Red ‘R’ Steamship Co, Newcastle, Stephens, Sutton & Co.

Stephens, Sutton Steamship Company

Red ‘R’ Steamship Co, Newcastle Stephens, Sutton & Co. Daniel Stephens formed a partnership with Roland Mawson in 1872 and took delivery of their first ship in 1874. Their original trade was coal to the Mediterranean, returning with grain from the Black Sea. In 1877 a subsidiary company was formed in Newport as Stephens, Mawson & Goss. After the death of Roland Mawson, Arthur Mawson & Co of Cardiff split from the Newcastle company, R. M. Sutton was admitted as a partner and in 1901 the company became Stephens, Sutton & Stephens. Three ships were lost to enemy action during the Great War and in 1919 management was reorganised and became Stephens, Sutton & Co and by 1939 owned a fleet of ten modern tramp steamers. Three of these were lost during WWII. After the war years, nine new ships were purchased but by 1964 only three ships were owned. The company entered bulk shipping in 1965 but severe machinery problems with several of their ships caused financial losses and all their ships were put up for sale in 1967. The last vessel was sold in 1968 and the company withdrew from shipowning.

 

Red ‘R’ Steamship Co Fleet List

 

SHIP NAME O.N IMO BUILT G.T
Rayner  70225    1874  1155 
1878 rebuilt to 1,271 g.t., 1896 sold to D. W. Ellerhusen, Bergen r/n Vesta, 1908 sold to K. S. Nordgreen, Bergen, 1910 scrapped.
Rowland (1)  70244    1875  1231 
19.9.1877 wrecked St. Mary's Bay, NF.
Rossend Castle  76203    1876  1728 
7.11.1891 sailed from Gibraltar for Bristol and went missing.
Racilia  76220    1877  1785 
1899 sold to Devoto e Beraldo, Genoa r/n Sincerita, 4.4.1918 torpedoed and sunk in 36.17N 14.48E by UB.52
Rowland (2)  76233    1878  1427 
1899 sold to A. Grisar, Antwerp r/n Helene Grisar, 1901 sold to Deutsch-Australische Dampfs, Hamburg r/n Shamrock, 1902 sold to Stevedoring & Shipping, Sydney, 31.3.1903 wrecked Catherine Hill Bay.
Regulus  80531    1878  1419 
1897 sold to Harvey & Co, St. John's, NF, 23.10.1910 wrecked near St. John's.
Ranzani  80536    1879  1422 
1899 sold to Aznar y Cia, Bilbao r/n Achuri, 1902 sold to Ridley, Son & Tully, North Shields r/n Ranzani, 1913 sold to P. Benardos & Co, Piraeus r/n Trifylia, 13.11.1915 wrecked at Killoughter, Co. Wicklow.
Verdi  81968    1879  753 
1881 purchased from John Wilson, Newport, 16.12.1881 wrecked Dunraven Cliff near Porthcawl.
Roxburgh Castle  80566    1880  1844 
13.3.1891 sunk in collision with British Peer 140 miles SW of Scilly
Clytha  82553    1881  819 
17.2.1894 sunk in collision with s/s Cadoxton in Barry Roads.
Coldra  70274    1874  712 
Built as Dinas for L. J. Gueret, Cardiff, 1878 sold to T. R. Thompson, Cardiff, 11.3.1879 stranded on Bilbao Bar, refloated and repaired,1880 sold to Anduiza, Uriarte y Cia, Bilbao r/n Constancia, 1882 purchased by Stephens r/n Coldra, 2.9.1883 wrecked at Punta de las Cruces, near Pasajes.
Rivoli  86091    1882  1272 
28.8.1883 sunk in collision with German s/s Palermo near Ushant.
Caeru  52844    1865  557 
Built as Hartlepool for John Forster, London, 1867 owned by James Laing, Sunderland, 1870 owned by E. T. Gourlay, Sunderland, 1874 sold Belgium r/n Reine de Belges, 1882 purchased by Stephens r/n Caeru, 27.3.1888 sailed from Bilbao for Newport and went missing.
Crindau  86357    1883  1154 
