R.Chapman & Son, Newcastle.

R.Chapman & Son, Newcastle

The company was formed as Chapman & Miller in 1878 by the Newcastle sailing ship owners Ralph Chapman and Thomas Miller. In 1896 the partnership was dissolved and the company name was changed to R. Chapman & Son.

 

Chapman's built up a fleet of Tramp Steamers and by 1914 eight ships were owned. All their ships were taken up for war service operating as naval colliers and supply ships. Three ships were lost during the Great War but the fleet was rebuilt and by the outbreak of WWII the company owned 15 ships. Eleven ships were lost during the second war.
In 1951 the company was renamed as Chapman & Willan Ltd. The advent of bulk carriers and later, container ships spelled the end of tramp shipping and the old fleet was gradually disposed of. In 1974 the company was sold to Burnett Chapman Ship Management, Canada.

 

R.Chapman & Son, Newcastle, Fleet List

SHIP NAME O.N BUILT HISTORY G.T
SAILING SHIPS
Susan Gray 39184 1856 Built for Nelson & Co, Prince Edward Island, 1859 sold to T. Gann, Faversham, 1863 owned by J. Reavely and R. Chapman, 1872 sold to P. Stephenson, North Shields, 1875 sold toA. Svensson, Sweden r/n Susanna,, 1903 sold to C. Nilsson, Sweden, 1906 sold to H. Haliberg, Sweden, 5.10.1908 wrecked at Balticport. 224
Stornoway 10520 1850 Built for J. Robertson, London, 1860 sold to Baines & Mackay, Liverpool, 1867 part owned by R. Chapman, 1871 Chapman became owner, 7.8.1873 wrecked on Kentish Knock Sands. 483
Isabella 48549 1853 Built as Alice Counce, 1863 sold to G. Stanton, London r/n Isabella, 1870 part owned by R.Chapman, 16.2.1879 abandoned at sea on voyage Pensacola to Dublin. 1,093
Louisa 62350 1855 Built as Helena Anna, later r/n Louisa, 1870 part owned by R. Chapman, 7.12.1870 wrecked at Cadiz. 743
Agenoria 35009 1855 Built for J. Smith, St. John, N.B, 1856 sold to Lamport & Holt Line, Liverpool, 1868 sold to Griffiths & Co, Liverpool, 1873 part owned by R. Chapman, 1875 Chapman became owner, 1885 scrapped. 1,046
Ernestine 47512 1856 Built as Lammergier for Barreda Bros, USA, 1863 sold to M. Wilson, Liverpool r/n Ernestine, 1864 sold to A & E. Houlder, London, 1874 part owned by Chapman, 23.4.1875 stranded in Lough Swilley. 1,049
STEAM / MOTOR SHIPS
Benton 65734 1872 Built for R. Hindhaugh, Newcastle, 1878 purchased by Chapman & Miller, 1879 rebuilt to 911 g.t., 1892 sold to W.Taylor, South Shields, 1897 sold to Jobson & Co, Hartlepool, 1898 sold to Elmsie & Sons, Aberdeen, 11.10.1898 wrecked in White Sea. 759
Castlewood 79628 1878 15.11.1879 stranded on Gothland. 1,228
Winton 83889 1880 16.11.1882 sank with all hands NW of Ushant 1,913
Lynton (1) 83908 1881 1899 sold to Wickberg & Sons, Sweden r/n Valkyrian, 1939 sold to S. Salen, Sweden r/n Johanna, 1948 sold to Cia Naviera Minories, Panama r/n Hermes, 1957 scrapped. 1,284
Scorton 86098 1882 7.6.1883 Struck rocks and sank off Bizerta. 1,545
Linhope 76242 1878 1883 purchased from Hendersons, 2.6.1884 sank 60 miles ENE of Cape Finisterre 2,319
Carlton (1) 91485 1885 13.1.1891 abandoned in 35.50N 70.10W. 2,011
Brampton 92860 1887 16.2.1892 sailed from Cuba for Philadelphia and went missing. 2,007
Camiola 96161 1889 1.10.1892 struck Seven Stones Rock and sank. 2,226
