Thomas Turnbull & Son, Whitby

Thomas Turnbull & Son, Whitby

The company was originally founded in Whitby in 1817 and owned a large fleet of sailing ships. Their first steamship was built in 1871 and traded with coal to the Black Sea, returning with grain. Trade later expanded to cover coal from the Tyne, Wear and Tees to Scandinavia, Spain, Portugal and the Black Sea and homewards with timber, cork, wine and grain. The last sailing ship was scrapped in 1880 and at the time, the fleet consisted of 23 tramps. By 1902 the River Plate had been added to the routes, but by 1914 the fleet consisted of only six ships, of which three were lost to enemy action. The rest of the fleet had been sold by 1918 and the company liquidated in 1920.

 

Thomas Turnbull & Son, Whitby, Fleet List

 

SHIP NAME O.N IMO BUILT G.T
Whitehall (1)  58787    1871  753 
1887 sold to H. D. Pilcher, Whitby, 1891 sold to H. C. Smith, Whitby, 1893 sold to O. Thoresen, Tonsberg, 1895 sold to A. Monsen, Tonsberg r/n Flugt, 1899 sold to Fred Olsen, Christiania, 1911 sold to Jacobsen & Co, Langesund, 1918 taken over by The Shipping Controller, London, 1919 returned to owners, 1920 sold to S. Ugelstad, Brevik, 1922 sold to Moller, Persson & Co, Stockholm r/n Sikla, 1923 sold to H. Boklund, Stockholm, 1925 sold to P. Persson, Stockholm, 1926 sold to Lilienfeld & Oldendorff, Lubeck r/n Magnet, 1930 sold to Riccardi fu Giacomo, Naples r/n Nemi, 18.5.1932 sank off Cape Spartivento.
Isaac Pennock  58790    1871  863 
1886 sold to G. W. Allen, S. Shields, 1889 sold to Carnaby & Co, S. Shields, 1899 sold to R. Foster, S. Shields, 1899 sold to J.M. Grimstein, Odessa r/n Maria-Annetta, 1916 sold to Kelmishkent & Oberdorfer, Odessa, requisitioned by Russian Navy as Black Sea Transport N.103, 4.7.1916 torpedoed and sunk off Sotchi by Turkish cruiser Midilli.
R. M. Hunton  58793    1872  977 
7.1.1882 broke moorings and wrecked on Cockburn Rock north of Avonmouth.
Robin Hood  58795    1872  815 
14.10.1881 abandoned near Ushant with broken shaft.
Scoresby  58796    1872  963 
1889 sold to G. Lennard, Whitby, 1898 sold to C. Wilkinson, Sunderland, 1911 scrapped.
Daisy  58797    1873  665 
1886 sold to Muir & Patton, Dundee, 1891 sold to Becchi & Calcagno, Savona r/n Armonia, 1896 sold to C.L. Andreoli, Massawa, 1904 sold to Geyer & Cie, Marseille r/n Harmonie, 1906 sold to G. Quesada, Marseille, 1907 sold to Busck & Cie, Marseille, 1911 sold to S.A des Transports Cotiers, Marseille, 15.5.1916 sunk in collision with Italian s/s Genova off Cabo de Gata.
Pansy  58798    1873  666 
1887 sold to G. Lennard, Whitby, 1890 sold to F. Le Boulanger, Swansea, 1893 sold to F. Alexander, Antwerp r/n L'Esperance, 19.10.1901 wrecked near Skalskar L.H.
King Arthur  72126    1874  1007 
21.2.1883 wrecked in Bosphorus.
Darent  72128    1875  1008 
1897 sold to H. Kuhnle, Bergen r/n Dovre, 16.1.1913 wrecked near Lerwick.
Cosmopolitan  72129    1875  1581 
1899 sold to R. Sloman, Hamburg r/n Savona, 3.12.1910 sailed from Swansea for Torre Annunziata and went missing.
Syra  72130    1875  1007 
1891 sold to G. Lennard, Whitby, 1897 sold to Blohm & Olsen, Laurvig r/n Klondyke, 1905 sold to Fred Olsen, Christiania r/n Bamse, 1918 taken over by The Shipping Controller, London, 17.4.1918 torpedoed and sunk off Portland Bill by UB.80.
Emma Lawson  72132    1875  1008 
1892 sold to G. Reid, Newcastle r/n Noranside, 11.4.1893 sailed from Blyth for Neufahrwasser and went missing.
Stainsacre  72135    1876  1108 
30.11.1885 sunk in collision with s/s Harvest at mouth of Tyne.
Golden Grove  72137    1877  1455 
1892 sold to G. Reid, Newcastle, 1896 sold to W. Swan, Newcastle, 1896 sold to Van Ommeren, Rotterdam r/n Barendrecht, 29.12.1898 sank off Rodby, 1899 salvaged and sold to C. Banck, Helsingborg r/n Haga, 1917 sold to G. Carlsson, Goteborg r/n Erken, 1919 sold to H. Edling, Helsingborg r/n Sundsborg, 1.5.1929 sank off Kallbaden.
Ravenhill  72139    1877  1454 
11.7.1887 wrecked off Cape Villano.
Caedmon  78861    1877  1271 
1897 sold to E. Jenkins, Cardiff, 21.2.1900 wrecked at Oleron.