20.1.1888 wrecked near Charente.
Ragusa  88737    1883  1361 
1898 sold to M. Thomas, Cardiff, 1911 sold to Halfdan Kuhnle, Bergen r/n Ronde, 19.5.1912 wrecked near Radicatel.
Rovigo  88748    1883  834 
30.12.1892 wrecked in River Guadiana near Alcoutim.
Cassia  86360    1883  1088 
1901 transferred to Arthur Mawson & Co, Cardiff, 1911 sold to Glama & Marinho, Oporto r/n Vidago, 24.9.1912 wrecked near Oporto.
Claudia  89753    1883  1163 
4.11.1884 sunk in collision with s/s Polam in 37.05N 09.20W.
Rothiemay  88779    1884  1690 
1897 sold to J & P. Hutchison, Glasgow, 1900 sold to Vinke & Co, Amsterdam r/n Heemse, 1904 sold to H. Muller, Stettin r/n August Muller, 23.9.1909 stranded at Lohme, Rugen and scrapped.
Joshua Nicholson  79243    1880  1853 
1886 purchased from C. Tully & Co, North Shields, 1898 sold to Westott & Laurance, London, 18.3.1917 torpedoed and sunk off Wolf Rock by U.70.
George Heaton  84862    1882  2215 
1886 purchased from C. Tully & Co, North Shields, 1904 sold to Patrikios fils, Cephalonia r/n Dolichion, 1906 sold to Navigazione Generale Italiana, Palermo r/n Tirreno, 1923 sold to S.A. di Nav. Asteria, Genoa r/n Stellamaris, 1930 scrapped.
Lord Warwick  84879    1883  2540 
1886 purchased from C. Tully & Co, North Shields, 1904 sold to H. Diederichsen, Hamburg r/n Forsteck, 19.12.1904 wrecked off Cape Finisterre.
Candia  91360    1888  1318 
3.12.1896 sunk in collision with s/s Propitious off Newarp L.V., North Sea
Crimea  91370    1889  1664 
1901 transferred to Arthur Mawson & Co, Cardiff, 1912 sold to H. Skougaard, Langesund r/n Sixtyfour, 1916 sold to Ellinggsen & Johannessen, Bergen r/n Mango, 1916 sold to H. Platou, Bergen r/n Fagerli, 1917 sold to C. Gran, Bergen r/n Gurre, 1.3.1917 torpedoed and sunk in 59.30N 02.00E by U.66.
Kura  96153    1889  2391 
Tanker. 1918 sold to Petroleum SS Co, London, 1922 British Tanker Co, London, 1924 sold to S. A. Italiana, Genoa r/n Persiano, 12.4.1941 torpedoed and sunk by HMS Tetrarch near Tripoli.
Rion  96150    1889  2186 
Tanker. 1919 sold to Petroleum SS Co, London, 1920 sold to S & J. Thompson, London, 1924 sold to Soc. Armatrice Italiana, Genoa r/n Italiano, 1925 sold to Ditta Federico Garolla, Naples r/n Federico Garolla, 19.4.1930 exploded and sank between Zante and Cephalonia.
Corea  91373    1890  1770 
18.2.1892 ashore and wrecked near Cape St. Vincent after collision with Norwegian s/s Norden.
Dingwall  98428    1892  2128 
1901 transferred to Arthur Mawson & Co, Cardiff, 1913 sold to Moller & Co, Cardiff r/n Gemini, 1918 transferred to Shanghai registry, 20.7.1918 torpedoed and sunk off Godrevy lighthouse by U.60.
William Storrs  101823    1893  3623 
1906 sold to Bombay & Persia S.N. Co, Bombay r/n Alavi, 13.10.1917 shelled and sunk off Cape Palos by U.35.
Suram  101828    1893  3629 
Tanker. 1919 sold to Petroleum SS Co, London, 1920 sold to Anglo-Saxon Petroleum Co, London r/n Bithina, 1931 scrapped.
Aras  101829    1893  3210 
Tanker. 1919 sold to Petroleum SS Co, London, 1930 sold to Tito Campanella Soc di Nav, Genoa r/n Lina Campanella, 1943 seized by Germans, 1945 taken over by Yugoslavs and used for floating storage, 1950 scrapped.
Corbridge  104243    1894  2104 
1900 sold to Archangel Mourman S.N. Co, Archangel r/n Graf Liitke, 5.9.1907 wrecked near Senga.
B. G. Baker  104257    1894  2154 
