Spanish American War. The vessel, the very first Spanish vessel captured during such war, was en route from Pascagoula, Mississippi, to Rotterdam, via Norfolk, Virginia, with a cargo of lumber, cattle & miscellaneous freight. Shots were fired across the vessel's bow, the vessel hove to & U.S. marines were placed aboard the ship which was then escorted to Key West. Now Spanish ships were generally exempt from seizure provided they had left a U.S. port after Apl. 21, 1898, the first day of the Spanish American War as determined by the U.S. Congress. Buena Ventura had left a U.S. port (Ship Island, Mississippi) on Apl. 19, 1898, & accordingly was not exempt under the letter of the law. However the Supreme Court reversed its initial decision deciding to apply a liberal interpretation of the law. That being so, one would expect the vessel to have been returned to the ownership of Larrinaga & Co. so the ownership by Lewis Luckenbach may have been later reversed also. It would seem not. The vessel had been sold pursuant to the Supreme Court's initial decision & the cargo had been returned to its owners. The disposition of the proceeds of sale is interesting - 50% of the value would have accrued to the captors, including the crew and commander of Nashville under a distribution formula. The vessel, complete with cargo, however, was stated to be valued at U.S. $500,000 at the time of its capture, a substantial sum indeed. Miramar further advise that the vessel was later made into a dumb barge & foundered off Montauk Point, Long Island, New York, on Dec. 7, 1906. Anything you can add? Some links:- 1 (Miramar), 2 (U.S. Law re the vessel, 3 (capture of the vessel), 4 (extensive data re U.S. law), 5 ex 6 (an illustration of the capture of Buena Ventura by Nashville), 7 (a postcard of the vessel)

 

19

Celsus

1007

Joseph L. Thompson

Culliford & Clark

62638

20

Clarinda

1075

William Doxford

G. J. Hay

62629

21

Claudia

394

D. A. Douglas

Morris & Co.

56419

22

Cleadon

760

W. Watson

H. T. Morton

62613

23

Cleanthes

878

Robert Thompson (1819-1910)

J. H. W. Culliford

62628

24

Clifford Note

1265

W. Pile

G. D. Dale & Co.

65399

25

Commander (an iron steamship)

746/1160
(net/
gross)

W. Watson

The vessel is not recorded in Lloyd's Register. This page states that Commander was a vessel in the fleet of Hall Bros. Steamship Co., of Newcastle. On Nov. 5, 1872, per line 3270 here, the 746/1160 ton, 130 HP, steamship went missing while en route from Montreal, Canada, to the U.K. with a cargo of maize (corn). The voyage may well have originated in Baltimore, U.S.A. & have been bound for London. Crew of 27 - all lost. Then stated to be owned by Wm. S. Lishman. Miramar advise that the vessel went missing after passing Bic Island (S. shore of the St. Lawrence river, SW of Rimouski) & that only 26 lives were lost. Can you add anything?

62382

26

Compeer (an iron steamship)

983

W. Pile & Co.

The vessel is listed once only in Lloyd's Register, in the supplement to the 1871/72 edition, which reference notes that the vessel had been wrecked. Owned by J. Hall & Co. of Newcastle for service from Sunderland to Hamburg, Germany. 211.3 ft. long. Per Miramar, the vessel was launched as Hyperion on Feb. 23, 1871. On Aug. 18, 1871, per line 1792 here, the 983 gross ton steamship stranded off Berwick, while en route from Archangel, Russia, to Dunkirk, France, with a cargo of flour. The vessel was specifically stranded at Burnmouth, near Berwick (North Berwick, East Lothian, Scotland), or, per Miramar, at Hudcars Haven, North Berwick. Crew of 21 - none lost. Then stated to be owned by William S. Lishman.

62381

27

Consort, later Olaf Trygveson, Consort, Denis Papin (an iron steamship)

1074
later
1100

William Doxford

This looked to be a vessel easy to list - first registered in 1871 & lost that very same year. But listing it has not proved to be so easy. So far as I can see, the vessel was not Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed in 1870/71 & 1871/72, but it is LR listed later on - from 1878/79 thru 1883/84 at least. Miramar advises that the vessel was launched in Dec. 1870 & that its initial owners were W. Swainston & others (possibly W. Swainston & Sons or others). Lost in 1871? On Feb. 20, 1871, per line 1769 here, the 1074 gross ton steamship stranded near Drontheim, while en route from Drontheim to Newcastle with a cargo of pyrites. Drontheim is, I read, the traditional name in German for Trondheim, Norway, located on the S. shore of Trondheimsfjord in west central Norway. Crew of 21 - none lost. Then stated, per that report at least, to have been owned by William S. Lishman. While the vessel is described as having been then wrecked, it must have rather been damaged and, presumably repaired & renamed Olaf Trygveson, became owned in 1871 by Det Nordenfjeldske D/S of Trondheim. Olaf Trygveson was a famous king of Norway in the late 10th century. In 1876, R. M. Hudson of Sunderland became the owner of the vessel, now of 1100 tons & renamed Consort. The Mercantile Navy List of 1880 lists Ralph M. Hudson, of Sunderland, as the then owner of Consort. In 1882, the vessel became owned by Soc. Rouennaise de Transports Maritimes a Vapeur, of Rouen, France, & renamed Denis Papin. Miramar advises that the vessel foundered in the Bay of Biscay on Oct. 5, 1884, while en route from Oran, Algeria, to Dunkirk, France. Signal letters JVBD, later was 218.5 ft. long. The vessel seems not to be LR listed as either Olaf Trygveson or Denis Pepin. We thank Miramar. Can you add anything?

62374

28

Counsellor (an iron steamship)

522/809
(net/
gross)

T. R. Oswald of Pallion -- hull #109

The vessel is not recorded in Lloyd's Register. It was, I understand, registered at North Shields. On Nov. 26, 1872, per line 3276 here, the 522/809 ton, 85 HP, steamship went missing while en route from Nicolaieff (now Mykolaiv, Ukraine, Black Sea, located NE of Odessa), to Falmouth, Devon, with a cargo of grain. Crew of 20 - all lost. Then stated to be owned by James Turpie. Miramar advise that the vessel went missing after passing Gibraltar en route to Falmouth. While Wrecksite.eu advises additionally that the vessel was owned by Thomas Carlton of North Shields & also by Turpie J. Son & Co. Can you add anything?

65383

29

Dale

1146

W. Pile & Co.

G. D. Dale & Co.

65381

30

David Burn (an iron steamer)

750/480

William Doxford

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1870/71 thru 1873/74, owned by R. Hindhaugh of London. Both of which statements are, to the webmaster at least, a modest puzzle. On May 6, 1871, per line 2129 here, the 750/480 (gross/net) ton 200.5 ft. long steamer, was involved in a collision and sunk near Marsden Rock (located  near Souter Point, 1 mile south of the mouth of the River Tyne). A crew of 18 along with 69 passengers were aboard at the time - none of them lost. Then owned by, as I read the text, Robert Hiridhough. Why is all of that a puzzle? The steamer is stated to have been on its trial run. Does not a trial run take place so that the vessel's owner-to-be can check that the vessel is up to specification before he accepts it? If that understanding is correct the vessel should have still been owned by its builder & not by its intended purchaser. But I am clearly wrong, at least in this case. What exactly happened? On May 6, 1871, at about 3 p.m., David Burn, intended for the coal trade between Newcastle & London & owned by D. Burn & Robert Hindbough (both of Newcastle), & partners, left the entrance to the Tyne Dock for her trial trip. Under the command of Captain Essen (or Esson) & with Tinmouth, a pilot, aboard. About 1 1/2 hours later, the ship was enveloped in dense fog & brought up about a mile SE of the harbour until the fog cleared. Out of the fog came Earl Percy, a steamer en route from the Tyne to London, proceeding under a full head of steam. David Burn was struck amidships on the starboard side, to sink stern foremost a short time later at about 5 p.m. Before she sank, all of the passengers & crew were successfully transferred to Earl Percy, which also was significantly damaged. Rambler, a steam tug, took all of the passengers & crew from Earl Percy & safely landed them at the New Quay. David Burn was valued at £14,000. & had been insured only at 12 noon that day. That would seem to be the value for insurance purposes - I have read that she was worth between £15,000 & £20,000. You can read about the collision here ex this (1 & 2) fine Google volume. I wonder why the vessel was still LR listed as late as 1873/74? Two marine artists were amongst David Burn's passengers that day. I would be astonished if they did not create paintings or prints of the disaster scene. Earl Percy was not built at Sunderland, rather was built at Jarrow in 1857 - 573 tons ON 51362

65568

31

Despatch Note

944

W. Pile

Banks & Mitchell

63987

32

Eastella

974

Blumer and Company

Jackson & Co., or Jackson, Beaumont & Co.

65230

33

E. J. Spence

537

Blumer and Company

J. Spence

64766

34

Elf

1172

William Doxford

C. M. Lofthouse & R. Glover

65263

35

Emiliano Note

2009
later
2098

T. R. Oswald

Olano & Co, presumably Olano, Larrinaga & Co.

 

36

Escalada

257

Wm. Pickersgill

J. A. de Uribe

 

37

Ethel

1036

Robert Thompson (1819-1910)

Hammond & Co. Per Miramar G. H. Hammond

65245

38

Excalibur

824

T. R. Oswald

John R. Christie

65639

39

Fairy Dell (a steamship)

312

Iliff and Mounsey

So far as I can see this vessel was never listed in Lloyd's Register. It was the first vessel to be equipped with a patented special type of steam boiler developed by J. & F. Howard of Bedford, a boiler that was said to consume one half only of the coal consumed by a then conventional boiler. As you can read here, thanks to Trove, Australia. The vessel is there stated to be owned by Thompson & Partners of Sunderland but I have read also that J. Watson & partners of Darlington & Sunderland, were her owners. The vessel's maiden voyage would seem to have been from Sunderland to London with a cargo of coal & thence to Yarmouth to load a cargo of grain for France. Was intended to serve Russian towns on the Baltic. On Sep. 29, 1871, per line 2139 here, the 311/228 (gross/net) ton steamer foundered off the Humber while en route from Sunderland to Rochester, Kent, with a cargo of coal. Robert Hallewell (para. #2) was then her captain. During a force 12 storm it would appear. Crew of 12 - 7 lost. Note, however, that this page says that the crew were saved & that the vessel sank about 10 miles E. of the Humber. Then stated to be owned by Joseph Fawcett. Contemporary accounts of the vessel's loss are not yet to hand. Can you tell us what happened or otherwise add anything?

62612

40

Faith (a barque)

446

Robert Thompson (1819-1910), maybe Rich. Thompson

This vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed only in 1871/72 & 1872/73. Was owned by J. & W. Eills of Liverpool, for service from Liverpool to Singapore. 138.9 ft. long. The 1872/73 edition of Lloyds register indicates that the vessel had been 'wrecked'. On Dec. 3, 1872, per line 2759 here, the 446 ton barque stranded at Princess Island, (likely Bawean Island, located off the Java coast in the Java Sea) en route from Java to Bushire (may well be Bushehr or Bushire, Iran (located on the Persian Gulf) with a cargo of sugar. Crew of 16 - 2 lost. Then stated to be owned by John & Wm. Eills. My suggested locations of both Bushire & Princess Island may well prove to be incorrect. Can you clarify their locations, or tell us more about the circumstances of the vessel's loss? 

65900

41

Firenze Note

1014

W. Watson

Lloyd Italiano

 

42

Flor de Maria Note

771

Osbourne, Graham & Co.

Basterra Hermanos

 

43

Fop Smit

957

W. Watson

Wm. Ruys & Zonan

68266

44

Franklin

1878

T. R. Oswald

Baltischer Lloyd-Stettin-Amerikanische Dampfs AG

 

45

George Wascoe

999

James Laing

James Turpie

65397

46

Hesperus

878

W. Watson

Wm. Easton Duncan of Hull

65266

47

Hope (a barque)

537
(net)
later
552/537
(G/N)

J. Crown

The vessel, which was completed in Nov. 1871, would seem to have been Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1871/72 thru 1894/95 at least. It was initially owned, thru 1886/87, by J. & W. Eills, of Liverpool (from 1878/79 & maybe a year earlier, T. & W. Eills), with J. Cromar serving as her captain thru 1881/82 & then B. Davies & Strachan. For service, from Sunderland to Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) in 1871/72 & 1872/73 & from the Clyde to Singapore in 1873/74. (LR ceased providing service data after that date). I have spotted a couple of voyages to Australia at 'Trove'. 1) On Aug. 19, 1873, the vessel arrived at Melbourne, Victoria, from Bangkok with a cargo of rice. And departed on Sep. 11, 1873 for Singapore via Newcastle, New South Wales, presumably to load coal. 2) On Apl. 13, 1879, the vessel again arrived at Melbourne, this time with sugar from Mauritius. On May 26, 1879, the vessel was at Newcastle loading coal for Manila. In both of such voyages, the vessel was under the command of J. (Jno.) Cromar. An image of the vessel at Melbourne, likely in 1879, is available here. The Mercantile Navy Lists ('MNL') of both 1875 & 1880 (on page 328) list John & William Eills, of Liverpool, as the vessel's then owners. MNL of 1885 just lists John Eills. In 1886/87, per LR, Parry Jones & Co., also of Liverpool, became the vessel's owner with W. S. Richards serving as her captain. In 1889/90, per LR, ownership changed again. G. Brownell & Co., of Liverpool became the vessel's owner (from 1891/92, Brownells & Co.) with J. Griffiths, G. Scott & J. Luideboon? her captains. MNL of 1890 (on page 433) lists George Brownell as her then managing owner. Crewlist.org (insert 65899) indicate that the U.K. register for the vessel was closed in 1895. 152.2 ft. long, signal letters WRFN. I cannot yet tell you what happened to the vessel likely in 1895. Can you help in that regard? Y

65899

48

Hugh Streatfeild Note

806

G. Short

J. S. Barwick & Co.

62623

49

Humboldt

1824

T. R. Oswald

Baltischer Lloyd

 

50

Hutton

2343

William Doxford

Heald & Co.

67298


#

Name

Gross

Builder

Built for

Official No.

51

Hylton Castle

1258

T. R. Oswald

Laws, Cleugh & Co.

65412

52

Kingston

1305 became 1436

T. R. Oswald

Mutual Steamship Co. Ltd.

65575

53

Lady Anne

741

James Laing

Earl of Durham, re Lambton Collieries

62610

54

Launceston (an iron steamer)

423/652
(net/gross)

Short Brothers

So far as I can see, the vessel was never listed in Lloyds Register - it had a very short life. On Oct. 16, 1872, per line 3203 here, the 423/652 ton, 80 HP steamer was involved in a collision & sank off West Hartlepool, while en route from Sunderland to London with a cargo of coal. Captain Waddington was in command, with a crew of 16 - none lost. Then owned by Henry Thomas Morton. I read that the vessel was in collision with Mulgrave, ON 45158, also an iron steamer, built at Jarrow in 1868. Mulgrave, which was owned by Palmer's Shipbuilding & Iron Co. Ltd. of Jarrow, was also sunk in that same collision - as per both of the links above. It was en route from Rosedale to the Tyne with a cargo of iron ore. (Rosedale is not a port, rather it is inland in North Yorkshire - its iron ore was at the time shipped by railway to Battersby, North Yorkshire, & thence I presume, to Middlesboro', River Tees, for transhipment. Correct?) The collision took place at night about 10 miles off Hartlepool, in fair conditions. Both vessels sank within minutes of the collision. An official Inquiry was called into the causes of the collision. Can you can tell us if that Inquiry was in fact held & if so advise its conclusions. Or otherwise add anything?

62636

55

Leonora (a schooner)

259

Wm. Pickersgill

A vessel that had a very short life. The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed only in 1871/72 & 1872/73. Registered at Fleetwood, Lancashire, & owned by T. Seed & Co., for service ex Sunderland. 123.0 ft. long. LR of 1872/73 notes that the vessel had been 'wrecked'. On Nov. 5, 1872, per line 2662 here, the 259 ton schooner stranded at Castle Island (where exactly is it? There are many Castle Islands including one in Bermuda), while en route from Wilmington, North Carolina, U.S.A., to Liverpool, with a cargo of cotton. Crew of 10 - none lost. Then owned by Thos. Seed. Thomas Seed seems to have been associated with Fleetwood Shipping Co. Ltd. Anything you can add?

67123

 

Lothar or Lothair Note

643

Blumer and Company

Showther and Sons

 

56

Mabel

756

Blumer and Company

Unknown to webmaster

 

57

Marc Anthony or Marc Antony (an iron steamship)

1338/869
(gross/net)

Iliff & Mounsey

Lloyd's Register ('LR') records the vessel as named Marc Anthony, while the Mercantile Navy List (insert 62635) & also the link below, both state Marc Antony. Another vessel that had a very short life. The vessel is LR listed only in 1871/72 & 1872/73. Registered at Sunderland & owned by J. Fawcett of Sunderland i.e. Joseph Fawcett. For service from Sunderland to the Cape of Good Hope (South Africa). 235.6 ft. long, 100 HP. LR of 1872/73 notes that the vessel had been 'wrecked'. On Sep. 4, 1872, per line 2876 here, the 1338/869 ton steamer foundered in the Bay of Biscay while en route from Bona (Bone, Algeria), to Sunderland. Crew of 28 - none lost. Then owned by Joseph Fawcett. Anything you can add?

62635

58

Marcus (a steamship)

644/411
(gross/net)
later
726
(gross)

Blumer and Company

The vessel had a very short life - it was not Lloyd's Register listed. Was owned by Hough & Baldwin, of London & registered there. 60.0 metres long perpendicular to perpendicular, 70 HP. The vessel was lengthened in 1872 & became 67.4 metres long, owned by Childe & Co., also of London. We thank Miramar for most of that data. On Nov. 20, 1872, per line 2897 here, the 644/411 ton steamship was abandoned in the Bay of Biscay while en route from Ibrail (now Brăila, eastern Romania, Black Sea) to Yarmouth, with a cargo of grain. Crew of 18 - none lost. Then owned, per that report, by R. Hough. Miramar state that the vessel was lost 'off the Lizard'. Can you tell us about the circumstances of her loss or otherwise add or clarify anything?

65615

59

Maria Ysasi

392

W. Watson

A. de Ysasi, became S. Lindsay, or S. J. Lindsay in 1873/74

69299

60

Marion Neil

379

Reay & Naizby

Dunlop & Co.

63849

61

Marquis of Lorne

1052

T. R. Oswald

Per Miramar George D. Dale. C. Palgrave (Palgrave & Murphy) in 1874/75)

60574

62

Mecca (a steamer)

1567

Iliff, Mounsey & Co.

