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British Shipowners Co. Ltd.

British Shipowners Co. Ltd was unusual in that it was formed exclusively to charter it's ships to other companies, including Anchor Line, American Line, New Zealand Shipping Co., Shaw, Savill & Albion, Cunard, etc.
Founded in Liverpool in 1864 by James Beazley, up to the late 1870s they owned one of the largest British sailing ship fleets. By 1896 the sailing fleet had been replaced by steamships. The company ceased trading in 1906.

Many thanks to Ted Finch for his assistance in collecting this data. The following list was extracted from various sources. This is not an all inclusive list but should only be used as a guide. If you would like to know more about a vessel, visit the Ship Descriptions (onsite) or Immigrant Ship web site.

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    Sailing Ships
(all iron hulled, ship rigged unless stated)
 
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
British Admiral (1) 1867 1872 abandoned in China Sea. 1,269
British Admiral (2) 1874 1874 wrecked Tasmania ; loss of 79 lives 1,808
British Ambassador 1873 1894 sold Germany renamed Emilie, 1910 sold Portugal, 1920 converted to motor schooner renamed Dabeja, 1928 scrapped. 1,864
British Army 1869 ex- Cynric, 1872 purchased from Henderson & Woods renamed British Army, 1882 sold to Gillison & Chadwick, Liverpool, 1896 hulked at Rio de Janeiro after being dismasted in gale in South Atlantic. 1,338
British Commerce 1874 1883 sold to W. Thomas, Liverpool, 1883 sank in English Channel after collision with iron ship County of Aberdeen ; loss of 24 lives. 1,463
British Commodore 1868 ex- Knight Commander, 1870 purchased from Carlyle & Co., London renamed British Commodore, 1882 sold to Parry & Jones, Liverpool, 1898 sold to Chile and later hulked. 1,453
British Consul 1866 1881 sold to Trinder, Anderson & Co., London, 1883 renamed Morialta, 1898 sold Norway renamed Tercia, 1908 wrecked near Vergennes. 1,267
British Duke 1875 1888 wrecked Cape of Good Hope. 1,464
British Enterprise 1876 1883 sank in River Tyne, salvaged, sold to W. Sproule & Co., Liverpool renamed Annesley, 1897 sold to C. Smith, Cardiff, 1900 sold to Walter Savill, London, 1910 wrecked on Irish coast. 1,696
British Envoy 1866 1881 sold to J. Coupland & Co., Liverpool, re-rigged as barque, 1891 sold Sweden, 1891 sold Norway renamed Arabia, 1909 wrecked Cape Chatte, Canada. 1,265
British Flag 1866 1872 lost at sea. 1,285
British General 1874 1896 sold to T. Roberts, Llanelly, 1902 sold Portugal renamed Europa, 1908 hulked. 1,810
British India 1864 ex- Sorabjee Jamsetjee Jeejeebhoy, 1867 purchased from Union Shipping Co., Bombay renamed British India, 1881 sold to R. W. Leyland, Liverpool, 1894 abandoned on fire near Madeira. 1,199
British Isles 1884 steel ship, 1899 sold to T. Shute & Co., Liverpool, 1914 sold to H. Hill & Co., Cardiff, 1914 sold to Navigazione Generale Italiana, Genoa for use as a coal hulk in South America. 2,461
British King (1) 1869 ex- Glen Sannox, 1872 purchased from S. Johnson & Co., Liverpool renamed British King, 1876 went missing on voyage Sunderland to San Francisco. 1,656
British Merchant 1880 1895 sold Germany renamed Arthur Fitger, 1908 sold to W. Griffiths, Newport renamed Quatsino, 1909 wrecked Alaska. 1,743
British Monarch 1865 1874 sold to H. Fernie & Sons, Liverpool, 1880 re-rigged as barque, 1889 abandoned on fire off South Africa. 1,262
British Nation 1865 1880 sold to Sandbach, Tinne & Co., Liverpool, 1888 sold Germany renamed H. Hackfeld, 1902 sold Norway renamed Australia, 1909 deleted from registers. 1,302
British Navy 1869 1881 sold to J. Boumphry & Co., Liverpool, 1881 dragged anchors and sank after colliding with ship Larnaca. 1,263
British Peer 1865 1878 rebuilt to 1,478 tons, 1883 sold to Nourse Line, London, 1896 wrecked in Saldanha Bay. 1,230
British Prince (1) 1864 1872 wrecked near Bass Rock. 1,210
British Princess (1) 1865 1875 rebuilt to 1,543 tons, 1883 sold to Gracie, Beazley & Co., Liverpool, re-rigged as barque, 1900 sold Germany renamed Louise, 1907 scrapped. 1,283
British Sceptre 1868 1891 sold France renamed Iquique, 1891 wrecked near Brouwershaven. 1,484
British Sovereign 1864 1880 sold to Gillison & Chadwick, Liverpool, 1881 went missing on voyage Dundee to San Francisco. 1,345
British Statesman 1867 1880 sold to Sandbach, Tinne & Co., Liverpool, 1885 sank in Bay of Bengal. 1,262
British Viceroy 1865 ex- Glenburnie, 1865 purchased from Wilson & Co., Liverpool renamed British Viceroy, 1875 wrecked in Hooghly River. 1,173
British Yeoman 1880 1896 sold to J. Taylor, Liverpool, 1898 sold Italy renamed Stefano Razeto, 1907 sold to W. Watershaw, Invercargill, NZ renamed British Yeoman,1908 seized by US authorities for debt, 1909 sold Canada, 1917 captured and sunk by German raider Seeadler in South Atlantic. 1,953
Glenna 1864 1864 sailed from Sunderland for China and went missing. 1,282
Lady Cairns 1869 1873 purchased from Harland & Wolff, Belfast, 1881 sold to R. Martin & Co., Dublin, 1890 sold to L. Tulloch, Swansea, 1904 sunk in collision with barque Mona in Irish Sea. 1,311
Nelson 1862 1864 purchased from Potter, Birrell & Orr, Glasgow, 1880 sold to R. W. Leyland & Co., Liverpool, 1882 sank near North Hinder lightship. 1,248
The Bruce 1866 1874 purchased from W & R. Wright, Liverpool, 1880 sold to Nourse Line, London, 1889 re-rigged as barque, 1891 capsized in New York harbour and hulked. 1898 repaired as West Point for Luckenbach, NY, 1921 sold to Neptune Line, NY, 1934 scrapped. 1,200
 
