Drake Shipping Co / Lykiardopulo & Co, London

Drake Shipping Co / Lykiardopulo & Co, London

The Greek shipowner Nicolaos Lykiardopulo set up a British flagged subsidiary company in 1912 and named it London & Piraeus SS Co. He purchased the Gwent in 1915 and renamed her Saint Dimitrios but this ship was transferred to Greek registry in 1921. In 1936 Lykiardopulo set up the Drake Shipping Co in London with the purchase of a second hand tramp steamer and bought others during and after the war. Four new ships were purchased in the 1950s but these were either transferred to Greek registry or sold in the 1960s and the British registered Drake Shipping Co became defunct.

 

Drake Shipping Co, Fleet List

SHIP NAME O.N IMO BUILT G.T
Saint Dimitrios 114770    1901  3344 
Built as Evangeline for Anglo-Grecian SS Co, London, 1909 sold to E. Thomas Radcliffe & Co, London r/n Gwent, 1915 purchased by London & Piraeus SS Co (Lykiardopulo & Co), London r/n Saint Dimitrios, 20.3.1918 torpedoed and sunk 50 miles from Port Said by U.33
Mount Athos  142267    1919  5173 
Ex-Leapark, 1919 purchased from J & J. Denholm Ltd, Greenock r/n Mount Athos, 1921 transferred to Greek registry r/n Anna, 1953 sold to Cephalonian Maritime Co, Piraeus, 1954 sold to Cia de Vapores Lounidi, Costa Rica r/n Capetan Dimitris, 1959 scrapped.
Merchant Royal (1)  147796    1928  5008 
Ex-Goodwood, 1936 purchased from J. Constantine,, Middlesbrough r/n Merchant Royal, 3.7.1946 sank in tow off Portland Bill after collision with s/s William B. Travis.
Merchant Prince  167333    1939  5229 
1963 scrapped.
Merchant Royal (2)  168834    1942  7174 
Ex-Ocean Trader, 1947 purchased from MOWT r/n Merchant Royal, 1951 transferred to Panama registry r/n Oceana, 1960 transferred to Greek registry r/n Okeanis, 1966 sold to Salinamar, Panama (Cosulich, Trieste) r/n Fides, 1968 transferred to Marsalina Shipping, Famagusta (Cosulich, Trieste) r/n Defis, 1969 scrapped.
Merchant Knight (1)  160775    1935  4824 
Ex-Boltonhall, 1948 purchased from West Hartlepool S.N. Co r/n Merchant Knight, 1951 sold to Rickmers Line, Hamburg r/n Mai Rickmers, 1962 scrapped.
Merchant Duke  184407  5232402  1951  5891 
1964 sold to Trafalgar SS Co, London r/n Newheath, 1971 sold to Claire Shipping, Famagusta r/n New Heath, 1972 scrapped.
Merchant Knight (2)  184704  5428257  1952  10166 
Tanker. 1963 sold to Hong Kong Tankers & Traders Ltd, Sydney r/n Millers Canopus, 1966 sold to Luzon Stevedoring Corp, Manila r/n LSCO Vung Tau, 1974 scrapped.
Merchant Baron  185933  5405310  1957  12102 
Tanker. 1963 sold to Cia Nav Gapraja, Liberia r/n Ianthe, 1973 sold to Sudatlantica Armadora, Piraeus r/n European River, 1975 sold to Varnima Corp, Piraeus r/n Theodorus V. 1975 sold to Mazen Pharaon, Jeddah r/n Al-Dammam, 29.6.1976 on fire at Agioi Theodoroi, 1979 scrapped.
Merchant Royal (3)  187525  5232438  1957  9722 
1963 sold to Parida Cia Nav, Piraeus r/n Dione, 1975 r/n Vitacalm, 1976 sold to Vitacalm SA, Piraeus, 1978 sold to Pioneer Maritime, Singapore r/n Eastern Legend, 1983 scrapped.

Ted Finch 05-09-2012