Cornhill 97995 1892 28.12.1893 sank off Cape Trafalgar after collision with s/s Douglas Hill. 2,053
Sandhill 101806 1892 1899 sold to Cie. Nationale Belge, Belgium r/n Brabant, 1923 sold to Musmeci & Co, Italy r/n Alleanza, 1931 scrapped. 2,069
Cambay 101821 1893 1899 sold to R de la Sota, Spain r/n Ea, 1900 transferred to Sota y Aznar, Spain, 20.2.1902 wrecked on Cape Look Out. 2,632
Carlton (2) 104269 1894 1905 sold to Bombay & Persia S.N. Co, Bombay r/n Firoozi, 1923 scrapped. 3,085
Brighton (1) 106645 1898 1915-1919 chartered to The Admiralty as collier and transport, 1923 scrapped. 3,463
Floriston 110335 1899 12.10.1914 wrecked on Guyon Island, Nova Scotia. 3,429
Riverton (1) 110339 1899 1917-1919 chartered to The Admiralty as collier and transport, 1924 scrapped. 3,438
Amberton (1) 114428 1902 1915-1917 chartered to The Admiralty as collier and transport, 5.11.1917 torpedoed and beached at La Calle near Bizerta, 1920 sold to Soc.Algerienne, France r/n Nord Africaine, 1924 sold to Soc.di Nav MBS, Italy r/n Aldo, 1928 scrapped 4,556
Carlton (3) 122834 1905 1916-1918 chartered to French and Indian Governments for war service, 29.5.1918 torpedoed and sunk 270 miles W x S from Bishop Rock by U.90 5,262
Grainton (1) 129766 1911 1915-1919 chartered to The Admiralty as collier and transport, 31.5.1928 struck rock, taken in tow but sank in 18.16N 65.00W 6,042
Nurtureton (1) 133512 1912 1916-1919 chartered to The Admiralty as a collier and transport, 1920 sold to Walton Shipping Co, London, 1923 sold to West Hartlepool S.N. Co r/n Siltonhall, 21.9.1929 caught fire and sank in 37.32S 81.58E 6,060
Demeterton (1) 133557 1914 1915-1917 chartered to The Admiralty as a collier and transport, 13.3.1917 captured and sunk 750 miles E x N from Cape Race by German raider Moewe. 6,048
Innerton 142838 1919 Launched as War Scilla for the Shipping Controller, but completed as Innerton, 1944 sold to MOWT and scuttled as part of Mulberry Harbour at Normandy. 5,276
Clearton (1) 142845 1919 1.7.1940 torpedoed and sunk in 47.53N 09.03W by U.30 5,219
Linerton 142849 1919 9.11.1919 Stranded near South Shields after tow rope parted and broke in two. Both sections towed to Rotterdam and rebuilt 1921 as tanker Radix for Anglo Saxon Petroleum Co. 1929 sold to Mosvold, Norway, 1939 sold to Haltermann, Germany r/n Tine Asmussen, 1940 seized by Mexico r/n Juan Casiano, 19.10.1944 sank 90 miles off Savannah. 6,698
Peterton 142854 1919 17.9.1942 torpedoed and sunk in 18.45N 29.15W by U.109 5,221
Mabriton 142857 1920 25.9.1940 torpedoed and sunk in 56.12N 23.00W by U.32 6,694
Tiberton 142861 1920 14.2.1940 sailed from Narvik for Middlesbrough and went missing. 5,225
Koranton 142863 1920 10.3.1941 sailed from Halifax NS for Hull and went missing, presumed torpedoed on 27.3.41 in 59N 27W by U.98 6,695
Carlton (4) 148059 1924 20.12.1940 torpedoed and sunk in 54.30N 18.30W by Italian submarine Calvi. 5,162
Demeterton (2) 149406 1926 16.3.1941 shelled and sunk in 45.58N 44.00W by German battleship Scharnhorst. 5,251
Brighton (2) 149452 1928 6.5.1940 mined and sunk off Dunkirk. 5,359
Riverton (2) 149458 1928 20.4.1940 sunk at Narvik during German invasion of Norway. 5,378
Amberton (2) 149474 1928 23.7.1947 wrecked Cape Pine, Newfoundland in fog. 5,377
