Clyde Shipping Co, Glasgow

Glasgow Shipowners Co Ltd

The company started in 1815 with the purchase of two paddle tugs to tow lighters from Glasgow and Greenock. In 1856 the company expanded into the coastal shipping trade with services to Cork and Waterford and to Galway Bay, the Shannon estuary and Limerick. A service to Plymouth was later extended to Southampton, Newhaven and London. In 1888 the Clyde Shipping Co entered the deep sea tramping trade and spent a large amount of time in the guano, nitrate and copper trade in the Pacific islands. Glasgow Shipowners Co Ltd Six of their seven tramps were lost during the Great War and the other ship was sold. After the war, the company withdrew from deep sea tramping and built up their coasting fleet. The entire fleet was requisitioned in 1939 and many were used as convoy rescue ships. The coasting fleet was rebuilt after the war and in 1958 the company re-entered the deep sea trade, but again withdrew and now operates tug fleets on the Clyde and Tyne.

 

Clyde Shipping Co, Fleet List

 

SHIP NAME O.N IMO BUILT G.T
Flying Meteor (1)  44797    1862  118 
Tug
Flying Meteor (2)  50352    1864  127 
Tug
Copeland  71681    1874  798 
25.7.1888 wrecked in Pentland Firth.
Corsewall  73867    1876  924 
5.12.1876 wrecked near Roche's Point.
Portland  76725    1876  923 
1882 sold to Hellenic SS Co, Syra r/n Chios, 1912 seized by Turkey, 1913 returned to owners, 1930 sold to Spetsiotiki S.N. Co, Piraeus r/n Spetsai, 1934 scrapped.
Rathlin  78554    1877  963 
1903 sold to M. Connolly, Quebec r/n Restigouche, 1909 sold to Bouchard Bros, Quebec r/n Lady of Gaspe, 1916 sold to Nova Scotia SS Ltd, Quebec, 8.8.1921 wrecked off Halifax.
Fastnet  78634    1878  354 
1891 sold to W. A. Black, Glasgow, 1898 sold to R. Rithet & Co, Victoria, B.C., 1898 sold to L. Martinez, Guaymas, Mexico r/n Alamos, 1906 sold to Cia Nav del Pacifico, Mazatlan, 18.4.1909 wrecked at Tortuga Island.
Dunmore  80427    1879  1080 
18.12.1882 wrecked on Ballyquintin Point, Co. Down.
Flying Scotchman  80440    1879  111 
Tug
Aranmore  84316    1881  833 
1889 sold to Sydsvenska Angfartygs, Malmo r/n Eos, 1894 sold to Skanska Angfartygs, Malmo, 1899 sold to DFDS, Copenhagen, 27.2.1918 dropped out of convoy and went missing.
Ballycotton  84280    1881  887 
1899 sold to James Rankine & Son, Grangemouth, 15.2.1900 wrecked at Newton.
Skelligs  85863    1881  450 
25.5.1884 sunk in collision with schooner Daring off Isle of Man.
Skerryvore  86730    1882  975 
1897 sold to G. Bazeley & Sons, Penzance r/n Coath, 12.12.1916 torpedoed and sunk 25 miles SSW of Beachy Head by UB.38
Wicklow  85897    1882  987 
27.2.1885 sunk in collision with s/s Amphion near Portpatrick.
Cloch  87721    1883  745 
1894 sold to G. Bazeley & Sons, Penzance, 1920 sold to Coast Lines Ltd, Penzance, 1920 sold to Carron Co, Grangemouth r/n Grange, 1925 scrapped.
Cumbrae  87633    1883  916 
11.12.1895 sunk in collision with White Star Line s/s Germanic in River Mersey.
Toward  87691    1883  937 
1899 sold to W. Sloan & Co, Glasgow r/n Teviot, 1929 scrapped.
Inishtrahull  90067    1885  1007 
27.12.1894 sailed from Glasgow for Limerick and went missing.
Saltees  90082    1885  575 
1892 sold to Ayr SS Co, Glasgow r/n Carrick, 26.5.1906 sunk in collision with s/s Duke of Gordon near Ailsa Craig.
Eddystone  93263    1886  1036 
1923 sold to Black Sea S.N. Co, Glasgow r/n Helena M, 1925 sold to Manuelides Bros, Piraeus r/n Elena M, 1929 sold to Hellenic Coast Lines, Piraeus, 1933 r/n Crete, 1.5.1945 scuttled by Germans at Trieste.