Ralph M. Hudson Jr. of Sunderland

62626

63

Mercator

1100

James Laing

James Westoll

62639

64

Meredith

976

Iliff & Mounsey

J. W. Mounsey & others

65589

65

Monica Note

633

W. Pile & Co.

Alexander Smith

62630

66

Mora 1

620

Blumer and Company

Sandbach, Tinne & Company

62575

67

North Eastern

1070

William Doxford

Day & Farlan

62380

68

Nymphaea Note

1138

Iliff and Mounsey

Joseph Robinson and Company

65410

69

Olive Note A barque

390

Gibbon & Nichol of South Hylton

Olive & Co. of Sunderland, later (1872/83) P. D. Wilson of Plymouth. Lloyd's Register of 1878/79 states wrecked

62615

70

Olympias Note

1015

W. Pile & Co.

A. Smith & others

62625

71

Oriental (an iron steamer)

1265

W. Pile & Co.

So far as I can see, this vessel was never listed in Lloyd's Register. Unfortunately it did not survive long enough to be recorded! The steamer was owned by River Parana Steamship Co. Ltd. ('Parana'), of Liverpool. Per Miramar who advise that the vessel was launched on Feb. 6, 1871. On Oct. 15, 1871, per line 1798 here, the 1265 gross ton steamship stranded at Buceo (a district of Montevideo, Uruguay), while en route from Liverpool to Montevideo, with a general cargo. Crew of 34 & 3 passengers. No lives lost. Then owned by Parana.

62617

72

Pallion Note

1146

T. R. Oswald

Chide & Co.

65583

73

Paragon

387

W. Richardson

S. Tandevin

63481

74

Per Ardua

787

Robert Thompson (1819-1910)

MacIntyre

63347

75

Pickwick

1141

W. Pile & Co.

G. Bell & Co.

65407

76

Princess Louise

419

Robert Thompson (1819-1910), maybe Rich. Thompson

Eggleston & Sons

62621

77

Redesdale

1119

Robert Thompson (1819-1910)

Per Miramar Milburn Bros. Per Lloyds register 1874/75 E. S. Milburn

65432

78

Ringdove

824

T. R. Oswald

Unknown to webmaster - W. & J. J. Hollway in 1876/77

65639

79

Rose (an iron steamship)

796

Robert Thompson (1819-1910)

The vessel is likely, so far as I can see, listed in Lloyd's Register ('LR') only in 1874/75 thru 1876/77, but it may well have been listed in LR of 1877/78, which edition is not available to the webmaster. It was owned throughout its brief life by G. Jinman, later G. Jinman & Co., of Hull. The Mercantile Navy List of 1875 (in the steam section) advises us that G. Jinman means George Jinman. The equivalent list of 1876 lists George Jinman as being of London. In late 1877, the vessel left Antwerp for Reval (now Talinn, Estonia) with a cargo of about 900 tons of iron rails, girders etc. It sailed via Copenhagen, Denmark, which it left on Dec. 20, 1877. As per this page, the vessel was never seen again & its crew of 17 all told were lost. 196.1 ft. long, signal letters WRCT, schooner rigged, 80 HP engines by North Eastern Marine Company Ltd. Anything you can add?

65235

80

Royal Standard

1265

W. Pile & Co.

E. Shotton & Co.

65404

81

Russell Note

909

James Laing

T. Knox

65388

82

Santo Antonio (a steam tug)

135

J. Crown

The tug, which was completed in Sep. 1871 is listed (only?) in Lloyd's Register of 1871/72. Owned by Stevenson & Co. of Liverpool, with an intended voyage of Sunderland to South America, with D. Foreman her captain. Might the tug have have been intended for use in South America? 105.1 ft. long.

 

83

Scindia 1

2203

T. R. Oswald

C. M. Norwood & Co., J. F. Norwood in 1874/75

65259

84

Stephanotis

1042

Iliff and Mounsey

Joseph Robinson and Company

65382

85

Strathearn (a schooner, later a barque)

247

J. Crown

The webmaster has not researched this vessel. The vessel, which was completed in Apl. 1871, was, per Lloyd's Register, initially owned by J. C. Cairns of Glasgow for service from Sunderland to South America, with G. White her captain. The Mercantile Navy List of 1880 lists the vessel, now a barque, as owned by Thomas Stanley Rogerson ('Rogerson') of Liverpool. The equivalent list of 1890 lists Rogerson as then the managing owner of the 246 ton barque. 117.3 ft. long, signal letters KFDQ. Anything you can add?

63820

86

Success

1136

W. Watson

J. Machan

68266

87

Sunniside

914

W. Watson

Lumsden, Byers & Co.

62627

88

Thomas Parker

1152

Short Brothers

James Westoll Line

62633

89

Terlings

572

Blumer & Company

Young & Co.

65663

90

Teviot 1

1946

James Laing

C. H. Norwood & Co.

65612

91

Thistle

1048

Robert Thompson (1819-1910)

E. Jinman. Per Miramar G. Jinman & others

65268

92

Tunstall

780

James Laing

Charles Taylor

62614

93

Umzinto

282

W. Pile & Co.

Bullard King & Co.

65618

94

Warden Law

460

J. Gill

Gayner & Co.

62624

95

Warkworth Castle

1164

W. Pile & Co.

Cleugh & Co.

65411

96

White Sea (an iron steamer)

1112/714
(gross/net)

Joseph L. Thompson

The vessel had a very short life - it is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed in 1871/72 & 1872/73 only. Was owned, per LR, by  Dent, Hodgson & Co. of Newcastle. For service from Shields to the Black Sea. 225.9 ft. long. LR of 1872/73 advises that the vessel had been wrecked. Miramar advises (thanks!) that the vessel suffered a fire & was beached on Tortorizzi Reef, off Sidi Daoud, near Cape Bon, in mid Apl. 1872 while en route from Newcastle to Kerch with a cargo of coal. Cape Bon is a peninsula in NE Tunisia located across from western Sicily. On Apl. 23, 1872, per line 2849 here the vessel is stated to have stranded at Dome Ness, while en route from Newcastle to Kertch (Ukraine, Crimea, Black Sea). Crew of 21 - none lost. Then owned by John Dent. I have also read, here, that the vessel was wrecked near Cape Bon on Apl. 19, 1872. Can anybody clarify the differing dates & the reference to Dome Ness? The only Dome Ness I can find is a reef known as Dome-Ness in the Gulf of Riga, Latvia, Baltic Sea. Clearly not the correct Dome Ness.

67313

97

W. R. Rickett

831

T. R. Oswald

J. Marychurch & Co., J. G. Marychurch in 1876/77

65124

98

Yrurac Bat

2037

T. R. Oswald

Olano & Co., soon Olano Larrinaga & Co.

 

 

 

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What were the official build numbers for 1871? 'Where Ships Are Born' states 79 vessels & 81,903 tons. Do please advise me if you know.

1872 (Just a start. Can you provide a list? Do please advise me if you have data. Corrections will surely be required in the data that follows.)

#

Name

Gross

Builder

Built for

Official No.

1

Acadian

931

John Denniston

Allan Bros.

61157

2

Ambassador

1951

James Laing

T. & J. Harrison

65975

3

Alice Otto

1267

T. R. Oswald

George Otto

65426

4

Amboto

1508

T. R. Oswald

Yturriaga & Co.

 

5

Annan

1025

Davison & Stokoe

S. J. Glover & Co.

67534

6

Arbitrator

1262

Davison & Stokoe

T. & J. Harrison

65972

7

Ardmore Note

928

Bartram & Haswell

Ross & Co. (have also read Ross T. Smythe & Co.)

62666

8

Almeria

856

Osbourne, Graham & Co.

Osbourne & Co., J. Hunter in 1873/74

68485

9

Argentino

1426

W. Pile & Co.

River Parana Steam Ship. Co.

65938

10

Aristocrat

1477

William Doxford

Thomas Day & Co. or Day & Farlan

67355

11

Baron Selborne

953

W. Watson

J. MacCunn

67913

 

Ben Lomond see here

1171/796

James Laing

J. Morrison of North Shields

65425

12

Ben Nevis

998

James Laing

J. Morrison

65441

13

Benton

759

William Doxford

Hindhaugh & Co.

65734

14

Beulah

1159

James Laing

J. F. Middleton & Co.

65427

15

Bewick

1470

William Doxford

J. Heald (Joseph)

67317

16

Borthwick

1064

Joseph L. Thompson

Michael Murphy

62657

17

Brighton

900

Blumer and Company

Commercial Steam Shipping Co. Ltd.

68364

18

Buenos Aires

2401

James Laing

Hamburg Sudamerikanische D.G.

 

19

Buitron

910

Joseph L. Thompson

John Tully & Co.

62651

20

Burlington

837

William Doxford

Glover & Steel

67526

21

Caterina Sevastopulo

285

Pearson

Sevastopulo

 

22

Celerity

974

W. Pile & Co.

Banks & Mitchell

68262

23

Charity

432

J. Gardner

J. Smith

65997

24

Charlaw Note

901

Robert Thompson (1819-1910)

Initial owner unknown, likely W. S. Hunter & H. S. Pringle, from 1876/77 W. S. Hunter & partners, later (1880) Wm. S. Hunter & Hy. S. Pringle, later (1890) Frederick Gordon, all of Newcastle, later (1900) Gordon Steam Shipping Co. Ltd. of London, later (1901) Joseph C. Jobling, later (1905) Stone & Coombs. Miramar advise that the vessel was wrecked, at Connah's Quay, Flintshire, on Aug. 5, 1905, while en route from Chantenay (Nantes, France?) to Mostyn, Flintshire, with 'burnt ore'. Can anybody explain what burnt ore is?

65681

25

Charles Albert

1338

Blumer and Company

Huart & Cie.

 

26

Chillingham Castle (an iron steamship)

1050/1613
(net/gross)

Osborne Graham & Co. Ltd.

The vessel was never recorded in Lloyd's Register. Chillingham Castle? A fortified castle, originally a monastery, dating from the late 12th century, located in the village of Chillingham in northern Northumberland. A park on the castle grounds is noted for its rare breed of 'Chillingham' cattle. On Nov. 20, 1872, per line 3274 here, the 1050/1613 ton, 170 HP, steamship went missing while en route from the Tyne to Malta with a cargo of coal. Crew of 28 - all lost. Then stated to be owned by J. Hall. Wrecksite.eu advises (thanks!) a) that the vessel was owned by Hall John & Co. or Hall John Jr. & Co., of London, b) that it went missing after passing the Downs while en route to Odessa, Ukraine, & c) that 26 lives only were lost. Can you add anything?

68352

27

Circassian

1284

Robert Thompson (1819-1910)

John Lacy per Miramar

65927

28

City of Waterford

896

William Doxford

D. Carigan

62669

29

Coanwood

1091

Osbourne, Graham & Co.

Alex. Dick

65448

30

Columba

1031

James Laing

Porteous & Senior

65696

31

Consett

807

G. Short

H. T. Morton

62642

32

Coromandel

1979

W. Pile & Co.

J. & J. Wait (James & John)

65438

33

Cortes

1518

W. Pile & Co.

MacAndrew & S. Acebal

 

34

Crighton Note

1255

W. Pile & Co.

Per Miramar 'Dale & Crighton', 'W. Crighton' in 1874/75

65416

35

Democrat

1222

William Doxford

Day & Farlan

67324

36

Dhoolia (an iron steamer)

2660

T. R. Oswald

C. M. Norwood & Co.

68250

37

Dorcas

723

W. Pile & Co.

T. C. Stamp, but initially, per Miramar 'A. Smith & partners'

62663

38

Eagle (a barque)

530

J. Crown

The webmaster has not researched this vessel, which was completed in Jul. 1872, &, per Lloyd's Register, was initially owned by C. Hodgson of Sunderland, with C. Hodgson Jr., her captain. For service ex Sunderland in 1872/73 & from Sunderland to India in 1873/74. The Mercantile Navy List of 1880 lists the vessel as then owned by Cuthbert Hodgson of Sunderland. 154.9 ft. long, signal letters LFWG. Anything you can add?

62654

39

Edward Eccles

841

G. Short

E. Eccles & Co.

67354

40

Elizabeth Taylor

261

Wm. Pickersgill

T. Seed, maybe of Fleetwood Shipping Co. Ltd.

67127

41

Eliza Hunting

1147

W. Pile & Co.

A. Strong, maybe Anthony Strong & Co.

65417

42

Emerald

934

G. Short

'Wheatherly', per Miramar R. Weatherley & Co.

62649

43

Emma

776

Blumer and Company

C. Wachter

95269 later

44

Ennerdale

1250

G. Short

Milburn Bros.

65455

45

Ernst Moritz Arndt

2597

T. R. Oswald

Baltischer Lloyd

 

46

Eunice

540 became 661

W. Pile & Co.

T. G. Greenwell, per Miramar 'Thomas G. Greenwell & Partners'

62661

47

Fidela

1108

W. Watson

Francis C. Fulton

68874

48

George Booth

288 became 299

Wm. Pickersgill

T. Seed, maybe of Fleetwood Shipping Co. Ltd.

67131

49

George Elliott

700

Robert Thompson (1819-1910)

W. S. Hunter & H. S. Pringle

65722

50

Georgian

1124

James Laing

John Lacy

65958

51

German Emperor 1

909

G. Short

J. S. Barwick & Co.

62659

52

Gilston

557

Blumer and Company

J. D. Hill & Co.

65749


#

Name

Gross

Builder

Built for

Official No.

53

Great Western

1541

W. Pile & Co.

Whitwell &, maybe M. Whitwell & Son. of Great Western Steamship Line

65313

54

Hadji

1033

Iliff and Mounsey

Quebec & Gulf Ports Steamship Co. Ltd.

68775

55

Harry S. Edwards

1252

Iliff and Mounsey

H. S. Edwards

63010

56

Harton

530

Blumer and Company

H. Philipson

67334

57

Helens (a barque)

464

J. Gardner

J. Smith

65917

58

Henry Scholefield

963

Joseph L. Thompson

John Tully & Co.

62652

59

Herman Edgar

997

A. Simey & Co.

Henry E. Fry & Co.

 

60

Idlewild 1 Note

802

Iliff and Mounsey

Edward T. Gourley

68873

61

J. H. Lorentzen (an iron, schooner rigged steamship)

568/883
(N/G)

G. Short

There is a puzzle re this vessel, its name. While it would seem that the vessel was correctly named 'J. H. Lorentzen' ('JHL'), the vessel would seem to have been consistently Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1874/75 thru 1879/80 only, as 'I. H. Lorentzen'. Launched in Mar. 1872, the vessel was owned by J. S. Barwick (from 1876/77 J. S. Barwick & Co.), & registered at London. Per LR, the vessel had just one captain, i.e. T. B. Metcalf. 210.8 ft. long, schooner rigged, signal letters LBNT, 98 HP engines by G. Clark of Sunderland. LR of 1879/80 notes that the vessel had been 'Lost'. Could the name of J. H. Lorentzen relate in some way to the owner of the later Kron Prinz (in pink)?
On Feb. 20, 1873, JHL was en route  from Sunderland to Portsmouth with a cargo of coal. It encountered thick fog, & for reasons of safety moored between Mundesley & Hasborough on the coast of Norfolk. A look out was kept & the bell was regularly sounded. Otter, a 672 steamship owned by Tyne Shipping Co. Ltd., (I think ON 3279 built in 1855) en route from Newcastle to Antwerp, Belgium, with a general cargo & 4 passengers, encountered the same fog & also intended to moor. Before it did so, however, its starboard quarter struck the stern of JHL & as a result of the collision Otter apparently sank. The crew of Otter & her passengers were taken aboard JHL. Otter claimed that the accident was caused by 'inevitable accident' & that Otter accordingly bore no blame for the collision. The Court disagreed, held that Otter should have anchored earlier than it did & were solely responsible for the collision. The Court Case, which is summarised here, did not refer to what then happened to JHL Clearly however JHL must have been repaired & returned to service. Strangely, this reporting of the case states that JHL sank also.
On Oct. 30, 1874, a cargo of just loaded coal caught fire in the vessel's holds due to spontaneous combustion when just starting a voyage from South Dock, Sunderland. A report filed by 'Lorentzen'.
Reference has been made above to the 1879/80 loss of JHL. Such loss was the subject of a Court of Inquiry, the resulting 'pdf' report being available here. A brief summary of the report is here. The report notes that the vessel was then owned by John Storey Barwick & others, of Sunderland. She had been regularly engaged in the shipment of coal from Sunderland to London, returning in water ballast, there being 50 such voyages each year. Its captain at the time of her loss, was not T. B. Metcalf, rather Evan Evans who had served as her mate for 5 years. The vessel left Rochester, Kent, on Mar. 11, 1879, in ballast & with a crew of 17 all told. Soon after 1 p.m. on Mar. 12, 1879, the vessel was about a mile off Whitby Rock Buoy, which identifies Whitby Rocks located just 300/400 yards off the South Pier at Whitby, Yorkshire. A heavy sea was running on a clear day. The winds, which had been off the land, swung around to come from the northeast. Despite all efforts, the vessel could not be controlled, drifted sideways to the wind & ended up on the Whitby Rocks with the sea breaking over her. The Whitby lifeboat rescued her entire crew. In about 5 hours the vessel broke to pieces. The Court considered whether the vessel that day had insufficient ballast but rejected that assertion in view of Evans 5 years of experience with similar ballasting. Another possibility was that the loss was due to the vessel's engines being underpowered. The Court found the master not to be at blame for the vessel's loss. It really did not address the vessel's lack of power. Is there anything you can add? The loss of the vessel is also recorded here. Y

62646

62

John Adamson

1685

Short Brothers

James Westoll Line

68871

63

Joinville

519

J. Gill

Briandau & Cie

 

64

Jose Baro

1250

T. R. Oswald

L. Soler y Cia.

 

65

Kishon (a barque)

