Tatem Steam Navigation Co Ltd
Atlantic Shipping & Trading Co

Tatem Steam Navigation Co

William Tatem purchased his first ship in Cardiff in 1897 and over the next eight years purchased a further fifteen ships, each nominally owned by a single ship company. The main trade was coal to the Mediterranean, returning with grain from Black Sea ports, the company later expanded into the River Plate trade. In 1910 the fifteen single ship companies were combined into the Tatem Steam Navigation Co Ltd.

At the start of the Great War Tatem owned sixteen ships, but nine were lost to enemy action. The Atlantic Shipping & Trading Co was formed in December 1916 and the entire fleet transferred to the new company. After the war, the company concentrated on tramping and was heavily involved in the lumber trade from Vancouver, as well as River Plate, Mediterranean and Baltic trades. The depression of the 1930s meant that by 1939 Tatem only owned eleven ships of which eight were lost during the war. In 1973 the decision was taken to withdraw from shipowning and the firm of W. J. Tatem Ltd became an investment company.

 

 

Tatem Steam Navigation Co, Fleet List

 

SHIP NAME O.N IMO BUILT G.T
Lady Lewis 105189  1897  2950 
3.4.1906 wrecked near Mogotes Point, Argentina.
Sir W. T. Lewis 109771  1898  3517 
1913 sold to Embiricos, Greece r/n Nea Hellas, 1923 r/n EugenaCambanis, 29.11.1940 sank in gale in 46.53N 48.37W after cargo shifted.
Shandon (1) 109783  1899  3850 
1910 sold to H. Neugebauer, Germany, 1911 sold to Menzell Line, Germany r/n Hedwig Menzell, 1912 sold to Franz Wilke r/n Franz Wilke, 1919 surrendered to Britain, managed by W. Runciman& Co, 1921 sold to Amelia SS Co, Newcastle r/n Mary Amelia, 1923 to Logothettis& Weston, London, 1925 to Essex Transport & Trading Co, London r/n Essex Heath, 1930 scrapped.
Chulmleigh (1) 109792  1900  3997 
1915 sold to Brys&Gylsen, London r/n Bretanier, 1918 owners became Lloyd Royal Belge, London, 1923 sold to Nova Genuensis, Italy r/n Fidelitas, 1926 sold to LevanteSoc di Nav, Split r/n Drina, 26.1.1931 wrecked on Pearl Rock.
Southport 109800  1900  3588 
1912 sold to T. Lewis, Cardiff, 1916 sold to H. E. Moss & Co, Liverpool, 1923 sold to G. Andreadis, Chios r/n Tithis, 1932 scrapped.
Westward Ho 113528  1900  3596 
1913 sold to T. Lewis, Cardiff, 1916 sold to Bay SS Co, London r/n Baywest, 9.9.1918 accidentally struck by a shell from a French steamer off Longships, caught fire and sank.
Wooda 113541  1901  3804 
1915 sold to Brys&Gylsen, London r/n Morinier, 1918 owners became Lloyd Royal Belge, London, 1922 sold to Unione S.A. di Nav, Genoa r/n Uguaglianza, 1929 sold to G & F. Gazzolo, Genoa r/n Nervi, 30.6.1931 sank off Cape Ivi, Algeria after grounding.
Chorley 113545  1901  3828 
1916 sold to Brys&Gylsen, London, 22.3.1917 torpedoed and sunk 25 miles E x S from Start Point by UC.48
Appledore (1) 113550  1901  3843 
9.6.1917 torpedoed and sunk 164 miles S x W from Fastnet by U.70.
Torridge (1) 115366  1902  3838 
18.4.1910 wrecked on Farquhar Islands.
Northam 115369  1902  3842 
1915 sold to Harris & Dixon, London, 1916 sold to Brys&Gylsen, London r/n Normandier, 1918 company became Lloyd Royal Belge, London, 1923 sold to Bristol Channel Steamers Ltd, Cardiff r/n Holms Light, 1927 sold to Lewis SS Co, Cardiff r/n Portishead, 1931 sold to O. Rosini, Genoa r/n Quadrifoglio, 1931 scrapped.