Flying Serpent  93335    1886  297 
Tug, 1906 sold to J. McCausland, Glasgow r/n Jim McCausland, 1914 requisitioned by Admiralty, 1919 Ardrossan Salvage Co, 1922 r/n Trustee, 1924 United Kingdom Salvage Co, Glasgow, 1925 R.S.S.H. Stafford, Glasgow, 1927 P. Showell, Glasgow, 1928 M. Strano, Catania r/n Cicciolina,, converted to fishing vessel. 1947 Procchi & Co, Livorno r/n Cerboli, rebuilt to cargo ship, 1954 R. Camalich, Livorno, 1955 G. Camali, Venice, 1960 R. Martinetti, Olbia, 1972 Soc Sarda Armatoriale Arbatax, Poro Torres, 1975 G. Strano, Porto Torres, 1980 Pepifa Shipping, Panama r/n Cicciolina, 1982 R. Ellul, Malta r/n Reborn, 1990 Dolphina Line, Famagusta r/n Mehlika, 1999 deleted from Lloyds Register.
Arklow  86006    1886  856 
Ex-Dunbrody, 1912 purchased from Waterford SS Co, Waterford r/n Arklow, 1931 scrapped.
Portland  95022    1887  1123 
6.2.1907 sunk in collision with s/s Welshman off Gourock.
Flying Cormorant  95044    1888  307 
Tug. 1906 sold to J. McCausland, Belfast r/n Susan McCausland, 1911 sold to Workman, Clark & Co, Belfast r/n Milewater, 1926 W. Garscadden, Belfast, 1927 P. McCausland, Belfast, 10.5.1931 wrecked at Stremnish, Mull of Oa.
Pladda  96059    1889  1103 
1907 sold to Gonzales, Soffia & Co, Valparaiso r/n Taltal, 1931 S.A. Maritima Chilena, Valparaiso, 1941 Cia Naviera Torres, Valparaiso, 13.7.1942 sank near Huafa Island, Chile.
Ailsa Craig  97592    1890  3382 
1910 sold to Inui Gomei Kaisha, Futami r/n Kenkon Maru No.3, 1933 scrapped.
Aranmore  98579    1890  1170 
1905 sold to J. Holliday, Quebec, 1915 sold to Ministry of Marine & Fisheries, Ottawa, 1940 sold to Foundation Maritime, Halifax, N.S. r/n Foundation Aranmore, 1945 sold to W. MacDonald, Sydney N.S, 28.2.1946 wrecked on Great Inagua Island.
Flying Eagle  98606    1890  337 
Tug. 1904 sold to G. Schenley, Warsash r/n Samaritan converted to yacht, 1912 sold to Government of Sudan r/n Enterprise, 1915-1919 Royal Navy service as tug, 1924 sold to G. Contomichalos, Piraeus r/n Antonios, 1927 sold to Ahmed Eff Ibraham el Kowedi, Alexandria r/n Express, 19.4.1946 sprang a leak and sank at 28.00N 33.21E
Tuskar  98598    1890  1185 
6.9.1917 mined and sunk off Eagle Island.
Valentia  99829    1890  447 
1905 sold to Hosken, Trevithick, Polkinhorn & Co, Penzance r/n Cornubia, 1914 sold to South Wales & Liverpool SS Co, Penzance, 1917 sold to W. H. Bowater Ltd, Penzance, 1920 sold to Eastern Shipping Agents,, London, 1922 sold to J & E. Davies, London, 1923 scrapped after stranding damage in Galway Bay.
Dungeness  99829    1892  1201 
1926 sold to Turkey r/n Inebolu, 11.11.1935 sank in gale off Izmir.
Sanda  99795    1892  1154 
1911 sold to Turkey r/n Plevne, 20.10.1915 torpedoed and sunk at Sarkoy Roads by HMS H.1.
Longships  99874    1893  4461 
1911 sold to Cia Comercio e Navegaceo, Rio de Janeiro r/n Parana, 3.4.1917 torpedoed and sunk off Barfleur by UB.32
Copeland  104565    1894  1184 
2.12.1917 torpedoed and sunk 15 miles SSW of Tuskar by U.57
Foreland  104566    1894  4421 
7.5.1901 wrecked at Table Island, Cocos Islands.
Fastnet  104632    1895  1158 
1910 sold to Quebec SS Co, Quebec r/n Cascapedia, 1915 Canada Steamship Lines, Quebec, 1918 Nova Scotia Steamships Ltd, Quebec, 17.11.1918 abandoned in 43.40N 55.54W
Flying Buzzard  104606    1895  380 
