Houlder, Middleton & Co, London

Houlder, Middleton & Co, London

In 1895 Howard Houlder set up a partnership in London with G. J. Middleton and Alexander Freeland to form Houlder, Middleton & Co. The Mitre Shipping Co was set up in 1899 to manage the tramp fleet and in 1905 the Reliance Shipping Co was formed. By 1907 eleven ships were owned by the two companies. Eight ships were lost to enemy action during the Great War and the serious slump of 1920 reduced the fleet to only three vessels. Houlder, Middleton was wound up in 1921, but Howard Houlder resumed shipowning in 1924 and the following year set up the company Howard Tenens Ltd. By 1927 the company owned nine tramps which were mostly used on the River Plate trade. Howard Houlder died in 1932 and the fleet was sold.

 

Houlder, Middleton & Co, Fleet List

 

SHIP NAME O.N BUILT G.T
Whitgift (1)  104838  1895  2925 
1898 sold to U.S. Navy as collier r/n Nero, 1922 scrapped.
Shirley (1)  105773  1895  2939 
1899 sold to Aznar y Cia, Bilbao r/n Amboto, 14.7.1907 wrecked on Pointe du Kerisoc.
Croydon  108303  1898  3757 
1901 sold to Andrew Weir & Co, Glasgow, 5.5.1914 wrecked at Barbuda.
Whitgift (2)  109997  1898  2993 
1899 sold to Buenos Ayres Great Southern Railway Co, London r/n Alfalfa, 27.4.1917 torpedoed and sunk 35 miles south of Bishop Rock by UB.32
Waddon (1)  110070  1899  3229 
1900 sold to M. Jebsen, Hamburg r/n Eva, 7.6.1909 caught fire and explosed off Pantelleria.
Croham  112636  1899  3228 
1901 sold to Cia Nav. Vascongada, Bilbao r/n Felix de Abasolo, 8.6.1910 wrecked off Alderney.
Shirley (2)  112668  1900  3403 
1913 sold to Roth Bros, London r/n Reapwell, 1915 sold to H. E. Moss & Co, London, 27.11.1916 torpedoed and sunk in 33.37N 27.35E by U.39
Kenley  112727  1900  3771 
1913 sold to Roth Bros, London r/n Sowwell, 1915 sold to Galbraith, Pembroke & Co, London, 19.4.1917 torpedoed and sunk 170 miles W x S of Gibraltar by U.35.
Coulsdon  112813  1901  4263 
1913 sold to G. Racich & Co, Ragusa r/n Epidauro, 1920 sold to Navigazione Libera, Dubrovnik, 1928 sold to Jugoslavenski Lloyd, Dubrovnik, 1934 scrapped.
Whitgift (3)  114735  1901  4397 
1915 sold to Westminster Shipping, London, 20.4.1916 torpedoed and sunk 60 miles SW of Ushant by U.67
Selsdon  114716  1901  3811 
1913 sold to Roth Bros, London r/n Ploughwell, 1914 sold to Rostra SS Co, Glasgow r/n Whindyke, 1915 sold to Nella SS Co, Bristol, 1917 r/n Cliftondale, 25.12.1917 torpedoed and sunk off Cape Tenes by U.35
Waddon (2)  118483  1904  3931 
1918 sold to Cassar Ltd, London, 1922 sold to F. Eberhardt & Co, London, 1923 sold to Hugo Stinnes, Hamburg r/n Helene Hugo Stinnes, 1927 sold to H. Kimme, Bremen r/n Totila, 1930 sold to Transoceanica Hungarian Trampshipping, Budapest r/n Tenger, 1933 scrapped.
Purley (1)  123641  1906  4294 
1913 sold to Ryoto Kisen KK, Dairen r/n Azumasan Maru, 1933 scrapped.
Foxley  120692  1906  4274 
18.3.1912 wrecked in Straits of Magellan.
Bramley  123692  1906  4290 
1915 sold to Petersen & Co, London r/n Rio Sorocarba, 21.3.1917 captured and sunk 10 miles off Eddystone by UC.48
Bisley  125634  1907  4929 
19.10.1911 wrecked on Castillos Island near Cape Polonio.
Headley (1)  123779  1907  4238 
1912 sold to Strick Line, Swansea r/n Seistan, 23.10.1917 torpedoed and sunk off Flamborough Head by UB.57
Farley (1)  123795  1907  4276 
