STAG LINE / Joseph Robinson & Sons, North Shields.

Stag Shipping Company

In 1817 Captain James Robinson purchased the Brig Blessing and thus founded the Stag Line in North Shields. James Robinson died in 1833 and management passed to his widow Grace, who in turn passed it to her son Joseph when she died in 1844.

 

By 1879 all their Sailing Ships had been sold and the company owned eleven Steamers. By 1914 the company owned twelve Ships but lost seven during the war and by 1918 only had two vessels. Several Ships were purchased or built between the wars and in 1939 the fleet totalled seven ships, of which four were lost to enemy action. After World War II the company purchased four wartime built ships and later ordered new ships. Stag Line were among the first ships to trade to the Great Lakes after the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway. In 1981 the company was taken over by Hunting Gibson plc who also managed Hunting & Sons fleet but in 1983 the last Stag Line ship was sold.

 

STAG LINE Joseph Robinson & Sons, Fleet List

SHIP NAME O.N BUILT HISTORY G.T
Sail Vessels
Blessing 1817   Snow, 28.3.1846 lost off Flamborough Head 221
Stag (1) 1846  3695 Snow, 1850 re-registered as a brig, 6.3.1858 sank after collision with unknown vessel off Southwold 182
Fellowship 1840  2851 Ship, built for N. Mosher, Newport, N.S, 1848 purchased by E. Hogg, N. Shields, 1848 purchased by Stag Line, 1849 sold to Rutherford and Nicholson, Seaham, 1863 sank off Lowestoft. 201
Eleanor Grace 1 1849  14649 Ship, 24.2.1857 wrecked on voyage Belfast to Newcastle. 224
Albert 1842  34801 Brig, built for J. Spence, Stromness, 1850 sold to J. Leask, Kirkwall, 1852 sold to A. Wood & Co, Newcastle, 1853 purchased by Stag Line, 1871 sold to E. Wilkinson, Blyth, 1878 sold to G. Smee, Maldon, 1890 sold to J. Watson, Newcastle, 23.6.1891 sank off Newcastle. 161
Robinsons 1856  17045 Barque, 1871 sold to W. Robinsin, Blyth, 1881 sold to W. Svendsen, Norway r/n Alette, 3.1.1886 wrecked on voyage London to Kristiansand. 327
Camellia (1) 1858  20439 Barque, 1869 rebuilt to 332 tons, 25.3.1877 wrecked near Montevideo. 312
Clintonia (1) 1861  29704 Barque, 6.9.1865 sailed from Constantinople for America and went missing. 336
Gladiolus (1) 1863   Barque, 13.10.1879 wrecked Jamaica. 308
Stag (2) 1866   Barque, 30.3.1873 wrecked in River Plate. 296
Eleanor Grace (2) 1867   Barque, 21.8.1879 sailed from Plymouth for Stockton-on-Tees and went missing. 336
John Baring 1834   Barque, built for unknown owners, 1856 sold to Swan & Crutwell, Malta, 1865 sold to G. Hurford, 1870 sold to Stag Line, 31.5.1875 wrecked Mexico. 547
Caduceus 1857   Barque, built for Hogg & Lucas, 1870 purchased by Stag Line, 1872 resold to Hogg & Lucas, 1873 sold to T. Knox, North Shields, 1875 sold to J. Bolt, 28.11.1881 wrecked near Portsmouth. 395
Telegram 1851   Barque, built as Greenfield for unknown owners, later r/n Telegram, 1859 sold to G. Croshaw, London, 1859 sold to J. Lash, Croydon, 1863 sold to J.Turpie, North Shields, 1870 sold to J. Middleton, N. Shields, 1871 purchased by Stag Line, 3.2.1873 abandoned in Bay of Biscay. 517
Wellington 1847   Barque, built for Mr Fenwick, 1871 purchased by Stag Line, 16.12.1871 sank off Madeira in heavy weather. 527