Dunster 115370  1902  4662 
1915 sold to Brys&Gylsen, London r/n Suevier, 15.2.1916 abandoned on fire after cargo explosion in 39.10N 67.00W
Dulverton 115385  1904  4508 
15.4.1907 sighted stopped with engine trouble on voyage Bahia Blanca to Antwerp and went missing.
Iddesleigh (1) 119947  1904  4027 
1919 sold to Mediterranean Cargo Steamers Ltd, London, 1922 sold to Lloyd Mediterraneo, Genoa r/n Valnoce, 1927 sold to CorradoSoc Anon di Nav, genoa r/n Caterina Madre, 13.9.1943 mined and sunk near Sant?Andrea Island, Italy.
Wellington 119967  1905  5600 
16.9.1918 torpedoed and sunk 175 miles N x W from Cape Villano by U.118.
Torrington 119969  1905  5597 
8.4.1917 torpedoed and sunk 150 miles SW of the Scillies by U.55
Lady Lewis (2) 123182  1907  3477 
1912 sold to Adelaide SS Co, Adelaide r/n Yankalilla, 1929 sold to Rederi A/B Ovidia, Goteborg r/n Bolivia, 1930 sold to Rederi A/B Iris Stockholm r/n Pluto, 28.6.1941 torpedoed and sunk 100 miles NNW of the Butt of Lewis by U.146 after being seized by HMS Suffolk.
Cloutsham 128501  1910  4907 
1920 sold to Mediterranean Cargo Steamers Ltd, London,1922 sold to Lloyd Mediterraneo, Genoa r/n Vallescura, 1935 sold to INSA, Genoa r/n Fedora, 1938 sold to G. Gavarone, Genoa, 10.1.1942 torpedoed and sunk in 39.00N 19.58E by HMS Thrasher
Quantock 128505  1910  4470 
1919 sold to Mediterranean Cargo Steamers Ltd, London, 1922 sold to Lloyd Mediterraneo, Genoa r/n Valverde, 1936 sold to INSA, Genoa, 9.9.1943 torpedoed and sunk off Castiglioncello by German MTB.
Bideford 128512  1910  3562 
1918 sold to North Wales Shipping, Cardiff, 1922 sold to North Shipping Co, London r/n North Anglia, 1933 sold to M. Embiricos, Andros r/n Corinthiakos, 20.11.1942 torpedoed and sunk in 25.42S 33.27E by U.181
Eggesford (1) 128513  1910  3566 
1914 sold to D. Stathatos, Piraeus r/n Maria Stathatos, 1924 sold to Goulandris Bros, Andros r/n Ioannis P. Goulandris, 1.12.1942 abandoned after collision with Panamanian s/s Intrepido in 40.15N 73.45W ? presumed sank.
Bampton 128514  1910  4496 
1919 sold to Mediterranean Cargo Steamers Ltd, London, 1922 sold to Lloyd Mediterraneo, Genoa r/n Valrossa, 1935 sold to G. Gavarone, Genoa r/n Ninuccia, 28.1.1942 torpedoed and sunk off Cape Planka by HMS Thorn.
Exford (1) 128527  1911  4542 
19.10.1914 captured by German cruiser Emden in 08.27N 74.49W. 11.12.1914 recaptured by HMS Empress of Asia, 1915 r/n Brendon, 1916 sold to Mediterranean Cargo Steamers Ltd, London, 1919 sold to Lloyd Mediterraneo, Genoa r/n Valnegra, 1934 sold to FratelliRizzuto, Rome r/n Assunzione, 1951 sold to G. Malvicini, Genoa r/n Santa Elisabetta, 1953 scrapped.
Brendon 128527  1911  4542 
See Exford (1)
Braunton 128530  1911  4575 
7.4.1916 torpedoed and sunk 4.5 miles S x W from Beachy Head by UB.29
Torridge (2) 132863  1912  5036 
6.9.1916 captured and scuttled 40 miles SSW of Start Point by UB.29
Exford (2) 136941  1914  4503 
14.7.1917 torpedoed and sunk in 46.48N 08.50W by U.48
Eggesford (2) 136962  1914  4414 
1919 sold to Mediterranean Cargo Steamers Ltd, London, 1923 sold to Lloyd Mediterraneo, Genoa r/n Valdirosa, 1937 sold to INSA, Genoa, 1943 seized by Germans at Livorno and scuttled there in 1944 as a blockship.
