Common Bros / Hindustan Steam Shipping Co / Newcastle

Common Bros, Hindustan Steam Shipping Co, Newcastle

Formed in Sunderland in 1893 by Captain Squance and Francis Common. Capt. Squance retired in 1903 and Francis Common died leaving the management of the company to his son Francis Walford Common. In 1906 the company moved to Newcastle and in 1907 the firm of Common Bros was set up by Francis, Brian and Laurence Common. A large part of their business was the grain trade from the Black Sea, but with the closure of the Dardanelles in WWI, the company turned to Canada for cargoes. In 1921 Common’s obtained their first tanker, but continued in the tramping business. The subsidiary Northumbrian Shipping Co was set up in 1924. In 1939 the company owned 13 ships but lost 10 of them due to enemy action.

 

At the end of the war, with new buildings, the company owned six vessels. In 1964 control of the North Shipping Co with their last ship and also in 1966 the Hopemount Shipping Co together with their fleet were obtained. The company also entered the ore trade, and in 1968 started an unsuccessful venture into Caribbean trading with offices in Bermuda, but this had collapsed by 1979. Heavy financial losses in 1977 and 1978 caused the sale of many ships and by 1980 only three tankers remained. Further heavy losses in 1981 resulted in the acquisition of the company by Norex Ltd, registered in Bermuda.

Common Bros / Hindustan Steam Shipping Co Fleet List

 

SHIP NAME O.N BUILT G.T
Hindustan (1) 99616  1892  2420 
1901 sold to Cia Cantabrica de Nav., Bilbao r/n Valmaseda, 1.11.1910 wrecked 80 miles south of Vera Cruz.
Kurdistan (1) 104352  1895  3036 
1912 sold to Lavarello Fratelli & Censini, Genoa r/n Vega, 1924 scrapped.
Afghanistan (1) 109697  1899  3427 
1914 sold to Jose Tognetti, Genoa r/n Entico Millo, 26.9.1916 sunk in collision with s/s Savoie in the Mediterranean.
Daghestan (1) 109712  1900  3466 
18.12.1908 sunk in collision with British s/s Catalone off Sandy Hook.
Hindustan (2) 114646  1902  3756 
1912 sold to Northern SS Co, St. Petersburg r/n Altai, 1918 taken over by The Shipping Controller, London, 1920 sold to Soc. Maritime et Commerciale de France, Rouen r/n San Martino, 1922 r/n Romanitza, 1924 sold to Cie de Commerce et d?Armement, Dunkirk, 1927 sold to Prvo Dalmatinsko Trgovacko Drustvo, Dubrovnik r/n Treci, 10.8.1933 sank in 41.03N 17.34E
Sagami 114647  1902  4212 
1908 sold to J & C. Harrison, London r/n Harlow, 1913 sold to Lloyd del Pacifico, Savona r/n Amista, 1932 scrapped.
Laristan (1) 132053  1910  3675 
4.9.1916 torpedoed and sunk in 36.04N 13.13E by U.38
Hindustan (3) 132068  1912  3692 
21.3.1917 torpedoed and sunk 150 miles WNW of Fastnet by U.46
Daghestan (2) 132070  1912  3691 
1916 sold to Fisher, Alimonda & Co, London, 1920 sold to Italian Government r/n Antium, 1923 sold to S.A. Parodi & Corrado, Genoa r/n Bainsizza, 1924 sold to Villain & Fassio, Genoa r/n Alberto Fassio, 1928 sold to Essex Transport & Trading, London r/n Essex Judge, 1938 sold to P. Pandelis, London r/n Thorpehaven, 10.6.1938 bombed and sunk at Alicante by Spanish Nationalist air attack, 1939 refloated, 1941 r/n Castillo Guadalest for Spanish Government, 25.8.1951 sank in 39.33N 57.41W
Tynehome 133525  1913  3157 
1914 sold to Stag Line, N. Shields r/n Camellia, 27.11.1917 sailed from Dakar for U.K. and went missing ? presumed war loss.
Kurdistan (2) 132077  1914  3720 
Torpedoed and sunk in 36.40N 12.38E by U.32
Laristan (2) 139221  1916  4281 
1918 purchased from Pyman SS Co, Hartlepool, 1919 r/n Laristan, 27.1.1926 abandoned and sank in 45.12N 43.12W
Hindustan (4) 137266  1917  4990 
1918 sold to Prince Line, Newcastle r/n Korean Prince, 1934 sold to Pateras & Sons, Chios r/n Diamantis, 3.10.1939 torpedoed and sunk west of the Skelligs by U.35
Kurdistan (3) 140708  1918  4289 
1928 sold to D. Dambassis, Andros r/n Georgios G, 1952 sold to A. Kydoniefs, Andros r/n Captain Syrmas, 1954 scrapped.
