Morel Ltd, Cardiff.

Morel Steam Ship Co Cardiff

In 1876 Philip & Thomas Morel formed a partnership with their brother-in-law John Angel Gibbs and set up Morel Brothers & Co., at Cardiff. In 1876 they acquired their first steamship. In 1877 a new steamer the PORTUGALETTE (1) joined the fleet. By the end of 1883 the Morel Brothers owned 26 smaller tramp ships. Most of the ships were placed in single ship companies like Beignon S.S. Co., Longueil S.S. Co. and after the death of John Angel Gibbs aged 35 in 1884, the Forest S.S. Co. and Treherbert S.S. Co.

The Morels owned also a small Cardiff Shipyard the Bute Shipbuilding, Engineering & Drydock Co. Ltd. Sir Thomas Morel died in 1903 aged 56 and his elder brother Philip died in 1908. The fleet was heavily run down between 1904 and 1914 due to a lack of unity in the Morel Family and the fleet was down to two tramps during World War I, both of these were a World War I casualty.

In 1921 Morel Ltd acquired ships once more. Morel Ltd lost four ships during World War II only the CATRINE of 1940 survived. New ships were ordered after the war but already in 1956 when prices of second hand tramps were high due to the Suez crisis, all the ships were sold and the company was wound up at the end of 1956.

 

Morel Ltd, Fleet List

 

