R. S. Dalgliesh Ltd / Watergate SS Co Fleet List

 

A large expansion took place after the war and the fleet was divided into the foreign going tramps which were managed by Dalgliesh SS Co and the coastal fleet which was managed by Robert Stanley Shipping Co. The Stanley Shipping Co was wound up in 1929 and the coastal fleet transferred to Dalgliesh SS Co. Seven ships were lost during the second World War. In 1964 the company took delivery of their first bulk carrier and in 1969 the subsidiary company Watergate Steam Shipping Co was acquired by Lonrho and in 1974 was resold to Jebsen (UK) Ltd, although still managed by Dalgliesh. By 1979 the last of their ships had been sold and the company went into liquidation.

SHIP NAME O.N BUILT G . T
Kenilworth  1895  105760  2735 
Ex-Ras Elba, 1906 purchased from Ras SS Co, London r/n Kenilworth, 24.4.1917 mined and sunk off Brest.
Wentworth (1)  1892  102052  4763 
Built as Arapahoe for W. Tapscott, Liverpool, 1897 sold to Hamilton, Fraser & Co, Liverpool r/n Inchmaree, 1909 purchased by Dalgliesh, 1910 r/n Wentworth, 1912 sold to N. Bugge, Tonsberg, Norway r/n Hektoria, 26.4.1917 torpedoed and sunk in 50.38N 18.04W by U.43
Haworth (1)  1912  133503  3707 
17.7.1917 torpedoed and sunk in 50.47N 11.55W by U.45
Wentworth (2)  1913  133542  3828 
2.9.1917 torpedoed and sunk 36 miles from Belle Ile by U.52
Sjaelland  1872  133595  1405 
Built for Asia SS Co, Copenhagen, 1909 sold to Russian East Asiatic Co, Libau r/n Libau, 1910 sold to Dampsk. Selsk. Torm, Copenhagen r/n Sjaelland, 1917 requisitioned by British Gov’t managed by Dalgliesh, 25.5.1917 captured and sunk off Start Point by U.66.
Warkworth (1)  1917  133592  4579 
1923 sold to Harlem SS Co, Newcastle r/n Oklahoma, 1926 sold to French Line (CGT), Havre, 1930 scrapped after fire in Liverpool.
Speedwell  1880  83851  974 
Built for E. Handcock, Falmouth, 1918 purchased by Dalgliesh, 25.12.1922 wrecked 12 miles north of River Adour.
Mackworth  1904  85277  4042 
Ex-Rugbeian, 1917 purchased from J. Mathias & Sons, Aberystwyth, 1919 r/n Mackworth, 1931 scrapped
Farnworth (1)  1917  140672  5896 
1924 sold 1923 sold to Harlem SS Co, Newcastle r/n Illinois, 1926 sold to French Line (CGT), Havre, 1934 sold to Kulukundis, Piraeus r/n Mount Pentelikon, 1939 sold Germany r/n Gloria, 1940 captured by HMS Sheffield r/n Empire Conveyor for MOWT, 20.6.1940 torpedoed and sunk in 56.16N 08.10W by U.122
Ferngarth  1911  129764  4629 
Built for Clapham SS Co, Newcastle, 1916 sold to Garth Shipping, Newcastle, 1918 purchased by Dalgliesh, 1918 sold to Barr, Crombie, Glasgow, 1920 sold to Bristol Channel Steamers, Cardiff, 1920 sold to Anglo-Belgique Shipping, Cardiff, 13.8.1921 abandoned on fire off Navassa Island in Jamaica Channel.
Plawsworth (1)  1917  140679  4724 
13.7.1918 torpedoed and sunk in 49.36N 09.10W by U.60
Pennyworth (1)  1916  137828  5388 
Ex-Gogovale, 1918 purchased from Barr, Crombie, Glasgow r/n Pennyworth, 1933 stranded in St.Lawrence River, 1934 refloated and sold to Chantiers Manseau, Montreal r/n Pontbriand, 1935 sold to Yugoslavia r/n Orao, 1937 sold to S.A. Garibaldi, Genoa r/n XXIV Maggio, 1943 seized by Germany, 22.9.1944 scuttled at Amsterdam.
Clermiston  1895  98883  1282 
Built as Rocio for Orders & Handford, Newport, 1909 sold to Town SS Co, Hull r/n King’s Town, 1911 sold to Gillespie & Nicol, Grangemouth r/n Clermiston, 1918 purchased by Dalgliesh, 1924 sold to B. Carlstrom, Helsingborg, Sweden r/n Oden, 17.1.1927 wrecked near Arko.
Kenilworth (2)  1918  140709  5457 
1937 sold to Foreign Investments Ltd, Shanghai, 1947 sold to Chinese Maritime Trust, Shanghai r/n Tien Hsing, 1953 r/n Hsiang Yung, 1959 scrapped.
Ravensworth (1)  1905  120598  4077 
