Thompson Steam Shipping Co, Petersen & Co, Newcastle.

Thompson Steam Shipping Co

William Petersen was a Dane who emigrated to England and in 1891 set up a partnership with A. Tate and purchased two tramps steamers. Petersen became interested in the new ‘Turret’ ships which were designed to minimise Suez Canal fees and by 1896 owned nine of these ships. In 1901 the partnership with Tate was dissolved and William Petersen registered his tramps under the Canadian Ocean & Inland Navigation Co Ltd.
After 1904 he was not involved in ship owning until 1911 when he purchased four tramp steamers from Walter Runciman for the newly formed European & Brazilian Shipping Co. By the outbreak of the Great War the company owned 10 ships. Six ships were purchased in 1915 for the newly formed London American Trading Co and in 1916 Scaramanga Bros fleet of eight tramps was taken over, but a total of 13 were lost to enemy action.

Thompson Steam Shipping Co, Sunderland was acquired in 1918 and this company subsequently became the registered owner of all new Petersen ships. William Petersen died in 1925 and the company’s new managers became Huntley, Fisher Ltd. At the start of WWII four ships were owned all were lost but several ships were managed on behalf of MOWT and the owned fleet was replaced by the purchase of two Empire and one Ocean type ships. Clan Line purchased the company in 1952 and sold two of the ships, retaining one for trading under Houston Line management. Clan Line subsequently registered four tankers under Thompson SS Co but in 1961 the Thompson company was renamed Scottish Tanker Co and the shipowning name of Thompson disappeared.

 

Thompson Steam Shipping Co, Fleet List

 

SHIP NAME O.N IMO BUILT G.T
Guildford  86073    1882  2287 
1891 purchased from J. Temperley & Co, Newcastle, 22.12.1893 wrecked near Reval
Guildhall  86185    1882  2929 
Ex-Cambodia, 1892 purchased from Crow, Rudolf & Co, Liverpool r/n Guildhall, 1895 sold to Talbot SS Co, Sunderland, 1905 sold to C. Banck, Helsingborg r/n Banco, 20.9.1905 wrecked on Mitylene Island
Turret  101318    1892  1970 
27.1.1900 wrecked near Cabo Torinana, Spain.
Turret Age  101841    1893  2232 
25.8.1900 stranded at Holmograd, Russia, abandoned, salved and sold to A. Tate & Co, Newcastle r/n Firth of Forth, 25.7.1903 sank 25 miles off Cape Bengut, Algeria.
Turret Bay  104245    1894  2211 
20.5.1904 wrecked off St. Pauls Island, NS.
Turret Bell  104263    1894  2211 
1902 sold to T. Pratt, Newcastle, 1904 sold to D. Howden, London, 2.11.1906 wrecked Prince Edward Island, salved and sold to Arctic SS Co, Quebec r/n Kwasind, 11.3.1917 mined and sunk off Southwold.
Turret Crown  104279    1895  1827 
1903 sold to G. Stamp, Newcastle, 1903 sold to D. Howden, Newcastle, 1906 sold to H. Hubbard, Newcastle, 1908 sold to H. Harding, London, 1915 sold to Coastwise Steamship & Barge Co, Vancouver, 1919 sold to Commonwealth SS Co, Toronto, 1921 sold to W & S. Herivel, Toronto, 1924 sold to W. McCormack, Toronto, 1924 sold to Toronto Steamships, Collingwood, Ont., 2.11.1924 wrecked on Manitoulin Island, Georgian Bay.
Turret Cape  104283    1895  1827 
1908 sold to Canadian Ocean & Inland Navigation Co, Toronto, 1915 sold to Canadian Lake & Ocean Nav. Co, 1916 sold to Cape SS Co, Montreal, 1927 sold to Inland Waters Nav Co, Montreal, 1933 reduced to barge, 1941 converted to motor vessel for Saguenay Terminals Ltd, Montreal, 1948 r/n Sunchief, 1949 sold to Colonial SS Ltd, Toronto, 1959 scrapped.
