Moss Tankers Ltd (H. E. Moss & Co), London

Moss Tankers Ltd

Henry Moss began business in 1840 as a coal merchant in Liverpool. A London office was opened in 1882 and in 1885 the company bought a new steamship and gradually began changing the company from a coal supplier to an oil fuel carrier. Moss & Co continued their shipbroking business and purchased many old ships which they immediately sold on for further service or for scrap.

In 1913 the company branched out into the dry cargo tramping business with Sefton SS Co and lost four tramps and two tankers during the Great War. The whole tanker fleet was laid up during the depression years until 1934 and by the outbreak of WWII the company owned ten tankers and lost three to enemy action. The fleet was rebuilt in the 1950s and in 1964 the company was sold to Cunard SS Co and managed by Brocklebanks as Moss Tankers Ltd. Moss Tankers and the Cunard group were purchased in 1971 by Trafalgar House and in 1991 P & O purchased the shipping interests of Trafalgar House including the last Moss tanker.

 

Moss Tankers Ltd, Fleet List

SHIP NAME O.N IMO BUILT G.T
Wolf  87983    1884  579 
1888 sold to Sartori & Berger, Kiel r/n Ernst, 1925 sold to Pommersche Landw. Hauptgennossenschaft, Stettin, 1936 sold to Werner Peters, Hamburg, 1949 scrapped.
Filey  65191    1870  1221 
Built for Robert Ash, Hull, 1873 sold to H. Clapham, Newcastle, 1889 purchased by Moss, 1889 sold to P. Calderon, Cartagena r/n Ana de Ramos, 1890 sold to Conesa y Calderon, Cartagena r/n Cartagena, 1893 sold to Guixot y Ycardo, Cartagena, 1903 sold to Rius y Torres, Barcelona, 1913 sold to Ferrer Peset y Hermanos, Valencia r/n Pedro Pi, 1916 sold to R. Ortiz Artinano, Bilbao r/n Mercedes, 1917 sold to I. Asteinza, San Sebastian r/n Izarra, 1922 scrapped.
Rowena  62302    1868  1002 
Built for Joseph Heald, Newcastle as Eldon, 1870 r/n Rowena, 1888 purchased by Moss, 1889 sold Spain r/n Bautista Ramos, 1890 sold to Conesa y Calderon, Cartagena r/n Villena, 1918 r/n Ramon R, 1927 deleted from registers.
Lumen (1)  96305    1889  2402 
Tanker. 1924 sold to Harris & Dixon, London r/n Ivor, 21.9.1924 abandoned on fire in 45.12N 50.05W
Orator  78743    1877  1342 
1890 purchased from T & J. Harrison, Liverpool, 21.12.1890 wrecked at Donaghadee.
Brazilian  62328    1869  1360 
Built as Brazilian for Watts, Milburn & Co, Newcastle, 1870 sold to Hamburg-Brazil SS Co, Hamburg r/n Brasilien, 1873 resold to Watts, Milburn r/n Brazilian, 1874 sold to H. Clapham & Co, Newcastle, 1889 purchased by Moss, 1891 sold Turkey r/n Murvet, 1911 scrapped.
Lucerna (1)  99437    1892  3242 
Tanker. 1906 sold to T. Tamplin & Co, 1918 repurchased by Moss, 1930 sold to Ghirardi fu Emanuele, Genoa r/n Giuseppina Ghirardi, 10.6.1941 torpedoed and sunk off Cape Hellas by HMS Torbay.
Lucigen (1)  102107    1893  3416 
Tanker. 1901 sold to Anglo-American Oil Co, London r/n Tonawanda, 1924 scrapped.
German  76834    1877  3028 
1895 purchased from Union SS Co, Southampton, 1895 sold to Navigazione Generale Italiana, Genoa r/n Sempione, 1902 scrapped.
Connaught  28722    1860  1691 
1898 purchased from City of Dublin S.P. Co, 1898 scrapped.
River Mersey  96026    1888  1685 
1899 purchased from J. Little & Co, Glasgow, 1900 sold to W. Kunstmann, Stettin r/n Bavaria, 14.3.1915 mined and sunk NW of Stolpe Bank.
Tarifa  50378    1865  2089 
1899 purchased from Cunard and scrapped.
International  63651    1870  1381 
1899 purchased from India Rubber, Gutta Percha & Telegraph Works Co, London, 30.9.1899 wrecked at Birling Gap, Sussex while in tow.