Streonshalh  78863    1877  1589 
1894 sold to G. Reid, Newcastle, 1896 sold to N. Dubuisson, Dunkirk r/n Marie Dubuisson, 20.8.1898 wrecked near Ile Molene.
Peace  78864    1878  1623 
21.8.1879 wrecked in River Humber.
Wilfrid  78868    1878  1289 
1898 sold to W. Tillett, Cardiff, 1899 sold to S.A. Belge de Nav. a Vapeur Schaldis, Antwerp r/n Schaldis, 29.3.1917 torpedoed and sunk NNE of Whitby by UC.75
Edgar  81204    1879  1503 
1893 sold to G. Reid, Newcastle, 30.4.1894 sunk in collision with German s/s Deutschland in the Baltic off Bornholm.
Mildred  81206    1879  1384 
28.9.1880 sailed from New York for Marseille and went missing.
Beatrice  81209    1879  1385 
18.12.1883 wrecked near Tunis.
Jane  81211    1879  1387 
1891 sold to P. Rowe, Whitby, 1905 sold to O. Skoldebrand, Gefle, prior to 7.8.1918 burned at Marseille.
Thomas Turnbull  82661    1880  1974 
1905 sold to Watts, Watts & Co, Whitby, 1905 sold to T. Yano, Osaka r/n Kyoyei Maru No.2, 18.11.1907 wrecked Kitami, Japan.
Cholmley  82663    1880  1368 
1895 sold to R. Mackie & Co, Leith, 1919 sold to T. Tucker, Leith, 1920 sold to N. Pappis, Chios r/n Timios Stavros, 1.2.1921 sank near Cape Roca.
Matthew Bedlington  82674    1882  2141 
1904 sold to Leonhardt & Blumberg, Hamburg r/n Luise Leonhardt, 10.11.1912 sank off Cape Camaret after striking submerged object.
Cairo  86638    1882  1698 
1896 sold to Maclay & McIntyre, Glasgow, 13.8.1915 shelled and sunk 34 miles SSW of Tuskar by U.24
March  86645    1883  1969 
1905 sold to Watts, Watts & Co, Whitby, 1906 sold to Murakinshoten Gomei Kaisha, Osaka r/n Fuki Maru, 28.4.1915 sunk in collision with Daichi Maru near Hichihatsuto Island.
Flowergate  89777    1884  1976 
1905 sold to W. S. Miller, Glasgow, 1913 sold to Servizio Italo-Spagnuolo, Genoa r/n Iberia, 1917 sold to Medici Lucotti Cerrano, Genoa, 1918 sold to Federazione Italiana dei Consorzi Agrari, Genoa, 1925 scrapped.
Mandalay  89780    1886  1731 
1903 sold to A. Kroger, Christiania r/n Aldebaran, 17.11.1905 wrecked off Halls Hook.
Dora  89786    1887  2290 
1909 sold to Caricatori Riuniti, Brindisi r/n Ruggiero di Flores, 12.1.1912 sunk in collision with unknown steamer off Noord Hinder L.V.
Thordisa  95666    1888  2317 
1913 sold to Francesco Degrossi, Genoa r/n Lilla, 13.10.1917 torpedoed and sunk off Cartagena by U.35
Fairmead  96550    1890  2245 
1914 sold to D. Danneberg, Riga r/n Velta, 1915 requisitioned by Imperial Russian navy as Black Sea transport, 1918 became Red Navy transport r/n Krasnoarmeetz, 1920 returned to Danneberg, Riga r/n Velta, 1941 captured by German forces r/n Walter, 17.10.1944 wrecked near Stavanger.
Oswald  96544    1890  1835 
22.12.1894 wrecked near Port Logan, Wigtownshire.
Whitehall (2)  99139    1892  2776 
1913 sold to La Maritima Esperanza, Bilbao r/n Bayo, 13.1.1916 mined and sunk 40 miles SE of La Pallice.
Gena  99147    1893  2784 
1.5.1917 torpedoed and sunk off Southwold by German seaplane.
Eddie  106101    1895  2652 
16.2.1917 captured and sunk 550 miles NE x E from Cape Frio, Brazil by German cruiser MOWE.
Alton  106103    1896  3347 
1918 sold to Capper, Alexander & Co, London r/n Aylesbury, 1925 sold to Alexanders (Newcastle), Ltd, Whitby, 1927 sold to Querci & Rosini, Genoa r/n Mugello, 1929 scrapped.
Warrior  113727    1901  3674 
21.4.1917 mined and sunk near Fratelli Rocks.
Broomfield  113731    1902  2386 
1919 sold to Town Line (London), Ltd, London r/n Kirktown, 1925 sold to Chr. Jones & Co, London, 1932 sold to Bjorneborgs Shipping, Bjorneborg r/n Betty H, 26.10.1942 torpedoed and sunk in 59.54N 19.45E by Soviet submarine SC-307.
Helredale  118860    1906  3567 
1918 sold to Turnbull Scott & Co, London, 1929 sold to D. Coumbis, Piraeus r/n Kapetan Stratis, 22.1.1941 bombed and sunk by German aircraft in 54.34N 12.08W.
Hawsker  137072    1915  4273 
1919 sold to A, C, Ioannou, London, 1915 sold to W. A. Souter & Co, Newcastle r/n Sheaf Mead, 1930 sold to E. M. Tricoglu, Andros r/n Mina E. Tricoglu, 9.10.1933 stranded at Civitavecchia, refloated and 1934 scrapped.

Ted Finch 13/12/2012