Andrew Crawford, John C. Barr, Vale Steamship Co

Andrew Crawford and John C. Barr, Vale Steamship Co, Glasgow

Andrew Crawford and John C. Barr formed a partnership in 1904 and sailed mostly to the Far East and North Pacific. Routes soon expanded to cover world wide tramping. Only one ship was lost during the Great War and from 1918 until 1927 the company stayed out of shipping and survived the slump of the 1920s. Of the three ships owned in 1939, only one survived the war, but was sold in 1946. The company then operated chartered tonnage until 1951 when they commenced buying wartime built vessels. In 1957 all ships were sold and the company was dissolved.

 

Andrew Crawford, John C. Barr, Vale Steamship Company, Fleet List

 

SHIP NAME O.N IMO BUILT G.T
Gogovale (1)  119115    1904  3097 
1914 sold to Alexander Shipping, Glasgow r/n Westbury, 31.8.1917 torpedoed and sunk 8 miles off Fastnet by U.48
Gretavale (1)  121237    1905  3124 
1915 sold to O. Hillerstrom, Helsingborg r/n Belos, 1919 sold to G. Carlsson, Goteborg r/n Alstern, 1924 sold Japan r/n Tokai Maru, 15.7.1945 sunk in 42.47N 140.17E by U.S. air attack.
Gryfevale (1)  121326    1906  4424 
21.10.1917 wrecked near Cabo Blanco, Majorca while attempting to avoid attack by U.151
Galavale (1)  124172    1907  3830 
1917 sold to B. J. Sutherland & Co, Newcastle r/n Renfrew, 24.2.1918 torpedoed and sunk off St. Ann?s Head by U.91
Garryvale (1)  124236    1907  3908 
1916 sold to Dawson Bros & Rowan, Glasgow, 1920 sold to British Transoceanic SS Co, Glasgow, 1923 sold to Suomen Valtamerentakainen Kauppa O/Y, Helsingfors, 1929 sold to Kristian Hansen, Helsingfors, 30.1.1939 stranded in River Tees, refloated and scrapped.
Gogovale (2)  137828    1916  5388 
1918 sold to R. S. Dalgliesh, Newcastle r/n Pennyworth, 18.11.1933 stranded in St. Lawrence River, refloated and sold to Chantiers Manseau, Montreal, 1935 r/n Pontbriand, 1935 sold to Jugoslavenska Plovidba, Susak r/n Orao, 1937 sold to S.A. Cooperativa di Nav Garibaldi, Genoa r/n XXIV Maggio, 1943 seized by Germany, 22.9.1944 scuttled at Amsterdam.
Gretavale (2)  137830    1917  5388 
1917 sold to Donaldson Line, Glasgow, 1919 r/n Concordia, 5.3.1934 sunk in collision with American s/s Black Eagle in 43.11N 59.11W.
Gogovale (3)  160182    1927  4586 
4.8.1940 torpedoed and sunk in 56.59N 17.38W by U.52.
Gretavale (3)  160200    1928  4586 
3.11.1941 torpedoed and sunk in 51.21N 51.45W by U.202.
Gryfevale (2)  160269    1929  4424 
1945 sold to Anglo-Danubian Transport Co, Glasgow, 1946 r/n Charles Dickens, 1950 sold to Chine Shipping, Glasgow, 1952 sold to Hukuyo Kisen KK, Tokyo r/n Fukuyo Maru, 1962 scrapped.
Gryfevale (3)  180170    1945  7320 
Built as Empire Tobago for MOWT, 1947 sold to Counties Ship Management r/n Crowborough Hill, 1951 purchased r/n Gryfevale, 1955 sold to A. Vergottis, London r/n Sterling Valour, 1958 sold to Fratelli Bozzo di Giuseppe, Genoa r/n Madda Primo, 1958 r/n Madda Bozzo, 1963 sold to Seastar Shipping, Mogadiscio r/n Kriss, 1968 scrapped.
Garryvale (2)  169058    1942  7173 
Built as Ocean Strength for MOWT, 1947 sold to J & J. Denholm, Glasgow r/n Broompark, 1951 purchased r/n Garryvale, 1957 sold to West Africa Nav. Ltd. Monrovia r/n African Lady, 1965 scrapped.
Galavale (2)  168826    1942  7174 
Built as Ocean Vigour for MOWT, 1948 sold to John Cory & Sons, Cardiff r/n Ramillies, 1955 purchased r/n Galavale, 1957 sold to Corrado Soc di Nav, Genoa r/n Confidenza, 1967 scrapped.
Gogovale (4)  169022    1942  7167 
Built as Empire Tristram for MOWT, 1946 sold to J & J. Denholm, Glagow r/n Hollypark, 1955 purchased r/n Gogovale, 1957 sold to Aviation & Shipping Co, London r/n Avisvale, 1961 sold to Marcasa Cia Nav, Beirut r/n St. Nicolas, 1967 scrapped.

Ted Finch 16/02/2012