Jenkins Bros, Cardiff.

Jenkins Bros, Cardiff

James Jenkins and his brother-in-law David Jenkins, both Master Mariners from Aberporth who had been employed by Evan Thomas, Radcliffe of Cardiff, set up this company when W.J. Williams left their previous partnership in the Gathorne Steamship Co. In 1906 they bought the Glamorgan and in 1907 the Cardigan was added and by the beginning of the First World War the company had five ships. All but one was lost during the war and in 1919 David Jenkins died and the company was wound up.

A new managing company was formed in 1920 under the title of James Jenkins, Sons & Co Ltd. However, the trade depression caused the sale of several of their ships and the company invested in the construction of two new ships. These traded successfully but by 1927 James Jenkins was 66 years old, neither of his sons were experienced in the shipping business and he decided to retire from shipowning. Both ships were sold and the company wound up.

 

 

Jenkins Bros, Fleet List

 

SHIP NAME O.N BUILT G.T
Gathorne 68148  1873  1196 
Built for C. Hill & Sons, Cardiff, 1877 sold to C. Young, Cardiff, 1878 sold to D de Eizaga, Bilbao r/n Nuevo Ponce, 1883 sold to Fisher, Renwick, Newcastle r/n Gathorne, 1896 purchased by Jenkins, Newcastle, 1900 sold to J. Raine, Newcastle, 1912 scrapped.
North Tyne 62358  1870  1209 
Built for W. Dickinson & Co, Newcastle, 1892 sold to H. Robinson, Newcastle, 1895 sold to J. Whitfield, Newcastle, 1896 sold to G. Patterson, Newcastle, 1898 purchased by Jenkins, Newcastle, 1904 sold to Russia r/n Gregory Papanoff,, 21.7.1919 sunk in collision with s/s Anatoliy Molchanov at Constantinople.
Rowtor 98983  1891  2351 
1898 purchased from J. Holman & Sons, London, 3.1.1906 wrecked near Bizerta.
Powis 96165  1889  2044 
Built as County for Durham SS Co, Newcastle, 1898 sold to McLaren & McLaren, Newcastle, 1899 purchased by Jenkins r/n Powis, 20.6.1907 sank off Seriphos Island.
Straits of Menai 104556  1894  2870 
Built for N. McLean, Glasgow, 1896 sold to R. Stoker, Glasgow, 1897 sold to British Maritime Trust, Glasgow, 1900 purchased by Jenkins, 1904 transferred to W. Williams, Cardiff, 1910 sold to J. Arvenitidi, Syra r/n Chalkydon, 15.7.1917 sunk in 34.10N 17.25W by U.155
Farringford 106410  1896  3146 
1900 purchased from Chalton & Thompson, Sunderland, 11.1.1916 shelled and sunk in 44.00N 12.25W by German cruiser Moewe.
Italiana 106909  1898  2663 
1900 purchased from British Maritime Trust, West Hartlepool, 14.9.1916 torpedoed and sunk 112 miles east of Malta by UB.43
Glamorgan 123170  1906  3539 
1919 sold to Merrett Bros, Cardiff, 1920 r/n River Wye, 24.11.1923 wrecked Mouton Island, Nova Scotia
Cardigan (1) 123184  1907  4295 
1915 sold to Lykiardopulo, Argostoli r/n Athanasios, 1938 sold Japan r/n Hokko Maru, 20.3.1944 wrecked in 35.42N 140.53E
Anglesea (1) 136939  1914  4534 
24.4.1917 torpedoed and sunk 160 miles west of Bishop Rock by U.53
Merioneth (1) 136985  1916  3004 
3.6.1917 shelled and sunk 105 miles N x W from Tromso by U.28
Carmarthen 135958  1916  4262 
26.7.1917 torpedoed and sunk off the Lizard by UC.50
Cardigan (2) 139622  1917  4534 
1920 sold to H. Renny, Dundee, 1923 sold to Brown, Jenkinson & Co, London r/n Pensylvanie, 1926 sold to French Line, Havre, 1934 sold to Counties Ship Management, London r/n Bury Hill, 7.12.1936 wrecked Cape Verde.
Anglesea (2) 139625  1917  4460 
1923 sold to Portfield SS Co, Cardiff r/n Portgwarra, 1932 sold to F. Dawson, Newcastle r/n Thomas Walton, 7.12.1939 torpedoed and sunk in 67.52N 14.28E by U.38
Radnor 145728  1923  4576 
1927 sold to Morel Ltd, Cardiff r/n Treharris, 1933 sold to Achille Lauro, Naples r/n Aida Lauro, 1.7.1937 wrecked St. Just, Cornwall.
Merioneth (2) 148272  1924  4600 
1927 sold to Morel Ltd, Cardiff r/n Aberdare, 1933 sold to Achille Lauro, Naples r/n Antonio Limoncelli, 1942 seized by Brazil r/n Paranaloide for Lloyd Brasileiro, 1950 returned to Lauro r/n Antonio Limoncelli, 1950 scrapped.
Aberporth 89210  1886  1969 
Ex-W. I. Radcliffe, 1903 purchased from E. Thomas Radcliffe & Co r/n Aberporth, 19.6.1905 sank in Black Sea.
Saint Regulus 93700  1886  3131 
Built for Rankin, Gilmour & Co, Liverpool, 1899 sold to A. Hickman SS Co, Liverpool, 1902 transferred to Saint Regulus SS Co, 1905 transferred to Jenkins & Ruston, Cardiff, 1908 scrapped.
Kingsland 119976  1905  2831 
1910 transferred to Philipps, Philipps & Co, London, 1912 r/n King Arthur, 1913 sold to Mowinckel, Bergen r/n Heina, 1921 sold to Reiersen & Matland, Haugesund r/n Strudsholm, 1921 sold Japan r/n Atsuta Maru No.1, 27.8.1926 wrecked at Tsuchisaka.
Managed Ships
Huntshead 137736  1901  3779 
1917-1921 managed for The Shipping Controller, London.
Daghild 139160  1916  7979 
1917-1918 managed for The Shipping Controller, London.