Greenshields, Cowie & Co, Liverpool / Knight Line

Greenshields, Cowie & Co, Liverpool / Knight Line

Greenshields, Cowie & Co, Formed in 1877 by the merger of C. G. Cowie, Son & Co who owned a fleet of sailing ships and Greenshields & Co, Liverpool. Mostly engaged in the Indian cotton trade to the U.K. but diversified to the Far East, Australia and New Zealand trades later in the 19th century. After the end of the American Civil War, the company returned to the cotton trade from the U.S.A. In 1881 the company took delivery of their first steamship and their last sailing ship was sold in 1897. In 1914 the company owned four ships which were chartered to Alfred Holt & Co and in 1917 the fleet was sold to Alfred Holt. Today the company still survives as shipping and forwarding agents.

 

Greenshields, Cowie & Co, Knight Line, Fleet List

 

SHIP NAME O.N IMO BUILT G.T
SAIL VESSELS
India  29621    1861  912 
Iron Ship. Owned by C. G. Cowie, 1865 sold to James Nourse, London, 1874 sold to R. M. Dunlop, Glasgow, 24.2.1881 abandoned and sank in 36.50S 07.08E
Fleur de Lis  45405    1862  995 
Iron Ship. 1877 transferred from C. G. Cowie, 1887 sold to L. Tulloch, Swansea, 1902 sold to G. Christian, Sydney, NSW, 1907 hulked in Aru Islands.
Remington  45910    1863  999 
Iron Ship. 1877 transferred from C. G. Cowie, 1888 sold to Knohr & Burchard, Hamburg r/n Martha, 1896 r/n Schiffbek, 1898 sold to J. N. Sorensen, Christiania r/n Dina, 1909 scrapped.
Montrose  47571    1863  995 
Iron Ship. 1877 transferred from C. G. Cowie, 1888 sold to H. P. Breckwoldt, Blankense r/n Montrosa, 1898 sold to M. Eriksson, Mariehamn, 1915 sold to G. S. Gustafson, Mariehamn, 1923 sold to Axel Melander, Mariehamn, 1929 scrapped.
Glenduror  49874    1864  995 
Iron Ship. Owned by C. G. Cowie, 1870 sold to J. K. Welch, London, 14.1.1873 wrecked at Seascale.
Die Vernon  50299    1864  999 
Iron Ship. Owned by C. G. Cowie, 1.8.1866 wrecked off Alibaugh, near Bombay, India.
Weathersfield  51472    1865  1051 
Iron Ship. 1877 transferred from C. G. Cowie, 8.4.1888 ashore in Cook Strait, N.Z. abandoned as total loss. 1892 refloated and owned by T. Macarthy, Wellington, 1909 sold to Union SS Co of N.Z. and hulked at Suva. 18.2.1928 scuttled off Suva.
Knight of the Garter (1)  78724    1877  1494 
Iron Ship. 1897 sold to G. B. & F. Razeto, Genoa r/n Papa Emanuele, 1907 sold to Armanino, Sanguinetti, Montevideo r/n Montevideo, 1912 sold to B. Savona fu G, Trapani r/n Gaspare S, 1918 sold to E. N. Guglielmo fu F, Genoa, 1919 sold to G. B. Piaggio, Genoa, 1920 sold to Armatori Riuniti Liguri-Lombardi, Genoa, 1923 scrapped.
Knight of the Thistle (1)  78782    1878  1489 
Iron Ship. 1897 sold to G. Granlund, Raumo r/n Hopper, 1905 sold to F. W. Laine, Raumo, 1907 sold to B. Grefstad, Arendal r/n Novo, 1914 sold to H.. Walden, Buenos Aires, 1927 r/n Dondiego, 1928 scrapped.
Knight of St. Michael  86295    1883  2278 
Steel 4-masted ship. 1897 sold to A. D. Bordes & Fils, Dunkirk r/n Pacifique, 1916 sold to G. Gaillard & Co, Bayonne, 21.10.1916 sailed from Penarth for Port Arthur and went missing.
Glenesk  63212    1869  1358 
