Burnett Steamship Co, Newcastle

Burnett Steamship Company, Newcastle

The Burnett Steamship Company was Formed in 1889 with the purchase of a small steamer, the company rapidly expanded and concentrated initially on the coal trade to London and the near continent. By 1908 their ships increased in size and routes expanded to cover the Baltic and Mediterranean. Seven ships were lost to enemy action during the Great War and by 1918 the fleet consisted of five colliers plus three managed vessels.
In 1929 Burnetts entered the world wide tramping business with the delivery of 4,000 ton ships but the shipping slump caused these ships to be quickly sold. Four ships were lost in World War 2.

In the 1960s the company was employed in the St Lawrence and Great Lakes trade. An offer for the company from Federal Commerce & Navigation Ltd of Canada was accepted in 1969 and the Newcastle company became a subsidiary of the FEDNAV group engaged in UK to Canada trading. In 1974 Burnett purchased Chapman & Willan Ltd, Newcastle and their fleet of bulk carriers. FEDNAV sold the last Burnett ship in 1980 which ended the Burnett involvement in shipowning.

 

Burnett Steamship Co, Newcastle, Fleet List

 

SHIP NAME O.N IMO BUILT G.T
Angelus  96163    1889  724 
1900 sold to L.S.Carr & Co, Newcastle, 1901 sold to L. Larue, Caen r/n Saint Remy, 1908 sold to Schiaffino, Jouvet & Cie, Algiers, 1920 sold to G. Angelatos, Piraeus r/n Spyros, 19.9.1920 sank off Eddystone.
Tynemouth (1)  97971    1891  839 
1900 sold to W. Berghuys, Amsterdam r/n Willy, 1.10.1911 sank in North Sea in 51.52N 02.15E
Wallsend (1)  101838    1893  899 
1900 sold to Witherington & Everett, Newcastle, 9.9.1915 sunk in collision with s/s Eros near Gull Lightvessel.
Marsden (1)  104272    1895  919 
1901 sold to Palgrave Murphy & Co, Dublin r/n City of Frankfort, 1921 sold to Austin Magenis, Dublin, 24.3.1922 wrecked off Brest.
Gosforth (1)  106642    1898  1051 
1903 sold to L. Possehl, Altona r/n Altona, 1912 sold to Harries Bros, Newcastle r/n Gosforth, 1933 scrapped.
Heworth (1)  110355    1900  1043 
1904 sold to E. R. Newbigin, Newcastle, 1914 seized by Germans, 1918 returned to owners, 1923 sold to G. Paleocrassas, Andros, 1926 r/n Georgios Paleocrassas, 12.12.1931 wrecked near Gallipoli.
Hebburn (1)  110359    1900  1032 
1907 sold to L. Possehl & Co, Altona r/n Hamburg, 1926 sold to Rederi A/B Werana, Helsingborg r/n Garm, 1934 sold to Rederi A/B Nornan, Goteborg r/n Nornan, 1938 sold to Cia de Nav Norte-Sul, Rio de Janeiro r/n Sao Bento, 1957 sold to Azevado e Cia, Rio de Janeiro r/n Mercurio, 1963 scrapped.
Birtley (1)  110366    1900  1029 
10.11.1905 wrecked off Flamborough Head.
Marsden (2)  114411    1901  929 
1908 sold to D/S A/S Fredrik, Drammen r/n Fredrik, 12.1.1916 sailed from Blyth for Trondheim and went missing.
Tynemouth (2)  114420    1902  1038 
1908 sold to F. Lehmann, Hamburg r/n Wald Rademacher, 1.12.1909 sailed from Leith for Hamburg and went missing.
Bentinck  118612    1903  1148 
1910 sold to British New Guinea Development Co, Newcastle, 1912 sold to Joan Craig SS Co, Sydney NSW r/n Joan Craig, 1926 sold to Moller & Co, Shanghai r/n Henli, 1928 sold to L. Dubost, Haiphong r/n Francis Garnier, 1932 sold to Cie Cotiere de l?Annam, Saigon, 20.2.1944 mined and sunk off Pointe Lagan, Annam.
Hartley  118616    1903  1150 
1910 sold to Elder Dempster & Co, Liverpool, 26.1.1918 torpedoed and sunk off Skinningrove by UB.34.
Gosforth (2)  118639    1904  1201 