    Steamships  
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
British Crown (1) 1879 1887 sold to Holland America Line renamed Amsterdam, 1905 renamed Amsterda for voyage to breakers. 3,487
British Crown (2) 1891 1899 sold to Atlantic Transport Co., Liverpool renamed Mackinaw, 1923 scrapped. 3,219
British Empire (1) 1878 1886 sold to Holland America Line renamed Rotterdam, 1895 renamed Edam, 1899 scrapped. 3,361
British Empire (2) 1889 1900 sold to Khedivial Mail SS Co., London renamed Assiout, 1901 Ellerman Lines Ltd, 1914 seized in port by Turkey, 1915 scuttled as blockship at Izmir. 3,020
British Empire (3) 1902 1906 sold to Navigazione Generale Italiana, Genoa, renamed Campania, 1910 sold to H. Harding, London renamed Campanello, 1915 Canadian Northern Steamships Ltd, London, 1916 sold to Cunard renamed Flavia, 1918 torpedoed and sunk off Ireland by U.107. 7,347
British King (2) 1881 1890 sold to Holland America Line renamed Werkendam, 1900 sold to Chinese Eastern Railway Co., Russia renamed Harbin, 1904 sunk as blockship at Port Arthur. 3,573
British King (3) 1891 1906 sank off US east coast on voyage NY to Antwerp. 4,717
British Prince (2) 1882 1895 sold to Soc. Generale de Transports Maritimes a Vapeur (SGTM) renamed Les Andes, 1909 scrapped. 4,150
British Prince (3) 1899 1905 sold to Navigazione Generale Italiana, Genoa, rebuilt to 9,210 tons, renamed Sannio, 1913 sold to Italia Soc.di Nav a Vapeur, Genoa renamed Napoli, 1918 sunk in collision with s/s Lamington off Porto Maurizio. 7,325
British Princess (2) 1882 1895 sold to Soc. Generale de Transports Maritimes a Vapeur (SGTM) renamed Les Alpes, 1910 scrapped. 4,164
British Princess (3) 1899 1905 sold to Navigazione Generale Italiana, Genoa, rebuilt to 9,196 tons, renamed Lazio, 1913 renamed Palermo, 1916 torpedoed and sunk in Gulf of Lyon by U.72. 7,460
British Queen (1) 1880 1889 sold to Holland America Line renamed Obdam, 1898 sold to US Army renamed McPherson, 1901 wrecked near Matanzas, salvaged and 1905 renamed Brooklyn for Luckenbach Transportation, NY, 1908 renamed S. V. Luckenbach, 1915 sold to Barber & Co., NY renamed Onega, 1918 torpedoed and sunk off Newquay by UB.125. 3,699
British Queen (2) 1890 1902 burned and beached in New York harbour, salvaged, repaired and converted to tanker, 1904 renamed Lansing for Michigan SS Co., NY, 1941 sold W. R. Carpenter, Port Moresby, Australia and reconverted to cargo ship, 1946 sold to China Trading Corp, Shanghai renamed China Navigator, 1948 scrapped. 4,388
British Trader 1896 1906 sold to Russia renamed Sotrudnik, 1908 sold to Russian East Asiatic Co., St. Petersburg renamed Rubonia, 1915 sunk by German submarine U.36 on voyage Cardiff to Archangel. 3,424

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