Counties Ship Management, London

Counties Ship Management, London

Founded in 1934 in London by Rethymnis and Kulukundis as single ship companies named after English counties, they were combined in 1937 to form Counties Ship Management Co. At the outbreak of war in 1939 the company owned six tramp steamers and had more ships built in the war years.
However, eleven ships were lost to enemy action and in 1945 only four ships were handed back by the MOWT. Compensation money allowed fourteen wartime built ships to be purchased and by 1950 the company owned eighteen deep sea tramps.

In the 1960s the number of ships owned was gradually reduced and the last few were scrapped in 1968 and the company wound up when the London & Overseas Freighters Ltd had been formed to operate modern cargo and bulk carriers.

 

Counties Ship Management, Fleet List

 

SHIP NAME O.N IMO BUILT G.T
Bury Hill  139622    1917  5879 
Built as Cardigan for Jenkins Bros, Cardiff, 1920 sold to H. Renny, Dundee, 1923 sold to Brown, Jenkinson & Co, London r/n Pensylvanie, 1926 sold to French Line, Havre, 1934 sold to Counties Ship Management, London r/n Bury Hill, 7.12.1936 wrecked Cape Verde.
Box Hill  144931    1920  5677 
Ex-Glentworth, 1934 purchased from R. S. Dalgliesh, Newcastle r/n Box Hill, 31.12.1939 mined and sunk in 53.32N 00.24E
Hampton Hill  141917    1919  6701 
Ex-Comeric, 1936 purchased from Bank Line r/n Hampton Hill, 1937 sold to Kulukundis & Pateras, Piraeus r/n Mount Kyllene, 9.4.1938 broke in two and abandoned in 43.30N 28.00W
Dover Hill  141878    1918  5815 
Ex-Clan Macvicar, 1936 purchased from Clan Line r/n Dover Hill, 4.4.1943 damaged by bombs in Kola Inlet, Russia and handed to MOWT, 9.6.1944 scuttled at Normandy as part of Gooseberry Harbour.
Richmond Hill  135958    1914  5525 
Ex-Great City, 1936 purchased from Reardon Smith, Bideford r/n Richmond Hill, 1937 sold to Adamos SS Co, Piraeus r/n Adamastos, 1937 sold to W. Kunstmann, Stettin r/n Dora Fritzen, 6.1.1945 torpedoed and sunk in Stavfjord, Norway by British torpedo boats.
Mill Hill  161390    1930  4318 
Built as Gracechurch for J. Muers & Co, London, 1933 sold to B. J.. Sutherland, Newcastle r/n Peebles, 1936 purchased r/n Mill Hill, 30.8.1940 torpedoed and sunk in 58.48N 06.49W by U.32
Leith Hill  161569    1929  4251 
Built as Penybryn for Skibs A/S Viking, Farsund, 1932 sold to B. J. Sutherland, Newcastle r/n Fife, 1936 purchased r/n Leith Hill, 1937 sold to Atlanticos SS Co, Piraeus r/n Mount Aetna, 1952 sold to E. Frangos, Chios r/n Euphrates, 1954 sold to Livanos, Monrovia r/n Nevada, 1959 scrapped.
Craggan Hill  140576    1918  3566 
Ex-Wulsty Castle, 1936 purchased from Chambers & Co, Liverpool r/n Craggan Hill, 1937 sold to Cie France-Navigation, Dieppe r/n Bonifacio, 1942 seized by Germans and handed to Italy r/n Campo Basso,, 3.5.1943 shelled and sunk off Kelibia by HMS Nubian, Paladin and Petard.
Pentridge Hill  137842    1917  5119 
Built as Glennevis for J. Gardiner, Glasgow, 1917 sold to Furness Withy & Co, 1922 r/n African Prince, 1936 purchased r/n Pentridge Hill, 1939 requisitioned by MOWT r/n Botlea, 1939 passed to Royal Navy as decoy ship, then Armed Merchant Cruiser r/n Lambridge, 1941 returned to MOWT r/n Botlea, 30.12.1945 scuttled in 55.30N 11.00W with surplus gas ammunition.