Grainton (2) 149489 1929 1950 sold to J. Fritzen & Sohn, Germany r/n Katharina Dorothea Fritzen, 1961 scrapped 6,341
Nurtureton (2) 161525 1929 1953 sold to J.Fritzen & Sohn, Germany r/n Erika Fritzen, 1960 sold to Oriental Steel Mills, Hong Kong, registered Panama r/n Mongkok, 1960 scrapped. 6,272
Frumenton (1) 161547 1930 4.3.1942 mined and sunk off Orfordness. 6,675
Generton 161600 1936 1955 sold to Paulins Rederi, Finland r/n Imatra, 1959 sold to Pan Norse SS Co, Panama r/n Capella, 1966 sold to Cia. Nav. Pearl, Panama r/n Bucentaur, 1968 r/n Bangkok Trader, 1968 abandoned after springing leaks, 1969 scrapped. 4,797
Hermiston (1) 165773 1939 1960 sold to Pan Norse SS Co, Panama r/n Nego Trader, 1966 sold to Kien An SS Co, Panama r/n Kien An, 16.12.1967 wrecked Kakizaki, Naoetsu. 4,795
Scorton (2) 165775 1939 1955 sold to A. Kjerlland & Co, Norway r/n Fro, 1965 sold to Winsen SS Co, Panama r/n Winsome, 10.6.1967 abandoned on fire and sank in 16.45N 116.45E 4,795
Merton (1) 165 811 1941 1960 sold to Union Nav. Corp, Panama r/n Union Pacific, 3.12.1964 wrecked Okinawa. 7,195
Norton (1) 165815 1941 1956 sold to Cia.de Vapores Realma, Costa Rica r/n Mastro- Stelios, 1960 sold to China r/n Ho Ping 47, 1967 r/n Zhan Dou 47, 1992 deleted from registers. 7,195
Earlston 165819 1941 5.7.1942 torpedoed and sunk in 74.54N 37.40E by U.334 in convoy PQ. 17 7,195
Allerton 165822 1941 1957 sold to Petunia Cia Nav, Liberia r/n North Lady, 1961 sold to Anatoli SS Co, Greece r/n Ypapanti, 1965 sold Taiwan r/n Ever Fortune, 1968 scrapped. 7,195
Ingleton (1) 165829 1942 1960 sold to Santa Spyridon Maritime Co, Lebanon r/n Tarseus, 1964 sold to Levant Shipping, Lebanon r/n Maria Renee, 1967 scrapped. 7,203
Carlton (5) 165841 1942 1963 sold to Ivy Shipping Co, London r/n Ivy Fair, 1964 sold to Eastland Nav.Co, Hong Kong r/n Cosmo Trader, 1964 scrapped after stranding damage at Hong Kong. 7,210
Brighton (3) 169168 1943 1959 sold to Pelopidas Cia Nav, Lebanon r/n Pelopidas, 1965 scrapped. 7,345
Riverton (3) 169170 1943 1960 sold to D. Margaronis, Greece r/n Eftychia, 1965 sold to Cia Nav. Pearl, Panama r/n Boaz, 1969 scrapped. 7,345
Demeterton (3) 169179 1944 1963 sold to Panamerican Pacific Co, Panama r/n Jayshree, 1965 sold to Interocean Nav. Co, Panama r/n Freedom Venture, 1971 scrapped. 7,344
Frumenton (2) 169184 1944 1962 sold to Eskgarth Shipping Co, London r/n Garthdale, 1964 sold to Jebshun Shipping Co, Hong Kong r/n Jeb Lee, 1970 scrapped. 7,542
Clearton (2) 172786 1941 Built as Empire Haven for MOWT, 1947 purchased by Chapman r/n Clearton, 1956 sold to Cia Maritima Amaconte, Liberia r/n Amaconte, 1970 scrapped. 4,758
Amberton 168961 1943 Built as Empire Rival for MOWT, 1949 purchased by Chapman r/n Amberton, 1957 sold to Cia de Vapores Marina, Liberia r/n Parmarina, 1963 sold to Oceanic Armadora, Lebanon, 10.1.1967 wrecked off Keelung. 7,045
Grainton (3) 165783 1940 Built as Sutherland for B. J. Sutherland & Co, Newcastle, 1954 purchased by Chapman r/n Grainton, 1957 sold to Buries Markes, London r/n La Bahia, 1961 sold to Lemos & Pateras, Lebanon r/n San John, 1965 sold to Atlas Shipping, Cyprus r/n Ledra, 11.11.1967 wrecked in 07.25N 81.51 E 5,172
