William Sloan

William Sloan Shipping

In 1831 William Sloan joined his uncle, Charles Tennant in the ownership of the St. Rollox Shipping Co. which had been formed in 1825 to carry the products of the St. Rollox Chemical Works, Glasgow. In 1851 the company purchased its first steamship which sailed between Glasgow and London until 1859 when this route was discontinued as unprofitable. The Thames and Clyde Screw Shipping Co was taken over in 1852. The number of sailing vessels in the fleet was steadily reduced until the last one was sold in 1866.

In 1858 William Sloan started the Glasgow, Belfast, Bristol and Swansea passenger and cargo service with later calls at Newport and Cardiff. The business of Robert Henderson & Co, Belfast was acquired in 1891 and added the cattle carrying routes between Shilloth, Douglas and Dublin to the company. Two ships were lost to enemy action during the Great War and by 1918 only six ships were owned.

By 1932 there was little demand for a passenger service between Scotland and South Wales and all ships had their passenger accommodation removed. In 1958 the shares of William Sloan Ltd were purchased by Coast Lines Ltd, Liverpool and after this date, many ship transfers occurred between various components of the Coast Lines group. With the competition from road and rail traffic, sailings to the Bristol Channel ceased in 1968 and the remaining ships transferred to other Coast Lines services.

 

William Sloan, Fleet List

 