Iron Ship. 1884 purchased from W. Alexander & Co, Liverpool, 1889 sold to H. P. Breckwoldt, Blankense r/n Kosmos, 1900 sold to S. O. Stray, Christiansand, 1920 wrecked at Kvitinsoe.
SHIP NAME O.N IMO BUILT G.T
STEAM VESSELS
Knight of St. Patrick  84106    1881  2249 
1887 sold to G. Hallett, Cardiff r/n Red Jacket, 1.2.1891 sunk in collision with s/s Bear Creek off Cabo Roca.
Knight of the Bath  84130    1881  2311 
17.6.1883 wrecked on rock off Kuria Muria Island, Arabia.
Knight of St. George (1)  87914    1883  2935 
1890 sold to Elder, Dempster & Co, Liverpool r/n Loango, 1905 sold to H. Diederichsen, Hamburg r/n Neumuhlen, 1909 scrapped.
Knight of St. John  91259    1885  3369 
1897 sold to G. Zino, Savona r/n Equita, 1902 sold to O. Zino, Savona, 1909 r/n Chile, 1921 sold to Quaglia & Galdini, Genoa, 26.10.1921 mined and sunk in Cerigo Channel.
Knight Errant (1)  91273    1885  3471 
1897 sold to Raeburn & Verel, Glasgow r/n Kensington, 1910 scrapped.
Knight Companion (1)  95239    1888  4069 
1900 sold to D. Zino, Savona r/n Lealta, 10.8.1917 torpedoed and sunk in 35.45N 16.50E by U.31
Knight Templar (1)  96342    1889  4331 
1903 sold to Ellerman Lines, Liverpool r/n Merton Hall, 11.2.1918 torpedoed and sunk 30 miles N x E from Ushant by U.53
Knight Commander   97801    1890  4306 
24.7.1904 captured and sunk by Russian warships in 34.10N 138.20E.
Knight of St. George (2)  97830    1890  4710 
20.8.1911 wrecked off Tonga.
Knight Bachelor (1)  102163    1894  6394 
1907 sold to Prince Line, Newcastle r/n Spanish Prince, 1914 sold to The Admiralty and sunk as blockship at Dover.
Knight Errant (2)  109398    1898  7464 
1914 sold to Petersen & Co, London r/n Rio Tete, 1916 sold to Russian Volunteer Fleet, Petrograd r/n Omsk, 1918 requisitioned by The Shipping Controller, London, 1921 sold to London Steamship & Trading Corp, London r/n Calanda, 1923 sold to D. L. Flack, London r/n Flackwell, 1925 sold to Melsom & Melsom, Larvik r/n Lancing and converted to whale factory ship, 7.4.1942 torpedoed and sunk in 35.08N 75.22W by U.552
Knight Companion (2)  113380    1900  4092 
30.1.1902 wrecked at Inuboye, Japan.
Knight of the Garter (2)  115346    1902  6655 
1917 sold to China Mutual SN Co, Liverpool, 1923 sold to E. Stavroudis, Chania r/n Aspasia Stavroudi, 1926 sold to G. A.. Spliethoff, Rotterdam r/n Hofplein, 4.1.1930 wrecked on Skorpas Island near Aalesund.
Knight of the Thistle (2)  118046    1903  6675 
1917 sold to China Mutual SN Co, Liverpool, 10.12.1917 sank in 42.19N 56.50W
Knight Templar (2)  120900    1905  7175 
1917 sold to Ocean SS Co, Liverpool, 1917-1919 requisitioned by Admiralty as Ocean Escort Vessel, 1925 sold to H. Borge, Tonsberg r/n Orwell and converted to whale factory ship, 1954 scrapped.
Knight Companion (3)  131280    1910  7433 
1912 sold to The Admiralty, London as store carrier r/n Reliance, 1920 sold to Angelo Parodi, Genoa r/n Emanuele Accame, 1937 sold to Polena Soc di Nav, Genoa r/n Orata, 1943 in Allied service, 1954 scrapped.
Knight Companion (4)  135469    1913  7241 
1917 sold to Ocean SS Co, Liverpool, 1933 scrapped.
Knight Bachelor (2)  135569    1914  7264 
1914 sold to Federal S.N. Co, Liverpool r/n Middlesex, 16.5.1917 torpedoed and sunk in 56.03N 12.50W by U.30

Ted Finch 21/02/2012