Britain Steamship Company, Watts, Watts & Co

Britain Steamship Company, Watts & Co

Britain Steamship Co was formed in London in 1884 by Watts, Ward & Co. In 1896 Mr Ward died and the management was renamed Watts, Watts & Co. The company expanded quickly and by 1914 was operating 20 vessels in worldwide tramping. Fourteen vessels were lost to enemy action during the Great War but by 1920 the fleet was back to the pre war level of 20 ships. The company lost ten ships during the second world war and by 1945 owned only six ships. Edmund Watts died in 1962 and the ships were gradually sold off, the last two in 1967. In 1968 the Britain SS Co was sold to Bibby Line.

 

Britain Steamship Company Fleet List

 

SHIP NAME O.N BUILT Gross Tons
Dunholme  86973  1883  1762 
1884 purchased from Burdon & Towers, West Hartlepool, 6.7.1891 sunk in collision with s/s Kinloch off Dover.
Highbury  77058  1877  2025 
Built as Euphrates for W. H. Tindall, London, 1893 purchased r/n Highbury, 16.2.1894 wrecked Marabout near Alexandria
Brentford  91892  1885  2143 
18.1.1887 wrecked near Peniche
Hampstead (1)   94313  1887  2313 
1905 sold Japan r/n Kashima Maru, 1.1.1929 wrecked near Muroran in 42.19N 140.57E
Henley (1)  94326  1887  2311 
1905 sold Japan r/n Taian Maru No.2, sailed from Muroran on 10.3.1910 and went missing.
Twickenham (1)  94356  1888  2538 
1905 sold Japan r/n Tomoye Maru, 3.6.1913 wrecked on rocks off Port Hamilton.
Wandsworth  95511  1888  1742 
7.1.1897 wrecked Tynemouth
Blackheath (1)  96654  1889  2571 
1907 sold Japan r/n Otaru Maru No.2, 1929 scrapped.
Isleworth  96587  1889  2648 
1907 sold Japan r/n Otaru Maru No.3, 20.8.1919 wrecked on Somali coast.
Mortlake (1)  96601  1889  2645 
1909 sold Japan r/n Tamon Maru No.11, 12.5.1917 put into Aburatan with damage and sank.
Fulham (1)  98087  1890  2024 
1907 sold Japan r/n Unkai Maru, 15.11.1932 wrecked on Vries Island, Tokyo.
Hounslow (1)  98082  1890  2797 
8.4.1906 wrecked Aserradores.
Windsor (1)  98060  1890  2793 
2.2.1908 wrecked Abrolhos Islands.
Kingsland  98126  1890  2016 
1903 sold to van Santen & Co, Rotterdam r/n Santduo, 27.11.1908 sank north of the Berlings.
Dulwich (1)  102801  1893  3276 
15.2.1915 torpedoed and sunk NNE of Cap la Heve by U.16
Kilburn  102813  1893  3271 
20.5.1910 wrecked Fiji.
Woolwich (1)  102820  1893  3258 
23.2.1903 sank in collision with s/s Foxton Hall off Maasluis
Anerley  85065  1881  1887 
1.8.1904 wrecked near Fusan, Korea
Finsbury  82795  1880  1854 
22.9.1903 sailed from Kobe for Vladivostock and went missing
Chiswick  105780  1896  2123 
1903 sold to Goulandris Bros, Andros r/n L. G. Goulandris, 6.12.1915 shelled and sunk near Alexandria by U.39
Richmond (1)  105790  1896  2122 
1903 sold to C. Thulin,Stockholm r/n Bifrost, 1915 sold to Stolt-Nielsen, Haugesund r/n Gesto, 1916 sold to C. Wildhagen, Sandefjord r/n Kapana, 1935 scrapped.