SHIP NAME O.N IMO BUILT G.T
Colstrup  70657    1874  506 
1876 purchased from M. Almond, London, 1887 sold to T. Brigham, Newcastle, 1910 scrapped after stranding damage.
Portugalette (1)  77204    1877  586 
21.2.1882 foundered after striking Rockham Shoal, Devon.
Galdames  77220    1878  853 
20.3.1886 wrecked at Ile de Sein.
Dowlais (1)  79394    1879  1093 
1904 sold to R. Craggs & Sons, Middlesbrough, resold to Sweden, 7.8.1917 torpedoed and sunk in North Sea by UC.31
Cyfarthfa (1)  81784    1880  1334 
1904 sold to R. Craggs & Sons, Middlesbrough, resold to J. Gerrard, Kristiansand r/n Germa, 24.11.1905 wrecked near Grahara.
Beignon  83819    1880  1332 
2.3.1899 sank in collision with s/s Penfeld off St. Nazaire.
Forest (1)  83804    1880  1167 
19.12.1887 wrecked at Bilbao.
La Barrouere  83808    1880  1173 
25.11.1897 sank off Lundy after collision with unknown ship.
Lesreaulx (1)  83822    1880  1186 
1894 sold to T. G. Beatley & Son, Cardiff, 1899 sold to C. Gogstad, Christiania r/n Leif, 1913 sold to Halfdan Kuhnle, Bergen r/n Norne, 26.3.1916 shelled and sunk in 47.28N 07.00W by U.28.
Blaenavon (1)  84652    1881  1296 
19.11.1883 sunk in collision in the Clyde with s/s Crown of Arragon, salvaged and repaired.March 1892 went missing on voyage Clyde to Bayonne.
Ebbw Vale  84664    1881  1335 
1891 sank after collision with s/s Sumatra off Goodwin Sands.
Gwentland  84668    1881  1433 
1907 sold to S. O. Stray & Co, Ktistiansand r/n Sonja, 1931 scrapped.
Longuil  85004    1882  1558 
1897 sold to R. Koppen, Stettin r/n Albert Koppen, 1909 sold to A. Thore, Jonstorp, Sweden r/n Canadia, 1916 sold to Swedish Lloyd, Goteborg, 23.12.1919 wrecked at Eastham Pier, Manchester Ship Canal.
Portugalette (2)  86477    1882  1510 
14.5.1901 wrecked at Cabo Menor.
Rhymney  86486    1882  1302 
3.1.1899 abandoned in Bay of Biscay.
Merthyr  86489    1882  1354 
1907 sold to E. Aaby, Drammen r/n Orion, 1914 sold to S. Bartz-Johannessen, Bergen, 1916 sold to J. Kjode, Bergen, 27.2.1917 sailed from Bergen for Middlesbrough and went missing, probably torpedoed and sunk 1.3.1917 by UC.41
Penarth (1)  87466    1883  1648 
1891 r/n Treherbert, 1910 sold to Shamrock Shipping, Belfast r/n Divis, 1925 sold to Pittas Bros, Chios r/n Darmas, 22.4.1941 bombed and sunk in Gulf of Patras.
Treherbert (2)  87466    1883   
See Penarth
Aberdare  86497    1882  1348 
22.3.1899 sunk in collision with s/s Niobe off Barry Island.
Castanos (1)  87457    1882  1606 
18.6.1893 sank after striking wreck in River Ismail Chatal, refloated and sold to Theophilatos Bros, Ithaca r/n Ithaca, 1897 r/n Castanos, 1897 sold to R. Mackie, Leith r/n Newbigging, 1900 sold to A. Hulthen, Helsingborg r/n Anton, 6.6.1917 torpedoed and sunk in 56.45N 01.05W by UC.77
Collivaud (1)  86479    1882  1509 
5.6.1886 wrecked near Cape Finisterre.
Gardepee  86487    1882  1633 
1915 sold to C. A. Stewart & Co, Cardiff, 10.10.1916 captured and sunk off North Cape by U.43
Tredegar  84667    1881  1343 
1907 sold to Urtiaga & Castillo, Bilbao r/n Cresalubi, 1912 sold to Saracho & Menchaca, Bilbao, 12.3.1921 wrecked at Bilbao.
Jersey  87464    1883  1627 
1911 sold to Shamrock Shipping, Belfast r/n Trostan, 1919 sold to Stephenson Clarke & Co, London, 1920 sold to Stone & Rolfe, London, 1926 sold to J. Nilsson, Stockholm r/n Utklippan, 13.12.1942 sunk in collision with s/s Oldenburg near Gedser Reef.
Pontypridd (1)  87480    1883  1556 
1916 sold to South Metropolitan Gas Co, London, 12.3.1917 mined and sunk in 52.08N 01.46E
Allende  87474    1883  1644 
1888 r/n Forest, 1910 sold to J. Ingmansson, Karlshamn r/n Fingal, 1918 sold to Swedish-America Mexico Line, Goteborg, 1919 sold to Swedish-Levant Line, Goteborg r/n Larnaca, 1921 sold to O. Norin, Stromstad r/n Asta, 15.12.1927 sunk in collision with s/s Breslau off May Island.
Forest (2)  87474    1883  1644 
See Allende
Treherbert (1)  87473    1883  1620 
7.8.1887 wrecked off Buitra Point near Corcubion.
Ninian Stuart  89164    1883  1880 
1912 sold to Rederi A/B Trelleborg, Trelleborg r/n Gothia, 11.5.1918 torpedoed and sunk off Hartlepool by UB.21
Collivaud (2)  89208    1887  1369 
