Tempus Shipping Co / W. H. Seager & Co, Cardiff

William Seager, Tempus Shipping Company,

William Seager set up his shipping company in Cardiff as the Tempus Shipping Co in 1904. In 1909 he took over the control of the Starcross SS Co from J. Hoggarth, Cardiff together with their single ship and by 1914 the company owned four ships. Two ships were lost to enemy action, but new purchases meant that the fleet remained at four in 1918. Three ships were sold in 1919 leaving the company with only one. However, new ships were delivered between the wars and by 1939 five tramps were owned. Four of these were lost during WWII and the remaining ship was sold in 1946. This was replaced by the purchase of two wartime built vessels which were sold in 1955 and 1962 respectively. The company was wound up in 1964.

 

Tempus Shipping Co, William Seager & Co, Fleet List

 

SHIP NAME O.N IMO BUILT G.T
Tempus (1)  119953    1904  2981 
19.4.1917 torpedoed and sunk 130 miles NW x W of Fastnet by U.53
Virtus  98448    1894  2823 
Ex-Starcross. 1909 taken over with J. Hoggarth, Cardiff r/n Virtus, 1912 sold to Pandeli Bros, Piraeus r/n Aikaterini, 1915 sold to T. Heistein, Kristiansand r/n Askelad, 8.9.1917 captured and scuttled in 47.35N 07.25W by UC.17
Amicus (1)  128522    1911  3695 
1919 sold to Portloe SS Co, Cardiff r/n Portreath, 1932 sold to Mavros & Mendinos, Andros r/n Theoskepasti, 1944 sold to Goulandris Bros, Panama r/n Cygnet, 1948 sold to J. Paleocrassas, Panama, 1950 scrapped after mine damage off Terschelling.
Beatus (1)  98429    1893  2852 
Ex-Margaret Jones, 1912 purchased from W. H. & C. T. Jones, Cardiff r/n Beatus, 1914 sold to Read Rigg & Thue r/n Sydney Reid, 1925 sold to E. Vassilikos r/n Magda, 1927 sold to F. Aguado r/n Ignacio Aguado, 1934 scrapped.
Salvus (1)  115386    1904  2259 
Ex-Loyal Briton, 1913 purchased from Gibbs & Lee, Cardiff r/n Salvus, 1918 sold to Harrison, Sons & Co, London r/n Johnstown, 1930 sold to K. Blau, Riga r/n Andromedra, 29.9.1933 sank in 48.40N 07.03W.
Campus (1)  119218    1905  3054 
Ex-Norfolk Range, 1913 purchased from Furness, Withy & Co r/n Campus, 1919 sold to E. L. & F. P. Williams, Cardiff r/n Marshal Plumer, 1921 r/n Brookway, 1924 sold to Awanokuni Kyodo Kisen K.K, Komatsushima r/n Tsurugisan Maru, 27.12.1942 sunk in 04.13S 152.11E by U.S air attack.
Darius (1)  114656    1903  3397 
Ex-Pennine Range, 1915 purchased from Furness, Withy & Co r/n Darius, 13.6.1917 torpedoed and sunk in 48.08N 11.32W by U.54
Fiscus (1)  139601    1917  4782 
20.12.1917 torpedoed and sunk 10 miles NNE of Cape Ivi by U.35
Promus  139626    1918  4816 
1933 sold to C. Lemos, Piraeus r/n Adamas, 8.2.1943 damaged in collision with HMS Beverley in 56.26N 22.15W and sunk by gunfire from convoy escort.
Scatwell  132627    1911  4425 
Built as Maisie for Laming & Co, London, 1918 sold to Harris & Dixon, London r/n Scatwell, 1918 sold to Hinde & Co, Cardiff, 1919 purchased by Seager, 1919 sold to Lewis & Co, London, 1920 sold to Cairn Line, Newcastle, 1928 sold to S & P. Lemos, Chios r/n Antonis G. Lemos, 24.8.1936 sunk in collision with HMS Keith in 49.56N 02.17W.
Tempus (2)  105704    1895  3142 
Ex-Fernfield, 1920 purchased from Woods, Tylor & Brown, London r/n Tempus, 1923 sold to Hannevig Bros, London r/n Hannevig Brothers, 1924 transferred to H. Hannevig, Horten, 1926 sold to R. Rizzuto, Naples r/n Assunzione, 1928 scrapped.
Amicus (2)  148278    1925  3660 
19.12.1940 torpedoed and sunk in 54.10N 15.50W by Italian submarine Alpino Attilo Bagnolini
Beatus (2)  148281    1925  4885 
18.10.1940 torpedoed and sunk in 57.31N 31.10W.
Campus (2)  148282    1925  3667 
1946 sold to Radon Nav. Co, Cardiff r/n Radmar, 1952 scrapped after grounding at Hook of Holland.
Darius (2)  136737    1915  4447 
Ex-Nolisement, 1927 purchased from Morel Ltd, 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.
Fiscus (2)  148298    1928  4815 
18.10.1940 torpedoed and sunk in 57.29N 11.10W by U.99
Salvus (2)  148299    1928  4815 
4.4.1941 bombed and sunk by German aircraft in 53.05N 01.27E
Amicus (3)  169037    1944  7125 
Ex-Empire Noble, 1946 purchased from MOWT r/n Amicus, 1963 sold to Southland Nav, Hong Kong r/n Leela, 1964 sold to Fir Line, Monrovia r/n Pacific Fir, 6.2.1968 abandoned in bad weather in 22.37N 121.42E, beached and broke in two.
Beatus (3)  169567    1942  7128 
Ex-Fort Tremblant, 1947 purchased from U.S. Maritime Commission r/n Beatus, 1955 sold to Stanhope SS Co, London r/n Stanland, 1963scrapped.

Ted Finch 18/02/2012