Gow, Harrison & Co, Glasgow.

Gow, Harrison & Co, Glasgow.

The company was formed in 1895 by the amalgamation of Alan C. Gow & Co and P. H. Dixon & Harrison. Both companies contributed ships to the combined fleet. Up to 1913 the fleet consisted of dry cargo tramps but the company then branched out into tankers. By the outbreak of the Great War in 1914 Gow’s owned 18 ships but lost six to enemy action. Between 1925 and 1931, ten tankers were built for the company which were chartered to the large oil companies and in 1933 the last dry cargo tramp was sold. In 1939 six tankers were owned but only one was to survive the war together with two managed ships. Gow, Harrison was dissolved in 1951 but the Harrison family formed Harrisons (Clyde) Ltd in 1956 with the purchase of Dornoch Shipping Co and Nile SS Co. who owned three tramp ships. In 1960 the Monarch SS Co was taken over and in 1965 the company entered the bulker trade and formed the Aiden Shipping Co. to manage the bulk carriers. The company is still in existence.

 

Gow, Harrison & Co, Glasgow, Fleet List

 

SHIP NAME O.N IMO BUILT G.T
Arroyo  97760    1890  3564 
1895 transferred from Dixon & Harrison, Glasgow. 20.2.1910 wrecked near Ocracoke Inlet.
Austerlitz  84334    1881  1653 
1895 transferred from Alan C. Gow & Co, Glasgow. 1897 sold to W. S. Miller & Co, Glasgow, 1900 sold to Dampfs Ges. Marie Paulig, Hamburg r/n Marie Paulig, 2.2.1904 beached after striking a shoal off Benghazi Harbour.
Bramble  96010    1888  1508 
Built for P. H. Dixon & Co, Glasgow, 1890 transferred to Dixon & Harrison, Glasgow, 1895 transferred from Dixon & Harrison, Glasgow, 1901 sold to D & J. Jones, Glasgow, 1902 sold to A?s Nor, Tvedestrand r/n Nor, 1.7.1904 wrecked Japan but repaired and sold to T. Okazaki, Kobe r/n Nikkai Maru, various Japanese owners, 2.4.1929 wrecked near Aribe, Sakhalin.
Rosneath  97609    1890  1779 
1895 transferred from Dixon & Harrison, Glasgow, 1909 sold to Soc. Anversoise de Nav Maritime, Antwerp r/n Eugenie, 1910 sold to Mij van Zee en Riviervaart, Rotterdam, 1913 sold to Antwerpsche Zeevaart Mij, Antwerp r/n Tongrier, 20.10.1913 stranded on Osel Island, later scrapped.
Viceroy  90348    1887  2138 
Built for William Kish, Sunderland, 1889 sold to A. C. Gow, Glasgow, 1895 transferred from Alan C. Gow & Co, Glasgow, 17.9.1896 wrecked at Abaco.
Vittoria  102667    1894  2700 
1895 transferred from Alan C. Gow & Co, Glasgow, 1908 sold to G. Dambassis, Andros r/n Evanthia, 19.11.1911 wrecked off Santa Isabel.
Vimeira (1)  104643    1895  2710 
1913 sold to Echevarrieta y Larrinaga, Bilbao r/n Miguel, 1918 sold to Cia Anon de Nav Izarra, Bilbao r/n Donostia, 1920 sold to Soc. Naviera Elcano, Bilbao, 1925 sold to F. Garcia, Bilbao r/n Magdalena R. de Garcia, 1935 scrapped.
Verona  106060    1897  3463 
6.3.1900 sunk in collision with s/s Dunstaffnage in 02.00N 29.00W
Venetia (1)  108701    1898  3596 
9.12.1917 torpedoed and sunk off Whitby by UB.75
Valetta (1)  111183    1899  3017 
1912 sold to Timber Transport Co, London r/n Alette, 16.10.1913 crushed by ice in Hudson Bay, beached and abandoned in Nelson River.
Vienna  111198    1899  4170 
11.9.1917 torpedoed and sunk in 46.59N 13.05W by U.49
