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The Fleets

Houlder Line / Alexander SS Co.

Houlder Brothers & Co. was formed in 1856 in London and operated with chartered tonnage until 1861 when they aquired the GOLDEN HORN. Originally sailings were made to the USA and later to New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific Islands. In 1881 the company entered the River Plate passenger and cargo trade which was eventually to become their mainstay route. In 1902 the subsidiary Empire Transport Co. was established and in 1906 the Federal-Houlder-Shire Line was formed with Federal Line and Turnbull Martin's Shire Line to operate services betwen Glasgow, Liverpool, Manchester and Avonmouth to Australia and New Zealand, but this was later confined to Australia only. In 1911 Furness, Withy & Co. purchased a 50% share in Houlder Bros and withdrew from the Federal - Houlder - Shire partnership. In 1914 the British Empire S.N. Co. was established and in 1915 the Furness-Houlder Argentine Line was formed. A substantial holding in Alexander Shipping Co. was purchased in 1937 and complete control aquired in 1947. Ore Carriers Ltd was founded in 1954 and Warwick Tanker Co in 1960. The British Empire S.N. Co. was renamed Welldeck Shipping Co. in 1966. Empire Transport Co. was renamed Dee Navigation Co. in 1975. C. Y. Tung, Hong Kong took over Furness, Withy and associated companies in 1980 and the remaining Houlder Line ships were transferred to Furness, Withy (Shipping) Ltd.

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:

Houlder Bros Ltd.

  • 1861-1939 London - Australia UK - South and East Africa
  • 1863-1939 London - Australia - New Zealand
  • 1883-1947 UK - River Plate.
Funnel:
Black funnel with dark red band and white Maltese Cross.
   

Furness-Houlder Argentine Line / Argentine Cargo Line Ltd.

  • UK and Europe - West Coast of South America.
 
Funnel:
1908-1920 Black
1920           as Houlder
   

British Empire S.N. Co.

  • Port Moresby - Europe
  • General tramping.
 
Funnel:
as Houlder
   

Empire Transport Co.

  • General tramping.
 
Funnel:
as Houlder
   

Alexander Shipping Co.

  • West Hartlepool and Cardiff - coal trades and tramping.
 
Funnel:
1874-1947 Black
1947          as Houlder
   
MOWT = Ministry of War Transport
a) HOULDER BROS & subsidiary companies b) ALEXANDER SS Co.

Fleets:

a) HOULDER BROS & subsidiary companies
    Sailing Ships  
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Eagle Speed 1854 1864 managed by Houlders, 1865 wrecked off Hooghli River with large loss of life. 1,239
Elizabeth   see Empress.  
Empress 1855 1863 managed by Houlders, 1877 renamed Elizabeth, 1886 still in service but no owner recorded. 1,294
Glendower 1854 barque, 1863 managed by Houlders, 1874 sold to Seidenburg & Wendt, Bremen renamed George Washington. 1,191
Golden City 1859 ship, 1864 managed by Houlders, 1867 sold to Wilson & Co, South Shields. 779
Golden Horn 1860 ship, 1861 taken over from Golden Line of Packets, Boston, 1876 sold to A. Anderson, Moss. 1,193
Golden Sea 1864 ship, 1866 managed by Houlders, 1874 sold to Shaw, Savill & Co. 1,418
Lucibelle 1859 ship, 1863 managed by Houlders, 1871 wrecked off Honolulu. 914
Queen of the North 1865 ship, 1879 purchased by Houlders, 1883 sold to H. Ellis & Sons, London. 414
Walter Glendining 1859 brigantine, 186? Houlder trader, Pacific feeder vessel, 1879 sold. 111
    Steamships  
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Abadesa (1) 1916 1929 renamed Elstree Grange (2), 1941 destroyed in air attack on Liverpool Docks. 6,572
Abadesa (2) 1962 1968 transferred to Royal Mail Line, 1969 chartered to Stolt-Nielsen, Haugesund renamed Stolt Abadesa, 1973 sold to Stolt-Nielsen renamed Stolt Tiger. 13,398
African Transport 1913 1918 torpedoed and sunk off Whitby. 4,482
American Transport 1911 1929 sold to H. Fisser, Bremen renamed Martha Hendrik Fisser. 4,764
Ara 1890 River Plate feeder ship, 1895 sold to Rio de Janeiro owners renamed Carangola. 433
Argentine Transport (1) 1911 1916 transferred to Furness, Withy renamed Parisiana. 4,763
Argentine Transport (2) 1944 ex- Samtyne, 1947 purchased from MOWT renamed Argentine Transport, 1958 sold to Liberia renamed Archandros. 7,219
Asuncion 1890 River Plate feeder ship, 1895 sold to Rio de Janeiro owners renamed Teixeirinha. 433
Australian Transport 1911 1918 torpedoed and sunk off Malta. 4,773
Avogadro 1962 1964 transferred from Gazocean, Paris, 1970 sold to Cayman Islands renamed Caribigaz. 855
Baronesa 1918 1946 scrapped. 8,663
Barton Grange 1944 ex- Empire Balfour, 1946 managed by Houlder Bros, 1949 purchased from MOWT renamed Barton Grange, 1958 sold to Hong Kong renamed Sunlight. 7,201
Beacon Grange (1) 1898 1921 wrecked Banco Oliver, Rio Gallegos. 4,042
Beacon Grange (2) 1938 1941 torpedoed and sunk in Atlantic. 10,160
Beacon Grange (3) 1945 ex- Harmac Victoria, 1948 purchased from Canadian Transport Co., Montreal renamed Beacon Grange, 1949 sold to Panama renamed Constantinos. 7,146
Beauval 1964 chartered to Shell-Mex Ltd, 1967 renamed Joya McCance (2), 1976 scrapped. 26,836
Bidford Priory 1960 chartered to British Petroleum, 1975 scrapped. 23,065
Bollington Grange 1893 ex- Perthshire, 1915 purchased from Scottish Shire Line renamed Bollington Grange, 1916 renamed Canonesa, 1919 sold to Blue Star Line renamed Magicstar. 5,583
Brandon Priory 1960 chartered to British Petroleum, 1975 scrapped. 23,108
Brisbane River 1914 1917 shelled and sunk by U-Boat, west of Gibraltar. 4,989
British Transport 1910 1917 rammed and sank a U-Boat, 1932 scrapped. 4,143
Canadian Transport 1910 1932 scrapped. 4,176
Canonesa (1)   see Bollington Grange.  
Canonesa (2) 1920 1940 torpedoed and sunk in Atlantic. 8,286
Cape Transport 1910 1929 sold to Chios SS Co., Greece renamed Christophoros. 4,109
