W. S. Miller & Co / Ellaston SS Co, Glasgow.

W. S. Miller & Co / Ellaston SS Co, Glasgow

Formed in Glasgow in 1892 with the purchase of second hand tramps, the company traded as W. S. Miller & Co until 1903 when he transferred his ships to the newly formed Ellaston SS Co. Eleven ships were lost to enemy action during the Great War and in 1918 the company owned only three ships. Four new ships were delivered in the 1920s and at the outbreak of WWII the fleet consisted of these four vessels. The owners of the Miller company retired from shipowning in 1940 and the ships were sold.

 

W. S. Miller & Co / Ellaston SS Co, Glasgow, Fleet List.

 

SHIP NAME O.N IMO BUILT G.T
Pretoria  77009    1877  1253 
Built for J. F. Cohen, London, 1884 sold to J. Bowden, London, 1888 sold to J. Wright, London, 1892 purchased by Miller, 16.11.1892 burnt 6 miles off Ile de Sein.
Hugh Sleigh  79682    1879  1411 
1893 purchased from J & R. Bovey, London, 1898 sold to Blohm & Ohlsen, Laurvig r/n Carlo, 30.1.1901 wrecked in Tees.
Sully  99061    1874  1278 
Built for Quesnel freres, Havre, 1880 sold to Chargeurs Reunis, Havre, 1892 sold to E. Forwood, London, 1895 purchased by Miller, 1900 sold to Alexander & Arthurs, Glasgow, 5.4.1900 wrecked on Horns Reef.
Austerlitz  84334    1881  1556 
1897 purchased from Gow, Harrison & Co, Glasgow, 1900 sold to Leonhardt & Heeckt, Hamburg r/n Marie Paulig, 2.2.1904 wrecked at Benghazi.
Phoenix  87128    1883  1689 
Built for A. Smith & Co, London, 1885 sold to Parsons & Linton, London, 1895 purchased by Miller, 1897 sold to C. Andresen, Christiania r/n Aarstein, 22.11.1908 sunk in collision with Norwegian s/s Alma off Falsterbo.
Almida  90339    1886  2408 
Ex-Cedar Branch, 1898 purchased from F & W. Ritson, Sunderland r/n Almida, 21.12.1898 passed Dunnet Head on passage to New York and went missing.
Palatine  96130    1888  2110 
1897 purchased from Durham SS Co, Newcastle, 16.8.1917 torpedoed and sunk off Island of Canna by U.75
Ross-shire  84320    1881  2080 
1897 purchased from Turnbull, Martin & Co, Glasgow, 4.1.1899 sunk in collision with French s/s Du Guesclin off Trevose Head.
Mount Lebanon  84297    1881  2420 
1899 purchased from Smith & Service, Glasgow, 1900 sold to Mossgiel SS Co, Glasgow, 29.8.1908 sank 70 miles west of Scilly.
Genoese  78772    1878  1029 
Built for Glynn & Son, Liverpool, 29.3.1894 wrecked off Gibraltar, refloated and sold to R. Fortunato, Gibraltar, 1898 purchased by Miller, 1899 sold to N. Thou, Piraeus r/n Agamemnon, 14.2.1906 wrecked at Zonguldak.
Maling  102724    1895  3075 
Built for West Hartlepool S.N. Co, 1899 sold to Webster & Barraclough, West Hartlepool, 1900 purchased by Miller, 1901 sold to Cia Cantabrica de Nav, Bilbao r/n Durango, 1919 sold to Cia Nav. Vascongada, Bilbao, 1923 sold to Cia Nav. Euzkera, Bilbao, 1933 scrapped.
Sunbeam  79455    1878  1784 
Built for Woolf & Haigh, Hull, 1887 sold to H. Martini, Hull, 1892 sold to Covils, Lowden & Co, Hull, 1900 purchased by Miller, 15.10.1909 sunk in collision with s/s Setiembre off Bordeaux.
