Dene Steam Shipping Co, John T. Lunn & Co, Newcastle.

Dene Steam Shipping Co

John T. Lunn formed the company in 1890 with a second hand ship and the following year placed orders for three new tramp steamers. By 1898 the company owned nine tramps and then began a policy of purchasing second hand ships to reduce the age of its fleet. John Lunn continued to trade in a poor market but by the outbreak of the Great War only owned three ships. Two of these were lost to enemy action and the third was sold in 1917. John Lunn retired from business in 1919.

 

Dene Steam Shipping Co, Fleet List

 

SHIP NAME O.N IMO BUILT G.T
Oakdene  87374    1884  1594 
1890 purchased from Bulman & Dixon, Sunderland, 2.3.1895 wrecked at Assateague, Virginia.
Aloedene  97946    1890  2411 
1899 sold to Angfartygs A/B Heros, Gavle, Sweden r/n Heros, 31.10.1916 wrecked Harnon Island, Gulf of Bothnia.
Beechdene  97951    1890  2508 
1899 sold to Garteiz & Mendialdua, Bilbao r/n Olazarri, 8.9.1916 captured and sunk 20 miles SE of Ushant by U.39.
Ferndene  97961    1891  2537 
1898 sold to Shillito SS Co, Cardiff r/n Shillito, 29.11.1899 wrecked on Jaederen.
Myrtledene  101810    1892  3024 
1898 sold to L. Hansen, Bergen r/n Songa, 1919 sold to J. Jespersen, Tonsberg r/n Morgana, 12.11.1920 wrecked south of Bodo.
Oakdene  80420    1878  2083 
Ex-Clan Fraser, 1899 purchased from Clan Line r/n Oakdene, 1900 sold to Tagliavia & Flli, Palermo r/n Giacomo T, 1902 r/n Primavera, 28.10.1902 wrecked on The Burlings, Portugal.
Hazeldene  83909    1881  2204 
Ex-Bracadaile, 1894 purchased from J. Temperley, Newcastle r/n Hazeldene, 1898 sold to Musgrave & Co, Newcastle, 1899 sold to I. Crocker, Cardiff, 26.12.1906 wrecked at Cloghey, Co. Down.
Willowdene  87895    1883  2491 
Ex-Albany, 1895 purchased from D. McIver, Liverpool r/n Willowdene, 1900 sold to G. Monsen, Stavanger r/n Verdande, 1906 sold to Japan r/n Kanton Maru, 1908 r/n Canton Maru, 1934 scrapped.
Briardene  85914    1882  2629 
Ex-Clan MacDonald, 1897 purchased from Clan Line r/n Briardene, 1898 sold to Briardene SS Co, Newcastle, 1900 sold to Dickie, Newcastle, 1916 sold to Overseas Shipping, Halifax. N.S. 1.12.1916 captured and scuttled off Bishop Rock by UB.29 or UC.19.
Olivedene  82745    1881  2060 
Built as Muriel for Ritchie & Co, Dundee, 1881 sold to Clan Line r/n Clan Murray, 1897 purchased by Lunn r/n Olivedene, 1900 sold to Lim Ching Tsong, Rangoon r/n Seang Leong, 25.7.1902 sailed from Singapore for Amoy and went missing.
Ivydene  91269    1885  2821 
Ex-Dragoman, 1897 purchased from Bedouin S.N.Co r/n Ivydene, 2.1.1901 wrecked in La Manche River, Newfoundland.
Cedardene  85879    1881  2108 
Ex-Clan Monroe, 1897 purchased from Clan Line r/n Cedardene, 1899 sold to Westcott & Laurance, Newcastle, 24.2.1903 wrecked at North Arzila.
Palmdene  98941    1891  2363 
Ex-Moorgate, 1898 purchased from H. Dillon, London r/n Palmdene, 1899 sold to Rederi A/B Lulea-Ofoten, Stockholm r/n Johan, 27.10.1905 sunk in collision with Russian schooner Antares east of Blyth.
Laureldene  106633    1898  3522 
1900 sold to Cosulich, Trieste r/n Ludovica, 1906 sold to Unione Austriaca, Trieste, 1920 transferred to Italian registry, 2.2.1927 wrecked off Punta del Este (34.58S 54.57W), refloated and 1930 sold to Massone & Faridone, Genoa r/n Montevideo, 1934 scrapped.
Heathdene  106644    1898  3542 
1898 sold to Forest Oak SS Co, Newcastle r/n Forest Dale, 1910 sold to Furness, Withy, Newcastle r/n Cleveland Range, 1913 sold to Fratelli Gavarone, Genoa r/n Giuseppe G, 24.7.1918 exploded and sank off Cape Polonio.
Myrtledene  98054    1890  2602 
Ex-Harewood, 1898 purchased from L. Wright & Co, London r/n Myrtledene, 1911 sold to Northumbrian Shippinng, Newcastle, 25.3.1912 wrecked near Portland Bill.
Elmdene  78650    1878  2080 
Ex-Clan Alpine, 1899 purchased from Clan Line r/n Elmdene, 1903 sold to Saporta & Naar, Livorno r/n Ida, 1908 sold to M. Vassilakis, Piraeus r/n Simopoulos, 1909 scrapped.
Heathdene  98054    1894  3203 
Ex-Strathcarron, 1899 purchased from Burrell & Son, Glasgow r/n Heathdene, 1910 sold to P. Fisker, Copenhagen r/n Granaria, 1910 solld to C. Hansen, Copenhagen r/n Esrom, 1915 sold to American Transatlantic Co, New York r/n Island, 31.10.1915 arrested by Royal Navy r/n Esrom, 1916 sold to O. Eskildsen, Copenhagen r/n Island, 2.12.1916 captured by German Navy, 1922 sold to E. Retzlaff, Stettin r/n Fasolt, 1930 scrapped.
Ferndene  110342    1899  3752 
24.4.1917 torpedoed and sunk 150 miles West of Bishop Rock by U.53
Willowdene  110368    1901  4176 
1904 sold to Nippon Yusen KK, Tokyo r/n Colombo Maru, 24.3.1918 abandoned on fire off Goto Islands.
Ivydene  114405    1901  3541 
1917 sold to J. Bell & Co, Newcastle, 17.3.1918 torpedoed and sunk 36 miles NNE of Cape Bougaroni by UB.52.
Heathdene (3)  114408    1901  3541 
7.9.1916 captured and scuttled in 49.30N 05.30W by UB.39.

Ted Finch 13-10-2012