Bolton Steam Shipping Co Ltd (F. Bolton & Co), London

Bolton Steam Shipping Co Ltd

Frederic Bolton formed a partnership with Louis T. Bartholomew in 1884 and they ordered a tramp steamer. More ships swiftly followed and in 1887 they formed the Bolton Steam Shipping Co Ltd. The company traded mostly to the Middle and Far East. In 1917 Sir Frederic Bolton retired and the company went into voluntary liquidation but in 1921 the company was restarted with two second hand tramps by Louis Bolton and family.

Trade then expanded world wide and in 1941 acquired the capital of Glover Bros. In 1956, the first of four ore carriers was delivered and in 1965 the company entered the bulk carrier trade. However, due to mounting debts, Bolton Steam Shipping Co was sold to the American Nosira Shipping in 1982.

 

Bolton Steam Shipping Co Fleet List

 

SHIP NAME O.N BUILT G.T
Raphael (1)  91858  1885  1860 
1906 sold to Cia Chilena de Nav, A Vapor, Valparaiso, 1909 r/n Presidente Bulnes, 1913 sold to Clar & Gonzales, Valparaiso r/n Ercilla, 1913 r/n Antofagasta, 1914 sold to James & Co, Valparaiso r/n Fresia, 1920 sold to Telles, Romaguera & Co, Rio dr Janeiro, 1930 hulked
Rembrandt (1)  90335  1886  1828 
1905 sold to Cia Chilena de Nav, A Vapor, Valparaiso, 1909 r/n Presidente Prieto, 1911 sold to A. Puccio, Valparaiso, 1913 deleted from registers.
Rubens (1)  94315  1887  2077 
1905 sold to Cia Chilena de Nav, A Vapor, Valparaiso, 1909 r/n Presidente Manuel Montt, 1913 sold to Gonzales, Soffia y Cia, Valparaiso r/n Iquique, 1918 sold to Chemins de Fer Algeriens, Le Havre r/n Souk-Ahras, 1926 sold to S.A de Nav. Nettuno, Catania r/n Sara, 1927 r/n Sara Saglimbene, 1928 scrapped.
Ruysdael (1)  95460  1888  2095 
1906 sold to Cia Chilena de Nav, A Vapor, Valparaiso, 1909 r/n Jeneral Freire, 1914 sold to G. Pommerenke, Valparaiso, 1920 sold to Borquez y Cia, Valparaiso r/n Lautaro, 1.6.1928 wrecked Valparaiso.
Romney (1)  102787  1893  2806 
1916 sold to Transport & Trading Co, London, 1916 sold to Franco-British SS Co, London, 1920 r/n City of Amiens, 1922 sold to Hydra SS Co, London, 22.9.1922 wrecked near Camerinas.
Rossetti (1)  102898  1894  2080 
1916 sold to Cambo Shipping, London, 1919 sold to Egypt & Levant SS Co, London r/n Antinoe, 1923 sold to T. Syrmas, Andros r/n Anastassios A. Syrmas, 1929 sold to E. Hogberg, Gefle, Sweden r/n Gerania, 1940 r/n Wilhelmina, 14.12.1941 wrecked near Utlangen.
Reynolds (1)  108340  1898  3264 
1916 sold to Watts, Watts & Co, London r/n Chertsey, 26.4.1917 torpedoed and sunk off Algiers by UC.67
Ramsay (1)  115831  1902  4318 
1917 sold to Sutherland SS Co, Newcastle, 1919 r/n Caithness, 1920 sold to Anglo-Celtic Shipping, London, 1926 sold to Achille Lauro, Naples r/n Edera, 1931 scrapped after grounding damage.
Ribera (1)  118484  1904  3500 
