Wm France, Fenwick & Co.

William France, Fenwick & Co.

Wm France, Fenwick & Co was formed in 1901 by the amalgamation of the fleets of Fenwick, Stobart & Co,
H. C. Pelly & Co and William France & Co. The company’s initial trade was coal from the Wear and Goole to London but this later expanded to Baltic ports, returning with timber.
Many of their ships were requisitioned by the Admiralty during the Great War for use as fleet colliers and six ships were lost to enemy action. During World War II, a further twelve ships were sunk.

In 1946 Coastwise Colliers was formed by W. Cory & Son, Stephenson Clarke and France, Fenwick to charter colliers to the London Electricity Company and several ships were transferred from each partner. This company was managed by France, Fenwick. However, with the nationalisation of the electricity industry in 1948 these ships were returned to their respective owners.

Occasional sailings were also made to Canada to take part in the St. Lawrence coal trade. France, Fenwick also branched into the bulk sugar trade from the West Indies and esparto grass from North Africa as well as general tramping. By 1972 with falling freight rates, the company gradually withdrew from ship owning and the fleet was managed by Houlder Bros until it was sold in 1974 to Jessel Securities finance group.

 

 

France, Fenwick & Co, Fleet List

 

SHIP NAME O.N IMO BUILT G.T
Poplar 91925    1886  830 
1901 transferred from H. C. Pelly & Co, 1903 sold to Commercial Gas Co, London, 1912 sold to W. Annear, Cardiff, 1913 sold to F. Lofaro, Torre del Greco, Italy r/n Comm. C. Bruno, 1916 sold to C. Caprotti, Venice, 1917 captured and scuttled off Cape Spartivento, Sardinia by U.63. 
Stepney 91913    1886  688 
1901 transferred from H. C. Pelly & Co, 1905 sold to F. Lauder, London, 1907 sold to F. H. Johnson, London r/n Pei Tai, 1907 sold to Ogawa Yashiro, Hakodate r/n OgawaMaru, 20.12.1922 stranded and sank in Hirato Strait. 
Northwood 95515    1889  764 
1901 transferred from W. France & Co, 1924 sold to C. Voyajoglu, Syra r/n Prorefs, 1930 sold to S. Kontoyanni, Piraeus r/n Teresa Kontoyanni, 1931 r/n Teresa Contoyanni, 1934 scrapped. 
Ratcliff 101952    1892  802 
1901 transferred from H. C. Pelly & Co, 1906 sold to Gas, Light & Coke Co, London, 1908 sold to M. Murphy, Waterford, 1911 sold to Embiricos Bros, Andros r/n Stenies, 1911 sold to N. Nomicos, Santorin r/n Andreas Moussouris, 1916 sold to A, Theofani, Russia r/n Adelfi F & S. Theofani, 1921 sold to Sovtorgflot, Odessa r/n PetrStarostin, 1960 deleted from Register. 
Lockwood (1) 105874    1896  1143 
1901 transferred from H. C. Pelly & Co, 28.2.1922 ashore, capsized and sank in River Witham, Lincs. 
Rookwood (1) 105860    1896  1143 
1901 transferred from H. C. Pelly & Co, 1916 sold to Gas, Light & Coke Co, London r/n Firelight, 1.5.1917 torpedoed and sunk off Tyne Pier by UC.29  
Gwynwood 110088    1899  1084 
1901 transferred from H. C. Pelly & Co, 1931 sold to Soc. Napoletana, Naples r/n Fucsia, 1934 sold to G. Montella, Torre del Greco r/n SacroCuore, 2.12.1942 torpedoed and sunk in 35.22N 09.45E by HMS Umbra. 
Hawkwood 112620    1900  1155 
1901 transferred from H. C. Pelly & Co, 12.1.1913 wrecked near Flamborough Head. 