NAME BUILT O.N HISTORY G.T
STEAMSHIPS
Stephanotis (1) 1871 65382 1898 sold to Robson, Brown & Sons, Sunderland, 30.4.1901 sank off Whitby after collision with British s/s Guyers, both ships lost. 1,042
Nymphaea (1) 1871  65410 4.1.1881 Wrecked in Thames Estuary 1,138
Nuphar (1) 1872   12.12.1878 Stranded and broke in two near Honfleur 1,137
Danae 1873   25.12.1877 Wrecked on Horns Reef on voyage Reval to London 1,157
Stag (3) 1874   2.10.1880 wrecked at Punta Delgada, Azores after collision with s/s Robinia when anchors dragged. 1,558
Amy Dora 1875   5.10.1889 Wrecked off Virginia on voyage Newport News to Genoa 1,708
Amaryllis (1) 1875   1899 sold to W. Coupland & Co, Newcastle. 7.11.1900 sunk in collision with German s/s India off Ushant. 1,714
Cydonia (1) 1876   1899 sold to Dunford & Elliott, Newcastle, 1904 sold to Japan r/n Naniwa Maru, 8.7.1922 wrecked at Shikotsisaki 1,693
Robinia (1) 1876   2.10.1880 wrecked at Punta Delgada, Azores after collision with s/s Robinia and s/s Benella when anchors dragged. 1,816
Azalea 1877   2.11.1897 sailed from Baltimore for Stettin and went missing. 1,828
Laurestina (1) 1877   29.12.1878 wrecked at Sandhamn on voyage Reval to Rotterdam 1,919
Camellia (2) 1878   1898 sold to Ridley, Son & Tully, Newcastle, 1900 scrapped after extensive collision damage with British s/s Winkfield. 1,363
Eglantine 1878   1898 sold to Ridley, Son & Tully, Newcastle, 16.4.1915 wrecked on Filey Brig while avoiding U- Boat. 1,357
Coronilla 1878   1898 sold to Ridley, Son & Tully, Newcastle, 1919 sold to Llewellyn Shipping Co, Cardiff, 1919 sold to J. Bouboulis, Greece r/n Bouboulina, 8.6.1921 mined and sunk in Gulf of Smyrna. 1,361
Gardenia (1) 1879   1901 sold to Montauk SS Co, Newcastle, 4.10.1913 sunk in collision with British s/s Cornwood in North Sea. 1,967
Viola 1879   1900 sold to Montauk SS Co, Newcastle, 19.9.1903 in fog near Whitby 1,963
Gladiolus (2) 1880   1901 sold to Coupland & Co, Newcastle, 1912 scrapped. 1,941
Clintonia (2) 1881   1897 sold to L. Luckenbach, U.S.A. after fire at Newport News and converted to barge, 4.4.1915 abandoned in 35.12N 74.51W. 1,970
Ixia (1) 1881   1916 sold to Houlder, Middleton & Co, London, 1917 r/n Sagua, 1921 sold to U.S. Food Products Corp, U.S.A, 1922 sold to C. D. Mallory, Dominica, 1930 scrapped. 1,970
Nuphar (2) 1881   23.9.1882 wrecked at Cape May on voyage Shields to Philadelphia. 1,963
Nymphaea (2) 1882 84861 14.7.1914 wrecked 25 miles North of Aberdeen on voyage Tyne to Cuba. 1,969
Stag (4) 1884   1916 sold to Houlder, Middleton & Co, London, 1917 r/n Macoris, 1921 sold to Macoris SS Corp, Dominica, 1924 sank off Crete on voyage to breakers. 2,052
Laurestina (2) 1884   6.12.1895 sailed from Baltimore for Sligo and went missing. 2,051
Robinia (2) 1884   1904 sold to D. Bozzo fu Nicolo, Italy, 1905 r/n Concetta B, 1915 sold to Ditta Giovanni Panataleo, Italy r/n G. Pantaleo, 1916 sold to Liguria Commerciale di Nav, Italy r/n Alberto, 6.10.1916 mined and sunk off Cape Carovedo. 2,058
Gloxinia (1) 1897   1916 sold to Leopold Walford, London r/n Petingaudet, 1921 sold to M. Uravain, Spain r/n Francisca Uravain, 1928 sold to Velilla y Candina, Spain r/n Candina, 1966 scrapped. 2,540
Clematis 1898   1916 sold to Leeston Shipping Co, Cardiff, 1920 sold to John Holt & Co, Liverpool, 1926 sold to Napoli & Figli, Italy, 1929 scrapped. 3,406
Begonia (1) 1899   1916 sold to Maindy Shipping Co, Cardiff r/n Maindy Bridge, 8.12.1917 torpedoed and sunk off Sunderland by UC.49. 3,653
Zinnia (1) 1900   27.3.1912 Beached off Cape Comorin after catching fire, total loss. 3,642
Stephanotis (2) 1904   1915 sold to Brown, Jenkinson & Co, London r/n Hackensack, 25.4.1917 torpedoed and sunk 180 miles off Fastnet by U.82 4,060
Amaryllis (2) 1904   7.2.1908 wrecked at Kalkudah, Ceylon. 4,064
Euphorbia (1) 1907   16.7.1916 torpedoed and sunk 56miles off Algiers by U.39 3,837
Clintonia (3) 1907   1.8.1915 torpedoed and sunk 30 miles off Ushant by U.28 3,830
Cydonia (2) 1910   1914 requisitioned by The Admiralty, 27.9.1916 wrecked on Holy Island. 3,085
Linaria (1) 1911   26.12.1914 mined and sunk off Filey. 3,081
Photinia (1) 1913   1917 sold to Fisher, Almonda & Co, London r/n Fotinia, 1929 transferred to J & C. Harrison, London, 1932 sold to S. Perivolaris, Greece r/n Margaritis, 1939 sold to A. Perry, Panama r/n Aurora, 1941 sold to Japan r/n Eizan Maru, 18.1.1942 torpedoed and sunk in 33.30N 135.00E by USS Plunger. 4,584
Gardenia (2) 1914   1923 sold to Charlton SS Co, Newcastle r/n Havenside, 1927 sold to Crandon Shipping Co, Cardiff r/n Crandon, 1933 sold to F. Dawson Ltd, Newcastle r/n David Dawson, 1935 sold to USSR r/n Kuzbass, 26.9.1944 wrecked in 64.25N 173.57W 3,108
