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Shire Line (Not to be confused with the Scottish Shire Line)

Formed 1860 as D.J.Jenkins & Co, London and commenced shipowning in 1861, sailing mostly to India and the Far East. In 1896 the company was restyled David Jenkins & Co Ltd and in 1906 a half share in the Shire Line, but not in the parent company, was sold to Brocklebank's. Both companies contributed five ships each to the Jenkins-Brocklebank pool which ran a weekly service to Japan. In 1907 the whole of the Jenkins business was sold to Royal Mail S.P.Co, which gave them a half share in the Brocklebank-Royal Mail venture which became known as the Shire Line of Steamers Ltd. Brocklebank sold their share of the business to Royal Mail in 1911 and in 1912 Shire and Glen Lines (also owned by Royal Mail) were fused and in 1920 was renamed Glen & Shire Line. For later history, see Glen Line.

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
    • 1861-1872 London - Cape of Good Hope - China.
    • 1872-1888 London - China - Japan
    • London - India - China
    • London - Karachi
  • Steam
    • 1872-1910 London - Suez - Colombo - Singapore - Hong Kong - Nagasaki - Yokohama - Kobe.
    • 1910-1920 Hamburg - Antwerp - London - Suez - Singapore - Hong Kong - Hiogo - Yokohama - Chinese Coastal ports.

Fleet:

    Sail  
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Cardiganshire (1) 1864 barquentine, 1882 sold to R.Jones, Criccieth. 365
Carmarthenshire (1) 1865 ship, 1885 wrecked off Holland. 812
Carnarvonshire (1) 1866 ship, 1880 sold to R.Richards, Barmouth. 388
Denbighshire (1) 1870 barque, 1885 sold to C.Pappalos, Syra renamed Omonia. 483
Eastward Ho 1861 barque, 1862 purchased from E.Heard, Charlottetown, PEI, 1870 sold to H.Cliff, London. 386
Glamorganshire (1) 1869 barque, 1884 sold to J.Kirby, London. 472
Mary Evans 1861 barque, 1882 sold to B.B.Nicholl, Sydney. 306
Pembrokeshire (1) 1864 ship, 1872 re-rigged as barque, 1887 sold to A.B.Troop, Nova Scotia. 721
Southern Queen 1866 ship, 1868 purchased from G.Campbell, Liverpool, 1888 sold to H.Curwen, Liverpool. 790
W.W. Smith 1857 ship, 1870 purchased from Hind & Co, Liverpool, 1875 re-rigged as barque, 1878 hulked. 661
Webfoot 1856 ship, 1864 purchased from underwriters, 1885 sold to W.Woodside, Belfast. 1,061
    Steam  
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Brecknockshire 1917 1917 captured and sunk by German raider Moewe. 8,422
Breconshire (1) 1878 1886 wrecked Lamoka, China. 1,800
Breconshire (2) 1883 ex- Numida , 1886 purchased from Porteous & Senior, London renamed Breconshire, 1893 sold to Breconshire SS Co, Newcastle. 2,544
Breconshire (3) 1891 ex- Pindari , 1906 transferred from Brocklebank Line renamed Breconshire, 1911 sold to Japan renamed Shinyo Maru. 5,713
Cardiganshire (2) 1883 1894 sold to Japan renamed Iburi Maru. 2,486
Cardiganshire (3) 1899 1900 sold to Japan renamed Tsurugisan Maru. 3,838
Cardiganshire (4) 1889 ex- Ameer , 1906 transferred from Brocklebank Line renamed Cardiganshire, 1907 taken over by Royal Mail SP Co, 1911 sold to Japan renamed Hakushika Maru. 4,127
Cardiganshire (5) 1913 1929 sold to Christian Salvesen & Co renamed Salvestria (whale factory ship) 9,426
Carmarthenshire (2) 1887 1901 sold to Trinidad Shipping & Trading Co, London renamed Maracas. 2,726
Carmarthenshire (3) 1893 ex- Sabor, 1908 transferred from Royal Mail SP Co renamed Carmarthenshire, 1913 reverted to Royal Mail SP Co renamed Chaleur. 4,745
Carmarthenshire (4) 1915 1929 sold to Christian Salvesen & Co renamed Sourabaya (whale factory ship) 7,823
Carnarvonshire (2) 1890 ex- Gaekwar, 1906 transferred from Brocklebank Line renamed Carnarvonshire, 1907 taken over by Royal Mail SP Co, 1911 sold to N.Fredriksen, Sandefjord renamed Falkland. 4,220
Carnarvonshire (3) 1914 1933 transferred to Glen Line 9,406
Denbighshire (2) 1885 1894 sold to Japan renamed Fukuoka Maru. 2,538
Denbighshire (3) 1899 1907 taken over by Royal Mail SP Co, 1919 transferred to Royal Mail SP Co renamed Tamar. 3,844
Flintshire (1) 1872 1873-74 chartered to Eastern & Australian Mail Steam Co, 1888 sold to Lim Tiang Hee, Singapore. 1,565
Flintshire (2) 1888 1895 sold to Japan renamed Toyohashi Maru. 2,879
Flintshire (3) 1896 1907 taken over by Royal Mail SP Co, 1913 sold to Ellerman Lines renamed Algerian. 3,815
Glamorganshire (2) 1884 1897 wrecked near Cape James. 2,835
Glamorganshire (3) 1900 1902 sold to Japan renamed Bombay Maru. 4,625
Glamorganshire (4) 1900 ex- Marwarri , 1906 transferred from Brocklebank Line renamed Glamorganshire, 1911 transferred back to Brocklebank Line renamed Marwarri. 5,659
Glamorganshire (5) 1918 ex- War Armour *, 1919 purchased from The Shipping Controller renamed Glamorganshire, 1933 scrapped Holland. 8,192
Merionethshire (1) 1878 1890 sold to Quebec SS Co, London renamed Caribee. 1,817
Merionethshire (2) 1895 1907 sold to Ellerman Lines renamed Bavarian. 3,012
Merionethshire (3) 1913 1918 torpedoed and sunk off Azores. 4,308
Monmouthshire (1) 1886 1902 sold to Quebec SS Co, London renamed Korona. 2,874
Monmouthshire (2) 1902 1907 taken over by Royal Mail SP Co, 1919 transferred to Royal Mail SP Co renamed Tyne. 5,092
Montgomeryshire (1) 1873 1877 sold to Japan renamed Akitsushima Maru. 1,725
Montgomeryshire (2) 1901 ex- Bengali , 1906 transferred from Brocklebank Line renamed Montgomeryshire, 1912 reverted to Brocklebank renamed Bengali. 5,665
Montgomeryshire (3) 1921 ex- War Valour *, completed as Montgomeryshire, 1931 sold to Italy renamed Riv. 6,650
Pembrokeshire (2) 1882 1893 sold to Quebec SS Co, London renamed Fontabelle. 2,632
Pembrokeshire (3) 1901 1903 sold to Japan renamed Mandasan Maru. 4,513
Pembrokeshire (4) 1893 ex- Segura , 1908 transferred from Royal Mail SP Co renamed Pembrokeshire, 1913 reverted to Royal Mail SP Co renamed Chignecto. 4,757
Pembrokeshire (5) 1914 1935 sold to T.Dunlop & Sons, Glasgow. 7,821
Radnorshire (1) 1876 1885 wrecked Malta. 1,810
Radnorshire (2) 1890 1907 sold to Greece renamed Assimacos. 2,898
Radnorshire (3) 1913 1917 captured and sunk by German raider Moewe. 4,310
Radnorshire (4) 1919 ex- War Diamond *, completed as Radnorshire, 1930 sold to H.Thomson, London renamed Sithonia. 6,723

For later Shire Ships, see Glen Line.
* For details of "WAR" ships, see - http://www.mariners-l.freeserve.co.uk/WWlStandardBuilt.htm

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