497
later
507

J. Gardner at Hylton

Though not every edition of Lloyd's Register ('LR') is available to the webmaster, the vessel would seem to have been LR listed from 1872/73 thru to 1889/90. Always, it would seem, registered at North Shields. And launched in Sep. 1872. The vessel was owned, thru 1887/88 at least, per LR, by Richardson & Co. (from 1876/77 at least A. Richardson & Co.). Now the Mercantile Navy Lists of 1875 & 1876 clarify the owner's name as meaning Andw. Richardson, of Amble, Northumberland. He must have later moved south. The equivalent lists of 1879, 1880 & 1885 list Andw. Richardson as then being rather of Reading, Berkshire. In 1889/90, per LR, the vessel became owned by T. S. Howitt. Which, per the Mercantile Navy List of 1890 means Thos S. Hewitt, her managing owner, also of Reading. Note that 'Howett' or 'Howitt' was, per LR, the vessel's captain from 1872/73 thru 1886/87, with the exception of about 3 years. The vessel became of 507 tons in 1881/82. Under 'Richardson' ownership, the vessel served, in 1872/73 & 1873/74 (as LR referenced), from Sunderland to Singapore. For many years, Kishon carried carried cargoes of coal, sugar & wheat in many voyages to southern waters:-
i) On Nov. 23, 1873, the vessel left Liverpool under the command of Captain T. S. Howitt, for Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, with a varied cargo. It later left for Cookstown (N. Queensland) with 130 passengers & 90 horses, bound for the gold mines at Palmer River. It went on to Batavia to load sugar for the U.K. ii) On Jan. 21, 1875, the vessel left Glasgow for Brisbane & arrived there, overdue, on May 15, 1875 after a passage of 114 days. On Jun. 14, 1875 the vessel left Brisbane for Hong Kong with 250 tons of coal. It returned to Sydney (arrived Sep. 14, 1875) ex Samarang (Java, Indonesia) with 2887 bags of sugar. It later left for Newcastle, New South Wales, in ballast & left Newcastle on Oct. 28, 1875 for Shanghai, China, with 700 tons of coal. iii) On Nov. 6, 1877 the vessel arrived at Hobart, Tasmania, from Mauritius, J. McDonald in command, with 6148 bags of sugar. It went on to Newcastle in ballast & carried 800 tons of coal from Newcastle to Adelaide. On Feb. 25, 1878 the vessel left Adelaide for the U.K. with 3269 bags of wheat. iv) In Aug. 1878 the vessel was at Falmouth, Devon. It clearly went to Mauritius & on to Melbourne with 10328 'bags and pockets' of sugar. Again it went to Newcastle in ballast & left Newcastle on Mar. 29, 1879 for Mauritius with 732 tons of coal. It left Mauritius on Jun. 4, 1879 for Fremantle, Western Australia, there to load 92 horses & 300 sheep for Mauritius. v) On Dec. 5, 1879, the vessel arrived at Lyttelton, New Zealand, ex Mauritius, with 320 tons of sugar. It went on to Adelaide (arrived Jan. 16, 1880) then on to Port Broughton, South Australia, to load 6551 bags of wheat for London (arrived Jun. 15, 1880). vi) In early Nov. 1880, the vessel left Mauritius for Bombay, India, with a cargo of sugar. vii) On Mar. 30, 1882, the vessel arrived at Melbourne with sugar ex Mauritius, Captain Howitt again in command. It soon left for Sydney in ballast & on May 18, 1882 left Sydney for Shanghai. viii) On Jan. 14, 1886 the vessel left New York  for Sydney (arrived Apl. 25, 1886) & on Jul. 6, 1886 left Sydney for Marseilles, France, via the South Sea Islands. ix) On Feb. 19, 1889 the vessel arrived at Sydney ex Mauritius (Captain John May in command), went on to Newcastle & left Newcastle for Mauritius on Apl. 2, 1889. The above all thanks to Trove, Australia. So far as I can see the vessel did not later return to Australian waters. 143.0 ft. long, signal letters LKDB.
What finally happened to Kishon? In early Nov. 1890, the barque was en route from London to Appledore, Devon, for repairs to be effected. When under the tow of Australia, a steam tug, she encountered a major gale that lasted many days, impacted vast areas of both England & Scotland & cause many shipping losses. When off Lundy in the Bristol Channel, more particularly when off Trevose Head on the N. Cornish coast, her tow rope parted. She was driven ashore near the breakwater at Bude on Nov. 6/7, 1890 & within hours became a total wreck. Fortunately her crew of 8 were all saved by rocket & line by the Bute Life Saving Brigade. The captain's dog jumped overboard & was saved also! All as per this newspaper article (ex here). It would be good to find contemporary U.K. newspaper cuttings that more fully explain the circumstances of her loss. Do visit this fine website where John has assembled a most detailed history of the vessel. I read there (thanks John!) i) that the destination of the final voyage was to Robert Cock's Richmond Dry Dock, at Appledore, ii) that all the crew members except for the captain were men from Appledore, & that J. Duthie or Duthrie was then the vessel's captain. Further that the remains of the wreck were sold on Nov. 10, 1890 for about £100. The ship's bell was apparently saved & is today owned by a member of John's family. There are 3 images available of Kishon aground at Bude (1, 2 & 3 - my thanks to all 3 sites). Is there anything you can add?

65446

66

Kung Ring

946

J. Denniston

Angfartygs A/B Thule

 

67

Lequeitio Note

764

G. Short

Roman de Anduiza

 

68

Lestris

1065

Joseph L. Thompson

Cork Steamship Co.

68301

69

Lilibeo (or maybe Libeo) 1 Beware! Note

996

W. Pile & Co.

SA di Nav. a Vapore "La Trinacria"

 

70

Live Oak

347

J. & J. Gibbon

H. Egglestone

62645

71

Ljubidrag Note

393

W. Richardson

Bielovucich

 

72

Lumley

753

Blumer and Company

H. T. Morton & Co.

62668

73

Luneburg

815

G. Short

H. T. Morton & Co.

62653

74

Marcasite

894

Blumer and Company

J. H. W. Culliford & Co.

62655

75

Maria Louisa

856

Osbourne, Graham & Co.

J. F. Manito & Co.?

 

76

Marion

1009

Blumer and Company

H. Ellis & Son

65707

77

Marqués de Núñez

1843

W. Pile & Co.

Olavarria & Lozano

 

78

Mecca

1067

Osbourne, Graham & Co.

R. M. Hudson & Partners

62664

79

Minnie Breslauer

1027

R. Iliff

L. Breslauer & Co.

65684

80

Mitidjah, later Araguil, later Turón

901
later
1160
later
1162

Robert Thompson (1819-1910)

The vessel, a brig-rigged iron steamer, was launched on Sep. 7, 1872. Per A (Delcampe, image) 1 (wrecksite.eu, 1912 wreck), 2 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). The vessel was initially owned by Compagnie de Navigation Mixte of Marseilles, France. 226.0 ft. long, later 226.3 ft., signal letters KHND, 100 HP, later 125 HP, later 161 HP. The vessel was initially equipped with 100 HP engines by Black, Hawthorne & Co. ('BlackH') of Gateshead. However in 1887/88, per Lloyd's Register, 125 HP engines, also by BlackH, were installed & the vessel became of 1160 tons & 226.3 ft. long. In 1890, the vessel was acquired by L. Flornoy et fils, of Nantes, France, with no change of vessel name. Lloyd's Register of 1897/98 advises that the vessel then had 161 HP engines, also by BlackH, which engines, I have read, were installed in 1892. In 1906, Cia Santurzana de Nav. of Bilbao, Spain, became the vessel's owners & renamed her Araguil. In 1910, Cia Santurzana de Navegacion, also of Bilbao, I. Lafita the managers, acquired the vessel & renamed it Turón. The vessel, under the command of Captain Pereda with a crew of 15, was wrecked on Mar. 13, 1912, at San Esteban de Pravia, Asturias, northern Spain, while en route from San Esteban de Pravia to Bilbao with a cargo of coal. It would appear (1 ex 2) that there may have been a collision with a vessel named 'Aytir' the cause, but translating 'un abordaje' from the Spanish is difficult. The term translates as an approach or a boarding. Is there anything you can add? Y

 

81

Moorsley

769

James Laing

R. Sharp

62647

82

Newbiggin

1366

W. Pile & Co.

Geoffrey Robinson Dawson

65442

83

Nio

1371

James Laing

D. G. Pinkney

62667

84

Normanton

852

T. R. Oswald

E. Pope

68239

85

Nuphar

1137

Iliff and Mounsey

Robinson & Co.

65445

86

Olaveaga 1 Note 2

652

Bartram & Haswell

Burgess & Co. or Burgess, Shaddick & Co.

65533

87

Olivet

435
became
465

Robert Thompson (1819-1910), maybe Rich. Thompson

Davison & Co.

65444

88

Pachino

1003

W. Watson

Trinacria Steamship Company

 

89

Pedro J. Pidal

1843

W. Pile & Co.

Oscar de Olavarria & Cia or Olavarría y Lozano

68877

90

Perseverance

35

T. Tate

Unknown to webmaster

62658

91

Queen Victoria

2201

Iliff and Mounsey

Queen Steamship Co.

65918

92

Ravensworth Castle Note

1967

W. Pile & Co.

Northumberland Steam Shipping Co. Ltd.

65422

93

Red Sea

1356

Joseph L. Thompson

Dent & Co.

67366

94

Regalia

941

G. Short

J. Hall & Co.. W. S. Lishman in 1874/75

67309

95

Reindeer (an iron steamship)

1025/697
(gross/
net)

R. Iliff

The vessel had a very short life - it was not Lloyd's Register listed. Was owned by Cory, Lohden & Co. of West Hartlepool & registered there. On Dec. 14, 1872, per line 2904 here, the vessel was abandoned near Pantellaria (an Italian island in the Strait of Sicily, Mediterranean, 100 km SE of Sicily) while en route from Nicolaieff (now Mykolaiv, Ukraine, Black Sea, located NE of Odessa) to the U.K. with a cargo of grain. Crew of 20 - 1 lost. Then owned by Jacob Lohden. Details as to the circumstances of the vessel's loss have not come to hand. Can you tell us anything additional?

67532

96

Roma

1736

William Pile

Lloyd Italiano

 

97

Royal Minstrel

1363

William Pile

E. Shotton & Co.

65437

98

Rubens

1708

Iliff and Mounsey

Patton & Co.

65990

99

Saint Andrew

1055

Davison & Stokoe

George Jinman & Co.

 


#

Name

Gross

Builder

Built for

Official No.

100

Sam Weller

1232

William Pile

G. Bell & Co.

65452

101

Santorin

1060

Robert Thompson (1819-1910)

R. T. Nicholson

62660

102

Savernake

633

T. R. Oswald

John Chapman

65723

103

Segesta

1782

Watson

Trinacria Steamship Company

 

104

Serantes

748

A. Simey & Co.

Johnson & Co.

67333

105

Shamrock

1088

Robert Thompson (1819-1910)

G. Jinman, per Miramar George Jinman & Co.

68247

106

Silbury

958

Iliff and Mounsey

Charles J. Fox

65733

107

Silistria

1019

James Laing

R. T. Nicholson

62665

108

South

678

Blumer and Company

Mersey Steamship Co.

65949

109

Susan

876

Watson

Henry Collings & others

65711

110

Tabor

811

G. Short

J. Westoll

62640

111

Thorwaldsen

2545

T. R. Oswald

Baltischer Lloyd

 

112

Torino

1553

T. R. Oswald

Lloyd Italiano

 

113

Toronto

1065

Robert Thompson (1819-1910)

J. H. W. Culliford

62648

114

Ulleswater (a steamer)

764

William Doxford

Strachan & Co. 224.2 ft. long, signal letters LMBD. On Aug. 19, 1891, Ulleswater was was entering the river at Huelva (Andalusia, SW Spain) having arrived from Newcastle with a cargo of chemicals & had requested a pilot. Westergate (built by Short in 1881) was departing Huelva for New York with a cargo of minerals. Travelling 'at a great rate of speed', Westergate struck the port bow of Ulleswater, which suffered considerable damage & ended up ashore with 9 ft. of water in her holds. Westergate was damaged also. At a Court hearing, Westergate was held solely to be at blame.

65748

115

Ventnor

857

William Doxford

J. Hill

62232

116

Vesta

1001

Iliff and Mounsey

R. H. Penney

62650

117

Vick and Mebane

296

Wm. Pickersgill

T. Seed, maybe of Fleetwood Shipping Co. Ltd.

67137

118

Wensleydale

1160

Robert Thompson (1819-1910)

E. & S. Milburn

65424

119

Westella

1037

Davison & Stokoe

The webmaster has not researched this vessel which was initially owned by Jackson & Beaumont of Hull, which became Jackson, Beaumont & Co, also of Hull, in 1874. On Nov. 22, 1877 the vessel left Gefle (now Gavle, Sweden, Gulf of Bothnia) for London, under the command of Thomas Stephenson Elliott, with a crew of 22 & a cargo of iron & deals. She approached Yarmouth, tried unsuccessfully to obtain a pilot at Orford Ness, proceeded S. & passed 3/4 mile away from the Nore Lightship. Soon, on Nov. 30, 1877, she ran aground on the Nore Sands. The court was critical of the captain for not having obtained a pilot & for failing to reverse his engines until 5 or 10 minutes after she had grounded. She was then stuck fast as a result of the ebbing tide. She got off the sands the next morning & suffered virtually no damage. Samuel Brook Jackson, of Hull, was then her managing owner. All as per this 'pdf' Inquiry Report. Miramar advises that on Jul. 20, 1895, while en route from Stockholm, Sweden, to Hernosand (now Härnösand, Gulf of Bothnia), Sweden, in ballast, the vessel was in collision with Oxus. When 8 miles SSE of Fimmgrundet. Westella sank almost immediately after the collision, the crew being rescued by Oxus & landed at Gefle. Oxus was built by Strand Slipway of Sunderland in 1890.

68242

120

Westminster

980

T. R. Oswald

George G. Dale

65420

121

West Riding

895

William Doxford

Pope & Pearson

65276

122

William Dawson

265/167

A. Simey & Co.

W. Dawson

62662

123

Zeus

1016

Bartram & Haswell

C. J. Brightman & Co.

68370

124

Zulu

944

T. R. Oswald

Union Steam Ship Company Limited

62238

 

 

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What were the official build numbers for 1872? 'Where Ships Are Born' states 122 vessels & 134,825 tons. Do please advise me if you know.

1873 (Just a start. Can you provide a list? Do please advise me if you have data. Corrections will surely be required in the data that follows.

#

Name

Gross

Builder

Built for

Official No.

1

Adeliza

310

Rich. Thompson

G. L. Seed & Co.

70156

2

Adria

1225

Blumer and Company

The Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company

68495

3

Alegria

1757

James Laing

Pablo Tintoré

 

4

Argo (a barque)

557/523 (G/N)

J. Gardner of North Hylton

The vessel, which was completed in Oct. 1873, is, so far as I can see, listed in Lloyd's Register ('LR') only in 1873/74 & 1874/75. It was owned by Humble & Co., of Sunderland, with R. T. Humble serving as her captain. For initial service from Sunderland to India. 150.2 ft. long, signal letters WSBF. While I do not yet know the circumstances, I have read, in 'Log Chips' of Apl. 1980, that the vessel was lost on Nov. 26, 1877. Which is a bit of a puzzle because LRs of 1875/76 & 1876/77 both list another vessel of the identical name, also owned by Humble & completed by Gardner in Feb. 1876. At a time when, as I understand it, only one vessel could be U.K. registered with a given name. Can you help solve this little puzzle? Y

68896

5

Aurrera

2526

T. R. Oswald

Olano Larrinaga & Co.

 

6

Azorian

1068

Robert Thompson (1819-1910)

Collings & Co.

68488

7

Ballochmyle

1511

W. Watson

McKellar & McKellar & Co.

67930

8

Barita

1178

James Laing

Porteous & Senior or Porteous & Senier

68498

9

Barossa 1

1019

William Pile

T. B. Walker

68904

10

Baron Blantyre

1700

W. Watson

J. MacCunn & Co.

67924

11

Basuto

1034

Robert Thompson (1819-1910)

Union Steamship Co.

68816

12

Ben Ledi

1107

James Laing

J. Morrison & Sons

65459

13

Blackpool

305

Rich. Thompson

G. L. Seed & Co.

68622

14

Boldon, later Pallas, Sebastiana (a barque)

656
(net)
later
689/656
(G/N)

J. Crown

The webmaster has not researched this vessel, which was completed in Jan. 1873. The vessel is likely Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1872/73 thru 1886/87. It was initially owned by J. (John) Crown, i.e. its builder, thru 1879/80 with G. Martin, Lashbrooke & J. T. Eggers serving as the vessel's captains. Her service in 1873/74, per LR, was from Sunderland to China. In 1879/80, per LR, the vessel became owned by W. Cliff of Liverpool though it became registered at Liverpool rather than Sunderland only from 1881/82. With Eggers continuing as her captain thru 1881/82 & with Thomas serving after that time. The Mercantile Navy List ('MNL') of 1880 lists the vessel as then owned by Wiliam Cliff of Liverpool. Per LR, W. Cliff continued to own the vessel thru 1885/86. However MNLs of 1882 & 1885 rather list Wilfred Carter, of Liverpool, as her then owner. The vessel would seem to have been sold to Greek owners in 1886/87 & may well have been re-named by her new owners. 'Log Chips' of Apl. 1980 (a 'pdf' available here) advises (thanks John Lyman!) i) that the vessel was renamed Pallas, owned by Ulisse Saliari, of Syra, Greece, ii) that in 1892 the vessel was sold to N. Mir & Co., of Barcelona, Spain, & renamed Sebastiana, & iii) was broken up in 1910.. 168.1 ft. long, signal letters LPDV. Anything you can add? Y

68878

15

Border Chieftain

1519

William Pile

E. Shotton & Co.

65457

16

Borneo, later Kin Shan (an iron steamship)

1527

William Pile & Co.

The vessel is, so far as I can see, listed in Lloyd's Register ('LR') only in 1876/77, but it may well have been listed in LR of 1875/76 & 1877/78, neither of which editions are available to the webmaster. It was first owned by J. H. Kelso of North Shields, but in 1876/77, still named Borneo, the vessel, then stated to be of 1781 tons, was, per LR, owned by Stoomvaart Maals. Java, of Amsterdam. I read that in 1876 the vessel was sold to 'W. E. Woolf & Haig', maybe (1 & 2) 'W. E. Wolff & H. Haigh', of Hull, & renamed by them Kin Shan. On Oct. 13, 1877, the vessel, said to be of 1527 tons & 260.3 ft. long, left Cardiff, Wales, for Bombay (now Mumbai), India, under the command of captain J. Hitch, with either 1438 or 2042 tons of coal ex the Rhondda Valley Colliery. As per this page. The vessel was never seen again & its crew of 24 all told were lost. 259.3 ft. long, later 260.3 ft., signal letters NHFB, brig (have also read schooner) rigged, 150 HP engines by W. Pile & Co. Anything you can add?

65469

17

Borrowdale

1528

G. Short

Milburn, Bros.

65476

18

Bride

1341

Robert Thompson (1819-1910)

Adam & Co.

65095

19

Broomside

727

Alfred Simey & Co.

Henry T. Morton or Henry T. Morton & Co.