Vermont  111264    1900  4271 
1916 sold to Commonwealth Government Line, Hobart r/n Australfield, 1919 sold to Grefstads Rederi, Arendal r/n Tonstad, 1922 sold to Unione Soc Anon di Nav, Genoa r/n Liberta, 1924 sold to Parodi & Corrado, Genoa, 14.2.1926 wrecked at Bolt Head.
Ventnor  113936    1901  3961 
26.10.1902 sank off Cape Egmont after striking rock
Virginia  113980    1901  4279 
1916 sold to Edward Gray & Co, Glasgow, 16.7.1916 torpedoed and sunk off Cape Matapan by UB.45
Volga  119074    1903  4404 
1925 sold to Achille Lauro, Naples r/n Liana, 1934 scrapped.
Vennachar (1)  119185    1904  4417 
1914 sold to Taisho Kaiun K.K, Dairen r/n Hokkai Maru, 1933 scrapped.
Vancouver (1)  121261    1905  4419 
1927 sold to Balcraig SS Co, Glasgow r/n Balcraig, 1932 sold to Soc Anon Marittima San Pietro, Genoa r/n San Luigi, 1943 scuttled by her crew at Split, later salved and scrapped.
Valdivia (1)  121320    1906  4952 
2.10.1908 wrecked at East London.
Vellore  124184    1907  4926 
25.3.1917 torpedoed and sunk in 31.28N 29.37E by U.63
Valdura  129465    1910  5507 
1927 sold to Arbor Shipping, London r/n Morus, 1929 sold to NV Scheep. Mij. Millingen, Rotterdam r/n Willemsplein, 4.10.1942 wrecked near Cape English N.S.
Volnay (1)  129488    1910  4610 
14.12.1917 mined and sunk off the Manacles.
Volumnia  129559    1911  5608 
8.12.1929 and sank abandoned in 51.56N 27.43W
Vestalia  133034    1912  5528 
1933 sold to Coumantaros Bros, Piraeus r/n Stavros Coumantaros, 1940 sold to Poutous Maritime, Piraeus r/n Kyriaki, 2.4.1941 bombed and sunk by German aircraft in Suda Bay.
Veturia  133010    1912  5554 
20.2.1918 wrecked off Cape Hatterras.
Valetta (2)  133094    1913  5871 
8.7.1917 torpedoed and sunk in 51.41N 12.22W by U.87.
Verdala (1)  133113    1913  5880 
1917 sold to Prince Line, Newcastle r/n Mongolian Prince, 1928 sold to Atlanska Plovidba Ivo Racic, Dubrovnik r/n Istok, 1929 sold to Jugoslavenski Lloyd, Dubrovnik, 1940 to Crest Shipping, London, 4.8.1944 scuttled as breakwater on Normandy beachhead.
Vitruvia (1)  133138    1913  4753 
Tanker. 1923 sold to H. E. Moss & Co, Glasgow, 1925 r/n Luminous, 1938 sold to Pallas Oil Co, London r/n Stratford, 26.9.1940 torpedoed and sunk in 54.50N 10.40W by U.137.
Vimeira (2)  136310    1914  5884 
12.5.1918 torpedoed and sunk in 35.23N 12.19E by UC.54
Verdun (1)  136337    1914  4295 
1916 sold to Bay SS Co, London, 1917 r/n Bayverdun, 1921 sold to French Government r/n Port Du Havre, 1922 sold to Cie Havraise Peninsulaire, Havre r/n Ville de Djibouti, 21.9.1928 wrecked off Mananjary, Madagascar.
Vennachar (2)  137809    1916  4926 
Tanker. 1923 sold to Vacuum Oil, London r/n Wandsworth Works, 1932 sold to Empresa de Nav Luso-Marroquina, Lisbon r/n Coimbra, 1936 scrapped.
Verdun (2)  137835    1917  5691 
1919 sold to Cunard SS Co, Liverpool r/n Vardulia, 1929 sold to Donaldson Line, Glasgow, 19.10.1935 reported in distress in 58.00N 18.30W and went missing.
Valverda  141885    1918  5680 
1919 sold to Cunard SS Co, Liverpool r/n Vasconia, 1927 sold to Tatsuuma Kisen K.K., Nishinomiya r/n Shiraha Maru, 1938 r/n Siraha Maru, 14.1.1943 torpedoed and sunk in 09.12N 130.38E by USS Searaven.
