Hopemount Shipping Co, Newcastle

Hopemount Shipping Co, Newcastle

The company was founded in Newcastle in 1904 and only owned one ship which was mostly involved in the coal trade out of Newcastle and South Wales until 1915 when she was sunk. Two further ships were acquired in 1918 but one was quickly sold and the other lost in 1922. The fleet expanded in the 1920s and 1930s and by the outbreak of the Second World War the company operated nine vessels. Two ships were lost to enemy action and in 1945 their tanker was sold to Anglo-Saxon Petroleum Co. In 1953 a new tanker was delivered and further ships were purchased between 1961 and 1963. The Hopemount Shipping Co and its fleet were taken over in 1966 by Common Bros, Newcastle.

 

Hopemount Shipping Company, Fleet List

 

SHIP NAME O.N IMO BUILT G.T
Hopemount (1)  118641    1904  3300 
13.6.1915 shelled and sunk 30 miles W x S from Lundy Island by U.35
Hopelyn  140706    1918  2348 
19.10.1922 wrecked on Scroby Sands
Hopecrest (1)  140715    1918  2373 
1919 sold to Cory Colliers r/n Corcrest, 21.2.1949 wrecked off Sunk Lightvessel.
Hopeland  148043    1923  4281 
1928 sold to Prentice Service & Henderson, Glasgow r/n Crown of Galicia, 1935 sold to Capper Alexander, Glasgow r/n Shaftesbury, 12.7.1942 torpedoed and sunk in 31.42N 25.30W by U.116
Neptunian  149426    1925  5155 
1927 purchased from T. Skogland & Son, Haugesund, 1935 sold to Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson, Newcastle, 7.9.1940 torpedoed and sunk in 58.27N 17.17W by U.47
Hopetor  147326    1925  5075 
Built as City of Stockholm for Hall Line, Liverpool, 1927 sold to Venatus Shipping, London r/n Prunus, 1932 purchased r/n Hopetor, 1937 sold to Barry Shipping, Newport r/n St. Merriel, 1939 company became South American Saint Line, 2.1.1943 bombed and sunk in Bone Harbour.
Hopecrag (1)  161539    1929  4007 
1938 sold to Borges Rederi, Tonsberg r/n Wyvern, 1953 sold to Moller & Co, Hong Kong r/n Zeta Trader, 1959 scrapped.
Hopedene  161545    1929  4010 
1938 sold to Stag Line, N. Shields r/n Photinia, 1950 sold to Rederi A/B Asta, Mariehamn r/n Atlas, 1968 sold to Cia de Nav Pinares, Somalia, 1974 scrapped.
Hopemount (2)  149490  507951  1929  7434 
Tanker. 1945 sold to Anglo-Saxon Petroleum Co, London r/n Kelletia, 1955 sold to Moller & Co, London r/n Coral River, converted to ore carrier, 1965 scrapped.
Hoperange (1)  147681    1924  5004 
Ex-Swanley, 1932 purchased from Harris & Dixon, London r/n Hoperange, 1937 sold to Jacobsen & Salvesen, Oslo r/n Hird, 15.9.1940 torpedoed and sunk in 58.00N 12.20W by U.65.
Hopecrest (2)  161581    1935  5099 
1951 sold to Bugsier Reederei Bergungs, Hamburg r/n Friedenau, 1954 sold to W. Schuchmann, Hamburg r/n Nordsee, 1963 scrapped.
Hopestar  161592    1936  5267 
14.11.1948 last heard from in 43.00N 56.48W on voyage Tyne to Philadelphia and went missing.
Hopecastle  161604    1937  5178 
38.10.1942 torpedoed and sunk in 31.35N 19.23W by U.509 and U.203.
Hopecrown  161607    1937  5180 
1950 sold to Stephens Sutton & Co r/n Radley, 1956 sold to A. Borjesson, Helsingborg r/n Alstern, 1963 sold to G. Lemos, Panama r/n Apostolos Andreas, 1967 transferred to Cyprus registry, 19.7.1967 wrecked in 18.52N 75.45W
Hopepeak (1)  165761    1938  5179 
1952 sold to Bugsier Reederei & Bergungs, Hamburg r/n Eilenau, 1960 sold to W. Schuchmann, Bremen r/n Weissesee, 1962 sold to Cia Nav. Somelga, Beirut r/n Kaptanpantelis, 4.3.1963 wrecked in 06.57N 73.13E
Hoperange (2)  165765  5400815  1939  5177 
1963 sold to Lamda Shipping, Piraeus r/n Antonia, 1965 sold to Livanos, Famagusta r/n Amfithea, 1971 scrapped.
Hoperidge  165772  5415042  1939  5222 
1963 sold to Independent SS Co, Newcastle r/n Bethlehem, 1964 sold to Cia Nav. Pearl, Liberia, 2.8.1969 sank after collision with tanker Showa Maru in 01.16N 104.08E.
Hopetarn  165778    1939  5231 
29.5.1943 torpedoed and sunk in 30.50S 39.32E by U.198
Hopemount (3)  169245    1953  12438 
Tanker. 1963 sold to Consonance Shipping, Liberia r/n Consonance, 1973 sold to Conway Transport, Liberia r/n New Way, 1977 scrapped.
Hopecrest (3)  186918  5154428  1961  9919 
1969 sold to Kirno Hill Corp, Liberia r/n Selene, 1976 sold to Trygiova Shipping, Piraeus r/n Faneromeni, 1980 r/n Filothei, 23.5.1983 wrecked in 15.04N 42.08E and scrapped.
Hopepeak (2)  186932  5411682  1963  9707 
1969 sold to Cia de Nav Indomitus,, Liberia r/n Natale, 1981 sold to Pegasus Shipping, Piraeus r/n Pegasus, 1982 sold to Minotaurus Shipping, Beirut, 1985 scrapped.
Hopecrag (2)  186935  5427473  1963  9767 
1971 sold to Franga Cia Nav, Piraeus r/n Eleni E.F., 1974 sold to Marmaonarca Nav, Piraeus r/n Lord Hastings, 1980 sold to Elit Maritima,, Piraeus r/n Blue Bay, 1985 scrapped.

Ted Finch, 21/12/2011