68879

20

Carisbrooke

1317

Davison & Stokoe

G. D. Dale & Co.

65463

21

Carlotta

615

Blumer and Company

Chapman & Staniland

68467

22

Catherine Marden (a schooner)

313

N. Gibbon of South Hylton

W. (William) Marden of London. 128.5 ft. long

68437

23

Chambeze

956

G. Short

G. J. Hay

68882

24

Chancellor

2052

James Laing

T. & J. Harrison

69232

25

City of Dublin

1057

Robert Thompson (1819-1910)

Palgrave & Murphy

67764

26

Cornwall

677

G. Short

H. T. Morton

68447

27

Crownthorpe

847

Robert Thompson (1819-1910)

Livingstone & Briggs

68483

28

Cyrene

592

Robert Thompson (1819-1910)

G. Foreman

68894

29

Dafila

874

James Laing

Porteous & Senior or Porteous & Senier

68501

30

Danaë (an iron steamship)

1157/746 (gross/net)

Iliff & Mounsey

The vessel, which was completed in Jan. 1873, was owned by J. Robinson & Co. of North Shields, bought at the cost of £17,000. 230.0 ft. long, signal letters LPKN, 98 HP engines by North Eastern Marine Engineering Company Ltd. of Sunderland. The Mercantile Navy List of 1875 re the vessel. The webmaster has not researched this vessel. He notes however that the vessel foundered on Dec. 25, 1877 when about 30 miles from Horn Reef which lies half way up the W. coast of Denmark. The vessel, then owned by Joseph Robinson of North Shields (the principal owner of Stag Lines) & his partners, was en route from Copenhagen, Denmark, to London with a cargo of about 1480/1490 tons of wheat in bulk ex Revel (Tallinn, Estonia, on the Baltic) & Port Baltic (also Estonia, to the W. of Tallinn), under the command of Thomas Hutchinson Smith. The tonnage of wheat may well have been in fact greater - as much as 1500 or 1600 tons. The vessel had proceeded to Copenhagen for orders. It seems quite clear that the vessel was significantly overloaded. The vessel left Copenhagen on Dec. 20, 1877 & sheltered at the Skaw (i.e. Skagen Odde, a sandy peninsula in Jutland, Denmark, the northernmost tip of Denmark), while a gale passed by. Her journey continued on Dec. 23, 1877 but she soon encountered a gale which grew to become a hurricane. Now the vessel had had a small list since leaving Port Baltic. That list, caused by the shifting of her cargo, increased to such an extent that the vessel soon became unmanageable. She shipped a heavy sea which caused tremendous damage to the ship & permitted water to enter the engine room & the cargo. The pumps were manned to try to save the ship, but it settled down by the head & ended up on her beam ends. The crew, 19 hands all told, attempted to launch the boats, but could launch only one successfully. The entire crew were rescued from that boat by Smiling Morn, a fishing smack, & in due course were landed at Hull. It would seem that 2 hours after the crew had abandoned the vessel, it foundered. The report is interesting reading & merits the reader's attention. Thomas Smith, her master, was found to be responsible for, amongst other matters, the overloading of the vessel & for the insufficiency of her 'shifting boards'. His certificate was suspended for a period of 6 months. More interesting, to the webmaster at least, was the court's finding that the loss was in major part due to her defective construction & design, especially when the vessel was engaged in the carriage of bulk grain. The vessel was, however, classed  A1 by Lloyd's. And was insured at the time of her loss. You can read the 'pdf' report of the Official Inquiry into the loss of Danae here. Addl. data, (thanks!). Is there anything you can add? Y

65456

31

Dora

636

Blumer and Company

J. D. Hill & Co.

68424

32

Doris (a schooner, later a barquentine, later a brigantine)

293
(net)
later
306/293
(G/N)

J. Crown (however LRs from 1881/82 state T. Crown - in error?)

This vessel was completed in May 1873. The vessel is likely Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1873/74 thru 1892/93. It was initially owned by L. Lewis (from 1881/82 L. Lewis & Co.) of Aberystwyth, Wales, thru 1885/86, with Lewis (to 1875/76), L. S. Lewis (from 1876/77 thru 1882/83) & T. Evans serving as the vessel's captains. LR of 1876/77 first records the vessel as a barquentine - from 1886/87 LR records the vessel as a brigantine. Her service in 1873/74, per LR, was from Sunderland to South America. The Mercantile Navy Lists ('MNL') of 1880 & 1885 both list the vessel, as a schooner, then owned by Lewis Lewis of Llanshystyd (Llanrhystud), Cardiganshire. In 1885/86, per LR, the vessel became owned by W. Brooks, of Newport, Wales with Jones, J. Mills & from 1891/2 at least G. Broadstock, serving as the vessel's captains. MNL of 1890 lists William Brooks, of Newport, as her managing owner. Crewlist.org (insert 67625) tells us that the vessel foundered on Dec. 23, 1892. These articles (1 & 2) from the South Wales Daily News, refer to Doris, a brig, lost on Dec. 23, 1892. Most surely this vessel. Doris was en route from Trinidad (left Nov. 13, 1892) to London with a cargo of cocoa nuts, under the command of Captain Broadstock & with a crew of 7 all told. It encountered a heavy gale on Dec. 17, 1892 & huge seas broke over the vessel fracturing her steering gear & causing much other damage. R. Slooter, an able seaman & the ship's cook, was washed overboard as also was J. Davies, the vessel's mate who had been lashed to the wheel frame. The storm continued to hammer the ship day after day. On Dec. 23, 1892, the remaining crew took to the boats just before the vessel foundered. They were adrift for 24 hours until rescued by Caroline, a Norwegian barque & later landed at Liverpool. Doris foundered at 41N/33W in the North Atlantic, NW of the Azores. It was partially insured. Do read the entire Article 1. It would seem that there were 5 Norwegian barques named Caroline at about that time - none of them were built at Sunderland. 128.9 ft. long, signal letters MTHL Anything you can add? Y

67625

33

Drepano

1572

W. Watson

Trinacria Steamship Company

68883

34

Echo

556

William Pile

Hudig & Blokhuyzen (per Miramar) D. G. Pinkney & Sons (per Lloyd's 1876/77)

 

35

Edmund Richardson

291

Wm. Pickersgill

T. Seed, maybe of Fleetwood Shipping Co. Ltd.

68613

36

Elizabeth Richardson

301

Wm. Pickersgill

Fleetwood Shipping Co. Ltd.

68613

37

Emma Sims

417

W. (William) Richardson of North Hylton

Sims, Triplett & Co., later (1870) Richard Barrett Triplett, both of Plymouth, later (1890) James William Davies of London. Vessel was sold in 1890, maybe Apl. 18, 1890, to a Turkish owner

68885

38

Faith, later Trofast (a barque)

521

J. Gardner of North Hylton

J. Smith & Co. of Liverpool. The vessel went missing in Nov. 1892

69290

39

G. E. Wood

1084

Joseph L. Thompson

J. Marychurch & Co.

68142

40

Glenisla

728

Davison & Stokoe

W. Thorburn

 

41

Gurtubay

879

William Doxford

Gurtubay

 

42

Hampton

1567

Blumer and Company

Commercial Steam Ship Co.

68474

43

Hankow 1 Note

?

William Pile & Co.

ex John Robert Kelso

 

44

Helen Christine

168

Alfred Simey & Co.

F. Crawshay

68547

45

Herminia

206

Alfred Simey & Co.

Unknown to webmaster

 

46

Imbro

1222

Mounsey & Foster

Pinkney & Sons

68893

47

Indiana

299

Wm. Pickersgill

Fleetwood Shipping Co. Ltd.

68628

48

Ithaca

1090

Robert Thompson (1819-1910)

Anderson Horan & Co.

68889

49

John Wells

681

Davison & Stokoe

Goole Steamship Co. Ltd.

67805

50

Kashgar

2621

James Laing

Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Co.

68549


later, from 1891/92, 135.7 ft., signal letters MLPV, later HJNL (from 1891/92). Is there anything you can
#

Name

Gross

Builder

Built for

Official No.

51

Kepler

1151

Bartram Haswell & Co.

W. Wilkie, later Wilkie & Turnbull

65468

52

Khiva

2609

James Laing

Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Co.

68491

53

Kolga

720

Bartram Haswell & Co.

J. Flensburg, H. Friis & H. Ramsten

 

54

Kron Prinz

1076

Short Brothers

J. H. Lorentzen & Co.

87069

55

Lady Katherine

793

Short Brothers

Earl of Durham

68901

56

Lancelot

870

Osbourne, Graham & Co.

A. McMillan & Son

69292

57

Leon 1, 2, 3 Note 1 Note 2

2555

William Doxford

Olano, Larrinaga & Co.

 

58

Life Brigade

1512

Robert Thompson (1819-1910)

E. Shotton & Co.

65474

59

Lilian 1 Note

642

William Pile & Co.

C. H. Ellis, C. H. Stewart

68405

60

Lolland

557

Osbourne, Graham & Co.

Det Lollandske Engelske Dampskibs Selskab

 

61

Lucy Vick

307

Wm. Pickersgill

T. Seed, maybe of Fleetwood Shipping Co. Ltd.

68619

62

Marie Lorentzen

1068

G. Short

J. H. Lorentzen & Co.

 

63

May Queen (a barque)

314

N. Gibbon of South Hylton

J. Haddow of Greenock, Scotland. 128.6 ft. long, signal letters LVWP. The vessel was wrecked on Oct. 2, 1885

67915

64

Medina

1112

Osbourne, Graham & Co.

John Pender

68433

65

Meggie Dixon, later Gertrude (a barque)

497

J. Gardner

Richardson & Co. of Amble. Later owned (Gertrude) by Chargeurs Reunis. Was hulked in 1892.

65462

66

Minstrel King (a barque)

525

Rich. Thompson

Jacobs & Co. On May 26, 1874, Minstrel King rescued the 17 people aboard Silver Cloud, which sank off the coast of Chile. Her Majesty's Government later presented to George Jameson, the captain of Minstrel King, an engraved 'binocular glass' to recognise his actions in the matter. Silver Cloud was built at Sunderland in 1863 & is covered on site here.

65539

67

Morehampton

684

Osbourne, Graham & Co.

W. D. Smith

69324

68

Namaqua

352

T. R. Oswald

Union Steam Ship Company Limited

68813

69

Neptuno

874

Osbourne, Graham & Co.

Tatham & Co.

69306

70

Nereid

952

William Doxford

Kirby & Gillies

67348

71

Nordstjernen

1262

Bartram Haswell & Co.

Norden Steam Shipping Co.

 

72

Norval

1431

W. Watson

Baine & Johnston

67926

73

Ottawa 1 Note

1311

Joseph L. Thompson

J. H. W. Culliford

68891

74

Ovington

697

Osbourne, Graham & Co.

Humble & Thompson

67385

75

Pauline

486

W. Richardson

Beckwith & Co.

67387

76

Petter Stahle

586

Davison & Stokoe

E. S. Jobson & Co.

58766

77

Rakaia

1057

Blumer and Company

The New Zealand Shipping Company Limited

68499

78

Roderick Dhu 1 Note

1723

Mounsey & Foster

Williamson, Milligan & Co.

69330

79

Roderick Hay, later (1884) Hak Lee (a barque)

304

N. Gibbon of South Hylton

Was owned & captained by P. A. Nicolson of Liverpool. Later owned (Hak Lee) by C. F. G. Svendborg of Sweden. 127.1 ft. long, signal letters LSCR. The vessel was sold at Amoy in 1888.

69240

80

Rosario Note

1217

William Pile

River Parana Steam Ship Co. Ltd.

69269

81

Santander

704

Mounsey & Foster

Johnson & Co. soon C. L. Limpricht

67386

82

Sea Gull

1002

Iliff & Mounsey

Basden Townsend & Co.

68294

83

Severn

1736

T. R. Oswald

Royal Mail Lines, Ltd. or a similar fleet name

68454

84

Sleipner Note

854

W. Watson

Swedish Steam Navigation Co.

 

85

Somorrostro (a steamship)

735

Alfred Simey & Co.

I have not Lloyd's Register ('LR') etc. researched this vessel, which however is first LR listed in 1874/75, owned by J. H. Wilson, of Cardiff - per Miramar was owned by Wilson & Fry. 199.8 ft. long, signal letters LWKQ. See the extensive text re the vessel's collision with Amazonas on Apl. 26, 1879 near Cardiff, Wales. The Mercantile Navy List of 1880 states that the vessel was then owned by John H. Wilson of Cardiff. Lloyd's Register of 1880/81 notes that the vessel, then owned by J. H. Wilson & Co. of Cardiff, had foundered. Anything you can add? The circumstances of the vessel's loss, perhaps?

68143

86

Sophie Jobson, later Fieramosca (an iron steamship) 1 & 2 Note

585
later
501
later
600

Davison & Stokoe

We thank Aris Bilalis for most of the following data & for the related images. The vessel was built for E. S. Jobson & Co. of Hartlepool. 585 grt, 51.8 x 8.3 meters. 170.0 ft. long, signal letters MJTB, later PGQF. Schooner rigged. In 1875, the vessel was sold to Arthur Cross of Liverpool & in 1876 was sold again to Liverpool & Continental Steamship Co. Ltd., also of Liverpool. They did not own it for long - in 1877, the vessel was sold to Societa di Nav. a Vapore Puglia, of Bari, Italy, & renamed Fieramosca. In 1915, the vessel was sold to the British Admiralty. Used as a dredger perhaps. On Dec. 18, 1915, the vessel was scuttled as a blockship in Suvla Bay, Gallipoli.

58768

87

Stag

1048

Alfred Simey & Co.

C. Lohden became Cory Lohden & Co.

67548

88

St. Peter Note

753

Blumer and Company

J. Blumer & A. Robson

68900

89

Supernal

1186

Bartram Haswell & Co.

James Westoll & Co.

68895

90

Thomas C. Seed, later Mota Hermanos (a brigantine, later a barquentine)

296
later
306

Wm. Pickersgill

I have not researched this vessel. The vessel was initially owned by T. Seed, of Fleetwood, Lancashire, for service from Sunderland to Brazil. By 1878/79, per Lloyd's Register ('LR'), the vessel was owned by Fleetwood Shipping Co. Ltd., also of Fleetwood. LR of 1884/85 is not available to the webmaster. In 1885/86 however, per LR, R. Gray of Fleetwood is listed as the vessel's then owner. 131.3 ft. long, signal letters MKNC. Niels Hald-Andersen advises (thanks so much!) that R. Gray sold the vessel in 1889 to H. (Hans Peder) Brinch, of Soenderho on the island of Fanoe, Denmark, who renamed her Mota Hermanos. And further that the vessel stranded on Jun. 27 or 28, 1889 & was wrecked at Santo Domingo while en route from Parahoua, Santo Domingo, to Pititru, Trinidad, in ballast. The vessel was struck by a storm when anchoring. The wreck was apparently sold. Of interest - possibly this vessel - a reproduction of a painting by William H. Yorke - 'A pilot cutter running out to meet the Danish barquentine Mota Hermanos'. Anything you can add?

68630

91

Triano

271

Alfred Simey & Co.

Unknown to webmaster

 

92

Umkomanzi (a barque)

306
(net)
later
334/307
(G/N)
later
336/318
(G/N)

J. Crown

This vessel was completed in Dec. 1873. The name Umkomanzi? - a village in KwaZulu, Natal, South Africa, located just W. of Durban. The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1873/74 thru 1897/98 with surely some exceptions - it seems not to be listed from 1887/88 thru 1889/90 & maybe other editions also. The vessel was initially owned by J. T. Rennie, of Aberdeen, Scotland, (J. T. Rennie & Son from 1879/80) for service, in 1873/74, from Sunderland to Natal, South Africa, with Smith or J. H. Smith her initial captain. F. Airth later served as her captain (in 1876/77 at least per LR), & Langsford (from 1878/79 at least thru 1883/84 at least). Per the Mercantile Navy List ('MNL') of 1875 her owner was John T. Rennie of Aberdeen. The equivalent MNL lists of 1880 & 1882 both list George H. Rennie, of London, as the owner of the barque, still registered at Aberdeen. So far as I can see (Trove), the vessel made a single voyage to Australia. On Jan. 29, 1883, the vessel arrived at Port Pirie, South Australia, under the command of J. Langsford, after a 37 day voyage from Port Natal with 18 passengers, principally mechanics. It soon moved up the Spencer Gulf to Port Augusta where it arrived on Feb. 10, 1883. On Mar. 3, 1883, the vessel left Port Augusta for Guam with a cargo of flour, oats & wheatmeal. In 1885/86, per LR, C. M. Bache of Svelvig (Svelvik), soon Drammen, both Norway, became the vessel's final owner with 'Bache' or 'O. Bache' her captain thru 1891/92, then 'Soderik' (in 1892/93) & 'A. T. Anderson' (thru 1896/97) & J. (Joh.) W. Pedersen (from 1897/98). The vessel is not recorded in LR of 1898/99 while LR of 1897/98 has a notation which I cannot read, which may however read 'Foundered'. This page, as I understand the Norwegian words in translation, says that the vessel was lost in the North Sea, at the end of the 1890s, with the loss of all hands. 135.0 ft. long, later, from 1891/92, 135.7 ft., signal letters MLPV, later HJNL (from 1891/92). Is there anything you can add or correct? Y

65103

93

Vanora (a barque)

729
(net)
later
748/729
(G/N)
later
755/730
(G/N)

J. Crown

The vessel was completed in Oct. 1873. It is likely Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1873/74 thru 1894/95. It was initially owned, per LR, by Lumsdon, & Byer (from 1876/77 Lumsdon, Byers & Co.) of Sunderland for service, in 1873/74, from Sunderland to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. With 'Gray' serving as the vessel's captain until part way thru 1875/76, then Groundwater (until 1878/79) then Scott for many years (thru 1892/93 at least). The Mercantile Navy List ('MNL') of 1875 lists Wm. L. Byers, of Sunderland, as her then owner, while the equivalent list of 1880, states W. Lumsden Byers. Crewlist.org (insert 68898) notes that the vessel was sold to foreign owners on Nov. 29, 1883. LR of 1885/86 tells us that her then owners were C. J. Holme & A. Cousins, of Valparaiso, Chile, though LR of 1886/87 states 'C. J. Holm' only. Became  of 755/730 tons (G/N) in LR of 1891/92 at least. LR of 1894/95 lists E. Gerard & Co., also of Valparaiso, as her then owner, with C. Waldbake? her captain. The vessel is not listed in LR of 1896/97. 173.6 ft. long, signal letters WSCB, later HBRG (from 1891/92). Can you tell us what finally happened to her? Y

68898

94

Vindomora

1080

Joseph L. Thompson

Bell, Symonds & Co.

68452

95

Vulcan

967

James Laing

Hamburg-Amerikanische Packetfarhrt Aktien-Gesellschaft

 

96

Wallace Note

2708

T. R. Oswald

T. R. Oswald

68884

97

Washington, later Ciudad Condal 1

2576

T. R. Oswald

Stettin-Amerikanische Dampfschiffahrts AG of Stettin, Germany

 

98

Yen-tai

947

William Doxford

E. M. de Bussche

68506

 

 

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What were the official build numbers for 1873? 'Where Ships Are Born' states 95 vessels & 99,371 tons. Do please advise me if you know.

1874 (Just a start. Can you provide a list? Do please advise me if you have data. Corrections will surely be required in the data that follows.)

#

Name

Gross

Builder

Built for

Official No.

1

Alexandra

590

Osbourne, Graham & Co.

English & Scandinavian Steamship Co.

70227

2

Amazonas (a steamship)

1057

Alfred Simey & Co.