Lynton (2) 186866 1957 1972 sold to Five Star Shipping, Greece r/n Five Star, 1979 scrapped. 6,140
Scorton (3) 186869 1957 1970 sold to Christopolin, Greece r/n Agelos Michael, 29.10.1971 abandoned on fire off Sri Lanka. 6,150
Grainton (4) 186880 1958 1970 sold to Global Navigation, Liberia r/n Voula, 1980 scrapped 6,149
Amberton (4) 186890 1959 1969 sold to Arm.Nav. Proestos, Greece r/n Proestos, 1973 sold to Flanders Shipping Co, Liberia r/n Five Bays, 1980 scrapped 6,073
Norton (2) 186897 1959 1970 sold to Eugenia Armadora, Greece r/n Captain Gerontas, 1979 scrapped. 6,073
Clearton (3) 186901 1960 1968 sold to Marero Cia Nav, Greece r/n Captain Lemos, 1973 sold to Coral Shipping, Cyprus r/n Michael Angelos, 1974 sold to Edipsos Cia Nav, Greece, 1976 r/n Kallimachos, 1979 sold to Derrynane Shipping,Greece r/n Sami, 1982 scrapped 6,073
Brighton (4) 186905 1960 1971 sold to Efmariners Cia Nav, Greece r/n Kaptayanni, 1973 r/n Mareantes, 1975 sold to Conship Maritime, Greece r/n Loukia, 1976 r/n Melpo, 1981 sold to Skystar Cia Nav, Greece r/n Despoula K, 2.9.1982 wrecked in 06.30N 10.57W while in tow to breakers. 6,073
Riverton (4) 186916 1955 Built as Despina C for West African SS Co, Liberia, 1961 purchased r/n Riverton, 1968 sold to Dimitra Mar. Co, Greece r/n Vroulidia, 1974 scrapped. 8,414
Hermiston (2) 183376 1961 Built as St. Rosario for South American Saint Line, 1963 purchased r/n Hermiston, 1970 sold to Apollo Shipping, Greece r/n Hermione, 1979 solld to Red Rose Cia Nav, Greece r/n Maria Sofia, 24.8.1980 bombed by Iranian aircraft at Basrah and abandoned. 9,183
Carlton (6) 305421 1963 1968 rebuilt to 16,303 g.t., 1974 sold to Burnett SS Co, Canada, 1975 r/n Federal Wear, 1975 r/n St. Lawrence Prospector, 1975 sold to Upper Lakes Shipping, Canada, 1979 rebuilt to18,527 g.t., 1979 sold to Niagara Finance Co, Canada r/n Canadian Prospector, 2010 scrapped. 13,94
Thistledowne 181155 1953 Built as Thistledowne for Albyn Line, Sunderland, 1955 chartered to Port Line r/n Port Curtis, 1961 r/n Thistledowne, 1966 purchased by Chapman, 1966 sold to Ratnakar Shipping, India r/n Ratna Jyoti, 1972 scrapped. 7,732
Merton (2) 181160 1955 Built as Thistledhu for Albyn Line, Sunderland, 1957 chartered to Avenue Shipping, London r/n Kildare, 1960 r/n Thistledhu, 1966 purchased by Chapman r/n Merton, 1968 sold to Anesis Shipping, Greece r/n Rio Doro, 1978 scrapped after stranding near Samso. 7,790
Ingleton (2) 187269 1960 Built as Thistleroy for Albyn Line, Sunderland, 1966 purchased r/n Ingleton, 1970 sold to Neptunia Mundial, Liberia r/n Panetolikon, 1982 sold to Askeladd Shipping, Panama r/n Shabaan, 1982 sold to Najd Maritime, Saudi Arabia, 1984 scrapped after collision damage. 7,919
Demeterton (4) 305448 1967 1968 rebuilt to 16,969g.t., 1974 sold to Burnett SS Co, Canada r/n St. Lawrence Navigator, 1975 sold to Upper lakes Shipping, Canada, 1979 r/n Canadian Navigator, still in service. 14,63
Frumenton (3) 305461 1968 Built as East Breeze for John Manners & Co, Hong Kong, 1968 completed as Frumenton for Chapman, 1974 sold to Burnett SS Co, 1974 sold to Maidstone Shipping, Liberia r/n Aegis Typhoon, 1979 sold to Asterion Shipping, Greece r/n Asterion, 1987 r/n Nicolaos A, 1990 r/n Astron, 1992 r/n Colmena, 1994 scrapped. 16,70

