Glover Brothers, London

Glover Brothers, London

The three Glover Brothers became ship owners in 1865 when they purchased the barque W. E. Gladstone and bought their first steamship in 1872. Their primary trades were coal to the Mediterranean, returning with grain from the Black Sea and also the Baltic trade. The company owned four tramps at the outbreak of the Great War of which three were lost. The fleet was built up after the war and by 1927 owned seven ships and traded worldwide. The depression of the 1930s caused the sale of most of the fleet and by 1936 only two ships were owned. One was lost to enemy action and the company was then sold to South American Saint Line with their remaining ship which was also sunk shortly afterwards.

 

Glover Brothers, London, Fleet List

 

SHIP NAME O.N BUILT G.T
Titian  63581  1870  1248 
1881 sold to Soc Rouennaise de Transports Maritimed a Vapeur, Roen r/n Colbert, 1883 sold to Alfred Suart, London, converted to tanker r/n Titian, 1898 sold to E. Basso, Genoa r/n Ezio, 1899 sold to F. Piaggio, Genoa,13.6.1911 burned at Callao.
Himalaya  65039  1871  808 
1877 sold to Steel, Young & Co, West Hartlepool, 1886 sold to Karamanyan, Sahinoglu ve Ortaklari, Istanbul r/n Heraclee, 1888 sold to Idare-I Mahsusa, Istanbul r/n Pars, 1912 withdrawn from service, fate unknown.
Dante  70583  1874  1743 
30.12.1875 sunk in collision with Norwegian barque Gronsvaer 20 miles south of Tuskar Rock.
Annan  67534  1872  1025 
1883 sold to J. D. Toiner, West Hartlepool, 10.1.1884 wrecked on Nidingen Island.
Burlington  67526  1872  837 
1882 sold to J. Lohden, West Hartlepool, 1893 sold to Thompson, Elliott & Co, West Harlepool, 1896 sold to C. Wilkinson, Sunderland, 8.5.1898 wrecked near Penzance.
Milton  70602  1874  1357 
1898 sold to M. Roca Hermanos, Barcelona r/n Jose Roca, 1913 sold to D. Mumbru, Barcelona r/n Domingo Mumbru, 17.4.1925 sunk in collision with s/s Millgate in 36.52N 01.47W
Bengal  70578  1874  1673 
1876 purchased from Wilkinson, Watt & Co, London, 1.1.1888 foundered in 44.00N 12.00W
Ossian  73720  1876  1869 
8.11.1893 sailed from Malta for Copenhagen and went missing.
Shelley (1)  85038  1881  1998 
1907 sold to Cia Chilena de Nav a Vapor, Valparaiso, 1909 sold to Cia Chilena de Vapores, Valparaiso r/n Presidente Santa Maria, 1912 damaged and condemned.
Burns  85197  1882  2193 
7.10.1883 wrecked near Suakin.
Wordsworth (1)  87010  1882  1990 
1906 sold to Soc Ballenera de MMagallanes, Punta Arenas r/n Gobernador Bories, sold to The Admiralty, London and 12.10.1914 scuttled as blockship at Burra Sound.
Shakespear (1)  91869  1885  1851 
1911 sold to J. Gaff, Glasgow r/n Protean, 1915 sold to T. Halvorsen, Bergen r/n Faedreland, 1916 sold to J. Leborg, Aalesund r/n Langtind, 1919 sold to S. Ugelstad, Brevik, 1921 r/n Bogelund, 1922 r/n Boklund, 1926 sold to H. Sergo, Tallinn r/n Vendlus, 22.2.1927 wrecked at Karingen, near Goteborg.
Byron  95519  1889  2057 
1913 sold to Hijos de M. Barcena y Franco, Montevideo r/nBarcena, 1.6.1913 foundered in approx. 47.06N 04.55W.
Tennyson  104809  1894  2084 
1915 sold to Colonial Coal & Shipping Co, London r/n Brigitta, 4.12.1917 mined and sunk near Nab Light. Vessel
Milton (2)  110120  1899  3267 