Built as Port Chalmers for W. Milburn, London, 1913 sold to T. Law & Co, Glasgow r/n Duns Law, 1914 seized by Germany r/n Senta, 1919 purchased by Dalgliesh r/n Ravensworth, 1929 scrapped
Wentworth (3)  1919  142836  5212 
Laid down as War Phlox, completed as Wentworth, 5.5.1943 torpedoed and sunk in 53.59N 43.55W by U.358 and U.628.
Backworth  1919  142837  2481 
Laid down as War Orange, completed as Backworth, 1939 sold to Branch SS Co, Cardiff r/n Ogmore Castle, 1946 sold to Arden Hall SS Co, Cape Town r/n Bokkeveld, 1951 sold to South African National SS Co r/n Roodewal, 23.9.1961 burned at Cape Town and scrapped.
Whitworth  1919  142840  1400 
Laid down as War Char, completed as Whitworth, 1936 sold Estonia r/n Uhti, 1939 sold to Springfal Shipping, London r/n Springfal, 1940 sold to Stephenson Clarke & Co, London r/n Gasray, 1944 sold to Comben, Longstaff & Co, London, 5.4.1945 torpedoed and sunk off St. Abbs Head by U.978
Coatsworth  1919  142844  2555 
Laid down as War Lemon, completed as Coatsworth, 1938 sold Yugoslavia r/n Dinaric, 1941 taken over by MOWT, London, 6.7.1942 torpedoed and sunk in 49.30N 66.30W by U.132.
Brodsworth  1917  137052  2161 
Ex-Elmpark, 1919 purchased from J & J. Denholm, Greeenock r/n Brodsworth, 1929 sold to SS Co Baltic, Latvia r/n Dago, 1940 transferred to Danish registry, 1940 r/n Dago II for MOWT, London, 1946 returned to owners r/n Dago, 1957 sold to Wheelock, Marden & Co, Panama r/n Mascot, 1960 sold to Wallem & Co, Panama, 1960 scrapped.
Hunstanworth  1919  142848  2579 
Laid down as War Olive, completed as Hunstanwoth, 1937 sold to Anglo-Canadian Shipping, Cardiff r/n Seven Seas Sound, 1937 sold to W. Nubel, Hamburg r/n Bernlef, 14.8.1945 exploded and sank in 56.10N 12.07E with cargo of surplus ammunition on way to be scuttled.
Roseworth  1919  142852  2554 
Laid down as War Acorn, completed as Roseworth, 1934 sold USSR r/n Baikal, 15.11.1939 wrecked near Spitsbergen.
Knebworth  1919  142856  2555 
27.1.1930 wrecked near Biarritz
Haworth (2)  1919  142853  1383 
Laid down as War Stour, completed as Haworth, 1929 sold to Chargeurs Reunis, Havre r/n Kindia, 1942 requisitioned by Japanese r/n Teikin Maru, 27.7.1943 mined and sunk in 19.57N 109.05E.
Ashworth  1920  142865  5227 
Laid down as War Spirea, completed as Ashworth, 13.10.1942 torpedoed and sunk in 53.05N 44.06W by U.221
Dalworth  1920  142868  4538 
Laid down as War Stock, completed as Dalworth, 1935 sold Connell & Grace, Newcastle r/n Simonside, 1937 sold to Pateras Bros, Piraeus r/n Aegeus, 9.10.1942 sailed from Trinidad and went missing, possibly torpedoed by U.177 in 32.30S 16.00E.
Plawsworth (2)  1920  144891  1489 
Laid down as War Cluny, completed as Plawsworth, 20.4.1942 mined and sunk off Aldeburgh Buoy.
Glentworth  1920  144931  5677 
1934 sold Counties Ship Management, London r/n Box Hill, 31.12.1939 mined and sunk in 53.32N 00.24E
Illingworth  1922  145472  6067 
1934 sold to A. Vestarhis, Piraeus r/n Mina, 1937 sold to Achille Lauro, Naples r/n Aida Lauro, 1941 seized by Brazil r/n Vitorialoide for Lloyd Brasileiro, 1950 returned to Lauro r/n Aida Lauro, 1950 scrapped.
Silksworth (1)  1922  145485  4921 
1936 sold to Foreign Investments Ltd, Shanghai, 6.4.1942 sunk by Japanese warship off Puri, Bay of Bengal.
Tamworth (1)  1924  148080  1332 
1947sold to Eastern & Mediterranean Shipping, Newcastle r/n Eastern Trader, 1950 sold to H. Stinnes, Hamburg r/n Fritz Hugo Stinnes, 1958 sold to G. Gardella, Genoa r/n Brick Terzo, 1972 scrapped.
Letchworth (1)  1924  148085  1317 
1.11.1940 bombed and sunk in North Sea.
Farnworth (2)  1924  148086  4944 
1934 sold to Ditta Luigi Pittaluga, Genoa r/n Aquitania, 15.7.1943 torpedoed and sunk by British aircraft in 41.34N 01.51E
Elmworth  1924  148102  4963 
1937sold to W. Butler Wang, Tonsberg r/n Wind, 1938 sold to Tschudi & Eitzen, Oslo r/n Arosa, 1951 sold to Soc. Siciliana Imp. Marittime, Palermo r/n Enrico Mazzarella, 1960 scrapped.
