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Turnbull, Martin & Company / Scottish Shire Line

Turnbull, Martin & Company was founded in Glasgow in 1874 as a cargo company. In 1884, frozen meat and passenger services started to New Zealand and in 1893, the name Scottish Shire Line was first used for the ships sailing to New Zealand via South Africa and Australian ports (not to be confused with the Shire Line of Steamers). The joint Federal-Houlder-Shire Line was formed in 1904 and the Clan Line acquired a controlling interest in Shire Line in 1910. Federal Line was sold to the New Zealand Shipping Co. and Houlder Line withdrew from the New Zealand trade in 1912. By 1918 the Shire Line was operating as part of the Clan Line, although their ships retained their own naming system and livery. Transfers between the companies were common and in 1956. the British & Commonwealth Shipping Co. was formed by the merger of the Clan and Union-Castle groups (see Clan Line history). By 1967 the company had disappeared as a separate entity.

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 (on-site) ot the Immigrant Ship web site.

Routes:

  • 1874-1884 General trading.
  • 1884-1967 Glasgow / Manchester / Liverpool / London - Las Palmas - Dakar - Cape Town - Adelaide - Melbourne - Sydney - Auckland - Wellington - Lyttelton - Port Chalmers - Cape Town - London - Continent - Glasgow / Liverpool / Manchester.
  • British India Line routes: UK - Suez - Cairns - Townsville - Gladstone - Brisbane.
  • 1917-1967 Clan Line routes: East and South African services.

Funnel:
1877-1930 Yellow
1930-         Black with two red bands divided by narrow black band.
(as Clan Line)

Fleet:

1877-1930 1930-
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Argyllshire 1911 1933 transferred to Clan Line renamed Clan Urquhart (2), 1937 scrapped. 9,564
Ayrshire (1) 1877 1889 sold to Runciman's North Moor SS Co., South Shields. 1,354
Ayrshire (2) 1903 1917 transferred to Clan Line, 1926 caught fire and sank in Indian Ocean. 7,749
Banffshire (1) 1894 1915 sold to Blue Star Line, renamed Brodness. 5,537
Banffshire (2) 1911 ex- Clan Macrae, 1921 transferred from Clan Line renamed Banffshire, 1932 transferred to Houston Line, 1943 torpedoed and sunk in Indian Ocean. 5,058
Berwickshire 1912 ex- Clan Macarthur, 1920 transferred from Clan Line renamed Berwickshire, 1944 torpedoed and sunk in Indian Ocean. 7,382
Buteshire (1) 1877 1888 sold to Runciman's North Moor SS Co., South Shields. 1,355
Buteshire (2) 1893 1915 sold to Houlder Bros., renamed Bollington Grange. 5,534
Buteshire (3) 1912 ex- Clan Macewen, 1920 transferred from Clan Line renamed Buteshire, 1932 transferred to Houston Line, 1948 scrapped. 5,140
Clan Mactaggart 1920 1935 transferred from Clan Line, 1942 torpedoed and sunk off Spain. 7,603
Elderslie 1884 1897 sold to Talbot SS Co., London. 2,761
Elginshire 1881 1892 wrecked Vera Cruz. 2,069
Fifeshire (1) 1878 1883 wrecked off Spain. 1,353
Fifeshire (2) 1887 1898 sold to the Ducal Line, Glasgow, renamed Duke Of Fife. 3,821
Fifeshire (3) 1898 1911 wrecked near Aden; loss of 24 lives. 5,672
Lanarkshire 1940 1959 transferred to Bullard King, renamed Umgazi, 1960 transferred to Springbok Line, renamed Gysbok, 1961 transferred to Safmarine, renamed South African Farmer, 1963 scrapped. 9,816
Morayshire (1) 1890 1898 sold to the Ducal Line, Glasgow, renamed Duke Of Portland. 3,822
Morayshire (2) 1898 1915 sold to Blue Star Line, renamed Brodliffe. 5,464
Nairnshire (1) 1889 1898 sold to the Ducal Line, Glasgow, renamed Duke Of Norfolk. 3,819
Nairnshire (2) 1899 1915 sold to Blue Star Line, renamed Brodholme. 5,673
Perthshire (1) 1893 1915 taken over by the Admiralty as supply ship, 1919 became HMS Perthshire. 5,574
Perthshire (2) 1936 1950 transferred to Clan Line, 1963 transferred to Houston Line, 1964 sold to Greece, renamed Borias and scrapped. 10,496
Ross-shire 1881 1897 sold to W.S. Miller, Glasgow. 2,080
Sandringham 1872 1874 purchased from G. Dale, 1894 sold to Italy, renamed Soria. 1,159
Stirlingshire (1) 1928 ex- Clan Macdonald, 1929 transferred from Clan Line renamed Stirlingshire, 1940 torpedoed and sunk in Atlantic. 6,022
Stirlingshire (2) 1945 ex- Empire Falkland, 1946 purchased by Houston Line renamed Stirlingshire but operated by Turnbull Martin & Co., 1966 scrapped.
6,987
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