Caroni River 1928 chartered to Shell Oil Co., 1940 mined and sunk off Falmouth. 7,807
Cavendish 1971 1995 sold to Panama renamed Gaz Supplier. 26,802
Clerk-Maxwell 1966 1983 transferred to Stevinson Hardy, 1984 transferred to Shaw Savill, 1986 scrapped. 8,298
Clutha River (1) 1914 1915 renamed Rhodesian Transport, 1933 sold to Moller Line, Shanghai renamed Alice Moller. 4,986
Clutha River (2) 1952 chartered to Shell Oil Co., 1966 sold to Greece renamed Ares III. 12,323
Condesa (1) 1916 1917 torpedoed and sunk off Bishops Rock. 8,557
Condesa (2) 1944 1962 scrapped. 10,367
Denby Grange (1) 1912 1918 sunk in collision with s/s WAR ISLAND in convoy. 4,252
Denby Grange (2) 1958 1966 chartered to Stolt-Nielsen, Haugesund renamed Stolt Grange, 1973 sold to Stolt-Nielsen renamed Stolt Puma. 9,035
Denton Grange 1896 1901 sold to Macgregor, Gow & Co., London renamed Glenlogan. 5,742
Derwent 1979 1981 transferred to Dee Nav. Co., 1982 sold to Panama renamed Mountain Azalea. 9,167
Derwent River (1) 1915 1932 sold to Livanos, Greece renamed Ilissos. 4,724
Derwent River (2) 1941 ex- Empire Coral, 1943 Houlder Bros became managers, 1945 purchased from MOWT renamed Derwent River, 1946 sold to Hunting & Son renamed Derwentfield. 8,602
Dick 1907 tug at Buenos Aires, 1910 sold to River Plate Coal Co. 16
Drayton Grange 1901 1912 sold to New Zealand Shipping Co. renamed Tyrone, then to Union SS Co. of New Zealand but wrecked in 1913 prior to handing over. 6,592
Dunster Grange (1) 1927 1951 sold to Finland renamed Vaasa. 9,494
Duquesa (1) 1918 1940 captured in South Atlantic by the German battleship ADMIRAL SCHEER, 1941 scuttled. 8,651
Duquesa (2) 1949 1968 transferred to Royal Mail Line, 1969 scrapped. 11,007
Egyptian Transport 1914 1933 sold to Moller & Co, Shanghai renamed Helen Moller. 4,648
El Argentino (1) 1907 1916 mined and sunk off Southwold, Suffolk. 6,809
El Argentino (2) 1928 1943 bombed and sunk off Lisbon. 9,501
El Cordobes 1900 ex- Indradevi, 1911 purchased by Furness Withy from Thos. B. Royden renamed Chaseside, 1912 transferred to Houlders renamed El Cordobes, 1926 sold to Italy renamed Pratomagno. 5,683
El Paraguayo 1912 1937 scrapped. 8,508
El Uruguayo 1912 1937 scrapped. 8,361
Elstree Grange (1) 1892 ex- Constance, 1895 purchased from E. R. Gourlay, Sunderland renamed Elstree Grange, 1919 sold to Spain renamed Manu. 3,930
Elstree Grange (2)   see Abadesa (1)  
Elstree Grange (3) 1944 ex- Samettrick, 1944 managed by Houlder Bros, 1947 purchased from MOWT renamed Elstree Grange, 1960 sold to Polish Ocean Line, Gdynia renamed Kopalnia Miechowice. 7,176
Empire Transport   see Savannah.  
Everton Grange 1903 1912 sold to New Zealand Shipping Co. renamed Westmeath, 1913 transferred to Union SS Co of New Zealand. 8,096
Faraday 1971 1992 registered in Hong Kong, 1993 scrapped. 19,754
Florence 1889 1898 purchased from E. R. Gourlay, Sunderland, 1902 sold to Furness, Withy & Co. 2,492
Fort Ash 1943 1946 managed by Houlder Bros, 1947 purchased from MOWT, 1950 renamed Royston Grange, 1952 sold to Italy renamed Guian. 7,131
Fraser River (1) 1915 1921 sold to Anglo-Oriental Nav. Co., London renamed Riverway. 3,805
Fraser River (2) 1944 ex- Samsoaring, 1947 purchased from MOWT renamed Fraser River, 1952 sold to Panama renamed North Princess. 7,248
Furness Bridge 1971 1977 sold to Liberia renamed Lake Arrowhead. 91,079
Gambia River 1915 1933 sold to Atlanticos SS Co., Panama renamed Mount Pentelikon. 4,729
H.T.S. Coupler   see Oregis.  