Aldershot  108271  1897  2177 
1915 sold to Fletcher & Son, London, 23.9.1918 torpedoed and sunk off Dartmouth by UB.113
Lewisham  109980  1898  2810 
17.5.1917 torpedoed and sunk off Mayo in 53.25N 13.30W by U.46
Tottenham (1)  108109  1896  2137 
Ex-Dacia, 1897 purchased from A.C. de Freitas, Hamburg r/n Tottenham, 1899 sold to F. M. Rodas, Bilbao r/n Saltillo, 1909 sold to Sota y Aznar, Bilbao r/n Lalen-Mendi, 17.11.1917 torpedoed and sunk off Beachy Head by UB.56
Chatham (1)  108313  1898  2174 
5.9.1905 collided with s/s Clan Cumming and caught fire in Suez Canal with cargo of explosives. Scuttled and wreck blown up.
Romford  108400  1898  3035 
10.2.1918 torpedoed and sunk off Cape Carthage in 36.54N 10.24E by unknown submarine.
Greenwich (1)  110058  1899  2938 
5.12.1917 torpedoed and sunk off Planier Island by UC.67
Woodford (1)  110068  1899  2937 
1913 sold Japan r/n Shinko Maru, 23.5.1933 sunk in collision with s/s Yodo Maru off NW Korea..
Tottenham (2)  112827  1901  4494 
1904 sold to Harris & Dixon, London r/n Brinkburn, 1904 returned to Watts r/n Tottenham, 2.2.1911 wrecked in Mozambique Channel
Beckenham (1)  114711  1901  4566 
1931 scrapped
Ilford  114765  1901  4264 
1930 scrapped
Ascot (1)  115818  1902  4334 
1932 scrapped
Epsom (1)  114806  1902  4556 
1931 sold to O. Rosini, Genoa r/n Ninfea, 1933 scrapped
Twickenham (2)  112412  1899  4221 
Ex-Cebriana, 1906 purchased from British Maritime Trust, West Hartlepool r/n Twickenham, 1907 sold to B.M.T r/n Cebriana, 1908 sold to Lloyd & Co, London r/n Dettingen, 1914 sold to Furness, Withy & Co r/n Algeriana, 1916 sold to Hannevig Bros, London, 1917 sold to A. Sutherland, Newcastle, 21.9.1917 wrecked Morocco.
Richmond (2)  120476  1904  3214 
1.7.1915 captured and sunk off Wolf Rock by U.39
Chiswick (1)  120462  1904  3246 
2.1.1919 wrecked NW of Kildin Island.
Newmarket  73653  1876  805 
Ex-Erasmus Wilson, 1905 purchased from Stephenson, Clarke & Co, London r/n Newmarket, 1906 sold Japan r/n Sumino-O Maru, 12.6.1927 sunk in collision with s/s Taizan Maru in Tsugaru Strait.
Wandsworth  114758  1901  3230 
Built as Melbrek for Deas, Foster & Co, London, 1903 r/n Heathbank, 1905 purchased r/n Wandsworth, 1907 sold to Harris & Dixon, London, 1911 sold to Merevale Shipping, Cardiff r/n Camlake, 1916 resold to Harris & Dixon, London, 17.8.1917 stranded near Azemmour, Morocco, 1919 refloated but sank in tow.
Wimbledon (1)  114666  1901  3767 
Ex-Heathford, 1906 purchased from Deas, Foster & Co, London r/n Wimbledon, 1911 sold to Harris & Dixon, London, 1914 sold to Sale & Co, London, 1918 sold to Lowlands SS Co, London, 1925 sold to Argentine Trading Co, London, 1928 sold Italy r/n Docilitas, 1929 scrapped.