Baluchistan (1) 135889  1913  3995 
Ex-Eustace, 1918 purchased from Pyman SS Co, Hartlepool, 1920 r/n Baluchistan, 1937 sold to African & Continental SS Co, London r/n Penthames, 31.5.1938 sunk off Valencia by Spanish Nationalist air attack.
Eustace 135889  1913  3995 
See Baluchistan (1)
Afghanistan (2) 139801  1917  4372 
Ex-Abereden, 1918 purchased from Adam SS Co, Aberdeen, 1919 r/n Afghanistan, 1938 sold to Achille Lauro, Naples r/n Lucrino, 1960 scrapped.
Hindustan (5) 142827  1919  5217 
Launched as War Seagull, completed as Hindustan, 1939 sold to Kohoku Sangyo KK, Tokyo r/n Jinzan Maru, 16.7.1944 torpedoed and sunk in 19.17N 120.15E by USS Guardfish.
Turkestan 140382  1917  4292 
Ex-War Flower, 1919 purchased from the Shipping Controller, London r/n Turkestan, 1935 sold to Kulukundis Bros,Syra r/n Mount Lycabettus, 15.3.1942 sailed from Baltimore for Lisbon and went missing, presumed torpedoed and sunk on 17.3.1942 by U.373
Ellerdale 133657  1913  3721 
Built for T. Smailes & Son, Whitby, 1917 sold to Gordon SS Co, Whitby, 1919 purchased by Common Bros, 1938 sold to Wasa SS Co, Wasa, Finland r/n Elle, 28.8.1940 torpedoed and sunk in 57.43N 12.18W by U.101
Waziristan (1) 142310  1918  5495 
Ex-War Rambler, 1919 purchased from the Shipping Controller, London r/n Waziristan, 1920 soldto Thomas Dunlop, Glasgow, converted to tanker r/n Coylet, 8.2.1922 abandoned on fire off Sand Key, shelled and sunk by U.S. Coast Guard.
Daghestan (3) 145471  1921  5742 
Tanker. 25.3.1940 torpedoed and sunk off Copinsay by U.57
Tynehome 142870  1919  628 
Ex-HMS Kilclief, 1920 purchased from Royal Navy r/n Tynehome, 8.1.1940 sunk in collision with British s/s Gitano in 53.12N 01.21E
Wearhome 144921  1918  625 
Ex-HMS Kilfullert, 1920 purchased from Royal Navy r/n Wearhome, 1928 sold to Skipafelagid Foroyar, Faroes r/n Havhestur, 1934 scrapped.
Wearmouth 144925  1918  626 
Ex-HMS Kildborough, 1920 purchased from Royal Navy r/n Wearmouth, 1925 sold to S. Khopkar, Bombay r/n Padma, 1931 sold to Eastern Steam Nav. Co, Bombay r/n Hashemi, 22.11.1948 capsized and sank in Bombay Harbour in cyclone.
Embleton 144911  1918  631 
Built as HMS Kildysart for Royal Navy, 1920 sold to Joplin & Hull, Newcastle r/n Embleton, 1924 purchased by Common Bros, 1926 sold to S. R. Khopkar, Bombay r/n Indira then various Bombay owners, 1939 sold to Ko Fook Iu, Hong Kong, 1940 requisitioned as minesweeper, 15.12.1941 sunk by Japanese air attack at H.K.
Waziristan (2) 148048  1924  5135 
2.1.1942 torpedoed and sunk in 74.09N 19.10E by U.134
Malistan 148050  1924  5553 
Tanker. 1937 sold to Brazilian Navy r/n Marajo, 1950 scrapped.
Selvistan 148070  1924  5136 
5.5.1943 torpedoed and sunk in 53.10N 44.40W by U.266
Kafiristan (1) 148088  1924  5193 
17.9.1939 torpedoed and sunk in 50.16N 16.55W by U.53
Newbrough (1) 148124  1925  5342 
24.12.1932 wrecked off Morant Cays, Jamaica.
Simonburn (1) 148140  1925  5213 
30.10.1940 wrecked between Rattray Head and Fraserburgh.