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1874/75 thru 1892/93 at least (LR of 1893/94 is not available to the webmaster). 229.2 ft. long, 110 HP, schooner rigged, signal letters WTBL. The vessel was initially owned by Liverpool & Amazon Royal Mail Steamship Co., of Liverpool. But only for a short time. In 1876/77, E. S. Inman, also of Liverpool, became the vessel's owner. A little later, in 1878/79, Laing & Co. of Sunderland became the vessel's owner. Between 9 & 10 p.m. on Apl. 26, 1879, Amazonas sank, off Lavernock Point (7 miles S. of Cardiff, in the Bristol Channel), after being involved in a collision with Somorrosto, a steamship also built by 'Simey' of Sunderland. Amazonas was en route from Rotterdam to Cardiff in ballast while Somorrosto was en route from Cardiff to St. Nazaire, France, with a cargo of coal. As per this report of the later Inquiry, either i) Amazonas was struck on her starboard side by the stern of Somorrosto or ii) they collided bow to bow. Version i) seems to be correct. The collision is described as fatal but it would seem that that does not mean that there was a resulting loss of life. Somorrosto suffered significant damage that required her to be beached at Penarth to permit temporary repairs to be effected. While both vessels were initially found to be at fault, on later appeal, in Apl. 1880, Amazonas was held to have been solely at fault. On May 21, 1879, Amazonas was raised by Messrs. Elliott and Jeffrey of Cardiff, was docked in the South Basin, Cardiff, & left Cardiff for Sunderland for repairs on Nov. 9, 1879 under the tow of steam tug Anglia, of London. The Mercantile Navy Lists of 1880 & 1890 both list James Laing, of Sunderland, as the vessel's then owner. On Dec. 17, 1893, the vessel left the Tyne for Lisbon, Portugal, with a cargo of 1350 tons of coal & coke. Under the command of William Rees with a crew of 16. The vessel passed Dungeness, Kent, on Dec. 17, 1893, & was not later heard from. An Inquiry was held into her loss - it is believed that the vessel was lost as a result of two days of heavy gales & foundered on the French coast in or near the island of Ushant (a small rocky island in the English Channel off the coast of Brittany, near Brest, France). The vessel was then owned by James Laing & William Stobart. Anything you can add?

70893

3

Andes

866

Osbourne, Graham & Co.

Moran & Sanderson

68708

4

Arizona

1288

G. Short

Milburn Bros.

70387

5

Aydon Forest

522

J. Gardner

W. Davison & Co.

70390

6

Ayton

662

G. Short

J. S. Barwick

68903

7

Barambio

754

Austin & Hunter

A. di Ysasi

 

8

Baron Aberdare

1708

W. Watson

MacCunn

67944

9

Bermuda

1160

William Doxford

Quebec & Gulf Ports Steamship Co.

68919

10

Blyth 1, 2 & 3 Note, 4

751

Blumer and Company

Blyth Shipping Company Limited

70384

11

Broomhall (an iron ship, later a barque. Launched as Acton Bridge

1430

William Doxford & Sons

An iron ship which became a barque in 1880/81. So far as I can see, the vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1874/75 thru 1894/95 at least. I use such words because not all editions of LR are available to the webmaster, & the 1895/96 edition in particular is not available. The vessel was launched, in May 1874, as Acton Bridge & was owned, per LR, from that date thru 1894/95 by W. S. Croudace of Dundee, Scotland. On Apl. 10, 1876 the vessel left Shields for Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with 1700/1800 tons of coal & with a crew of 28 all told. The vessel was then owned by William Storey Croudace & two others of Dundee. Having discharged her cargo at Rio, the vessel proceeded in ballast to Calcutta (now Kolkata), India, to there load a cargo consisting mainly of 1700 tons of baled jute, for delivery to Dundee. The vessel encountered severe weather, particularly in the Bay of Bengal & near the Cape of Good Hope. On Jan. 9, 1877, the vessel developed a strong list to starboard, when at 28.37N/37.37W - in the North Atlantic about 1,100 miles SW of the Azores. With great difficulty the vessel changed tack. It took the crew until Jan. 18, 1877 to discover & temporarily fix the problem which was that the outlet pipes re 5 of the vessel's 6 water closets had been broken, presumably by the stress of the sea & weather, & were permitting water to enter the cargo area. About 15% of the cargo of jute had to be jettisoned in both getting access to the pipes & in plugging them. The vessel arrived safely at Dundee on Feb. 6, 1877. How do I know all of this? A Board of Trade Inquiry was held into the matter in early Mar. 1877 - the report of such Inquiry can be accessed here, thanks to Portcities of Southampton. I cannot spot, in that report, the name of the vessel's captain at the time, but it was likely was H. Bate. Time has not permitted the webmaster to search for data at Trove, Australia & at Paperspast, New Zealand ('NZ'). It would seem, however, that on Jun. 30, 1877 the vessel, under charter to Shaw, Savill & Co. & under the command of H. Bate, arrived at Wellington, NZ, with 12 passengers & a cargo which included equipment for the Wellington tramway (1 & 2). The vessel was in New Zealand & Australia later also - in the 1890/92 period. In mid 1881, the vessel was en route from Hull to Calcutta with a cargo of railway ties, coal & coke. It went aground on Sakral Sand, Hooghly River, Calcutta, on Jul. 20, 1881, was floated off after 10 hours & suffered no damage. In early 1894 or thereabouts, the vessel was en route from Hamburg, Germany, to New York. It was hit by a succession of cyclones, was driven far to the north to a point between Greenland & Iceland & eventually made New York after a voyage of 113 days. As per this para ex page 143 (true) of this 'pdf' volume. In Jul. 1895, the vessel was sold to an Italian owner for £4.500 as per this newspaper cutting. LR of 1894/95 is most difficult to read. I think that it reads that the vessel had become owned by S. Repetto, of Genoa, Italy. 243.7 ft. long, signal letters NJMF. I read (thanks Histarmar!) that in Sep. 1895, the vessel was involved in a collision off Cape Horn & sank. I gather ex (Hawaii Newspaper p#8) that Captain Repetto & 6 Broomhall crew members were lost in the disaster. Broomhall was en route from the Tyne to Caleta Buena, Chile, when it collided with Condor, a British barque, en route to Caleta Buena from Rio de Janeiro. The Broomhall survivors were landed by Condor at Montevideo, Uruguay. Cordon was badly damaged in the collision. Can you tell us more about the circumstances of Broomhall's loss?

68272

12

Campsie Glen

510

J. Gardner

W. Davison & Co.

70381

13

Chittagong

335

W. Richardson

E. Walker

70603

14

Clan MacLeod

671

Bartram Haswell & Co.

Thomas Dunlop & Sons

68086

15

Contest

455

William Doxford

Royal Navy/The Admiralty

 

16

Coomassie

428

N. Gibbon

R. Forrest

69856

17

Cumbria

675

Bartram Haswell & Co.

P. Hick & Co.

62876

18

Cygnet

455

William Doxford

Royal Navy/The Admiralty

 

19

Dacca

1153

Blumer and Company

J. B. Foley

68539

20

Duchess of Edinburgh 1, 2 ex Trove

1766

Mounsey & Foster

E. T. Gourley & Co.

70604

21

Dunalistair

1756

Mounsey & Foster

W. S. Croudace & Co.

68276

22

Eastern Monarch

1769

Mounsey & Foster

J. Patton Jr. & Co., soon Royal Exchange Shipping Company Limited

68536

23

Emily McLaren

445

J. & J. Gibbon

Foulds & Bone

72375

24

Emma Crook 1

305

Wm. Pickersgill

T. Seed, soon Fleetwood Shipping Co. Ltd.

70174

25

Ethel Caine

1014

Osbourne, Graham & Co.

N. Caine Jr.

70864

26

Express

455

William Doxford

Royal Navy/The Admiralty

 

27

Fernglen

850

Blumer and Company

R. B. Porrett

68911

28

Fitzclarence

917

T. R. Oswald

Burrell & Son

71683

29

Flinders

489

James Laing

A. L. Elder

70676

30

Florence Margaret

302

Wm. Pickersgill

T. Seed, maybe re Fleetwood Shipping Co. Ltd.

70164

31

Florence Richards

1051

Joseph L. Thompson

S. Richards

62034

32

Formosa

1024

James Laing

John Pile & Co., soon C. N. Carvalho Jr.

70614

33

Foyle

1662

T. R. Oswald

Nourse Line

70642

34

Glen Ville

299

J. & J. Gibbon

A. Meek & Co.

70616

35

Hindostan

1157

Blumer and Company

The New Zealand Shipping Company Limited

70629

36

Idomene

1424

T. R. Oswald

H. Fernie & Co.

69371

37

Imperatritsa Ekaterina II

1253

Davison & Stokoe

St. Petersburg DG

 

38

James Drake

1351

Bartram Haswell & Co.

Wilkie & Turnbull

70389

39

John Howard

1237

Joseph L. Thompson

J. Marychurch & Co.

70277

40

Kirch

1221

Bartram Haswell & Co.

W. Wilkie & Co. later Wilkie & Turnbull

70377

41

Knight Templar

1546

Austin & Hunter

E. Shotton & Co.

70393

42

Lanercost

562

N. Gibbon

G. Watson

68902

43

Linguist

1601

Mounsey & Foster

T. & J. Harrison

70890

44

Lochnagar

1597

Robert Thompson (1819-1910)

Adam & Co.

65109

45

Lykus

1239

Joseph L. Thompson

A. Smith & Co.

68915

46

Marie Lorentzen

1161

G. Short

J. H. Lorentzen & Co.

 

47

Mary Frost

325

N. Gibbon

H. Barber

70844

48

Min

1411

Robert Thompson (1819-1910)

A. R. Brown

70646

49

Muriel

878

James Laing

J. Laing

70756

50

Nancy Holt

319

J. & J. Gibbon

Lancashire Ship Co. Ltd. (in 1876/77)

69333


#

Name

Gross

Builder

Built for

Official No.

51

Nautilus

718

George S. Gulston

General Steam Navigation Co. Ltd.

70681

52

Olive

885

William Pile

H. Ellis

68907

53

Our Annie

377

R. Thompson Note

G. L. Seed

70171

54

Pioneer

576

Blumer and Company

British Navy

 

55

Plassey

1764

William Pile

Tyser & Co.

70579

56

Pym (a barque)

586

J. Crown

The vessel was completed in Oct. 1874. Was owned, thru its lifetime it would appear, by W. R. Abbay of Knaresboro', Yorkshire, but registered at Sunderland, with 'Stapleton' serving as her captain. The Mercantile Navy Lists of 1875, 1880 & 1882 all list Wm. Richd. Abbay of Knaresboro', Yorkshire, as her then owner. On May 28, 1880, a Naval Inquiry was held at Kanagawa, Japan, into the loss overboard of A. G. Fagelstrom, Pym's ship's carpenter. In heavy seas, at 41.6S/44.49E, in the Indian Ocean about 1450 miles SE of Durban, South Africa. Lionel John Harris Stapleton was Pym's captain. Many of the vessel's crew were witnesses at the Inquiry. It would seem that every effort was made to recover the man. All as per this page. The vessel is not listed in Lloyd's Register of 1883/84. 159.5 ft. long, signal letters WSQJ. Can anybody tell us what happened to the vessel, likely in or about 1883. Y

68910

57

Rayner

1155

Robert Thompson (1819-1910)

Stephens & Co.

70225

58

Remus

1447

Joseph L. Thompson

Culliford & Clark

68909

59

Renpor

1325

Short Brothers

R. Ropner

67552

60

Respigadera

1629

T. R. Oswald

Hargrove, Ferguson & Jackson

70851

61

Robina Dunlop (a barque)

512

J. Crown

The vessel was completed in Apl. 1874. It is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1874/75 thru 1876/77 only, owned throughout by J. Neil of Glasgow & registered there, but initially registered at Sunderland. This site tells us that the vessel was initially owned by Thomas Dunlop & Sons, ('Dunlop') of Glasgow, hence presumably the vessel's name. They also state that the vessel was sold by Dunlop in 1877 to J. Neil, but that seems to be unlikely in view of the LR data. I have read also that the initial owners were Thomas Dunlop, John Neil & Andrew Reid, all of Glasgow. 'A. Jack' served as the vessel's initial captain until, per LR, part way thru 1876/77, when J. (John) Graham became her captain. Graham had served under Jack, I read, as the ship's chief officer on its first voyage to New Zealand ('NZ') in 1875. 142.9 ft. long, 512/493 tons (gross/net), signal letters MVCH. Her service record? I read that on May 13, 1874, the vessel left Sunderland too deep in the water, i.e. overloaded. The vessel made three voyages to NZ, as per the following detail (which needs to be expanded, particularly re the first 2 voyages). 1) On Jul. 21, 1875, the vessel arrived at Auckland, North Island, NZ, Jack in command. ii) The vessel left London on Mar. 18, 1876, John Graham in command, & arrived at Auckland on Jul. 5, 1876, in a voyage noted for the bad weather it encountered en route including a 36 hour hurricane which caused much damage to the vessel.  iii) On Mar. 20, 1877, the vessel left London, Graham in command, for Wellington, S. tip of North Island, NZ, chartered by the New Zealand Shipping Company, with an 800 ton cargo & no passengers. It safely arrived at Wellington on Jul. 16, 1877 after a passage of 116 days. At 10.00 a.m. on Aug. 11, 1877, the vessel left Wellington for Batavia (then Dutch East Indies, now Jakarta, Indonesia) in ballast, with a crew of 13 or 14, but only made about 100 miles before grounding on a beach, in dirty weather, at the mouth of the Turakina river, located due N. of Wellington near Whanganui, a place where the vessel should never have been. N. of Cook Strait. It grounded at 7.55 in the evening of May 13, 1877 - the vessel ended up on her port beams, with heavy seas breaking over her continuously, doing much damage & carrying away all three boats. The masts had to be cut off & jettisoned & the vessel began to break up. At 6 a.m. next morning one of the hands swam to shore with a lead line, & the entire crew escaped the vessel by the use of ropes. Reuben (Reupena Kewatone) a Māori chief, gave hospitality to the crew when they reached Reuben's pā (a pā is a Māori village) & in gratitude, by formal deed of gift, Graham gave the wreck as it lay on the beach to Reuben - even though he did not own it & it was not his to give! An Inquiry into the disaster soon followed. The Court determined that Graham had failed to properly estimate the distance that the vessel had travelled, failed to take into account a strong adverse tide & failed to use the lead to take depth soundings. The Court concluded that the loss occurred because of the culpable negligence of the captain & suspended Graham's licence for a period of 2 years. George Frederic August Carl von Schoen, the vessel's chief officer, was censured for his action (or lack of it) throughout. Parts of the wreck are still today on the ocean floor. Robina Dunlop's figurehead 'is now part of the collection held by the Devonport Navel Base in Auckland'. Some data sources - 1, 2, 3, 4. A NZ government wreck summary report (in red). Is there anything you can add to the above, or correct?

68101

62

Rodney

1519

William Pile

Devitt & Moore

68905

63

Romulus

1442

Joseph L. Thompson

J. H. W. Culliford

68908

64

Saint Lawrence

2220

James Laing

Temperley & Co.

70581

65

Sarah & Mary

141

D. A. Douglas

Tyzack & Branfoot

68916

66

Senator

1768

Mounsey & Foster

Charente Steamship Co. Ltd.

69375

67

Silksworth

1047

G. Short

J. O. Clazey

68912

68

Silver Cloud 1, 2 & 3

304

R. Thompson Note

Maunsell & Co.

68550

69

Stag

1558

Bartram Haswell & Co.

Joseph Robinson

67548

70

Sumida

1401

Robert Thompson (1819-1910)

Japanese Government

 

71

Swallow

309

W. Richardson

T. Gallop

63910

72

S. W. Kelly

1129

Joseph L. Thompson

J. Marychurch & Co.

70264

73

Theseus

1041

Robert Thompson (1819-1910)

Livingstone & Briggs

70606

74

Tonga

314

N. Gibbon

Bullard King & Co.

68534

75

Transvaal (a barque)

384

J. Crown

The vessel, which was completed in Jul. 1874 is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1874/75 thru 1880/81 only. Which is a puzzle - read on! It was owned by J. T. Rennie, of Aberdeen, Scotland, with 'Bolton' i.e. J. T. Bolton, serving as her captain. The Mercantile Navy List of 1875 lists John Thomson Rennie of Aberdeen as her then owner, however the equivalent list of 1876 does not record the vessel at all. As we know from the above listing re Umkomanzi, also owned by 'Rennie', his vessels served Natal, South Africa - extensive data about the Rennie fleet can be read here. 140.4 ft. long, 384/370 tons (gross/net), signal letters NHWC. Why did I say above that it was a puzzle that LR listed the vessel thru 1880/81? Because I learn that the vessel was wrecked near Durban, KwaZulu, Natal, South Africa, on Dec. 8, 1874, indeed the vessel is stated to have broken in half lengthwise (can that really be so?). During her maiden voyage. She had left London on Aug. 29, 1874 with a cargo valued at £25,000 to £30,000. This site (search for Transvaal) (thanks!) tells us that the vessel was anchored about 2 1/2 km. S. of the mouth of the Umgeni River (which empties into the sea at Durban) when the area was hit by a southerly gale. The vessel's anchors parted & she 'went aground stern first and then swung broadside to the coast. A great sea struck her and she split in half from bow to stern'. At 7.00 a.m. on Dec. 8, 1874. One half of the vessel, the starboard side, was washed inshore while the port side was swept out to sea. The crew climbed into the rigging, but perished before the eyes of spectators when her masts fell. This fine article ex Trove, Australia, tells us a little differently - that the crew had climbed the mizenmast & that while they were there the ship rolled right over dropping the mast & crew into the raging waters. Such article does not refer to the vessel breaking up lengthwise. It does tell us that there is an area of quicksand where Transvaal went ashore & that within two minutes (have also read 15 minutes) the wreck sank into the quicksand & vanished from sight. All 12 aboard were lost, not including Bolton, her captain, who was fortunate to have been ashore when all of this occurred. The 12 were buried in a mass grave in the West Street Cemetery, in Durban. This article names them all. There is some modest confusion as to the exact location where she came ashore. Is there anything you can add or correct? Y

65110

76

Truth

527

J. Gardner

Eills & Co.

69341

77

Violet

170

J. & J. Gibbon

E. Gardner

68906

78

Waikato

1053

Blumer and Company

The New Zealand Shipping Company Limited

68518

79

Waimate

1157

Blumer and Company

The New Zealand Shipping Company Limited

70629

80

Waitangi

1170

Blumer and Company

The New Zealand Shipping Company Limited

70592

81

Wallacetown

1626

T. R. Oswald

Hargrove, Ferguson & Jackson

70895

82

Warrior

1231

Davison & Stokoe

T. & J. Harrison

69347

83

William D. Seed

767

Wm. Pickersgill

T. Seed, maybe of Fleetwood Shipping Co. Ltd.

70170

84

Zeeburg

533

J. Gill

D. & A. D. McLaren

67937

 

 

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What were the official build numbers for 1874? 'Where Ships Are Born' states 88 vessels & 88,022 tons. Do please advise me if you know.