Trevilley  81672    1881  1294 
Built for E. Hain, St. Ives, 1896 sold to B. Repeto, La Spezia r/n Mariquita, 1900 purchased by Miller, reverted to Trevilley,, 28.9.1901 sailed from Castro for Glasgow and went missing.
Ellaston (1)  115789    1903  1609 
1913 sold to B. Ingelsson, Helsingborg r/n Centric, 26.4.1915 mined and sunk in Baltic.
Elsiston (1)  119101    1904  1619 
1913 sold to O. Hedberg, Malmo r/n Margit, 1915 sold to A. Mathiesen, Christiania r/n Bora, 1916 sold to E. Grant Lea, Bergen r/n Erich Lea, 1917 sold to Bergen Lloyd, Bergen, 10.5.1918 torpedoed and sunk near Whitby by UB.107
Flowergate  89777    1884  1976 
1905 purchased from Turnbull & Son, Whitby, 1913 sold to Servizio Italo-Spagnuolo, Genoa r/n Iberia, 1917 sold to Medici Lucotti Cerrano, Genoa, 1918 sold to Federazione Italiana dei Consorzi Agrari, Genoa, 1925 scrapped.
Castlefield  95924    1890  2255 
Built for F. Binnington & Co, Stockton, 1895 sold to Field SS Co, Stockton, 1906 purchased by Miller, 1914 sold to H. Persson, Landskrona r/n Torvig, 1915 sold to M. Clausen, Haugesund r/n Mons, 1925 sold to S.A di Nav. Asperia, Genoa r/n Hesperus, 1926 r/n Nazarenus, 1929 sold to Turkey r/n Yelkenci, 1958 scrapped.
Wileysike  95248    1888  2501 
Built for W. Milburn, Newcastle, 1896 sold to Rowland & Marwood, Whitby, 1906 purchased by Miller, 9.5.1918 torpedoed and sunk off St Ann?s Head by U.54
Juliston  96294    1889  2459 
Ex-Edenmore, 1907 purchased from W. Johnston & Co, Liverpool r/n Juliston, 1922 sold to H. Harrison, Glasgow r/n John Harrison, 1924 sold to V. Schuppe, Stettin r/n Navigator, 1925 scrapped.
Mariston (1)  128271    1909  2611 
30.8.1911 wrecked off Cape Gorodetsky, White Sea.
Wilston (1)  128289    1909  2611 
15.2.1916 mined and sunk 20 miles ENE of Wick.
Luciston (1)  129513    1910  2948 
29.11.1916 torpedoed and sunk off Malta by UC.22
Norriston  105701    1895  2323 
Ex-Eddystone, 1911 purchased from Farrar, Groves & Co, London r/n Norriston, 1922 sold to Cia Santanderina de nav, Santander r/n Pena Labra, 1933 scrapped.
Izaston  106641    1898  3060 
Ex-William Broadley, 1912 purchased from Red ?R? SS Co, Newcastle r/n Izaston, 1918 sold to Edwards, Sons & Co, Cardiff, 1920 r/n Brynmead, 1921 sold to Karch & Knott, Glasgow, 1922 sold to F. Eberhardt, Glasgow, 1922 sold to O. Hillerstrom, Helsingborg r/n Milos, 9.3.1943 torpedoed and sunk in 57.45N 24.45W by U.530.
Gretaston (1)  114670    1901  3391 
Built as Vauxhall Bridge for Vauxhall SS Co, London, 1905 sold to W. Gray & Co, London, 1912 purchased by Miller r/n Gretaston, 14.4.1917 sailed from Huelva for Garston and went missing (presumably torpedoed)
Florrieston  114781    1901  3366 
Built as Battersea Bridge for Bridge SS Co, London, 1905 sold to W. Gray & Co, London, 1912 purchased by Miller r/n Florrieston, 20.4.1918 torpedoed and sunk in 54.30N 05.11W by U.91.
Iriston (1)  133075    1912  3782 