Barnstable  98782    1894  1356 
1895 purchased from R. Craggs, Middlesbrough, 1900 sold to King Line Ltd, Middlesbrough, 1913 scrapped
Brookline  98783    1894  1357 
1895 purchased from R. Craggs, Middlesbrough, 1900 sold to King Line Ltd, Middlesbrough, 1913 scrapped.
Mexicano  98781    1893  1973 
1895 purchased from R. Craggs, Middlesbrough, 1900 sold to King Line Ltd, Middlesbrough, 15.9.1903 sank in hurricane NE of Cape Hatteras.
Blyth  89488    1883  2597 
Ex-Port Phillip, 1896 purchased from W. Milburn & Co, London r/n Blyth, 17.10.1897 wrecked in 63.39N 20.55E, refloated and presumed scrapped.
Turret Chief  106605    1896  1881 
1905 sold to Canadian Ocean & Inland Navigation Co, Toronto, 1914 sold to A. B. Mackay, Hamilton, Ont., 1915 sold to Leopold Walford Ltd, Newcastle r/n Vickerstown, 1919 r/n Jolly Inez, 1922 sold to International Waterways Nav, Montreal, 16.11.1927 wrecked Lake Huron, 1928 salvaged, converted to barge for T. Durocher Co, Sault Ste Marie, Mich. r/n Salvor, 26.9.1930 sank in heavy weather off Muskegon Harbor.
Turret Court  106608    1896  1879 
1905 sold to Canadian Ocean & Inland Navigation Co, Toronto, 1916 sold to Turret SS Co, Montreal, 1927 sold to Inland Waters Nav. Co, Montreal, 1931 sold to Sin-Mac Lines, Montreal, 1935 transferred to Sincennes-McNaughton Tugs Ltd, Montreal, 1937 reduced to barge, 1940 scrapped.
Scottish Hero  105718    1895  2202 
1900 purchased from McIlwraith, McEacharn Ltd, London, 1904 sold to Canadian Ocean & Inland Navigation Co, Toronto, 1915 sold to Canadian Lake & Ocean Nav. Co, Newcastle, 1916 sold to Canada Steamship Lines, Montreal, 10.6.1917 shelled and sunk in 46.59N 18.12W by U.155
Toronto  97844    1891  4298 
Ex-Saint Enoch, 1903 purchased from Rankin, Gilmour & Co, Liverpool 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 Christensen, Sandefjord, converted to whale factory ship, 1921 r/n Falk, 1936 scrapped.
H. M. Pellatt  114446    1903  1591 
1905 sold to Canadian Lake & Ocean Nav. Co, Newcastle, 1911 sold to Merchants Mutual Line, Newcastle, 1917 sold to Canadian Northern Steamships, Newcastle, 1918 sold to Canada Steamship Lines, Newcastle, 1920 sold to Soc. Belge d?Armement Maritime, Antwerp r/n Memling, 1924 sold to Ch.le Borgne, Havre r/n Nicole Le Borgne, 1934 sold to G. Pagan, Venice r/n Giuliana Pagan, 1935 sold to Aurora Soc. di Nav, Genoa r/n Scillin Secondo, 1937 r/n Scillin, 1940 sold to Fratelli Bianchi, Genoa, 13.11.1942 torpedoed and sunk off Kuriat, Tunisia by HMS Sahib.
J. H. Plummer  114447    1903  1582 
1905 sold to Canadian Lake & Ocean Nav. Co, Newcastle, 1911 sold to Merchants Mutual Line, Newcastle, 1917 sold to Canadian Northern Steamships, Newcastle, 1918 sold to Canadian Maritime Co, Newcastle, 1920 sold to Soc. Belge d?Armement Maritime, Antwerp r/n Van Eyck, 1923 sold to Kirkwood Line, Montreal r/n J. H. Plummer, 1924 sold to Coastwise SS & Barge Co, Vancouver r/n Amur, 1946 sold to Cia de Vapores Sino-Americana, Panama r/n Far Eastern Carrier, 1946 sold to Tung An Shipping, Shanghai r/n Tung An, 10.4.1949 wrecked off Shaweishan, Yangtse.