Hardwicke Grange (1) 1921 1942 torpedoed, shelled and sunk by U.129 north of Puerto Rico. 9,005
Hardwicke Grange (2) 1960 1975 transferred to Shaw, Savill & Albion Line. 10,337
Haversham Grange 1898 ex- Rapidan, purchased from Chesapeake & Ohio SS Co. renamed Haversham Grange, 1906 caught fire and sank 750 miles off Cape of Good Hope. 7,505
Hornby Grange (1) 1890 1919 sold to Spain renamed Agustina Forner. 2,473
Hornby Grange (2) 1946 1969 transferred to Royal Mail Line renamed Douro. 10,763
Humboldt 1968 1984 sold to Panama renamed Bold 1. 5,200
Imperial Transport (1) 1913 1917 torpedoed and sunk near Alexandria. 4,648
Imperial Transport (2) 1931 1940 torpedoed and broke in two, the crew sailed the after part back to Scotland where a new forward half was built. 1949 sold to Norway renamed Rona. 8,022
Imperial Transport (3) 1953 chartered to Shell Oil, 1964 sold to Liberia renamed Angeliki. 11,365
Indian Transport 1910 1929 sold to Livanos, Greece renamed Nagos. 4,108
Joule (1) 1964 1970 sold to Italy renamed Giambattista Venturi. 2,293
Joule (2) 1965 ex- Havgas, 1973 purchased from Norway renamed Joule, 1984 scrapped. 8,996
Joule (3) 1972 ex- Lancashire, 1989 purchased from Bibby Line renamed Joule, 1995 sold to Honuras renamed Yashika. 2,527
Joya McCance (1) 1960 1967 transferred to South American Saint Line renamed St. Margaret. 11,871
Joya McCance (2)   see Beauval.  
La Blanca 1906 1917 torpedoed and sunk in English Channel. 6,813
La Correntina 1912 1914 captured and sunk by German raider KRONPRINZ WILHELM off Lobos Island. 8,529
La Negra 1913 1917 torpedoed and sunk off Start Point. 8,312
La Rosarina 1912 1937 renamed Rosarina and scrapped. 8,332
Langton Grange (1) 1896 1909 wrecked on Bishop Rock. 5,803
Langton Grange (2) 1918 ex- Segura, 1935 purchased from Buenos Aires and Southern Railway Co., Buenos Aires renamed Langton Grange, 1939 sold to Embiricos, Andros renamed Nicolaos M. Embiricos. 5,295
Langton Grange (2) 1942 ex- Empire Pennant, 1946 purchased from MOWT renamed Langton Grange, 1960 scrapped. 7,043
Lord Kelvin 1978 1987 sold to Norway renamed Helios. 21,374
Lynton Grange (1) 1912 1933 scrapped. 4,252
Lynton Grange (2) 1937 1942 torpedoed and sunk in Atlantic. 5,029
Mabel Warwick 1960 chartered to British Steel Corp., 1975 sold to Cyprus renamed Nikolaos Malefakis. 11,632
Maltese Cross 1900 1901 sold to Howard Smith & Sons, Melbourne renamed Chillagoe. 1,490
Marquesa 1918 1949 scrapped. 8,979
Mersey River 1916 1917 captured and sunk by the German surface raider MOEWE off Pernambuco. 3,805
Mount Newman 1943 chartered to Australian National Line, 1980 taken over by C. Y. Tung, 1982 sold to Hong Kong renamed South Victor. 65,131
Natal Transport 1910 1915 shelled and sunk by U-Boat off Crete. 4,107
New Zealand Transport (1) 1909 1909 renamed Parisiana, 1910 abandoned on fire in Indian Ocean. 4,823
New Zealand Transport (2) 1913 1917 torpedoed and sunk in Aegean Sea. 4,481
Oaklands Grange 1912 1934 sold to M. N. Piangos, Andros, Greece renamed Nicolaos Piangos. 4,488
Ocean Transport (1) 1913 1928 blown ashore in hurricane at Ocean Island, near Nauru and lost. 4,643
Ocean Transport (2) 1962 1979 sold to Liberia renamed Ellion Hope. 8,501
Oldfield Grange 1913 1917 torpedoed and sunk off Tory Island. 4,653
Orange River 1914 1934 sold to Greece renamed Garoufalia. 4,708
Oredian 1955 1971 sold to Greece renamed Oredian Star. 6,859
Oregis 1955 1973 converted to North Sea oil pipe layer, 1974 renamed H.T.S. Coupler, 1975 reverted to Oregis, 1980 taken over by C.Y. Tung, 1982 scrapped. 6,858
