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Glen Line

In 1867 Alan C. Gow took delivery of a sailing ship which he used on the Glasgow / Liverpool - Cape Horn - Chile trade. The following year he purchased a second vessel and started the practise of naming his ships GLEN______. The opening of the Suez Canal was a large factor in the decision to operate steamships in the China tea trade and the company started this operation in 1870 and moved their home port to London. James McGregor was put in charge of the company's steamship activities and by 1880 had become the senior partner and the company became McGregor, Gow & Company. South America sailings ceased the same year and the company concentrated on the India and Far East routes. In 1910 Glen Line Ltd was formed and came under the control of Elder Dempster & Co. in 1911. Glen and Shire Lines were fused in 1912 but remained in the ownership of their original firms, but in 1920 the two companies were amalgamated. In 1931 the Kylsant shipping empire which owned Elder Dempster & Co. and the Glen and Shire Lines collapsed and in 1935 Alfred Holt & Co. (Blue Funnel Line) purchased both the Glen and Shire Lines and the ships were re-registered at Liverpool instead of London. From then, ships were frequently transferred between Glen, Shire, Blue Funnel Lines and China Mutual S.N.Co.

In 1972 the name of the owning company became Ocean Transport & Trading Co. and in 1974 joined forces with William Thomson's Ben Line to operate Ben-Ocean Services. By 1978 the last of the Glen Line ships had been sold, Glen Line became a non-shipowning name and in 1990 the name and corporate assets of Glen Line Ltd were purchased by Curnow Shipping Ltd., Cornwall.

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.

Routes:

  • Sail
    • 1869-1880 Glasgow - Liverpool - South America
                         Glasgow - Liverpool - South America - Woosung, China - UK.
  • Steam
    • 1870           London - Madras - Calcutta
    • 1871-1907 (Glasgow) - London - (Hamburg) - Penang - Singapore - China - London - (Continent) - (UK East Coast ports)
    • 1907-1935 London - (Continent) - Genoa - (Mediterranean ports) - Peneng - Singapore - (Manila) - Hong Kong - Shanghai - Japan.
    • 1935-1978 Alfred Holt policy was for Glen Line to serve London and the East Coast ports and Blue Funnel to cover the West Coast ports.
                        Middlesbrough - Immingham - Hamburg - Rotterdam - Antwerp - London - (Marseilles) - (Genoa) - Port Said - Penang - Singapore - Hong Kong - Manila - (Chinese ports) - Shanghai - (Japanese ports) - Kobe - Vladivostok or Shanghai - Dairen.
                        Returning via the same ports plus Colombo - Port Said - Alexandria - North Africa - Genoa - (Marseilles) - London - Rotterdam - Hamburg - Antwerp - UK East Coast ports.
                        The express service collected cargo in Europe and usually called at Singapore - Hong Kong - Shanghai - Kobe.

Funnel:
Red with black top.

Fleet:

    Sail  
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Estrella de Chile 1867 barque, 1888 wrecked. 582
Glenaray 1869 ship, 1873 name in Lloyds Register shown as Glenary, 1874 corrected to Glenaray, sold to J. Spence, Glasgow. 661
Glenavon (1) 1869 ship, 1880 sold to R. C. Hall, Cork. 1,125
    Steam  
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Breckonshire (1) 1939 requisitioned as HMS Breckonshire, 1942 bombed and sunk at Malta. 9,776
Breckonshire (2) 1940 1941 requisitioned and renamed Empire Activity, 1942 became HMS Activity, 1946 returned to Glen Line renamed Breckonshire, 1967 scrapped. 9,061
Cardiganshire (1) 1950 completed as Bellerophon (3) for Blue Funnel Line, 1957 transferred to Glen Line renamed Cardiganshire, 1972 reverted to Bellerophon, 1976 sold to Saudi-Europe Line renamed Obhor. 7,707
Carnarvonshire 1914 1933 transferred from Shire Line, 1936 scrapped. 9,406
Denbighshire 1938 1967 transferred to Blue Funnel Line renamed Sarpedon (6), 1969 scrapped. 8,983
Flintshire 1923 ex- Dardanus (3), 1935 transferred from Blue Funnel Line renamed Flintshire, 1939 transferred to Blue Funnel Line reverted to Dardanus, 1942 bombed, shelled and sunk by Japanese off Indian coast. 7,823
Flintshire (3) 1943 ex- Samgara, 1947 purchased by Blue Funnel Line renamed Titan (3), 1950 transferred to Glen Line renamed Flintshire, 1958 reverted to Titan, Blue Funnel Line, 1962 sold to Liberia renamed Titanus. 7,297
Flintshire (4) 1962 1978 sold to Liberia renamed Orient Express. 11,926
Glenade 1919 1923 sold to Pacific Steam Nav.Co renamed Loreto. 6,682
Glenaffric (1) 1920 ex- Machaon (2), 1935 transferred from Blue Funnel Line renamed Glenaffric, 1947 reverted to Machaon, 1950 reverted to Glenaffric, 1951 scrapped. 7,806
Glenaffric (3) 1952 ex- Nestor (4), 1968 transferred from Blue Funnel Line renamed Glenaffric, 1970 reverted to Blue Funnel Line renamed Orestes (5), 1971 sold to Greece renamed Aegis Dignity. 7,802
Glenalmond (1) 1966 1973 transferred to China Mutual S.N.Co renamed Patroclus (5), 1982 sald to Saudia Arabia renamed Rajab I. 12,229
Glenalmond (2) 1950 ex- Patroclus (4), 1972 transferred from China Mutual S.N.Co renamed Glenalmond, 1972 returned to China Mutual S.N.Co renamed Philotectes (2), 1974 scrapped. 10,109
Glenamoy 1916 1936 scrapped. 7,269
Glenapp (1) 1918 1920 sold to Elder Dempster & Co renamed Aba. 7,374
Glenapp (2) 1920 1949 transferred to Blue Funnel Line renamed Dardanus (4) 9,503
Glenariffe 1919 1923 sold to Pacific Steam Nav.Co renamed Loriga. 6,665
Glenartney (1) 1873 1889 sold to G. Tweedy & Co., London renamed Chongar. 2,143
Glenartney (2) 1889 1904 sold to Japan renamed Taikosan Maru. 3,026
Glenartney (3) 1915 ex- Montezuma, 1915 transferred from Elder Dempster & Co renamed Glenartney, 1918 torpedoed and sunk by German submarine off Cape Bon, Mediterranean. 7,263
Glenartney (4) 1940 1967 scrapped. 9,795
Glenavon (2) 1881 1898 wrecked on Chinese coast. 2,985
Glenavon (3) 1904 ex- Branksome Hall, 1906 chartered from Ellerman's Hall Line renamed Glenavon, 1910 returned to Ellerman Line reverted to Branksome Hall. 4,262
Glenavy 1917 1923 sold to Pacific Steam Nav.Co renamed Lagarto. 5,075
Glenbeg (1) 1922 1949 transferred to Blue Funnel Line renamed Dymas (1) 9,641
Glenbeg (2) 1944 ex- Samjack, 1947 purchased by Blue Funnel Line renamed Tydeus (2), 1950 transferred to Glen Line renamed Glenbeg, sold to Panama renamed Roan. 7,234
Glenbeg (3) 1956 ex- Diomed (5), 1970 transferred from China Mutual S.N.Co renamed Glenbeg, 1972 reverted to Diomed, China Mutual S.N.Co, 1973 sold to Macao renamed Kaising. 7,980
Glencoe 1878 1889 ashore after collision in English Channel, total loss. 2,913
Gleneagles 1877 1893 sold to France renamed Charles Martel. 2,798
Glenearn (1) 1873 1898 sold to Mossgiel S.S.Co. 2,151
Glenearn (2) 1905 1905 chartered from Ellerman's Hall Line, 1910 returned to Ellerman Line renamed Netherby Hall. 4,461