A.E. Ames  114449    1903  1637 
1905 sold to Canadian Ocean & Inland Nav. Co, Newcastle, 1911 sold to Merchants Mutual Line, Newcastle, 1918 sold to Canada Steamship Lines, Newcastle, 1921 sold to Soc. Belge d?Armement Maritime, Antwerp r/n Breughel, 1924 sold to Ch. le Borgne, Havre r/n Ginette Le Borgne, 13.9.1940 mined and sunk off San Pietro, Sardinia.
Halifax  106035    1896  3445 
Ex-Minho, 1904 purchased from Royal Mail S.P. Co, London r/n Halifax, 1905 sold to C.G.T (French Line), Havre r/n Montreal, 24.3.1917 torpedoed and sunk in 45.40N 07.40W by U.46
Quebec  106051    1896  3445 
Ex_Ebro, 1904 purchased from Royal Mail S.P. Co, London r/n Quebec, 1905 sold to C.G.T (French Line), Havre, 24.1.1917 mined and sunk off Chassiron (Gironde)
Uranium  98663    1891  5324 
Built as Avoca for British India S.N. Co, Glasgow, 1896 chartered to Cia Trasatlantica Barcelona r/n San Fernando, 1897 reverted to Avoca, 1907 sold to East Asiatic Co, Copenhagen r/n Atlanta, 1908 sold to Robertson, Shankland & Co, London r/n Avoca, 1908 sold to Uranium SS Co (W. Petersen), London r/n Uranium, 1910 management taken over by H. W. Harding, 1915 sold to Canadian National SS Ltd, London, 1916 sold to Cunard SS Co, Liverpool r/n Feltria, 5.5.1917 torpedoed and sunk off Mine Head by UC.48.
Rio Lages  112736    1900  3591 
Ex-Westmoor, 1911 purchased from W. Runciman & Co, London r/n Rio Lages, 1916 sold to T. Lewis, Cardiff, 24.4.1917 torpedoed and sunk 51.38N 12.52W by U.69
Rio Sorocaba (1)  114824    1902  3544 
Ex-Yorkmoor, 1912 purchased from W. Runciman & Co, London r/n Rio Sorocaba, 1915 sold to Cassar Ltd, London r/n Ant Cassar, 27.8.1918 torpedoed and sunk in 52.25N 05.45W by UB.118
Rio Tiete (1)  112709    1900  3587 
Ex-Uskmoor, 1911 purchased from W. Runciman & Co, London r/n Rio Tiete, 1913 sold to Paolo Viale, Genoa r/n Silvia, 9.7.1918 torpedoed and sunk off Cape Spartel by U.91
Rio Pirahy  114794    1901  3561 
Ex-Exmoor, 1912 purchased from W. Runciman & Co, London r/n Rio Pirahy, 1916 sold to G. Shepton, Cardiff, 28.10.1916 captured 60 miles south of Cape St. Vincent by U.63 and scuttled.
Rio Colorado  118356    1903  3565 
Ex-Sheila, 1913 purchased from Lion Line, London r/n Rio Colorado, 22.3.1917 mined and sunk off River Tyne.
Rio Claro (1)  118398    1904  3687 
Ex-Elaine, built for Angus SS Co, Dundee, 1904 sold to Lion Line,, London, 1912 purchased by Petersen & Co r/n Rio Claro, 5.1.1918 torpedoed and sunk in Bay of Genoa by U.63. Afterpart refloated, new forepart fitted and 1920 sold to Soc Italiana Salvataggi, Livorno r/n Riva Trigoso, 1924 sold to Clorialdo Devoto, Genoa r/n Folgore, 1932 scrapped.
Royal Sceptre  122862    1906  3838 
1912 purchased from James Knott, Newcastle, 1920 sold to Laurium Transport Co, London, 1928 transferred to Rosina SS Co, London, 1933 scrapped.
