John I. Jacobs & Co, London

John I. Jacobs & Co, London

John Jacobs purchased his first steamship in 1905 having previously owned a fleet of sailing ships. His first ships were fitted with tanks for the carriage of molasses mostly from Cuba. In 1914 the fleet was used to carry oil as well as molasses and four ships were lost to enemy action. Purpose built tankers were delivered in the 1920 to trade to the Gulf of Mexico and Cape Town.

During WWII four Jacobs tankers were requisitioned by the Admiralty as naval oilers. In 1940 two new dry cargo tramps joined the fleet and at the end of the war, the company owned six vessels. The last dry cargo tramp was sold in 1949 and the tanker fleet built up by the delivery of eight new tankers. In 1960 three new dry cargo vessels were ordered in addition to the tanker fleet and by 1975 the company owned four tankers, one ore carrier, one bulker and a chemical tanker. The tanker companies were wound up between 1975 and 1977. The Pearleaf continued on Admiralty charter until 1986 when sold. Later a fleet of coasters was built up and managed by R. Lapthorn & Co. Rochester. These were sold to Lapthorn in 1994 and Jacobs retired from shipping.

 

John I. Jacobs & Co, London, Fleet List

 

SHIP NAME O.N IMO BUILT G.T
Oakwood (1)  115958    1903  4271 
1905 purchased from Lingham Timber & Trading Co, London, 1908 fitted with tanks for oil cargo, 11.8.1915 shelled and sunk in 51.04N 07.40W by U.38
Restitution  91282    1886  3290 
1905 purchased from R. Conaway & Co, Liverpool, 1911 sold to Southern Whaling & Sealing Co, North Shields, 4.11.1916 abandoned in heavy weather in 49.13N 10.52W and sank.
Batoum  102786    1893  4054 
Tanker. Built for A. Suart, London, 1897 sold to European Petroleum Co, London, 1910 purchased by Jacobs, 19.6.1917 torpedoed and sunk off Fastnet by U.61
Baku Standard  101968    1893  3708 
Tanker. Built for A. Suart, London, 1897 sold to European Petroleum Co, London, 1911 purchased by Jacobs, 11.2.1918 torpedoed and sunk off Tod Head by UC.58
Broadmayne  95490    1888  3120 
Tanker. Built as Oka for Era SS Co, London, 1891 sold to A. Suart, London r/n Broadmayne, 1897 sold to European Petroleum Co, London, 1910 sold to London & Thames Haven Oil Wharves Ltd, London, 1911 purchased by Jacobs, 2.1.1921 wrecked off Dartmouth.
Vedra  102812    1893  4057 
Tanker. Built for A. Suart, London, 1897 sold to European Petroleum Co, London, 1911 purchased by Jacobs, 7.12.1914 stranded at Walney, caught fire and burnt out.
Weehawken  98974    1891  2784 
Tanker. Built for F. E. Bliss, London, 1901 sold to Anglo-American Oil Co, London, 1911 purchased by Jacobs, 1927 sold to S.A di Nav. Cameli & Co, Genoa r/n Vioca, 1937 scrapped.
Beechwood (1)  110629    1900  4229 
Ex-Saint Dunstan, 1912 purchased from Rankin, Gilmour & Co, Liverpool, converted to tanker r/n Beechwood, 1934 scrapped.
Teakwood (1)  115315    1902  5315 