Tower Field  161579    1935  4241 
Ex-Roxburgh, 1937 purchased from B. J. Sutherland, Newcastle r/n Tower Field, 19.10.1941 aground off Workington, repaired and handed to MOWT r/n Empire Tower, 5.3.1943 torpedoed and sunk in 43.50N 14.46W by U.130
Argos Hill  150465    1922  7178 
Ex-Canadian Constructor, 1939 purchased from MANZ Line, Halifax r/n Argos Hill, 1947 scrapped after fire damage on 7.8.1945.
Brockley Hill  142712    1919  5287 
Built as Burgundier for Lloyd Royal Belge, London, 1923 registered Antwerp, 1926 sold to Buenos Ayres Great Southern Railway, London r/n Azul, 1935 sold to Kaye, Son & Co, London, 1936 sold to Georgian S.N. Co, London r/n David Dawson, 1937 sold to Coulouthros & Embiricos, Andros r/n Penteli, 1939 purchased r/n Brockley Hill, 24.6.1941 torpedoed and sunk in 58.30N 38.20W by U.651
Putney Hill  167587    1940  5216 
26.6.1942 torpedoed and sunk in 24.20N 63.16W by U.203
Lulworth Hill  167631    1940  7628 
19.3.1943 torpedoed and sunk in 10.10S 01.00E by Italian submarine Leonardo da Vinci.
Kingston Hill  168045    1940  7628 
22.2.1941 damaged by air attack in 59.44N 12.33W, repaired and passed to MOWT, 7.6.1941 torpedoed and sunk in 09.35N 29.40W by U.38
Tower Grange  167617    1940  5226 
18.11.1942 torpedoed and sunk in 06.20N 49.10W by U.154
Richmond Hill (2)  168042    1940  7579 
1949 transferred to London & Overseas Freighters, 1950 r/n London Craftsman, 1951 sold to S.A. Importazione Carboni, Savona r/n Italgloria, 1951 r/n Fiducia, 1960 sold to Cia de Nav. Almirante, Panama r/n Searaven, 1966 scrapped.
Primrose Hill  168608    1941  7628 
29.10.1942 torpedoed and sunk in 18.58N 28.40W by UD-5
Marietta E  167596    1940  7628 
4.3.1943 torpedoed and sunk in 31.49S 31.11E by U.160
Michael E  168165    1941  7628 
2.6.1941 torpedoed and sunk in 48.50N 29.00W by U.108
Pentridge Hill (2)  168058    1941  7579 
1950 r/n London Dealer, 1951 transferred to Soc. Transoceanica Canopus, Monrovia r/n Centaurus, 1960 transferred to Piraeus registry, 1961 sold to Cia Nav. Adriatica, Beirut r/n Najla, 1965 scrapped.
Coombe Hill  168322    1942  7268 
1949 transferred to London & Overseas Freighters, 1950 r/n London Artisan, 1953 sold to Great Eastern Shipping, Bombay r/n Jag Laadki, 1965 sold to Calafatis & Co, Monrovia r/n Vyzas, 1968 scrapped.
Tower Hill  168358    1942  7268 
1949 transferred to London & Overseas Freighters, 1950 r/n London Banker, 1953 sold to Aviation & Shipping Co, London r/n Avisbank, 1959 sold to Wallem & Co, Hong Kong r/n Southern Venture, 1966 sold to Bianca Carriers, Panama, 1970 scrapped.
Dover Hill (2)  180154    1945  7290 
Ex-Empire Nairobi, 1946 purchased from MOWT r/n Dover Hill, 1951 sold to Cia Naviera Castellana, Panama r/n Basil, 1954 sold to John Cory & Sons, Cardiff r/n Ravenshoe, 1960 sold to Plate Shipping, Piraeus r/n Plate Shipper, 1961 sold Turkey r/n Umran, 1966 r/n Tan 2, 1968 scrapped.