Laristan (3) 149446  1927  6417 
Tanker. 15.1.1942 stranded on Tiree Island, refloated and r/n Empire Gulf for MOWT, 1946 returned to owners r/n Laristan, 1949 sold to J. Jacobs & Co, Newcastle r/n Cherrywood, 1953 sold to Marcou & Sons, Costa Rica r/n Irene M, 1954 sold to Zorlu, Turkey r/n Semira, 1960 scrapped.
Holystone 149450  1927  5462 
14.2.1941 torpedoed and sunk in 54.00N 19.00W by U.101
Badjestan 149451  1928  5573 
1946 sold to Quayside Shipping, Hull r/n Ferriby, 1947 sold to F. C. Strick & Co, London r/n Camerata, 1951 sold to Laimos Bros, Panama r/n Maria, 1955 sold to Cia Maritima Somalegra, Panama r/n Somalegra, 1960 scrapped.
Kurdistan (4) 149487  1928  5844 
10.12.1941 torpedoed and sunk in 56.57N 16.36W by U.130
Goolistan 161512  1929  5851 
23.11.1942 torpedoed and sunk in 75.50N 16.45E by U.625
Pukkastan 161540  1929  5809 
7.9.1939 torpedoed and sunk in 49.23N 07.49W by U.34
Rajahstan 161541  1929  6391 
1949 sold to Franco Maresca fu Mariano, Genoa r/n Mar Terso, 1958 sold to Wheelock, Marden & Co, Panama r/n Marlena, 1960 scrapped.
Cedartree 160419  1928  1557 
Built for Howard Jones Ltd, Cardiff, 1933 sold to Crown & Sons, London, 1934 purchased by Common Bros, 1938 sold to Shamrock Shipping, London & Belfast, 1956 sold to P. Vrangos, Panama r/n Bluebell, 1957 r/n Silverbell, 1958 sold to V. Scarzia, Bari r/n Pepinella, 20.4.1958 sunk in collision with Norwegian m/v Sunoak off Ramsgate.
Hindustan (6) 165784  1940  5245 
1954 sold to Rederi A/B Atos, Helsingborg r/n Almen, 1963 sold to T. Stafilopatis, Piraeus r/n SAS, 1979 scrapped.
Newbrough (2) 165807  1941  5255 
1955 sold to Aviation Shipping, London r/n Avisbay, 1962 sold to Aegean Nav. Co, Beirut r/n Giannis, 1969 scrapped.
Daghestan (4) 165812  1941  7248 
1957 sold to Asimarfield Shipping, Liberia r/n Annefield, 1969 scrapped.
Kafiristan (2) 165816  1941  7248 
1954 sold to Aviation Shipping, London r/n Avisglen, 1961 sold to Cia de Nav. Skaithos, Beirut, r/n Noelle, 1969 sold to Camelia Shipping, Cyprus, 1972 scrapped.
Afghanistan (3) 182287  1944  10601 
Tanker. Ex-Newhall Hills, 1948 purchased from U.S. Government r/n Afghanistan, 1953 sold to Corrado Soc di Nav, Genoa r/n Giacomo Corrado, 1961 scrapped.
Baluchistan (2) 169871  1944  7210 
Ex-Samsturdy, 1947 purchased from MOWT r/n Baluchistan, 1953 sold to Buries Markes, London r/n La Loma, 1958 sold to Zoodochos Cia Nav, Puerto Limon r/n Angelic Force, 1958 transferred to Greek registry r/n Dynamis, 1966 scrapped.
Kurdistan (5) 169222  1950  8322 
Tanker. 1961 sold to Nav. Maritime Bulgare, Varna r/n Arda, 1977 scrapped.
Waziristan (3) 181149  1950  9115 
Tanker. 1956 sold to D/S A/S Theologos, Haugesund r/n Erling Rogenaes, 1958 sold to Skips A/S Hidlefjord & Byfjord, Stavanger r/n Korsfjord, 1962 scrapped.
Laristan (4) 169237  1952  12446 
Tanker. 1963 sold to Andros Nav.Co, Newcastle r/n Alor Star, 1966 sold to Thassos Maritime, Liberia r/n Thassos Island, 1970 r/n Mentor, 1971 sold to Marean Shipping, Liberia r/n Marean, 1972 scrapped.
Afghanistan (4) 186870  1957  11188 
Ore Carrier. 1972 sold to Cia de Nav. Levantino, Panama r/n Levantino, 1981 sold to Hesperides Shipping, Panama r/n Paxo, 1986 scrapped.