1924 sold to A. Dianelli, Piraeus r/n Argonaftis, 1925 sold to H. Iossifoglu, Piraeus r/n Eleni S. Iossifoglu, 1930 scrapped.
Ovid (1)  115901  1902  4159 
25.11.1917 torpedoed and sunk 65 miles NE x E of Suda Bay by UC.74
Shakespear (2)  132692  1912  3466 
1926 sold Japan r/n Mikage Maru No.8, 29.6.1943 sunk in collision in 45.04N 142.03E.
Wordsworth (2)  136807  1915  3509 
11.3.1917 captured and scuttled 680 miles east of Mahe, Seychelles by German raider Wolf.
Keats  118743  1905  4306 
Built as Den of Kelly for Barrie & Son, Dundee, 1905 sold to Hamburg America Line, Hamburg r/n Illyria, 1919 allocated to French Government, 1920 The Shipping Controller, London, 1921 purchased by Glover r/n Keats, 1934 scrapped.
Berkut  143280  1905  4295 
Built as Wartburg for Hansa Line, Bremen, 1914 seized at Antwerp, 1919 The Shipping Controller, London, 1921 purchased by Glover r/n Berkut, 1926 sold to Cie Fraissinet, Marseille r/n Cavally, 1933 scrapped.
Dront  115377  1903  3037 
Built as Felbridge for Hoggarth & Co, Cardiff, 1913 sold to West Russian SS Co, St. Petersburg r/n Albatross, 1918 managed by the Shipping Controller, London, 1920 purchased by Glover r/n Dront, 1927 sold to P. Antippas, Argostoli r/n Urania, 13.6.1931 sunk in collision with Norwegian s/s Beaufort in 51.44N 02.43E
Woron  143101  1907  5332 
Built as Naimes for Roland Line, Bremen, 1919 The Shipping Controller, London, 1921 purchased by Glover r/n Woron, 1927 sold to A/B Naxos Prince, Helsingfors r/n Kastelholm, 1941 sold to Lovisa Rederi, Helsingfors, 2.6.1941 sunk in 63.07N 11.18W, probably mined.
Zimorodok  119224  1906  3573 
Built as Malvern Range for Neptune S.N. Co, Sunderland, 1914 sold to West Russian SS Co, Petrograd r/n Zimorodok, 1918 The Shipping Controller, London, 1920 purchased by Glover, 1928 sold to E. Vassilikos, Syra r/n Ermoupolis, 21.9.1931 stranded at Lobeira, refloated and 1932 scrapped.
Ovid (2)  115865  1902  3980 
Built as Casilda for Bucknall Nephews, London, 1908 sold to Soc. les Affreteurs Reunis, Rouen r/n Ceres, 1913 sold to Deutsche Levante Line, Hamburg r/n Lipsos, 1914 seized at Antwerp, 1919 allocated to The Shipping Controller, London, 1920 purchased by Glover r/n Ovid, 1933 r/n Ovidio for delivery voyage to breakers and scrapped.
Wordsworth (3)  143114  1905  3621 
Built as Orissa for Rhederei A.G von 1896, Hamburg, 1906 sold to Syndicats Rhed. G.m.b.H, Hamburg r/n Elbe, 1919 The Shipping Controller, London, 1921 purchased by Glover r/n Wordsworth, 1934 scrapped.
Shelley (2)  145191  1911  4427 
Built as Altmark for Hamburg America Line, Hamburg, 1919 allocated to French Government, 1921 The Shipping Controller, London, 1921 purchased by Glover r/n Shelley, 1934 scrapped.
Milton (3)  118700  1905  4452 
Built as Montrose for J. Warrack & Co, Leith, 1919 sold to Australind SS Co, London, 1924 purchased by Glover r/n Milton, 1932 scrapped.
Spenser  118701  1905  4457 
Built as Erroll for J. Warrack & Co, Leith, 1919 sold to Australind SS Co, London, 1924 purchased by Glover r/n Spenser, 1934 scrapped.
Shakespear (3)  149747  1926  5029 
5.1.1941 shelled and sunk in 18.05N 21.10W by Italian submarine Commandante Alfredo Cappellini.
Chaucer  161227  1929  5792 
1941 sold to South American Saint Line, Newport, 26.7.1941 sunk in 16.46N 38.01W by German raider Orion.

Ted Finch 18-11-2012