Monarch Steamship Company, Raeburn & Verel, Glasgow

Monarch Steamship Company

William Raeburn and John Verel went into partnership in 1880 with two tramp steamers and by 1887 owned 14 ships. In 1902 they formed the Monarch Steamship Co. By 1914 the company owned ten ships but lost six of these during the Great War. New buildings brought their strength up to six ships in 1939 but they lost four ships during WWII. The company was taken over by Harrisons Ltd in 1960 and in 1965 took delivery of their first bulk carrier. The company ceased ship owning in 1973.

 

Monarch Steamship Company Fleet List

 

SHIP NAME O.N BUILT G.T
Escurial 80433 1879 1185
25.1.1895 wrecked near Portreath
Galatea 63698 1870 2044
Built for J. Ryde, London, 1873 sold to Belgian Royal Mail Ltd, London, 1876 sold to Dunn & Raeburn, Glasgow, 1878 company reformed as Raeburn & Verel, 1883 r/n Borghese, 1899 sold to Joannou SS Co, London, 29.12.1899 sank off Cape Finisterre.
Borghese 63698 1870
See Galatea
Miramar (1) 82303 1880 1190
23.9.1884 sank in typhoon off Wenchow.
Lido 84311 1881 962
1899 sold to F. Forsberg, Goteborg, 1901 sold to Wilson Line, Hull, 1906 sold to G. Focas, Greece r/n Helen, 1912 sold to Roumania, 1916 r/n Elena, 1916-1920 requisitioned by Russian Navy, 1927 sold to Sarris & Co, Syra r/n Aghios Nicolaos, 1930 scrapped.
Iolani 85873 1881 1474
1891 sold to J. Pauling, Glasgow, 1892 sold to J. White, London r/n Crescent, 1895 sold to Moosa Hajee Cassun, Port Natal, 1903 scrapped.
Marbella 62572 1870 801
Built for W & S. Malcolm, Sunderland, 1872 sold to Dunn & Hannay, Glasgow, 1875 transferred to Dunn & Raeburn, Glasgow, 1879 transferred to Raeburn & Verel, 25.11.1896 wrecked at Gandia.
Delhi 48666 1864 2178
Built for P & O Line, London, 1881 sold to R. Chambers, Glasgow, 1883 purchased by Raeburn & Verel, 1891 sold to J. Pauling, Glasgow, 1892 sold to R. Stoker, West Hartlepool, 1894 sold to T. Hawks, Newcastle, 1895 scrapped.
Dilsberg 86699 1882 1514
9.12.1892 wrecked on Longsands.
Seraglio 86693 1882 1816
13.6.1885 sank in cyclone 350 miles west of Bombay
Abydos 65566 1871 1118
Built for Globe SS Co, London, 1884 sold to G. Croshaw, London, 1885 purchased, 21.12.1894 sailed from Glasgow for Savona and went missing. Wreckage found on Isle of Man.
Abington 87333 1882 2053
1886 purchased from Renton & Co, Glasgow, 16.3.1892 beached after collision with s/s Activa at Antwerp and broke in two.
Bonnington 87649 1883 2210
1886 purchased from Renton & Co, Glasgow, 1896 sustained engine room damage, total loss and sold Japan r/n Kobe Maru, 1898 r/n Shin-I Maru, 1919 wrecked Steep Island.
Kingswear 86746 1883 356
1886 purchased from Haytor Mining Co, Glasgow, 1888 sold to Redfern, Alexander & Co, Glasgow, 1893 sold to Isis Investment Co, London, 1901 sold to J. Robertson, Maryborough, Australia, 1906 hulked at Melbourne
Lamington 85854 1881 2016
1885 purchased from Renton & Co, Glasgow, 3.2.1896 stranded on Long Island and sold to Campbell & Co, Boston, Mass. r/n Sterling, 1898 commissioned as U.S. Navy collier, 1919 sold to Chile r/n Llai Llai, 11.3.1920 sunk in collision with cruiser O?Higgins in Iquique harbour.