27.9.1914 captured and sunk by German cruiser Emden 210 miles W x N from Colombo.
Rubens (2)  120678  1906  3587 
1914 seized by Germans at Hamburg, 1915 became German Naval transport, 14.4.1915 shelled and sunk in Mansa Bay, East Africa by HMS Hyacinth
Ruysdael (2)  132653  1912  3478 
1917 sold to A. Axarlis, London, 1918 sold to Watkin J. Williams, Cardiff, 7.9.1918 torpedoed and sunk in 46.453N 10.07W by U.105
Ribera (2)  136776  1915  3511 
1917 sold to Humphries (Cardiff) Ltd, London, 10.6.1917 torpedoed and sunk 70 miles North of Cape Wrath by U.61
Rubens (3)  118719  1905  4002 
Built as Armanistan for Strick Line, Swansea, 1906 sold to Union Line, Hamburg r/n Wellgunde, 1912 sold to Continentale Rhederei, Hamburg r/n Heimfeld, 1914 sold to Deutsche Levante Linie, Hamburg r/n Pera, 1919 war reparations to The Shipping Controller, London, 1921 purchased by Bolton r/n Rubens, 1927 sold to Corcodilos, Andros r/n Ioannis Corcodilos, 1934 scrapped.
Ribera (3)  143783  1907  4213 
Built as Hanau for Deutsch-Australische Linie, 1914-1918 detained at Antwerp, 1919 The Shipping Controller, London, 1921 purchased by Bolton r/n Ribera, 1932 scrapped.
Ruysdael (3)  123952  1907  4712 
Built as Blackwell for Tyzack & Branfoot, Sunderland, 1919 sold to T & J. Brocklebank, Liverpool, 1921 purchased by Bolton r/n Ruysdael, 1929 sold to Achille Lauro, Naples r/n Iris, 1935 scrapped.
Ramsay (2)  146146  1921  5053 
1929 sold to G. Spliethoff, Rotterdam r/n Kerkplein, 1947 sold to van Ommeren, Rotterdam r/n Ossendrecht, 1950 sold to Fisser & van Doornum, Hamburg r/n Alstertor, 1953 scrapped.
Reynolds (2)  149775  1927  5024 
31.10.1942 torpedoed and sunk in 31.00S 36.00E by U.504
Romney (2)  161240  1929  5840 
1949 sold to A.Tsavliris, London r/n Granny Suzanne, 1950 sold to E. Komrowski, Bremen r/n Montan, 1954 sold to Kyrtatas & Co, Andros r/n Antonios A. Kyrtatas, 1960 scrapped.
Ramsay (3)  161373  1930  4855 
10.6.1942 torpedoed and sunk in 51.53N 34.59W by U.94
Ribera (4)  167420  1940  5559 
1955 sold to Goulandris Bros, Liberia r/n Okeanis, 1959 sold to Cia de Nav. Jolanda, Liberia r/n Jolanda, 1971 scrapped.
Rembrandt (2)  168048  1941  5559 
1957 sold to L. Nomikos, Liberia r/n Capetan Antonis, 1964 sold to N. Koufos, Liberia r/n Mastromitsos, 1967 scrapped.
Ramsay (4)  168258  1941  7174 
Ex-Ocean Vigil, 1941-1946 managed for MOWT by Bolton, 1946 purchased r/n Ramsay, 1951 sold to Cia Nav. Maropan, Panama r/n Stork, 1954 sold to V. Goulandris, Panama, 1960 sold to Livanos & Sons, Beirut r/n Roumeli, 3.2.1963 grounded at Gijon and scrapped.
Reynolds (3)  169890  1944  7253 
Built as Samcebu for MOWT, managed by Bolton, 1947 purchased by Bolton r/n Reynolds, 1951 sold to Lyras Bros, Puerto Limon, Costa Rica r/n St. Nicolas, 1956 r/n Panagos, 1959 sold to Amazon Shipping, Piraeus r/n Amazon, 1964 scrapped after stranding damage
