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West Hartlepool Steam Navigation Company

Founded in 1856, initially to operate the coal trade but also ran a weekly service to Hamburg and a fortnightly service to St. Petersburg in the Baltic (ice free) season. A service to Gothenburg was later instituted, but the bulk of the services consisted of world wide tramping. In 1899, the firm of J. E. Guthe & Co was amalgamated and a weekly route between Stockton, Middlesbrough and Hamburg was operated with the chartered ship HERMIA. In 1902 joint services commenced with Bucknall Line and Strick Line between Manchester, Cardiff and London to the Persian Gulf. The Great War caused the cessation of the Hamburg and Gothenburg services in 1914 after which the company confined it's activities to cargo services.

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:

  • 1856-1914 Hartlepool - Hamburg
  •                    Hartlepool - St. Petersburg.
  •                    Hartlepool - Gothenburg
  • 1899-1914 Stockton / Middlesbrough - Hamburg
  • 1902-         Manchester / Cardiff / London - Persian Gulf (joint service)
  • 1856-         Worldwide cargo services.

Funnel:
1856-1899 Buff, black top.
1899-         Buff, black top with large black G on buff.

Fleet:

  1856-1899 1899-
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Admiral Cator 1857 1866 sold to Wood & Barker, Newcastle. 311
Annie 1897 1899 purchased from J. E. Guthe & Co, 1915 sold to Maindy Shipping Co, Cardiff renamed Maindy Abbey. 3,777
Antelope 1846 1864 purchased from Atlantic Royal Mail S.N. Co, Liverpool, 1864 sold to A. Ludders, Germany renamed Coral Queen, 1864 repurchased, 1890 sunk in collision with Dutch s/s BRINIO off Hartlepool. 855
Ardenhall (1) 1912 ex- Withernsea, 1918 purchased from Sea SS Co, Hull renamed Ardenhall, 1920 sold to Christie & Co, Cardiff renamed Bathampton. 3,282
Ardenhall (2) 1920 ex- Silverbirch, 1924 purchased from S & J. Thompson, London renamed Ardenhall, 1936 sold to Kilvey Shipping Co, Swansea renamed Cefnbryn. 5,073
Ardenhall (3) 1971 ex- Dunelmia, 1976 purchased from Metcalfe Shipping Co, Hartlepool renamed Ardenhall, 1981 sold to Panama renamed Moolchand. 9,177
Ashlands 1890 1898 purchased from J. E. Guthe & Co, 1900 wrecked Bird Island, Cape Colony. 2,303
Askehall 1900 1915 sold to Brys & Gylsen, London renamed Taxandrier. 4,231
Aspleyhall (1) 1911 ex- Lissa, 1915 purchased from Glen & Co, Glasgow renamed Aspleyhall, 1916 torpedoed and sunk off Malta. 3,882
Aspleyhall (2) 1912 ex- Newfield, 1918 purchased from Newcastle SS Co renamed Aspleyhall, 1920 sold to Anglo-Belgique Shipping Co, Cardiff renamed Cymric Queen. 3,846
Aspleyhall (3) 1918 ex- Silverash, 1925 purchased from S & J. Thompson, London renamed Aspleyhall, 1932 sold to Continental Indies Shipping Co, Nova Scotia renamed Ezra. 5,334
Aspleyhall (4) 1963 1969 sold to Wenduyne Shipping Co, Gibraltar renamed Wenduyne. 7,466
Barbara 1897 1899 purchased from J. E. Guthe & Co, 1915 sold to J. Esplen, Liverpool. 3,739
Barraclough 1889 1896 sold to Russia renamed Helios, transferred to Finnish flag. 1,784
Belair 1879 1898 purchased from Jugo & Co, Carfiff, 1900 sold to Holland renamed Sophia Annet. 1,369
Birkhall 1900 1915 sold to Houlder, Middleton & Co, London. 4,218
Boltonhall (1) 1900 1918 torpedoed and sunk off Bardsey Island. 3,595
Boltonhall (2) 1935 1948 sold to Drake Shipping Co renamed Merchant Knight
(photo at http://www.mariners-l.co.uk/ShipsIndex.html )
4,788
British Queen 1865 1894 abandoned on fire off Hirtshals. 676
Burdon 1893 1899 sold to Webster & Barraclough, Hartlepool. 3,019
Cliftonhall (1) 1907 1920 sold to Trowbridge S.N. Co, Cardiff. 3,900
Cliftonhall (2) 1938 1942 torpedoed and sunk by Japanse submarine off Madagascar. 5,062
Clumberhall (1) 1899 1924 sold to Spain renamed Ereno (Costa Rican flag). 3,599
Clumberhall (2) 1930 1946 sold to Goulandris, London renamed Ormos. 5,197
Coral Queen   see Antelope.  
Daltonhall (1) 1899 1899 sold to Furness, Withy & Co, Hartlepool. 3,534