1915 sold to Eagle Oil Transport Co, London r/n Santa Brigida, 1915 sold to Russian Volunteer Fleet, Archangel r/n Tourgai, 3.10.1916 captured and sunk in 70.14N 33.03E by U.43
Anerley  129147  1910  3709 
1913 sold to Hazelwood Shipping Co, Sydney, NSW r/n Southborough, 16.7.1918 torpedoed and sunk off Scarborough by UB.110
Horley (1)  132574  1911  4770 
1912 sold to Lamport & Holt Ltd, Liverpool r/n Euclid, 1913 sold to ben Line, Leith r/n Benvannoch, 1935 sold to Moller & Co, Shanghai r/n Marie Moller, 1937 scrapped after fire damage off Holyhead.
Ockley  132710  1912  4238 
1913 sold to Nav a Vap. Napried, Ragusa r/n Dubrovnik, 1914 seized by Turkey r/n Dutor for Turkish Navy, 1.4.1916 torpedoed and beached near Galata Burnu by Russian submarine Tiulen.
Horley (2)  134189  1906  3854 
Ex-Fritzoe, 1912 purchased from Fearnley & Eger, Christiania r/n Horley, 1915 sold to Italian Government r/n Prometeo, 18.3.1918 shelled and sunk in 37.00N 15.00W by U.155
Fornebo  135200  1906  3918 
1913 purchased from Fearnley & Eger, Christiania, 1915 sold to H. de Mattos, Cardiff, fitted with tanks for oil cargo, 17.6.1917 torpedoed and sunk off Cape Wrath by U.78
Shirley (3)  135262  1913  4850 
2.11.1914 abandoned on fire in 32.50N 147.50E
Frimley  135266  1913  4880 
1916 sold to Anchor Line, Glasgow r/n Tiberia, 28.2.1918 torpedoed and sunk off Belfast by U.19
Purley (2)  135229  1913  4500 
25.7.1917 torpedoed and sunk in 48.08N 11.35W by U.46
Rochelie  135231  1913  1587 
1923 sold to H. Sullivan, New York, 1924 sold to Kingsley Nav. Co, Vancouver, B.C., 1938 sold to Moller & Co, Shanghai r/n Kathleen Moller and converted to salvage vessel, 1941 scuttled at Hong Kong, salvaged by Japanese r/n Kasumi Maru, 1.6.1945 mined and sunk in Shimonoseki Strait.
Harry Wadsworth  98777  1892  2265 
Tanker. Built as Henri Rieth for J. Lennard & Sons, Middlesbrough, 1906 r/n Harry Wadsworth, 1913 purchased by Houlder, Middleton, 1914 sold to Cia Mexicana de Combustible, Tampico r/n Mexicano, 1914 sold to Pierce Oil Corp, N.Y., 1925 sold to C.D. Mallory, N.Y., 1927 scrapped.
Headley (2)  135317  1914  4953 
19.2.1917 torpedoed and sunk 35 miles SSW of Bishop Rock by U.67
Linda Fell  124320  1906  3025 
Built for J. Hessler, Sydney, NSW, 1912 re-registered at West Hartlepool, 1915 purchased by Houlder, Middleton, 20.9.1915 sailed from Philadelphia for Cienfuegos and went missing.
Eupion  135320  1914  3575 
Tanker. 1918 sold to British Tanker Co, London, 3.10.1918 torpedoed and sunk 10 miles west of Loop Head by UB.123
Polesley  118747  1905  4510 
Built as Den of Crombie for C. Barrie & Son, Dundee, 1905 sold to Hamburg America Line r/n Istria, 17.8.1914 captured in Red Sea by HMS Black Prince, Admiralty requisition, 1915 purchased by Houlder, Middleton r/n Polesley, 1918 sold to Farrar, Groves & Co, London, 21.9.1918 torpedoed and sunk off Pendeen L.H. by UB.88
Caspian  102866  1894  3603 
1915 purchased from Nelson, Donkin & Co, London, 20.5.1917 torpedoed and sunk off Cabo Cervera, Spain.
Almora  108790  1899  4385 
Built for Maclay & McIntyre, Glasgow, 1899 sold to Donaldson Line, Glasgow, 1916 purchased by Houlder, Middleton, 2.10.1917 torpedoed and sunk in 35.45N 07.45W by U.39.
Florentino  113403  1900  3411 
