W. H. Cockerline & Co, Hull.

W. H. Cockerline & Co, Hull.

Walter Cockerline founded his shipping line in 1885 and caused a lot of confusion by naming his ships with identical names to the large liners of the White Star Line. The company traded mainly to the Mediterranean and Baltic and lost three vessels during the Great War. In 1923 Cockerline took delivery of two large tramps for worldwide trading and by 1939 owned eight ships but lost seven to enemy action in WWII. Walter Cockerline died in 1941 and was succeeded by his son of the same name who purchased two standard type ships after the war. After the sale of the last tramp in 1957 the company closed.

 

Cockerline & Co, Fleet List

 

SHIP NAME O.N IMO BUILT G.T
Baidar  65229    1871  1003 
1885 purchased from J. Smith, Hull, 1888 sold to M. Gillies, Hull, 1888 sold to S. Hough, Liverpool, 29.11.1897 wrecked at Brouershaven.
Spark  82490    1880  1295 
1885 purchased from J. Smith, Hull, 1895 sold to G. Ahlstrom, Stockholm r/n Baltic, 1907 sold to Rederi A/B Hafvet, Stockholm, 1910 sold to Rederi A/B Svecia, Stockholm r/n Bard, 14.12.1911 wrecked at Hudiksvall.
Industry  93125    1887  1740 
1899 r/n Tropic, 1901 sold to Rederi A/B Neptunus, Helsingborg r/n Triton, 24.11.1905 wrecked at Husum.
Tropic  93125    1887  1740 
See Industry
International  86113    1883  1616 
1888 purchased from Ward & Holzapfel, 1895sold to G. Ahlstrom, Sweden r/n Oceanic, 27.11.1898 wrecked at Soderarn
Albany  86642    1883  1353 
1893 purchased from T. Woodhead & Co, Hull, 1894 sold to Forman, Moody & Co, Hull, 1897 sold to Lund & Gjertsen, Christiania r/n Reidar, 1917 taken over by the Shipping Controller, London, 22.2.1918 sank in Mounts Bay.
Pacific (1)  102932    1894  2622 
1911 sold to Ross, Allan & Johnston, Glasgow r/n Scotsdyke, 19.11.1913 on fire off St. Catherine's Point, towed in and 1916 scrapped.
Graphic (1)  105015    1895  2490 
1901 sold to C. Tsiropinas, Syra r/n Emmanuel, 1919 sold to A. Capparis, Piraeus, 1924 sold to G. Gregos, Piraeus, 4.1.1925 ashore near St. David's Head, refloated and scrapped.
Majestic (1)  105050    1895  2586 
1901 sold to Cia Nav. Bachi, Bilbao r/n Bartolo, 29.1.1913 sunk in collision with Spanish s/s Conde Wilfredo in Straits of Gibraltar.
Atlantic (1)  106708    1896  3078 
1898 sold to A/S Selsk. Dannebrog, Copenhagen r/n Brattingsborg, 1933 scrapped.
Britannic (1)  106736    1897  3076 
1898 sold to W. H. Dillon, London r/n Aldersgate, 1906 sold to Maclay & McIntyre, Glasgow r/n Everilda, 1918 sold to Fisher, Renwick & Co, Newcastle, 1928 sold to Antti Wihuri, Helsingfors r/n Wiima, 1941 sold to Gustaf Erikson, Mariehamn r/n Avenir, 1950 sold to Rederi A/B Sally, Mariehamn r/n Signy, 1955 scrapped
Coralie  99554    1892  2920 
1903 purchased from Cammell, Haigh & Co, Hull, 22.2.1907 abandoned off Helgoland and sank.
Graphic (2)  116100    1902  3295 
1915 sold to Morgan & Cadogan, Hull r/n Nailsea Court, 19.1.1917 torpedoed and sunk 32 miles west of the Skelligs by U.48.
Oceanic  116149    1903  2218 
1907 sold to Cia de Nav. Vasco-Asturiana, Aviles r/n Santiago Lopez, 1971 scrapped.
Olympic  118759    1903  2217 
1912 sold to Svendsen & Christensen, Copenhagen r/n H. Pontopiddan, 1932 sold to Rederi A/B Britannic, Helsingfors r/n Scandinavic, 1954 scrapped.
Atlantic (2)  118804    1904  3016 
1939 sold to P. Eklof, Borga r/n Margareta, 1941 taken over by MOWT, London, 27.9.1941 torpedoed and sunk in 50.15N 17.27W by U.201
Majestic (2)  118812    1904  3027 
1938 sold to C. Sigalas, Piraeus r/n Tassia, 1942 taken over by U.S. War Shipping Admin., Panama, 1946 returned to owners, 20.5.1951 sank in Vigo Bay.
Britannic (2)  118811    1904  3487 
30.7.1916 shelled and sunk off Cap Bon by U.35
Adriatic  118816    1904  3028 
31.10.1916 sailed from Newport, Mon. for Marseille and went missing, presumed war loss.
Germanic (1)  121011    1905  3377 
1920 sold to Swan & Wood, Cardiff r/n Pengelly, 1921 sold to Pencisely SS Co, Cardiff, 1922 sold Japan r/n Yeiryo Maru, 29.10.1934 reported in 35.40N 131.20E and went missing.
Teutonic  118849    1905  3604 
1914 sold to Russian Government r/n Slavonic, 19.10.1917 torpedoed and sunk off Lerwick by UC.40
Corinthic (1)  121089    1905  3686 