Daltonhall (2) 1941 1958 sold to Liberia renamed Altis. 5,175
Danish Queen   see Sheldrake.  
Derwenthall (1) 1907 1915 sold to Brys & Gylsen, London renamed Cimbrier. 3,906
Derwenthall (2) 1940 1952 sold to Headlam & Son, Whitby renamed K Ildale. 4,934
Dinsdalehall 1906 1915 sold to Brys & Gylsen, London renamed Brabandier. 3,897
Dresden 1884 1907 purchased from Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Co, Goole, 1916 sold to Mann, Macneal & Co, Glasgow. 877
Edenhall 1898 1899 purchased from J. E. Guthe & Co, 1914 sold to Greece renamed Zermen. 2,573
Empress 1889 1899 sold to Chinese Eastern Railway Co, Russia renamed Ningoote. 990
Fairy Queen 1860 1866 sold to Scott Bros., Newcastle. 344
Federation 1886 1906 purchased from Cooperative Wholesale Society, Manchester, 1916 sold to Bede Metal & Chemical Co, Newcastle. 820
Fire Queen 1864 1866 sold to T & J. Harrison, Liverpool. 1,164
Flambro 1887 1898 sold to Smith Bros, Hartlepool. 2,224
German Empire 1872 1902 wrecked at Spiekeroog on voyage Hartlepool to Hamburg. 714
Gipsy Queen 1856 1906 sold to Turkey renamed Anadolou. 548
Gitana 1855 1875 wrecked near Winga, Sweden. 490
Goldsbro 1887 1898 sold to Smith Bros, Hartlepool. 2,247
Grantleyhall (1) 1902 1917 mined and sunk off Orfordness. 4,008
Grantleyhall (2) 1927 1931 sold to Russia renamed Angarstroi. 4,760
Grantleyhall (3) 1962 ex- Skycrest, 1968 purchased from Cove Shipping Co, Bahamas renamed Grantleyhall, 1976 sold to Greece renamed Areti S. 9,139
Guildhall 1898 1899 purchased from J. E. Guthe & Co, 1915 sold to Letricheux Lines, Swansea. 2,609
Haddonhall 1898 1899 purchased from J. E. Guthe & Co, 1914 sold to Japan after stranding near Nagasaki, renamed Haru Maru. 2,676
Harlyn 1891 1899 purchased from J. E. Guthe & Co, 1906 wrecked Cape Negro, Nova Scotia. 1,432
Harvest Queen 1860 ex- Petro Beys, 1863 purchased from B. Cobb. London renamed Harvest Queen, 1865 sank in River Tay after collision with s/s LONDON, salvaged and sold to Yeaman & Co, Dundee. 562
Heighington 1891 1899 purchased from J. E. Guthe & Co, 1916 torpedoed and sunk off Cape Serrat on voyage Naples to Oran. 2,800
Hendonhall (1) 1901 1916 mined and sunk off Inner Gabbard Buoy on voyage Portland, Maine to Rotterdam. 3,994
Hendonhall (2) 1920 ex- Montes, 1927 purchased from Belgium renamed Hendonhall, 1932 sold to Italy renamed Dino. 5,626
Hendonhall (3) 1944 ex- Empire General, 1947 purchased from MOWT renamed Hendonhall, 1958 sold to Lebanon renamed Taxiarhis. 5,244
Huntwick 1852 1854 purchased from Cummings, Harris & Dixon, London, 1858 lost near Yarmouth. 333
Island Queen 1864 1868 sold to Brown & Son, Glasgow renamed Thetis. 318
Jalasiltonhall 1958 1963 sold to Scindia S.N. Co., India renamed Jalagomati. 6,487
Kaiser 1880 1904 wrecked at Ravenscar on voyage Hamburg to Hartlepool. 816
Kepwickhall (1) 1916 1920 sold to Town Line, London, 1921 renamed Marnetown. 4,129
Kepwickhall (2) 1919 ex- Ballygally Head, 1924 purchased from Ulster SS Co renamed Kepwickhall, 1930 sold to Cie. Marseillaise de Nav. a Vapeur, France (C. Fraissinet) renamed Timbouctou. 5,179
Kepwickhall (3) 1932 1938 sold to Billmeir & Co., London renamed Stanhall. 4,830
Kepwickhall (4) 1956 1966 sold to Metcalfe Shipping Co., Hartlepool renamed Fidentia. 5,568
Kirkstall 1895 1899 purchased from J. E. Guthe & Co., 1908 sold to H. Hogarth, Glasgow renamed Baron Garioch. 1,831
Leipzig 1849 1866 purchased from North Europe S.N. Co., London, 1869 wrecked at Kalundborg, Denmark. 591
Lindenhall (1) 1900 1908 sold to Constantine & Pickering, Middlesbrough, 1912 repurchased by West Hartlepool S.N. Co., 1924 sold to Italy renamed Humilitas. 4,003
Lindenhall (2) 1937 1942 torpedoed and sunk in Atlantic on voyage Rio de Janeiro to UK. 5,247
Lindenhall (3) 1975 no further info. 9,065
Maling 1895 1899 sold to Webster & Barraclough, Hartlepool. 3,067
May Queen   see Ward Jackson.  
Murton 1866 1870 sold to D. Bannerman, Liverpool. 415