Orelia (1) 1954 1954 chartered to British Steel, 1971 sold to Greece renamed Orelia Star. 6,858
Orelia (2) 1984 1989 transferred to Stena Offshore renamed Stena Orelia. 6,368
Oremina 1956 1974 sold to Italy renamed Generale Frederico. 6,858
Orenda Bridge 1972 1977 Houlders withdrew from Seabridge Consortium renamed Orenda, 1978 sold to Liberia renamed Theodora. 69,824
Oreosa 1954 1971 sold to Greece renamed Oreosa Star. 6,856
Orepton 1954 1971 sold to Greece renamed Orepton Star. 6,859
Oriana 1902 1914 sold to Japan renamed Java Maru. 4,419
Orotava 1968 1969 became part of Seabridge Consortium renamed Orotava Bridge, 1974 reverted to Orotava, 1979 transferred to Alexander Shipping Co. renamed Ripon Grange, 1980 sold to Panama renamed Leda. 28,880
Orotava Bridge   see Orotava.  
Oswestry Grange (1) 1902 1912 sold to New Zealand Shipping Co. renamed Roscommon, then to Union SS Co. of New Zealand. 6,951
Oswestry Grange (2) 1935 ex- Rhodesian Prince, 1937 transferred from the Prince Line renamed Oswestry Grange, 1941 sunk by German cruiser ADMIRAL HIPPER. 4,684
Oswestry Grange (3) 1952 1972 sold to Greece renamed Dinos Methenitis.
9,406
Oswestry Grange (4) 1964 ex- Chelwood, 1972 transferred from France, Fenwick & Co renamed Oswestry Grange, 1984 transferred to Stevinson, Hardy Ltd 5,531
Ovingdean Grange (1) 1890 1907 sold to Russia renamed Roman. 2,413
Ovingdean Grange (2) 1924 ex- Zapala, 1935 purchased from Buenos Aires and Southern Railway Co., Buenos Aires renamed Ovingdean Grange, 1936 sold to Camden Hill SS Co., London renamed Pearlstone. 4,985
Ovingdean Grange (3) 1942 ex- Empire Buckler, 1942 managed by Houlder Bros, 1946 purchased from MOWT renamed Ovingdean Grange, 1959 sold to Liberia renamed Sabrina. 7,045
Pacific Transport 1913 1932 scrapped. 4,482
Panama Transport 1914 1932 scrapped. 4,644
Parisiana   see New Zealand Transport (1)  
Pennar River 1915 1916 sold to Gascony SS Co., London renamed Gasconia. 3,801
Pilcomayo 1890 River Plate feeder ship, 1895 sold to Rio de Janeiro owners renamed Fidelense. 433
Princesa 1918 1949 scrapped. 8,731
Queensland Transport 1913 1934 sold to Goulandris, Greece renamed Maroussio Logothetis. 4,663
Rhodesian Transport   see Clutha River.  
Rio Paraguay 1890 River Plate feeder ship, 1895 sold to Rio de Janeiro owners renamed Pinto. 433
Ripon Grange   see Orotava.  
Rippingham Grange (1) 1898 1911 chartered to British India S.N. Co., 1912 sold to New Zealand Shipping Co. renamed Limerick. 5,790
Rippingham Grange (2) 1943 1961 sold to Hong Kong renamed Abbey Wood. 10,365
Rounton Grange (1) 1913 1934 sold to Atlas Reederei A.G., Emden renamed Elise Schulte. 4,488
Royal Transport 1913 1929 sold to Atlas Reederei, Emden renamed Johann Wessels. 4,652
Royston Grange (1) 1897 1928 scrapped. 4,018
Royston Grange (2) 1918 ex- Salado, 1935 purchased from Buenos Aires and Southern Railway Co., Buenos Aires renamed Royston Grange, 1939 torpedoed and sunk in Western Approaches. 5,144
Royston Grange (3)   see Fort Ash.  
Royston Grange (4) 1943 ex- Harmac Alberni, 1948 purchased from Canadian Transport Co., Montreal renamed Royston Grange, 1949 sold to Panama renamed Yiannis. 7,146
Royston Grange (5) 1959 1972 collided off Montevideo in fog with the Liberian tanker TIEN CHEE. Royston Grange was surrounded by burning petrol and her cargo of butter caught fire. All aboard were burnt to death; loss of 74 lives. 10,261