1875 (Just a start. Can you provide a list? Do please advise me if you have data. Corrections will surely be required in the data that follows.)

#

Name

Gross

Builder

Built for

Official No.

1

A Steam ferry

 

George S. Gulston

Not known to webmaster

 

2

Abbey Cowper

726

William Doxford & Sons

J. Hay & Co.

70957

3

Aikshaw

596

William Doxford & Sons

E. W. Dyson

72922

4

Ajeca

317

Wm. Pickersgill

A. & A. Suter

70735

5

Alastor

874

Iliff and Mounsey

R. H. Penney

69930

6

Allendale

880

James Laing

W. H. Dixon & T. Wilson

68931

7

Alpheta

869

Mounsey & Foster

R. H. Penney

74736

8

Ann Chaddock Note

469

N. Gibbon

Not known to webmaster

74509

9

Anne Lesslie

106

J. Gardner

P. L. Smith

68927

10

Antares

873

Mounsey & Foster

R. H. Penney

69922

11

Antofagasta

709

William Doxford & Sons

Tomlinson, Hodgett & Co.

70935

12

Autocrat

1539

William Doxford & Sons

T. Day

70239

13

Bann

1719

T. R. Oswald

James Nourse

73550

14

Bayadère

212

N. Gibbon

A. Levive

 

15

Beecroft

1626

T. R. Oswald

Hargrove, Ferguson & Jackson

70938

16

Belle of Benin

299

George S. Gulston

G. Eastee

70714

17

Bowden

1624

T. R. Oswald

Hargrove, Ferguson & Jackson

70914

18

Britannia

1400

Osbourne, Graham & Co.

Hamilton Bros.

70985

19

Camara

826

Alfred Simey & Co.

Vinuesa & Co.

 

20

Campanero

361

N. Gibbon

Foulds & B'ne (Bourne?)

72401

21

Carbet Castle

1649

Mounsey & Foster

L. H. MacIntyre & Co.

70970

22

Carlotta

591

W. Richardson

R. Beckwith

70231

23

Castle Holme

1042

Bartram Haswell & Co.

Hine Bros.

72923

24

Catherine Griffith

337

Wm. Pickersgill

G. Griffith

73573

25

Champion

1487

T. R. Oswald

H. Fernie & Sons

74481

26

Clan Campbell

749

Bartram Haswell & Co.

T. Dunlop & Sons

71713

27

Croft

1403

Joseph L. Thompson

Dent Hodgson & Co.

70241

28

Delscey

704

William Doxford & Sons

Shallcross & Higham

70954

29

Devonshire

678

James Laing

W. Milnes

73567

30

Diomedea

1240

James Laing

G. Porteous

73558

31

Ebenezer

81

Dunn

W. Harty & Co.

68934

32

Eden Holme

818

Bartram Haswell & Co.

Hine Bros.

62035

33

Ellen Holt

321

W. Richardson

Lancashire Shipping Co. Ltd.

74463

34

Emily Chaplin

777

Austin & Hunter

Moran & Sanderson

73161

35

Erith (a schooner rigged iron steamship)

430/687
(N/G)
later
409/655
(N/G)
later
409/673
(N/G)

Blumer and Company

The vessel, which was completed in Aug. 1875, & was always registered at London, is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1875/76 thru 1890/91. It was owned initially, per LR of 1875/76, by W. H. Crooks & Co., but later in that year & throughout the balance of its lifetime, the vessel was owned by W. A. Watson, with, per LR, 3 captains during that period i.e. J. Noble to 1876/77 at least, W. Scott from 1878/79 at least to 1888/89, & Hardy or J. R. Hardy thereafter. The Mercantile Navy Lists ('MNL') of 1876, 1880 & 1885 list William Anthony Watson, of Sunderland, as her then owner, while MNL of 1889 & 1890 lists William Anthony Watson as her managing owner. It is clear, however, that Erith was always owned by Watson & others, apparently a 'great number' of others. 187.7 ft. long, signal letters SFLM, 90 HP engines by North Eastern Marine Engineering Co. Ltd., of Sunderland. LR of 1890/91 notes that the vessel had been 'Lost by Collision'.
On Sep. 17, 1879, Erith left London for Seaham, in ballast & with a crew of 15 all told. Early on Sep. 18, 1879 the vessel was off Robin Hood's Bay, Yorkshire, approaching a fleet of some 50 fishing smacks actively fishing. One of those smacks was Malakoff, an 18 ton fishing lugger registered at Penzance, Devon, & owned by Peter Williams. Malakoff became concerned that her nets would become tangled in the vicinity of so many other fishing boats. So she hauled in her nets & proceeded slowly to an area of clear space. By law, apparently, Malakoff, not being an open boat, must show not only her white light (which denotes fishing & stationary) but also coloured running lights when under weigh. While equipped for such lights, which are cumbersome to use, Malakoff did not display such lights. Erith approached at speed, at about 8 or 9 knots, saw the white light of Malakoff & thought she was stationary, & realised that she was in fact moving too late to avoid a collision. Erith struck Malakoff amidships causing her to break in two with her crew ending up in the water. Erith's boats were launched but three of the crew of seven aboard Malakoff were drowned. A Court of Inquiry was held into the collision. Both vessels, in the Court's opinion, were to blame. You can read the Inquiry Report here.
I read that on Jun. 13, 1890, Erith & Lyell collided off Flamborough Head, Yorkshire. Lyell, a 2434 ton steamer was built by Bartram & Haswell of Sunderland in 1890. Crew lists re Erith's voyages in 1876 thru 1891 exist at Memorial University in Newfoundland, Canada. Miramar advises (thanks!) that on Feb. 25, 1891, Erith, en route from Sunderland to Rochester, Kent, with a cargo of coal, was in collision with the anchored Clan Monroe off Maplin Sands (Thames Estuary near Southend-on-Sea) & sank. Iris, a Glasgow steamer, had run violently into Erith, & Erith was driven, by the force of the impact, 'athwart' of Clan Monroe which was anchored off the Nore. Erith sank but her crew were all taken aboard Clan Monroe, which was only slightly damaged. You can read about it here. Can you add anything? Y

73556

36

Eschol

1486

James Laing

Middleton & Co.

70398

37

Ethel

515

Robert Thompson (1819-1910)

J. Russell

69507

38

Euphony (a barque)

377

J. Crown

This vessel, which was completed in Jul. 1875, is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed, it would seem, from 1875/76 thru 1886/87. Owned throughout by J. Ditchburn of London, as is confirmed by the Mercantile Navy Lists of each of 1876, 1880 & 1885. With 'Lawrence' (thru 1879/80), R. Robertson (thru 1883/84 at least) & 'Whittingham' (from 1885/86 at least) serving as her captains. LR of 1886/87 noted that the vessel had been 'Lost'. The U.K. register for the vessel was closed in 1887. 'Log Chips' of Jun. 1959, a 'pdf' file available here, tells us (on page #81) that the vessel foundered in Dec. 1886. 138.0 ft. long, 377/364 tons (gross/net), signal letters PBTV. Can you tell us about the circumstances of the vessel's loss? Y

70741

39

First Lancashire

1405

Osbourne, Graham & Co.

William H. Owen

74480

40

Fylde 1, 2 Note

379

R. Thompson Note

H. Hall & Co.

70176

41

George Watson

795

N. Gibbon

G. Watson & Sons

68917

42

Glannibanta later Alemagna, Senegal 1

853

Joseph L. Thompson

Bell & Symonds

70236

43

Glen Ville

325

N. Gibbon

A. Meek & Co.

70616

44

Gloria

2848

William Doxford & Sons

Olano, Larrinaga & Co.

 

45

Granville

341

N. Gibbon

J. Davies & Co.

70489

46

Guiding Star

322

Wm. Pickersgill

W. Dodd

70927

47

Halley

1362

Bartram Haswell & Co.

Wilkie & Turnbull

70399

48

Haytian

2336

James Laing

West India & Pacific Steam Navigation Co.

70902

49

Hesperides

1401

Short Brothers

J. Patton Jr., & Co.

70706

50

Hospodar

1625

T. R. Oswald

J. Hargrove

70984


#

Name

Gross

Builder

Built for

Official No.

51

Ifafa, later Union (a barque)

384

J. Crown

The vessel was completed in Feb. 1875. The name Ifafa? - a coastal town in KwaZulu, Natal, South Africa, located S. of Durban. The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed, as Ifafa, from 1874/75 thru 1888/89 only. It was owned by J. T. Rennie (J. T. Rennie & Son from 1879/80), of Aberdeen, Scotland, with 'J. Smith'  (thru 1879/80) & 'Le Messurier' (from 1879/80) serving as her captains. J. T. Rennie meant John Thomson Rennie I learn. The Mercantile Navy Lists ('MNL') of 1880, 1882 & 1885 all list, however, George H. Rennie, of London, as owner of the Aberdeen registered barque. The equivalent MNL list of 1890 does not record the vessel at all. Now LR of 1889/90 tells us that Ifafa had been renamed Union & lists Union as owned by Larchevêque of St. Valery, France, which surely means St. Valery-en-Caux, on the coast of Normandy, N. & E. of Le Havre. LR lists Union from 1889/90 thru 1893/94 & indicates, in the 1893/94 edition, that the vessel had been 'Abandoned'. Her service? As we know from the above listing re Umkomanzi, also owned by 'Rennie', his vessels served Natal, South Africa - extensive data about the Rennie fleet can be read here. Which page also tells us that Union was abandoned in the North Atlantic on Nov. 19, 1893, after losing her rudder. 142.5 ft. long, 384/365 tons (gross/net), signal letters NTBG, later LGTC. Can you tell us about the circumstances of the vessel's loss? Y

70439

52

Jamaica

718

William Doxford & Sons

R. Denniston & Co.

71718

53

J. B. Eminson

1031

Short Brothers

John Oswald Clazey or James Oswald Clazey

68928

54

Karo

1514

Mounsey & Foster

David G. Pinkney & Son

68921

55

Kingdom of Sweden

830

Mounsey & Foster

Gosman & Smith

70707

56

Lady Aline

600

James Laing

Marquis of Londonderry

68933

57

Lady Eleanor 1, 2

764

George S. Gulston

Earl of Durham

68929

58

Langdale

883

James Laing

W. H. Dixon

68941

59

Lartington

1357

Short Brothers

J. S. Barwick & Co.

68924

60

Lillian Morris, later Pasqualino, later Paysandhu, later Ibaizabal, later Maria Luiza (an iron barque) 1 Note

806
later
769
& 745

William Doxford & Sons

Launched in Jul. 1875. Per Lloyd's Register of 1875/76 was then owned by T. Benyon & Co. of Newport - thru 1880, later (1890) John W. Beynon of Castletown, Monmouthshire. 195.3 ft. long. 'scott-base' advised, thanks, that the vessel was sold in 1902 to Giuseppi Ferrara of Italy & renamed Pasqualino. Was converted to an auxilliary schooner in 1917 & renamed Paysandu. Was renamed Ibaizabal in 1919. The vessel was sold again in 1923 & renamed Maria Luiza. The vessel caught fire and sank in 1929. Later broken up.

73131

61

Lizzie Barry (a barque)

526

J. Gardner

Was launched in Aug. 1875. Owned in 1875/76, per Lloyd's Register, by J. H. Barry of Whitby. 146.6 ft. long.

72131

62

Lombardian (an iron barque)

760

Austin & Hunter

Launched in Apl. 1875. Per Lloyd's Register of 1875/76 was then owned by Tweddell & Harrison of Stockton. Tweddell Jr. or Tweddell & Harrington. 188.4 ft. long.

67506

63

Luis de Cuadra (an iron steamer)

923

Robert Thompson (1819-1910)

Segovia Cuadra & Co. Launched in Jul. 1875. 210.5 ft. long, 99 HP. Owned per LR of 1875/76 by S. Clarke & Co. of London.

73549

64

Maid of Aln

518

J. Gardner

W. Davison & Co.

70397

65

Mountaineer

1537

William Doxford & Sons

G. N. Gardiner & Co.

70910

66

Myrtle Holme

945

Bartram Haswell & Co.

Hine Bros.

72921

67

Opal

2162

William Doxford & Sons

Royal Navy

 

68

Oregon

843

Mounsey & Foster

Welch & Rollo

73394

69

Ours

1168

Robert Thompson (1819-1910)

Culliford & Clark

68935

70

Paz, later Anselmo (a steamer)

785

Robert Thompson (1819-1910)

Data sources:- 1 (extensive page in Spanish, with 2 giant images) 2 (link 1 Google translated into English), 3 (image of Anselmo, c.1905/10 at Barcelona, Spain, thanks to 'vida-maritima.com'). 4 (Anselmo at left). The vessel is recorded in Lloyd's Register ('LR'), thru 1885/86, as owned by E. Lund of Bilbao, Spain. LR of 1886/87 lists the vessel, renamed Anselmo, owned by O. de Olavarria, of Gijon, Bay of Biscay coast of Spain. On Nov. 3, 1910, the vessel ran aground, in fog, at the entrance to the Arosa estuary (NW Spain) & became a total loss. You can read extensive history of the vessel via the links above, thanks to 'vida-maritima.com'.

 

71

Penshaw (a barque, but maybe a ship, see text)

755

J. Crown

The vessel which was completed in Nov. 1875 was likely Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1875/76 thru 1893/94 (not all editions are available to the webmaster). It was owned, thru 1886/87, by J. Crown of Sunderland, i.e. its builder, with J. S. Airey serving as the vessel's captain throughout that entire period. The vessel may have served in the Far East. I spotted a vessel survey done at Sourabaya, Java. The Mercantile Navy Lists ('MNL') of 1880 & 1885 both record John Crown of Southwick as the owner of Penshaw, listed as a ship (LR throughout lists the vessel as a barque). In 1886/87, the vessel became owned by H. G. Brown of Hong Kong (H. G. Brown & Co. Ltd. from 1889/90), with G. Parker serving as her captain thru 1887/88, J. Judkay (thru 1892/93) & Wood in 1893/94. H. G. Brown was a timber merchant, I read. MNL of 1890 lists H. G. Brown & Co., Lim. of Hong Kong as the then owner of Penshaw, a ship. LR of 1893/94 notes that the vessel had been wrecked in Feb. 1893. Which data is amplified by 'Log Chips' of Jun. 1959, a 'pdf' file available here, which tells us (on page #81) that the vessel was lost on Feb. 19, 1893 in the Philippines. 175.8 ft. long, 755/729 tons (gross/net), signal letters WTJM. Can you tell us about the circumstances of the vessel's loss? Y

68930

72

Philomene

1465

T. R. Oswald

H. Fernie & Sons

70956

73

Plover

949

Mounsey & Foster

General Steam Navigation Co.

70720

74

Ramon

374

Blumer and Company

U. de Undaza

 

75

Rowland (a steamer)

1230

Bartram Haswell & Co.

An iron steamer that had a very short life. The webmaster has access to only one edition of Lloyd's Register that includes the vessel, that of 1876/77. Such register states that R. Mawson Kendrick & Co., of Newcastle, were then her owners. The vessel was launched on Oct. 30, 1875. The Mercantile Navy List of 1876 (select steam) lists Rowland (hence the vessel name, I presume) Mawson, of Newcastle, as the then owner of the steamer. 236.0 ft. long, 120 HP, signal letters WTDQ. On Sep. 12, 1877, Rowland left Montreal, Canada, for Queenstown, Ireland, with a cargo of 1,565 tons of wheat both in bag & in bulk. In getting under weigh, the vessel came into collision with Hollingshead, a barque, (cannot identify the vessel) & 5 hours later touched ground, 'a not uncommon occurrence in the River St. Lawrence ...' The vessel arrived at Sydney Harbour, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, on Sep. 16, 1877, took on coal there & left at 4 p.m. on Sep. 17, 1877 steering ESE. John Phillips Swaffin was the vessel's master, while George Sharpham was her first officer. She had a crew of 21 all told & carried a single passenger. After leaving Sydney the vessel encountered fog, a continuous & thick fog such that at times the look-out man could not be seen from amidships. The vessel travelled at full speed, at about 8 or 8 1/2 knots, despite the conditions & despite the vessel's compass having a known error. The vessel's course took it, in the opinion of the Court, closer to Newfoundland than was prudent or necessary. At 2.30 a.m. on Sep. 19, 1877, the look-out man reported ice ahead. It proved not to be ice! The engines were reversed but before she could be stopped she ran aground on the NE bank of Peter River, Holyrood Bay, St. Mary's Bay, Newfoundland. Everyone aboard safely made in to shore in ship's boats or with the assistance of local fishermen. A few days later, the ship broke up &, with the exception of 2,000 or 3,000 bags of wheat, the entire cargo was lost. The Court considered at length the body of knowledge available to the master about navigating in waters close to the S. coast of Newfoundland. Most particularly the necessity to constantly use the lead to ascertain one's position in view of the strong currents & frequent fogs in the area. The lead had not been used. And the effect of the currents, which had caused many a shipwreck, were not properly considered. The Court held that the master had navigated the ship 'with an amount of negligence such as has seldom come under our notice'. They suspended his licence for a 6 month period & reprimanded the first officer for his lack of action while on duty at the time of the grounding. All of this as per the Inquiry Report available here. At the time of her loss, the vessel was owned by many persons, all with few shares - Rowland Mawson was her managing owner. Is there anything you would wish to add? Y

70244

76

Rügenwalde

513

Short Brothers

Hemptenmacher & Co.

 

77

Ruth Topping

332

W. Richardson

Lancashire Shipping Co. Ltd.

70949

78

Salvadora

970

William Doxford & Sons

Cuculla & Co.

 

79

Scottish Chief

682

Blumer and Company

D. Park

68932

80

Sierra Morena

1423

T. R. Oswald

Thompson Anderson & Co.

74469

81

Sindbad

639

Robert Thompson (1819-1910)

Swansea Shipping Co.

70501

82

Southella

1281

Blumer and Company

Jackson, Beaumont & Co.

73167

83

Spinaway (a barque, later a barquentine & a schooner)

346

R. Thompson Note

Data sources:- 1 (ex p#41 of a 'pdf' file available here - W.A. Historical Ships Register). J. & W. Bateman in 1876/77

68922

84

Swaledale

1587

Short Brothers

Milburn Bros.

70407

85

Syracuse

1488

James Laing

R. T. Nicholson

68926

86

Tartessus

636

Alfred Simey & Co.

H. F. Wilcox

73551

87

The Frederick

836

Osbourne, Graham & Co.

J. N. Ward & Co.

70179

88

Torrens

1335

James Laing

Elder & Co.

73595

89

Victoria

2909

William Doxford & Sons

Olano, Larrinaga & Co.

 

90

W. H. Watson

533

Short Brothers

W. H. Watson & Son

68918

91

Woollahra

974

Osbourne, Graham & Co.

Cowlishaw Bros.