Built as Indradeo for T. B. Royden, Liverpool, 1908 sold to Wright, Graham & Co, Glasgow r/n Falls of Moness, 1914 purchased by Jacobs r/n Teakwood and fitted with tanks for oil cargo, 27.4.1917 torpedoed and sunk in 36.21N 21.17E by U.14
Tiverton  123633    1906  3825 
1918 purchased from Steel, Young & Co, London, 1921 fitted with tanks for oil cargo, 1934 scrapped.
Hera  149767    1912  4705 
Tanker. Built for Deutsche-Amerik Petroleum Ges., Hamburg, 1914 ? 1918 Imperial German Navy, 1920 U.S. Reparation Commission (Standard Oil Co of New Jersey), 1927 purchased by Jacobs, 1937 scrapped.
Teakwood (2)  149878    1927  6014 
Tanker. 1955 scrapped.
Laurelwood (1)  161261    1929  7347 
Tanker. 1952 sold to T. Entz Tanker GmbH, Rendsburg r/n Margot Entz, 1959 scrapped.
Longwood  162473    1930  9463 
Tanker. 1955 scrapped.
Rosewood (1)  163388    1931  6120 
Tanker. Ex-Stegg, 1934 purchased from Skibs A/S Cleantank, Oslo r/n Rosewood, 9.3.1943 torpedoed and sunk in 58.37N 22.32W by U.409
Glenwood  167415    1940  4897 
1948 sold to Trader Nav. Co, London r/n Durham Trader, 1958 sold to Great Eastern Shipping, Bombay r/n Jag Sevak, 15.7.1965 wrecked off Visagapatam.
Beechwood (2)  167385    1940  4894 
20.8.1942 torpedoed and sunk in 05.30N 14.04W by U.130.
Denewood  169682    1943  7241 
1945 sold to Michalinos & Co, London r/n Indore, 1961 r/n Polegate, 1967 scrapped.
Beechwood (3)  180616    1945  8197 
Tanker. 1955 sold to Soc de Nav. Magliveras, Panama converted to dry cargo r/n City of Athens, 1957 r/n Marianne, 1964 sold to Patt, Manfield & Co, Hong Kong r/n Constellation, 1970 sold to Golden Moon Shipping, Panama r/n Golden Moon, 1973 scrapped.
Valewood  168675    1941  6327 
Ex-Empire Zephyr, 1946 purchased from MOWT r/n Valewood, 1949 sold to Ampleforth SS Co, Cardiff r/n Ampleforth, 1959 scrapped.
Rosewood (2)  181749    1947  9957 
Tanker. 1959 sold to T. Papadimitrou, Piraeus r/n Myrsini, 1974 scrapped.
Cherrywood (1)  149446    1927  6417 
Tanker. Built as Laristan for Common Bros, Newcastle, 15.1.1942 stranded on Tiree Island, refloated and r/n Empire Gulf for MOWT, 1946 repurchased by Common Bros r/n Laristan, 1949 sold to Jacobs r/n Cherrywood, 1953 sold to Marcou & Sons, Puerto Limon r/n Irene M, 1954 sold to Muzaffer Emin Zorlu, Canakkale, Turkey r/n Semira, 1960 scrapped.
Hollywood (1)  184361  6930221  1951  11447 
Tanker. 1960 sold to Federal Sea Equipment Ltd, London r/n Arctic, 1962 sold to Dealship Ltd, London r/n Dealbrook, 1964 scrapped.
Sandalwood  184595  5312185  1952  10061 
Tanker. 1962 sold to Verder & Co, Hong Kong r/n Santa Fortuna, 1965 sold to China r/n Da Qing 15, 1992 deleted from registers.
Laurelwood (2)  185988  5065697  1953  12402 
Tanker. 1959 chartered to The Admiralty r/n Cherryleaf, 1966 sold to Aeas Cia Nav, Monrovia r/n Agios Constantinos, 1967 r/n Aeas, 1972 sold to Silver Pine Maritime Co, Famagusta r/n Irenes Fortune, 1975 scrapped.
Oakwood (2)  186047  5423738  1954  11360 
Tanker. 1963 sold to International Union Marine Corp, Monrovia r/n Dorothy, 1968 sold to Cari Shipping, Monrovia r/n Cari, 1972 scrapped