1912 sold to R. Mackie & Co, Leith, 1915 sold to Balham SS Co, London r/n Balham, 1917 sold to J. Harrison, London, 1920 sold to R. Mackie & Co, Leith, 1923 sold to N. Fasano, Salerno r/n S. Antonio, 1924 re-registered Naples r/n Fasano, 1925 sold Turkey r/n Vefa, 1934 r/n Suat, 1956 scrapped.
Leda  45017    1862  715 
Built as schooner Harriet Pinkney for T. S. Begbie, London, 1863 sold to S. Isaac, London, 1864 sold to Malcolmson Bros, Waterford r/n Leda, 1864 sold foreign, 1869 sold to Anglo-American Telegraph Co, London, 1873 sold to Bailey & Leetham, Hull, converted to steam, 1888 purchased by Morel, 12.6.1896 wrecked at Crohot near Bayonne.
Lavernock  95162    1888  2362 
1916 sold to Allen Adams & Co, Cardiff, 17.9.1918 torpedoed and sunk off Trevose Head by UB.117
Lyndhurst  95167    1888  2025 
1912 sold to N. Swensson, Helsingborg r/n Carl Henckel, 1917 sold to G. Carlsson, Goteborg r/n Alstern, 1919 sold to G. Sandstrom, Goteborg r/n Falco, 31.12.1919 wrecked at Punta de Rizo.
Cardiff Castle  95185    1889  1965 
1893 r/n Blaenavon, 1912 sold to R. Arthurs & Co, Glasgow, 1915 r/n Benarthur, 8.8.1915 mined off Orloff L.V, White Sea, beached and scrapped.
Blaenavon (2)  95185    1889  1965 
See Cardiff Castle
Charles W. Anderson  63014    1872  1452 
1890 purchased from Bowser, Ormston & Co, South Shields, 1895 r/n Pomaron, 1910 scrapped.
Pomaron  63014    1872  1452 
See Charles W. Anderson
Hart  70129    1878  1367 
1889 purchased from J. Wood & Co, Hartlepool, 1907 scrapped.
Ferncliffe  86355    1883  1420 
1891 purchased from D. H. Morgan & Co, Newport, 1893 sold Russia r/n Peter Regier, 1922 sold to S.A de Transportes La Francaise, Oran r/n Celicie, 1924 sold Turkey r/n Alemdarzade Millet, 1924 r/n Yesilirmak, 1931 scrapped after grounding.
Goldcliffe  82558    1881  1224 
1891 purchased from D. H. Morgan & Co, Newport, 1904 scrapped after grounding.
Wyndcliffe  91371    1889  1951 
1892 sold to W. S. Bailey, Hull r/n Denia, 1897 company became Bailey & Leetham, Hull, 1899 sold to F. Picardi, Catania r/n Ludovico S, 1907 sold to Bank of Athens r/n Zafirios Matsas, 1914 sold to F. Kronberg, Sundsvall r/n Sundsvall, 1915 sold to Halfdan Kuhnle, Bergen r/n Harde, 1922 sold Romania r/n Monica, 1924 sold to Alexatos Bros, Salonica r/n Phedon, 25.3.1933 wrecked near Rosas.
Penarth (2)  98432    1893  3109 
19.2.1894 wrecked near Pera.
Castanos (2)  98438    1893  2958 
2.2.1905 wrecked at Hook of Holland.
Wenvoe  98442    1894  2979 
1916 sold to Bay SS Co, London r/n Bayvoe, 9.1.1918 torpedoed and sunk off Iles de Glenan by U.84
Lesreaulx (2)  105171    1895  3009 
1916 sold to Bay SS Co, London r/n Bayreaulx, 20.10.1916 sailed from Crdiff for Montreal and went missing, probably torpedoed off Ireland by U.63
Barry  86356    1883  2221 
Ex-Bryn Glas, 1894 purchased from Jones Bros, Newport r/n Barry, 1909 scrapped.
Westergate  85063    1881  1742 
1889 purchased from Weatherley, Mead & Hussey, London, 1916 sold to Franco-British SS Co, Cardiff, 21.4.1918 torpedoed and sunk 22 miles off Start Point by UB.80
Penarth (3)  105177    1896  3035 
18.1.1915 wrecked Sheringham Shoal, Norfolk.
Cardiff  105197    1898  2808 
1915 sold to R. J. Sutherland & Sons, Cardiff, 1920 sold to Soverign Shipping, Cardiff, 1924 sold to Schulte & Bruns, Emden r/n Konsul Schulte, 5.2.1942 torpedoed and sunk in Porsangerfjord by Soviet submarine SC-421
Parana  109784    1899  3035 
5.3.1913 stranded at Montevideo, beached and sold as hulk, 1916 refitted and sold to Durante y Barbot, Montevideo r/n Zulma, 1916 sold to H. Hansen, Christiania r/n Hjortnes, 1922 scrapped after stranding.
Portugalette (3)  113543    1901  3568 
1912 sold to Athanasulis, Cephalonia r/n Nicolaos Athanasulis, 1937 sold to E. Nomikos, Piraeus r/n Panaghiotis, 1947 sold to Prora Cia Maritima, Panama r/n Megalochari, 11.5.1952 sank at Aden after fire, raised and scrapped.
Nolisement (1)  115375    1902  3828 
Built 1902 for Morel, 1913 sold to C.Mazarakis, Argostoli r/n Ioannis, 12.11.1916 shelled and sunk in 45.30N 07.20W by U.50.
Dowlais (2)  119958    1904  3016 
3.12.1917 torpedoed and sunk off Cap de Fer by UB.48
Cyfarthfa (2)  115387    1904  3014 
11.4.1917 torpedoed and sunk off Cerrigoto by UB.47
St. Andrews  143139    1914  4145 