73314

92

Yembo

1655

James Laing

David G. Pinkney & others

68923

93

Zulu Chief

405

R. Thompson Note

J. Thomson & Co.

73593

 

 

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Total tonnage

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What were the official build numbers for 1875? 'Where Ships Are Born' states 91 vessels & 79,904 tons. Do please advise me if you know.

1876 (Just a start. Can you provide a list? Do please advise me if you have data. Corrections will surely be required in the data that follows.

#

Name

Gross

Builder

Built for

Official No.

1

A. 1.

962

Bartram Haswell & Co.

Porritt Webster

62879

2

Advent

895

Short Brothers

James Westoll

68939

3

Alice Mary

381

N. Gibbon

J. Frazer & Co.

73638

4

Alne Holme

1036

Joseph L. Thompson

Hine Bros.

72925

5

Arabella

688

Bartram Haswell & Co.

T. E. Hick

62880

6

Archer

789

Robert Thompson (1819-1910)

P. Iredale & Son

74535

7

Argo

653

J. Gardner

R. Humble

68936

8

Armstrong

920

James Laing

James Wait

70424

9

Arvonia 1

1318

Mounsey & Foster

Arvon Shipping Co. Ltd.

74560

10

Ayton (a steamship, a collier)

1504

Short Brothers

Barwick & Co.

68944

11

Beech Holm

803

James Laing

R. H. Gayner

68948

12

Belle of Arvon

946

Osbourne, Graham & Co.

T. Griffith & Co.

74541

13

Bhotan, later Clara (an iron ship, later a barque)

1138

Robert Thompson (1819-1910)

The webmaster has not researched this vessel, which would seem to have been first Lloyd's Register listed in 1876/77. Was initially owned by E. Bates & Sons of Liverpool. On Dec. 14, 1877, Bhotan left London, via Start Point, Devon, for Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, with a general cargo. It arrived at Sydney on Mar. 11, 1878 & on May 28, 1878 left Sydney for San Francisco. The Mercantile Navy List of 1880 lists Edward P. Bates, of Liverpool, as the then owner of the 1084 ton ship. 214.7 ft. long, signal letters QMVF, later NDQG. Niels Hald-Andersen advises (thanks!) that in Nov. 1889, the vessel was sold to P. Svarrer, of Nordby, Fanoe (Fanø) Island, W. coast of Denmark, & renamed Clara. In Oct. 1891, Clara was sold or transferred to A/S P. C. Svarrer & in 1894 was sold to A/S Peder N. Winther, both of Nordby. Niels advises further that Clara was wrecked on Sep. 26, 1903 on Mazatlan Roads (NW Mexico), during a hurricane, while en route from Hamburg, Germany, to Mazatlan with a 1600 ton general cargo. The entire crew of 15 lost their lives. Can you add anything?

74553

14

Blagdon

1380

Joseph L. Thompson

Arkless, Bell & Co.

70253

15

Bon-Accord (a barque)

414

J. Crown

The vessel which was completed in Dec. 1876 was likely Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1876/77 thru 1888/89 at least (not all editions are available to the webmaster). It was owned, thru 1885/86, by J. Hossack of Liverpool, with W. Scott, W. Robertson & J. Wilson serving as the vessel's captains. The Mercantile Navy Lists ('MNL') of 1879, 1880 & 1885 all record Joseph Hossack of Liverpool as her then owner, but I note that MNL lists the vessel as Bon Accord, i.e. with no hyphen in the name, & lists the vessel as first registered in 1877 rather than in 1876. LR is a puzzle re the owner's name - it lists the owner as J. Hossack in 1876/77 & 1885/86, but J. Hossick (with an 'i') from 1878/79 thru 1883/84. In 1885/86, per LR, the vessel became both owned & captained by Coutsoudakis of Milan, Italy (G. Coutsoudakis from 1886/87). The vessel is not listed in LR of 1891/92, while LR of 1889/90 is not available to the webmaster. 141.0 ft. long, 414/398 tons (gross/net), signal letters QKPT. Can you tell us what happened to the vessel, likely in 1890 or 1891? Y

76404

16

Brier Holme

921

Joseph L. Thompson

Hine Bros.

76136

17

Carmelo

711

Austin & Hunter

G. J. Hay

68940

18

Celia

335

Wm. Pickersgill

W. C. Jarvis

76381

19

Champion of the Seas

88

Short Brothers

J. Shearer

 

20

Chilena

707

William Doxford & Sons

Tomlinson, Hodgett & Co.

74511

21

Commonwealth

1862

William Doxford & Sons

Day & Farlan

76202

22

Corsair

400

Blumer and Company

Turner, Edwards & Co.

69405

23

Dawn

522

W. F. Pile

Pile & Co.

73718

24

Dora Ann

609

James Laing

R. James

67635

25

Emily

787

A. Simey & Co.

T. Kish et al

68942

26

Emily A. Davies

417

Joseph L. Thompson

J. Davies

70505

27

Fenton

784

Austin & Hunter

W. Milnes

73735

28

Fervent

901

Short Brothers

James Westoll

68943

29

G. B. S. 1, 2, 3, 4 Note

596

Joseph L. Thompson

G. B. Sully

72455

30

Glandinorwig

1107

William Doxford & Sons

W. E. Jones

74870

31

Glendovey

609

James Laing

Wm James & N. Boath

67633

32

Golden Sunset

542

Blumer and Company

Henry Beynon & Co.

73136

33

Gwrtheyrn Castle

803

Osbourne, Graham & Co.

Robert Rees

70315

34

Helena Mena

692

Robert Thompson (1819-1910)

J. Wilson

73654

35

James Beazley, later Banksfields (a barque) 1 Note

859

Osbourne, Graham & Co.

William Kelly

74533

36

Kentish Tar

590

Richard Thompson

G. Simpson & Co.

76924

37

Kirkloch

785

William Doxford & Sons

J. Steel

74537

38

Lady Kilmarnock

109

J. Gardner

A. Hay & Co.

 

39

Lanoma

700

Austin & Hunter

Thomas Boss Walker

73710

40

La Querida

707

William Doxford & Sons

Tomlinson, Hodgett & Co.

74559

41

Lorraine

871

William Doxford & Sons

J. Lidgett & Co.

73712

42

Mary Emily

206

Wm. Pickersgill

J. Jones & Co.

76351

43

Melpomene

1247

Osbourne, Graham & Co.

J. Scott & Co.

68938

44

Mercia

787

Bartram Haswell & Co.

P. Hick

75236

45

Peer of the Realm

1813

William Doxford & Sons

Farlam & Co.

70251

46

Prometheus

1622

Joseph L. Thompson

A. Smith & Co.

68949

47

Queen of Cambria 1 Note

890

Osbourne, Graham & Co.

R. Jones of Carnarvon, later (1880 & 1890) Wm. Thomas of Nevin, later (1900) Robert Thomas of Criccieth, both of Carnarvonshire

74867

48

Red Star

1547

Bartram Haswell & Co.

W. Wilkie

70418

49

Rossend Castle

1728

Bartram Haswell & Co.

H. T. Mawson

76203

50

Rouen

751

James Laing

A. Pring & Co.

70256

51

Sabrina

328

W. Richardson

W. W. Steers & Co.

76341

52

Scottish Hero

911

William Doxford & Sons

McIlwraith, MacEacharn & Co.

73670

53

Scottish Knight

916

William Doxford & Sons

McIlwraith, MacEacharn & Co.

73682

54

Sea Mew

748

George S. Gulston

R. Clayton

68937

55

Shakespeare

1814

Short Brothers

William Adamson

73684

56

Sovereign

544

Richard Thompson

R. Richardson & Co.

56674

57

Sylph

1081

Austin & Hunter

J. Pile & Co.

73722

58

Tunstall

1066

Short Brothers

J. S. Barwick

73629

59

West York

714

William Doxford & Sons

T. Thompson

74496

60

Yembo Note

1577

James Laing

D. G. Pinkney & Son

68991

 

 

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Total tonnage

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What were the official build numbers for 1876? 'Where Ships Are Born' states 60 vessels & 54,041 tons. Do please advise me if you know.

1877 (Just a start. Can you provide a list? Do please advise me if you have data. Corrections will surely be required in the data that follows.)

#

Name

Gross

Builder

Built for

Official No.

1

Aberfoyle (an iron steamship)

738/1137
(N/G)

Robert Thompson (1819-1910)

The vessel which was launched on Apl. 28, 1877 & completed in that same month, was likely Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1878/79 thru 1883/84 (LR of 1877/78 & 1884/85 are not available to the webmaster). It was owned, thru its entire lifetime, by Adam & Co. of Aberdeen, i.e. by John Birnie Adam, her managing owner as per the Mercantile Navy List of 1880 thru 1888. A tiny puzzle - LR throughout listed the vessel as ON 74062. The vessel, per LR, had 4 captains during its lifetime - A. Cook thru 1880/81, A. Smith in 1880/81 & 1881/82, Young in 1881/82 & J. E. Irvine from 1882/83. 232.9 ft. long, signal letters QRFH, 120 HP engines by Black Hawthorn & Co. of Gateshead.
An earlier event in the life of Aberfoyle. On Feb. 12, 1879, Aberfoyle left Almeria, Spain, for Leith, Scotland, with a cargo of lead & esparto grass & with a crew of 21 all told. So far at least, I have not read the name of her captain on that voyage but William Jolly Potts was her chief officer & on duty at the time of the matters that follow. At 5 p.m. on Feb. 22, 1879, Kewadin, a 278 ton brig, built in Prince Edward Island, Canada, in 1866, had left Shields for Torquay, Devon, with a cargo of coal, under the command of William Edward Meyes with a crew of 8 all told. John Bloom of Folkestone was the managing owner of the Folkestone registered Kewadin. The night of Feb. 22/23, 1879, was beautifully clear. In the early hours of Feb. 23, 1879, at about 5 a.m., when about 6 miles off Scarborough, North Yorkshire, Aberfoyle struck Kewadin in her port bow. About 3 minutes later Kewadin sank, & one of Kewadin's crew, Charles Lewis, an ordinary seaman, lost his life. He had ended up in the water & while his voice was heard he could not be located. At about 7.30 a.m., search efforts having been exhausted, Aberfoyle continued her voyage to Leith & there landed the remaining 7 Kewadin crew members. It would seem that a contributory factor in the collision was the location of Kewadin's running lights which were likely obscured by the billowing of the vessel's square fore-sail. It would seem also that Aberfoyle had changed course in the wrong direction as she closed in upon the brig. In all of the circumstances, however, no action was taken respecting the certificates of Potts & Meyes. The collision was the subject of a Court of Inquiry whose Report you can read here.
Miramar tells us (thanks!) that the vessel was lost on Mar. 23, 1883 while en route from the Tyne to Ergasteria (Ergosteria, Greece, SE of Athens) with a cargo of coal & coke. The vessel was in collision with Renown off Tynemouth. Renown (ON 52664) is said to have been owned by J. Hall & Co. of Newcastle however LR indicates that W. S. Lishman, also of Newcastle, was her owner. We thank this site for an extensive set of Shields Daily Gazette newspaper cuttings that set out the full circumstances of what happened. On the afternoon of Mar. 23, 1883, Aberfoyle & then Renown both left Newcastle, bound respectively for Ergosteria & for Lisbon, Portugal. The weather was fine. Aberfoyle, under the control of a pilot, did not leave the vicinity of the port since she had to await technicians coming aboard to adjust her compasses. So the vessel was under way, slowly, a little to the SW of the South Pier. Renown, an 1169 ton steamer built at Newcastle in 1865, came out of the port at good speed & ran violently into the midships starboard area of Aberfoyle, which, cut down to the water level, began sinking rapidly. The crew of Aberfoyle & her pilot scrambled aboard Renown, but soon returned to Aberfoyle to run her ashore along the Herd Sands, South Shields. Renown too was seriously damaged. Her bow was stove in & her fore compartment full of water. She was towed into Shields harbour & moored there. One man lost his life. Wm. Jno. Butler, a local grocer, had been aboard Aberfoyle as a friend of her captain. He suffered the misfortune to have his head crushed between the two vessels as they came together, poor fellow. A fireman had his leg broken also. The cuttings do not address blame for the collision. And they hint that Aberfoyle would end up a total wreck. Maybe we will later find out if there was an Inquiry into the collision & a determination as to blame. Can you add anything additional? Y

70462

2

Adamantine

235

Blumer and Company

J. Melmore

76140

3

Adara

1305

Mounsey & Foster

R. H. Penney & Co.

 

4

Airy

1813

Bartram Haswell & Co.

Wilkie & Turnbull

76642

5

Albert & Edward (an iron steamship)

1215

Joseph L. Thompson

The vessel may well have been listed in LR of 1877/78, which edition is not available to the webmaster. It was not recorded in the 1876/77 or 1878/79 editions of LR. The vessel, which was launched on Aug. 9, 1877, was owned throughout its brief life by F. Gordon & Stamp & registered at London. On Dec. 30, 1877, the vessel left South Shields for London with a cargo of a total of 1546 tons of coal. As per this page, the vessel was never seen or heard from again & its crew of 19 all told were lost. 230.4 ft. long, 120 HP. Anything you can add?

77005

6

Alliance

942

James Laing

T. R. Thompson

68960

7

Altmore

2042

Robert Thompson (1819-1910)

Adam & Co.

77439

8

Annie

1215

Joseph L. Thompson

Jenneson Taylor & Co.

76976

9

Antonio

1858

William Doxford & Sons

The Steam Navigation Co. (Nord) Ltd.

77017

10

Arabella

334

Wm. Pickersgill

J. Tedford & Co.

73490

11

Barbara

1108

William Doxford & Sons

Capt. William Thomas & others

76475

12

Ben Venue

1515

James Laing

J. Morrison & Sons

76637

13

Ben Voirlich

1506

James Laing

J. Morrison & Sons

76641

14

Bickley

631

Alfred Simey & Co.

G. Heyn and Sons Ltd., soon Ulster Steamship Company Ltd.

76970

15

Britannia

973

Short Brothers

J. W, Taylor & Son

68962

16

Caesarea

1294

William Doxford & Sons

William Pellier

76959

17

Cannanore

1655

P. Hardcastle & Co.

J. D. de Wolf & Co.

78725

18

Caroline Morris

961

William Doxford & Sons

T. Benyon & Co.

76315

19

Celestial Empire

1832

Osbourne, Graham & Co.

G. Duncan & Co.

79006

20

Charlwood 1, 2 Note

866

William Doxford & Sons

G. H. Fletcher & Co., later (1880) Morton Sparke, later (1890) Thomas H. Jackson, all of Liverpool. The vessel was run down by 'Boston', 3 miles off the Eddystone lighthouse, on Oct. 26, 1891, with the loss of 15 lives including Alfred H. Hiscocks, her Captain

76526

21

Colwyn

1214

William Doxford & Sons

G. Traill & Sons

77037

22

Cotherstone

1763

Short Brothers

J. S. Barwick

76988

23

County of Denbigh

1107

William Doxford & Sons

Thomas Bros. & Co.

76544

24

County of Flint, later Zelbio, Armando

1111

William Doxford & Sons

William Thomas & Co.

76505

25

Crest 1 Note

1696

Joseph L. Thompson

Dent Hodgson & Co.

76213

26

Dago

1914

James Laing

D. G. Pinkney

68965

27

Dartford

1327

Mounsey & Foster

J. T. Morton

76975

28

Deronda

1688

Joseph L. Thompson

Culliford & Clark

68958

29

Dunelm

826

Blumer and Company

W. H. Crookes & others

68953

30

Durban

2875

James Laing

Union Steamship Co.

76838

31

Efficient

1644

Short Brothers

Anderson, Horan & Co.

68954

32

Elsie

1183

Joseph L. Thompson

F. Gordon & Stamp

76953

33

Ely Rise

1212

Short Brothers

Hurley, Matthews & Co.

77209

34

Esk Holme

925

Joseph L. Thompson

Hine Bros.

76138

35

Ferndale

937

James Laing

Dixon & Wilson

68956

36

Fitzroy 1 Note

1628

Bartram Haswell & Co.

Wilkie & Turnbull

76632

37

Gateacre

1409

William Doxford & Sons

C. W. Kellock and Co.

76541

38

General Nott

766

Austin & Hunter

T. Morris

67639

39

Glanpadarn

1112

William Doxford & Sons

Jones & Williams, soon D. P. Williams

77420

40

Glanperis

1099

William Doxford & Sons

Jones & Williams, soon D. P. Williams

77415

41

Glenericht

1804

Mounsey & Foster

L. H. MacIntyre & Co.

 

42

Gleniffer

2165

Mounsey & Foster

McGregor, Gow & Co.

 

43

Gwynedd

1081

Osbourne, Graham & Co.

North Wales Shipping Co. Ltd.

74873

44

Halia

549

J. Gardner

R. Humble

 

45

Henrietta

1099

Mounsey & Foster

Eills & Co.

 

46

John Paterson

1315

P. Hardcastle & Co.

T. Clark

68801

47

Kate

203

Wm. Pickersgill

J. and J. Denholm

76154

48

Kenley

667

Blumer and Company

Unknown to webmaster

 

49

Kenton

689

William Doxford & Sons

G. Stavers & Co.

76492

50

Kirkdale

790

William Doxford & Sons

J. Steel

76524


#

Name

Gross

Builder

Built for

Official No.

51

Lady Ann

892

Austin & Hunter

Earl of Durham

68959

52

Laffitte

977

Robert Thompson (1819-1910)

S. Clarke & Co.

 

53

Leechmere

1120

Short Brothers

J. S. Barwick

76925

54

Lena

1732

Robert Thompson (1819-1910)

Culliford & Clark

68950

55

Leverrier (a steamship)

1820

Bartram Haswell & Co.

Wilkie & Turnbull of North Shields, launched on Oct. 23, 1877 per this newspaper cutting.

76651

56

Liddesdale

1735

James Laing

Milburn Bros.

76645

57

Linden

1068

Short Brothers

R. Thorman & Co.

76965

58

Lizzie Bell

1070

Robert Thompson (1819-1910)

P. Iredale & Son

78731

59

Lobo, later Hans Wagner, later Drammenseren, later Lobo again 1

940

Osbourne, Graham & Co.

Shallcross & Higham, later (1880 & 1890) Thomas R. Shallcross, later sold (about 1895) to Japp & Kirby, all of Liverpool, later sold (1898) to H. D. J. Wagner of Hamburg, Germany, & renamed Hans Wagner, later (1903) sold to E. A. Aaby of Drammen, Norway, & renamed Drammenseren, later (1911) sold to Hobart Timber Co. Ltd. of Hobart, Tasmania, renamed Lobo & registered at Adelaide. Vessel was wrecked in Oct. 1916 at Angoche on the coast of Mozambique

76503

60

Lutetia

894

Joseph L. Thompson

Bell & Symonds

76217

61

Menai Striats

699

William Doxford & Sons

G. Griffiths

74872

62

Moel Eilian

1109

William Doxford & Sons

Llandinorwig Shipping Co.

77418

63

Mow Hill

234

Blumer and Company

W. Price

 

64

Munroe

629

Alfred Simey & Co.