Beechwood (4)  187540  5039147  1957  18176 
Tanker. 1968 sold to Belvientos Cia Nav, Panama r/n Ulysses, 1971 sold to Transeast Marine Carriers, Panama r/n Permina Samudra VI, 1975 scrapped.
Regent Falcon  301013  5291915  1959  12354 
Tanker. 1972 chartered to Texas Oil Co r/n Texaco Durham, 1975 sold to Kryoneri Shipping, Piraeus r/n Kallipolis, 1982 scrapped.
Pearleaf  301060  5272593  1960  12353 
Tanker. Chartered to The Admiralty, 1986 sold to Petrostar Ltd, Jeddah r/n Nejmat El Petrol XIX, 1993 scrapped.
Teakwood (3)  302893  5354250  1962  9092 
1970 sold to Armenistis Shipping, Piraeus r/n Alikrator, 1976 sold to Alge Cia Nav, Piraeus r/n Medcape, 1984 scrapped.
Rosewood (3)  304429  5408312  1963  10694 
1968 sold to Scindia S.N. Co, Bombay r/n Jalagirija, 1985 scrapped.
Oakwood (3)  308004  6523705  1965  22211 
Bulk Carrier. 1971 sold to Drys Shipping, Piraeus r/n Drys, 1984 sold to Dryas Shipping, Valetta r/n Dryas, 1984 scrapped.
Silvermerlin  336915  6813332  1968  1259 
Tanker. 1983 sold to Buries Markes Ltd, London, 1988 sold to Financial Enterprises of the Bahamas, Nassau r/n Sandmartin, 1992 sold to Seamartin Tankers, Douglas, ioM r/n Silvermerlin, 1994 sold to Magma Shipping, Valetta r/n Arun, 1996 sold to Ferman Denizcilik, Istanbul r/n Ferman Gold, 2001 scrapped.
Cherrywood (2)  300798  5328304  1958  10885 
Bulk Carrier. Ex-Silvercrag, 1969 purchased from St. Helens Shipping, London r/n Cherrywood, 1973 sold to Eskildale Shipping, Piraeus r/n Kappa Victory, 1980 r/n Rio Victory, 1980 sold to Astromar Shipping, Piraeus r/n Annabelle E., 1982 scrapped.
Beechwood (5)  301133  5045275  1960  12718 
Ore Carrier. Ex-Bishopsgate, 1969 purchased from Bishopsgate Shipping, London r/n Beechwood, 1975 sold to Nea Prosdokia Maritime, Piraeus r/n Nicolas C., 1976 sold to Fenicia di Nav, Cagliari r/n Capitano Franco V, 1986 scrapped.
Laurelwood (3)  338866  6918388  1969  15100 
Tanker. 1975 sold to Mobil Oil r/n Saucon, 1983 sold to Thenamaris Ship Management r/n Seapride, 1986 sold to Italiana Marittima r/n Leonis, 1992 sold to Mafi Gestione r/n Tuscania, 1995 sold to Marittima Fluviale r/n Monte Rotondo, Savona, 1999 sold Belize r/n Rotondo, 1999 scrapped.
Hollywood (2)    6930221  1970  15098 
Tanker. 1977 sold to Elthaco Cia Nav, Panama r/n Dafni C. 1978 sold to Crestar Cia Maritima, Greece r/n Captain X.Kyriakou, 1980 sold to Essar Shipping, India r/n Nand Kavita, 1993 scrapped.
Rosewood (4)    7034684  1971  14609 
Bulk Carrier. 1975 sold to Rogina Cia Nav, Greece r/n Paulina C, 1984 sold to Samantha Shipping, Valetta r/n Rio Grande, 1986 sold to Sugar America Sapphire Corp, Honduras r/n Neptunia, 1988 scrapped.
Teakwood (4)    7389015  1975  74228 
Tanker. 1975 sold to Cia Nationale Algerienne de Nav, Algeria r/n In-Amenas, 1985 sold to Saegea Shipping, Greece r/n Aegeas, 1988 sold to Burghley Park Shipping, Panama r/n Knock Davie, 1996 sold to Nortrans Offshore Vietnam Ltd, Liberia r/n Ruby Princess, 2010 scrapped.

Ted Finch 13-11-2012