In 1918 all the vessels which had hitherto been owned by single ship companies were transferred to one company, the R.B. Chellew Steam Navigation Co ltd.
In 1921 Chellew’s offices moved from Truro to Cardiff but their ships were registered in Falmouth. The office moved again to London in 1930 but returned to Cardiff in 1945. Six ships were lost during World War II.
In 1952 the management company and shares in the shipping company were sold to Cory Bros & Co, Cardiff. The entire holding in the Chellew Nav. Co was then sold to Eskgarth SS Co. and the last ship in the fleet was sold in 1955 and the company was wound up.

 

R.B. Chellew Steam Navigation Company, Fleet List

 

SHIP NAME O.N BUILT HISTORY G.T
City of Truro 86129 1883 1897 sold to C. Banck, Helsingborg r/n Aldebaran, 1918 sold to G. Carlsson, Gothenburg, 1.10.1918 torpedoed and sunk off Wolf Rock by UB.112 1,767
Duke of Cornwall 92237 1888 1916 transferred to French Government as ammunition carrier, 1918 to The Admiralty as collier, 1920 returned to owners, 1922 sold to Arcos Ltd, London, 1923 sold to Apollo SS Co, London, 1926 sold to Sicula Carboni, Catania r/n Claudia, 1929 sold to Synodinos Bros, Athens r/n Maiotis, 27.4.1941 bombed and sunk at Aegion, later salved and scuttled at Trieste in 1945. 1,704
Duchess of Cornwall 95904 1889 11.1.1917 torpedoed and sunk off Barfleur by UC.26 while serving as Expeditionary Force Transport. 1,720
Cornubia 95905 1889 9.9.1915 captured and sunk S.E of Cartagena by U.39 1,736
Pencalenick 95456 1888 Built as Chamois for Jackson & Cory, London, 1889 purchased by Chellew r/n Pencalenick, 1907 sold to Borjesson, Helsingborg r/n Urania, 1913 sold to Winck, Helsingborg r/n Osman, 1919 sold to Lignell, Gothenburg r/n Maja, 1921 sold to W. Miller, Hamburg r/n Bolivar, 1925 resold to Lignell, Gothenburg r/n Maja, 1926 sold to Hultman, Gothenburg r/n Maj, 1933 scrapped after grounding damage at Jutland. 1,879
Penwith 95907 1890 1911 abandoned and sank in Bay of Biscay. 2,001
Penpol 95908 1891 1917 captured by UC.57 and used as German Army transport, 1919 returned to The Shipping Controller, 1921 sold to Capper, Alexander & Co r/n Malmesbury, 1925 sold to Biscoe & Gerachi, registered in Catania r/n Carmello Polizzi, 1926 r/n Anapo, 1927 scrapped. 2,033
Pendarves 99156 1892 1916 chartered to Hudson’s Bay Co, London, 1920 returned to owners, 1925 sold to Kirtatas, Greece r/n Aikaterini M. Goulandris, 1929 sold Turkey r/n Velizade, 1931 r/n Uskudar, 1951 scrapped. 2,669
Pendennis 108015 1897 8.7.1916 captured in North Sea by U.48 and became German Navy collier, 1919 returned to The Shipping Controller, London, 1921 sold to Pendennis SS Co, London, 1923 sold to Sandberg & Co, Riga r/n Skauts, 30.11.1941 sunk in Gulf of Finland by German aircraft. 2,123
Pendeen (1) 109218 1899 1917 requisitioned as Royal Navy collier, 1919 returned to owners, 1922 sold to Hillerstrom, Helsingborg r/n Citos, 22.3.1928 wrecked near Tarifa. 2,108
Penmount 109221 1900 1918 1917 requisitioned as Royal Navy collier, 1919 returned to owners, 1928 sold to Latvian Gov’t r/n Barta, 1945 still in service, 1960 deleted from Lloyds Register. 2,314
Penare 109225 1900 1914 requisitioned by Admiralty, 1920 returned to owners, 1924 sold to Eustathiou, Syra r/n Marietta, 1929 sold to F. Karklins, Latvia r/n Gaisma, 1940 seized by USSR, 22.6.1941 sunk German torpedo boats off Windau. 3,078
Penlee 109228 1901 1917 requisitioned as Royal Navy collier, 12.3.1919 abandoned at 47.12N 13.07W after catching fire. 3,775
Penvearn 120212 1906 1916 requisitioned as Royal Navy collier, 1.3.1918 torpedoed and sunk in Irish Sea by U.105 3,710
Penrose (1) 124608 1908 1917 requisitioned as Royal Navy collier, 1919 returned to owners, 1927 Sold to J. Goulandris, Andros r/n Adelfotis, 1934 scrapped. 3,882
Penhale (1) 128438 1911 1914 requisitioned as Royal Navy collier, 18.5.1917 torpedoed and sunk in 52.48N 12.15W by U.46 3,712
Penolver 133334 1912 1914 requisitioned as Royal Navy collier, 1919 returned to owners, 19.10.1943 mined and sunk off Newfoundland. 3,721
Pensilva (1) 133342 1913 1914 requisitioned as Royal Navy collier, 1919 returned to owners, 1931 sold to Brynmor SS Co, Swansea r/n Brynmor, 1932 sold to Atlanska Plovidba, Yugoslavia r/n Sloga, 16.10.1943 wrecked Newfoundland. 4,316
Penhallow 133343 1913 1914 requisitioned as Royal Navy collier, 12.6.1918 torpedoed and sunk off Algeria by UB.48 4,318
Penmorvah 133347 1913 1914 requisitioned as Royal Navy collier, 1916 returned to owners, 1936 sold to Soc. Anon di Nav. Garibaldi, Genoa r/n Luigi Razza, 1943 sunk by Allies at Sardinia, later salved and 1946 r/n Antonino Strazzera, 1947 r/n Pietro Gori, 1955 sold to F. Italo Croce, Genoa r/n Ezilda Croce, 1959 scrapped. 4,323
Pengreep 133349 1914 1914 requisitioned by The Admiralty, 1920 returned to owners, 1941 seized by Vichy French at Casablanca r/n Ste. Jacqueline, 1942 recaptured by Allies r/n Empire Fal for MOWT, 2.7.1945 scuttled with cargo of poison gas shells. 4,806
Pencarrow 137213 1921 1952 sold to Cia Maritima Tees S.A, Panama r/n Avon, 1955 sold to Embiricos, Panama r/n Staras, 1959 scrapped. 4,841
Pendeen (2) 146381 1923 1954 sold to Turkey r/n Mustafa, 1961 scrapped. 4,174
Penhale (2)   1924 1954 sold to Turkey r/n Preveze, 1961 scrapped. 4,071
Penrose (2) 146388 1928 3.9.1942 torpedoed and sunk off Portugal by U.107 4,393
Pensilva (2) 143999 1929 Built for Brynymor SS Co, Swansea as Brynymor, 1931 purchased by Chellew r/n Pensilva, 19.11.1939 torpedoed, shelled and sunk in Bay of Biscay by U.43 4,258
Ensign 139451 1916 Built for Uskside SS Co, Newport as Uskmouth, 1927 sold to Dunn & Co, Newport r/n Ensign, 1933 sold to Constants Ltd, London r/n Wrotham, 1934 sold to Calpean Shipping Co, Gibraltar r/n Ensign, 1936 purchased by Chellew, 1936 sold to Constants Ltd, London, 1937 r/n Sellinge, 1944 scuttled at Bari as breakwater, 1947 refloated and sold to Onorato du Vincenzo, Naples r/n Silvia Onorato, 1948 wrecked on Goodwins. 2,327
Auretta 153734 1935 Built for Calpean Shipping Co, Gibraltar, 1936 purchased by Chellew, 1941 sold to Cockerline & Jackson, Hull, 26.2.1945 mined and sunk north of Ostend. 4,564
Justitia 153736 1935 Built for Calpean Shipping Co, Gibraltar, 1936 purchased by Chellew, 22.11.1940 torpedoed in 55.00N 13.10E by U.100 and abandoned. 4,562
Statira 165381 1936 Built for Calpean Shipping Co, Gibraltar, 1937 purchased by Chellew, 3.8.1940 bombed and beached near Stornoway, later salved and scrapped. 4,852
Pentire 169655 1943 Built for U.S. War Shipping Admin.as Lyon G. Tyler, 1943 chartered to MOWT r/n Samnebra, 1947 purchased by Chellew r/n Pentire, 1955 sold to Cia de Nav. Gaviota, Panama r/n Cuaco, 1963 scrapped. 7,270
Eskglen 148816 1944 Built for MOWT as Empire Pitcairn, 1944 completed for Royal Navy as HMS Moray Firth, 1947 sold to Stag Line, Shields r/n Linaria, 1945 purchased by Chellew r/n Eskglen, 1955 sold to Esk Shipping Co, 1961 sold to Fortune Shipping Co, Hong Kong r/n Marine Fortune, 1967 scrapped. 7,333

