Cambrian Steam Navigation Co, John Mathias, Aberystwyth

Cambrian Steam Navigation Co, John Mathias, Aberystwyth

By 1876 John Mathias owned two coastal sailing ships and in 1883 he purchased a tramp steamer and traded with coal to the Mediterranean and Black Sea. By 1905 he had opened a second office in Cardiff and traded worldwide. By 1914 the company operated six ships, of which three were lost to enemy action. The company suffered severely in the post war slump and his fleet was sold and the company wound up in 1924.

 

Cambrian Steam Navigation Co, John Mathias, Fleet List

 

SHIP NAME O.N IMO BUILT G.T
Glanrheidol  85264    1883  931 
1891 sold to F. Stumore, Aberystwyth, 1893 sold to Mackie & Co , Leith r/n Newbigging, 1897 sold to D. S. Meier, Christiania r/n Jern, 1909 sold to Gonzales y Fernandez, Villagarcia r/n Arosa, 1915 sold to R. Ortiz Artinano, Bilbao, 1918 r/n Teresa, 2.2.1940 wrecked at Azemour Point, Morocco.
Glanystwyth (1)  85269    1888  1824 
1899 sold to Vagliano Bros, Corfu r/n Girda Ambatiellos, 1915 sold to A. H. Arvesen, Christiania r/n Girda, 13.3.1917 captured and scuttled off La Rochelle by UC.21
Glanhafren  94400    1888  2233 
Ex-Harperly, 1890 purchased from W. Wright, London r/n Glanhafren, 14.2.1905 wrecked at Cape Rizzuto.
Glantivy  98902    1891  2949 
Ex-Alton Tower, 1892 purchased from F. Stumore, London r/n Glantivy, 28.5.1903 wrecked off Cani Rocks.
Glanayron  96607    1889  2504 
Ex-Santon, 1894 purchased from Huddart, Parker, Melbourne r/n Glanayron, 22.5.1896 wrecked at Hatteras.
Feliciana  98617    1891  2922 
Built for McLean & Sutherland, Glasgow, 1892 sold to R. Stoker, Glasgow, 1896 purchased by Mathias, 1901 sold to Maritima Ballesteros S.A., Aviles r/n Serafin Ballesteros, 1921 sold to S.A. Fabrica de Mieres, Aviles, 19.7.1928 sunk in collision with French s/s Else off Cabo Roca.
Cheltonian (1)  99238    1892  3084 
Ex-Glenvech, 1898 purchased from Lindsay, Gracie & Co, Leith, 1904 r/n Cheltonian, 1911 sold to C. Marketto, Piraeus r/n Christos Markettos, 1917 requisitioned by Italian Government, 2.1.1918 torpedoed and sunk in Bristol Channel by U.95
Glenvech  99238    1892  3084 
See Cheltonian
Venus  98512    1891  2940 
1899 purchased from T. Robinson, West Hartlepool, 17.6.1899 collided with Greek s/s Amphitrite and beached at Dungeness, total loss.
Glanystwyth (2)  98000    1892  2993 
Ex-Birdoswald, 1899 purchased from Lunn & Maccoy, Newcastle r/n Glanystwyth, 11.4.1904 wrecked near Bizerta.
Cliftonian (1)  104562    1894  3206 
Ex-Strathisla, 1899 purchased from Burrell & Son, Glasgow r/n Pinedene, 1904 r/n Cliftonian, 1911 sold to Maresca & Co, Genoa r/n Mar Cor, 9.6.1917 torpedoed and sunk west of Bishop Rock by UB.32
Pinedene  104562    1894  3206 
See Cliftonian
Etonian (1)  85276    1901  3805 
1913 sold to Giuseppe Ravano fu Pietro, Genoa r/n Pietro, 23.12.1917 captured, shelled and sunk near Cabo Palas by U.35
Harrovian (1)  110069    1899  3307 
Ex-Claverdale,1903 purchased from E. Haslehurst, London r/n Harrovian, 1913 sold to P. Viali, Genoa r/n Maurizio, 1915 sold to Lloyd Sabaudo, Genoa r/n Coltano, 1924 sold to A. Zanchi, Genoa, 1925 sold to S.A. Pesca e Reti Italiana, Rome r/n Ovidio, 1933 scrapped.
Reptonian   110094    1899  3242 
Ex-Warfield, 1904 purchased from E. Hickie, London r/n Reptonian, 1909 sold to F & D. Cory, Cardiff r/n Caradoc, 1913 sold to Empire Shipping, Cardiff, 1916 r/n Corso, 19.9.1917 torpedoed and sunk 110 miles S x W of Malta by U.64
Rugbeian  85277    1904  4042 
1917 sold to Dalgleish & James, Newcastle, 1919 r/n Mackworth, 1931 scrapped.
Carthusian  85278    1905  4121 
1915 sold to A. M. Sutherland, Newcastle r/n Dumfries, 19.5.1915 torpedoed and sunk 13 miles north of Trevose Head by U.27
Breconian  85279    1906  4121 
1917 sold to Ridley, Son & Tully, N. Shields, 1926 sold to G. Bozzo, Genoa r/n Lorenzo Bosso, 1932 scrapped.
Cliftonian (2)  132451    1911  4303 
6.2.1917 torpedoed and sunk 4 miles from Galley Head by U.85
Cheltonian (2)  132649    1911  4426 
8.6.1917 captured, shelled and sunk 54 miles W x S from Planier L.H by U.72
Harrovian (2)  136665    1914  4309 
16.4.1916 captured, shelled and sunk 60 miles west of Bishop Rock by U.69
Etonian (2)  136654    1914  4306 
1918 sold to Clan Line, Glasgow r/n Clan Keith, 1921 sold to R. P. Houston & Co, Liverpool r/n Hilarius, 1923 sold to Clan Line r/n Clan Keith, 1937 sold to Minster SS Co, London r/n Orminster, 1940 sold to South American Saint Line, Newport, 25.8.1944 torpedoed and sunk in 50.09N 00.44W by U.480
Northern  132672    1912  4731 
1916 purchased from Harris & Dixon Ltd, London, 1920 sold to Brown, Jenkinson & Co, London, 1922 sold to French Line, Havre r/n Sonora, 1934 sold to J. Nikoforos, Piraeus r/n Ariadne, 1938 sold to I.N.S.A., Genoa r/n Trovatore, 1940 laid up at Las Palmas, 1944 sold to Ybarra y Cia, Sevilla r/n Cabo del Agua, 1955 solld to Empresa Nacional Elcano, Sevilla r/n Castillo Manzanares, 1964 scrapped.
Southern  143065    1919  5105 
1919 sold to Fratres Ltd, London, 1922 sold to Cie Transatlantique Belge, Antwerp r/n Bruxelles, 9.6.1942 torpedoed and sunk in 11.05N 66.41W by U.502
Western  142601    1918  5225 
Ex-War Fijian, 1919 purchased from The Shipping Controller, London r/n Western, 1921 sold to Egypt & Levant SS Co, London r/n Antonio, 1943 sold to Michalinos & Co, London, 28.3.1945 collided with s/s Fort Moose off Milford Haven, 31.3.1945 capsized and sank in 51.37N 05.10W

Ted Finch 11-04-2012