Built as Cycle for Cotinthian Shipping, Liverpool, 1912 sold to Roth Bros, London r/n Gunwell, 1914 sold to Furness, Withy & Co, London r/n Florentino, 1914 sold to Polzeath SS Co, Liverpool, 1916 sold to A. Vickery, Liverpool, 1916 purchased by Houlder, Middleton, 20.11.1918 mined and sunk off Brindisi, salvaged and 1920 sold to Sicula Americana, Naples r/n Mongibello, 12.10.1922 wrecked on Antocosti Island.
Gibraltar  132926  1914  5826 
Ex-Schneefels, 1914 captured from Hansa Line, Bremen off Gibraltar, allocated to Houlder, Middleton r/n Gibraltar, 1915 r/n Polescar, 1918 transferred to The Shipping Controller, London, 1919 sold to Union SS Co of New Zealand r/n Wairuna, 1945 transferred to MOWT as storeship, 12.8.1945 badly damaged by fire at Greenock, 30.10.1945 scuttled in 55.330N 11.00W with surplus ammunition.
Polescar  132926  1914  5826 
See Gibraltar
Good Hope  118312  1903  3618 
1915 purchased from G. Symons & Co, London, 19.10.1917 torpedoed and sunk 125 miles E x S of Malta by U.14
Lodorer  118627  1904  3207 
Built as Sandyford for Sandy, Simpson & Co, Newcastle, 1909 sold to Lodore SS Co, London r/n Lodorer, 1915 purchased by Houlder, Middleton, 1915 requisitioned by The Admiralty, converted to Q-Ship, operated as Farnborough and Sandyford, 17.2.1917 torpedoed by U.83 and beached, operated by The Shipping Controller, 1919 returned to Houlder, Middleton, 1919 sold to J & J. Denholm, Greenock r/n Hollypark, 1928 scrapped.
Sahara  106062  1897  4089 
1915 purchased from Maclay & McIntyre, Glasgow, 1919 sold to Saint David?s S.N. Co, Cardiff, 1920 r/n Marshal French, 1922 transferred to St Mary SS Co, Cardiff r/n Leeway, 1925 sold to Charter Shipping Co, Cardiff r/n Charterhurst, 1927 sold to G. R. Bianchi, Genoa r/n Bianca Bianchi, 1928 scrapped.
Wisley  118121  1904  4399 
Ex-Wray Castle, 1915 purchased from J. Chambers & Co, Liverpool r/n Wisley, 1919 sold to Canada SS Lines, Montreal, 1922 r/n Welland County, 1926 sold to Meldrum & Swinson, London r/n Essex Isles, 13.1.1927 caught fire at Tampico and scrapped.
Birkhall  112423  1900  4202 
1916 purchased from West Hartlepool S.N. Co, 1917 sold to Leith, Hull & Hamburg S.P. Co, Leith, 23.1.1918 torpedoed and sunk off Cavo Doro by UC.23
Polaria  102644  1893  3562 
Built as Ormiston for R & C. Allan, Glasgow, 1898 sold to Allan Line, Glasgow r/n Orcadian, 1914 sold to Donaldson Line, Glasgow, 1915 r/n Polaria, 1916 purchased by Houlder, Middleton, 5.1.1918 wrecked off Alexandria.
Farley (2)  139133  1916  3692 
14.5.1917 torpedoed and sunk 70 miles SW of Bishop Rock by UC.17
Prophet  133006  1912  3226 
1917 purchased from Evans & Reid, Glasgow, 14.11.1917 torpedoed and sunk off Antikithera Island by UC.74
Sagua  84858  1881  1970 
Ex-Ixia, 1916 purchased from Stag Line, North Shields r/n Sagua, 1921 sold to United States Food Products Corp, USA, 1922 sold to C. D. Mallory, Dominican Republic, 1923 sold to Macoris SS Corp, Dominican Rep, 1930 scrapped.
Macoris  84899  1884  2052 
Ex-Stag, 1917 purchased from Stag Line, North Shields r/n Macoris, 1921 sold to United States Food Products Corp, USA, 1922 sold to C. D. Mallory, Dominican Republic, 1923 sold to Macoris SS Corp, Dominican Rep, 1923 sold to Guigi Ghio, Genoa, 5.1.1924 foundered off Crete on voyage to breakers.
Lautaro  108695  1897  3476 
Ex-Mary Park, 1916 purchased from Park SS Co, Glasgow r/n Lautaro, 3.12.1917 cargo exploded and sank in 66.56N 41.20E.
Doonholm  124070  1907  4269 