SHIP NAME O.N BUILT HISTORY G.T
MANAGED SHIPS
War Isis 142469 1918 1918-1919 managed for the Shipping Controller, London, 21.7.1918 requisitioned as Royal Navy collier. 2,231
War Osiris 142663 1918 1918-1919 managed for the Shipping Controller, London, 20.9.1918 requisitioned as Royal Navy collier. 2,264
War Hathor 142692 1918 1918-1919 managed for the Shipping Controller, London, management passed to DRIM. 2,264
War Horus 142758 1918 1919 management transferred from Furness, Withy, Halifax, NS, 1919 sold to F. Baglietto, Genoa r/n Emma. 2,266
War Weasel 143349 1919 1919 managed for the Shipping Controller, London, 1919 sold to French Line (CGT) r/n Orne. 2,243
War Badger 143428 1919 1919 managed for the Shipping Controller, London, 1919 sold to S.A. de Nav. Les Armateurs Francais r/n Ribeauville. 2,243
Empire Drum 169012 1942 1942 managed for MOWT, 24.4.1942 torpedoed and sunk in 37.00N 69.15W by U.136 7,244
Ocean Honour 168822 1942 1942 managed for MOWT, 16.9.1942 torpedoed and 1942 managed for MOWT, 16.9.1942 torpedoed and sunk in 12.48N 50.50E by Japanese submarine I-29 7,173
Fort Simpson 168354 1942 1942-1947 managed for MOWT, 1947 returned to U.S. Maritime Commission. 7,133
Empire Nerissa 168751 1943 1943-1946 managed for MOWT, 1946 management transferred to Johnson Warren Lines, Liverpool 7,076
Fort Maisonneuve 168459 1943 1943-1944 managed for MOWT, 15.12.1944 mined and sunk in River Scheldt 7,128
Fort Ticonderoga 169736 1943 1943-1946 managed for MOWT, 1946 management transferred to Cunard White Star Line, Liverpool. 7,130
Empire Goodwin 169528 1945 1945-1946 managed for MOWT, 1946 sold to J & J. Denholm, Greenock, 1947 r/n Garvelpark. 7,192