Galbraith, Pembroke & Co, London

Galbraith, Pembroke & Co

The company was formed in 1877 to trade mostly to the Mediterranean. A short lived venture into tankers was attempted in 1895 but these ships were sold in 1899-1900. The tramp fleet expanded rapidly and in 1897 were registered under the ownership of Austin Friars Steamship Co. By this time the company was trading worldwide and by 1914 owned thirteen ships, but lost three during the Great War. In 1919 the fleet was sold to Houlder, Middleton & Co who traded the Austin Friars SS Co until 1921 when it went out of business. Galbraith, Pembroke & Co withdrew from ship owning during the inter war years but continued as ship brokers until 1940 when they purchased three old ships. The Basra Steam Shipping Co was formed in 1945 and operated until 1952 when it was sold to Graig Shipping Co, Cardiff. Galbraith, Pembroke & Co returned to ship broking and are still in business.

 

Galbraith, Pembroke & Co, Fleet List

 

SHIP NAME O.N BUILT G.T
Austin Friars  44555  1868  1036 
1877 transferred from Edward Pembroke, 1897 sold to J. Priestman, London, 1898 sold to Norway r/n Urd, 1900 hulked.
Marlborough  76991  1877  1635 
1896 sold to Roed McNair & Co, Tonsberg r/n Urd, 26.3.1896 sunk in collision with s/s Elk off Little Cumbrae.
Sherborne (1)  77033  1877  1645 
1895 sold to J. Priestman, London, 1896 sold to W. M. Holby, Christiania r/n Fagerheim, 26.12.1900 sailed from Troon for St. Nazaire and went missing.
Rugby (1)  79653  1878  1701 
1896 sold to Moraitis & Caloutas, Andros r/n Fanni, 1907 sold to Enterprise d?Armements et de Nav a Vap La Phoceene, Antwerp r/n Castella, 1916 sold to J. Roussos, Piraeus r/n Aghios Spyridon, 12.2.1917 torpedoed and sunk off Pendeen L.H by UC.47
Uppingham  85046  1881  2203 
23.11.1890 wrecked west of Hartland Point.
Dragonfly  87106  1883  1761 
1889 purchased from Pickford & Co, London, 10.12.1889 wrecked at Nieuwe Diep.
Harrow (1)  94394  1888  2586 
2.12.1897 wrecked at Nieuwe Diep.
Eton  98031  1890  2688 
1912 sold to Lukissos & Voyazides, Andros r/n Emden, 25.8.1912 sunk in collision with British s/s Atlantic 10 miles off Ymuiden.
Repton (1)  102838  1894  2881 
1917 transferred to Houlder, Middleton & Co, 7.5.1917 torpedoed and sunk in 35.42N 22.57E by UB.43
Rossall  104848  1895  2739 
1914 seized by Germany at Bremerhaven, 1919 returned to Houlder, Middleton & Co, 1920 sold to J. McElvie, London r/n Pinot, 1920 sold to A & C. Aboaf, London, 1923 sold to C. Ursino, Catania r/n Lucia, 1935 scrapped.
Elbruz  95480  1888  2742 
Tanker. 1895 purchased from Lane & Macandrew, London, 1900 sold to F. E. Bliss, London, 1901 sold to Anglo-American Oil Co, London r/n Ottawa, 6.2.1921 last reported by radio and went missing on voyage Norfolk to Manchester.
Kasbek  95496  1888  2736 
Tanker. 1895 purchased from Lane & Macandrew, London, 1899 sold to F. E. Bliss, London r/n Suwanee, 1900 sold to Anglo-American Oil Co, London, 1925 scrapped.
Darial  95522  1889  2767 
Tanker. 1895 purchased from Lane & Macandrew, London, 1899 sold to F. E. Bliss, London r/n Genesee, 1900 sold to Anglo-American Oil Co, London, 1924 scrapped.
Charterhouse  104892  1895  3021 
1912 sold to Preston S.N. Co, London, 23.9.1916 captured and scuttled 26 miles E x S of Formentera by U.35.
Radley  105820  1896  3100 
1915 sold to Alexander & Mair, Glasgow r/n Palmgrove, 22.8.1915 shelled and sunk in 49.52N 07.40W by U.38.
Rugby (2)  108195  1897  3286 
1914 sold to E. Hadjilias, Syra r/n Aspasia, 1917 sold to Otto Bergman, Bergen r/n Lorna, 7.8.1918 torpedoed and sunk 300 miles west of Ushant by U.62
Shrewsbury  110017  1898  3223 
17.11.1904 wrecked at Bombay.
Winchester  110156  1899  3237 
1913 sold to Palios & Cambourides, Piraeus r/n Aliki, 29.1.1914 wrecked near Merbat, Arabia.
Cheltenham  112817  1901  3741 
2.7.1904 captured by Russian warships in 35.05N 131.50E r/n Tobol, converted to submarine depot ship, 1916 transferred to Russian Volunteer Fleet Association, 11.9.1917 torpedoed and sunk 70 miles ESE of Duncansby Head by U.52
