Gibbs & Co, Cardiff / Welsh Ore Carriers Ltd

Gibbs & Company, Cardiff

Founded in 1906 as single ship tramp companies mainly trading to the River Plate with coal and returning with grain. However, all their ships were lost during the Great War and the Gibb Brothers stayed out of the shipping business until 1925 when they took delivery of two new ships. In WWII the company again lost all three of their ships. Two wartime built ships were then purchased. A partnership was formed with Counties Ship Management and London & Overseas Freighters to operate ore carriers under the ownership of Welsh Ore Carriers Ltd. In 1969 Gibbs became a subsidiary of London & Overseas Freighters and in 1982 Gibbs last ship was transferred to the parent company and Gibbs & Co disappeared.

 

Gibbs & Company, Fleet List

 

SHIP NAME O.N IMO BUILT G.T
South Wales (1)  123163  1906  3668 
24.6.1917 torpedoed and sunk 128 miles west of Bishops Rock by U.62
West Wales (1)  128518  1910  4237 
28.12.1911 wrecked at Montevideo.
West Wales (2)  132866  1912  4331 
21.1.1918 torpedoed and sunk near Malta by Austrian U.28
East Wales (1)  136975  1915  4321 
14.10.1917 shelled and sunk off Daunts Rock by U.57
West Wales (3)  148283  1925  4353 
29.1.1941 torpedoed and sunk in 56.00N 15.23W by U.94
East Wales (2)  148287  1925  4358 
16.12.1942 torpedoed and sunk in 00.24N 31.27W by U.159
South Wales (2)  148314  1929  5619 
26.9.1941 beached at Point Amour and total loss after collision in Belle Isle Strait with Latvian s/s Everoja.
West Wales (4)  168682  1941  6327 
Built as Empire Glen for MOWT, 1945 sold to Alexander Shipping, London r/n Aylesbury, 1948 purchased by Gibbs r/n West Wales, 1961 sold to Iranian Lloyd, Iran r/n Persian Xerxes, 1965 scrapped.
East Wales (3)  180132  1944  7359 
Built as Empire Earl for MOWT, 1945 sold to Haldin & Philipps, London r/n Cressington Court, 1959 purchased by Gibbs r/n East Wales, 1966 sold to Dalkeith Shipping, Newport r/n Universal Skipper, 1970 scrapped.
Welsh Herald  303643  5418422  1963  19543 
Bulk carrier. 1976 sold to Astramar Cia de Nav, Buenos Aires r/n Astrapatricia, 1992 transferred to Panama registry, 1993 scrapped.
Welsh Minstrel  6810287  1968  18776 
Bulk carrier. 1978 sold to Panelos Shipping, Greece r/n Mount Othrys, 1986 sold to Morzine Shipping, Malta r/n Prosperity, 1987 sold to St. Philip Marine Co, Cyprus r/n Prosperity X, 2001 scrapped.
Welsh Trident  7310272  1973  9201 
1978 sold to Agate Maritime Panama r/n Agate, 1991 sold to Vietnamese Gov?t r/n Agate I, 1992 r/n Saigon 2, 2001 scrapped.
Welsh Endeavour  7314890  1973  9201 
1978 sold to Quartz Maritime, Panama r/n Quartz, 1992 sold to Vietnamese Gov?t r/n Saigon 1, 2001 scrapped.
Welsh Troubadour  7340681  1974  9201 
1980 sold to A. L. Jameel, Liberia r/n Welsh Jay, 1986 sold to Vroon B.P., Philippines r/n Silago Express, 1995 sold to Northern Navira Inc, Vanuatu r/n Navira Express 1997 sold to Trojan Shipping, St. Vincent r/n Rena One, 1997 scrapped.
Welsh Voyager  7366099  1977  15935 
Bulk carrier. 1982 transferred to London & Overseas Freighters, London r/n London Voyager, 1983 sold to Rosarion Shipping, Panama r/n Olympic Leader, 1987 transferred to Greek registry, 1992 sold to Audacious Shipping, Bahamas r/n Audacious, 2002 scrapped.

Ted Finch 29/01/2012