Ruysdael (4)  168836  1942  7178 
Ex-Ocean Wanderer, 1946-1947 managed for MOT, 1947 purchased r/n Ruysdael, 1951 sold to Pateras Ltd, Puerto Limon, Costa Rica r/n Santa Irene, 1959 registry transferred to Piraeus, 2.11.1962 wrecked near Tarifa.
Raphael (2)  166057  1942  7174 
Built as Ocean Vagrant for MOWT, 1948 sold to Baltic Shipping, Bristol r/n Atlantic Vagrant, 1950 purchased by Bolton r/n Raphael, 1951 sold to M. Embiricos, Panama r/n Siram, 1961 sold to S. Krystallis, Syros r/n Syros, 1968 scrapped.
Empire Martaban  180348  1944  7542 
1946-1951 managed for MOT, 1951 sold to Aviation & Shipping Co, London r/n Avistone, 1959 sold to F. Zeren, Istanbul r/n Turkiye, 1972 scrapped.
Ramsay (5)  184748  1952  6273 
1960 sold to United Oriental SS Co, Karachi r/n Anisbaksh, 1972 scrapped after air raid damage at Chittagong.
Reynolds (4)  185920  1953  6247 
1961 sold to United Oriental SS Co, Karachi r/n Imtiazbaksh, 1976 scrapped.
Romanic  186105  1954  6320 
1961 sold to Plate Shipping, Piraeus r/n Plate Clipper, 1969 sold to Cia Argentina de Transportes Maritimas, Buenos Aires r/n Marazul, 1971 sold to Kyklades Cia Mar, Piraeus r/n Mionis, 1973 r/n Chryssostomos, 1974 sold to Boshorus Cia Mar, Piraeus r/n Bosphorus, 1976 scrapped.
Redcar  187304  1956  10746 
Ore Carrier. 1971 sold to St.Andrews Shipping, Middlesbrough r/n Dunblane, 1973 sold to Cia Ady, Piraeus r/n Ady, 1978 scrapped
Ripon  187305  1956  10731 
Ore Carrier. 1972 became crane pontoon at Santander.
Ribblehead  187310  1957  10741 
Ore Carrier. 1972 sold to Cia Nav. Antiklia, Piraeus r/n Antiklia, 1978 sold to Aramis Nav. Co, Cyprus r/n Evpo Aramis, 1982 scrapped.
Ruysdael (5)  187614  1957  6452 
1968 sold to Exormisis Shipping, Piraeus r/n Aristides Xilas, 1979 scrapped.
Rievaulx  187312  1958  10974 
Bulk Carrier. 1973 sold to Silver Lake Shipping, Piraeus r/n Silver Lake, 1973 sold to Kimolos Shipping, Piraeus r/n Nema, 1984 scrapped.
Rembrandt (3)  301168  1960  8104 
1967 sold to Galini Cia Nav, Piraeus r/n Galini, 1984 scrapped.
Ribera (5)  307819  1965  18088 
Bulk Carrier. 1973 sold to Ben Line, Leith r/n Benvorlich, 1976 sold to China r/n Kang Hai, 2002 still in service.
Rossetti (2)  1973  17996 
Bulk Carrier. 1978 sold to Peninsular Shipping, Liberia r/n Garefowl, 1989 sold to Snowbird Shipping, Liberia r/n Snowbird, 1997 sold to Yiling Ocean Shipping, St. Vincent r/n Yiling, 1998 scrapped.
Reynolds (5)  1973  18025 
Bulk Carrier. 1987 sold to Greta Shipping, Malta r/n Seaduty, 1989 sold to Crestbank Nav. Ltd, Greece r/n Predator, 1992 sold to Guang Dong Shipping, Cyprus r/n Trias, 1995 transferred to Chinese registry r/n Guang Shen, 2006 r/n Zhong Yue, 2011 scrapped.
Rubens (4)  1976  17966 
Bulk Carrier. 1989 Laura C, 1990 Ziya K, 2001 Med, 2001 scrapped.

Ted Finch 21/06/2011