1911 sold to A/S Finn Lund, Drammen r/n Finn Lund, 1915 sold to Pelton SS Co, Newcastle r/n Canto, 1927 sold to Sicula Carboni Soc Azioni, Catania r/n Virginia Munzone, 1930 sold to Smiltnieks & Stengrevics, Latvia r/n Klints, 1945 owned by USSR, Odessa r/n Skadovsk, 1960 deleted from register.
Towneley (1)  118645    1904  1197 
1910 sold to F. Lehmann, Hamburg r/n Johanna Lehmann, 1929 sold to Nordische Dampfer-Reed, Lubeck r/n Nordfels, 1937 sold to E. Oldendorff,, Lubeck, 1944 cptured at La Rochelle, French Government, 1947 sold to S.O.G.E.C., Panama r/n Anfa, 1952 sold to Francisco Tomei, Rome r/n Renato Tomei, 1954 sold to R. Romano, Naples r/n Pomezia, 1958 sold to D. Dammacco, Bari r/n Anita Dammacco, 1959 scrapped.
Birtley (2)  122845    1906  1438 
4.1.1918 torpedoed and sunk off Flamborough Head by UB.38
Horden (1)  122849    1906  1434 
20.9.1915 mined and sunk off Aldborough.
Burnhope (1)  125430    1907  1941 
14.12.1916 mined and sunk in Hartlepool Bay.
Hebburn (2)  125437    1908  1938 
25.2.1918 torpedoed and sunk 14 miles south of Mine Head by UB.91
Tynemouth (3)  125465    1909  2222 
31.12.1915 sailed from Cardiff for Shetlands and went missing.
Barmoor  129731    1909  2225 
1923 sold to James Westoll, Sunderland, 1936 sold to Jacobsen ja Ko, Estonia, 1938 r/n Lake Lucerne, 1940 seized by USSR, 28.8.1941 bombed and sunk in 60.01N 27.01E by German aircraft.
Towneley (2)  129756    1910  2476 
31.1.1918 torpedoed and sunk in 50.48N 04.48W by U.46
Marsden (3)  129762    1910  2481 
1923 sold to Blumenfeld, Hamburg r/n Clara Blumenfeld, 1933 sold to Norddeutsche Kohlen-und Cokes Werke, Hamburg, 1938 r/n Hammonia, 1939 sold to Nordische Transport & Schiff, Hamburg r/n Nordfahrt, 10.3.1945 mined and sunk in Kiel Bay, 1946 refloated, 1949 rebuilt to 2,669 g.t. sold to Norddeutsche Kohlen-und Cokes Werke, Hamburg r/n Clara Blumenfeld, 1959 scrapped.
Horden (2)  133583    1916  2677 
1928 sold to Tynedale Steam Shipping, Newcastle, 1937 sold to Scotia Corp, Panama r/n Hordena, 16.4.1937 captured by Spanish Nationalist cruiser Almirante Cervera and r/n Ferrolano, 1939 owner became Spanish Government r/n Castillo La Mota, 1942 sold to Empresa Nacional Elcano, Cadiz, 1963 scrapped.
Tynemouth (4)  133590    1917  2684 
1929 sold to Tredegar Associated Collieries, Cardiff r/n Lord Aberconway, 1930 sold to Etablissements Odon de Lubersac, Rouen r/n Gallois, 1940 requisitioned by MOWT, London, 6.8.1941 wrecked in 52.54N 01.43E.
Burnhope (2)  140680    1917  2683 
1928 sold to Quayside Shipping Newcastle r/n Akenside, 22.9.1939 torpedoed and sunk in 60.07N 04.37E by U.7
Wallsend (2)  140702    1917  2697 
14.8.1918 torpedoed and sunk in Robin Hood Bay by UB.104
Wallsend (3)  145501    1922  2851 
16.2.1934 wrecked in 32.39N 34.55E at Caesarea.
Birtley (3)  145523    1923  2873 
15.9.1941 mined and sunk in 53.06N 01.17E
Towneley (3)  145532    1923  2872 
7.1.1940 mined and sunk off Spit Buoy near Margate.
Marsden (4)  148056    1924  2874 
1934 sold to Tanfield SS Co, Newcastle, 1944 sold to Springfjord Shipping, Newcastle, 1946 r/n Springbjorn, 1946 sold to Skibs A/S Trajan, Bergen r/n Nerva, 1949 sold to A/R Julian, Bergen, 1950 r/n Gordian, 1958 sold to Wallem & Co, Panama r/n Bonita, 1961 scrapped.
Heworth (2)  148063    1924  2855 
1934 sold to Gascony SS Co, Newcastle, 1935 sold to Tanfield SS Co, Newcastle, 15.7.1940 bombed and sunk near Aldeburgh by German aircraft.
Hebburn (3)  148075    1924  2881 