Kremlin 80438 1879 1188
Ex-Claverhouse, 1882 purchased from J. Dunn, Glasgow r/n Kremlin, 5.9.1886 wrecked near Cape Finisterre.
Sinloo 86725 1882 1133
Ex-Colonsay, 1886 purchased from J. Allan & Co, Glasgow r/n Sinloo, 1889 sold to Fenwick & Reay, Newcastle, 28.1.1905 sunk in collision with s/s Douglas off Cross Sand, North Sea.
Provincia 93312 1877 1696
Built for Fabre Line, Marseille, 1880 sold to French Line, Marseille, 1886 purchased by Raeburn & Verel, 1891 sold to Minerva SS Co, 18.11.1893 abandoned off Cape Villano.
Memling 68358 1872 1007
Built as Malaga for W & S. Malcolm, London, 1873 sold to Lamport & Holt Line r/n Memling, 1885 sold to R. Monteith, Glasgow, 1887 purchased by Raeburn & Verel, 21.1.1889 wrecked near Cabo Blanco.
Holyrood 96096 1889 2714
28.3.1902 sunk in collision with s/s Bernard Hall, 175 miles west of Fastnet.
Buckingham 98608 1891 2879
5.12.1904 wrecked on Roncador Reef
Falkland 99808 1892 2918
1899 sold to Kirk SS Co, Glasgow, 1900 sold to D. Moraitis, Andros r/n Georgios, 18.5.1905 wrecked Syra.
Miramar (2) 99836 1892 2415
1906 sold to W. Arbuckle, Glasgow, 1910 sold to A. Perez, Santander r/n Angelo B. Perez, 1919 sold to C. Latorre, Bilbao r/n Valverde, 1923 sold to A. Candina, Bilbao r/n Urumea, 12.8.1924 sunk in collision with Swedish m/v Tisnaren off Cabo Roca
Navigation 81569 1879 1558
Built for Harris & Dixon, London, 1889 sold to Schiehallion SS Co, Glasgow, 1892 purchased by Raeburn & Verel, 1898 sold to Behnke & Sieg, Danzig r/n Gedania, 17.10.1915 torpedoed and sunk by Russian submarine Gepard off Landsort.
Linlithgow 102698 1894 3137
12.8.1896 abandoned in Pacific after tail shaft gland fractured.
Balmoral 105986 1896 3930
1907 r/n Highland Monarch, 1918 sold to Swansea Liners Ltd, 1919 sold to Pennard SS Co, Swansea r/n Pennard, 1923 scrapped
Highland Monarch 105986 1896
See Balmoral.
Osborne 108781 1898 4296
1905 r/n African Monarch, 6.7.1915 mined and sunk off Cape Orloff, White Sea.
African Monarch 108781 1898
See Osborne
Kensington 91273 1885 3471
Ex-Knight Errant, 1897 purchased from Greenshields, Cowie & Co, Liverpool r/n Kensington, 1910 scrapped
Westminster 97761 1890 3859
Ex-Indrapura, 1897 purchased from T. Royden & Son, Liverpool r/n Westminster, 1904 sold Japan r/n Fukui Maru, 27.10.1921 abandoned in 52.29N 155.38W
British Monarch (1) 115271 1902 3912
1912 sold to Osaka Shosen K.K, Osaka r/n Luzon Maru, 1924 sold to Kano Bunji, Osaka, 29.4.1930 wrecked at Inyuboyesaki.
Ocean Monarch 119145 1904 4511
1927 sold to Achille Lauro, Naples r/n Erica, 1934 scrapped.
Indian Monarch 119139 1904 4383
9.11.1915 abandoned on fire 120 miles south of St. Helena.
Scottish Monarch (1) 119108 1904 4240
1905 sold to NV Stoomv. Mij. Nederlandsche, Amsterdam r/n Ceram, 1926 scrapped.
Scottish Monarch (2) 124145 1906 5043
29.6.1915 captured, shelled and sunk 40 miles south of Ballycottin Light by U.24
Irish Monarch 124133 1906 4296
1925 sold to Nivose S.A. di Nav, Naples r/n Nirvo, 1938 sold to Lauro & Montella, Italy r/n Silvano, 9.9.1943 sunk at Naples by German forces.
English Monarch (1) 121292 1906 4947
18.6.1917 torpedoed and sunk 300 miles NW x W from Fastnet by U.24
