Hall Brothers SS Co, Newcastle

Hall Brothers SteamShip Co, Newcastle

Founded in Newcastle in 1864 by the brothers John and James Hall. James was a forward looking shipowner and was the first to set up a Merchant Navy training establishment with the ship Wellesley moored at North Shields. He was also instrumental in instigating load lines in ships. By 1867 the brothers owned 16 sailing ships and 3 steamers. The last sailing ship was sold in 1886 and the company then traded worldwide with steamships. Six ships were lost to enemy action during the Great War and four in WWII. In 1968 the company entered short sea trading with the delivery of 1,400 ton coasters but in 1979 the company went into voluntary liquidation and the short sea traders were sold off.

 

Hall Brothers SS Co, fleet List.

SHIP NAME O.N IMO BUILT G.T
Mercury  47779    1864  887 
27.7.1878 sank near Cape Bon.
Heaton Hall  47780    1864  823 
4.8.1872 wrecked near Bizerta.
Saint Oswin  51366    1865  981 
1882 sold to Florio & Co, Italy
Bywell Castle  63546    1869  1376 
15.1.1883 sailed from Alexandria for Hull and went missing.
Wellesley  63568    1870  1204 
1881 sold to Navigazione Generale Italiana, Palermo r/n Calabria, 12.12.1891 exploded and sank near Genoa.
Cartago Nova  65553    1870  1638 
1895 sold to Dixon & Sons, Belfast r/n Belfast, 23.3.1895 wrecked on Iona
Commander  62382    1871  1160 
5.11.1872 passed Bic Island on voyage Baltimore to London and went missing.
Dilston Castle  65576    1871  1626 
1893 sold to M. McMein, London, 4.6.1897 sunk in collision with s/s Carron in North Sea.
Commodore  62336    1870  882 
1881 sold to Ward & Holzapfel, Newcastle, 1882 sold to Pyman, Bell & Co, Newcastle, 7.11.1896 wrecked off Sheringham, Norfolk.
Raby Castle  65658    1871  1708 
11.3.1872 wrecked at Pantellaria.
Regalia  67309    1871  941 
1889 sold to G & A. Fenwick, Newcastle, 1891 sold to J. Barwick, Newcastle, 1895 sold to W. M. Holby, Christiania r/n Hamar, 1904 sold to A. Parodi, Genoa r/n Avvenire, wrecked, salved and scrapped in 1915.
Durham Castle  65746    1872  1607 
15.1.1873 sailed from Holyhead for Bombay and went missing.
Chillingham Castle  68532    1872  1613 
20.11.1872 passed the Downs on voyage Tyne to Odessa and went missing.
Coronet  68403    1873  1736 
1891 sold to J. Walton, North Shields, 1904 scrapped.
Sceptre (1)  68449    1873  1718 
1896 sold to G. Brailli, Orebic, Austria-Hungary r/n Ivan Brailli, 6.9.1897 sunk in collision with s/s Forest Holme at Pera.
Diadem (1)  70572    1874  1842 
1900 sold to Fredriksen & Co, Mandal, 24.12.1900 wrecked near Stocka.
Royal Crown (1)  70598    1874  1844 
6.9.1890 struck a wreck off Finisterre and wrecked.
Cilurnum (1)  70680    1874  1966 
19.8.1885 coal cargo caught fire and abandoned in 19.00S 38.00W
Tiara (1)  70607    1874  1840 
27.11.1879 sank 60 miles north of Finisterre.
Trident (1)  70654    1874  1827 
13.12.1879 sunk in collision with s/s Lord Eslington off East Goodwin L.V.
Caduceus (1)  70687    1874  1860 
1902 sold to A. Tate & Co, London, 1904 sold to Empreza de Nav Idalina, Rio de Janeiro r/n Idalina, 1907 sold to Cia Commercio e Navegaceo, Rio de Janeiro r/n Parahyba, 5.1.1911 burned off the coast of Sergipe, Brazil.
Renown  52664    1865  1169 
Ex-T. A. Gibb, 1874 purchased from T. A. Gibb, London r/n Renown, 1889 wrecked.
Bucentaur  70232    1875  1836 
1905 sold to A/S Hvalheim, Tromso, 1908 sold to Oscar Hytten, Tonsberg, 1915 sold to H. Boe, Christiania r/n Forover, 1916 sold to Olsen & Ugelstad, Christiania r/n Rutenfjell, 19.2.1917 mined and sunk off Belle Ile.