Willesden (1)  120645  1905  4881 
1932 Scuttled as breakwater at Vizagapatam, India after grounding damage
Woolwich (2)  93729  1887  2924 
Ex-Electrician, 1905 purchased from T & J. Harrison, Liverpool r/n Woolwich, 3.11.1915 shelled and sunk south of Crete by U.35
Hampstead (2)  106606  1896  3408 
Ex-Vulcan, 1905 purchased from Harris & Dixon, London r/n Hampstead, 1926 sold G. Andreadis, Piraeus r/n Okeanis, 1933 scrapped
Henley (2)  102668  1894  3302 
Ex-Janeta, 1905 purchased from Maclay & McIntyre, Glasgow r/n Henley, 10.4.1918 torpedoed and sunk off The Lizard by UB.109
Sandhurst (1)  97844  1891  4298 
Built as Saint Enoch for Rankin, Gilmour & Co, Liverpool, 1903 sold to W. Petersen, Newcastle r/n Toronto, 1904 purchased r/n Sandhurst, 1912 sold to Dannevig & Co, Sandefjord r/n Roald Amundsen, 1919 converted to whale factory ship, 1921 sold to S. Christensen, Sandefjord r/n Falk, 1936 scrapped
Fulham (2)  113125  1903  4234 
Ex-Manchester Miller, 1905 purchased from Manchester Liners Ltd r/n Fulham, 1908 resold to Manchester Liners r/n Manchester Miller, 5.6.1917 torpedoed and sunk in 52.49N 14.07W by U.66
Chatham (2)  120675  1906  3653 
1911 sold to Deutsche-Amerik Petroleum, Germany converted to tanker, 1914 transferred to U.S. flag, sold to Standard Oil Co r/n Caloria, 1923 sold to Standard Fruit Co, New Orleans, 1947 scrapped.
Tottenham (3)  120686  1906  3106 
Ex-Harewood, 1910 purchased from Harris & Dixon, London r/n Tottenham, 4.8.1916 torpedoed andsunk near Marseille by U.35
Isleworth (1)  132572  1911  4879 
13.3.1912 wrecked Chebucto Head, Nove Scotia
Blackheath (2)  132543  1911  4868 
1935 sold to Hendrik Fisser, Emden r/n Martha Hendrik Fisser, 10.4.1940 scuttled by crew off Narvik to avoid capture by British destroyers.
Highbury  135141  1912  4831 
14.6.1917 torpedoed and sunk 100 miles WSW from Bishop Rock by U.82
Twickenham (3)  132738  1912  4891 
1935 scrapped
Finchley (1)  135128  1912  4174 
20.8.1915 wrecked Trek Island, N. Russia.
Chertsey (1)  108340  1898  3264 
Ex-Reynolds, 1916 purchased from Bolton SS Co, London r/n Chertsey, 26.4.1917 torpedoed and sunk off Algiers by UC.67
Molesey (1)  133520  1912  3218 
Ex-Salamanca, 1917 purchased from Scholefield SS Co, Newcastle r/n Molesey, 1.12.1917 torpedoed and sunk off Brighton by UB.81
Alston  115154  1903  3955 
1917 purchased from Webster & Barraclough, West Hartlepool, 1919 sold to W.. Garthwaite, London, 1921 sold to Marine Nav. Co, Montreal, 1923 sold Japan r/n Kinoene Maru, 8.3.1927 wrecked Tongochato, Korea.
Chatham (3)  115165  1904  3592 
Ex-Clifton, 1917 purchased from Webster & Barraclough, West Hartlepool r/n Chatham, 21.5.1918 torpedoed and sunk off Cape Matapan by U.32
Chertsey (2)  109604  1900  3750 
Ex-Dunbar, 1918 purchased from Dunedin SS Co, Leith r/n Chertsey, 1929 sold to P. Poutous, Syra r/n Michalis Poutous,1932 scrapped.
Datchet (1)  106992  1898  3076 
Ex-Tantallon, 1917 purchased from W. Maclean & Co, West Hartlepool r/n Datchet, 1926 sold to Pittas Bros, Chios r/n Georgios Pittas, 1934 scrapped after collision
Isleworth (2)  106607  1896  2866 
Ex-Eversley, 1917 purchased from Scholefield & Son, Newcastle r/n Isleworth, 30.4.1918 torpedoed and sunk off Ventnor by UC.17
Molesey (2)  112405  1899  3788 
Ex-Rokeby, 1918 purchased from G. Pyman & Co, West Hartlepool r/n Molesey, 25.11.1929 wrecked near Milford Haven.
Mortlake (2)  106636  1898  3125 
Ex-Lovaine, 1916 purchased from Scholefield & Son, Newcastle r/n Mortlake, 1926 sold to A. Dallas, Spetsai, Greece r/n Marika, 1931 sold to S. Katopodis, Ithaca r/n Filomila, 1936 r/n Sylvia, 1937 scrapped.