Norman Monarch (1) 119442 1909 4997
1928 sold to Bristol Channel Steamers Ltd, Glasgow r/n Lady Lewis, 1932 sold Italy r/n Collodi, 1933 scrapped
Saxon Monarch 133084 1912 4828
24.6.1917 torpedoed and sunk 24 miles SW x W from the Scilly Isles by UC.17
British Monarch (2) 133160 1913 5749
4.8.1917 mined and sunk 2 miles SSW of Porquerolles Light
Scottish Monarch (3) 141886 1918 5658
1925 sold to T. Law & Co, Glasgow r/n Cowden Law, 1933 sold to Heinz Lind, Hamburg r/n China Exporter, 1934 transferred to China Trading Corp, Shanghai, 1938 sold to Hellas Shipping, Piraeus r/n Erato, 1941 seized by Japan r/n Urato Maru, 18.10.1944 sunk at Manila by U.S air attack
British Monarch (3) 146326 1923 5661
19.6.1940 torpedoed and sunk in 45.00N 11.21W by U.48
Imperial Monarch 148892 1926 5835
1948 sold to Stathatos & Co, London r/n Aetolia, 1951 sold to Paz Cia Maritima, Panama r/n Paz, 1956 sold Yugoslavia r/n Gorica, 1959 scrapped
Caledonian Monarch (1) 160195 1928 5851
18.1.1942 torpedoed and sunk in 57.00N 28.00W by U.333
Celtic Monarch (1) 160233 1929 5828
1950 sold to Woking Shipping, Hull r/n Britkon, 1954 sold to International Nav. Corp, Liberia r/n South River, 1959 scrapped.
Norman Monarch (2) 165905 1937 4718
20.5.1941 torpedoed and sunk in 56.41N 40.52W by U.94
Scottish Monarch (4) 165953 1938 4719
31.5.1941 torpedoed and sunk in 12.58N 27.20W by U.105
English Monarch (2) 147905 1924 4557
Ex-Mariston, 1941 purchased from WS. S. Miller, Glasgow r/n English Monarch, 1947 sold to Scindia S.N. Co, Bombay r/n Jalabala, 1952 sold Japan r/n Shinwa Maru, 24.1.1960 sank in 25.59N 123.50E
Norman Monarch (3) 168747 1943 7005
1958 sold to Paulins Rederi, Finland r/n Ragni Paulin, 1969 scrapped
Scottish Monarch (5) 168759 1943 7005
1957 sold to Eastern Seafaring & Trading, Panama r/n Eastern D.S., 1958 sold to Ocean Tramping, Hong Kong r/n Wishford, 1959 sold China r/n Hoping 55, 1967 r/n Zhan Dou 55, 1985 reported scrapped.
Caledonian Monarch (2) 182088 1948 6979
1958 sold to Great Eastern Shipping, Bombay r/n Jag Doot, 1966 sold to Lemuria Shipping, Liberia r/n Central America, 1968 r/n Saint Francis, 11.11.1968 sank in South Sulu Sea after explosion
British Monarch (4) 185003 1954 5806
1964 sold to Mullion & Co, Glasgow r/n Ardtara, 1967 sold to Hyperion Shipping, Gibraltar r/n Hyperion, 1967 sold to Redfern Shipping, London r/n Rosetta Maud, 1972 scrapped.
Celtic Monarch (2) 300173 1957 7777
1964 sold to Mullion & Co, Glasgow r/n Ardmarie, 1967 sold to Ribot Shipping, Gibraltar r/n Ribot, 1971 sold to Amazon Shipping, Liberia r/n Montana, 1973 sold to Tridentco Shipping, Cyprus r/n Sovereign Grace, 1977 sold to Tetarti Cia Nav, Piraeus r/n Grace, 1.3.1979 sank in tow after collision damage with s/s Arya Taj.
Scottish Monarch (6) 301399 1959 9466
1968 sold to Pyxis Cia Nav, Piraeus r/n Byzantine Monarch, 1979 laid up, 1999 scrapped.
British Monarch (5) 306956 1965 16903
Bulk Carrier. 1973 sold Boreas Shipping, Greece r/n Karaiskaki, 1982 sold Helsinki Shipping, Greece r/n Golden Sun, 1984 sold China r/n Xi Qiao Shan, 1988 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