Sheaf Steam Shipping Co, W.A. Souter & Co, Newcastle

Sheaf Steamship Company

William Souter formed the Sheaf Steam Shipping Co in 1906 in Newcastle. The company initially traded to the Baltic, Mediterranean and Biscay and later to Spain and Morocco. They were also involved in the North Sea collier trade and expanded to world wide tramping between the wars. In 1953 the company branched into tankers and at the end of the 1950s it moved out of deep sea tramping and into the iron ore trade, acquiring bulk carriers from the 1960s. Its subsidiary Bamburgh Shipping Co. Ltd was sold to Ben Line in 1976. The remaining ship management side of the business was taken over by Danish shipbuilders Burmeister & Wain and traded as Souter Hamlet.

 

Sheaf Steamship Company Fleet List

 

SHIP NAME O.N BUILT G.T
Sheaf Field (1) 122848  1906  1533 
1923 sold to Rederi A/B Jonstorp, Sweden r/n Leonardia, 1949 sold to Ismael Subasi, Istanbul r/n Subasi, 1955 r/n Arda, 4.12.1962 wrecked in Bosphorus.
Sheaf Arrow (1) 133510  1912  2094 
1933 Scrapped.
Sheaf Blade 115148  1903  2378 
Ex-Mariner, 1915 purchased from Needham Bros, West Hartlepool r/n Sheaf Blade, 25.10.1917 torpedoed and sunk off Cape Gata, Spain by U.64
Sheaf Don (1) 133593  1917  2172 
23.2.1926 wrecked at Langesund
Sheaf Dart 120484  1905  2793 
Ex-Leander, 1918 purchased from Scaramanga Bros, London r/n Sheaf Dart, 1929 sold to H. Levander, Goteborg r/n Vigor, 1937 sold to Lexzau, Scharbau, Emden r/n Ostfriesland, 1939 r/n Theda Fritzen, 17.11.1945 scuttled in the Skaggerak with cargo of surplus ammunition.
Sheaf Brook (1) 112429  1901  3318 
Ex-Coniston, 1918 purchased from Pyman SS Co, West Hartlepool r/n Sheaf Brook, 1920 sold to Capper, Alexander & Co, London r/n Shrewsbury, 1932 scrapped.
Sheaf Lance 142706  1918  3112 
Ex-War Haven, 1918 purchased from The Shipping Controller r/n Sheaf Lance, 1936 sold to Brynmor SS Co, Newcastle r/n Danybryn, 1937 sold to M. Jonasson, Sweden r/n John, 1949 sold to O. Thore, Jonstrop r/n Balticia, 1956 sold to Carlbom & Co, Costa Rica r/n Monica, 1958 scrapped.
Sheaf Spear 142825  1919  3050 
Launched as War Sun, completed as Sheaf Spear, 1937 sold to Cia France-Navigation, Rouen, 1940 transferred to Chargeurs Reunis, 1942 seized by Germans, transferred to Italy r/n Modena, 22.3.1943 bombed and sunk at Palermo
Sheaf Mount (1) 133145  1913  5119 
Built as Gifford for Andrew Weir & Co, 1914 seized by Germany, 1917 r/n Gifhorn, 1918 returned to owners r/n Gifford, 1919 purchased by Souter r/n Sheaf Mount, 1930 sold to Vergottis, Argostoli r/n Eftychia, 1938 sold to Achille Lauro, Naples r/n Guidonia, 1941 seized by USA r/n Plaudit, 8.11.1942 torpedoed and sunk in 36.00S 26.32E by U.181
Sheaf Mead (1) 137072  1915  4273 
Ex-Hawkser, 1919 purchased from Turnbull & Son, Whitby r/n Sheaf Mead, 1930 sold to E. Tricoglu, Andros r/n Mina E. Tricoglu, 9.10.1933 stranded at Civitavecchia and 1934 scrapped.
Sheaf Garth 145456  1921  1927 
1937 sold to Angel, Son & Co, Newcastle r/n Bramwell, 1940 sold to Gibson & Co, Leith r/n Glendinning, 5.7.1944 torpedoed and sunk in 50.32N 00.22W by U.953