Arethusa  73589    1875  1841 
1891 sold to J. Walton, N. Shields, 1904 sold to Fratelli Denegri, Genoa, 1916 scrapped.
Centurion  73661    1875  1845 
1877 sold to W. McMurray, London, 1887 sold to Michelsen & Co, Bergen r/n Sverre, 1898 sold to Kuhnle & Son, Bergen, 27.12.1902 sunk in collision with s/s Machado off Portugal.
Vindolana  76981    1877  1963 
1893 sold to Runciman & Co, London, 1895 r/n Jerseymoor, 1900 sold to Erichsen & Lohne, Mandal r/n Mandal, 1910 sold to E. Daniels, Manila r/n Consuelo, 1913 sold to Green Island Cement Co, Hong Kong r/n Chingchow, 1920 sold to Madrigal & Co, Manila r/n Josefina, 1926 scrapped.
Asdrubal  76997    1877  1844 
21.6.1882 abandoned in ice off Cape Race.
Principe Carignano    5611453  1864  798 
Ex-Indostan, 1878 purchased from Soc Anon Italiana di Nav Adriatica, Turin r/n Principe Carignano, 1880 sold to A. Gialousse, Piraeus r/n Thessalia.
Endymion  82843    1880  2416 
1896 sold to E. Hulin, Rouen r/n Villequier, 1906 sold to J, Dallest, Marseille, 1909 sold to Prosper Durand, Algiers, 1911 sold to Soc les Affreteurs Reunis, Bordeaux r/n Jeanne Conseil, 28.11.1917 torpedoed and sunk off Belle Ile by UB.59
Bretwalda (1)  83917    1881  2908 
31.8.1897 wrecked near Cape St. Vincent.
Dauntless  86096    1882  1589 
1893 sold to Sutton, Brewis & Co, Newcastle, 1896 sold to H. Petersen, Flensburg r/n Kielsing, 5.11.1906 wrecked on Osel Island.
Midas  88734    1883  1972 
1896 sold to Brostrom & Son, Goteborg r/n Helmland, 1922 sold to H. Pohlmann, Storangen r/n Allegro, 1937 sold to Hanseatica Aschpurwis & Veltgens, Panama r/n Balboa, 1939 transferred to Hansegesellschaft Aschpurwis & Veltgens, Hamburg r/n Lutjehorn, 4.1.1945 mined and sunk off Warnemunde.
Bosphorus  88759    1883  2490 
12.8.1888 sunk in collision with barque Abbey Town near Eddystone.
Ambassador (1)  95253    1888  2573 
19.9.1891 stranded near Salcombe and sank.
Lady Palmer  96159    1889  2752 
1907 E. Nicholl & Co, Cardiff r/n Welbeck Hall, 1913 sold to Lundegaard & Stray, Farsund r/n Ellavore, 6.2.1917 captured and scuttled near Cape Vilano by UC.24
Ambassador (2)  106618    1897  2578 
1924 sold to F. Fischer, Rostock r/n Ursula Fischer, 1933 sold to Hugo Ferdinand, Rostock r/n Helga Ferdinand, 28.1.1942 sunk in collision off Kalundborg, salvaged, 8.11.1944 bombed and sunk off Midgulen, Norway.
Sceptre (2)  106621    1897  2579 
1910 sold to Maclay & McIntyre, Glasgow, 1917 r/n Nyassa, 30.6.1937 sank in port at Sao Vicente, Cape Verde Islands.
Peerless  106647    1898  3112 
4.9.1917 torpedoed and sunk 60 miles SW of Bishop Rock by U.52
Therapia  110349    1900  3123 
25.9.1913 struck submerged object and sank in Gulf of Bothnia.
Trident (2)  114430    1902  3129 
7.8.1916 torpedoed and sunk near Majorca by U.35
Diadem (2)  122858    1906  3752 
23.2.1916 shelled and sunk 56 miles SE X S of Porquerolles Island by U.38
Bretwalda (2)  129771    1911  4037 
13.12.1916 torpedoed and sunk in 35.30N 19.05E by UB.43
Tiara (2)  133529    1913  4068 
1933 sold to Cia de Cabotagem de Pernambuco, Brazil r/n Camboinhas, 29.5.1958 ran aground at Piratininga Beach and scrapped.
Cilurnum (2)  115852    1902  3126 
Ex-Bishopsgate, 1913 purchased from Dowgate SS Co, London r/n Cilurnum, 19.4.1917 torpedoed and sunk in 47.45N 04.30W by UC.21
Diadem (3)  133587    1916  4307 
21.4.1917 torpedoed and sunk in 48.37N 12.40W by U.50
Trident (3)  140697    1917  4317 
1937 sold to Connell & Grace, Newcastle, 2.8.1941 bombed and sunk by German aircraft off Tyne
