North Shipping Co (Hugh Roberts & Son), Newcastle.

North Shipping Co (Hugh Roberts & Son), Newcastle

Hugh Roberts & Son was established in Newcastle in 1874 as the owner of small wooden sailing ships. In 1875 the North Shipping Company was formed when the North Wales was delivered. In 1877 the company took delivery of its first steamship and the sailing fleet was later sold off. By 1888 eight steam tramps were owned but by the end of the Great War in 1918 only one ship survived. The fleet was rebuilt but the Second World War again caused the loss of most of their ships. In 1964 the company and its one remaining ship was sold to Common Brothers of Newcastle.

 

North Shipping Co (Hugh Roberts & Son), Newcastle., Fleet List

 

SHIP NAME O.N IMO BUILT G.T
North Wales (1)  73649    1875  1157 
Iron sailing Ship. Jan.1881 wrecked on Haisborough Sands, Norfolk.
North Britain (1)  77061    1877  1729 
1896 sold to D. C. Raggio, Genoa r/n Checcina, 1899 sold to Soc Commercial Italiana di Nav, Genoa r/n Diana, 1910 sold to Angelo Parodi, Genoa r/n Avanti. 1914 sold to L & L. Leva, Genoa, 22.12.1916 torpedoed and sunk off La Coruna by U.70.
North Durham  82782    1880  1890 
17.12.1893 passed Peniche on voyage Fiume to Grimsby and went missing.
Orsino  82797    1880  2048 
7.3.1898 wrecked at Giampilieri, Sicily.
North Cambria (1)  85100    1881  2097 
1899 sold to E. Hulin, Rouen r/n Saint Wandrille, 1904 sold to Ant. Artaud, Marseille, 1908 sold to Cia de Vapor Gipuzkoa, Montevideo r/n Gipuzkoa, 25.1.1910 wrecked at Algorta.
North Anglia (1)  87148    1883  2081 
1905 sold to Japan r/n Kinjio Maru, 23.8.1905 sunk in collision with s/s Baralong off Himejima.
North Erin  89505    1883  2078 
1897 sold to Navigazione a Vapore Unione, Trieste, 19.6.1897 caught fire near Taranto, sunk next day by Italian warship Rapido.
North Flint  95499    1888  2171 
1910 sold to T. Pangalos, Syra r/n Theodoros, 1915 sold to N. Stroyberg, Aalborg r/n Paul Pagh, 1916 sold to A/S Rederiet Quarto, Aalborg r/n Danebrog, 1923 sold to Nordjyllands Kul-Kompagni, Norresundby r/n Dania, 1936 scrapped.
North Gwalia  95516    1888  2233 
1908 sold to B. J. Sutherland & Co, London, 1909 sold to Munro Shipping, London, 25.4.1909 sunk in collision with s/s Mauranger off Yarmouth.
North Wales (2)  122825    1905  3691 
16.11.1914 captured by German cruiser Emden 360 miles SW of Valparaiso and scuttled.
North Britain (2)  125631    1907  3676 
Ex-Baltic Exchange, 1908 purchased from London Exchange SS Co, London, 1909 r/n North Britain, 1932 sold to Latvian Shipping Co, Riga r/n Arija, 1940 seized by USSR, 1941 seized by Germany r/n Wartheland, 12.12.1944 bombed and sunk by British aircraft in Nordfjord.
North Cambria (2)  125636    1907  3577 
Ex-Calcutta, 1915 purchased from Nelson, Donkin & Co, London r/n North Cambria, 1.8.1918 sunk in collision with s/s Port Stephens in 48.57N 06.47W
North Wales (3)  129056    1909  4072 
Ex-Wakefield, 1915 purchased from Harris & Dixon Ltd, London r/n North Wales, 26.10.1916 torpedoed and sunk with all hands in 49.20N 07.45W by U.69.
North Anglia (2)  128512    1910  3562 
Ex-Bideford, 1918 purchased from Tatem S.N. Co, Cardiff, 1922 r/n North Anglia, 1933 sold to M. Embiricos, Andros r/n Corinthiakos, 20.11.1942 torpedoed and sunk in 25.42S 33.27E by U.181.
North Cornwall  148058    1924  4304 
15.4.1940 sunk at Narvik (war loss)
North Devon  148096    1924  3658 
1950 sold to G. Chalkias, Chios r/n Aghios Spyridon, 1952 sold to Cia Naviera Apostolpaul, Puerto Limon r/n Theoforos, 1956 sold to La Cruz SS Co, Puerto Limon r/n Lenko, 1958 sold to Cia Maritima Sapap, Puerto Limon r/n Ais Giannis, 1960 transferred to Panama registry, 1960 scrapped.
North Britain (3)  165801    1940  4635 
5.5.1943 torpedoed and sunk in 55.08N 42.43W by U.707
North Anglia (3)  168923    1941  6.966 
Ex-Empire Wyclif, 1946 purchased from MOWT r/n North Anglia, 1960 sold to Mariner Shipping, Hong Kong r/n Happy Mariner, 1966 sold to Vanguard Shipping, Hong Kong, 1967 scrapped.
North Britain (4)  169523    1945  7200 
Ex-Empire Cyprus, 1948 purchased from MOT r/n North Britain, 1962 sold to Kinabatangan Shipping, Newcastle r/n Jesselton Bay, 1968 scrapped.
North Cambria (3)  169580    1943  7127 
Ex-Fort Bell, 1950 purchased from MOT r/n North Cambria, 1951 sold to Japan r/n Canada Maru, 1964 r/n Tenyo Maru, 1965 r/n Asahi Maru, 1969 scrapped.
North Cornwall (2)  169264  5261063  1954  5571 
1959 sold to Nigerian National Line, Lagos r/n Oduduwa, 1974 sold to Castrenza Cia Nav, Piraeus r/n Nanina, 1977 sold to Stravon Cia Nav, Panama r/n Anastasia V, 1979 scrapped.
North Devon (2)  186875  5256862  1958  7905 
1964 sold to Common Bros, Newcastle, 1967 sold to Argo Cia Nav, Liberia r/n Armonikos, 1971 transferred to Famagusta registry, 1977 sold to Dashwood Shipping, Piraeus r/n Panagis S, 1979 scrapped after fire damage at Drapetzona.
North Cambria (4)  182924    1948  5590 
Ex-Scottish Trader, 1960 purchased from Trader Nav. Co, London r/n North Cambria, 1963 sold to Bond Shipping, London r/n Bannercliff, 1970 sold to Silver Coast Shipping, Famagusta r/n Silver Coast, 1973 sold to Lais Shipping, Famagusta r/n Granikos, 1974 scrapped after fire damage at Nuevitas.

Ted Finch 12/12/2011