1902 sold to A. Deppe, Antwerp r/n Adolf Deppe, 1923 sold to P. Hadoulis, Andros r/n Panaghis M. Hadoulis, 1927 sold to Voyazides & Co, Andros r/n Galounis, 1933 sold to Theodoru & Sigalas, Piraeus r/n Mykonos, 1934 scrapped.
Kirkwall  98446    1894  2081 
1900 sold to Cia de Nav. Internacional, Bilbao r/n Alemania, 1916 sold to Sota y Aznar, Bilbao r/n Iluntzar-Mendi, 1937 scrapped.
William Broadley  106641    1898  3060 
1912 sold to W. S. Miller & Co, Glasgow r/n Izaston, 1918 sold to Western Counties Shipping, Glasgow, 1920 r/n Brynmead, 1921 sold to Karch & Knott, Glasgow, 1922 sold to Eberhardt & Co, Glasgow, 1922 sold to O. Hillerstrom, Helsingborg r/n Milos, 9.3.1943 torpedoed and sunk in 57.45N 24.45W by U.530.
Sirdar  110325    1899  3519 
23.11.1910 wrecked on Melmeur Island, Brittany.
Mira  114414    1901  3700 
Tanker. 11.10.1917 mined and sunk off Beachy Head.
Ravenstone  122826    1905  3049 
1915 sold to Christian Salvesen & Co, Leith, 1917 requisitioned as Q Ship Donlevon, 1917 returned to owners, 1935 scrapped.
Ryton (1)  122838    1905  4136 
1913 sold to A. Brostrom, Goteborg r/n Hogland, 1924 sold to A. Mathiesen, Christiania r/n Dampfem, 1926 sold to Lexzau, Scharbau & Co, Emden r/n Erika Fritzen, 26.2.1945 mined and sunk in 54.23N 11.59E.
Ryall  122860    1906  4107 
1913 sold to D. Brostrom, Goteborg r/n Roland, 1916 sold to W. Gilbert, Bergen r/n Henrik Lund, 10.6.1918 captured and scuttled in 36.30N 71.29W by U.151.
Rothley (1)  129780    1911  3942 
1933 sold to N. G. Livanos, Piraeus r/n Kyma, 1938 sold to A. Pezas, Piraeus, 10.10.1941 mined and sunk in 53.53N 00.21E.
Roddam  129789    1912  3218 
26.9.1916 shelled and sunk 76 miles ESE of Barcelona by U.35.
Ridley (1)  133534    1913  3323 
1921 sold to Harrison, Sons & Co, London, 1922 r/n Gilwen Manor, 1925 sold to Williams & Morday, Cardiff, 1927 r/n Seven Seas Trader, 1933 sold to God Hope Shipping, London, 14.11.1934 wrecked on Long Island, Bahamas.
Ryton (2)  133545    1913  3991 
5.8.1917 sank after striking submerged object in 35.57N 07.07W.
Roseden  140712    1918  4734 
1936 sold to F. L. Dawson & Co, Newcastle r/n Leo Dawson, 4.2.1940 torpedoed and sunk in 60.10N 00.39W by U.37.
Ridley (2)  162762    1929  4323 
Built as June for Hans Hannevig, Horten, 1932 sold to Meldrum & Swinson, London r/n Essex Oak, 1933 purchased by Stephens r/n Ridley, 1936 sold to Turnbull, Scott, Newcastle r/n Redgate, 1947 sold to British Anthracite, Swansea r/n Basilisk, 1951 sold to Dai-ichi Kisen K.K., Kobe r/n Missouri Maru, 1964 sold to Fong Shing Shipping, Panama r/n Loong Kang, 1968 scrapped after stranding damage near Luzon.
Reaveley (1)  162690    1929  4323 
Built as Juliet for Hans Hannevig, Horten, 1932 sold to Meldrum & Swinson, London r/n Essex Noble, 1933 purchased by Stephens r/n Reaveley, 1939 sold to W. A. Massey & Sons, Hull r/n Elizabeth Massey, 1943 sold to Stag Line, Shields, 1945 r/n Begonia, 1956 sold to Pio Tomei, Viareggio r/n Peonia, 1964 scrapped.
Rugeley (1)  161590    1936  4985 
1948 sold to Hadjilias & Co, London r/n Stylehurst, 1951 sold to A. Borgesson, Helsingborg r/n Aspen, 1960 sold to Lombard Nav. Co, Panama r/n Metropolitan, 1970 scrapped.
Riley (1)  161597    1936  4993 
1956 sold to San Nicolaos Corp, Liberia r/n Anoula A, 1967 sold to Kien Ping SS Co, Panama r/n Kien Ping, 1968 scrapped.
Rothley (2)  161598    1936  4996 