1900 sold to Liverpool Steam Tug Co, Liverpool r/n Cruizer, 1907 Canadian Pacific Railway, Liverpool, 1913 Brister & Son, Halifax, N.S, 1914 Cruizer Towing Co, Halifax, N.S, 1950 Dominion Coal Co, Halifax, 1952 scrapped.
Goodwin  104605    1895  4421 
1912 sold to S & E. Accame, Genoa r/n Antioco Accame, 4.3.1918 torpedoed and sunk 100 miles from Cape Spartel by U.155
Lizard  104647    1895  1176 
1925 sold to Turkey r/n Chanak-Kaleh, 1959 scrapped.
Garmoyle  106055    1897  1229 
10.7.1917 torpedoed and sunk SE of Mine Head by U.57
Needles  108770    1898  4697 
1915 sold to Brown, Jenkinson & Co, London r/n Harlem, 1921 sold to French Line, Le Havre r/n Ohio, 1934 scrapped.
Skerryvore  108708    1898  1226 
1926 sold to Turkey r/n Anafarta, 1959 scrapped.
Saltees  111176    1899  1245 
1929 sold to Belfast, Mersey & Manchester SS Co, Belfast r/n Stormont, 20.11.1946 collided with s/s Empire Brent off Liverpool docks and beached.
Spithead  108798    1899  4697 
6.4.1917 torpedoed and sunk in 31.44N 31.46E by UC.34
Toward  111230    1899  1245 
31.10.1915 mined and sunk off South Foreland.
Kalibia  115738    1902  4930 
30.11.1917 torpedoed and sunk in 49.31N 05.32W by UB.80
Kish  115702    1902  4928 
17.4.1917 torpedoed and sunk 160 miles NW x W of Fastnet by U.67
Sheerness  115776    1903  1273 
3.2.1927 sank after striking Tuskar Rock
Coningbeg  102005    1904  1429 
Ex-Clodagh, 1912 purchased from Waterford SS Co, Waterford r/n Coningbeg, 18.12.1917 torpedoed and sunk 20 miles SW of Bardsey Island by U.61
Rathlin  121234    1905  1321 
1933 sold to Belfast, Mersey & Manchester SS Co, Belfast r/n Greypoint, 1950 scrapped.
Aranmore  121318    1906  1134 
21.3.1916 torpedoed and sunk 24 miles ENE of Eagle Island by U.43
Skerries  124137    1906  4328 
4.11.1916 mined and sunk off Anglesea.
Pladda  124239    1907  1334 
1917-1919 requisitioned by Admiralty as Q-Ship, 1936 sold to Belfast, Mersey & Manchester SS Co, Belfast r/n Mountstewart, 1950 scrapped.
Beachy  129436    1909  4718 
18.6.1916 torpedoed and sunk 98 miles NE x N of Port Mahon by U.35
Hurst  129461    1910  4718 
3.10.1917 torpedoed and sunk off Skokham Island by U.96
Ballycotton  129549    1911  1237 
1936 sold to Saorstat & Continental SS Co, Dublin r/n City of Limerick, 15.7.1940 bombed and sunk by German aircraft in 48.39N 07.12W
Sanda  132992    1911  1028 
1946 sold to Lambert Bros, London r/n Macao, 1948 sold to Teh Hu SS Co, Shanghai r/n Teh Hu, 1963 scrapped.
Warner  129563    1911  1273 
1917 requisitioned by The Admiralty as Q-Ship, 13.3.1917 torpedoed and sunk 50 miles off Shannon estuary by U.61
Paladin  133154    1913  326 
1939 purchased from Anchor Line, Glasgow, 1946 sold to Southampton, Isle of Wight & South of England Royal Mail S.P. Co, Southampton, 1960 scrapped.
Formby  136311    1914  1282 
15.12.1917 torpedoed and sunk 20 miles WNW of Bardsey Island by U.62
Fastnet  135535    1914  616 
Built as Allerton for West Lancashire SS Co, Liverpool, 1916 sold to Russell & Sons, Limerick r/n Monaleen, 1918 purchased by Clyde Shipping r/n Fastnet, 1923 sold to Henry & MacGregor, Leith r/n St. Abb's Head, 1953 scrapped.
Goodwin  137845    1917  1928 
1917-1919 requisitioned by The Admiralty as Q-Ship, 1939-1946 requisitioned as guardship, anti-aircraft ship and convoy rescue vessel, 1946 sold to Heyn & Sons, Belfast r/n North Tipperary, 1947 sold to Saorstat & Continental SS Co, Dublin r/n City of Cork, 1955 scrapped.
Longships  141869    1917  1596 
22.12.1939 wrecked on Scillies.