Hindustan (7) 186871  1958  9104 
1968 sold to Valerosa Cia Nav, Piraeus r/n San John, 1973 sold to Renata Cia Maritima, Piraeus r/n Agios Nectarios, 1984 scrapped.
Daghestan (5) 186909  1960  11204 
Ore Carrier. 1976 sold to Sealand Carriers, Singapore r/n Lovinda, 1981 sold to Mergui Shipping, Singapore r/n Mercury, 10.6.1982 on fire at 35.00N 28.50E, 1987 scrapped.
Otterburn 186926  1958  9410 
Ex-Continental Carrier, 1962 purchased from United SS Co, Liberia r/n Otterburn, 1966 sold to United SS Co, Liberia r/n Continental Merchant, 1969 sold to SantosCia de Inversiones, Andros r/n Dimitra, 1973 sold to Yick Fung Shiping, Somalia r/n Mirtoan Sea, 1975 sold to China Ocean Shipping, Tianjin r/n Guang Ping, 1983 to Chinese Gov?t r/n Hong Qi 104, 1993 deleted from registers.
Woodburn (1) 186931  1958  9407 
Ex-Continental Trader, 1962 purchased from United SS Co, Liberia r/n Woodburn, 1966 sold to United SS Co r/n Continental Shipper, 1968 sold to Achille Lauro,Naples r/n Pegaso, 1979 sold to WI P. Srl di Nav, Naples r/n Sonia M.G, 1980 sold to Universal SS Ltd, Panama r/n Unistar, 1982 scrapped.
Simonburn (2)   1965  21379 
Bulk Carrier. 1972 sold to Ormos Cia. Nav, Greece r/n Prodromos, 1978 sold to Dawn Maritime Corp, Panama r/n Seacalf, 1984 sold to Shenzhen Shipping, China r/n Wu Tong Shan, 2002 deleted from registers.
North Devon 186875  1958  7905 
1964 taken over with North Shipping Co, Newcastle, 1967 sold to Argos Cia Nav, Liberia r/n Armonikos, 1971 transferred to Cyprus registry, 1977 sold to Dashwood Shipping, Piraeus r/n Panagis S, 1979 scrapped after fire damage.
Laristan (5)   1965  33971 
Tanker. 1970 sold to N. Vardinoyannis, Greece r/n Pyrros V, 1971 sold to Andromedra Shipping, Greece r/n Spectra J, 1975 r/n Pyrros V, 1976 r/n Yannis V, 1976 sold to Ras Tanura Co, Saudi Arabia r/n Ras Tanura, 1990 r/n Yiannis P.V, 1992 scrapped.
Hopecrag 186935  1963  9767 
1971 sold to Franga Cia Nav, Piraeus r/n Eleni E.F, 1974 sold to Marmaonarca Nav, Piraeus r/n Lord Hastings, 1980 sold to Elit Maritima Cia, Piraeus r/n Blue Bay, 1985 scrapped.
Hopecrest 186918  1961  9919 
1969 sold to Kirno Hill Corp, Liberia r/n Selene, 1976 sold to Trygiova Shipping, Piraeus r/n Faneromeni, 1980 r/n Filothei, 23.5.1983 wrecked in 15.04N 42.08E and scrapped.
Hopepeak 186932  1963  9707 
1969 sold to Cia de Nav. Indomitus, Liberia r/n Natale, 1981 sold to Pegasus Shipping, Piraeus r/n Pegasus, 1985 scrapped.
Caribbean Enterprise   1968  1574 
Roro ship, 1975 sold to Losinjka Plovidba, Yugoslavia r/n Rapoca, 29.10.1986 wrecked in 32.27N 20.25E
Caribbean Venture   1969  1547 
Roro ship. 1975 sold to Cia Sarda di Nav, Italy r/n Golfo Paradiso, 1989 sold to Mar. Co of Lesvos, Greece r/n Agios Rafael, 2001 r/n Spirit of Fiji Islands.
Nimos   1969  4974 
Ex-Berkel, 1969 purchased from Hindustan Steam Shipping Co r/n Nimos, 1977 sold to F. Karlsson, Sweden r/n Cinderella, 1981 sold to Livestock Transport, Kuwait r/n Al-Messilah, 1990 registered in Vanuatu r/n Holstein Express, 2002 scrapped.
Caribbean Endeavour   1971  3740 
Roro ship. 1979 sold to Transeast Shipping, Greece r/n Aristefs, 1981 sold to Naviera Central, Venezuela r/n Sucre, 1985 sold to Crowley Maritime, Panama r/n Caribe Trader, 2000 sold to St. Vincent owners r/n Baby I, 2000 scrapped.