1914 sold to Romania Prima Soc Nationala de Nav Maritima, Braila r/n Oltul, 1924 sold to Morrison SS Co, London r/n Ben Clune, 1924 sold to Grove Line, Glasgow r/n Maplegrove, 1933 sold to Grauds Shipping, Riga r/n Everhope, 1939 sold to Z. Heinrichsons, Riga r/n Dole, 1940 seized by USSR, 1941 seized by Germany r/n Anke, 11.9.1943 torpedoed and sunk in Malangerfjord, Norway by Norwegian MTB.
Mariston (2)  133032    1912  3793 
1914 sold to Romania Prima Soc Nationala de Nav Maritima, Braila r/n Milcovul, 1916 requisitioned by Imperial Russian Navy as Black Sea Transport, 1918 captured by Germany, 1918 recovered by owners, 1933 sold to Yannoulatos Sons, Piraeus r/n Hyphaestos, 1938 sold to Muir, Young Ltd, London r/n Creekirk, 18.10.1940 torpedoed and sunk in 57.30N 11.10W by U.101
Lucincita  96555    1890  2877 
See Luciston
Luciston (2)  96555    1890  2877 
Ex-Red Cross, 1913 purchased from Rowland & Marwood, Whitby r/n Lucincita, 1917 r/n Luciston, 24.12.1917 torpedoed by UC.71 near Owers L.V, beached near Southampton.
Ernaston  99137    1891  3020 
Ex-White Cross, 1914 purchased from Rowland & Marwood, Whitby r/n Ernaston, 1918 sold to J. Crass, Glasgow, 1919 sold to Cia Maritima Elanchove, San Sebastian r/n Elanchove, 1931 scrapped.
Ellaston (2)  123946    1906  3796 
Ex-Wearbeck, 1913 purchased from Thompson Bros, Sunderland r/n Ellaston, 3.4.1916 torpedoed and sunk 65 mies NW x W of Cape Serrat by U.34
Elsiston (2)  137797    1915  2908 
19.10.1917 torpedoed and sunk 150 miles E x S of Malta by U.14
Mariston (3)  137786    1915  2908 
15.7.1917 torpedoed and sunk in 50.52N 11.38W by U.45
Iriston (2)  137813    1916  3221 
24.9.1917 torpedoed and sunk 7 miles S x W of Cape Camerat by U.32
Ellaston (3)  96168    1890  3322 
Built as Matatua for Shaw, Savill & Albion Co, Southampton, 1903 sold to Australian Rhodesian SS Co, Southampton r/n Rhodesian, 1906 sold to B. J. Sutherland & Co, Southampton, 1915 sold to Walford & Co, London, 1917 purchased by Miller r/n Ellaston, 16.3.1918 captured and scuttled by U.152 in 28.29N 21.00W
Wilston (2)  137823    1916  3218 
21.1.1939 sailed from Newport, Mon for La Goulette and went missing, Presumed foundered off St. Ives, Cornwall.
Ellaston (4)  146301    1922  3708 
1930 sold to Francisco Garcia, Bilbao r/n Rita Garcia, 1969 scrapped.
Elsiston (3)  123999    1906  4757 
Ex-Muncaster Castle, 1925 purchased from J. Chambers & Co, Liverpool r/n Elsiston, 1935 scrapped.
Gretaston (2)  147881    1924  5008 
1940 sold to W. A. Souter, & Co, Newcastle r/n Sheaf Mead, 27.5.1940 torpedoed and sunk in 43.48N 12.32W by U.37
Luciston (3)  147933    1924  5017 
1939 sold to W. A. Souter, & Co, Newcastle r/n Sheaf Mount, 24.8.1942 torpedoed and sunk in 48.55N 35.10W by U.605
Mariston (4)  147905    1924  4557 
1941 sold to Raeburn & Verel, Glasgow r/n English Monarch, 1947 sold to Scindia S.N. Co, Bombay r/n Jalabala, 1952 sold to Towa Sempaku K.K, Kobe r/n Shinwa Maru, 24.1.1960 sank in 25.59N 123.50E
Lornaston  148881    1925  4934 
1941 sold to Galbraith, Pembroke & Co, London, 8.3.1945 torpedoed and sunk in 50.35N 00.30W by U.275.

Ted Finch 13/12/2012