Ex-Sofia, 1919 war reparations from Deutsche Levante Line, 1921 r/n St. Andrews, 1925 sold to Woermann Line, Hamburg r/n Wagogo, 1943 sold to Cia Colonial de Nav, Lisbon r/n Bailundo, 1949 sold to Faik Zeren, Istanbul r/n Nadir, 1961 scrapped.
Lesreaulx (3)  123343    1913  4645 
Built as Den of Ewnie for Barrie & Sons, Dundee, 1916 sold to Johnston Line, Liverpool r/n Pinemore, 1923 purchased by Morel r/n Lesreaulx, 1926 sold to N.V. Scheep. Mij Millingen, Rotterdam r/n Calandplein, 1935 sold to Hadjipateras, Chios r/n Konstantinos Hadjipateras, 24.10.1939 mined and sunk off Inner Dowsing L.V.
Rhymney (2)  132714    1912  4769 
Built as Southern for Harris & Dixon, London, 1915 sold to Holland America Line, Rotterdam r/n Maasdijk, 1922 purchased by Morel r/n Rhymney, 1936 sold to Guardian Line, London r/n Macdonald, 1937 sold to Chang Shu Chang, Tsingtao r/n Pei Foo, 1938 sold to Kitagawa Sangyo Kaiun KK, Osaka r/n Kitafuku Maru, 17.3.1940 wrecked in Riyukyu Islands.
Nolisement (2)  136737    1915  4447 
Built 1915 for Morel, 1927 sold to Tempus Shippinng, Cardiff r/n Darius, 1933 sold to P. Protopapas, Hydra r/n Marika Protopapa, 1947 sold to Saint Joseph Tramp Shipping, Panama r/n Polac, 1954 sold to Cia de Nav. Cocle, Panama r/n Balboa, 1959 scrapped.
Pontypridd (2)  147719    1924  4458 
11.6.1942 torpedoed and sunk in 49.50N 41.37W by U.569 and U.94
Gardepee (2)  148554    1925  4517 
1925 r/n Treherbert, 1939 sold to Crest Shipping, London r/n Belcrest, 14.2.1942 torpedoed and sunk in 55.00N 19.00W with all hands by Italian submarine Michele Bianchi.
Treherbert (3)  148554    1925  4517 
See Gardepee (2)
Aberdare (2)  148272    1924  4600 
Ex-Merioneth, 1927 purchased from Jenkins & Sons, Cardiff r/n Aberdare, 1933 sold to Achille Lauro, Naples r/n Antonio Limoncelli, Dec.1941 seized by Brazil r/n Paranaloide for Lloyd Brasileiro, 1950 returned to Lauro r/n Antonio Limoncelli, 1950 scrapped.
Treharris  145728    1923  4576 
Ex-Radnor, 1927 purchased from Jenkins & Sons, Cardiff r/n Treharris, 1933 sold to Achille Lauro, Naples r/n Aida Lauro, 1.7.1937 wrecked at St. Just, Cornwall.
Allende (2)  148305    1928  5108 
17.3.1942 torpedoed and sunk in 04.00N 07.44W by U.68
Nolisement (3)  148301    1928  5111 
1950 sold to Hugo Stinnes, Hamburg r/n Gluckauf, 1959 sold to Maritenia Shipping, Rijeka r/n Kumrovec, 1966 scrapped.
Jersey  162114    1936  4986 
2.4.1942 mined and sunk in Suez Bay.
Forest (3)  162124    1937  4998 
1951 sold to Erhardt & Dekkers, Rotterdam r/n Haulerwijk, 1958 sold to VEB Deutsche Seereederei, Rostock r/n Thomas Muntzer, 1968 sold to Kourion Cia Nav, Famagusta r/n Maritsa 2, 1975 sold to Matagri Maritime, Limassol r/n Othon, 1977 sold to Sifnos Shipping, Limassol r/n Akropolis, 1978 scrapped.
Beignon  167363    1939  5218 
1.7.1940 torpedoed and sunk in 47.20N 10.30W by U.30
Catrine  167433    1940  5218 
1956 sold to Transportes Maritimos Atlas, Panama r/n Tove, 1963 sold to Panamanian Oriental SS Corp, Panama r/n Tona, 1967 scrapped.
Jersey Hart  168425    1943  7275 
1945 sold to J. Billmeir, London r/n Stanpark, 1951 sold to Queen Line, Glasgow r/n Queen Eleanor, 1956 sold to Douglas SS Co, Hong Kong r/n Inchdouglas, 1970 scrapped.
Jersey May  180035    1944  7235 
Ex-Samluzon, 1947 purchased from MOWT r/n Jersey May, 1950 sold to Larrinaga SS Co, Liverpool r/n Miguel de Larrinaga, 1956 sold to Cia Mare Nostrum, Liberia r/n Tritonia, 1969 scrapped.
Jersey Spray  185913    1953  5488 
1956 sold to Western Canada SS Co, Glasgow r/n Lake Pennask, 1963 sold to Great Eastern Shipping, Bombay r/n Jag Rakshak, 1965 sold to Cia Maritima Halki, Piraeus, r/n Dimitrakis, 1968 sold to General Nav. Co, Somalia, 1973 sold to Travery SA, Somalia r/n Kim, 1975 sold to Li-Ta Shipping, Singapore r/n Lita, 1977 registered Panama r/n Lita I, 1979 sold to Bective Shipping, Panama r/n Rita I, 1981 scrapped.
Jersey Dawn  185971    1953  5319 
1956 sold to Scindia S.N. Co, Bombay r/n Jalagovind, 1970 sold to Vasha Cia Nav, Piraeus r/n Stalo, 1972 registered Famagusta, 1974 sold to Lansdowne Shipping, Piraeus r/n Thomas K, 1980 scrapped.
Jersey Mist  185995    1954  7835 
1956 sold to Western Canada SS Co, Hartlepool r/n Lake Atlin, 1964 transferred to Anglo-Canadian Shipping Co, Hartlepool, 1965 sold to Tharros Shipping, Piraeus r/n Irene Xilas, 1978 scrapped.

Ted Finch 26/10/2011