SHIP NAME O.N IMO BUILT G.T
London Packet (1)   1825  85 
Sloop. 1835 lost
Hope 3342  1821  78 
Schooner. 1825 purchased from R. Higgin, Kincardine, 17.2.1856 wrecked at Thorpeness.
St. Rollox   1825  84 
Schooner. 1840 wrecked near Caistor.
Glasgow Packet 1702  1831  81 
Schooner. 1854 sold to W..Dalglish, Dumbarton, 1858 sold to J. Leith, Wick, 1860 wrecked.
Sibella   1806  65 
Sloop. 1831 purchased from J. McInnes, Oban, 1839 sold to D. Peat, Montrose, 1846 sold to R. Lyon, Arbroath, 1852 sold to G. Cruikshank, Arbroath, 5.1853 lost off St. Abbs head.
Lilly   1807  58 
Sloop. 1831 purchased from J. Findlater, Perth, 1857 sold to Grangemouth owners for service in inland waters.
Glenconner   1833  69 
Schooner. 1839 lost.
John Crosbie 5315  1833  82 
Schooner. 1859 sold to Rae & Brown, Ayr, 1876 sold to Orr & Barbour, Ardrossan, 1881 sold to W. Whelan, Waterford, 1.11.1887 ashore at Lytham and scrapped.
Caledonian (1)   1825  236 
Snow. 1833 purchased from Spring, Aberdeen, 1837 sold to Wiliam Thomson, Ardishaig, 1837 lost.
Gratitude 6441  1816  59 
Schooner. 1834 purchased from D. Dick, Dundee, 1839 sold to J. McClelland, Belfast, 1854 sold to A. Taylor, Glasgow, 1855 sold to J. Gawne, Ramsey, 1855 sold to J. Kerrush, Ramsey, 13.8.1874 wrecked at Groomport.
Mercury 20701  1824  62 
Schooner. 1834 purchased from Magee &Wigton, Glasgow, 1845 sold to McLellan& Crawford, Glasgow, 1847 sold to W. Robertson, Stornoway, 1865 scrapped.
Thames 153  1834  84 
Schooner. 1857 sold to Moss & Knight, Fowey, 1864 lost.
John Tennant   1835  86 
Brig. 11.1852 lost.
Christina 5382  1835  62 
Schooner. 1866 sold to J. Bishop, Carrickfergus, 1867 sold to H. Brown, Ramsey, 18.11.1869 lost near Lossiemouth.
Countess of Mar   1833  81 
Sloop. 1836 purchased from J. McLellan, Alloa, 1846 converted to schooner, 6.9.1847 wrecked on Farne Islands.
London Packet (2) 3592  1837  82 
Schooner. 1854 sold to J. Barrie, Arbroath, 27.7.1857 abandoned in North Sea on passage Stettin to Ipswich.
Orissa   1837  85 
Schooner. 1838 wrecked.
Auchincruive 17692  1840  95 
Schooner. 1857 sold to J. Jeffrey, Bowling, 1858 sold to J. Robertson, Grangemouth, 2.11.1861 wrecked at Garmouth.
Sarah Tennant 16085  1840  103 
Schooner. 1854 sold to Lewis & Smart, Cardiff, 28.2.1861 sunk in collision with Austrian s/v Rosa Maria off Penarth.
Charles Tennant 14047  1840  89 
Schooner. 1857 sold to J. Smith, Stockton, 21.9.1860 sank 150 miles SE x E of Whitby on voyage Tees to Geestemunde.
Anne Gibson 5454  1839  75 
Schooner. 1841 purchased from W. Jones, Cardiff, 1862 sold to A. Gowan, Berwick, 1.12.1867 wrecked near Portsoy.
Hull Packet 17639  1871  74 
Schooner. 2.2.1856 sailed from Newcastle and went missing.
Steam Vessels
European 437  1851  440 
1851 sold to J. Russell, Belfast, 1854 became London & Limerick SS Co, Limerick, 1865 sold to J. Ringrose, Hull, 1875 rebuilt to 519 g.t., 1895 owner became Hull & Netherlands SS Co, Hull, 27.9.1900 wrecked at Kallantsoog.
Metropolitan (1)   1851  590 
18.10.1852 sank in collision with s/s Zolliverein off Beachy Head.
Cosmopolitan 27174  1852  526 
1854-56 requisitioned as Crimea War transport, 1859 sold to General Steam Nav Co, 5.5.1881 wrecked in River Scheldt.
Metropolitan (2) 4687  1853  521 
1854-55 requisitioned as Crimea War transport, 1859 sold to General Steam Nav. Co, 14.12.1881 sank in collision with German s/s Gemma off Woolwich, later raised and scrapped.
Brigand 3046  1848  414 
1854 purchased from Glasgow & Liverpool Shipping Co, 29.4.1858 sank in collision with s/v William Campbell near Kish Light.
Corsair 17196  1857  264 
1864 sold to J. Edwards, Bristol, 20.3.1876 sank in collision with s/s Solent in Bristol Channel.
Oscar 598  1850  330 
1858 purchased from Belfast Screw Shipping Co, Belfast, 1870 sold to Dingwall& Skye Railway Co, Inverness, 1871 sold to G. Mackay, Grangemouth, 16.7.1882 sank in collision with s/s Breeze off Flamborough Head
Antona (1) 28481  1859  352 
1862 sold to G. Wigg, Liverpool as blockade runner in American Civil War, 6.1.1863 captured by USS Pocahontas and became USS Antona, 1865 sold to G. Quintard, New York r/n Carlotta, 1874 abandoned.
Antona (2) 45965  1863  514 
1878 sold to J. Bell, Glasgow, 1897 sold to R. Russell, Glasgow, 1902 transferred to Asia Minor SS Co, Glasgow, 1903 scrapped.
Clutha 50336  1864  509 
1878 sold to J. Bell, Glasgow, 1887 sold to J. Clark, Glasgow, 21.12.1894 left Middlesbrough for Aarhus and went missing
Admiral Cator 18195  1857  311 
Built for West Hartlepool Screw SS Co, 1864 sold to Pile, Spence & Co, West Hartlepool, 1866 purchased by Sloan, 9.12.1866 wrecked in Sound of Jura, salvaged and sold foreign r/n Jura, 1867 re-purchased by Sloan, 1870 sold to Dingwall& Skye Railway Co, Inverness, 1871 sold to J. Bell, Glasgow, 15.12.1879 left Hull for Larnaca and went missing.