Petersham (1)  110698  1899  3381 
Ex-Clinton, 1917 purchased from H. Samman & Co, Hull r/n Petersham, 5.5.1918 sunk in collision with Spanish s/s Sera off Trevose Head
Putney (1)  110608  1899  3232 
Ex-Lynton, 1917 purchased from Liver Shipping Co, Liverpool r/n Putney, 1926 sold to Musmechi & Co, Catania, Italy r/n Sempre Avanti, 1933 scrapped.
Sandhurst (2)  104929  1897  3027 
Built as Craigneuk for Craig Line, Leith, 1898 sold to C. T. Bowring, London r/n Inca, 1917 purchased r/n Sandhurst, 6.5.1918 torpedoed and sunk off Corsewall Point by UB.72
Chiswick (2)  105896  1896  3435 
Built as Port Denison for W. Milburn & Co, London, 1907 sold to Bede SS Co, Newcastle r/n Bedeburn, 1916 sold to Kent SS Co, Newcastle, 1918 purchased r/n Chiswick, 1929 sold to Jaunsems & Co, Latvia r/n Zigurds, 1931 sold to F.Aguado, Colon r/n Santa Marta, 1934 scrapped.
Greenwich (2)  117963  1904  3518 
Ex-Southville, 1918 purchased from Ville SS Co, North Shields r/n Greenwich, 1933 scrapped
Petersham (2)  108757  1898  3980 
Built as Comeric for Bank Line, Glasgow, 1916 sold to C. Salvesen, Leith, 1918 purchased r/n Petersham, 1929 sold to McAllum SS Co, London r/n Ashenden, 1929 sold to H. Taube, Riga r/n Margarete, 1933 scrapped
Chatham (4)  114515  1902  3541 
Ex-Eastville, 1918 purchased from Ville SS Ltd, North Shields r/n Chatham, 1929 sold to V. Livanos, Chios r/n Timios Stavros, 10.12.1932 sank in 36.53N 19.44E
Hounslow (2)  106997  1899  3751 
Ex-Barton, 1918 purchased from Webster & Barraclough, West Hartlepool r/n Hounslow, 1929 sold to McAllum SS Co, London r/n Cliddesden, 1930 sold to M. Kulukundis, Syra r/n Theseus, 1932 scrapped.
Finchley (2)  98532  1892  3445 
Ex-Haxby, 1919 purchased from Ropner & Co, West Hartlepool r/n Finchley, 1926 scrapped
Amersham  123155  1906  3718 
Ex-Rochdale, 1924 purchased C, Radcliffe & Co, Cardiff r/n Amersham, 1929 sold to Los & Andreadis, Chios r/n Delphin, 9.10.1940 torpedoed and sunk in 58.11N 13.57W by U.103
Chesham  123729  1906  4208 
Ex-Singapore, 1924 purchased from Westminster Shipping, London r/n Chesham, 1931 sold Yugoslavia r/n Bakar, 1936 sold to Cumbrae Shipping, Glasgow r/n Chesham, 1938 scrapped
Denham  123760  1906  3974 
Built as Invertay for Law, Leslie & Co, London, 1915 sold to Furness, Withy & Co r/n Lexington, 1923 purchased r/n Denham, 1931 scrapped
Egham  119228  1906  3636 
Built for Thompson & Co, Sunderland as Waltham, 1921 sold to Harrison, Sons & Co, Cardiff r/n Gilwen Park, 1924 purchased r/n Egham, 1932 sold Estonia r/n Kinnika, 1933 wrecked in Kara Strait, Java
Maidenhead  133550  1914  4191 
Built as Newquay for Newcastle SS Co, Newcastle, 1920 sold to Red Cap SS Co, Newcastle, 1924 purchased r/n Maidenhead, 1936 sold to Rethymnis & Kulukundis, Syra r/n Mount Ithome, 1940 seized by Vichy French r/n Monrovia, 1942 transferred to Italian Government r/n Venezia, 14.7.1943 sunk at Messina by Allied air attack.