Warkworth (2)  1924  148105  4941 
10.10.1941 abandoned after collision with s/s Selvistan in 58.24N 22.28W
Oakworth (1)  1925  148117  4968 
1947 sold to D/S A/S Anglo, Haugesund, Norway r/n Carrier, 1967 scrapped.
Queenworth (1)  1925  148094  2047 
1940 sold to The Admiralty as minesweeper, 9.5.1941 bombed and sunk in North Sea.
Usworth (1)  1925  148137  1985 
1926 sold to Nigerian Government r/n Ajasa, 4.12.1950 scuttled off Lagos.
Usworth (2)  1926  149420  3535 
14.12.1934 abandoned in 48.01N 31.49W after steering gear broke
Isleworth  1928  149480  4919 
1939 sold to Cia Primera de Nav, Panama r/n Maria, 1940 r/n Santa Magarita, 2.7.1940 shelled and sunk in 47.00N 15.30W by U.29
Harley  1919  163468  410 
Built as Condor for Soc.Co-Op d’Armement Belge, Antwerp, 1923 sold to E. Dekkers, Antwerp, 1934 sold to J. Hocken, London r/n Hondene, 1937 sold to Harris & Dixon, London r/n Harley, 1940 purchased by Dalgliesh, 14.11.1944 sank in 56.18N 02.09W
Letchworth (2)  1942  168940  2873 
Ex-Empire Caxton, 1945 purchased from MOWT r/n Letchworth, 1956 sold to Buries Markes, London r/n Peterland, 1959 sold Lebanon r/n Pamit, 1962 r/n Christos, 1.4.1967 sank in 36.32N 26.7E after stranding on Kandeliusa Island
Queenworth (2)  1943  169099  2066 
Ex-Empire Citizen, 1945 purchased from MOWT r/n Queenworth, 1960 scrapped
Warkworth (3)  1943  169565  7133 
Ex-Fort Dauphin, 1950 purchased from MOWT r/n Warkworth, 1957 sold to Cia Maritima Amaconte, Liberia r/n Bodoro, 1967 beached after collision in Chesapeake Bay with s/s Beaver State, refloated and 1969 scrapped.
Pennyworth (2)  1958  186882  10978 
Ore Carrier, 1973 sold to Rio Santo Shipping, Cyprus r/n Kappa Unity, 1974 sold to Newland SA, Panama r/n Newlands, 1975 sold to G. Gardella, Genoa r/n Pisolo, 1983 scrapped.
Ravensworth (2)  1960  186911  6805 
1975 sold to Houlder Bros, 1976 sold to Flexservice NV, Curacao, converted to pipe layer r/n Flexservice I, 1991 transferred to Panama registry, 2000 sold Vietnam r/n Service, 2001 scrapped.
Warkworth (4)  1962  186927  9721 
1970 sold to Meandros Shipping, Chios r/n Salamat, 1974 r/n Philippa, 1974 sold to Pindar Nav. Co, Cyprus r/n Skymnos, 9.1.1981 shelled and abandoned at Fao.
Silksworth (2)  1964  16553 
Bulk Carrier.1972 sold to Yick Fung Shipping, Somalia r/n China Sea, 1976 sold to China Ocean Shipping, China r/n Hua Hai, 1996 deleted from registers.
Tamworth (2)  1968  11126 
Bulk Carrier, 1977 sold to Cia de Nav. Fucsiamar, Panama r/n Lugano, 1982 sold to Silver Ace Shipping, Panama r/n Brembo, 1983 sold to Start Shipping Co, Cyprus r/n San George, 1987 r/n Union, 1987 sold to Prino Shipping, Cyprus r/n Prinaritis, 1992 sold to Omali Shipping, Cyprus r/n Omali, 1994 scrapped.
Starworth  1970  19210 
Bulk Carrier, 1976 sold to Blandford Shipping, London r/n Star Blackford, 1978 r/n Blackford, 1979 r/n Star Blackford, 1982 sold to Stamford Shipping, Hong Kong r/n Star Ming, 1983 sold to Prince Shipping Co, Jersey r/n Charming, 1987 r/n Fame, 1987 scrapped.
Letchworth (3)  1972  20059 
Bulk Carrier, 1978 sold to Peninsular Shipping, Hong Kong r/n Practician, 1993 sold to Globe Transportation, Panama r/n Expeditioner, 1997 scrapped.
Oakworth (2)  1972  20059 
Bulk Carrier, 1978 sold to Peninsular Shipping, Hong Kong r/n Progressist, 1994 sold to sold to Tong Woon Shipping, Singapore r/n Tong Soon, 1995 r/n Ocean Bright, 1996 r/n De Liang, 1997 scrapped.
Naworth  1973  20059 
Bulk Carrier, 1979 sold to Hemisphere Shipping, Hong Kong r/n Humanist, 1993 sold to Hua Chang Shipping, Liberia r/n Hua Chang, 1998 scrapped.

Ted Finch 09/06/2011

Bibliography

N. L. Middlemiss. (1993),Travels of the Tramps, vol.1, Shield Publications.
Schell Registers
Marine News