Morrison Steamship Company, John Morrison & Son, Newcastle

Morrison Steamship Co, John Morrison & Son, Newcastle

John Morrison started steamship owning in 1871 when he purchased the tramp steamer Ben Lomond from John Laing of Sunderland and over the next few years built up a fleet of eight ships. By the outbreak of the Great War, the company had been reduced to three ships. Two of these were lost to enemy action and the third one was sold to Russia. By the end of the war, no ships were owned and the company did not re-enter ship owning until 1922. The company purchased 13 new ships up to 1930 which traded worldwide, but the main trade was from Sweden to South Africa and homewards via West Africa on charter to United Africa Co. By 1939 ten ships were owned but all were lost during the war. After the loss of the Glenlea, the company was wound up.

 

Morrison Steamship Co : Fleet List

 

SHIP NAME O.N IMO BUILT G.T
Ben Lomond (1)  65425    1871  1171 
1902 sold to N. Stroyberg, Aalborg r/n Inger, 4.1.1906 wrecked near Sunderland.
Ben Nevis  65441    1872  1003 
1898 sold to North Easten Shipping, Aberdeen, 1901 sold to Hollandsche Stoom Mij, Amsterdam r/n Vreede, 20.8.1903 sunk in collision with s/s Luchana at Newport, Mon.
Ben Ledi (1)  65459    1873  1111 
1879 sold to W. Pinkney, Sunderland r/n Runo, 1885 sold to Neptune SS Co, Sunderland, 1890 sold to Thornton SS Co, Sunderland, 1895 sold to Pile & Co, London, 1895 sold to Bugge & Co, Mandal, 1899 sold to O. Banck, Helsingborg, 18.12.1901 wrecked off Solvesborg.
Ben More  28439    1860  1363 
Ex-Samson, 1874 purchased from E. T. Gourlay, Sunderland r/n Ben More, 1898 scrapped.
Tweed  63579    1870  1304 
1876 purchased from James Laing, London, 1898 sold to Grasso Cicerone, Genoa r/n Maria Vittoria, 1900 sold to Cia Barcelonesa de Nav, Barcelona r/n Jose Monteys, 1902 r/n Alejandria, 1902 sold to J. Galofre, Barcelona r/n Josefina, 1920 deleted from registers.
Ben Venue  76637    1877  1515 
1901 sold to Turkey r/n Angora, 1909 sold r/n Hilal, 15.5.1915 shelled and sunk by Russian destroyers at Eregli.
Ben Voirlich  76641    1877  1506 
1901 sold to Turkey r/n Konya, 1912 sold to Triandaphilides & Kallias, Piraeus r/n Tharos, 1914 sold to Iran r/n Teheran, 1.1.1916 sunk in collision with s/s Marietta Costanzo in Straits of Gibraltar.
Ben Cruachan (1)  79218    1879  1366 
23.10.1885 sunk in collision with s/s Merthyr off Wolf Rock
John Morrison  84894    1883  1920 
1902 sold to A. Hutchins, North Shields, 25.1.1904 sunk in collision with s/v Kostas at Constantinople.
Ben Ledi (2)  89791    1884  1916 
1902 sold to Vagliano Bros, Cephalonia r/n Demetrios, 1915 sold to Otto Dalman, Goteborg r/n East, 1916 sold to Nordisk Fjerfabrik, Copenhagen r/n Osten, 1921 sold to A/S D/S Gylfe, Copenhagen, 1925 r/n Hadsund, 1935 sold to Ove Skou, Copenhagen r/n Jytte, 19.12.1939 minned and sunk off Souter Point.
Ben Clune (1)  89381    1888  2051 
1913 sold to Emil Retzlaff, Stettin r/n Heinrich, 17.2.1914 sailed from Newport for Marseille and went missing.
Ben Corlic (1)  89840    1889  2061 
31.5.1902 stranded near Whitby, refloated and sold to O. Banck, Solvesborg r/n Beta, 1916 sold to C. Christoffersen & Co, Brevik r/n Sigteso, 1917 sold to Olsen & Ugelstad, Christiania r/n Luksefjell, 11.10.1918 torpedoed and sunk off Cape Breton by U.91.
Sportsman  79250    1881  1897 