Layborn

 

65

Nebo (a steamship)

1908

James Laing

D. G. Pinkney. Miramar advise that the vessel went missing in Apl. 1883. It left Sunderland on Apl. 3, 1883 for Bombay (now Mumbai), India, with a cargo of coal & was last seen, by Cyprus, a steamship. at Newarp. 'Newarp' would appear to mean the Newarp Lightship located in the North Sea off the coasts of Norfolk & Lincolnshire. An Official Inquiry into the vessel's loss was held. The 'pdf' inquiry report is available here.

68951

66

Norman

911

Robert Thompson (1819-1910)

H. Clapham & Co.

76209

67

Orduna

729

W. F. Pile

C. J. Briggs

 

68

Pallas

613

James Laing

Gerhard & Lubken

 

69

Parthenon

1341

Bartram, Haswell, and Co.

Anderson & Moran

68955

70

Prinz Friedrich Carl

1715

Short Brothers

J. H. Lorentzen

 

71

Provincia

1696

Austin & Hunter

Cyprian Fabre & Co.

93312 later

72

Prudent

1428

Bartram, Haswell, and Co.

James Westoll

68961

73

Racilia

1785

Bartram, Haswell, and Co.

Stephens, Kendrick & Mawson

76220

74

Rosedale

936

James Laing

T. G. Beatley & Co.

68963

75

Scottish Fairy

776

Austin & Hunter

W. Milnes

76495

76

Sestao

1081

Alfred Simey & Co.

C. L. Limpricht & Co.

 

77

Snowdonia

1326

Mounsey & Foster

Arvon Shipping Co.

 

78

South Milton

607

J. Crown

B. Balkwill & Co.

76345

79

Vectis

950

James Laing

John Hill or W. Hill & Co.?

76835

80

Walton

1969

Short Brothers

R. B. Avery

76941

81

Westbourne

1886

Robert Thompson (1819-1910)

D. P. & W. P. Garbutt

79035

82

William Symington

2025

Joseph L. Thompson

J. Marychurch & Co.

77207

 

 

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Total tonnage

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What were the official build numbers for 1877? 'Where Ships Are Born' states 75 vessels & 87,587 tons. Do please advise me if you know.

1878 (Just a start. Can you provide a list? Do please advise me if you have data. Corrections will surely be required in the data that follows.)

#

Name

Gross

Builder

Built for

Official No.

1

Albirio

1325

Mounsey & Foster

R. H. Penney

78957

2

Alexa

441

Osbourne, Graham & Co.

G. Turnbull & Co.

79606

3

Altyre

1041

Mounsey & Foster

Adam & Co.

77447

4

Alvah

2332

Mounsey & Foster

Adam & Co.

77449

5

Barnard Castle

1673

James Laing

Northumberland Steamship Co. Ltd.

76655

6

Beech

1097

Blumer and Company

Peacock Bros.

68972

7

Belsize 1

1768

Joseph L. Thompson

Culliford & Clark

68990

8

Caledonia

324

Wm. Pickersgill

Duncan & Co.

76579

9

Cavalier

1833

William Doxford & Sons

Duncan & Co.

76231

10

Consul

1306

Joseph L. Thompson

Gordon & Stamp

79630

11

Cricket

333

J. J. Gibbon

W. C. Jarvis

78800

12

Crosby

942

William Doxford & Sons

J. Hay & Co.

78792

13

Crown

1512

Joseph L. Thompson

The Crown Shipping Co.

76240

14

Dawdon

1361

Short Brothers

R. Thorman, i.e. Robert Thorman, a coal exporter with offices at Seaham & Sunderland & later at Newcastle

68989

15

Diligent

1414

Bartram, Haswell, and Co.

J. Westoll

68977

16

Duncow

1715

William Doxford & Sons

John Houston & Co.

78806

17

Dunscore 1, 2 Note

1718

William Doxford & Sons

John Houston & Co.

78820

18

Eastbourne

2296

Robert Thompson (1819-1910)

D. P. Garbutt

79456

19

Effective

1936

Short Brothers

Anderson, Horan & Co.

68973

20

Eleanor & Jane

125

Wm. Pickersgill

D. Davies & Co.

67646

21

Elsie Ker

1389

James Laing

G. R. Simkin

68979

22

Ethelwin

912

Osbourne, Graham & Co.

A. Pring

76248

23

Fiado

985

Robert Thompson (1819-1910)

Alpha Steamship Co. Ltd.

68971

24

Florence Nightingale

968

Osbourne, Graham & Co.

J. F. Marshall

68976

25

Foulah

1486

James Laing

C. A. Verminck of Marseilles, France

 

26

Foxglove

879

James Laing

R. H. Gayner

68975

27

Fulica

1693

Mounsey & Foster

Porteous & Senier of London

77086

28

Gallina

1879

Mounsey & Foster

Porteous & Senier of London

79654

29

Glanivor

1115

William Doxford & Sons

Eryni Shipping Co.

77423

30

Glaucus

1363

James Laing

Thomas Kish & Co.

68988

31

Govino

2032

James Laing

D. G. Pinkney & Son

68978

32

Gwalia

1425

Mounsey & Foster

Arvon Shipping Co. Ltd.

78768

33

Heathpool

999

A. Simey

H. T. Morton of Sunderland

68983

34

Jane

266

Wm. Pickersgill

J. and J. Denholm

76174

35

Jenny, later Pank, Nikos

775

Austin & Hunter

T. Rodenacker, of Danzig, Germany

 

36

Kepler

1839

Bartram, Haswell, and Co.

W. Wilkie & Turnbull

76660

37

Larch 1

1416

Blumer and Company

Peacock Bros.

68987

38

Larnax

1382

Joseph L. Thompson

A. Smith & Co.

68985

39

Le Creusot

1259

Blumer and Company

Delmas Frères

 

40

Leversons

1402

Joseph L. Thompson

Gordon & Stamp

77117

41

Lucretia

1515

Bartram, Haswell, and Co.

Wilkie & Turnbull

79205

42

Marie Fanny

728

Austin & Hunter

D'Orbigny & Faustin Fils of La Rochelle, France

 

43

Marlborough

2309

Bartram Haswell & Co.

D. P. Garbutt

79461

44

Meirion 1, 2, 3 Note 4

1430

Mounsey & Foster

J. Thomas & Co., soon Arvon Shipping Company, Limited, both of Liverpool

78789

45

Menmuir

1940

William Doxford & Sons

J. Guthrie & W. McTaggart

77120

46

Moel Rhiwan

1117

William Doxford & Sons

W. E. Jones

77427

47

Mona

1073

Osbourne, Graham & Co.

J. Owen

78754

48

Monica

1312

Austin & Hunter

Gordon & Stamp

79621

49

Naworth Castle

1750

Joseph L. Thompson

G. Watson or

68970

50

Nettlesworth

1406

Joseph L. Thompson

Gordon & Stamp

77103


#

Name

Gross

Builder

Built for

Official No.

51

Northbourne, later Hurworth

1937

Robert Thompson (1819-1910)

D. P. Garbutt of Hull

79462

52

Oberon 1

762

Austin & Hunter

G. Bolte & Co. of Elsfleth, Germany

 

53

Ottercaps

967

Robert Thompson (1819-1910)

Henry T. Morton & others

68981

54

Patterdale

1354

Short Brothers

Milburn Bros.

79213

55

Pendle Hill

234

Blumer and Company

W. Price

74750

56

Polly

255

Wm. Pickersgill

J. and J. Denholm

76189

57

Prinz Heinrich

1332

Short Brothers

Anglia Steam Navigation Co.

 

58

Prinz Wilhelm

1320

Short Brothers

Anglia Steam Navigation Co.

 

59

Ralph Creyke

553

P. Hardcastle

Goole Steamship Co. Ltd.

 

60

Rathmore

2136

William Doxford & Sons

St. Andrews Steamship Co.

78831

61

Remonstrant

1078

Robert Thompson (1819-1910)

R. Conaway & Co.

 

62

Rescue

35

John Crown Note

John Crown of Southwick, later (1884 thru 1898) John Pattison of Hartlepool, later (from 1898) John Cumming, later (1920) Lovell R. Dunstan, both of Plymouth. Broken up in 1930

68969

63

Rhiwindda

2064

James Laing

W. Y. Edwards

79389

64

Ridge Park

969

Austin & Hunter

Sir T. Elder

79304

65

Riversdale

2009

James Laing

Dixon & Wilson

68974

66

Rossini

1406

Bartram, Haswell, and Co.

Jenneson Taylor & Co.

79634

67

Sapphire

862

Robert Thompson (1819-1910)

P. M. Duncan

78681

68

Scottish Admiral

986

William Doxford & Sons

McIlwraith, MacEacharn & Co.

77111

69

Sequel

83

A. Simey

G. Leach

 

70

Spearman 1 Note

1317

James Laing

W. J. Jobling

79211

71

Thorne

905

Robert Thompson (1819-1910)

Dixon, Irwin & Co.

 

72

Triton

759

Austin & Hunter

G. Bolte & Co.

 

73

Universal

1326

Short Brothers

Taylor & Sanderson

68968

74

Vagliano Brothers

1280

Bartram, Haswell, and Co.

Vagliano Brothers

 

75

Vernon 1

1042

Blumer and Company

H. Wrightson

 

76

Viscount Castlereagh

694

Short Brothers

Marquis of Londonderry

68980

77

Wembdon

921

Blumer and Company

J. Ware

 

78

Wynyard Park

693

Short Brothers

Marquis of Londonderry

68982

 

Yembo Note

1577

James Laing

D. G. Pinkney & Son

68991

 

 

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Total tonnage

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What were the official build numbers for 1878? 'Where Ships Are Born' states 89 vessels & 112,602 tons. Do please advise me if you know.

1879 (Just a start. Can you provide a list? Do please advise me if you have data. Corrections will surely be required in the data that follows.)

On Nov. 29, 2012, a bound volume of 'The Marine Engineer' was sold on eBay. The volume included two years of the monthly publication, i.e. Vol. I & Vol. II, covering in total the two years of Apl. 1879, thru Mar. 1881. It sold for U.S. $177.50.

#

Name

Gross

Builder

Built for

Official No.

1

Activity

1178

James Laing

Activity Steamship Co. or T. R. Thompson

81459

2

Alava

2244

William Doxford & Sons

Olano, Larrinaga & Co.

 

3

Aludra

1503

Mounsey & Foster

R. H. Penney

 

4

Ambient

1033

Short Brothers

James Westoll

81452

5

Arranmore

1394

William Doxford & Sons

W. Johnston

81278

6

Ash

1421

Blumer and Company

Peacock Brothers

68998

7

Ashbrooke 1

1478

Mounsey & Foster

T. G. Greenwell

 

8

Ashburne

2469

Short Brothers

J. S. Barwick & Co.

68996

9

Baluchi (a hopper)

400

Mounsey & Foster

Not known to webmaster

 

10

Ben Cruachan

1366

James Laing

J. Morrison & Son

79218

11

Calvilla

1411

Joseph L. Thompson

Thomas E. Hick & Co.

77353

12

Cartagena

2333

Bartram, Haswell, and Co.

W. McMurray

81574

13

City of Rochester

1432

Osbourne, Graham & Co.

William A. Watson & Co.

68995

14

Consent

1478

Bartram, Haswell, and Co.

James Westoll

69000

15

Contest

524

James Laing

William France

 

16

Cordova

1895

Joseph L. Thompson

John Tully

68993

17

Crane

2011

Joseph L. Thompson

Dent & Co.

80551

18

Crescent

1391

Joseph L. Thompson

John H. Barry & Co.

81202

19

Cumbrian

1083

Robert Thompson (1819-1910)

Peter Iredale & Co.

81309

20

Cyprus, later Cyprian Prince 1 Note 2

1911

Short Brothers

Taylor & Sanderson, later (1880) John W. Taylor, later (1890) John Sanderson, all of Sunderland, later (1900) Prince Line Limited of Newcastle, renamed Cyprian Prince. On Jul. 31, 1908 the vessel, en route from Manchester to Tunis, Tunisia, ran aground in thick fog & was wrecked on the Farilhoes Rocks, near the Burling Islands, Portugal

68992

21

Czar

1397

James Laing

William Thomson & Company

79155

22

Derwent

2471

Robert Thompson (1819-1910)

Royal Mail Steam Packet Company

81603

23

Douro

1644

James Laing

Culliford & Clark

68999

24

Ebro

1115

James Laing

D. G. Pinkney & Co.

81460

25

Edendale, later (1881/82) Baikal

1109

James Laing

Dixon & Wilson

68994

26

Eivion

1167

Osbourne, Graham & Co.

North Wales Ship Co. Ltd.

80229

27

Enchantress

1621

Short Brothers

Taylor & Sanderson

81462

28

Escambia

2154

Mounsey & Foster

Crow, Bogart & Co.

 

29

Essex

 

Osbourne, Graham & Co.

Not known to webmaster

 

30

Ferdinand Corvilain, later La Senera, Sando

823

The Strand Slipway Company

F. Corvilain of Antwerp, Belgium

93477 later

31

Flamsteed

1984

Bartram, Haswell, and Co.

Wilkie & Turnbull

79225

32

Fylgia

1498

Mounsey & Foster

J. L. Browne

 

33

Godrevy

1106

James Laing

Lamplough & Matthews

81584

34 Grecian

3613

William Doxford & Sons

J. & A. Allan

82296

35

Harelda 1, 2, 3 (link 2 Google translated) 4 Note

1433

Mounsey & Foster

G. Porteous, (I previously stated Porteous & Senier), later (1880) Gilbert Porteous, both of London

79675

36

Harold Roper, later Theodore R.

393

Osbourne, Graham & Co.

E. Beale of Cardiff, became, per Lloyd's Register of 1879/80, Theodore R. owned by 'P. T. Roden'chi' of Odessa, Ukraine

 

37

Hawthorn, later Torwald, Heros, Sara, Ingvar (a steamship)

1164

William Doxford & Sons

Hopper & Crosby

87458

38

Henry Edye (a steamship) 1 (Delcampe)

2417

William Doxford & Sons

Steinmann, Ludwig & Co. of Antwerp, Belgium.

 

39

Intrepid

1470

Short Brothers

Anderson, Horan & Co.

68997

40

Jessie

257

Wm. Pickersgill

J. and J. Denholm

76193

41

Lady Elizabeth

1208

Robert Thompson (1819-1910)

John Wilson

81576

42

Lartington

1730

Short Brothers

J. S. Barwick

81455

43

Lucent

1478

Bartram, Haswell, and Co.

James Westoll

81453

44

Marna

1022

Austin & Hunter

C. Salvesen & Co.

81999

45

Medway

944

Austin & Hunter

Lambert Bros.

81541

46

Mercedes, later C. Fellinger (1881/82, page 879)

2072

Mounsey & Foster

Adamson & Ronaldson, later (1880) James W. Adamson, both of London

81539

47

Milanese

2500

Robert Thompson (1819-1910)

J. Glynn & Son of Liverpool (I previously stated Milanese Steam Ship Co. Ltd.), later (1880 & 1890) Walter Glynn, both of Liverpool

81270

48

Nearchus (a hopper)

 

Mounsey & Foster

Not known to webmaster

 

49

Paxo

1932

James Laing

D. G. Pinkney & Son

81454

50

Peninsula

1664

Joseph L. Thompson

Scholefield & Tully

80541

51

Ralph Creyke

633

Short Brothers

Goole Steamship Co. Ltd.

67830

52

Rhine

1063

Robert Thompson (1819-1910)

Rawson & Robinson, later (1880 & 1890) James H. B. Robinson, both of Hull

 79467

53

Rosamund

495

William Doxford & Sons

R. Thompson

79686

54

Rumney

812

William Doxford & Sons

J. Cory, Sons & Co.

79399

55

Salient

1477

Bartram Haswell & Co.

James Westoll

81456

56

Sindi (a hopper)

400

Mounsey & Foster

Not known to webmaster

 

57

Sybil

2014

Joseph L. Thompson

Gordon & Stamp

81562

58

Tunstall

1247

Short Brothers

J. S. Barwick

81461

59

Varna

1296

James Laing

C. M. Norwood & Co.

81550

60 Ville d'Alger

1699

James Laing

Eugene Grosos

 

61

West Cumberland

1387

Joseph L. Thompson

Hine Bros.

76144

 

 

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Total tonnage

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The loss of Meirion, built in 1878 by Mounsey & Foster of Sunderland

In Jun. 1878, Meirion, an iron fully rigged ship, left Sunderland for Bombay, India, with a cargo of coal. The ship then proceeded to Rangoon, Burma, where she loaded a cargo consisting of 2050 tons of rice & cutch (a resinous substance obtained from certain tropical plants, used in medicine, tanning, & dyeing). On Mar. 15, 1879, the vessel left Rangoon under the command of William Williams, her sole captain it would appear, with a crew of 23. When the vessel neared the U.K., she had a crew of 21 only, one crew member having been lost overboard off the Cape of Good Hope while another died of heart disease. The vessel, though new, had, it would appear, two problems, a) a standard compass located just 6 ft. away from an iron mizenmast & as a result of little practical use due to resulting deviations, & b) a hull that was badly fouled. The ship passed what was believed to be the Eddystone light & set a course that should have taken the vessel 12 or so miles off the coast. When they realised they were close to land they were unable to head the vessel off in part due to the vessel's poor hull condition. At about 2 a.m. on Sep. 7, 1879, the vessel ran aground in thick fog on Rackham Sand, 3/4 mile NW of Prawl Point in the upper part of Salcombe Bay, Devon - 13 or 14 miles N. of its intended course. At about 4 a.m., Captain Williams & 4 crew left in a boat for Salcombe to arrange for a steam tug from Plymouth to pull the vessel off. At 10 a.m., the remaining crew left the heavily rolling ship, via lines shot over the vessel by the Rackham lifesaving detachment. The tug duly arrived, between 3 & 4 p.m. that day, but the winds had in the meantime increased to the point that they the tug was unable to approach the vessel, which became a total wreck. The value of the vessel & its cargo was approx. 40,000 pounds. At a later Investigation, the Captain was held to be responsible for the loss due to his neglect - i) in not, during a 15 month period, having moved the compass to a better location, ii) in not using the lead, iii) in not taking proper action once the ship ran aground, iv) in leaving the ship himself rather than sending an officer to secure assistance. His licence was suspended for 6 months though for that time he was granted a first mate's certificate. Ownership of the vessel is a puzzle to the webmaster. The vessel is recorded in Lloyd's Registers of both 1878/79 and 1879/80 as owned by J. Thomas & Co. of Liverpool. At the time of her loss, however, the vessel was owned by 'Arvon Shipping Company, Limited' ('Arvon'), also of Liverpool. It is unclear at what date, Arvon had acquired the vessel, however the manager of Arvon had earlier superintended the construction of the ship & upon its delivery had accepted the compasses as being good & fit for use. I presume that J. Thomas & Co. and Arvon must have been related.