Lucigen (2)  115304    1902  4527 
Tanker. 1907 sold to Anglo-American Oil Co, Liverpool r/n Cuyahoga, 1912 sold to Tank Storage & Carriage Co, Liverpool, 1914 r/n Massasoit, 1916 sold to Standard Transportation, Hong Kong, 1924 sold to Hamburger Tanker G.m.b.H, Hamburg, 1929 r/n Tageha, 1931 sold to I.N.S.A., Genoa r/n Delia, 1933 scrapped.
Durndale  118134    1904  3235 
1907 sold to S.G.T.M., Marseille r/n Mont Ventoux, 1910 sold to French Line, Havre, 1929 scrapped.
Sefton  124048    1900  3529 
Ex-Mount Cenis, 1907 purchased from S.G.T.M., Marseille r/n Sefton, 1907 sold to Vincenzo Granata, Bari r/n San Nicola, 1911 sold to Andrea Parodi, Bari r/n Trento, 1912 sold to French Line, Marseille r/n La Drome, 1931 scrapped.
Aral  99312    1891  2826 
Tanker. 1908 purchased from Hamilton, Fraser & Co, Liverpool, 1929 scrapped.
Astrakhan  99436    1892  3438 
Tanker. 1908 purchased from Hamilton, Fraser & Co, Liverpool, 1929 sold to Julius Schindler, Hamburg r/n Gustav Schindler, 1935 sold to Cia Ind. Mar. Affini Roma, Venice r/n Torcello, 5.11.1941 torpedoed and sunk by Soviet submarine SC-214 in Black Sea.
Lucigen (3)  127965    1909  4954 
Tanker. 1941 requisitioned by MOWT as depot ship at Lagos, 1946 scuttled off Lagos.
Cambroman  102055    1892  4920 
1909 purchased from British & North Atlantic S.N. Co, Liverpool, 1909 scrapped.
Bentinck  118612    1903  1148 
1909 purchased from Burnett & Co, Newcastle, 1910 sold to British New Guinea Development, Newcastle, 1912 sold to R. S. Lamb & Co, Sydney, NSW r/n Joan Craig, 1926 sold to Chung Yung Zan, Shanghai r/n Henli, 1928 sold to Louis Dubost, Haiphong r/n Francis Garnier, 1932 sold to Cie Cotiere de l?Annam, Saigon, 20.2.1944 mined and sunk off Poine Lagan, Annam.
Kensington  102155    1894  8669 
1909 purchased from International Nav. Co, Liverpool, 1910 scrapped.
Tampican  93837    1889  4833 
Built as Runic for White Star Line, 1895 sold to West India & Pacific SS Co, Liverpool r/n Tampican, 1900 F. Leyland & Co, Liverpool, 1912 purchased by Moss, 1912 sold to South Pacific Whaling Co, Christiania r/n Imo (involved in great Halifax explosion), 1920 sold to A/S Odd, Sandefjord r/n Guvernoren, 3.12.1921 wrecked East Falkland Island.
Lucellum (1)  135426    1912  5179 
Tanker. 1913 sold to French Navy r/n Garonne, 1916 loaned to Lane & Macandrew, London r/n Fleur de Lys, 1919 returned to French Navy r/n Garonne, 27.11.1942 scuttled at Toulon, 21.4.1944 refloated and scuttled by Germans as blockship at Toulon. 1946 scrapped.
Cycle  113403    1900  3411 
1912 purchased from R. Nicholson & Sons, Liverpool, 1912 sold to Roth Bros, Liverpool r/n Gunwell, 1914 sold to Furness, Withy & Co, London r/n Florentino, 1914 sold to Polzeath SS Co, Liverpool, 1916 sold to Houlder, Middleton & Co, London, 20.11.1918 mined and sunk at Brindisi, salvaged and 1920 sold to Sicula Americana, Naples r/n Mongibello, 12.10.1922 wrecked on Anticosti Island.
Louisianian  99322    1891  3643 
1913 purchased from Frederick Leyland & Co, Liverpool, 1913 sold to Chiama & Danove, Genoa r/n Vittorio, 1923 sold to Soc di Nav. Roma, Genoa r/n Congo, 1924 scrapped.
Headlands  98525    1892  2988 
1912 purchased from R. Hardy & Co, West Hartlepool, 12.3.1915 torpedoed and sunk off Scilly Isles by U.29
Lucellum (2)  135487    1913  5184 
Tanker. 1937 scrapped.