 

SHIP NAME O.N BUILT HISTORY G.T
MANAGED SHIPS
War Combe 142682 1918 1918-1919 managed for Shipping Controller, 1919 sold to David & Letrichoux, Cardiff r/n Watsness 3,090
War Torrent 142727 1918 1918-1919 managed for Shipping Controller, 1919 sold to W. J. Williams, Cardiff r/n Cosmos Don. 3,107
Uranienborg 167626 1915 1940-1945 managed for MOWT, 1945 returned to owners (A/S Dannebrog, Denmark) 3,300
Empire Cormorant 168086 1918 1940-1944 managed for MOWT, 1944 handed to Sea Transport Service, 23.10.1945 scuttled in Biscay with cargo of gas shells. 5,821
Empire Waterhen 168178 1920 1940-1944 managed for MOWT, 1944 management transferred to J & J.Denholm, 9.6.44 scuttled as part of Mulberry Harbour. 6,004
Empire Dew 166993 1941 1941 managed for MOWT, 12.6.1941 torpedoed and sunk in 51.09N 30.16W by U.48 7,005
Empire Liberty 168999 1941 1941-1943 managed for MOWT, 1943 sold to Greek Government r/n Kyklades. 7,157
Empire Cowper 169003 1941 1941-1942 managed for MOWT, 11.4.1942 bombed and sunk by German aircraft in 71.01N 36.00E 7,164
Fort Good Hope   1942 1942 managed for MOWT, 11.6.1942 torpedoed and sunk in 10.19N 80.16W by U.159. Built by Burrard, Vancouver 7,130
Empire Rival 168961 1943 1943-1948 managed for MOWT, see Amberton (3) 7,045
Empire Curzon 169055 1944 1944 managed for MOWT, 2.9.44 driven ashore at Normandy and 1945 scrapped 7,067
Empire Mandalay 180148 1944 1944-1946 managed for MOWT, 1946 sold to T & J.Harrison, Liverpool r/n Tribesman 7,086
Empire Asquith 169187 1944 1945 management transferred from Kaye, Son & Co, 1945-1946 managed for MOWT, 1946 management transferred to Counties Ship Management, London, 1947 r/n Brockley Hill. 7,082
Empire Dominica 180162 1945 1945-1946 managed for MOWT, 1946 sold to India SS Co, India r/n Indian Endeavour. 7,925

Ted Finch 22/05/2011