Sheaf Field (2) 148042  1923  2719 
28.10.1940 mined and sunk off Sunk Lightvessel
Sheaf Brook (2) 148069  1924  2179 
20.11.1935 sent distress signal in 54.42N 01.30E and went missing.
Sheaf Crest 148097  1924  2730 
30.11.1939 mined and sunk in 51.32N 01.26E
Sheaf Water 148115  1925  2730 
7.10.1942 torpedoed and sunk in 53.06N 01.25E by German E-Boat.
Sheaf Crown 161538  1929  4868 
1947 sold to Lykiardopulo, London r/n Kedros, 1950 sold to Cia di Nav. Cosina, Palermo r/n Maria Lauretana, 1960 scrapped.
Sheaf Holme (1) 161533  1929  4811 
1951 sold to Reeder-Union, Kiel r/n Dusternbrook, 1954 r/n Bonanza, 1960 sold to Lemos & Pateras, Lebanon r/n Carnation, 1965 scrapped.
Hebburn 148075  1924  2881 
Built for Burnett SS Co, Newcastle, 1934 sold to Gascony SS Co, Newcastle, 1935 purchased by Souter, 1938 sold to J. Billmeir, London r/n Stanburn, 29.1.1940 bombed and sunk off Flamborough Head.
Hylton 161601  1937  5197 
29.3.1941 torpedoed and sunk in 60.20N 18.10W by U.48
Sheaf Don (2) 145742  1924  2480 
Built as Porthkerry for Porthcawl SS Co, Cardiff, 1933 sold to W. Vaughan, Cardiff, 1936 r/n Seven Seas Sun, 1939 purchased by Souter r/n Sheaf Don, 1944 sold to Shamrock Shipping, Belfast, 1945 r/n Gleno, 1950 sold to H. Stinnes, Hamburg r/n Rheinland, 1963 scrapped.
Sheaf Mount (2) 147933  1924  5017 
Ex-Luciston, 1939 purchased from W. S. Miller, Glasgow r/n Sheaf Mount, 24.8.1942 torpedoed and sunk in 48.55N 35.10W by U.605
Sheaf Mead (2) 147881  1924  5008 
Ex-Gretaston, 1940 purchased from W. S. Miller, Glasgow r/n Sheaf Mead, 27.5.1940 torpedoed and sunk in 43.48N 12.32W by U.37
Sheaf Mead (3) 169657  1943  7219 
Ex-Sammex, 1947 purchased from MOWT r/n Sheaf Mead, 1952 sold to Gerontas Cia de Nav, Panama r/n Gerontas, 1959 scrapped after grounding damage.
Sheaf Mount(3) 180349  1945  7123 
Ex-Empire Fancy, 1947 purchased from MOWT r/n Sheaf Mount, 1957 sold to Dornoch Shipping, Glasgow r/n Valldemosa, 1961 sold to Mullion & Co, Hong Kong r/n Ardfinnan, 1968 r/n Court Harwell, 1969 scrapped.
Sheaf Arrow (2) 180359  1942  2066 
Ex-Empire Shepherd, 1946-48 managed for MOWT, 1948 purchased r/n Sheaf Arrow, 1956 sold to A/S D/S Ask, Bergen r/n Eva, 1969 scrapped.
Sheaf Field (3) 169097  1943  2065 
Ex-Empire Clansman, 1946-48 managed for MOWT, 1948 purchased r/n Sheaf Field, 1952 sold to Wm. Cory & Sons, London r/n Corfield, 1964 sold to S. Armenikas, Piraeus r/n Spyros Armenikas, 13.2.1965 wrecked off Vlissingen
Sheaf Royal (1) 169254  1953  12305 
Tanker. 1965 sold to Marutil Cia Nav, Piraeus r/n Atys, 1967 sold to Marguardia Cia Nav, Piraeus, 1972 scrapped.
Sheaf Holme (2) 186842  1955  12334 
Tanker. 1965 sold to Aktis Co, Piraeus r/n Alkis, 1966 sold to Castle Shipping, Liberia, 30.7.1971 sank in tow in 33.02S 02.41W
Sheaf Field (4) 186888  1959  10882 
Ore Carrier. 1969 sold to Cia de Nav. Tornado, Liberia r/n Tornado, 1977 sold to Greekhymne Shipping, Piraeus r/n Stenies, 1986 scrapped.
Sheaf Wear 186898  1959  10867 