Medmenham  113735  1904  3423 
Ex-Burnholme, 1924 purchased from Rowland & Marwood, Whitby r/n Medmenham, 1933 scrapped
Remenham (1)  131833  1911  3357 
Built as Monkshaven for Eskside SS Co, Whitby, 1918 sold to Austin Friars SS Co, Whitby, 1919 sold to Rhondda Merthyr Shipping, Whitby, 1924 purchased r/n Remenham, 1926 sold Japan r/n Mikaje Maru No.11, 8.8.1932 wrecked at Saghalien.
Twyford  119339  1905  3709 
Built as Endsleigh for Bellamy & Co, Plymouth, 1907 sold to Cie Royale Belgo-Argentine, Antwerp r/n President Bunge, 1924 purchased r/n Twyford, 1932 transferred to Latvian registry r/n Vironia, 1934 transferred to British flag r/n Twyford, 1935 sold Latvia r/n Ciltvaira, 19.1.1942 torpedoed and sunk in 35.25N 75.23W by U.123
Wokingham (1)  123682  1906  3580 
Built as Antar for Egypt & Levant SS Co, London, 1919 sold to Wigan S.N. Co, London, 1920 sold to Merrett Bros, Cardiff r/n River Trent 1924 purchased r/n Wokingham, 1930 sold Latvia r/n Gundega, 1940 seized by USSR, 1941 seized by Germany r/n Weichselland, 21.12.1944 mined and sunk near Stavanger
Wooburn  119206  1905  3930 
Built as Wallace for Taylor & Sanderson, Sunderland, 1917 sold to Letricheux & David, Swansea, 1919 sold to Lewis SS Co, Swansea, 1924 purchased r/n Wooburn, 1933 scrapped
Laleham (1)  125615  1907  4068 
Built as Port Pirie for W. Milburn, London, 1915 sold to Glasgow SS Co, r/n Kelvinbrae, 1920 sold to Romney SS Co, Glasgow, 1924 r/n Darnley, 1925 purchased r/n Laleham, 31.3.1926 abandoned in N. Atlantic in 39.06N 55.18W after springing a leak.
Cookham  124124  1906  3542 
Built as Garscube for T. McCrindell, Glasgow, 1909 sold to D. Russell & Co, Leith r/n Craigmhor, 1913 sold to C. Walton, Leith r/n Neilrose, 1916 sold to Woolston SS Co, Leith, 1918 sold to Charlton SS Co, Newcastle r/n Heathside, 1919 sold to Care & Marquand Shipping, Newcastle, 1921 r/n Arncliffe, 1925 purchased r/n Cookham, 1932 scrapped
Fulham (3)  119873  1905  3184 
Ex-Dublin, Ex-Albistan, Built as Cambyses for Gladstone & Co, West Hartlepool, 1912 sold to Strick Line r/n Albistan, 1919 sold to Pentaff SS Co, Cardiff, 1920 sold to Vernco SS Co, Cardiff, 1921 sold to Rederi A/S Triton, Copenhagen, 1924 sold to O. Ovesen, Copenhagen r/n Dublin, 1925 purchased r/n Fulham, 1934 sold to Delta SS Co, London r/n Farnham, 1936 sold Italy r/n Apollo, 1962 scrapped
Mortlake (3)  118382  1904  3004 
Built as Cragside for Pyman Bros, London, 1916 sold to Egypt & Levant SS Co, London r/n Antiope, 1926 purchased r/n Mortlake, 1933 sold to Latvian Shipping, Riga r/n Valdona, 1941 seized by Germans r/n Memelland, 1941 r/n Sudetenland, 1941 r/n Baltenland, 25.12.1944 torpedoed and sunk by Soviet submarine K-56 off Stolpmunde
Putney (2)  118360  1904  3569 
Built as Tapton for Ilderton SS Co, London, 1918 sold to Arctic SS Co, Newcastle, 1919 sold to Batheaston Trading Co, Newcastle, 1926 purchased r/n Putney, 1929 sold to M. Diakakis & Co, Syra r/n Virginia Mavroleon, 1932 scrapped.