Sagama River 1914 1932 sold to Kassos S.N. Co., Greece renamed Nitsa. 4,728
Savannah 1909 1910 transferred from Furness, Withy renamed Empire Transport, 1912 sold to Holland America Line renamed Sommelsdijk. 4,849
Sherwood 1958 1972 transferred from France, Fenwick & Co, 1974 sold to Singapore renamed Nisyros Era. 4,650
Southern Cross 1892 1899 purchased from Wincott, Cooper & Co., 1909 grounded in Vigo harbour, total loss. 5,050
Sutherland Grange 1907 ex- Guardiana, 1911 purchased from British Maritime Trust renamed Sutherland Grange, 1933 scrapped. 6,852
Swan River (1) 1915 1917 torpedoed and sunk off North Africa. 4,724
Swan River (2) 1959 1971 sold to Singapore renamed Premier Atlantic. 9,637
Tasmanian Transport 1913 1932 scrapped. 4,482
Thorpe Grange 1889 ex- Indramayo, 1901 purchased from Thos. B. Royden & Co. renamed Thorpe Grange, 1930 scrapped. 4,110
Upwey Grange (1) 1925 1940 torpedoed and sunk off Donegal; loss of 36 lives. 9,130
Urmston Grange (1) 1894 1906 chartered to Commercial Pacific Cable Co., converted to cable layer, 1914 sunk as blockship at Scapa Flow. 3,424
Urmston Grange (2) 1942 ex- Empire Pibroch, 1942 managed by Houlder Bros, 1946 purchased from MOWT renamed Urmston Grange, 1959 sold to A. Lusi, Piraeus renamed Argo Grange. 7,046
Victorian Transport 1913 1914 seized by Germany at Stettin renamed Borkumriff, 1919 returned to owners as Victorian Transport, 1932 sold to Livanos, Greece renamed Evi. 4,482
Wyandotte 1900 ex- Lord Roberts, 1900 taken over from Irish Shipowners Ltd renamed Wyandotte, 1914 sold to Union SS Co. of New Zealand renamed Waimarino. 4,204
    Managed Ships  
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Anglo Maersk 1930 1941 managed for A. P. Moller, Denmark, 1942 torpedoed and sunk in Atlantic. 7,705
Empire Raven 1918 ex- Oskawa, 1942 transferred from USA renamed Empire Raven, managed for MOWT, 1947 sold to C. Salvesen, Leith renamed Southern Raven. 6,100
Empire Shackleton 1941 managed for MOWT, 1942 torpedoed and sunk in Atlantic. 7,068
Empire Starling 1919 ex- Nockum, 1942 transferred from USA renamed Empire Starling, managed for MOWT, 1942 torpedoed and sunk in Atlantic. 6,024
Fort Brandon 1943 1946 managed for MOWT, 1948 sold to Counties Ship Management, London renamed Laurentian Hill. 7,131
Fort St. Paul 1942 1942 managed for MOWT, 1943 management transferred to Maclay & MacIntyre, Glasgow. 7,137
Rio Negro 1901 ex- Mera (Kosmos Line, Hamburg), 1917 seized by Uruguay renamed Rio Negro, 1918-1920 managed by Houlders, 1920 returned to Government of Uruguay. 4,819
Samearn 1944 1944 managed for MOWT, 1947 transferred to Claremont Shipping Co. renamed Clarepark. 7,219
Sampa 1943 managed for MOWT, 1945 mined and sunk off Ostend. 7,218
Sampep 1943 1943 managed for MOWT, 1947 seriously damaged by fire at Port Alberni, 1948 returned to USA. 7,219
Samtampa 1943 1943 managed for MOWT, 1947 wrecked off Portcawl with all hands lost; loss of 39 lives. 7,219
San Pablo 1915 1915-1917 managed for the Shipping Controller, London, 1917 transferred to Clark & Service Ltd, Glasgow. 3,310
St. Lawrence River 1915 ex- Kronenfels (Hansa Line, Bremen), 1920 ceded to Britain as war reparations, 1920 managed by Houlders, renamed St. Lawrence River, 1921 sold to Hugo Stinnes, Hamburg renamed Scheer. 8,229
Treinta-y-Tres 1906 ex- Salatis (Kosmos Line, Hamburg), 1917 seized by Uruguay renamed Treinta-y-Tres, 1918-1920 managed by Houlders, 1920 returned to Government of Uruguay. 4,764
 