Glenearn (3) 1914 1914 seized by Germans at Hamburg, 1918 returned to Britain, owned by the Shipping Controller, 1920 sold to William Thomas Shipping Co, London renamed Cambrian Princess. 4,828
Glenearn (4) 1930 ex- Tolten, 1933 purchased from Lowden, Connell & Co., Liverpool renamed Glenearn, 1935 sold to Lowden, Connell & Co. reverted to Tolten. 5,348
Glenearn (5) 1938 1970 scrapped. 9,784
Glenelg 1883 1884 wrecked off Ushant. 3,034
Glenesk 1891 1912 sold to Japan renamed Kenkon Maru. 3,524
Glenfalloch (1) 1873 1897 sold to Singapore. 2,157
Glenfalloch (2) 1963 1978 sold to Peoples Republic of China renamed Qing He Cheng. 11,926
Glenfarg 1894 1914 struck a rock and sank off Japan. 3,647
Glenfinlas (1) 1874 1890 sold to W. Jobling (Glenfinlas SS Co.) 2,154
Glenfinlas (2) 1917 ex- Elpenor, 1935 transferred from China Mutual S.N.Co. renamed Glenfinlas, 1947 reverted to Elpenor, 1950 reverted to Glenfinlas, 1952 scrapped. 7,601
Glenfinlas (3) 1946 completed as Calchas for China Mutual S.N.Co., 1957 chartered to Glen Line renamed Glenfinlas, 1962 reverted to Calchas, 1973 scrapped after fire at Kelang, Malaysia. 7,639
Glenfinlas (4) 1967 1972 transferred to Blue Funnel Line renamed Phemius (5), 1978 transferred to China Nav.Co. renamed Kweichow. 12,094
Glenfruin (1) 1880 1897 sold to McIlwraith, McEachern Ltd, Australia renamed Kalgoolie. 2,985
Glenfruin (2) 1948 completed as Astyanax (2) for China Mutual S.N.Co, 1957 chartered to Glen Line renamed Glenfruin, 1962 reverted to Astyanax, 1972 scrapped. 7,654
Glenfruin (3) 1954 ex- Dolius (3), 1970 transferred from Blue Funnel Line renamed Glenfruin, 1972 reverted to Dolius, Blue Funnel Line, 1972 sold to Macao renamed Hungmien. 7,960
Glengarry (1) 1883 1904 sold to Japan renamed Koto Maru. 3,034
Glengarry (2) 1920 1939 renamed Glenstrae (3), 1949 transferred to Blue Funnel Line renamed Dolius (2) 9,640
Glengarry (3) 1940 1940 seized by Germans at Copenhagen renamed Meersburg, 1942 converted to minelayer renamed Hansa, 1945 recovered by Britain renamed Empire Humber, 1946 returned to Glen Line reverted to Glengarry, 1970 transferred to Blue Funnel Line renamed Dardanus (6), 1971 reverted to Glengarry for voyage to breakers. 9,311
Glengyle (1) 1870 1881 sold to Alvena SS Co., Glasgow renamed Alvena. 1,614
Glengyle (2) 1886 1904 sold to Japan renamed Myoshino Maru. 3,455
Glengyle (3) 1914 1916 torpedoed and sunk off Malta by German submarine. 9,395
Glengyle (4) 1915 ex- Bostonian, 1916 transferred from F. Leyland & Co renamed Glengyle, 1923 sold to Pacific Steam Nav.Co renamed Lautaro. 6,240
Glengyle (5) 1939 requisitioned as HMS Glengyle, 1948 returned to Glen Line, 1970 transferred to Blue Funnel Line renamed Deucalion (5), 1971 scrapped. 9,919
Gleniffer (1) 1877 1882 sold to France. 2,165
Gleniffer (2) 1915 1947 scrapped. 9,429
Gleniffer (3) 1943 ex- Samarkand, 1947 purchased by Blue Funnel Line renamed Talthybius (2), 1954 transferred to Glen Line renamed Gleniffer, 1958 sold to Liberia renamed Dove. 7,291
Gleniffer (4) 1913 ex- Lycaon (1), 1951 transferred from China Mutual S.N.Co renamed Gleniffer, 1952 scrapped. 7,552
Glenlochy (1) 1896 1919 sold to Greece renamed Olympia. 4,696
Glenlochy (2) 1931 ex- Ajax (3), 1957 transferred from Blue Funnel Line renamed Glenlochy, 1958 returned to Blue Funnel Line renamed Sarpedon, 1962 scrapped. 7,797
Glenlochy (3) 1957 ex- Antenor (4), 1970 transferred from Blue Funnel Line renamed Glenlochy, 1972 reverted to Blue Funnel Line renamed Dymas (2), 1973 sold to Macao renamed Kaiyun. 7,965
Glenlogan (1) 1896 ex- Denton Grange, 1901 purchased from Houlder Bros, renamed Glenlogan, 1916 torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean near Stromboli. 5,723
Glenlogan (2) 1943 ex- Samoa, 1947 purchased by China Mutual S.N.Co, renamed Eurymedon (3), 1952 transferred to Glen Line renamed Glenlogan, 1957 reverted to Eurymedon, China Mutual S.N.Co, 1958 sold to Greece renamed Angelos. 7,314
Glenluce 1919 1936 sold to P. Wigham Richardson, Newcastle renamed Ionopolis. 6,755
Glenlyon (1) 1872 1892 sold to France renamed Versingetorix. 2,118