Tower Grange (2)  169191    1945  7068 
Ex-Empire Morley, 1947 purchased from MOWT r/n Tower Grange, 1949 transferred to London & Overseas Freighters, 1950 r/n London Trader, 1950 sold to Cia Maritima Azores, Monrovia r/n Nico, 1969 scrapped.
Akri Hill  148494    1924  4359 
Ex-Westmoor, 1947 purchased from W. Runciman & Co, London r/n Akri Hill, 1950 sold to Montanari, Rimini r/n Montegiove, 1951 sold to W. Schuchmann, Bremen r/n Westsee, 1958 scrapped.
Brockley Hill (2)  169187    1944  7082 
Ex-Empire Asquith, 1947 purchased from MOWT r/n Brockley Hill, 1951 sold to Crest Shipping, London r/n Starcrest, 1956 sold to Codemar Cia de Empresas Maritimas, Monrovia r/n Argosy, 1959 sold Turkey r/n Nezihi Ipar, 1970 scrapped.
Lulworth Hill (2)  169181    1944  7078 
Ex-Empire Mandarin, 1947 purchased from MOWT r/n Lulworth Hill, 1949 transferred to London & Overseas Freighters r/n Castle Hill, 1950 r/n London Builder, 1950 sold to C. Embiricos, Panama r/n Silver Wake, 1954 sold to S. G. Embiricos, London r/n Navarino, 1955 sold to J. Billmeir, London r/n Stanthorpe, 1960 sold to Mullion & Co, Hong Kong r/n Ardbrae, 1966 scrapped.
Charmouth Hill  168958    1943  6045 
Ex-Empire Peak, 1947 purchased from MOWT r/n Charmouth Hill, 1949 transferred to London & Overseas Freighters, 1950 r/n London Mariner, 1951 sold to Grimaldi, Naples r/n Leone, 1960 sold to Aldebaran Cia di Nav, Palermo, 1964 sold to Vinti Freighters, Famagusta r/n Marianella, 1969 scrapped.
Crowborough Hill  180170    1945  7320 
Ex-Empire Tobago, 1947 purchased from MOWT r/n Crowborough Hill, 1951 sold to Crawford & Co, Glasgow r/n Gryfevale, 1955 sold to Sterling Shipping, London r/n Sterling Valour, 1958 sold to Fratelli Bozzo di Giuseppe, Genoa r/n Madda Primo, 1958 r/n Madda Bozzo, 1963 sold to Seastar Shipping, Somalia r/n Kriss, 1968 scrapped.
Primrose Hill (2)  169677    1943  7219 
Ex-Samflora, 1947 purchased from MOWT r/n Primrose Hill, 1949 transferred to London & Overseas Freighters Ltd, London, 1950 r/n London Vendor, 1952 sold to Arequipa Cia Nav, Panama r/n Cabanos, 1963 sold to P. Papadimitrou, Panama r/n Thebean, 1964 transferred to Greek registry, 1968 scrapped.
Mill Hill (2)  169851    1943  7210 
Ex-Sameden, 1947 purchased from MOWT r/n Mill Hill, 1951 transferred to London & Overseas Freighters Ltd, London, 1951 sold to D. Pateras, Monrovia r/n Educator, 1961 transferred to Greek registry r/n Kanaris, 1966 sold to Active SS Co, Panama r/n Splendid Sky, 1970 scrapped after grounding.
Bisham Hill  169817    1944  7210 
Ex-Samleven, 1947 purchased from MOWT r/n Bisham Hill, 1951 transferred to London & Overseas Freighters Ltd, London, 1952 sold to Global Carriers, Monrovia r/n Nausica, 1956 sold to Panormitana Navi, Palermo r/n Praglia, 1960 sold to Franco Shipping, Beirut r/n Vassiliki, 1967 transferred to Famagusta registry, 31.3.1970 wrecked in 22.49N 73.08W
Stamford Hill  169863    1944  7210 
Ex-Samneagh, 1947 purchased from MOWT r/n Stamford Hill, 1951 sold to Georgopoulos, Panama r/n Rio Mar, 1959 sold to Effie Carella, Durban r/n President Boshof, 1961 sold to Kyanos SS Co, Piraeus r/n Rio Mar, 1965 sold to Aegis Shipping, Monrovia r/n Amon, 1965 transferred to Famagusta registry, 1968 scrapped.
