Saint Line, Rankin, Gilmour & Co / Mitchell Cotts & Co, Liverpool and London

Saint Line, Rankin, Gilmour & Co

Rankin and Gilmour formed a partnership in Liverpool in 1876 and traded with sailing ships to North America. In 1880 the company took delivery of their first steam tramp and in 1890 formed the British & Foreign Steamship Co, later renamed the Saint Line. By 1914 the company owned twenty ships and lost only three to enemy action, but a large proportion of the fleet was sold during the war years. In 1937 the company was sold to Mitchell Cotts & Co and was transferred to London. In WW2 the fleet was almost completely wiped out and only one ship survived the war. Several wartime standard ships were purchased after the war but these were sold off, the last in 1962 when the company withdrew from shipowning.

 

Saint Line, Rankin, Gilmour & Co / Mitchell Cotts & Co, Fleet List

SHIP NAME O.N IMO BUILT G.T
SAIL VESSELS
Saint Mirren  73859    1876  1426 
8.7.1881 sailed Calcutta for Liverpool and went missing.
Saint Malcolm  76813    1877  1428 
13.12.1879 last sighted in 36.00S 20.00E for London and went missing
Saint Margaret  76807    1877  1428 
31.7.1890 last sighted off Cape Horn for Valparaiso and went missing.
Saint Mildred  76795    1877  1435 
1897 sold to E. Cellier r/n Brunshausen, 25.12.1901 abandoned on fire in 24.00S 76.00W exploded and sank.
STEAM VESSELS
Saint Albans  81333    1880  2037 
1891 sold to F de Larrinaga, Bilbao r/n San Albano, 22.2.1892 wrecked at Hog Island, Va.
Saint Bernard (1)  84047    1880  2222 
1889 sold to G. Harland & Co, West Hartlepool, 14.11.1905 abandoned 100 miles SW of Brest.
Saint Columba  84065    1880  2223 
28.1.1883 sailed from Cardiff for Calcutta and went missing.
Saint Dunstan (1)  84073    1881  2229 
1893 sold to Prince Line, Newcastle r/n Portuguese Prince, 1900 sold to E. Morteo, Genoa r/n Monte Rosa, 1901 sold to Costante Marchese, Genoa r/n Luigia, 21.3.1904 wrecked off Penai Point.
Saint Ronans  86154    1881  4484 
1894 sold to Furness, Withy & Co, Liverpool, 1899 sold to A. Christensen, Copenhagen r/n Orion, 1.6.1899 wrecked at Freshwater Point, Newfoundland.
Saint Oswald (1)  91290    1886  2819 
1898 sold to Lunn & Maccoy, Newcastle, 1907 sold to Northumbrian Shipping, Newcastle, 1911 scrapped.
Saint Regulus  93700    1886  3131 
1899 sold to Sir Alfred Hickman SS Co, Liverpool, 1903 sold to Ruston & Co, Liverpool, 1908 scrapped.
Saint Fillans (1)  91297    1886  3198 
1899 sold to Dixon & Sons, Belfast r/n Larne, 1905 sold to Rath Shipping, Newcastle, 1912 sold to Stefano Razeto, Genoa r/n Oriana, 1915 sold to F. Baglietto, Genoa, 16.2.1917 shelled and sunk off Cabo Huertas by U.35.
Saint Marnock  96365    1889  2969 
1899 sold to W. Thomson & Sons, Dundee r/n Jacona, 1908 sold to Cairn Line, Dundee, 12.8.1915 mined and sunk 25 miles NNW of Troup Head.
Saint Hubert  97826    1890  3046 
1898 sold to W. Holzapfel, Liverpool, 1899 sold to R. Whitfield, Liverpool, 1905 sold to Hiroumi Nisaburo, Kobe r/n Yedo Maru, 22.9.1912 sank off Kii Province.
Saint Pancras  97779    1890  4283 
17.6.1895 wrecked near Labuan.
Saint Enoch  97844    1891  4298 
1903 sold to Toronto Trading, Newcastle r/n Toronto, 1904 sold to Watts, Watts & Co, London r/n Sandhurst, 1911 sold to T. Dannevig & Co, Sandefjord r/n Roald Amundsen, 16.1.1919 burned at Philadelphia, repaired and sold to C. Christensen, Sandefjord, converted to whale factory ship, 1921 sold to S. L. Christensen, Sandefjord r/n Falk, 1936 scrapped.