Tottenham (4)  123655  1906  3655 
Built as Don Cesar for Buenos Ayres & Pacific Railway Co, London, 1919 sold to Romney SS Co, London r/n Apsley, 1925 purchased r/n Tottenham, 1930 sold to Latvia r/n Everonika, 1940 seized by USSR, 1941 seized by Germany r/n Irma, 14.3.1944 wrecked at Vetterbae, Norway.
Remenham (2)  149750  1903  3353 
Built as Carol Ier for Louis Dreyfus, Dunkirk, 1923 sold to Cie Transatlantique Belge, Antwerp r/n Arlon, 1926 purchased r/n Remenham, 1931 sold K.Pool, Tallinn r/n Lennuk, 1935 sold r/n Elna, 1940 transferred to MOWT, London r/n Elna II, 1941 transferred to USSR, 1956 reported scrapped.
Laleham (2)  119960  1904  4703 
Built as Clarissa Radcliffe for E. Thomas, Radcliffe & Co, Cardiff, 1913 r/n Llanover, 1917 r/n Llangorse, 1926 purchased r/n Laleham,1930 sold to A. Kyrtatas, Andros r/n Marionga D. Thermiotis, 1947 sold to Goulandris Bros, Andros r/n Antonios K, 1948 sold to Cie de Nav. Ponuga, Panama, 1952 scrapped.
Finchley (3)  132860  1912  4764 
Built as Nantwen for W & C. T. Jones, Cardiff, 1918 sold to Morgan & Cadogan, Cardiff, 1921 r/n Westra, 1926 purchased r/n Finchley, 1935 sold to J. Essberger, Hamburg r/n Jolanthe, 1936 sold to Adolf Wiards, Hamburg r/n Emsriff, 29.7.1944 sunk by air attack at Hamburg, 1949 refloated and repaired, 1959 scrapped
Newnham  113943  1901  3316 
Built as Katanga for Bank Line, Glasgow, 1916 sold to Salvesen & Co, Leith, 1926 purchased r/n Newnham, 1929 sold to N. Yannaghas, Syra r/n Michel E. Yannaghas, 1932 scrapped
Datchet (2)  140582  1918  4364 
Ex-Roquelle, 1927 purchased from Elder, Dempster & Co r/n Datchet, 1933 sold to Goulandris Bros, Andros r/n Marionga J.Goulandris, 13.11.1934 wrecked at Necochea.
Chatham (5)  129128  1910  4065 
Ex-Lingfield, 1929 purchased from Woodfield SS Co, London r/n Chatham, 1931 sold to Alexandria Nav. Co, Alexandria r/n Star of Cairo, 1936 sold to Alpha SS Co, London r/n Aylsham, 1938 sold to W. Kunstmann, Stettin r/n Gerrit Fritzen, 25.11.1939 wrecked on Schiermonnikoog Island.
Chislehurst  149905  1912  4507 
Built as Electra for Lucovich & Co, Austria-Hungary, 1912 sold to Martinolich, A-H r/n Erodiade, 1914-1917 laid up at Buenos Aires,1917 r/n Keresan for Kerr Nav. Corp, New York, 1921 r/n Mount Seward for United American Lines, NY, 1922 sold to Ocean Sea Nav. Co, Budapest r/n Debreczen, 1927 r/n Fenwell for Fen SS Co, London, 1928 purchased r/n Chislehurst, 1933 sold to L. Moller, Shanghai r/n Yolande B., 1934 sold to O. Bertin, Shanghai r/n Yolande, 5.3.1938 wrecked near Weihaiwei.
Wanstead (1)  160578  1928  5423 
21.4.1943 torpedoed and sunk in 55.46N 45.14W by U.415
Watford  160552  1928  5421 
10.9.1932 Wrecked Cape Breton Island.
Wendover (1)  160605  1928  5419 
16.7.1940 sunk in 23.08S 34.49W by German auxiliary cruiser Thor.