Monkwood 112687    1900  1141 
1901 transferred from H. C. Pelly & Co, 1916 sold to Gas, Light & Coke Co, London r/n Glow, 22.7.1917 torpedoed and sunk in Robin Hood Bay by UB.21 
Wearmouth 104817    1894  982 
1901 transferred from Fenwick, Stobart& Co, 1903 sold to Soc. d’Arm. Gantois, Ghent r/n Belgica, 1914 seized by Germans, 1919 sold to Cie Les AffreteursReunisBelges, Antwerp r/n Gloria, 1922 transferred to French registry r/n MarechalLyautey, 1926 sold to G. Mirabella, Catania r/n Sara Minnola, 1929 sold to P de gennaro, Catania r/n Tosca, 1934 sold to G Parisifu Giovanni, Naples r/n Francesca R, 1937 sold to R. Romano, Naples r/n Fertilia, 30.1.1942 torpedoed and sunk near Brindisi by HMS Thunderbolt. 
Hylton 108235    1897  1484 
1901 transferred from Fenwick, Stobart& Co, 1911 sold to Cia Argentina de Pesca, Buenos Aires r/n Harpon, 20.10.1917 stranded on Moroccan coast. 
Abchurch 110007    1898  1621 
1901 transferred from Fenwick, Stobart& Co, 1914 sold to Mitsui Bussan Kaisha, Kobe r/n GokensanMaru,, 18.2.1944 wrecked in 44.01N 141.38E 
Stanton 110165    1899  1097 
1901 transferred from Fenwick, Stobart& Co, 1931 sold to L. Palomba, Torre del Greco r/n Leonardo Palomba, 22.9.1942 torpedoed and sunk near Kuriat by HMS Unruffled 
Brenda 112640    1899  1152 
1901 transferred from Fenwick, Stobart& Co, 1924 sold to G. Bianchi, Genoa r/n Bianca Bianchi, 1925 sold to A. Pollio, Naples r/n Pallade, 1938 sold to AchilleLauro, Naples, 1950 sold to M. Attanasio, Naples r/n Mario Attanasio, 1954 scrapped. 
Nina 112665    1900  1082 
1901 transferred from Fenwick, Stobart& Co, 1930 sold to Soc. Partenopea, Naples r/n Ilex, 1934 sold to G. Montella,, Torre del Greco r/n Sibilla, 1943 seized by Germans, 1944 scuttled at Livorno, 1945 scrapped. 
Arden 112810    1901  1517 
1901 transferred from Fenwick, Stobart& Co, 19.1.1911 wrecked at Pointe Fuentenst. 
Holmwood 115928    1902  1327 
5.1.1910 sunk in collision with s/s Aberdonian off Orfordness. 
Sherwood (1) 118369    1904  1353 
1916 sold to Gas, Light & Coke Co, London r/n Suntrap, 7.11.1917 torpedoed and sunk Robin Hood Bay by UB.22 
Needwood (1) 120467    1904  1977 
1905 sold to Union SS Co of New Zealand r/n Kaituna, 1931 sold to S. T. Williamson, Hong Kong, 1938 sold to Wallem& Co, Panama r/n Needwood, 1941 seized by Japanese, 1942 r/n KaiyoMaru, 22.12.1942 wrecked near Seto. 
Needwood (2) 121289    1906  1985 
1925 sold to Grove Line, Glasgow r/n Oakgrove, 9.1.1940 sunk off Cromer by German air attack. 
Marlwood (1) 123757    1906  1981 
1917 sold to European Gas Co, London, 1926 sold to Harries Bros, London, 1933 scrapped. 
Wychwood 125606    1907  1985 
28.3.1917 torpedoed and sunk off South Arklow L.V. by UC.65 
Ladywood (1) 125625    1907  1981 
1908 sold to Union SS Co of New Zealand r/n Kaitangata, 1930 sold to Williamson & Co, Hong Kong, 25.10.1937 exploded and sank in 21.40N 112.00E 
Holywood 123769    1907  1545 
1935 sold to S. Synodinos, Piraeus r/n Tanais, 20.5.1941 sunk by German air attack at Suda Bay, repaired and managed by Mittelmeer Reed. GmbH. 9.6.1944 torpedoed and sunk in 35.35N 25.11E by HMS Vivid. 
Raithwaite Hall 54573    1868  698 
Built for G. Pyman& Co, 1906 purchased from Pyman, 1909 sold to Strick Line, 1929 scrapped. 