Built as Hillglen for H. Evans & Co, Liverpool, 1913 sold to Scotia Co, Liverpool r/n Doonholm, 1915 sold to Ardova SS Co, Liverpool, 1916 sold to Freshfield SS Co, Liverpool, 1918 purchased by Houlder, Middleton, 1919 sold to Wirral Transport Co, Liverpool, 1927 sold to G. Ktistakis, Chios r/n K. Ktistakis, 1939 r/n Pelinaion, 16.1.1940 wrecked Bermuda.
Monkshaven  131833  1911  3357 
1918 purchased from C. Smales & Son, Whitby, 1919 sold to J. Thompson & Co, Cardiff, 1924 sold to Watts, Watts & Co, London r/n Remenham, 1926 sold Japan r/n Mikage Maru No.11, 8.8.1932 wrecked at Saghalien.
Moorlands  131831  1910  3600 
1918 purchased from C. Smales & Son, Whitby, 24.6.1918 torpedoed and sunk off Whitby by UB.88
Competitor  124561  1907  3526 
1918 purchased from Eskside SS Co, Whitby, 1918 sold to Leeston Shipping Co, Whitby, 25.11.1925 sprang leak and sank off Algoa Bay
Ornus (1)  124221  1907  4225 
Built as Queen Elizabeth for T. Dunlop & Sons, Glasgow, 1919 sold to Western Counties Shipping, Glasgow, 1920 r/n Valemead, 1922 sold to Runciman & Co, Newcastle r/n Newtonmoor, 1927 purchased by Houlder, Middleton r/n Ornus, 1927 sold to S. Vlassopulos, Ithaca r/n Maria, 5.6.1937 beached on fire at Fernando Noronha, Brazil.
Quercus (1)  148761  1926  2697 
1927 sold to NV Nederlandsche Zeereederij, Rotterdam r/n Tweed, 1935 sold to Transitus Shipping, London, 8.4.1941 torpedoed and sunk in 07.43N 15.11W by U.124
Ulmus  148764  1926  2697 
1931 sold to Hungarian Overseas Maritime Co, Budapest r/n Rakoczi Ferenc, 1933 sold to Wilson & Harrison, Cardiff r/n Ulmus, 18.1.1939 abandoned on fire in 36.14N 06.58W, towed to Savona, 1940 seized by Italian Government r/n Alberto Gianpaolo, 1943 seized by Germans, 1945 recovered by Italy, repairs not completed, 1946 sold to Cia Italiana Transporti Marittimi, Genoa, 1949 sold to Turkey r/n Revan, 1961 scrapped.
Morus  129465  1910  5507 
Ex-Valdura, 1927 purchased from Gow, Harrison & Co, Glasgow r/n Morus, 1929 sold to G. A. Spliethoff, Rotterdam r/n Willemsplein, 4.10.1942 wrecked near Cape English, N.S.
Prunus  147326  1925  5075 
Built as City of Stockholm for Ellerman Hall Line, 1927 sold to Houlder, Middleton r/n Prunus, 1932 sold to Hopemount Shipping, Newcastle r/n Hopetor, 1937 sold to South American Saint Line, Newport r/n St. Merriel, 2.1.1943 bombed and sunk in Bone Harbour.
Quercus (2)  149939  1927  4564 
1932 sold to United Africa Co, Liverpool r/n Congonian, 1936 sold to S.A. Cooperativa di Nav. Garibaldi, Genoa r/n XXIII Marzo, 4.4.1941 scuttled at Massawa.
Ornus (2)  160365  1921  5435 
Ex-Ardito, 1928 purchased from La Platense S.A. Marittima, Genoa r/n Ornus, 1930 sold to H. Hannevig, Horten r/n Mary, 1932 sold to Meldrum & Swinson, London r/n Essex Baron, 1933 scrapped.
Cerasus  160588  1928  4095 
1933 sold to John Thomson, London, 1934 sold to Giacomo Costa fu Andrea, Genoa r/n Enrico Costa, 26.6.1941 torpedoed and sunk near Marina di Caronia, Sicily by HMS Utmost.
Cedrus  160588  1928  4094 
1933 sold to Buries Markes, London, 1934 sold to Giacomo Costa fu Andrea, Genoa r/n Eugenio C, 1943 seized by Germany, 26.4.1944 bombed and sunk at Bodo.
Golden Sea  147658  1924  4555 
1930 purchased from Wylie, Ross & Co, London, 1935 sold to Douglas & Ramsey, Glasgow, 1937 sold to Alexandria Nav. Co, Alexandria r/n Star of Cairo, 11.9.1946 wrecked in 38.30S 58.21W

Ted Finch 26-11-2012