Glenlyon (2) 1962 1978 sold to Singapore renamed Emerald Express. 11,918
Glenogle (1) 1882 1904 sold to Seang, Taik & Co, Rangoon. 3,749
Glenogle (2) 1916 1917 torpedoed and sunk in Atlantic by German submarine. 7,682
Glenogle (3) 1920 1949 transferred to Blue Funnel Line renamed Deucalion (4). 9,513
Glenogle (4) 1962 1978 sold to Hong Kong renamed Harvest. 11,918
Glenorchy (1) 1871 ex- Quang-Se, 1876 purchased from William Houston Ltd, London renamed Glenorchy, 1898 sold to Italy renamed Pina. 2,788
Glenorchy (2) 1939 1942 torpedoed and sunk off Tunisia in Malta convoy. 8,982
Glenorchy (3) 1941 completed as Priam (4) for Blue Funnel Line, 1948 transferred to Glen Line renamed Glenorchy, 1970 transferred to Blue Funnel Line renamed Phemius (4), 1971 scrapped. 9,975
Glenroy (1) 1871 1890 sold to G. Tweedy & Co., London renamed Gonchar. 2,198
Glenroy (2) 1901 1915 wrecked near Singapore. 4,901
Glenroy (3) 1938 1966 scrapped. 9,809
Glenroy (4) 1955 ex- Demodocus (2), 1970 transferred from Blue Funnel Line renamed Glenroy, 1972 reverted to Demodocus Blue Funnel Line, 1973 sold to Macao renamed Hungsia. 7,968
Glensanda 1918 ex-War Courage*, 1919 purchased from the Shipping Controller renamed Glensanda, 1928 sold to Meldrum & Swinson, London renamed Essex Lance. 6,625
Glenshane 1918 ex- War Dream*, 1919 purchased from the Shipping Controller renamed Glenshane, 1932 sold to H. Makita, Japan. 6,498
Glenshiel (1) 1887 1904 sold to Japan renamed Kotohira Maru. 3,455
Glenshiel (2) 1924 1942 torpedoed and sunk in Indian Ocean by Japanese submarine. 9,415
Glenshiel (3) 1943 ex- Samnesse, 1947 purchased by China Mutual S.N.Co renamed Eumaeus (3), 1952 transferred to Glen Line renamed Glenshiel, 1957 reverted to China Mutual S.N.Co renamed Euryades (3), 1961 sold to Hong Kong renamed Marine Bounty. 7,308
Glenshiel (4) 1946 ex- Stentor (4), 1958 transferred from Blue Funnel Line renamed Glenshiel, 1963 reverted to Stentor, China Mutual S.N.Co, 1975 renamed Tento for voyage to scrapyard. 10,203
Glenspey 1918 ex- War Music*, 1919 purchased from the Shipping Controller renamed Glenspey, 1920 sold to the King Line Ltd renamed King Bleddyn. 6,498
Glenstrae (1) 1905 1917 torpedoed and sunk near Bishops Rock. 4,718
Glenstrae (2) 1918 ex- War Climax*, 1919 purchased from the Shipping Controller renamed Glenstrae, 1920 sold to Union-Castle Mail SS Co renamed Banbury Castle. 6,340
Glentara 1919 1928 sold to Elder Dempster & Co renamed Milverton. 6,754
Glenturret 1896 1918 stranded near Nantes, total loss. 4,696
Monmouthshire (1) 1943 ex- Telemachus (4), 1957 transferred from Blue Funnel Line renamed Monmouthshire, 1963 returned to Blue Funnel Line renamed Glaucus, 1964 chartered to China Nav.Co renamed Nanchang, 1968 scrapped. 8,265
Pembrokeshire (1) 1943 ex- Samsette, 1947 purchased by China Mutual S.N.Co, renamed Euryplus, 1950 transferred to Glen Line renamed Pembrokeshire, 1957 reverted to Euryplus, China Mutual S.N.Co, 1960 sold to Hong Kong renamed Kota Bahru. 7,292
Pembrokeshire (2) 1967 1972 transferred to Blue Funnel Line renamed Phrontis (2), 1982 sold to Gulf Shipping Lines, London renamed Gulf Osprey. 12,299
Radnorshire (1) 1923 ex- Tantalus, 1936 transferred from Blue Funnel Line renamed Radnorshire, 1939 transferred to Blue Funnel Line reverted to Tantalus. 1941 bombed and sunk by Japanese at Manila. 7,777
Radnorshire (2) 1948 completed as Achilles (4) for Blue Funnel Line, 1949 transferred to Glen Line renamed Radnorshire, 1962 transferred to Blue Funnel renamed Asphalion (2), 1966 transferred to Dutch flag renamed Polyphemus, 1972 reverted to Blue Funnel Asphalion, 1975 sold to Gulf Ltd, London renamed Gulf Anchor. 7,632
Radnorshire (3) 1967 1973 transferred to China Mutual S.N.Co renamed Perseus (4), 1978 sold to China Nav.Co. renamed Kwangsi. 12,094

Note - China Mutual S.N.Co was a subsidiary company of Blue Funnel Line.
* For details of WAR ships, see http://www.mariners-l.freeserve.co.uk/WWlStandardBuilt.htm

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