Saint Giles  102071    1893  3372 
1900 sold to T. Dixon, Belfast r/n Bangor, 1914 sold to P. Spoliansky, Odessa r/n Dotsch, 1916-1918 Russian Navy requisition, 1922 transferred to French registry, 1924 sold to National Nav Co of Egypt, Alexandria r/n Stela, 31.12.1930 abandoned, 5.1.1931 sank in 36.55N 26.18E.
Saint Irene (1)  102150    1894  3877 
1904 sold to Nippon Yusen K.K., Tokyo r/n Tenshin Maru, 1934 scrapped.
Saint Jerome (1)  102166    1894  2864 
1902 sold to Hokkaido Tanko K.K, Yokohama r/n Temiya Maru, 1916 sold to Cia General de Tabacos de Filipinas, Barcelona r/n M. Arnus, 1917 sold to Hijos de Jose Taya, Barcelona r/n Josefa Raich, 1918 r/n M. Arnus, 1926 sold to S.A. Africa Occidental, Barcelona, 1929 sold to Domingo Mumbru, Barcelona r/n Sud, 1937 damaged by Spanish Nationalist air attack at Gijon, towed to sea and sank.
Saint Cuthbert (1)  105336    1895  4545 
1902 sold to T & J. Harrison, Liverpool r/n Chancellor, 23.9.1915 shelled and sunk in 50.08N 08.17W by U.41
Saint Ronald (1)  105346    1895  3080 
1903 sold to John Weatherill, Dublin r/n Portmarnock, 14.10.1910 wrecked near Cabo Frio.
Saint Mary  106829    1896  3011 
1906 sold to Joseph Hoult, Liverpool r/n Benrath, 1913 sold to John Constant, Liverpool, 1914 sold to S. Gerakis, Piraeus r/n Andreas Gerakis, 1917 sold to Soc. Nationale d?Affretements, Havre r/n P.L.M.9, 4.12.1918 wrecked near Penmarch.
Saint Leonards (1)  106893    1897  4249 
7.12.1910 abandoned in 38.00N 33.00W
Saint Quentin (1)  109473    1898  3365 
1913 sold to Tarabochia & Co, Trieste r/n Alfa, 1914 seized by Britain, 1915 allocated to The Admiralty r/n Polperro, 1921 returned to owners r/n Alfa, 1932 scrapped.
Saint Kilda (1)  110547    1899  3518 
5.6.1905 captured and sunk by Russian cruiser Dnepr off Hong Kong.
Saint Andrew (1)  110562    1899  6914 
1911 sold to Hamburg America Line, Hamburg r/n Bermuda, 1919 allocated to the Shipping Controller, London, 1922 sold to Hadjee M. H. Nemazee, Hong Kong r/n Englestan, 1925 sold to Mortola & Bozzo, Genoa r/n Maria Adele, 1932 scrapped.
Saint Bede (1)  110558    1899  3575 
1911 sold to Itaya Gomei Kaisha, Hakodate r/n Mitsuki Maru, 20.12.1942 sank south of Honshu.
Saint Dunstan (2)  110629    1900  4229 
1912 sold to J. Jacobs & Co, Liverpool r/n Beechwood and converted to tanker, 1934 scrapped.
Saint Fillans (2)  113394    1900  3620 
1915 sold to Anglo-American Oil Co, Liverpool r/n Spiraea, 29.2.1916 caught fire at Manchester and burned out.
Saint George (1)  113439    1900  4149 
1914 sold to Fratelli Lagorara, Genoa r/n Labor, 1929 sold to Prois Bros, Chios r/n Michalis Prois, 28.5.1929 wrecked near Staithes.
Saint Hugo (1)  113466    1901  3590 
8.6.1911 wrecked at West Tanegashima, Japan.
Saint Nicholas  113498    1901  3583 
1914 sold to A & E. Lederer, Trieste, 1916 sold to Gonzales & Sioli, Montevideo r/n Don Hugo, 1917 sold to French Government r/n Ruelle, 8.7.1917 torpedoed and sunk 200 miles NW of Madeira by U.155
Saint Cuthbert (2)  118086    1904  4954 
1.2.1908 abandoned on fire off Cape Sable.
Saint Egbert (1)  118072    1904  3749 
1913 sold to Anglo-Saxon Petroleum Co, London r/n Physa, 1932 scrapped.
Saint Irene (2)  118137    1904  3197 
1914 sold to Nicolaou & Cosmetto, Syra r/n Agios Georgios, 1918 sold to Soc. Trasporti Marittimi, Genoa, 1922 sold to G. Fotinatos, Syra, 1925 sold to Soc. Maritt. Italiana, Genoa r/n Gange, 1928 sold to Eustathiou & Co, Syra r/n Michalakis, 1933 scrapped.