Barn Hill  169836    1944  7210 
Ex-Samlossie, 1947 purchased from MOWT r/n Barn Hill, 1951 sold to Porto Alegre Cia Nav, Monrovia r/n Porto Alegre, 1954 sold to Kassos S.N. Co, Syra r/n Stavros, 1972 sold to Zarakes Cia Nav, Syra r/n Yucatan, 1974 sold to Expomat, Buenos Aires r/n Meri Primero, 1977 scrapped.
Porlock Hill  169823    1944  7219 
Built as Samchess for MOWT, 1947 sold to Moller Line, London r/n Alpha Mooi, 1948 purchased r/n Porlock Hill, 21.12.1951 wrecked off Famagusta and broke in two.
Argos Hill (2)  168743    1942  7076 
Ex-Empire Torrent, 1948 purchased from MOWT r/n Argos Hill, 1951 sold to Dunlop & Sons, Glasgoww r/n Queen Maud, 1954 sold to Nueva Valencia Cia Nav, Panama r/n Scotia, 1959 re-registered Andros r/n Skotia, 1962 scrapped.
Putney Hill (2)  168757    1942  7025 
Ex-Empire Celia, 1947 purchased from MOWT r/n Putney Hill, 1949 transferred to London & Overseas Freighters r/n Forest Hill, 1950 r/n London Statesman, 1951 sold to Wheelock, Marden & Co, Panama r/n Morella, 1951 sold to Polish Ocean Line, Gdynia r/n Jednosc, 1963 scrapped.
Beech Hill  169726    1943  7150 
Ex-Empire Richelieu, 1950 purchased from MOWT r/n Beech Hill, 1964 sold to Marvaliente Cia Nav, Piraeus r/n Alkon, 1966 sold to Alkon Shipping, Famagusta, 1967 scrapped.
Cedar Hill  175582    1944  7142 
Ex-Dentonia Park, 1950 purchased from MOWT r/n Cedar Hill, 1966 scrapped.
Elm Hill  169714    1943  7138 
Ex-Fort La Prairie, 1950 purchased from MOWT r/n Elm Hill, 1967 scrapped.
Fir Hill  175376    1944  7139 
Ex-Whiteshell Park, 1950 purchased from MOWT r/n Fir Hill, 1964 sold to International SS Co, London r/n Universal Trader, 1968 scrapped after stranding damage.
Maple Hill  168457    1943  7128 
Ex-Fort Vercheres, 1950 purchased from MOWT r/n Maple Hill, 1966 sold to Diopside SS Co, Panama r/n Diopside, 1969 r/n Entan, 1970 scrapped.
Mulberry Hill  169758    1944  7141 
Ex-Fort Brunswick, 1950 purchased from MOWT r/n Mulberry Hill, 1966 scrapped.
Oak Hill  169707    1943  7152 
Ex-Fort Michipicoten, 1950 purchased from MOWT r/n Oak Hill, 1964 sold to Maropimo Cia Nav, Piraeus r/n Agenor, 1966 sold to Agenor Shipping, Famagusta, 1969 scrapped.
Pine Hill  169718    1943  7138 
Ex-Fort Henley, 1950 purchased from MOWT r/n Pine Hill, 1964 sold to Tsavliris Ltd, London r/n Newmoat, 1969 scrapped.
Poplar Hill  175388    1944  7139 
Ex-Rosedale Park, 1950 purchased from MOWT r/n Poplar Hill, 1960 sold to Dah Lien Shipping, Hong Kong r/n Shienfoon, 1968 scrapped.