1934 sold to Gascony SS Co, Newcastle, 1935 sold to W. A. Souter & Co, Newcastle, 1938 sold to J. A. Billmeir, London r/n Stanburn, 29.1.1940 bombed and sunk off Flamborough Head by German aircraft
Burnhope (3)  149492    1929  3859 
1933 sold to Kassos S.N. Co, Syra r/n Themoni, 1938 sold to C. D. Mallory Corp, Wilmington, Del. r/n Malantic, 1941 sold to Marine Operating Co, Wilmington, 9.3.1943 torpedoed and sunk in 58.37N 22.32W by U.409
Tynemouth (5)  161542    1929  4409 
1932 sold to Mackintosh & Co, Gibraltar r/n Statira, 1934 sold to Calpean Shipping, Gibraltar, 1936 sold to Cia Anon Maritima Union, Bilbao r/n Eolo, 1944 sold to Naviera Bilbaina, Bilbao, 1966 scrapped.
Holmside (1)  161556    1930  3433 
19.7.1941 torpedoed and sunk in 19.00N 21.30W by U.66
Wallsend (4)  161605    1937  3157 
2.12.1942 torpedoed and sunk in 20.08N 25.50W by U.552
Tynemouth (6)  165785    1940  3168 
1952 sold to Sharp SS Co, Newcastle r/n Sandhoe, 1963 sold to Animoni Cia Nav, Panama r/n Andreas Panou, 3.7.1966 sunk in collision with m/v Hoegh Aiglonne off Cabo Villano.
Holmside (2)  168928    1941  2852 
Ex-Empire Sedge, 1945 purchased from MOWT r/n Holmside, 1956 sold to Shamrock Shipping, Newcastle r/n Gransha, 1960 sold to Paolo Tomei, Genoa r/n Daniela T, 1972 sold to Mediterranea Marittima Sarda, Cagliari r/n Vulca, 1974 scrapped.
Wallsend (5)  168959    1943  2905 
Ex-Empire Buttress, 1946 purchased from MOWT r/n Wallsend, 1959 sold to Bordagain Shipping, Liberia r/n Bordagain, 1967 sold to Cia de Nav Pinares, Liberia r/n Daring, 1969 transferred to Somali registry, 1976 scrapped.
Burnhope (4)  168963    1943  2905 
Ex-Empire Seaman, 1946 purchased from MOWT r/n Burnhope, 1960 sold to N. Michalos, Chios r/n Antonios Michalos, 1969 scrapped after stranding damage.
Tynemouth (7)  186844  5371698  1955  3932 
1968 sold to Chuantung Nav. Co, Keelung r/n Eastern River, 24.4.1971 wrecked in 18.35N 121.29E
Holmside (3)  186894  5153709  1959  5034 
1969 sold to Soc. Geral de Comercio, Industria e Transportes, Lisbon r/n Cabinda, 1971 sold to Cia Nacional de Nav, Lisbon, 28.12.1980 wrecked at Casablanca.
Gosforth (3)  186922  5133979  1962  5836 
1972 sold to Quebec & Ontario Transportation r/n Thorold, 1985 sold to Les Armateurs de Saint Laurent, Canada r/n Catherine Desgagnes, 1987 sold to Tpt Desganes Inc, Quebec, 2011 still in service on Great Lakes.
Laurentian Forest    7216854  1972  16284 
1980 r/n Grand Encounter, 1985 r/n Laurentian Forest, 1986 r/n Federal Seaway, 1988 r/n Cape Lobos, 2001 laid up in James River.
Avon Forest    7324390  1973  16382 
1985 sold to Piute Energy & Transp. Co, Cleveland, Ohio r/n Federal Lakes, 1988 sold to U.S. Maritime Admin. r/n Cape Lambert, laid up in James River.
Frumenton    6822046  1968  16702 
1974 purchased from Chapman & Willan, Newcastle, 1974 sold to N. D. Papalios r/n Aegis Typhoon, 1979 sold to Asterion Shipping, Greece r/n Asterion, 1987 sold to Bamboo Shipping, Greece r/n Nicolaos A, 1990 sold to Compass Maritime, Malta r/n Astron, 1992 sold to Colmena Marine, St. Vincent r/n Colmena, 1994 scrapped.
Carlton  305421  5426663  1964  13949 
1974 purchased from Chapman & Willan, Newcastle, 1975 r/n Federal Wear, 1975 sold to Upper Lakes Shipping, Toronto r/n St. Lawrence Prospector, 1979 r/n Canadian Prospector, 2010 scrapped.
Demeterton    6707961  1967  14636 
1974 purchased from Chapman & Willan, Newcastle, 1975 sold to Upper Lakes Shipping, Toronto r/n St. Lawrence Navigator, 1979 r/n Canadian Navigator, 2011 sold to Algoma Corp. Canada r/n Algoma Navigator.

Ted Finch 23/01/2012