Ore Carrier. 1969 sold to Whitwill, Cole & Co, Bristol r/n Baltic Ore, 1971 r/n Irish Wasa, 1977 sold to Universal Breeze Inc, Piraeus r/n Christina, 1977 scrapped after fire damage.
Bamburgh Castle 186891  1959  11894 
Ore Carrier. 1976 sold to Toxotis Shipping, Piraeus r/n Eva, 1984 scrapped.
Longstone 186908  1960  13062 
Ore Carrier. 1975 sold to Matat Shipping, Piraeus r/n Parnassos, 1985 sold to Amesa Shipping, Gibraltar r/n Amesa Tria, 1985 scrapped.
Cheviot 186914  1961  13082 
Ore Carrier. 1977 sold to Cia Evpo S.A, Piraeus r/n Dapo Trader, 1984 sold to Trico Corp, Piraeus r/n Trader, 1984 scrapped.
Lindisfarne 186903  1960  12733 
Ore Carrier. 1975 sold to Singapore Cosmos Shipping, Singapore r/n Cosmos Traders, 1977 sold to Inter Globe Nav, Singapore, 1979 sold to Korea Tonghae Shipping, Korea r/n Bong San, 1996 scrapped.
Sheaf Mount (4) 1965  21996 
Bulk Carrier. 1972 sold to El Yam Ltd, Israel r/n Har Carmel I, 1973 r/n Har Carmel, 1984 sold to Vioship Maritime, Panama r/n Nora, 1986 scrapped.
Sheaf Tyne 305450  1967  29037 
Bulk Carrier. 1976 sold to Ben Line, Leith, 1978 sold to Elounda Shipping, Greece r/n Elounda, 1979 sold to Rex Shipping, Panama r/n Kuniang, 1982 sold to Marine Transport Lines, Weehawken, N.J. r/n Marine Princess, 1996 scrapped.
Sheaf Crest 1968  9392 
1974 sold to Navarino Shipping, Greece r/n Father Panos, 1985 solld to Thalkat Nav., Liberia r/n Panos, 1986 scrapped.
Dunstanburgh Castle 337354  1969  57133 
Bulk Carrier. 1976 sold to Ben Line, Leith, 1981 sold to Global Shipping, Korea r/n Global Ambition, 1982 r/n Global Hope, 1994 scrapped.
Sheaf Field (5) 337365  1971  9372 
1979 sold to Ashton Shipping, Piraeus r/n Mount Dirfys, 1983 sold to Tramp Shipping, Piraeus r/n Ultima, 1985 sold to Kirin Shipping, Cyprus r/n Fidelity, 1988 r/n Fidel for tow to breakers, 1988 scrapped.
Sheaf Royal (2) 337386  1972  22849 
Bulk Carrier. 1976 sold to Ben Line, Leith 1978 r/n Benvorlich, 1984 sold to Pergamos Shipping, Greece r/n Theanto A.S, 1987 sold to China r/n Feng Moon, 1989 r/n Yong Heng, 1989 sold to Green Shipping, Malta r/n Ipanema, 1990 sold to Youbang Shipping, Panama r/n Youbang, 1999 scrapped..
Stolt Sheaf 1972  15585 
Tanker. 1976 sold to Posiden Nav, Liberia, 1991 scrapped.
Alnwick Castle 363057  1974  57255 
Bulk Carrier. 1976 sold to Ben Line, Leith, 1981 r/n Benwyvis, 1983 sold to Garth Shipping, Cardiff r/n Graiglas, 1993 sold to Seven Seas Maritime, Cyprus r/n Ariana, 1999 scrapped.
Sheaf Crest (3) 363066  1976  34706 
Ore Carrier. Launched as Sheaf Crest, completed as Ros Castle for Souter, chartered to British Steel, 1976 sold to Ben Line, Leith, 1981 r/n Benledi, 1984 sold to Astro Marine, Philippines r/n Arnica, 1988 sold to J. Denholm, Liberia r/n Robin L, 1993 sold to Athiniotissa Shipping, Malta r/n Athiniotissa, 1999 scrapped

Ted Finch 09/06/2011

Bibliography

N. L. Middlemiss. (1993), Travels of the Tramps, vol.1, Shield Publications.
N. L. Middlemiss. (2003), Merchant Fleets, vol.43, Shield Publications Ltd.
Schell Registers
Marine News