Sycamore Hill  175382    1944  7138 
Ex-Rondeau Park, 1950 purchased from MOWT r/n Sycamore Hill, 1966 scrapped.
Harrow Hill  169649    1943  7149 
Built as Fort Lennox for MOWT, 1948 sold to Vancouver Oriental Line, Montreal r/n Caribou County, 1950 purchased r/n Harrow Hill, 1960 sold to Empresa Nav La Libertad, Panama r/n Silver Peak, 12.4.1967 wrecked in 25.44N 123.30E.
Sudbury Hill  169594    1943  7140 
Built as Fort St. Regis for MOWT, 1948 sold to Vanvouver Oriental Line, Vancouver r/n Yale County, 1950 purchased r/n Sudbury Hill, 1967 scrapped.
Alendi Hill  169966    1944  7151 
Ex-Fort Nottingham, 1950 purchased from MOWT r/n Alendi Hill, 1960 sold to Wallem & Co, Hong Kong r/n Ho Fung, 1964 sold to Yick Fung Shipping, Hong Kong, 1974 scrapped.
Woldingham Hill  174161    1943  7135 
Ex-High Park, 1950 purchased from MOWT r/n Woldingham Hill, 1967 scrapped.
Wynchwood Hill  174809    1943  7147 
Ex-Rocky Mountains Park, 1950 purchased from MOWT r/n Wynchwood Hill, 1969 scrapped.
Muswell Hill  168498    1943  7131 
Built as Fort Wellington for MOWT, 1949 sold to Acadia Overseas Freighters, Halifax, N.S r/n Haligonian Queen, 1950 purchased r/n Muswell Hill, 1967 scrapped.
Notting Hill  169558    1943  7128 
Built as Fort Capot River for MOWT, 1948 sold to Acadia Overseas Freighters, Halifax, N.S. r/n Haligonian Duke, 1950 purchased r/n Notting Hill, 1957 sold to Transcontinental Oil Transp, Monrovia r/n Cepheus, 1960 sold to International Marine Transp, Panama r/n Brisa Feliz, 1964 sold to Panamerican Pacific Corp, Panama r/n Zakia, 22.11.1964 sank in 36.48N 08.48W after collision with Greek s/s Hyperion.
Tulse Hill  169697    1943  7130 
Built as Fort Moose for MOWT, 1948 sold to Acadia Overseas Freighters, Halifax, N.S. r/n Haligonian Prince, 1950 purchased r/n Tulse Hill, 1966 sold to Argo Hellas Shipping, Piraeus r/n Astronaftis, 1968 sold to Republic of Cuba r/n Carlos Manuel de Cespedes, 1977 scrapped.
Denmark Hill  169934    1944  7150 
Built as Fort Mattagami for MOWT, 1948 sold to Acadia Overseas Freighters, Halifax, N.S. r/n Haligonian Princess, 1950 purchased r/n Denmark Hill, 1968 scrapped.
Malden Hill  174799    1943  7145 
Built as Stanley Park for MOWT, 1948 sold to Acadia Overseas Freighters, Halifax, N.S. r/n Haligonian Duchess, 1950 purchased r/n Malden Hill, 1964 sold to Tsavliris Ltd, London r/n Newmoor, 1967 transferred to Kantara Shipping, Famagusta, 1969 scrapped.
Streatham Hill  168468    1943  7130 
Built as Fort Mingan for MOWT, 1948 sold to Acadia Overseas Freighters, Halifax, N.S. r/n Haligonian King, 1950 purchased r/n Streatham Hill, 1966 scrapped.
Marina Hill  168466    1943  7133 
Ex-Fort Connolly, 1950 purchased from MOWT r/n Marina Hill, 1957 sold to Portofino Cia Nav, Monrovia r/n Fotoulia, 1960 transferred to Greek registry, 1961 sold to Wheelock, Marden & Co, Panama r/n Alison, 1963 sold to Alexandra Nav Corp, Panama, 1966 scrapped.