Hampstead (3)  123151  1906  4395 
Built as Achlibster for Gunn & Co, Cardiff, 1919 sold to Globe Shipping, Greenock r/n Glofield, 1927 purchased r/n Hampstead, 1930 sold to N. Cottakis, Andros r/n Alecos, 22.6.1935 grounded and sank near Cape Vilano.
Highgate  113993  1901  3281 
Ex-Dunolly, 1926 purchased from Glen & Co, Glasgow r/n Highgate, 1929 sold N. Mastrandreas, Syra r/n Mastrandreas, 1933 sold Turkey r/n Dogan, 1951 scrapped.
Winslow  115786  1903  3495 
Built as Dumbarton for H. Maclean, Glasgow, 1907 sold to Babtie & Co, Glasgow r/n Overdale, 1926 purchased r/n Winslow, 1931 sold to Arm. Colignon, Antwerp r/n Fernand Colignon, 1932 sold to A. Klat, Alexandria r/n Radames, 20.5.1941 torpedoed and sunk in 06.00N 12.00W by U.103
Norbiton  160640  1911  4436 
Built as Boheme for Martinolich & Co, Austria-Hungary, 1914 laid up, 1919 transferred to Italian registry, 1929 purchased r/n Norbiton, 1931 sold to Alexandria Nav. Co, Alexandria r/n Star of Alexandria, 1934 scrapped.
Dartford  162500  1930  4076 
12.6.1942 torpedoed and sunk in 49.19N 41.33W by U.124
Deptford  162524  1931  4040 
13.12.1939 torpedoed and sunk off Honningsvaak, Norway by U.38
Dulwich (2)  162564  1931  4040 
9.6.1940 beached and set on fire by crew in River Seine to avoid capture. 1942 salvaged by Germans r/n Holtenau, 17.10.1942 sunk near Calais by British air attack
Willesden (2)  148530  1925  4563 
Ex-Antinous, 1933 purchased from New Egypt & Levant Shipping Co, London r/n Willesden, 1.4.1942 sunk in approx. 16.00S 16.00W by German auxiliary cruiser Thor.
Putney (3)  132880  1913  4793 
Built as Dartwen for W & C.T. Jones, Cardiff, 1914 seized by Germans, 1917 r/n Trischen, 1919 r/n Neotsfield for Bell & Co, Hull, 1933 purchased r/n Putney, 1936 sold to Alpha SS Co, London r/n Farnham, 27.6.1938 sunk by Spanish Nationalist air attack at Alicante, 1939 salvaged, 1940 r/n Castillo Montiel for Spanish Gov’t. 1964 scrapped
Blackheath (3)  164668  1936  4637 
10.1.1945 torpedoed in 35.49N 06.03W by U.870, beached near Cape Spartel and broke in two.
Mortlake (4)  145510  1923  1742 
Built as Marjorie S for Monkseaton SS Co, Newcastle, 1928 sold to Cie des Affreteurs Francais, Rouen r/n Courcelles, 1929 sold to M. Constant, Cardiff r/n Ruckinge, 1936 purchased r/n Mortlake, 1938 sold to J. A. Billmeir, London r/n Stanlake, 14.4.1943 torpedoed and sunk by German MTB S.121 off Lizard Head.
Beckenham (2)  165589  1937  4636 
7.10.1953 wrecked Cape Ratmanova, Kara Sea.
Beaconsfield  166576  1938  4635 
1958 sold to Malaya Shipping, London r/n Twinhorse, 1964 scrapped.
Tottenham (5)  167541  1940  4762 
17.6.1941 sunk in 07.39S 19.12W by German auxiliary cruiser Atlantis.
Twickenham (4)  168028  1940  4762 
1958 sold to Great Eastern Shipping, Bombay r/n Jag Mata, 1963 scrapped
Teddington  168080  1941  4762 
17.9.1941 torpedoed off Cromer by German MTB.