Saint Jerome (2)  120832    1905  3191 
1913 sold to J. Goulandris, Andros r/n Marionga Goulandris, 4.7.1917 torpedoed and sunk in 34.38N 22.36E by U.14
Saint Oswald (2)  120904    1905  3810 
31.12.1915 sunk in collision with French battleship Suffren off Imbros.
Saint Patrick  123977    1906  4257 
1926 sold to Zeevaart Mij Scheldestroom, Ghent r/n Scheldedijk, 1933 scrapped.
Saint Michael  124050    1907  3796 
1922 sold to Clydesdale Shipowners Co, Glasgow r/n Aboukir, 1928 sold to Nav. Carlo Martinolich, Trieste r/n Spartivento, 1935 sold to Marino Querci, Genoa, 13.9.1943 bombed near Dubrovnik by German aircraft and scuttled.
Saint Ronald (2)  128028    1910  4387 
19.9.1917 torpedoed and sunk in 56.22N 10.17W by U.82
Saint Kilda (2)  131313    1911  3947 
9.12.1915 wrecked at Little Miquelon.
Saint Leonards (2)  131349    1911  4574 
1918 sold to T & J. Harrison, Liverpool, 1919 r/n Spectator, 1927 sold to Carras Bros, Chios r/n Yero Carras, 13.11.1930 ashore in Straits of Magellan, salvaged and 1932 sold to Cia Chilena de Nav Interoceanica, Valparaiso r/n Santiago, 11.2.1933 abandoned on fire in Gulf of Panama.
Saint Stephen  131327    1911  4398 
1923 sold to J. A. Zachariassen, Nystad, 1942 sold to Oscar da Costa, Rio de Janeiro, 1949 sold to Paulo Leite Carneiro, Rio de Janeiro r/n Canguera, 1951 sold to Empreza Internacional de Transp, Santos, 1952 r/n Guarassu, 1959 sold to Cinaba Com. Ind. e Nav. Bandeirantes, Rio de Janeiro r/n Fernao Dias, 25.5.1968 sank in 12.40S 37.10W
Saint Andrew (2)  131459    1912  4874 
1918 sold to T & J. Harrison, Liverpool r/n Sculptor, 17.5.1918 torpedoed near Oran, beached but total loss.
Saint Bede (2)  131408    1912  4940 
1918 sold to T & J. Harrison, Liverpool r/n Dictator, 1932 scrapped.
Saint Dunstan (3)  131441    1912  4422 
1918 sold to T & J. Harrison, Liverpool r/n Instructor, 15.7.1918 sunk in collision with U.S. Navy transport America in 43.50N 34.50W
Saint Hugo (2)  131444    1912  4874 
1915 sold to Palace Shipping, Liverpool r/n Franktor, 1915 sold to Canadian Pacific Railway, Liverpool r/n Mattawa, 1923 r/n Berwyn, 1928 sold to Kintyre SS Co, Liverpool r/n Kingarth, 1932 sold to G & F. Bozzo, Genoa r/n Beppe, 19.10.1942 torpedoed and sunk in 35.52N 12.05E by HMS Unbending.
Saint Ursula  131466    1912  5011 
12.12.1916 torpedoed and sunk in 35.16N 15.08E by U.32
Saint Veronica  131407    1912  4761 
Ex-Arab, 1913 purchased from W & R. Thomson, Liverpool r/n Saint Veronica, 1918 sold to T & J. Harrison, Liverpool r/n Matador, 1932 scrapped.
Saint Theodore  135461    1913  4992 
12.12.1916 captured by German cruiser Moewe, 14.2.1917 scuttled in 21.02S 31.45W
Saint Winifred  135460    1913  4572 
1918 sold to T & J. Harrison, Liverpool r/n Electrician, 1932 sold to Logothetis & Fakis, Andros r/n Aghia Varvara, 22.6.1938 stranded and sank near Ushant.
Saint Egbert (2)  135563    1914  5596 
1918 sold to T & J. Harrison, Liverpool r/n Author, 1935 scrapped.
Saint George (2)  137419    1914  5596 
1918 sold to T & J. Harrison, Liverpool r/n Statesman, 1932 scrapped.
Saint Quentin (2)  135567    1914  5043 
1918 sold to T & J. Harrison, Liverpool r/n Gladiator, 1932 scrapped.
Saint Hugo (3)  137498    1916  4952 
1917 sold to T & J. Harrison, Liverpool r/n Barrister, 19.9.1918 torpedoed and sunk off Chicken Rock by UB.64
Saint Fillans (3)  133076    1912  4622 
Ex-Hawkhead, 1917 purchased from Port Line Ltd, Glasgow r/n Saint Fillans, 1918 sold to T & J. Harrison, Liverpool r/n Orator, 1932 sold to Moller & Co, Shanghai r/n Hilda Moller, 1947 sold to Chinese Maritime Trust, Shanghai r/n Tang Shan, 1958 scrapped.