Ladywood (2) 129106    1910  2314 
1.5.1917 captured and scuttled in 49.52N 05.59W by UB.38 
Wedgwood 129133    1910  1673 
1932 sold to S, Altiero, Torre del Greco r/n Altero, 1936 sold to Messina & Co, Genoa r/n Pegli, 14.3.1943 torpedoed and sunk off Sicily by HMS Sibyl. 
Kirkwood 129163    1911  1674 
1929 sold to A. Pollio, Naples r/n Pollinia, 1936 sold to AchilleLauro, Naples, 26.6.1941 torpedoed and sunk in 40.03N 11.55E by HMS Severn. 
Cornwood 132597    1911  2152 
1929 sold to Hamiel GmbH, Hamburg r/n Franz Haniel, 13.5.1940 mined and sunk off Kiel.  
Dalewood (1) 132624    1911  2420 
26.2.1918 torpedoed and sunk SW of Isle of Man by U.105. 
Portwood (1) 135217    1913  2241 
1930 sold to M. Goossens, Antwerp r/n Suzon, 1.10.1939 torpedoed and sunk 42 miles from Ushant by U.35 
Bestwood (1) 135288    1913  2248 
29.7.1917 sunk in collision with s/s Leander off South Bishop L.H while on Admiralty charter. 
Pinewood 136670    1914  2219 
17.2.1918 captured, shelled and sunk south of Mine Head by U.86 
Arnewood (1) 139160    1916  2259 
13.12.1917 mined and sunk off Skye. 
Whitwood 143104    1919  1926 
1939 sold to Dillwyn SS Co, Swansea r/n Josewyn, 1948 sold to Lowgate SS Co, Hull r/n Ashgate, 1953 sold to Liberian SS Co, Monrovia r/n Ikla, 1959 scrapped 
Deerwood (1) 143456    1919  1914 
6.8.1941 stranded on Haisbro’ Sands in 54.54N 01.43E 
Braywood 129053    1909  1774 
Built for Gordon SS Co, London as Leversons, 1914 captured by Germans at Hamburg, 1919 returned to owners, 1919 purchased r/n Braywood, 1927 sold to Constants Ltd, Cardiff r/n Ightham, 1929 sold to Bromage Shipping, Cardiff r/n Willodale, 4.4.1947 sank in heavy weather in 45.45N 02.00W 
Bearwood (1) 129189    1911  1757 
Built for Gordon SS Co, London as Garesfield, 1914 captured by Germans at Hamburg, 1919 returned to owners, 1919 purchased r/n Bearwood, 1927 sold to Constants Ltd, Cardiff r/n Wrotham, 1930 sold to H. Ferdinand, Rostock r/n Marie Ferdinand, 14.1.1943 wrecked at Steinort. 
Dalewood (2) 146080    1921  2902 
1923 sold to B. Blumenfeld, Hamburg r/n Bernhard Blumenfeld, 1938 sold to Krupp Reederei, Hamburg r/n Carl Jungst, 1945 r/n Empire Durant for MOWT (France, Fenwick managers), 1946 allocated to USSR r/n Tambov, 1969 deleted from registers. 
Helmwood (1) 147546    1923  2156 
1947 sold to Hai Ying SS Co, Shanghai r/n Hai Pong, 1947 sold to Finnlines Ltd, Helsingfors r/n Wille, 1960 sold to AiristonLaiva, Abo r/n Aura, 1963 sold to Cia Nav. Dorita, Panama, 1964 scrapped.  
Dashwood (1) 147596    1924  2154 
25.6.1941 bombed and sunk in 52.59N 01.52E 
Clanwood 147594    1924  2180 
1938 sold to E. Komrowski, Hamburg r/n Balkan, 17.10.1945 scuttled in the Skaggerak with cargo of gas shells. 
Kentwood (1) 147623    1924  2180 
1.1.1942 mined in Hearty Knoll Channel and sank in tow. 
Fernwood 147556    1923  1892 
18.9.1942 bombed and sunk at Dartmouth. 
Moorwood (1) 147577    1924  1892 
1.10.1933 wrecked near Ushant in 48.25N 04.58W 
Chelwood (1) 160583    1928  2742 
1957 sold to Wheelock, Marden& Co,Panama r/n San Romeli, 1960 scrapped.  
