Harrowing Steamship Company, Whitby

Harrowing Steamship Company, Whitby

Robert Harrowing owned sailing ships from 1848 and coastal steam colliers from 1865 and purchased his first deep sea tramp steamer in 1877. Used on the Baltic, Mediterranean and Black Sea trades and over the next two years the Harrowing family expanded their fleet to nine ships and their trade to the Far East and Gulf of Mexico.

Robert Harrowing died in 1900 and the company passed to other members of the family. Three ships were lost during the Great War and others sold so that by 1920 the company only owned three ships. All three were laid up during the depression and were sold in 1932/33, The Harrowing Steamship Co was wound up in 1938.

 

Harrowing Steamship Company, Fleet List

 

SHIP NAME O.N IMO BUILT G.T
Primus  45740    1865  656 
1875 sold to W. Wilberforce, York.
Hilda  45747    1866  653 
Fate unknown.
Delta  54566    1867  1227 
1867 sold to J. H. Thomas, Whitby. 6.9.1891 wrecked Helgoland.
Ebor  58754    1868  705 
Fate unknown.
Ouse  58780    1869  701 
Fate unknown. 1883 transferred to Cardiff registry, 1911 register closed.
Esk  58781    1869  676 
1869 purchased from J. H. Thomas, Whitby, 1887 transferred to South Shields registry, 1898 register closed.
York  58791    1871  990 
1883 sold to J. Lohden, West Hartlepool, 1885 sold to Neptun Berg. Bolaget, Stockholm r/n Zeus, 1889 sold to A. Leffler, Gothenburg, 1916 sold to A/B Brodrene Lofgren, Gefle r/n Bo, 11.2.1918 sunk in collision with s/s Dimitrios and s/s Banderas in La Pallice Roads.
Kate  58788    1871  969 
1876 purchased from Taylor & Co, Whitby. 11.11.1877 sank in 54.04N 03.33E
Unity  58800    1874  1010 
19.5.1891 wrecked at Bayonne.
Rishanglys  72138    1877  1198 
14.11.1897 stranded near Hoganas, refloated and 1898 sold to O. Banck, Sovesborg, Sweden r/n Gota, 1918 sold to C. Berggren, Oskarshamn, 1931 sold to Rederi A/B Mercurius, Paskallavig, 1935 scrapped.
Aislaby (1)  78862    1877  1198 
11.7.1884 stranded and sank off Cape Sagres.
Emily  78865    1878  1203 
1891 sold to C. Henckel, Helsingborg, 1899 sold to N. Swensson, Helsingborg, 6.12.1906 wrecked near Hafringe LH.
Helena  78867    1878  1243 
1898 sold to T. Blues, South Shields, 1904 sold to F. Liljefors, Landskrona, 1917 taken over by the Shipping Controller, London, 1918 returned to owners, 1920 sold to Kristianstads Rederi A/B, Kristianstad, 1934 scrapped.
Isabel  81205    1879  1260 
1897 sold to G. Chitham, Whitby, 1903 sold to F. Liljefors, Landskrona r/n Douglas, 1.12.1916 torpedoed and sunk in 56.42N 04.57E by U.81.
Mary  81212    1879  1298 
1898 sold to Alexander & Arthurs, Whitby, 1907 r/n Dategrove, 25.9.1911 wrecked Trek Island, White Sea.
Annie  78869    1879  1242 
28.11.1890 wrecked near Karaburnu.
Arthur  81203    1879  1260 
1887 sold to H. Baxter, Whitby, 1895 sold to J. Ohe, Bergen r/n Sleipner, 6.5.1900 sunk by ice off Narva.
Laxham  81214    1879  1295 
21.7.1884 sunk in collision with Spanish s/s Gijon 30 miles north of Cape Finisterre.
Susan  82678    1882  1427 
1896 sold to H. Hedberg, Hernosand, Sweden r/n La France, 1899 sold to Dauphin & Magidovich, Odessa r/n Emerance, 1915 captured by Germany, 1918 under White Russian control, 1921 transferred to French registry r/n Marechal Foch, 1932 scrapped.
Sarah  82679    1882  1410 
1898 sold to Cairns, Noble, Newcastle r/n Cairnalt, 1915 sold to W. Damstrom, Helsingfors r/n Hera, 1923 sold to Rederi A/B Hera, Norrtelje, Sweden, 1935 transferred to Finnish registry, 12.9.1942 torpedoed and sunk in 60.56N 19.06E by Soviet submarine S-13.
Monkshaven  86632    1882  1415 
1898 sold to Donald & Taylor, Glasgow, 1900 sold to Algoma Central & Hudson Bay Railway Co, Glasgow, 18.10.1906 wrecked on Angus Island, Lake Superior.