Saint Jerome (3)  140539    1917  5742 
1917 sold to T & J. Harrison, Liverpool r/n Patrician, 1938 sold to Golden Cross Line, London r/n Mazic, 1938 sold to P. Mazzella, Naples r/n Erminia Mazzella, 13.2.1941 captured by HMS Hawkins, allocated to Union Government of South Africa r/n Agulhas, 1952 r/n Noordewal, 1954 scrapped.
Saint Bede (3)  140637    1919  4663 
1924 sold to T & J. Harrison, Liverpool r/n Musician, 1938 sold to African & Continental SS Co, London r/n African Exporter, 1939 sold to Cia Genovese di Nav, Genoa r/n Capo Rosa, 1941 sold to Flota Mercante del Estado, Buenos Aires r/n Rio Dulce, 1956 sold to La Austral S.A Commercial, Industrial y Maritima, Buenos Aires r/n Austral, 1961 scrapped.
Saint Dunstan (4)  140635    1919  5662 
23.8.1940 torpedoed in 55.44N 08.10W by U.57, taken in tow but sank on 27.8.1940 north of Ireland.
Saint Andrew (3)  140652    1919  5616 
1936 r/n Saint Anselm, 30.6.1941 torpedoed and sunk in 31.00N 26.00W by U.66
Saint Oswald (3)  147297    1925  5030 
1929 sold to Cie Francais d?Armement & d?Importation de Nitrate de Soude, Dunkerque r/n A. D. Bordes, 1935 sold to Booth Line, Liverpool r/n Dunstan, 6.4.1941 bombed and sunk in 59.09N 08.22W by German aircraft.
Saint Germain  135618    1924  1036 
Built as Epoca for A/S Forenede Rederier, Oslo, 1927 sold to Rederi A/B Eda, Stockholm, 1932 sold to Soc. Bourbonnaise de Nav, Havre r/n Edouard Giraud, 1935 purchased by Saint Line r/n Saint Germain, 17.11.1940 torpedoed and sunk in 55.40N 08.40W by U.137
Saint Agnes  142619    1918  5183 
Built as War Briton for The Shipping Controller, London, 1919 sold to Soc Les Affreteurs Francais, Marseille r/n Titan, 1925 sold to Mitchell Cotts & Co, London r/n Cape St. Agnes, 1937 purchased by Saint Line r/n Saint Agnes, 14.9.1940 torpedoed and sunk in 41.27N 21.50W by Italian submarine Emo.
Saint Anselm   140652    1919  5616 
See Saint Andrew (3)
Saint Bernard (2)  167338    1939  5183 
1956 sold to Soc. Commerciale Antoine Vloeberghs, Antwerp r/n Jean Marie, 1962 sold to Argo Shipping, Piraeus r/n Aristos, 28.8.1967 sunk in collision with Norwegian m/v Linde off Beachy Head.
Cape St. David  168933    1941  6742 
Built as Empire Marlowe for MOWT, 1946 sold to Sun Shipping, London r/n Cape St. David, 1956 transferred to Saint Line, 1960 sold to Norman Shipping, Hong Kong r/n Happy Seafarer, 1966 scrapped.
Saint Edmund  169057    1942  7174 
Built as Ocean Vista for MOWT (managed by Saint Line), 1948 purchased by Saint Line r/n Saint Edmund, 1962 sold to Achille Lauro, Naples r/n Lucrino, 1970 scrapped.
Saint Dunstan (4)  168379    1942  7134 
Built as Fort Paskoyac for MOWT, 1947 U.S. Maritime Commission, 1948 sold to Iran Nav. Co, Bushire r/n Iran, 1953 sold to Royal SS Co, Panama r/n Hassan, 1954 sold to Ivanovic & Co, Panama r/n Tiha, 1960 purchased by Saint Line r/n Saint Dunstan, 1962 sold to B. T. Shipping, Hong Kong r/n Bename, 1967 scrapped.
Saint Gregory  166212    1942  7030 
Built as Empire Heywood for MOWT, 1944 management taken over by Saint Line, 1947 purchased by Saint Line r/n Saint Gregory, 1962 sold to Stuart Nav. Ltd, Hong Kong r/n Andros, 1963 sold to Escort Shipping, Hong Kong r/n Abiko, 1964 sold to Pine SS Co, Hong Kong, 1967 scrapped.

Ted Finch 29-04-2012