Chatwood 161249    1929  2768 
23.4.1942 mined and sunk in 53.19N 01.00E 
Bushwood (1) 161350    1930  2314 
1940 requisitioned by the Admirralty as minesweeper, 1942 degaussing vessel, 1944 store carrier, 1947 sold to General Investment Co, Hong Kong, 1951 scrapped. 
Kirkwood 161364    1930  2780 
26.4.1930 sunk in collision with s/s President Harding in Elbe. 
Pinewood 161418    1930  2466 
3.1.1941 mined and sunk off Southend Pier. 
Dalewood (3) 162534    1931  2774 
1958 sold to E. Vintiadis, Puerto Limon r/n Dale, 1959 transferred to Piraeus registry, 1960 sold to Cie de Nav.Louteflodini, Piraeus r/n Armonia II, 1961 sold to Bahamas Gem Co, Nassau r/n Bahamas Gem, 1963 sold to Diacruz Cia Nav, Piraeus r/n Antonios D, 1964 sold to M. Maresca& Co, Genoa r/n Mar Glauco, 1967 sold to G. Palomba, Naples r/n CiroPalomba, 1972 scrapped. 
Sherwood (2) 147701    1924  1530 
Ex-Seaton. 1932 purchased from H. Harrison, London r/n Sherwood, 1956 sold to Tsavliris Shipping, London r/n Master Nicolas, 1957 transferred to Salamis Shipping, Piraeus r/n NicolaosTsavliris, 1957 sold to J. Latsis, Piraeus r/n Libya, 1960 scrapped. 
Eastwood 147680    1924  1551 
Ex-Taunton. 1933 purchased from H. Harrison, London r/n Eastwood, 1956 sold to Tsavliris Shipping, London r/n Andrew, 1957 transferred to Salamis Shipping, Piraeus r/n Andreas Tsavliris, 1957 sold to J. Latsis, Piraeus r/n Suez, 1960 scrapped. 
Wychwood (2) 163515    1934  2794 
3.8.1940 mined and sunk in 52.00N 01.48E 
Hawkwood 163545    1934  2024 
26.1.1942 stranded in Tees Bay in 54.39N 01.10W 
Kirkwood (3) 147646    1924  1561 
Ex-Ashtree, 1935 purchased from Tree SS Co, London r/n Kirkwood, 1955 scrapped. 
Phylwood 164882    1935  1013 
1939 sold to Stephenson Clarke & Co, London r/n Broadhurst, 25.7.1940 torpedoed and sunk off Dungeness by German E-Boat. 
Betswood 164885    1936  1051 
1947 sold to Stephenson Clarke & Co, London r/n Ashley, 1957 sold to O. Dorey& Sons, Guernsey r/n Havelet, 1961 scrapped. 
Rookwood (2) 164738    1936  633 
1939 sold to F. Bowles & Sons, London converted to sand dredger, 1951 sold to Zinal SS Co, London r/n Sand Martin, 1956 transferred to South Coast Shipping, London, 1974 scrapped. 
Lockwood (2) 165336    1936  623 
1939 sold to British Channel Islands Shipping Co r/n Alderney Queen, 6.10.1940 bombed and sunk off Grassholm Island, N. Wales. 
Goodwood (1) 165553    1937  2796 
10.9.1939 mined and sunk off Flamborough Head. 
Gwynwood 165597    1937  1177 
4.2.1941 sunk by parachute mine in Humber. 
Monkwood 166343    1938  1591 
1959 scrapped. 
Marlwood (2) 148064    1924  1034 
Built as Fellside for Quayside Shipping, Newcastle, 1930 sold to Yorkshire Dale SS Co, Hull r/n Swandale, 1938 purchased r/n Marlwood, 1957 scrapped. 
Moorwood (2) 167413    1940  2056 
11.6.1941 bombed and sunk near Whitby. 
Cornwood 168008    1940  2777 
1959 sold to Ithaca Marine, Monrovia r/n Aris, 1961 sold to Emilio Canale di Pietro, Genoa r/n Gabriele, 1971 sold to Euronavi, Genoa r/n Firmino, 1972 scrapped. 
Portwood (2) 167739    1941  2931 
Built as Sound Fisher for Fenwick, Fisher SS Co, Barrow, 1946 sold to Coastwise Colliers, London r/n Colnbrook, 1949 purchased r/n Portwood, 1962 sold to Kollakis Bros, Beirut r/n Chrysanthi K, 1969 scrapped.  