River Clyde  121217    1905  3913 
1915 purchased from SS River Clyde Co, Glasgow, 25.4.1915 beached at Gallipoli as landing ship, purchased by The Admiralty and 1919 refloated, 1920 sold to A. Pardo, Santander r/n Angela, 1929 sold to Junquera Blanco, Dijon r/n Maruja y Aurora, 1966 scrapped.
Turnbridge  98447    1894  2874 
Built as Ethel Radcliffe for E. Thomas Radcliffe & Co, Cardiff, 1907 sold to Bala SS Co, London r/n Bala, 1915 purchased by Moss r/n Turnbridge, 24.12.1917 torpedoed and sunk in 36.37N 00.24E by U.35.
Reapwell  112668    1900  3403 
Built as Shirley for Houlder, Middleton & Co, London, 1913 sold to Roth Bros, London r/n Reapwell, 1915 purchased by Moss, 27.11.1916 torpedoed and sunk in 33.37N 27.35E by U.39.
Turnwell  113970    1901  4264 
Built as Queen Alexandra for Dunlop & Sons, Glasgow, 1913 sold to Roth Bros, London r/n Turnwell, 1915 purchased by Moss, 1916 sold to Equinos SS Co, London r/n Craonne, 1920 sold to Gonzales Garra, Villagarcia r/n Pura Rasilla, 1927 sold to Cia Nav. Amaya, Bilbao, 1929 r/n Vicen, 1934 sold to Soc. Metalurgica Duro-Felguera, Gijon r/n Ciano, 1937 requisitioned by Spanish Republican Gov?t r/n Vircov, 1937 returned to owners, 1939 r/n Ciano, 1971 scrapped.
Lumina (1)  137471    1915  6218 
Tanker. 6.11.1915 shelled and sunk in 33.04N 25.56E by U.35
Mount Coniston  99804    1892  3026 
Built as Vortigern for R. McMillan, Glasgow, 1909 sold to Alexander & Mair, Glasgow r/n Elmgrove, 1916 purchased by Moss r/n Mount Coniston, 5.8.1916 captured and scuttled off Meda Island, Spain by U.35
Edith Cavell  106429    1898  3475 
Ex-Wagner, 1915 purchased from Jenneson, Taylor & Co, Sunderland r/n Edith Cavell, 30.11.1924 wrecked in 05.45N 54.00W
Mount Snowdon  99040    1892  2891 
Built as Ashdown for W. P. Price & Co, London, 1896 sold to C. T. Bowring, London r/n Vera, 1911 sold to Campas & Co, Piraeus r/n Ioannis Th. Sifneo, 1913 sold to E. C. Nicolaidis, Syra r/n Olkas, 1915 purchased by Moss, Liverpool r/n Mount Snowdon, 1921 sold to Riccardo Brughera, Genoa r/n Zara, 1923 scrapped.
Freshwater  139079    1903  4230 
Built as Tiberius for C. Andersen, Hamburg, 15.7.1904 mined near Vladivostok and abandoned by owners, 1904 Imperial Russian Nay r/n Sungari, 1907 Far East & Nav. Co, Vladivostok, 1910 sold to Russian Volunteer Fleet, Odessa r/n Perm, 1915 sold to E. Lutken, Copenhagen r/n Tina, 1915 purchased by Moss r/n Freshwater, 1925 sold to S.G.T.M, Marseille r/n Mount Dore, 1928 sold to Andreou & Anghelis, Syra r/n Enosis, 1932 scrapped.
Mount Etna  131284    1910  4277 
Ex-Dalecrest, 1916 purchased from Taylor & Worthington, Liverpool r/n Mount Etna, 1934 scrapped.
Rossia  113440    1900  4599 
Built as Lowther Castle for J. Chambers, Liverpool, 1912 sold to Regier & Son, Mariupol r/n Rossia, 1915 purchased by Moss, 1922 sold to Essex Line, London r/n Essex Baron, 1928 sold to Harris & Philipps. London, 1931 scrapped.
Southport  109800    1900  3588 
Built for W. J. Tatem, Cardiff, 1912 sold to T. Lewis, Cardiff, 1915 purchased by Moss, 1923 sold to G. Andreadis, Chios r/n Tithis, 1933 scrapped.
Lumina (2)  137535    1917  5856 
Tanker. 1935 scrapped.