Honiton 136977  1915  4914 
30.8.1915 mined near Longsand LV and beached at Shoeburyness.
Chulmleigh (2) 139179  1916  4911 
14.9.1917 torpedoed and sunk off Cape Salou, Spain by U.64
Ashleigh (1) 140317  1917  6985 
23.7.1917 torpedoed and sunk in 47.10N 12.35W by U.54
Buckleigh (1) 140320  1917  4920 
1919 sold to Mediterranean Cargo Steamers Ltd, London, 1923 sold to Lloyd Mediterraneo, Genoa r/n Valfiorita, 1935 sold to INSA, Genoa r/n Delia, 1938 sold to G. Gavarone, Genoa, 16.4.1942 torpedoed and sunk near Brindisi by HMS Turbulent.
Cutcombe 142609  1918  5264 
Ex-War Ostrich, 1919 purchased from The Shipping Controller r/n Cutcombe, 1928 sold to Ben Line, Leith r/n Bennevis, 1941 captured by Japanese off Hong Kong r/n GyokuyoMaru, 14.11.1944 torpedoed and sunk in 31.04N 123.56E by USS Spadefish.
Shandon (2) 143369  1919  3069 
Launched as War Gale, completed as Shandon, 1934 sold to Barzilay& Benjamin, Istanbul r/n Ulku, 1934 transferred to Turkish Navy as collier, c.1955 scrapped.
Molton 143449  1919  3091 
1938 sold to Continental Transit Co, London r/n Transit, 1939 sold to Board of Trade (managed by Reardon Smith), r/n Botusk, 31.1.1941 mined and sunk off North Rona Island.
Monkton 144318  1920  3088 
1929 sold to Cia Maritima Bilbao, Bilbao r/n Indauchu, 1936 transferred to S.A. Cooperativa di Nav Garibaldi, Genoa r/n Sulmona, 1939 returned to Cia Maritima Bilbao, Bilbao r/n Indauchu, 1951 sold to Transland S.A, Bilbao, 1970 scrapped.
Pilton 144319  1920  3063 
1938 sold to Rederi A/B Sigyn, Helsingborg r/n Siljan, 26.9.1940 torpedoed and sunk 250 miles west of Ireland by U.46
Somerton 144367  1920  5227 
1935 sold to L. Cambanis, Andros r/n Mina L. Cambanis, 1954 sold to Maritsa Nav.Ltda, Costa Rica r/n Ais Nikolas, 1959 scrapped.
Notton 144400  1920  3096 
1923 sold to Ch. Schiaffino&Cie, Algiers r/n Rose Schiaffino, 26.1.1941 captured off Lisbon by Royal Navy, 3.11.1941 torpedoed and sunk in 50.50N 52.30W by U.569
Buckleigh (2) 148532  1925  5074 
1933 sold to Scindia S.N Co, Bombay r/n Jalamohan, 1951 scrapped.
Chulmleigh (3) 148533  1925  5076 
1933 sold to Scindia S.N Co, Bombay r/n Jalarajan, 14.1.1942 torpedoed and sunk in 00.12S 97.00E by Japanese submarine I-65
Ashleigh (2) 148560  1925  4853 
1936 sold to Counties Ship Management, London r/n Kingston Hill, 1937 sold to Kassos S.N. Co, Syra r/n Stavros, 1953 sold to Santiago SS Co, Costa Rica r/n Atenas, 1959 transferred to Panamanian registry, 1960 sold to Teh Hu SS Co, Panama r/n Amu Darya, 1962 scrapped.
Iddesleigh (2) 149886  1927  5205 
17.8.1944 sunk off Normandy beachhead by German one-man torpedo.
Winkleigh (1) 149898  1927  5055 
8.9.1939 torpedoed and sunk in 48.06N 18.12W by U.48
Umberleigh 149912  1927  4950 
1946 sold to Lemos&Pateras, London r/n Bayswater, 1947 sold to P. Pateras, Chios r/n Kyvernitis, 1954 sold to Lykiardopulo& Co, Monrovia r/n Nicolas II, 1958 sold to P. Kyprianou, Beirut r/n Dimos, 1960 scrapped.
Monkleigh 149956  1927  5203 
1949 sold to Stathatos& Co, London r/n Ionian Sea, 1951 sold to Attica Shipping, Panama r/n Attica, 1960 scrapped.
Goodleigh (1) 160368  1928  3845 