Bushwood (2) 168345    1942  2842 
1958 sold to A. J. Chandris, Monrovia r/n Evaggelistra, 1969 converted to barge in Norway r/n Babb, then Bulkhandling 4, 1979 scrapped. 
Goodwood (2) 168053    1941  2780 
22.2.1945 torpedoed and sunk in 52.53N 02.18E by German E-Boat. 
Wrenwood 169604    1943  2847 
1946 sold to Coastwise Colliers, London r/n Collingbourne, 1949 sold back to France, Fenwick r/n Wrenwood, 1959 sold to D. Caravias, Beirut r/n Ethel C, 16.4.1960 sank in 37.21N 75.15W after cargo shifted. 
Hawkwood (3) 169825    1944  2850 
1965 sold to Sterpi Nav., Panama r/n Ioannis P, 1969 scrapped. 
Pinewood (3) 180528    1945  2853 
1946 sold to Coastwise Colliers, London r/n Coldstream, 1949 sold back to France, Fenwick r/n Pinewood, 1967 converted to a lighter. 
Moorwood (3) 180659    1945  2034 
1960 sold to Stephenson Clarke Ltd, London r/n Horsted, 1966 sold and converted to barge. 
Birdwood 180746    1945  2862 
1968 sold to Transp. Combinadas, Panama r/n San Javier, 1970 sold to C.A. Naviera Orinoco, Caracas r/n Amacuro, 1973 sold to Tacarigua Marina, La Guaira r/n Tacamar I, 1976 transferred to Panama registry, 1979 scrapped.  
Kentwood (2) 168797    1942  2020 
Ex-Empire Hearth, 1945 purchased from MOWT r/n Kentwood, 1956 sold to Ouse SS Co, Goole r/n Mayfleet, 1961 scrapped. 
Arnewood (2) 180173    1945  2135 
Ex-Empire Highlander, 1946 purchased from MOWT r/n Arnewood, 1960 sold to G. Kouremenos, Piraeus r/n Elias K, 1967 scrapped after stranding at Farasan. 
Braywood 180362    1945  2025 
Ex-Empire Vauxhall, 1946 purchased from MOWT r/n Braywood, 1959 sold Turkey r/n Abdullah, 1976 r/n TaylanKalkavan, 1982 scrapped. 
Dashwood (2) 180955    1946  2156 
1961 scrapped. 
Bestwood (2) 181884    1948  2852 
Ex-Coleford, 1949 purchased from Coastwise Colliers, London r/n Bestwood, 1961 sold to Nav. Maritime Bulgare, Varna r/n Vitocha, 1972 scrapped. 
Goodwood (3) 183122    1949  2487 
1963 sold to L. Nomicos, Monrovia r/n Teti N, 1968 sold to South Star Marine, Monrovia r/n Tung Sing, 1970 scrapped. 
Wychwood (3) 184309    1950  2506 
14.8.1955 foundered at anchor in 32.22.30N 37.25W 
Rookwood (3) 184732    1952  6246 
1961 sold to Nav Maritime Bulgare, Varna r/n Rila, 1974 scrapped. 
Rushwood 185890    1953  6208 
1962 sold to Nav Maritime Bulgare, Varna r/n Rodopi, 1977 became static training ship at Varna. 
Bearwood (2) 186269  5038674  1955  3395 
1968 sold to SpiridioneLucchi, Venice r/n Giovanni Trento, 1977 sold to San Gavino di Nav, Genoa r/n Ugo M, 1983 scrapped. 
Gwynwood 183110    1949  964 
Ex-Lincolnbrook, 1955 purchased from CombenLongstaff& Co, London r/n Gwynwood, 1958 sold back to CombenLongstaff r/n Harwood, 1964 sold to National Maritime Nav. Co, Tripoli, Lebanon r/n Wassef, 18.8.1971 wrecked off Igneada, Black Sea. 
Helmwood (2) 187359  5147310  1956  3403 
1968 sold to Cia de Nav Porto Ronco, Panama r/n Locarno, 1975 r/n Paula II, 1977 sold to Criterion Mar. Corp, Panama r/n Smile, 1979 scrapped. 