Virgilia (1)  141888    1918  5697 
1919 sold to Cunard SS Co, Liverpool, 1925 sold to Chambers & Co, Liverpool r/n Corby Castle, 1928 sold to Tatsuuma Kisen K.K, Nishinomiya r/n Tatsuha Maru, 1938 r/n Tatuha Maru, 17.2.1944 bombed and sunk by U.S Aircraft 40 miles west of Truk.
Vallejo (1)  141889    1918  4781 
Tanker. 1919 sold to Anglo-Saxon Petroleum Co, London r/n Trivia, 1933 sold to Estrella Maritima de Nav, Buenos Aires r/n Poblador, 1950 scrapped.
Voreda (1)  143174    1914  6719 
Ex-Dessau (North German Lloyd, Bremen), 1919 taken over by The Shipping Controller, managed by Gow, Harrison, 1921 purchased by Gow, Harrison r/n Voreda, 1924 sold back to North German Lloyd, Bremen r/n Dessau, 1935 scrapped.
Vanduara  148856    1925  4870 
Tanker. 1937 sold to Arlon SS Co, London r/n Arletta, 5.8.1942 torpedoed and sunk in 44.44N 55.22W by U.458
Valetta (3)  148853    1925  4903 
Tanker. 1937 sold to Arlon SS Co, London r/n Arlon, 27.6.1938 set on fire by Spanish Nationalist air attack at Valencia, towed to sea and sunk.
Vitruvia (2)  148906    1926  4870 
Tanker. 1938 sold to Pallas Oil Co, London r/n Maryad, 1939 sold to J. Eastwick, Antwerp r/n Peterjo, 1939 to French Government r/n Beauce, 1940 seized by Italy r/n Prosperina, 10.10.1942 torpedoed and sunk by British aircraft off Tobruk.
Venetia (2)  148939    1927  5728 
Tanker. 16.3.1941 torpedoed and sunk in 61.00N 12.36W by U.99
Virgilia (2)  160179    1927  5723 
Tanker. 24.11.1941 torpedoed and sunk off Hearty Knoll Buoy by German E-Boat S.109
Vimeira (3)  160180    1927  5728 
Tanker. 11.8.1942 torpedoed and sunk in 10.03N 28.55W by U.109
Vallejo (2)  160202    1928  5586 
Tanker. 1937 sold to Cia Arrendataria del Monopolio de Petrolios, Valencia r/n Saustan, 1941 to Spanish Government r/n Castillo Campanario, 1943 returned to Cia Arrendataria r/n Campanario, 1971 scrapped.
Vancouver (2)  160207    1928  5729 
Tanker. 21.9.1941 mined and sunk in 51.51N 01.31E
Valldemosa (1)  164046    1935  7222 
Tanker. 1950 sold to Hillam Shipping, Glasgow r/n Denbydale, 1951 sold to Counties Ship Management, London r/n Saladin, 1952 sold to Santiago Soc. Armadora, Liberia r/n Don Nicholas, 1955 scrapped.
Voreda (2)  164049    1935  7216 
Tanker. 30.1.1940 bombed by German aircraft in 52.59N 01.59E and beached on Winterton Shoal, sank on 5.2.1940
Dundrennan  169489    1946  3654 
Built for Lambert Bros, Glasgow as Coulbreck, 1954 r/n Dundrennan, 1956 purchased by Harrisons (Clyde) Ltd, 1957 sold to Naviera de Navas, Havana r/n Rio Jibacoa, 1969 scrapped.
Dunolly  182113    1949  2946 
Built for Lambert Bros, Glasgow as Coulgarve, 1954 r/n Dunolly, 1956 purchased by Harrisons (Clyde) Ltd, 1959 sold to Cia Maritima Valck & Monckton, Valparaiso r/n Santiago, 23.5.1960 washed ashore by tidal wave and earthquake on Isla Mocha.
Vennachar (3)  165959    1939  5186 
Built for Lambert Bros, Glasgow as Dornoch, 1952 sold to Nile SS Co, Glasgow r/n Dunrobin, 1956 purchased by Harrisons (Clyde) Ltd, 1957 r/n Vennachar, 1959 scrapped.
Valldemosa (2)  180349    1945  7123 
Built for MOWT as Empire Fancy, 1947 sold to W. A. Souter, Newcastle r/n Sheaf Mount, 1957 purchased r/n Valldemosa, 1961 sold to Mullion & Co, Hong Kong r/n Ardfinnan, 1967 sold to Court Harwell Shipping, Gibraltar, 1968 r/n Court Harwell, 1969 scrapped.