b) ALEXANDER SS Co.
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Alton 1896 1918 purchased from T. Turnbull, Whitby, 1919 renamed Aylesbury, 1927 sold to Italy renamed Mugello. 3,536
Amcott 1872 1876 purchased from J. Sanderson, West Hartlepool, 1885 sold to Harper & Co., Cardiff. 1,019
Ariadne Alexander 1893 1910 purchased from Ariadne SS Co., London, 1933 scrapped. 1,986
Ashbury 1924 ex- Cairnhill, 1935 purchased from Eastwood SS Co., Glasgow renamed Ashbury, 1945 wrecked on North coast of Scotland; loss of 42 lives. 3,901
Aylesbury (1)   see Alton.  
Aylesbury (2) 1932 1940 torpedoed and sunk in Atlantic. 3,944
Aylesbury (3) 1941 ex- Empire Glen, 1944 managed for MOWT, 1945 purchased from MOWT renamed Aylesbury, 1948 sold to West Wales SS Co., Cardiff renamed West Wales 6,327
Banbury   see Iron Banbury.  
Beeswing 1882 1882 sold to Melbourne Coal, Shipping & Engineering Co. 1,119
Bibury (1) 1929 1940 torpedoed and sunk in Atlantic. 4,616
Bibury (2) 1942 ex- Empire Ballad, 1944 managed for MOWT, 1946 purchased from MOWT renamed Bibury, 1951 sold to Holland renamed Stad Maasluis. 6,582
Celeste 1875 1880 purchased from J. Manners & Co, West Harlepool, 1886 sold to Italy renamed Citta di Barletta. 713
Charlebury (1) 1906 ex- Sakkarah (Kosmos Line, Hamburg), 1921 war reparations renamed Charlebury, 1935 sold to B & S Shipping (S.A. Saint Line). 1936 scrapped. 4,691
Charlebury (2) 1940 1942 torpedoed, sheeled and sunk by Italian submarine Barbarigo. 4,836
Charlebury (3) 1941 ex- Empire Clive, 1941 managed for MOWT, 1946 purchased from MOWT renamed Charlebury, 1958 sold to Red Anchor Line, London renamed Isabel Erica. 7,069
City of Durham 1865 1880 purchased from J. Edwards, Liverpool, 1883 sold to J. Angel & Co. 720
Clyde Bridge 1969 1974 purchased from Seabridge Consortium, jointly owned by Hadley & Houlder, 1976 owned by Houlder, 1977 renamed Dunster Grange, 1982 to Gulf Shipping Lines, London renamed Gulf Kestral. 24,024
Cora Maria 1879 1885 sold to Universal SS Co., Cardiff. 1,285
Debay 1881 1885 sold to Universal SS Co., Cardiff. 1,664
Dunster Grange (2)   see Clyde Bridge.  
Eastbury (1) 1905 ex- Paris, 1926 purchased from Denmark renamed Eastbury, 1937 sold to C. Strubin & Co., London renamed Lake Geneva. 2,827
Eastbury (2) 1943 ex- Empire Stalwart, 1943 managed for MOWT, 1946 purchased from MOWT renamed Eastbury, 1958 sold to Mexico renamed Constitucion. 7,045
Elstree Grange (4) 1979 1984 sold to Liberia renamed Santa Lucia. 39,626
George Fisher 1877 1917 sold to T. McLeod, Hull. 1,275
Greta 1873 1877 purchased from J. Manners & Co, West Hartlepool, 1885 sold to Harper & Co., Cardiff. 635
Holmbury (1) 1925 ex- Wirral, 1934 purchased from Wirral Transport Co. renamed Holmbury, 1943 torpedoed and sunk in Atlantic. 4,566
Holmbury (2) 1943 ex- Empire Canyon, 1946 purchased from MOWT renamed Holmbury, 1960 sold to Pakistan renamed Ilyabaksh. 7,081
Hornby Grange (3) 1949 1984 sold to Liberia renamed Santa Barbara. 39,626
Ilwen 1904 1918 purchased from Jones SS Co., Cardiff, 1920 renamed Kingsbury, 1936 scrapped. 4,072
Iron Banbury 1971 chartered to Broken Hill Pty, Melbourne, 1975 renamed Banbury, 1982 sold to Wallem, Hong Kong renamed Lady Marina. 11,381
Isle of Hastings 1885 1907 purchased from Dixon, Robson & Co., Newcastle, 1916 captured and sunk by U-Boat in Atlantic. 1,646
Kingsbury (1)   see Ilwen.  
Kingsbury (2) 1937 1943 torpedoed and sunk in Atlantic. 4,898
Kingsbury (3) 1944 ex- Samlamu, 1947 purchased from MOWT renamed Kingsbury, 1960 sold to Poland renamed Huta Bedzin. 7,246
Ledbury (1) 1892 ex- Obi, 1916 purchased from Mercantile SS Co., Hull renamed Ledbury, 1917 torpedoed and sunk in Mediterranean. 3,046
Ledbury (2) 1912 ex- Podesta, 1923 purchased from Egyptian SS Co., Port Said renamed Ledbury, 1939 torpedoed and sunk in Atlantic. 3,475
Ledbury (3) 1943 ex- Alpha Vaal, 1948 purchased from Alpha South African SS Co., Cape Town renamed Ledbury, 1961 sold to Poland renamed Kopalnia Czeladz. 7,265