1937 sold to Fisser&Doornum, Hamburg r/n Christoph v. Doornum, 1939 seized at Botwood, Newfoundland r/n Empire Commerce for MOWT, 9.6.1940 mined near Margate and beached, later scrapped.
Filleigh (1) 160584  1928  4856 
18.4.1945 torpedoed and sunk in 51.20N 01.42E by U.245
Appledore (2) 161611  1929  5218 
1942 transferred to Michalinos& Co, London, 1951 sold to Cia de Nav. Centrale, Panama r/n Aeas, 1956 sold to Wheelock, Marden& Co, Panama r/n Tribeam, 1960 scrapped.
Everleigh 161347  1930  5222 
6.2.1945 torpedoed and sunk in 50.30N 01.48W by U.1017
Hadleigh 161349  1930  5222 
16.3.1943 torpedoed in 36.10N 00.30W by U.77, beached near Oran and broke in two.
Northleigh 165573  1937  5450 
1956 sold to Fir SS Co, Hong Kong r/n China Fir, 18.4.1961 stranded off Hong Kong and broke in two.
Chulmleigh (4) 166440  1938  5445 
5.11.1942 capsized and sank after striking a reef off Spitzbergen.
Lady Glanely 162129  1938  5497 
2.12.1940 torpedoed and sunk in 55.00N 20.00W by U.101
Goodleigh (2) 166586  1938  5448 
2.12.1940 torpedoed and sunk in 55.02N 18.45W by U.52
Winkleigh (2) 167425  1940  5468 
1960 sold to Saint Anthony Shipping Co, Beirut r/n St. Anthony, 1966 scrapped.
Chulmleigh (5) 180814  1946  5349 
Launched as Empire Northfleet, completed as Chulmleigh, 1961 sold to Stephens Sutton Ltd, Newcastle r/n Rugeley, 1964 sold to Union Fair Shipping, Monrovia r/n Madura, 1964 scrapped after grounding damage at Hong Kong.
Lord Glanely 181643  1947  5640 
1960 sold to Gulf Steamships, Karachi r/n Mehdi, 1973 scrapped.
Filleigh (2) 187608  5414165 1957  5668 
1963 sold to Corp Peruana de Vapores, Callao r/n Yucayali, 1969 sold to Simaba Cia Maritima, Piraeus r/n Anna Maria S, 20.5.1978 wrecked near Bornholm and scrapped.
Glanely 301186  5131684 1960  8261 
1969 sold to Douglas SS Co, London r/n Inchona, 1975 sold to Bardal Shipping, Piraeus r/n Alekos K, 1978 sold to Alkistis Shipping, Piraeus r/n Aries, 1987 scrapped.
Landwade 302645  5203190 1961  7856 
1972 sold to Tonia Maritime, Famagusta r/n Marytonia, 1976 sold to Karavos Cia Nav, Piraeus r/n Swede Tonia, 1981 sold to Ion Shipping, Piraeus r/n Uniluck, 1984 scrapped.
Exning   6501874 1965  10596 
1973 sold to Maravilla Cia Nav, Greece r/n Maritsa, 1974 r/n Maritsa III, 1983 sold to Milkyway SA, Cyprus r/n Cyprus Trader, 1985 scrapped.
Vessels Managed For MOWT
Kirsten Maersk 167538  1920  2252 
Built for A.P. Moller, Copenhagen, 1940-1942 managed for MOWT, 1942 management transferred to Constants Ltd, London, 1945 returned to owners, 1948 sold to RederiZachariassen, Finland r/n Finnborg, 12.6.1948 sunk in collision with s/s Southport in 49.55N 02.08W
Empire Chaucer 169018  1942  5970 
1942 managed for MOWT, 17.10.1942 torpedoed and sunk in 40.20S 18.30E by U.504
Empire Service 169505  1943  7067 
1943-1945 managed for MOWT, 1945 management transferred to T & J. Harrison, Liverpool, 1946 purchased by Harrison r/n Selector, 1960 sold to Margalante Cia Nav, Beirut r/n Margalante II, 1961 scrapped.
Empire Tudor 180139  1944  7087 
1944-1946 managed for MOWT, 1946 sold to Goulandris Bros, London r/n Grandyke, 1949 sold to Ben Line, Leith r/n Benvannoch, 1956 sold to Helmville Ltd, Leith r/n Medina Princess, 3.8.1962 stranded on reef off Djibouti, refloated but 1.9.1964 stranded again and abandoned.

Ted Finch, 18/08/2011