19.10.1942 torpedoed and sunk in 13.34N 54.34W by U.332.
Ripley (1)  161599    1936  4997 
1941 sold to South American Saint Line, 12.12.1942 torpedoed and sunk in 00.35S 31.17W by U.161.
Ridley (3)  161602    1937  4993 
9.11.1940 caught fire and abandoned in 20.08N 29.36W.
Rodsley (1)  165777    1939  5000 
1952 sold to A. Johnston, Stockholm r/n Reserv, 1953 sold to A. Langfeldt, Kristiansand r/n Sirenes, 1963 sold to J. Livanos, Piraeus r/n Marcos G. F., 1965 sold to The Bradman Co, Manila r/n Sampaguita, 1966 sold to Laguna Nav. Co, Manila r/n Philippine Sampaguita, 1971 scrapped.
Rawnesley  165786    1940  4998 
8.5.1941 badly damaged by German air attack in 34.56N 26.31E, 12.5.1941 sank in 34.59N 25.45E
Rookley (1)  165789    1940  4998 
1956 sold to Margaronis & Fardis, Piraeus r/n Despoina, 1966 sold to Cristalinamar S.A, Panama r/n Jumbo, 1970 r/n Ibis II, 1971 scrapped.
Reaveley (2)  165802    1940  4998 
1948 sold to Grenehurst Shipping, London r/n Grenehurst, 1956 sold to Buries Markes, London r/n La Barranca, 1959 sold to Eastwind Nav. Co, Hong Kong r/n Westwind, 1966 sold to Dalcape Shipping, Hong Kong r/n Universal Mariner, 1969 scrapped.
Radley (1)  161607    1937  5180 
Ex-Hopecrown, 1950 purchased from Clive Shipping, Newcastle r/n Radley, 1956 sold to A. Borjesson, Helsingborg r/n Alstern, 1963 sold to Lemos Bros, Panama r/n Apostolos Andreas, 1967 sold to Santa Katerina Shipping, Famagusta, 19.7.1967 wrecked in 18.52N 75.76W.
Ripley (2)  169244    1953  5843 
1963 sold to Cambay Prince SS Co, Hong Kong r/n Thames Breeze, 11.12.1969 wrecked in 09.40N 113.01E.
Reaveley (3)  186850  5291044  1956  6072 
1967 sold to Eternita Shipping, Piraeus r/n Toula Xilas, 1973 sold to Afidnos Shipping, Piraeus r/n Mary H, 21.11.1974 wrecked in 07.51N 117.15E, 1975 scrapped.
Rodsley (2)  186857  5298523  1956  5860 
1963 sold to Polichri Shipping, Piraeus r/n Nefos, 1976 sold to Shahnaz Marine, Limassol r/n Arion, 1987 scrapped.
Riseley  186863  5296862  1957  6424 
1967 sold to Galini Shipping, Piraeus r/n Gerania, 1973 sold to Seafire Shipping, Piraeus r/n Natcrest, 16.6.1974 sunk in collision with Greek s/s Nema in 48.40N 04.55W
Rugeley (2)  180814    1946  5349 
Ex-Chulmleigh, 1961 purchased from W. J. Tatem & Co, London r/n Rugeley, 1964 sold to Union Fair Shipping, Liberia r/n Madura, 1964 scrapped after stranding in typhoon at Hong Kong.
Rookley (2)  186124  5211185  1954  7897 
Ex-Welsh Trader, 1961 purchased from Trader Nav. Co, London r/n Rookley, 1963 sold to Carrington Nav. Co, Hong Kong r/n London Breeze, 1970 sold to Hong Kong South Sea Shipping, Hong Kong r/n Golden Bridge, 1972 sold to Theo Keng Leng, Mogadishu, 1976 sold to Hong Kong South Sea Shipping, Panama, 1977 sold to Golden Star Shipping, Panama, 1977 sold to Vietnam Coastal Shipping, Haiphong r/n Song Thu Bon, 1980 r/n Song, 1980 scrapped.
Radley (2)  186933  5422174  1963  9190 
1968 sold to Cia Nav. Delantera, Liberia r/n Marika Venizelos, 1973 sold to San Constantine maritime, Famagusta r/n Chrysovalandrou Tria, 1981 sold to Korea Marine Co, Inchon r/n Komarine No.9, 1984 scrapped.
Riley (2)  305433  6500337  1965  18607 
Bulk Carrier. 1968 sold to SPS Bulkcarriers Corp, Liberia r/n Theomana, 1973 sold to China Ocean Shipping, Shanghai r/n Dong Hai, 2010 deleted from Lloyds Register, existence in doubt.

Ted Finch 08-09-2012