Tonbridge  114691  1901  2900 
1919 sold to N. Mjalde, Haugesund r/n Veni, 1928 sold to P. Pedersen, Stavanger, 11.1.1948 wrecked on Islay.
Glenalmond  114855  1902  2888 
9.4.1916 torpedoed and sunk 27 miles north of Ushant by U.66
Haileybury  114833  1902  2888 
1916 sold to W. Thomas & Sons. London, 22.2.1918 torpedoed and sunk 15 miles SE x E from The Maidens by U.91
Sowwell  112727  1900  3771 
Built as Kenley for Houlder, Middleton & Co, London, 1913 sold to Roth Bros, London r/n Sowwell, 1915 purchased by Galbraith, Pembroke & Co, 19.4.1917 torpedoed and sunk 170 miles W x S of Gibraltar by U.35
Marlene (1)  144671  1920  8442 
Built as Highland Warrior for Nelson Line, London, 1933 transferred to Royal Mail Lines, London r/n Nogoya, 1936 sold to Kaye, Son & Co, London r/n Marlene, 1940 purchased by Galbraith, Pembroke, 4.4.1941 torpedoed and sunk in 08.15N 14.19W by U.124.
Lornaston  148881  1925  4934 
1941 purchased from W. S. Miller & Co, Glasgow, 8.3.1945 torpedoed and sunk in 50.35N 00.30W by U.275
Frederika Lensen  133214  1912  4249 
Built as Trevaylor for Hain SS Co, St. Ives, 1934 sold to Lensen Transport Ltd, London r/n Frederika Lensen, 1940 purchased by Galbraith, Pembroke, 20.7.1942 torpedoed in 49.22N 62.15W and beached at Grand Vallee Bay P.Q., broke in two.
Lambrook  168308  1942  7038 
1951 sold to South American Saint Line, Newport r/n St. Merriel, 1963 sold to Agelef Cia Nav, Panama r/n Proodos, 1965 sold to Elpida Cia Nav, Panama r/n Elpis, 26.6.1966 abandoned on fire in 06.54N 78.41E, towed in and scrapped.
Raloo  143033  1919  1368 
Built as War Rother for The Shipping Controller, London, 1919 sold to Consett Iron Co, Newcastle r/n Consett, 1938 sold to Shamrock Shipping Co, Belfast r/n Raloo, 1945 purchased by Galbraith, Pembroke, 1950 sold to C. Ahrenkiel, Hamburg r/n Alpha, 1953 sold to J & H. Kiehn, Hamburg r/n Carl Kiehn, 1955 scrapped.
Harrow (2)  160727  1930  4578 
Ex-Wearwood, 1946 purchased from J. Constantine, Middlesbrough r/n Harrow, 1950 sold to Per Skjold, Stockholm r/n Idkerberg, 1957 sold to J. E. Manne & Co, Goteborg r/n Carita, 1962 sold to Sigalas & Platis, Beirut r/n Margariti, 17.10.1967 wrecked off Terschelling.
Repton (2)  180725  1929  5824 
Tanker. Built as Max Albrecht for Minerolwerke Albrecht, Hamburg, 1945 transferred to MOWT r/n Empire Tagralia, 1947 purchased by Galbraith, Pembroke r/n Repton, 1952 sold to Lloyd Siciliano, Palermo r/n Alcantara, 1957 sold to SNAM, Genoa, 1960 scrapped.
Sherborne (2)  148300  1928  4108 
Ex-Fairwater, 1946 purchased from Fairwater Shipping, Cardiff r/n Sherborne, 1948 sold to Cereal Trade & Shipping Co, London r/n Goose Point, 1951 sold to Cia de Vapores Realma, Panama r/n Realma, 1955 sold to Union Meridiana de Nav, Panama r/n Charo, 1959 scrapped.
Seringa  135957  1913  4729 
Built as Falls City for Reardon Smith & Sons, Bideford, 1929 sold to Chr. Salvesen & Co, Leith r/n Seringa, 1941 sold to Claymore Shipping Co, Bideford, 1945 purchased by Galbraith, Pembroke, 1946 sold to East & West SS Co, Bombay r/n Firoza, 1960 scrapped.
Marlene (2)  147290  1924  5074 
Ex-Historian, 1948 purchased from T & J. Harrison, Liverpool r/n Marlene, 1949 sold to South African Lines, Cape Town r/n Damaraland, 1951 sold to Muzaffer Zorlu, Canakkale, Turkey r/n Semiramis, 1952 sold to Wheelock, Marden & Co, Panama r/n Semiramis I, 1960 scrapped.
Benveg  183331  1949  1130 
Ex-Polperro, 1950 purchased from S. Hough, Falmouth r/n Benveg, 1951 sold to Ben Line, Leith, 1951 sold to James Fisher, Barrow r/n Sound Fisher, 13.1.1957 capsized and sank in heavy weather off Wick Bay after cargo shifted.
Sherborne (3)  184349  1951  4986 
1952 sold to Graig Shipping, Cardiff r/n Graig, 1963 sold to Ta Hing Co, Hong Kong r/n Eastern Fir, 1966 sold to The Fir Line, Monrovia r/n Tjakra Donia Satu, 1966 r/n Normark I, 1967 sold to Lib-Norse SS Co, Monrovia, 1969 sold to Wing On SS Co, Panama r/n Lucky 1, 23.7.1977 wrecked in 22.35N 120.16E

Ted Finch 18-11-2012