Mantilla  139192    1916  5660 
Tanker. 1920 sold to Wilh. Wilhelmsen, Tonsberg, 1939 sold to John T. Essberger, Hamburg r/n Nordmeer, 1940 requisitioned by Kriegsmarine, 28.8.1944 scuttled im mouth of Gironde as blockship, 1945 refloated and repaired, 1948 sold to S.A. Les Petroles d?Outre-Mer, Havre r/n Artvine, 1954 scrapped.
Madrono  140293    1917  5854 
Tanker. 1919 sold to Wilh. Wilhelmsen, Tonsberg, 1929 sold to Hans Borge, Tonsberg, 1939 sold to A/S Norsk Rutefart, Kristiansand, 4.7.1942 captured by German cruiser Thorin 29.00S 20.00E r/n Rossbach, 7.5.1944 torpedoed and sunk in 33.14N 134.14E by USS Burrfish.
Meline  142326    1918  6983 
Tanker. 1920 sold to A/S Tanktransport, Tonsberg, 1951 sold to Interocean Transport Corp, Liberia r/n Fantis A, 1952 sold to Transocean Oil Corp, Liberia r/n Theotokos, 1953 scrapped.
Mendocino  140380    1917  6973 
Tanker. 1919 sold to Wilh. Wilhelmsen, Tonsberg, 1935 sold to A/S Viking, Farsund, 1938 sold to John T. Essberger, Hamburg r/n Karibisches Meer, 1939 requisitioned by Kriegsmarine r/n Olschiff I, 21.8.1944 scuttled as blockship at Rouen, 1946 scrapped.
Mirita  139137    1916  5830 
Tanker. 1919 sold to Wilh. Wilhelmsen, Tonsberg, 1934 sold to Glenfield Syndicate, London r/n Glenfield, 1935 sold to S. Iossifoglu,, Piraeus r/n Ionia, 1937 sold to Finchley SS Co, London r/n Romford, 1937 sold to Cie Primera de Nav., Panama r/n Clairy, 21.5.1940 sunk off Boulogne by German air attack.
Mirlo  140339    1918  6978 
Tanker. 16.8.1918 mined and sunk off Cape Hatteras.
Montana  142282    1918  6970 
Tanker. 1920 sold to Wilh. Wilhelmsen, Tonsberg, 1938 sold to Th. Brovig, Farsund r/n Ketty Brovig, 2.2.1941 captured by German raider Atlantis off Madagascar and used as oiler, 4.3.1941 scuttled in 04.50S 56.00E to avoid capture.
Mount Berwyn  142395    1918  5241 
Ex-War Puma, 1919 purchased from The Shipping Controller r/n Mount Berwyn, 1925 sold to S.G.T.M., Marseille r/n Mont Genevre, 1934 sold to A. Callinicos, Piraeus r/n Neion, 22.6.1940 torpedoed and sunk in 47.09N 04.17W by U.38.
Mount Everest  142618    1918  5183 
Ex-War Drake, 1919 purchased from The Shipping Controller r/n Mount Everest, 1923 sold to S.G.T.M., Marseille r/n Mont Everest, 1940 laid up at New Orleans, 1942 requisitioned by U.S. War Shipping Admin, Panama, 1944 returned to owners, 1953 sold to Cia Armadora San Francisco, Panama r/n Lagos Erie, 1959 scrapped.
Luminous (1)  133138    1913  4753 
Tanker. Built as Vitruvia for Gow, Harrison & Co, Glasgow, 1923 purchased by Moss, 1925 r/n Luminous, 1938 sold to Pallas Oil Co, London r/n Stratford, 26.9.1940 torpedoed and sunk in 54.50N 10.40W by U.137
Vitruvia  133138    1913  4753 
See Luminous (1)
Lumen (2)  147327    1925  6500 
Tanker. 1942 taken over by MOWT, managed by Moss r/n Empire Light, 12.3.1943 torpedoed and sunk in 52.00N 42.40W by U.468.
Lunula  149640    1927  6363 
Tanker. 9.4.1941 mined and sunk at Thames Haven wharf.
Luminetta (1)  149637    1927  6159 
Tanker. 1952 sold to Vivalet Shipping, Panama r/n Lumina, 1958 scrapped.
Lustrous (1)  149646    1927  6156 
Tanker. 22.2.1941 sunk by German battleship Scharnhorst in 47.12N 40.13W.
Luculus  161132    1929  6546 
Tanker. 1952 sold to Stevinson, Hardy & Co, London r/n Brazene, 1956 sold to Mageolia Naviera, Panama r/n Pantanassa, 1959 scrapped.