1894 purchased from W. Jobling, North Shields, 1901 sold to Clydebank SS Co, Glasgow, 1903 r/n Netherby, 2.8.1905 damaged by fire at St. Petersburg and sold O. Brodin, Sweden, 1907 sold to Russia r/n Mikhail, 1908 deleted from registers.
Ben Cruachan (2)  114516    1902  3092 
30.1.1915 captured and scuttled in 53.56N 03.51W by U.21.
Ben Lomond (2)  122863    1906  2814 
1918 sold to H. E. Moss & Co, Liverpool, 7.7.1918 torpedoed and sunk near Daunt Rock by U.92
Waverley  114406    1901  2292 
1917 requisitioned by Shipping Controller and loaned to Imperial Russian Navy r/n Tze, 1918 sold to Sovtorgflot, Archangel r/n Krasnoe Znamia, 1960 deleted from registers.
Nestlea  145450    1921  4274 
1924 purchased from J. Priestman & Co, Newcastle, 18.1.1940 bombed and sunk by enemy aircraft in 50.38N 10.00W.
Stornest  145454    1921  4252 
Ex-Stornes, 1921 purchased from H. Hansen, Christiania r/n Stornest, 12.10.1942 torpedoed and sunk in 54.25N 27.42W by U.706
Ben Corlic (2)  112764    1900  2893 
Ex-Frank Parish, 1923 purchased from A. Holland & Co. London r/n Ben Corlic, 1928 sold to Slobodna Plov Topic, Susak r/n Olga Topic, 1935 r/n Jela Topic, 1939 sold to G. J. Marovic, Susak r/n Neti, 1946 sold to Jadranska Slobodna Plovidba, Rijeka r/n Sibenik, 1952 scrapped.
Barbara Marie (1)  145520    1923  4266 
1924 sold to Sea SS Co, Newcastle r/n Portsea, 1933 sold to A. Scinicariello, Naples r/n Cipro, 1937 sold to Lauro & Montela, Torre del Greco r/n Stella, 14.8.1941 captured by HMS Circassia and r/n Empire Planet for MOWT, 1947 sold to Williamson & Co, Hong Kong r/n Inchkeith, 2.3.1955 wrecked Andaman Island.
Ben Clune (2)  133075    1912  3782 
Built as Iriston for W. Miller & Co, Glasgow, 1914 sold to Romania r/n Oltul, 1924 purchased by Morrison r/n Ben Clune, 1924 sold to D. Alexander, Glasgow r/n Maplegrove, 1933 sold to Grauds Shipping, Riga r/n Everhope, 1939 sold to Z. Heinrichsons, Riga r/n Dole, 1940 seized by USSR, 1941 seized by Germans at Lubeck r/n Anke, 11.9.1943 torpedoed and sunk in Malangerfjord by Norwegian MTBs
Eastlea  148057    1924  4267 
23.3.1941 sailed from St. Vincent, C.V. for Newport News and went missing, presumed torpedoed.
Westlea  148107    1924  4218 
1927 sold to Ridley, Son & Tully, Newcastle r/n Newton Elm, 1937 sold to Arlon SS Co, London r/n Becheville, 9.6.1944 scuttled at Normandy beachhead as part of Gooseberry Harbour.
Fernlea  149403    1925  4212 
1927 sold to Ridley, Son & Tully, Newcastle r/n Newton Pine, 1941 sold to Graig Shipping, Cardiff, 16.10.1942 torpedoed and sunk in 55.00N 30.00W by U.704.
Cheldale  148121    1925  4218 
17.2.1940 sunk in collision with m/s Greystoke Castle in 29.49S 31.30E.
Holmelea  149476    1928  4223 
28.2.1941 shelled and sunk in 54.24N 17.25W by U.47
Farndale  149482    1928  4222 
30.3.1940 caught fire, beached and burnt out at Takoradi.
Barbara Marie (2)  149464    1928  4223 
12.6.1940 torpedoed and sunk in 44.16N 13.54W by U.46.
Ashlea  149491    1929  4222 
7.10.1939 captured and sunk in 09.00S 03.00W by German battleship Admiral Graf Spee.
Thornlea  161544    1929  4261 
2.9.1940 torpedoed and sunk in 55.14N 14.40W by U.46.
Glenlea  161557    1930  4252 
7.11.1942 torpedoed and sunk in 50.00N 30.00W by U.566.
Gaunless  161570    1925  1376 
Ex-Boreas, 1933 purchased from J. Wiese, Bergen r/n Gaunless, 1937 sold to Nichols & Son, Helsingfors r/n Ulea, 1947 sold to A. H. Vang, Helsingfors r/n Inger, 1955 sold to USSR r/n Kharlov, 1970 deleted from registers.

Ted Finch 28-09-2012