Lorle 1896 1912 purchased from Trechmann Bros, West Hartlepool, 1918 torpedoed and sunk off Lizard Point. 2,686
Lynton Grange (3) 1976 1982 sold to Panama renamed Northern Cherry. 15,903
Malmesbury (1) 1891 ex- Penpol, 1921 purchased from the Shipping Controller renamed Malmesbury, 1925 sold to Italy renamed Carmelo Polizzi. 2,061
Malmesbury (2) 1928 1930 wrecked Saint Helena Bay, South Africa. 5,173
Malmesbury (3) 1942 ex- Ocean Valley, 1942 managed for MOWT, 1949 purchased from MOWT renamed Malmesbury, 1955 sold to Trafalgar SS Co., London renamed Granny Suzanne. 7,174
Middleton 1895 1911 purchased from Middleton SS Co., Hull, 1915 shelled and sunk by U-Boat in Mediterranean. 2,506
Newbury (1) 1927 1941 torpedoed and sunk with all hands in Atlantic. 5,102
Newbury (2) 1951 1963 sold to Finland. 11,199
Queensbury (1) 1910 ex- Yonne, 1923 purchased from Equinnox SS Co. renamed Queensbury, 1928 sold to Finland renamed Bore IX. 4,385
Queensbury (2) 1931 1941 bombed and sunk by German air attack off Montrose. 3,911
Queensbury (3) 1953 1971 sold to Cyprus renamed Sandra. 6,175
Rounton Grange (2) 1972 ex- Pacific Wasa, 1980 purchased from Sweden renamed Rounton Grange, 1984 sold to China renamed China Marquis. 40,674
Shaftesbury (1) 1923 ex- Crown of Galicia, 1935 purchased from Service, Prentice & Henderson, Glasgow renamed Shaftesbury, 1942 torpedoed and sunk in Atlantic. 4,281
Shaftesbury (2) 1958 1972 sold to Panama renamed Portloe. 8,532
Shrewsbury (1) 1901 ex- Coniston, 1920 purchased from W. A. Souter & Co., Sheffield renamed Shrewsbury, 1932 scrapped. 3,318
Shrewsbury (2) 1924 ex- Southborough, 1933 purchased from Hazelwood Shipping Co., Cardiff renamed Shrewsbury, 1941 shelled and sunk in Atlantic by German cruiser ADMIRAL HIPPER. 4,542
Southwaite 1904 1918 purchased from J. W. Pyman, Cardiff, 1918 renamed Sudbury, 1935 scrapped. 3,618
Sudbury   see Southwaite.  
Tenbury (1) 1907 ex- Lowenburg (Hansa Line), 1921 war reparations renamed Tenbury, 1935 sold to Finland renamed Aura. 4,637
Tenbury (2) 1965 1974 sold to Liberia renamed Al-Barat. 8,459
Tewkesbury (1) 1907 ex- Moorgate, 1919 purchased from the Shipping Controller renamed Tewkesbury, 1920 wrecked St. Mary's Bay, NF. 3,813
Tewkesbury (2) 1927 ex- Glocliffe, 1932 purchased from Globe Shipping Co, Cardiff renamed Tewkesbury, 1941 torpedoed, shelled and sunk in Atlantic. 4,601
Tewkesbury (3) 1959 1972 sold to Argentina renamed Caminito. 8,532
Thornbury 1905 ex- Elwine Koppen (Koppen & Co., Stettin), 1920 war reparations renamed Thornbury, 1928 sold to Finland. 2,050
Upwey Grange (2) 1976 1982 sold to Panama renamed Lilly Village. 15,903
Westbury (1) 1904 ex- Gogovale, 1912 purchased from Vale SS Co., Glasgow renamed Westbury, 1917 torpedoed and sunk off Fastnet. 3,097
Westbury (2) 1901 ex- Montevideo (Hamburg South America Line), 1921 war reparations renamed Westbury, 1924 wrecked in hurricane on Brazilian coast. 4,140
Westbury (3) 1928 1941 shelled and sunk in Atlantic by German cruiser Admiral Hipper. 4,712
Westbury (4) 1960 1975 transferred to Shaw Savill Line, 1978 sold to Greece renamed Diamondo. 8,533
Woodbury 1936 1940 torpedoed and sunk in Atlantic. 4,434
    Managed Ships  
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Bretagne 1903 1917 managed for British Government, 1918 sunk in collision with s/s RENEE MARTHE in English Channel. 1,438
Empire Cowdray 1944 1944-1946 managed for MOWT. 7,072
Empire Ridley 1941 1941 managed for MOWT, 1943 taken over by Royal Navy renamed HMS Latimer. 6,987
Empire Scout 1936 ex- Eilbeck (Knohr & Burchard, Hamburg), 1939 captured, 1940 renamed Empire Scout, managed for MOWT, 1946 to Angel & Son, Cardiff renamed Kellwyn. 2,229
Fort Nottingham 1944 1944-1946 managed for MOWT. 7,151
Fort St. Joseph 1943 1943-1946 managed for MOWT. 7,151
Fort Venango 1943 1943 managed for MOWT, 1946 returned to Canada renamed Colchester County. 7,166
Fort Yukon 1943 1943 managed for MOWT, 1946 returned to Canada renamed Nanaimo County. 7,153

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