Luxor (1)  161141    1930  6554 
Tanker. 1951 sold to Fassio S.A di Nav, Genoa r/n Carolina Fassio, 1966 scrapped.
Lucerna (2)  162323    1930  6556 
Tanker. 1950 sold to Hansa Tank-Reed, Hamburg r/n Winnetou, 1960 scrapped.
Lucellum (3)  166255    1939  9425 
Tanker. 1955 sold to K. Salvesen & Sonner, Kragero r/n Asturia, 1956 converted to ore carrier, 1962 scrapped after grounding in St. Lawrence River.
Luminous (2)  165838    1942  8128 
Tanker. Ex-Empire Reynolds, 1946 purchased from MOWT r/n Luminous, 1956 sold to Cosarma Cia Sicula di Armamento, Palermo r/n Potere, 1956 r/n Miriella, 1960 scrapped.
Lumen (3)  183783    1950  10146 
Tanker. 1962 scrapped.
Lucerna (3)  185440  5213509  1952  11292 
Tanker. 1964 sold to Marguardia Cia Nav, Piraeus r/n Aesopos, 1966 sold to Agenor Shipping, Famagusta, 1970 scrapped.
Lustrous (2)  185478  5214888  1953  11301 
Tanker. 1964 sold to Esso Oil, Sydney r/n Esso Macquarie, 1972 transferred to Panama registry r/n Esso Sirius, 1976 scrapped.
Lucellum (4)  187187  5213494  1958  12202 
Tanker. 1969 sold to True Mariners S.A, Liberia r/n Juliana, 30.11.1971 dragged anchor and wrecked at Niigata
Luxor (2)  301336  5214981  1960  12700 
Tanker. 1968 sold to Cunard SS Co, 1975 sold to Vinstra Shipping, Singapore r/n Cherry Prince, 1980 scrapped.
Lucigen (4)  303864  5213729  1962  12800 
Tanker. 1968 sold to Cunard SS Co, 1975 sold to Probity Shipping, Piraeus r/n Anatoli, 1981 sold to Maralma Cia Nav, Piraeus r/n Nyala, 1986 sold to Ontario Shipping, Limassol r/n Ontario, 1988 scrapped.
Lustrous (3)    6823088  1968  14923 
Tanker. 1977 sold to Al Hofuf Nav. Co, Saudi Arabia r/n Al Hofuf, 1984 sold to Cyclades Maritime, Greece r/n Kriti Gerani, 1999 scrapped.
Luminous (3)    6828557  1968  14923 
Tanker. 1977 sold to Al Khafji Nav. Co, Saudi Arabia r/n Al Khafji, 1984 sold to Melea Maritime, Greece r/n Kriti Episkopi, 1999 scrapped.
Lumen (4)    7107869  1971  14925 
Tanker. 1977 sold to Al Dammam Nav. Co, Saudi Arabia r/n AL Dammam I, 1984 sold to Ceryx Cia Nav, Greece r/n Kriti Samaria, 1986 sold to Morfini SpA, Italy r/n Egnazia, 1999 scrapped.
Lumiere    7127924  1972  14925 
Tanker. 1993 sold to Broom Nav Corp, Liberia r/n Leona III, 1995 scrapped.
Luminetta (2)    7122778  1972  14167 
Tanker. 1990 sold to Meri Leasing, Italy r/n Enotria, 1996 scrapped.
Lucellum (5)    7356290  1975  23736 
Tanker. 1978 sold to Flota Mercante Grancolombia, Colombia r/n Ciudad de Barrancabermeja, 1987 sold to Tankersud SpA, Italy r/n Marvea, 1989 sold to Intersea S.r.L, Italy r/n Ravenna Trader, 1991 r/n Atlantic Sea, 1995 sold to Seaserpent Nav. Co, Malta, 1997 sold to Mostyn Nav Co, Malta r/n TN Topaz, 1999 sold to Marksman Shipping, Malta r/n Quebec, 2000 sold to Ecologiki Naftiki Eteria, Greece r/n Slops X, 2007 scrapped.
Lucerna (4)    7356305  1975  23736 
Tanker. 1988 r/n Al Arous, 1989 sold to K/S Herlofsen Tank II, Norway r/n Tank Queen, 1991 sold to Tschudi & Eitzen Tankers, Norway r/n Sitaxa, 1996 sold too Universal Eternity, Panama r/n Galea II, 2000 sold to Castle Bay Shipping, Malta r/n Iona, 2003 scrapped.

Ted Finch 07-06-2012