Caribbean Progress   1972  3822 
Roro ship. 1975 r/n Iranian Progress, 1976 r/n Caribbean Progress, 1979 sold to Transorient Transports, Greece r/n Aristaios, 1986 sold to Insula Nav Ltd, Cyprus r/n Valentino, rebuilt to 4,469 g.t., 2002 scrapped.
Ida Lundrigan   1972  7100 
Newsprint Carrier. 1976 chartered to Chimo Shipping, Canada r/n A.C. Crosbie, 1982 sold to Bengt Rune, Sweden r/n Barken, 1987 sold to San Caribe Shipping, Antigua r/n Baltwind, 1987 sold to Ahimark B.V, Netherlands r/n Barken, 1991 sold to Red Moon Shipping, Bahamas r/n Vigo Stone, 1993 r/n Red Stone, 2000 scrapped.
Ria Jean McMurtry   1973  7100 
Newsprint Carrier. 1976 chartered to Ellerman Line r/n City of Pretoria, 1977 r/n Simonburn, 1979 sold to Vast Shipping, Jersey r/n Gomba Challenge, 1980 sold to Challenge Shipping, Greece r/n Ocean Challenge, 1985 sold to Portline-Transportes Maritimos, Portugal r/n Fernao Gomes, 1994 sold to Michelle Mazzella, Italy r/n Fusaro, 1995 sold to Fairburn Shipping, Panama r/n Gido, 1996 sold to Kianda Ltd, Malta r/n Kianda, 1997 r/n Cem Pumper, 1999 r/n Sofia G, 2002 r/n Cem Adriatic, 2003 r/n Cem Rol, 2004 r/n Adriatic Arrow, 28.5.2010 wrecked in 30.11N 47.54E and scrapped.
City of Pretoria   1973  7100 
See Ria Jean McMurtry
Simonburn (3)   1973  7100 
See Ria Jean McMurtry
Joseph R. Smallwood   1973  19869 
Tanker. 1976 r/n Afghanistan, 1980 r/n Newburn, 1981 sold to Sea Sapphire Shipping, Greece r/n Aquarius, 1988 sold to Ascot Shipping, Malta r/n Ascot, 1991 sold to Franconia S.r.l, Italy r/n Polare, 1993 sold to Marittima Fluviale di Nav, Italy r/n Monte Chiaro, 2000 scrapped.
Afghanistan (5)   1973  19869 
See Joseph R. Smallwood
Newburn   1973  19869 
See Joseph R. Smallwood
Frank D. Moores   1973  19869 
Tanker. 1976 r/n Kurdistan, 1979 r/n Simonburn, 1982 sold to Ching Tankers. Liberia r/n Aura Bravery, 1986 sold to Seaveil Shipping, Cyprus r/n Seabravery, 2000 scrapped.
Kurdistan (6)   1973  19869 
See Frank D. Moores
Simonburn (4)   1973  19869 
See Frank D. Moores
Woodburn (2)   1964  34794 
Tanker. Built as Beau for Bjornstad & Co, 1973 sold to Tschudi & Eitzen, Norway r/n Sibeau, 1973 sold to Rodocanachi Leasing, London r/n Halcyon Loch, 1974 chartered by Common Bros r/n Woodburn, 1979 sold to Mermaid Cia Mar., Greece r/n Yeota E, 1981 sold to Porcelain Co, Greece r/n Yeo, 1983sold to Silentsea Shipping, Greece r/n Stefania A, 1984 sold to Candia Shipping, Greece r/n Stefanias, 1984 scrapped.
Strait of Canso   1975  19867 
Tanker. 1982 sold to Ching Tankers, Liberia r/n Aura Adventure, 1985 sold to Seavalley Shipping, Nicosia r/n Seaborn, 1989 sold to China r/n Xiang Hai, 2007 scrapped.
Hindustan (8)   1976  19867 
Tanker. 1978 sold to Marsden Point Tankers, New Zealand r/n Amokura, 1993 sold to Fogarty Maritime, Cyprus r/n Transporter LT, 1998 sold to Great Masters Shipping, Cyprus r/n Eastman Spirit, 2001 sold to Pamancasa Maritime, Cyprus r/n Global Spirit, 2003 r/n Global Spirit III, 2005 sold r/n Northsea, 29.5.2007 hit by lightning, burned and sank off Benin.