Ascot (2)  168342  1942  7005 
29.2.1944 torpedoed and sunk in 05.00S 63.00E by Japanese submarine I-37
Greenwich (3)  169615  1943  7292 
1959 sold to Argus SS Co, Liberia r/n Portador, 13.4.1962 abandoned on fire in 51.15N 15.34W
Chertsey (3)  168401  1943  5998 
1947 sold to P. Hendry & Sons, Glasgow r/n Kingsborough, 1951 sold to Graig Shipping, Cardiff r/n Graiglwyd, 1959 sold to Wallem & Co, Hong Kong r/n Nordwind, 1959 sold to China r/n Nan Hai 145, 1967 r/n Hong Qi 145, 1992 deleted from registers.
Chiswick (3)  168469  1943  6006 
1952 sold R. Sloman, Hamburg r/n Olga, 1960 scrapped
Epsom (2)  166221  1945  7056 
Built as Empire Favour for MOWT, 1947 purchased r/n Epsom, 1950 sold to Court Line. London r/n Errington Court, 1956 sold to M. Embiricos, Liberia r/n Penelope, 1962 registered in Greece, 1964 sold to Dalia Cia Nav, Piraeus r/n Andromachi,, 25.6.1969 shelled by Israeli artillery at Suez and burned out.
Willesden (3)  166219  1944  6997 
Built as Empire Canning for MOWT, 1946 purchased r/n Willesden, 1958 sold to Lambda Shipping, Hong Kong r/n Golden Lambda, 1960 sold to Neptune Shipping, H.K. r/n Marine Explorer, 1961 sold to Viking Shipping, H.K., 1962 r/n East Vim, 1963 r/n Wakasa Bay, 1966 sold to Leu Shipping, H.K. r/n Golden Wind, 1966 scrapped.
Wanstead (2)  183130  1949  5664 
1957 chartered to Port Line r/n Port Wanstead, 1960 r/n Wanstead, 1963 chartered to Lamport & Holt r/n Raeburn, 1964 r/n Wanstead, 1965 sold to J. Squire r/n Wanliu, 1969 transferred to China Nav.Co, 1975 sold to Maldives Shipping, Male r/n Maldive Explorer, 1978 scrapped
Wendover (2)  183183  1950  5664 
1964 chartered to J. Squire r/n Wenchow, 1969 purchased by China Nav. Co, 1975 sold to Pacific International Line, Singapore r/n Kota Subur, 1978 scrapped
Woodford (2)  183281  1950  5664 
1963 chartered to Lamport & Holt r/n Rossetti, 1964 r/n Woodford, 1964 chartered to J. Squire r/n Woosung, 1969 purchased by China Nav. Co, 1976 sold to Guan Guan, Singapore r/n New Dragon, 1978 scrapped
Windsor (2)  184711  1952  7652 
1963 sold Great Eastern Shipping, Bombay r/n Jag Ketu, 1968 sold to Lion International, London r/n Eastern Lion, 1972 sold to Yick Fung Shipping, Somalia, 1975 owned by Chinese Government, 1992 deleted from registers.
Wokingham (2)  185870  1953  7659 
1963 sold Great Eastern Shipping, Bombay r/n Jag Kranti, 1967 sold to Giannicos Nav. Co, Cyprus r/n Castalia, 1975 sold to Korovina Maritime, Cyprus r/n United Success, 1976 scrapped
Woolwich (3)  186242  1955  7669 
1962 sold to Nav. Maritime Bulgare, Varna r/n Luben Karavelov, 1976 scrapped.
Weybridge  187719  1958  9221 
1964 chartered to Lamport & Holt r/n Rossetti, 1964 reverted to Weybridge, 1967 sold to National Shipping, Pakistan r/n Karotua, 1982 scrapped
Wimbledon (2)  300765  1958  9223 
1960 chartered to Port Line r/n Port Wimbledon, 1965 reverted to Wimbledon, 1967 sold to National Shipping, Pakistan r/n Swat, 1983 scrapped
Willesden (4)  301151  1961  8556 
1962 sold Nav. Maritime Bulgare, Varna r/n Georgi Sava Rakovsky, 1983 scrapped

Ted Finch 09/06/2011

Bibliography

N. L. Middlemiss. (1993),Travels of the Tramps, vol.1, Shield Publications.
Schell Registers
Lloyds Register
Marine News