Wembley Hill  169729    1943  7150 
Built as Fort Pic for MOWT, 1948 sold to Acadia Overseas Freighters, Halifax, N.S. r/n Haligonian Baron, 1950 purchased r/n Wembley Hill, 1957 sold to Transcontinental Oil Transp, Co, Monrovia r/n Cassiopeia, 1960 sold to Transoceanic Finance, Piraeus, 1961 sold to Wallem & Co, Hong Kong r/n Shaukiwan, 1965 sold to Keh Kok Sa, Monrovia r/n Asia Enterprise, 1967 scrapped.
East Hill  169569    1943  7127 
Ex-Fort Sturgeon, 1950 purchased from MOWT r/n East Hill, 1957 sold to Nestor Cia Nav, Monrovia r/n Rio Alto, 1965 sold to Aegis Shipping, Famagusta r/n Aktor, 1.6.1966 sank in bad weather in 19.21N 124.13W
West Hill  169885    1943  7150 
Ex-Fort Musquarro, 1950 purchased from MOWT r/n West Hill, 1957 sold to Nestor Cia Nav, Monrovia r/n Rio Doro, 1960 sold to Monteleones Cia Nav, Piraeus, 1963 scrapped.
Haverton Hill  175571    1944  7151 
Ex-Kawartha Park, 1950 purchased from MOWT r/n Haverton Hill, 1955 sold to Papachristidis Co, Montreal r/n Grande Hermine, 1960 r/n Canuk Trader, 1963 transferred to Nassau registry, 1965 sold to Doreen SS Co, Monrovia r/n Eliza, 1968 scrapped.
Akti Hill  169918    1944  7151 
Ex-Fort La Cloche, 1950 purchased from MOWT r/n Akti Hill, 1958 sold to Merida Cia Nav, Monrovia r/n Cape Drepanon, 1961 transferred to Piraeus registry, 1961 scrapped after grounding in Long Island Sound.
Fry Hill  168448    1943  7128 
Ex-Fort Cadotte, 1950 purchased from MOWT r/n Fry Hill, 1957 sold to Portofino Cia Nav, Monrovia r/n Akti, 1960 transferred to Greek registry, 1961 sold to Frangistas & Athanasiou, Syra r/n Gloria, 1964 sold to Olistim Nav Co, Syra r/n Helen, 1967 scrapped.
Winter Hill  173269    1943  7136 
Ex-Laurentide Park, 1950 purchased from MOWT r/n Winter Hill, 1956 sold to Papachristidis Co, Montreal r/n Petite Hermine, 1960 r/n Canuk Port, 1961 sold to Frangistas & Manessis, Piraeus r/n Pantanassa, 1967 scrapped.
Bembridge Hill  175385    1944  7138 
Ex-Hillcrest Park, 1950 purchased from MOWT r/n Bembridge Hill, 1957 sold to Marproeza Cia Nav, Monrovia r/n Elimarie, 1965 sold to Taiwan Maritime Transp. Co, Keelung r/n Tai Fong, 1968 scrapped.
Amersham Hill  174800    1943  7134 
Ex-Rideau Park, 1950 purchased from MOWT r/n Amersham Hill, 1961 sold to Coulouthros Ltd, Liberia r/n Petalon, 1965 sold to G. Daniolos, Liberia r/n Alcibiades, 1967 transferred to Greek registry, 1968 scrapped.
Andover Hill  168492    1943  7136 
Ex-Fort Coulonge, 1950 purchased from MOWT r/n Andover Hill, 1961 sold to Coulouthros Ltd, Liberia r/n Louria, 1964 sold to Steering Line, Monrovia r/n Surabaja Steer, 1965 sold to Treasure Maritime Co, Monrovia r/n Beryl, 1970 scrapped.
Mavis Hill  169709    1943  7151 
Ex-Fort St. Joseph, 1950 purchased from MOWT r/n Mavis Hill, 1953 scrapped after stranding near Cape Guardafui.

Ted Finch 26/10/2011