Camellia (3) 1913   Built for Common Bros, Newcastle as Tynehome, 1914 purchased by Stag Line r/n Camellia, 27.11.1917 sailed from Dakar for the U.K and went missing. 3,157
Clintonia (4) 1917   19.10.1940 torpedoed and sunk off St. Kilda by U.123 3,106
Euphorbia (2) 1917   1. 12.1917 torpedoed and sunk off Royal Sovereign lightship by UC.75 3,109
Begonia (2) 1918   21.3.1918 torpedoed and sunk 44 miles off Wolf Rock by UB.55 2,929
Gloxinia (2) 1920   1921 converted to tanker, 1952 sold to Imera Siciliana di Nav., Italy r/n Vittoria O, 1955 sold to Soc. Armamento Marittimo, Italy converted to dry cargo ship, 1959 scrapped. 3,336
Ixia (2) 1922   30.6.1929 wrecked Cape Cornwall. 2,985
Linaria (2) 1924   24.2.1941 torpedoed and sunk in 61.00N 25.00W by Italian submarine Bianchi. 3,385
Euphorbia (3) 1924   14.12.1940 torpedoed and sunk in North Atlantic by U.100 3,380
Cydonia (3) 1927   21.12.1949 severely damaged by mine near Strumble Head and scrapped. 3,517
Gardenia (3) 1928   12.3.1940 mined and sunk off Cromer. 3,745
Photinia (2) 1929   Built for Hopemount Shipping Co, Newcastle as Hopedene, 1938 purchased by Stag Line r/n Photinia, 1950 sold to A. Andersson, Finland r/n Atlas, 1968 sold to Cia Nav. Pinares, Somalia, 1974 scrapped. 4,010
Elizabeth Massey 1929   Built for H. Hannevig, Norway as Juliet, 1931 sold to Essex Line, London r/n Essex Noble, 1933 sold to Stephens, Sutton Ltd, Newcastle r/n Reaveley, 1939 sold to Massey & Sons, Hull r/n Elizabeth Massey, 1943 purchased by Stag Line, 1945 r/n Begonia, 1956 sold to Pio Tomei, Italy r/n Peonia, 1964 scrapped. 4,323
Begonia (3)   See Elizabeth Massey
Gardenia (4) 1930   Built for Constantine Shipping Co, Middlesbrough as Briarwood, 1945 purchased by Stag Line r/n Gardenia, 1964 sold to Amfitriti Cia Nav, Panama r/n Ais Nicolas, 1968 scrapped after engine room fire at Port Said. 4,125
Ixia (3) 1944   Built for MOWT as Empire Kumasi, 1946 purchased by Stag Line r/n Ixia, 1951 Sold to Century Shipping, Liberia r/n Empire Trader, 1954 sold to Cia Atlantica Pacifica, Liberia r/n North River, 1960 scrapped. 7,201
Clintonia (5) 1941   Built for MOWT as Empire Baffin, 1943 requisitioned by The Admiralty as pipelaying ship r/n HMS Sancroft, 1946 purchased by Stag Line r/n Clintonia, 1959 sold to Alcestis Shipping Co, Greece r/n Aspis, 1963 scrapped. 7,013
Linaria (3) 1944   Built for The Admiralty as maintenance ship HMS Moray Firth, 1947 purchased by Stag Line r/n Linaria, 1954 sold to Chellew Nav. Co, London r/n Eskglen, 1961 sold to Fortune Shipping Co, Hong Kong r/n Marine Fortune, 1967 scrapped. 7,333
Zinnia (2) 1945   Built for the Admiralty as the maintenance ship HMS Portland Bill, 1951 purchased by Stag Line r/n Zinnia, 1964 sold to Astrosuerte Cia Nav, Liberia r/n Chrysopolis, 1965 scrapped. 7,292
Camellia (4) 1953   1972 sold to Cia Navegacao Somerset, Panama r/n Galicia, 1977 scrapped. 6,161
Cydonia (4) 1955   1969 sold to Republic Maritime Corp, Liberia r/n Vermont I, 1972 sold to Renaissance Shipping, Liberia r/n Renaissance, 1973 sold to Cristobal Nav. Corp, Liberia r/n Sovereign Edith, 1975 sold to Anchor Marine Enterprises, Liberia r/n Joy, 8.6.1977 sank in tow at 27.55N 88.26W after engine room explosion. 6,231
Gloxinia (3) 1958   1977 sold to Panous Shipping Co, Liberia r/n Virginia M, 1981 towed from Lagos to Piraeus with crankshaft damage and laid up, 1982 scrapped. 7,665
Photinia (3) 1961   1978 grounded at Milwaukee after anchors dragged, total loss. 1979 scrapped. 7,676
Ixia (4) 1964   1982 sold to Telemachus Shipping, Lebanon r/n Telemachus, 1985 scrapped. 15,910
Zinnia (3) 1968   1982 sold to Norbulk Pty, Singapore r/n Timur Swift, 1983 sold to Arm. Ermione S.A, Liberia r/n Ermione, 1985 sold to Zenovia Shipping Co, Malta r/n Zenovia, 1990 sold to Maritime Co, Malta r/n Ionia, 1991 r/n Onia and scrapped after fire damage. 16,122
Kielder Stag 1969   Built for Naviera Murueta, Spain as Begona de Astobiza, 1975 purchased by Stag Line r//n Kielder Stag, 1978 sold to Northumbria Shipping Ltd r/n Northumbria Rose, 1986 machinery damage and laid up, 2003 scrapped. 726
Silloth Stag 1974   Built for Tilling Construction Co, London as Tilstone Maid, 1975 purchased by Stag Line r/n Silloth Stag, 1982 sold to J. Fisher & Sons, Barrow, 1985 r/n Robrix, 1996 sold to Aned Maritime, Malta r/n Sprite, 1997 sold to Nortrans Shipping, Belize r/n Konvik, 1998 sold to Edarte Shipping, Belize r/n Edarte, 2002 sold to Frojdi Shipping, Albania r/n Frojde I, 799
Begonia (4) 1978   1983 sold to Southbulk Shipping, Singapore r/n Timur Swallow, 1985 sold to Peneus Shipping, Cyprus r/n Jennifer Jane, 1996 r/n Oliver Spirit, 1999 sold to Ordiana Shipping, Cyprus r/n Felix, 2001 r/n Eli and scrapped after fire damage off Las Palmas. 16,329