Rio Iguassu  110004    1898  3817 
Ex-Anglo-Chilian, 1911 purchased from Lawther, Latta & Co, London, 1912 r/n Rio Iguassu, 22.9.1914 captured by German cruiser Karlsruhe 155 miles SW of St. Paul Rocks and scuttled.
Rio Blanco (1)  110177    1899  4014 
Ex-South Australia, 1913 purchased from Lawther, Latta & Co, London r/n Rio Blanco, 1920 sold to Domingo Mumbru, Barcelona r/n Pepita Mumbru, 16.9.1921 wrecked near Uto on voyage Petrograd tp the Tyne.
Rio Tiete (2)  109398    1898  7464 
Ex-Knight Errant, 1914 purchased from Greenshields, Cowie & Co, Liverpool r/n Rio Tiete, 1916 sold to Russian Volunteer Fleet, Petrograd r/n Omsk, 1918 taken over by the Shipping Controller, London, 1921 sold to London SS & Trading Corp r/n Calanda, 1923 sold to D. Flack & Son, London r/n Flackwell, 1925 sold to Melsom & Melsom, Larvik, converted to whale factory ship r/n Lancing, 7.4.1942 torpedoed and sunk in 35.08N 75.22W by U.552.
River Forth  124181    1907  4413 
1913 purchased from Ormond, Cook & Co, Glasgow, 3.3.1917 torpedoed and sunk in 34.54N 15.00E by UC.35
Rio Tiete (3)  118646    1904  3042 
Ex-Pontop, 1915 purchased from Peareth SS Co, Newcastle r/n Rio Tiete, 28.3.1916 torpedoed and sunk 140 miles west of Ushant by U.28
Rio Sorocaba (2)  123692    1906  4290 
Ex-Bramley, 1915 purchased from Houlder, Middleton & Co, London r/n Rio Sorocaba, 21.3.1917 captured and scuttled off Eddystone by UC.48
Rio Parana  115139    1902  4032 
Ex-Persiana, 1914 purchased from Furness Withy & Co, West Hartlepool r/n Rio Parana, 24.2.1915 torpedoed and sunk off Beachy Head by U.8.
Rio Preto  115123    1901  4027 
Ex-Birmingham, 1914 purchased from Furness Withy & Co, West Hartlepool r/n Rio Preto, 1919 sold to T. Lewis, Cardiff, 18.12.1922 wrecked near St. Valery sur Somme.
Rio Verde  112448    1901  4025 
Ex-Austriana, 1915 purchased from Furness Withy & Co, West Hartlepool r/n Rio Verde, 21.2.1918 torpedoed and sunk in Mull of Galloway by U.86
Calliope  112684    1900  2883 
1917 purchased from Scaramanga Bros, London, 9.7.1917 sailed from Sevilla for Newport, Mon and went missing. Probably torpedoed and sunk 150 miles north of Madeira by U.155
Euterpe  114762    1901  3540 
1917 purchased from Scaramanga Bros, London, 1919 sold to Sandon Shipping, London, 1925 sold to Grove Shipping, London, 1928 sold to Goulandris & Co, Andros r/n Mariongoula, 1932 scrapped after stranding damage.
Iolanthe  118485    1904  3081 
1917 purchased from Scaramanga Bros, London, 4.1.1918 torpedoed and sunk in 50.28N 02.12W by UC.75
Leander  120484    1905  2793 
1917 purchased from Scaramanga Bros, London,1918 sold to Sheaf Steam Shipping Co, Newcastle 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.
Marie Elsie  105756    1895  2606 
1916 purchased from Scaramanga Bros, London, 10.6.1917 torpedoed and sunk in 71.21N 34.16E by U.28.
Marie Suzanne  109952    1898  3106 
1917 purchased from Scaramanga Bros, London, 19.8.1918 torpedoed and sunk 47 miles W x S of Mudros Bay by UC.37.
Rhodanthe  115803    1902  3061 
1916 purchased from Scaramanga Bros, London, 4.3.1917 sunk 330 miles NNW of St.Vincent CV by German cruiser Moewe.