1913 sold to Japan r/n Amagisan Maru, 1933 scrapped.
Gothic (1)  121044    1905  2648 
1907 sold to Northern SS Co, St. Petersburg r/n Dania, 10.6.1915 shelled and sunk 55 miles N x W of Butt of Lewis by U.33
Athenic (1)  123223    1906  4078 
1915 sold to Katharine SS Co, Hull, 1919 sold to Dean Shipping, London, 1924 sold to Wigham Shipping, North Shields, 1932 sold to A. Lusi, Argostoli r/n Attikos, 1936 scrapped.
Cambric  123233    1906  3403 
31.10.1917 torpedoed and sunk off Cap Shershel by U.35
Republic  123269    1906  4281 
1915 sold to Ambatielos Bros, Argostoli r/n Nikolaos, 1916 sold to Bistis & Hadzikyriakos, Argostoli r/n Kilkis, 24.7.1918 torpedoed and sunk off Middlesbrough by UC.70
Asiatic (1)  124733    1907  3589 
1918 sold to Stella Shipping, Hull, 1922 sold to Williams Bros, Cardiff r/n Crossway, 1924 sold to Japan r/n Mantatsu Maru, 1938 scrapped.
Gothic (2)  123247    1906  3801 
Ex-Bessborough, 1910 purchased from Hull Steam Shipping Co r/n Gothic, 1920 sold to E. J. Bride, Cardiff, 1922 sold to Williams Bros, Cardiff r/n Boldway, 1923 sold to C. Daniolos, Andros r/n Dimitrios, 1925 r/n Dimitrios L. Daniolos, 1934 scrapped.
Corinthic (2)  136197    1914  4736 
1916 sold to J. Chambers, Liverpool r/n Thurland Castle, 1923 sold to City Gate Line, London r/n Hemisphere, 1926 sold to Japan r/n Kohki Maru, 1930 r/n Nanshin Maru, 1938 r/n Nansin Maru, 31.3.1943 wrecked in 34.13N 133.06E
Pacific (2)  136206    1914  4210 
1916 sold to J. Chambers, Liverpool r/n Hornby Castle, 1929 sold to J. Galakis, Chios r/n Theodoros Galakis, 1930 r/n Aspasia, 12.8.1940 last reported, presumed torpedoed and sunk in 35.00N 20.00W by U.A.
Gothic (2)  143511    1920  2546 
Ex-Nash Light, 1922 purchased from Bristol Channel Steamers, London r/n Gothic, 1938 sold to Wigham Richardson & Co, London, Oct.1938 damaged by Nationalist air attack at Barcelona, 1939 sold to O. Rossini, Genoa r/n Velites, 1939 sold to G, Scorza, Genoa r/n Balilla, 2.11.1941 shelled and sunk in 38.22N 12.20E by Polish submarine Sokol and HMS Utmost.
Britannic (3)  142718    1918  2503 
Built as War Damson for the Shipping Controller, London, 1919 sold to Bristol Channel Steamers, London r/n Mumbles Light, 1922 purchased by Cockerline r/n Britannic, 9.2.1941 bombed and sunk in 35.42N 14.38W
Asiatic (2)  147061    1923  3741 
1941 sold to Hunter Shipping, London, 21.1.1942 wrecked near South Rock L.V, refloated and 1943 r/n Empire Torridge for MOWT, 1946 purchased by Hunter Shipping, London r/n Huntress, 1950 sold to O. Borg, Abo r/n Modesta, 1962 scrapped
Pacific (3)  147081    1923  2816 
1942 sold to Comben, Longstaff & Co, London, 8.2.1943 went missing in heavy weather in North Sea.
Albionic  147131    1924  2468 
11.9.1940 torpedoed and sunk in 56.30N 13.00W by U.99
Corinthic (3)  147155    1924  4823 
13.4.1941 torpedoed and sunk in 08.10N 14.40W by U.124
Germanic (2)  162219    1931  6320 
Tanker. 1932 sold to Russia r/n Stanislav Kassior, 1938 r/n Tuapse, 4.7.1942 torpedoed and sunk in 22.13N 86.06W by U.129.
Germanic (3)  164969    1936  5352 
29.3.1941 torpedoed and sunk in 61.18N 22.05W by U.48
Athenic (2)  164995    1937  5351 
3.4.1941 torpedoed and sunk in 58.32N 20.13W by U.73
Atlantic (3)  167069    1939  5414 
1950 sold to Hendry & Sons, Glasgow r/n Kingsford, 1953 sold to Wheelock, Marden, Hong Kong r/n Landspride, 1959 r/n Ilexia, 1961 scrapped.
Auretta  153734    1935  4564 
Built for Calpean Shipping Co, Gibraltar, 1936 sold to Chellew SS Co, London, 1941 purchased by Cockerline, 26.2.1945 mined and sunk in 51.24N 02.49E.
Empire Gareth  168942    1942  2873 
1946 purchased from MOWT, 1947 r/n Athenic, 1955 sold to S.A. Maritime et Commerciale, Panama r/n Astarte, 1960 sold to Halcoussis & Co, Piraeus r/n Pamit, 1962 sold to T. Samourkas, Beirut r/n Christos, 1.4.1967 sank in 36.32N 26.75E after stranding.
Athenic (3)  168942    1942  2873 
See Empire Gareth.
Corinthic (4)  169108    1943  6766 
Ex-Empire Prospero, 1947 purchased from MOWT r/n Corinthic, 1951 sold to Marine Enterprises, London r/n Marine Flame, 1951 sold to Wallem & Co, Panama r/n Shahreza, 1951 sold to Cia Nav. Acapulco S.A, Panama r/n Faustus, 6.11.1952 wrecked off Hook of Holland.

Ted Finch 03-11-2012