Vimeira (4)  301402  5282330  1959  8956 
1960 chartered to Port Line r/n Port Denison, 1965 off charter r/n Vimeira, 1966 sold to Johnson & Co, Stockholm r/n Star Altair, 1978 sold to Laertis Shipping, Piraeus r/n Laertis, 1982 sold to Genesis Shipping, Valetta, 1984 sold to Contessa Shipping, Valetta r/n Tessa, 1986 scrapped.
Vennachar (4)    6524258  1965  18615 
Bulk Carrier. 1973 sold to Transocean Transport, Greece r/n Ocean Mariner, 1976 sold to China Ocean Shipping, China r/n Lu Hai, 1999 sold to Guanghzhou Shipping, China r/n Wan Shun, no later info.
Verdala (2)    6729684  1968  14771 
Bulk Carrier. 1975 sold to Bibby Line, Liverpool r/n Shropshire, 1977 repurchased r/n Verdala, 1978 sold to Marcosky Shipping, Greece r/n Marcalan, 1983 sold to lleg Cia Nav, Greece r/n Vasilakis, 1986 sold to Archipelagos Marine, Cyprus r/n S.V.Exi, 1992 scrapped.
Volnay (2)    6826999  1969  22189 
Bulk Carrier. 1977 sold to Bibby Line, Liverpool r/n Northamptonshire, 1980 sold to Tong Ling Shipping, Panama r/n Andaman Sea, 1985 sold to Reliance Pacific Shipping, Panama r/n Argaman Sea, 1991 sold to Milta Shipping, Malta r/n Milta, 1994 r/n Ioanna, 1996 scrapped.
Voreda (3)    6930958  1969  1437 
1973 sold to Davids Scheepv, Netherlands r/n Vida, 1974 sold to Oost Atlantik Lijn, Netherlands r/n Shipmair IV, 1976 sold to Scheepv Maats Passaat Bonair, Netherland r/n Passaat Bonair, 1978 r/n Pasaat Santos, 1979 sold to H & P. Holwerda, Netherland r/n Aruba, 1983 sold to Ikarian Sea Shipping, Cyprus r/n Alexandra M. 1, 1989 sold to Georgios Shipping, St. Vincent r/n Georgios, 1995 sold to Marios K Shipping, St. Vincent r/n Marios K., 1999 sold to Marathia Shipping, St. Vincent r/n Agios Kostantinos, 1999 sold to Dignity Mar. Co, Panama r/n Dignity XI, 24.11.2001 wrecked Nemrut Bay.
Virgilia (3)    7027320  1970  1437 
1983 sold to Spyridon Alexandratos, Cyprus r/n Apollonia IX, 1988 sold to Alexmar Shipping, St. Vincent r/n Polikos, 1989 sold to Samer Maritime Ltd, St. Vincent r/n Elli, 1991 r/n Kyma, 1993 sold Lebanon r/n Sophia M., 2002 sold Cambodia r/n Lady Lamiaa, 2011 scrapped.
Varna    7110309  1971  16050 
Bulk Carrier. 1974 sold to Akmon Maritime, Greece r/n Akmon, 1985 sold to Aris Hellenic Marine, Greece r/n Aris, 1988 sold to Dynamic Transport, Panama r/n Eloundra Bay, 1990 sold to Ramalo Shipping, Cyprus r/n Georgios, 1993 scrapped.
Vimeira (5)    7372804  1974  39858 
Bulk Carrier. 1980 sold to Klosters Rederi, Norway r/n Norman Spirit, resold to Singapore Bulk Shipping, Singapore, 1987 sold to Moonray Shipping, Liberia r/n Osorno, 2001 scrapped.
Venetia (3)    7372880  1975  39858 
Bulk Carrier. 1981 sold to Pan Ocean Bulk Carriers, Panama r/n Pan Tide, 2003 r/n Coastal Pride, 2009 r/n Pride, 2009 scrapped.
Valdivia (2)    7929968  1981  35522 
Bulk Carrier. 1994 sold to Min Noble Shipping, Panama r/n Min Noble, 2005 r/n Xin Feng, 2012 Still in service.
Voreda (4)    7929970  1983  35522 
Bulk Carrier. 1983 sold to Anangel Sun Shipping, Greece r/n Anangel Sun, 1986 r/n Sun P., 2004 r/n Sun Arrow, 2005 sold to Mexico r/n Gdynia, 2012 still in service.

Ted Finch 07/02/2012