Venus  120642    1905  3152 
Built for Harris & Dixon Ltd, London, 1913 sold to Scaramanga Bros, London, 1917 purchased by Petersen, 1921 sold to Japan r/n Unkai Maru No.6, 17.2.1944 sunk by U.S air attack in 07.25N 151.45E
Ramleh  97888    1891  2660 
Built for Brankelow SS Co, Liverpool, 1904 sold to Christian Salvesen, Leith, 1916 sold to A. Lazarus, London, 1917 purchased by Petersen & Co, 21.9.1918 collided with Danish s/s Nordamerika off Tenes Harbour, Algeria, beached and total loss.
Benwood  128013    1910  3841 
Built for J. Hoult & Co, Liverpool, 1915 sold to Adam SS Co,London, 1918 purchased by Petersen & Co, 1923 sold to O. Skjelbred, Kristiansand, 9.4.1942 collided with U.S. tanker Robert C. Tuttle off Florida and beached, total loss.
Durham  109713    1900  2626 
1919 purchased from Thompson Steam Shipping Co, Sunderland, 1919 sold to Cia Nav. Baracaldo, Bilbao r/n Bara-Bi, 26.4.1921 sank 20 miles SW of Ushant after striking floating wreckage.
Keyingham  122966    1908  3656 
Built for A. Meek & Sons, Goole, 1910 sold to V. T. Thompson, Sunderland, 1919 purchased by Petersen & Co, 1919 sold to Woodpulp Transport Co, London, 1933 sold to Xenios & Christoforides, Chios r/n Omonia, 14.10.1939 seized by Germans r/n Olsa, 10.10.1944 bombed and sunk by Allied aircraft in Langfjord near Kirkenes.
Gresham  119216    1905  3774 
1918 purchased from Thompson Steam Shipping, Sunderland, 26.4.1918 torpedoed and sunk 18 miles NW x N of Strumble Head by U.91
Waltham  119228    1906  3636 
1918 purchased from Thompson Steam Shipping, Sunderland, 1920 sold to A. Siddall, Cardiff, 1921 sold to Harrison, Sons & Co, Cardiff r/n Gilwen Park, 1924 sold to Watts, Watts & Co, London r/n Egham, 1931 sold to E.Pihlakas, Tallinn r/n Kinnika, 10.9.1933 wrecked in Kara Strait.
Rio Azul  146122    1921  4088 
29.6.1941 torpedoed and sunk in 29.00N 25.00W by U.123
Rio Blanco (2)  146514    1922  4086 
1.8.1942 torpedoed and sunk in 35.16N 74.18W by U.160
Rio Claro (2)  146681    1922  4086 
6.9.1939 torpedoed and sunk in 46.30N 12.00W by U.47
Rio Dorado  147726    1924  4507 
16.3.1942 sunk in 42.51N 44.25W by German battleship Gneisenau.
Rio Diamante  160418    1928  4641 
1933 sold to N. Lykiardopulo, Argostoli r/n Chloe, 6.5.1942 torpedoed and sunk in 22.59S 166.29E by Japanese submarine I-21
Amersham  168647    1941  7290 
Ex-Empire Rain, 1945 purchased from MOWT r/n Amersham, 1952 sold to Malabar SS Co, Bombay r/n Janeta, 1963 scrapped
Cheltenham  169107    1942  7046 
Ex-Empire Envoy, 1946 purchased from MOWT r/n Cheltenham, 1952 sold to Buries Markes Ltd, London r/n La Orilla, 1955 sold to Per Skiold, Stockholm r/n Stallberg, 1962 sold to Paulins Rederi, Abo r/n Verna Paulin, 1969 scrapped.
Ocean Vestal  168815    1942  7174 
1946 purchased from MOWT, 1947 r/n Farningham, 1952 sold to Houston Line, London r/n Hellenes, 1958 sold to Malabar SS Co, Bombay r/n Janmada, 1962 scrapped.
Farningham  168815    1942  7174 
See Ocean Vestal.

Ted Finch 09-10-2012