Wilberforce (1)  86631    1882  1410 
1897 sold to C. Banck, Helsingborg r/n Libra, 1939 sold to N. Thore, Jonstorp r/n Maud, 1949 sold to M. Santesson, Helsingborg r/n Evita, 1952 scrapped.
Adventure  89779    1886  1938 
1896 sold to P, Haegerstrand, Gefle, Sweden r/n Hermes, 29.8.1911 sunk in collision with British trawler Jason 80miles east of the Tyne.
Robert Harrowing  89782    1887  2069 
1901 sold to R. Hill, London r/n Nanshan, 1912 sold Japan r/n Satsuki Maru, 25.2.1922 wrecked in Yangtsze estuary.
Ethelburga  89785    1887  2223 
1911 sold to J. Adams, Newcastle r/n Adams, 17.10.1917 torpedoed and sunk 6 miles SE x E of the Lizard by U.62.
Millfield  95664    1888  2168 
11.12.1897 abandoned 140 miles west of Fastnet.
Ethelreda  96543    1889  2218 
1911 sold to Eastern Nav. Co, Glasgow, 1917 sold to Lucovich, Parsons & Co, Glasgow, 4.4.1918 stranded at Hjeltefjord, Norway, refloated and sold to R. Artinano, Bilbao r/n Ricardito, 1923 sold to Mendiadua & Cia, Bilbao r/n Maria Antonia, 1930 sold to G. Junquera, Gijon r/n Maria Celina, 11.10.1931 wrecked near Roquetas.
Ethelwalda  96556    1890  2431 
30.10.1911 wrecked at Port Talbot.
Ethelaida  99136    1891  2669 
1914 sold to Russian Government, 1918 taken over by The Shipping Controller, London, 1923 returned to USSR, 1924 r/n Budeny, 1926 scrapped after collision off Dungeness with British s/s Kut.
Ethelgonda  99135    1891  2692 
4.6.1897 wrecked at St. Lucia, refloated and sold to Chas Hill, Bristol, 1899 repurchased by Harrowing r/n Aislaby, 1911 sold to W. Coupland, Newcastle, 27.12.1916 captured and scuttled off Estaca Point by U.46
Aislaby (2)  99135    1891  2692 
See Ethelgonda
Masonic  99138    1892  2399 
28.7.1895 wrecked at St. Pierre-Miquelon.
North Sands  106102    1895  3526 
1910 sold to Chr. Salvesen, Leith, 1920 sold to North Sands SS Co, Leith, 1921 sold to Brock SS Co, Leith, 1924 sold to E. Retzlaff, Stettin r/n Yotunheim, 1933 scrapped.
Ethelhilda  106105    1897  2902 
1916 sold to Anglo-Baltic Shipping, Cardiff, 1918 sold to E. Edwards & Sons,, Cardiff, 1920 r/n Ethelmead, 1922 sold to A. Chandris, Chios r/n Evgenia, 7.7.1928 wrecked off San Raphael.
Ethelbryhta  106106    1898  3084 
30.7.1916 shelled and sunk off Pantellaria by U.35
Wilberforce (2)  106108    1899  3074 
7.7.1917 torpedoed and sunk 25 miles south of Cabo de Gata by U.34.
Ethelwynne  118851    1904  3230 
1919 sold to J. Constantine, Middlesbrough, 1920 sold to New Steam Nav. & Trading Co, Bombay, 1923 sold to Japan r/n Shinsei Maru No.6, 14.3.1931 wrecked at Hainan Bluff.
Ethelstan  118854    1905  3875 
1919 sold to Rhondda Merthyr Shipping, Cardiff, 1922 sold to Japan r/n Tenyu Maru, 4.9.1942 torpedoed and sunk in 40.14N 141.51E by USS Guardfish.
Ethelwolf  118859    1906  4317 
1932 scrapped at Savona.
Barnby  118856    1906  3868 
1910 sold to James Westoll, Sunderland, 11.5.1911 wrecked at Maldonado.
Crossby  124558    1907  3893 
1910 sold to Gulf Line, London, 1916 sold to Bay SS Co, London r/n Baycross, 1921 sold to S.A de Nav. Les Armateurs Francais, Cherbourg r/n Turckheim, 1923 sold to D. Kydoniefs, Andros r/n Antonios D. Kydoniefs, 1935 scrapped.
Brooklet  132801    1911  3257 
1915 purchased from Needham Bros, West Hartlepool, 1918 r/n Ethelinda, 29.1.1918 torpedoed and sunk 15 miles NW of the Skerries by U.103
Ethelinda  132801    1911  3257 
See Brooklet
Ethelaric  137074    1917  3232 
1932 sold to F. Grauds, Riga r/n Everita, 1940 seized by USSR, 28.8.1941 mined and sunk in Juminda Barrier, Baltic Sea.
Ethelfreda  142654    1918  5283 
Ex-War Tulip, 1919 purchased from The Shipping Controller, London r/n Ethelfreda, 1933 sold to Livanos, Chios r/n Evros, 17.10.1941 torpedoed and sunk in 57.00N 24.30W by U.432.

Ted Finch 24-10-2012