Beachy  169492    1947  1257 
1959 sold to Kvarnerska Plovidba, Rijeka r/n Snjeznik, 6.12.1960 stranded off Famagusta, repaired and 1962 sold to Reefer Nav.Co, Panama r/n Maha, 1964 sold to Middle East Trading Co, Kuwait, 10.10.1968 sank in 08.24N 76.46E
Toward  169490    1947  1271 
1962 sold to Ionian S.N. Co, Piraeus r/n Epiros, 30.1.1970 stranded off Skyros Island and scrapped.
Copeland  182085    1948  1270 
1960 sold to Kvarnerska Plovidba, Rijeka r/n Risnjak, 1963 sold to Jugoslavenska Linijska, Rijeka, 1967 sold to Losinjska Plovidba, Mali Losinj r/n Orlec, 1980 scrapped.
Goodwin  182098    1948  1271 
1962 sold to Vinke & Co, Amsterdam r/n Hardenberg, 1965 transferred to Liberian registry, 1968 sold to Patrician Mariners, Monrovia r/n Patrician, 1971 sold to Trans Oceanic Marine, Nicaragua r/n Mary Anna, 1974 scrapped.
Arklow  183434    1948  627 
Built as Westhor for N. Westerberg, Kalmar, 1950 sold to Westhor Shipping Co, Hull r/n Frosti, 1952 purchased by Clyde Shipping r/n Arklow, 1957 sold to Frutas San Martin, Panama r/n San Martin, 1964 sold to Shangri La SS Corp, Panama r/n Glacier, 1966 sold to Ross Trawlers Ltd, Panama r/n Ross Eastern Leader, 1971 sold to Tjamar S.A, Panama r/n Tjamar, 2000 deleted from Lloyds Register.
Pladda  182147    1950  854 
1963 sold to Hong Kong South Sea Shipping, Hong Kong r/n Radja Mas, 1964 sold to Transportes Maritimos de San Blas, Panama r/n Chopin, 1965 sold to Cia de Nav Santos, Panama r/n Akassa, 1966 r/n Chopin, 1966 sold to King Line, Panama r/n King Fish, 1969 sold to Guan Guan Shipping, Singapore r/n Kim Guan, 1973 resold to King Line, Panama, 1979 r/n King Luck, 1983 scrapped.
Sanda  182134  5422576  1950  854 
1963 sold to Hong Kong South Sea Shipping, Hong Kong r/n Sumur Mas, 1964 sold to Transportes Maritimos de San Blas, Panama r/n Zola, 1965 sold to Cia de Nav Santos, Panama r/n Bonny, 1965 r/n Zola, 1967 r/n King City, 1968 sold to Guan Guan Shippiing, Singapore r/n Golden Well, 1969 sold at Swatow to pay salvage charges.
Flying Buzzard  182174  5404847  1951  261 
Tug. 1963 sold to Dundee Harbour Trustees, Dundee r/n Harecraig II, 1976 sold to A. C. Cranes Ltd, Dundee, 1983 sold to Trehoar family r/n Flying Buzzard and became Museum ship at Maryport.
Flying Merlin  182175  5117212  1951  261 
Tug. 1967 sold to Rimortiachori Sardi SpA, Italy r/n Possente, 1985 scrapped.
Flying Petrel  184960  5409706  1951  295 
Tug. 1963 sold to N. Vernicos Shipping, Piraeus r/n Vernicos Costas, 12.2.1969 wrecked in 43.23N 28.31E
Eddystone  185010  5392783  1954  968 
1956 sold to G.S.N.Co, London r/n Woodwren, 1969 sold to Losinjska Plovidba, Rijeka r/n Lovran, 1985 laid up, 1988 scrapped.
Needles  300198  5387441  1958  6859 
Ore carrier. 1960 sold to Denholm Line, Glasgow r/n Wellpark, 1973 scrapped.
Saint Michael    5287861  1959  13252 
Tanker. Ex-Queda, 1969 purchased from British India S.N. Co, London r/n Saint Michael (registered Liberia), 1971 sold to Petroleos de Peru, Callao r/n 9 de Octubre, 1981 scrapped
Toward  300615  5364011  1960  1323 
Built as Tolsta for the South Georgia Co, Leith, 1969 sold to C. Salvesen, Leith, 1971 sold to J. Stewart & Co, Leith r/n Yewglen, 1974 purchased by Clyde Shipping r/n Toward, 1976 sold to Demline Nav Ltd, Panama r/n Mary D., 1978 sold to Carigulf Lines, Panama r/n Carigulf Express, 1984 scrapped.
Tuskar  304136  5371260  1962  1598 
1968 sold to Losinjska Plovidba, Rijeka r/n Brioni, 1988 scrapped.

Ted Finch 26/03/2012