Jura 18195  1857  311 
See Admiral Cator.
Ailsa 60458  1869  532 
16.11.1880 wrecked at St. Govan?s Head
Princess Alexandra 20677  1863  649 
1870 purchased from London & Limerick SS Co, Limerick. 1889 sold to J & P. Hutchison,, Glasgow, 1913 sold to Kismet Shipping, Glasgow, 1914 sold to NafiBey, Constantinople r/n Edirne, 16.6.1915 sunk by Russian destroyer in Black Sea.
Severn 71672  1874  765 
1897 sold to C. Lambros, Constantinople, 1900 sold to Hadji Suleiman Zade, Constantinople r/n Seyar, 18.11.1907 wrecked at Eregli, Turkey.
Avon 78569  1878  749 
1903 sold to Rankine Line, Grangemouth r/n Amsterdam, 24.2.1918 torpedoed and sunk off Coquet Island by UC.49
Solway 85860  1881  783 
1907 sold to Bazeley& Sons, Penzance, 1911 sold to Reid Newfoundland Co, St. John?s r/n Meigle, 1924 sold to Government of N.F, 1936 scrapped.
Medway 93290  1886  870 
1926 sold to Turkey r/n Bandirma, 1933 r/n Ulgen, 1961 scrapped.
Humber 96099  1889  900 
18.1.1892 wrecked off Linney Head near Milford Haven.
Caledonian (2) 67497  1874  537 
1891 purchased from Ardrossan Shipping Co, Ardrossan, 1895 sold to J. Mack & Sons, Liverpool, 1900 sold to Salgado & Co, Rio de Janeiro r/n Guasca, 5.12.1907 sunk in collision with Brazilian s/s San Lourenco.
Tweed 99845  1892  999 
13.12.1918 torpedoed and sunk off St. Catherine?s Point by UC.75
Yarrow 102591  1893  972 
1929 sold to Palgrave, Murphy Ltd, Dublin r/n Assaroe, 1947 scrapped.
Ettrick 104577  1894  963 
5.9.1924 grounded and capsized in River Avon, raised and scrapped.
Teviot 87691  1883  937 
Ex-Toward, 1899 purchased from Clyde Shipping Co, Glasgow r/n Teviot, 1929 scrapped.
Findhorn 115763  1903  1122 
1932 passenger accommodation removed, 1956 scrapped.
Annan 124170  1907  1133 
1932 passenger accommodation removed, 1958 scrapped.
Afton 133001  1911  1156 
15.2.1917 captured and sunk off Strumble Head by UC.65
Brora 147895  1924  1061 
1932 passenger accommodation removed, 1958 owners taken over by Coast Lines, 1959 scrapped.
Beauly 147919  1924  1061 
1932 passenger accommodation removed, 1939 requisitioned by the Admiralty as Q Ship r/n Looe, 1941 returned to owners, 1958 owners taken over by Coast Lines, 1959 scrapped.
Orchy 161920  1930  1090 
1939 requisitioned by the Admiralty as Q Ship r/n Antinoe, 1941 returned to owners, 1958 owners taken over by Coast Lines, 1959 scrapped.
Endrick 160651  1928  979 
Ex-Horsa, 1955 purchased from Currie Line, Leith r/n Endrick, 1958 owners taken over by Coast Lines, 1959 scrapped.
Fruin 185507  5122176 1954  906 
Ex-Fife Coast, 1958 transferred from Coast Lines r/n Fruin, 1963 transferred to Belfast SS Co r/n Stormont, 1966 reverted to Coast Lines, 1976 sold to Lebanon r/n Rabunion VII, 1992 r/n Baraa Z, 1994 scrapped.
Tay 183821  5354092 1951  782 
Ex-Western Coast, 1958 transferred from Coast Lines r/n Tay, 1965 transferred to Burns & Laird Lines, 1968 sold to Melina Corp, Greece r/n Charalambos, 1973 sold to Erika Shipping, Cyprus r/n Erika, 14.5.1973 struck a rock off Roubos Island and beached, later sank.
Deveron 166243  1938  511 
Built for Coast Lines as Clyde Coast, 1956 transferred to Belfast SS Co r/n Ulster Senator, 1959 transferred to Sloan r/n Deveron, 1963 sold to F. Georgopoulos, Greece r/n Nissos Delos, 1966 sold to DimitriosArgyreas r/n Dora Maria, 1968 r/n Maria, 1969 r/n Ismini L, 1974 sold to E. Papadimtriou r/n Makedonia, 28.9.1979 sank off Cape Kiti while in tow.
Forth 168858  1943  869 
Built for Coast Lines as Southern Coast, 1955 transferred to Belfast, Mersey & Manchester SS Co r/n Colebrooke, 1959 transferred to Sloan r/n Forth, 1962 transferred to British Channel Islands Shipping, London r/n Southern Coast, 1967 sold to D. Ververakis, Greece r/n Eleistria, 1979 sold Panama r/n Al Rubayia, 1983 arrested at Bombay, 27.6.1985 sprang a leak and lies awash in 18.57N 72.51E
Talisker 185555  5372549 1955  1016 
Ex-Ulster Pioneer, 1963 transferred from Belfast SS Co r/n Talisker, 1965 transferred to Burns & Laird Lines, 1970 sold to Mediterranean Lines, Israel r/n Bat Snapir, 1973 sold to Woodbine Shipping, Panama r/n Woodbine, 1975 sold to Asia Baru Nav. Ltd, Panama r/n Hong Shen, 1976 sold to Malaysia, 7.11.1988 sank in 05.35N 115.34E
Kelvin 185563  5372551 1955  979 
Ex-Ulster Premier, 1963 transferred from Belfast SS Co r/n Kelvin, 1965 transferred to Burns & Laird Lines, 1968 sold to Albaran Bay Corp, Panama r/n Vasilia, 1971 laid up, 1972 sold to Cape Verde Islands r/n Alftan, 1977 sold to TacamarPanamena, Panama r/n Tacamar III, 1982 transferred to Venezuelan registry r/n Canaima, 1983 scrapped.

Ted Finch 30/07/2011