Dartwood 187344  5086669  1956  6139 
1969 sold toSpalmatori Cia Nav, Piraeus r/n Spalmatori Captain, 1974 sold to Aquamarine Nav, Panama r/n Princess Aquamarine, 1979 scrapped. 
Deerwood (2) 186281  5087560  1955  6616 
1969 sold to NavCeresio, Panama r/n Sebastiano, 1976 sold to Brosalmar, Panama r/n Morcote, 1977 r/n Feni, 1979 sold to The Island of Aphrodite SA, Panama r/n Kyklops, 1980 sold to SabogaNav Co, Valetta r/n Sirlad, 1982 scrapped after explosion off Algiers. 
Granwood 301016  5135161  1959  8182 
1971 sold to Ofmike Corp, Liberia r/n Penny Michaels, 1976 r/n Lamda, 1980 r/n Blue Danube, 1981 r/n Belmonte, 1982 scrapped. 
Bushwood (3) 185918  5055854  1953  3948 
Ex-Longfellow, 1961 purchased from Chine Shipping Co, London r/n Bushwood, 1971 sold to SabellaNav, Panama r/n Mistral, 1977 sold to Cia de NavPinares, Panama r/n Malea, 1981 scrapped. 
Lockwood 187479  5391947  1956  1036 
Built as Windsorbrook for Williamstown Shipping, London, 1963 sold to France Fenwick r/n Nordgas, 1964 r/n Lockwood, 1965 sold to Britain SS Co, r/n Mortlake, 1966 sold r/n Windsor Queen, 1969 sold to RederiWallona, Mariehamn r/n Wallona, 1971 sold to Dimitriadis&Kiosseglou, Chalkis r/n Mahi, 1978 sold to Crete Shipping Co, Chalkis r/n Crete, 1985 r/n Kriti, 1985 sold to Siren Maritime, Honduras r/n Mike I, 1987 r/n Popi H, 1994 deleted from register. 
Nordgas 187479  5391947  1956  1036 
See Lockwood 
Chatwood 304479  5415250  1963  9384 
1969 sold to Messageries Maritimes, Dunkirk r/n Moheli, 1977 sold to Sacre Coeur SA, Piraeus r/n Sincerity, 1980 r/n Mighty, 1981 sold to Tonywood Shipping, Piraeus r/n Eternal Peace, 1982 sold to Jasmine Maritime, Colombo r/n Devi, 1984 scrapped. 
Gritwood 304494  5420188  1963  987 
Sand dredger. 1970 sold to Hall Marine Ltd, London r/n John Gauntlett, 1978 sold to Joh. Boele, Netherlands r/n Eridani, 1997 sold to Esprit Corp, Malaysia r/n Esprit VII. 
Chelwood (2)   6415661  1964  5440 
1974 transferred to Houlder Bros r/n Oswestry Grange, 1985 sold to OxelosundsHamn, Sweden r/n Stenjohan, 1994 sold to Tamara Shipping, Honduras r/n Gina T, 1995 r/n El Billy, 1995 r/n Gina T, 2001sold to Gold Coast Shipping, Tonga r/n Nadi, 15.10.2002 wrecked at Lughaye in 10.40N 43.57E. 
Dalewood (4)   6602006  1966  5392 
1974 sold to Hadley Shipping Co r/n Cymbeline, 1984 sold to Garth Shipping Co r/n Green Rock, 1986 sold to Rockshire Shipping, Netherlands Antilles r/n Rocky, 26.12.1988 wrecked Ashdod Harbour 
Sherwood (3) 187727  5357642  1958  5279 
Ex-Thackeray, 1968 purchased from Chine Shipping, London r/n Sherwood, 1974 sold to Koroni Shipping, Singapore r/n Nisyros Era, 1977 transferred to Piraeus registry, 1991 damaged in Great Bitter Lakes, 1999 deleted from register.  
Star Pinewood   6900692  1969  19577 
Bulk Carrier. 1974 to Stamford Shipping Co, Hong Kong r/n Star Bulford, 1982 r/n Star Sung, 1984 to Princess Shipping, Hong Kong r/n Sleeping Beauty, 1987 to Maritime Assistance, Bahamas r/n Seven Seas, 1987 r/n Seven S, 1987 scrapped.