Normanby 1859 1863 sold to A. Ludders, Germany renamed Venezuelan. 457
Norway 1870 1892 sold to R. Jobson & Co, Hartlepool. 803
Osprey 1855 1863 sold to J. Lencke, Germany. 564
Pallion 1879 1897 sold to P. Rowe & Sons, Cardiff. 1,723
Panther 1861 1896 purchased from Webster & Barraclough, Hartlepool, 1902 scrapped. 906
Polamhall (1) 1901 1917 torpedoed and sunk 80 miles off Bishops Rock on voyage Alexandria to Hull. 4,010
Polamhall (2) 1918 ex- Rhode Island, 1927 purchased from Warren Line, Liverpool renamed Polamhall, 1928 sold to Greece renamed Eleni. 5,655
Polamhall (3) 1950 1962 sold to Liberia renamed Sokorri. 5,507
Prompt 1853 1863 purchased from London & Edinburgh Shipping Co., Leith, 1867 sold to R. Irvine, Hartlepool. 417
Rytonhall 1905 ex- Saint Helena, 1915 purchased from A. Mackay & Co., Glasgow renamed Rytonhall, 1917 torpedoed and sunk off Ushant. 4,203
Sea Queen 1862 1864 sold to E. T. Gourlay, Sunderland. 938
Sheldrake 1855 ex- Falcon, 1855 purchased from Hartley & Co., Hartlepool renamed Sheldrake, 1862 sold to A. Ludders, Germany renamed Island Queen, 1864 repurchased renamed Danish Queen, 1866 sold to McKinnon & Frew, Liverpool. 568
Siltonhall (1) 1912 ex- Nurtureton, 1922 purchased from Walton Shipping Co., London renamed Siltonhall, 1929 sank following fire in Indian Ocean on voyage Immingham to Adelaide. 6,055
Siltonhall (2) 1932 1938 sold to Germany renamed Luise Leonhardt. 4,831
Siltonhall (3) 1958 launched as Siltonhall, completed as Jalasiltonhall and chartered to Scindia S.N. Co., 1963 sold to Scindia renamed Jalagomati. 6,487
Sprite 1870 1899 purchased from Shaw & Furness, 1905 abandoned off Flamborough Head on voyage Hartlepool to Hamburg. 826
Star Queen 1864 1865 lost off Winterton, Norfolk. 318
Storm Queen 1864 1866 sold to J. Edgar, London. 338
Stranton 1880 1896 sold to Stranton SS Co, Dundee. 1,754
Sweden 1869 1893 sold to Sweden after stranding off Wasa, renamed Otto. 614
Vauxhall 1900 1915 aold to Lewis Trading Co., Cardiff. 3,629
Ward Jackson 1854 1863 sold to J. Lencke, Germany renamed Herman, 1863 repurchased renamed May Queen, 1868 sold to J. Park, London. 763
Webster 1893 1899 sold to Webster & Barraclough, Hartlepool renamed Knaresbro. 3,101
Whitehall 1897 1899 purchased from J. E. Guthe & Co., 1908 sold to Italy renamed Margaritone. 2,068
Wiltonhall 1901 ex- Knockwell, 1914 purchased from Roth Bros, London renamed Wiltonhall, 1916 captured and sunk by U-Boat off Algiers. 3,387
Winston 1876 1862 sold to R. Jobson, Hartlepool. 1,400
Woldingham 1905 1922 purchased from G. E. Kite, London, 1924 sold to Greece renamed Stylianos Coutsodontis. 3,044
Wolviston (1) 1876 1879 wrecked Tarifa, Spain. 1,357
Wolviston (2) 1879 1891 sank in North Atlantic on voyage Bristol to New York. 1,758
Wolviston (3) 1895 1899 sold to Spain renamed Orinon. 2,564
Zingari 1854 1868 sold to Clark & Co, Great Yarmouth. 342

Managed for Government

Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Brynhild 1907 (ex- Danish), 1940 managed for MOWT, 1941 management transferred to Gibson & Co. 2,195
Empire Raleigh 1941 1941 managed for MOWT, 1942 transferred to Netherlands Government renamed Vermeer. 7,240
Empire Spray 1941 1941 managed for MOWT, 1943 transferred to Netherlands Government renamed Gerard Dou. 7,242
Florenz 1905 ex- German (R. Sloman), war reparations, 1919 managed for The Shipping Controller, 1920 sold to Brock SS Co, Guernsey renamed Brocklane. 1,533
Frieda Fahrenheim 1906 ex- German (A. Fahrenheim), 1919 managed for The Shipping Controller, 1920 sold to Pennard SS Co, London. 2,144
Laurentide Park 1943 1943 managed for MOWT, 1945 management transferred to P. D. Hendry, London. 7,136
War Celt 1919 managed for The Shipping Controller, 1919 transferred to Anglo-Mexican Petroleum Co. 5,231
War Crocus 1918 managed for The Shipping Controller, 1918 torpedoed and sunk off Flamborough Head. 5,296
War Tulip 1918 managed for The Shipping Controller, 1919 sold to J. Harrowing, Whitby. 5,283

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