NAME BUILT O.N HISTORY G.T
MANAGED SHIPS
Empire Baffin 1941  168968 1941-1943 managed for MOWT, see Clintonia (5) 7,013
Empire Squire 1942  168652 1942-1943 managed for MOWT, 1943 transferred to Greek Government r/n Makedonia,1962 sold to Lebanon r/n Anthas, 1967 scrapped. 7,044
Ocean Hunter 1942  168639 1942-1944 managed for MOWT, 10.1.1944 torpedoed and sunk off Algeria by enemy aircraft. 7,178
Empire Standard 1942 165846 1942-1943 managed for MOWT, 26.3.1943 bombed and sunk at Algiers. 7,047
Empire Heath 1941 168909 1942-1944 managed for MOWT (transferred from Mark Whitwill & Son), 11.5.1944 torpedoed andsunk in 19.00S 31.00W by U.129 6,643
Fort Crevier 1943  169712 1943-1944 managed for MOWT, 14.4.1944 badly damaged in explosion of s/s Fort Stikine at Bombay and used as storage hulk, 1948 scrapped. 7,131
Empire Lankester 1944 180071 1944-1946 managed for MOWT, 1946 management transferred to Clan Line, 1948 r/n Clan MacKellar, 1961 sold to Mullion & Co, Hong Kong r/n Ardgroom, 1967 scrapped. 7,067
Samadang 1944  180493 1944-1948 managed for MOWT, 1948 returned to U.S. Maritime Commission and laid up, 1968 scrapped. 7,219
Empire Kumasi 1944 169517 1944-1946 managed for MOWT, see Ixia (3) 7,201

Ted Finch 30/04/2011