Bretwalda (3)  142834    1919  5293 
1935 sold to Gowan Shipping, Newcastle r/n Start Point, 10.11.1942 torpedoed and sunk in 13.12N 27.27W by U.128
Cilurnum (3)  142855    1919  3077 
1929 sold to A. Menchaca, Bilbao, 1936 sold to S.A. Cooperative di Nav Garibaldi, Genoa r/n Brescia, 1938 returned to Menchaca, Bilbao r/n Cilurnum, 1971 scrapped.
Diadem (4)  144922    1920  4528 
1934 sold to N. Nicolaou, Piraeus r/n Eleni Nicolaou, 1937 r/n Nicolaou Eleni, 9.11.1938 captured by Spanish Nationalists r/n Castillo Madrigal, 1952 sold to S. Martinez, Cadiz r/n Ramon Oller, 1963 scrapped
Sceptre (3)  148061    1921  5291 
Ex-Ary, 1924 purchased from Lensen?s Stoomv Mij, Ternuezen r/n Sceptre,, 22.5.1925 wrecked near Cape l?Agulhas
Ambassador (3)  148113    1925  4450 
1939 sold to Crest Shipping, London r/n Bancrest, 30.1.1940 bombed and sunk in 58.53N 01.52W
Caduceus (2)  149447    1927  4364 
1950 sold to Wallem & Co, Hong Kong, 1951 r/n Victoria Peak, 1951 sold to Nangoku Kisen KK, Tokyo r/n Yuho Maru, 1956 sold to Kusakabe Kisen KK, Kobe r/n Risshun Maru, 1962 scrapped.
Royal Crown (2)  149440    1927  4364 
16.3.1941 shelled and sunk in 44.54N 45.33W by German battleship Gneisenau.
White Crest (1)  149454    1928  4365 
24.4.1942 torpedoed and sunk with all hands in 43.45N 42.15W by U.558
Embassage (1)  161587    1935  4954 
27.8.1941 torpedoed and sunk in 54.00N 13.00W by U.557
Royal Sceptre  165757    1937  4853 
5.9.1939 torpedoed and sunk in 46.23N 14.59W by U.48
Bretwalda (4)  165766    1939  4906 
18.12.1942 torpedoed and sunk in 44.35N 16.28W by U.563
Royal Emblem  165781    1940  4900 
1961 scrapped.
Ambassador (4)  169205    1945  7312 
18.2.1964 damaged in heavy weather, engine failed and taken in tow, 21.2.1964 sank in 37.22N 48.51W
Trident (4)  163055    1940  6942 
Ex-Empire Lightning, 1946 purchased from MOWT r/n Trident, 1959 scrapped.
Royal Crown (3)  169250  5301291  1953  11024 
Tanker. 1964 sold to Nicholas SS Inc, Liberia r/n Agios Nicholaos, 1970 sold to Nuffield Shipping, Liberia r/n Independent Trader, 1973 scrapped.
Bretwalda (5)  186884  5051640  1958  7893 
1969 sold to Ethalasia Shipping, Piraeus r/n Antonia Xilas, 8.9.71 caught fire and beached in 23.23S 43.41E
Melbrook  305427  6407987  1964  11075 
1972 sold to Runciman Shipping, Glasgow r/n Exmoor, 1978 sold to Annita Shipping, Piraeus r/n Annita, 1985 sold to Middlestar Shipping, Valetta r/n Anthi Marina, 1986 scrapped
Cilurnum (4)    6825830  1968  1428 
1974 sold to Shipmair BV, Netherlands r/n Shipmair II, 1976 sold to Sheepv Maats Passaat, Curacao r/n Passaat Curacao, 1982 scrapped after striking wreck off Guyana.
Embassage (2)    6817003  1968  1428 
1979 sold to C. M. Willie, Cardiff r/n Celtic Endeavour, 1986 sold to Dawpool Shipping, Isle of Man r/n Dawpool, 1987 sold to Frontier Shipping, Gibraltar, 1989 sold to Syria r/n Saad, 1993 sold to Cambodia r/n Rabunion XX, 2011 still in service
Bretwalda (6)    7105720  1971  1587 
1976 chartered to Prince Line r/n Nordic Prince, 1978 r/n Bretwalda, 1979 sold to Downlands Shipping, Panama r/n Lady Sarah, 30.5.1984 scuttled off Cape Caxine after fire.
White Crest (2)    7110141  1971  1587 
1972 chartered to Prince Line r/n British Prince, 1973 r/n White Crest, 1980 sold to Agenzia Marittina Aliboni, Italy r/n Vagero, 1983 sold to B.A.R.S. Nav Co, St. Vincent r/n Bars I, 1994 sold to Syria r/n Siadik, 1995 transferred to Honduras registry r/n Osman J, 2004 transferred to Bolivian registry r/n Aoun Allah,

Ted Finch, 30/01/2012