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Bristol City Line

History

Bristol City Line was part of a company with shipping, shipbuilding and ship repairing interests that was founded by Charles Hill. He took over the business from George Hillhouse in 1845 and changed the name to Messrs. Charles Hill & Sons. The Hillhouse firm had been started in the 18th Century - apparently at first supporting the Slave Trade and later operating as privateers, a kind of licensed piracy, during the Seven Years War with France. The company later turned to more traditional shipping business. Trade was with the West Indies, and by the 1860s with India and Australia.

By 1872 the company owned 16 vessels and The Bristol City Line was started in 1879 to run steamships carrying cargo to New York. The company also built ships but this trade suffered from reduced demand early in the 20th Century. The shipbuilding part of the business made a recovery during WW1 when there was a surge in demand for ships.

Bristol City Line continued to trade on the East coast of the USA and started a service to Canada in 1933, extending this to the Great Lakes in 1958.

In 1971 Bristol City Line was taken over by Bibby Line.

In 1980, Bristol City Council closed the floating harbour at Bristol and shipbuilding ended in Albion Dock. The shipbuilder Charles Hill of Bristol PLC was taken over in 1981.

Ships

Birmingham City

Birmingham City

Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers Barberry's SS Co Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder John Readhead & Sons Ltd
Shipyard West Yard, South Shields
Country where built UK
Yard Number 550
Official Number 180932
Call Sign N/K
Classification Society Lloyd's Register
Gross Tonnage 5,571
Deadweight (DWT) 9000
Net Tonnage 3,186
Length 452,1 Ft
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 56.8 Ft
Depth 25.5 Ft
Draught N/K
Engine Type Triple-expansion Steam Engine
Engine Details Triple expansion steam engine with cylinders of bore 25 3/4", 42 1/2", 72" and stroke 48" and low pressure turbine
Engine Builder John Readhead & Sons Ltd
Engine Builder Works South Shields
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power N/K
Maximum Speed 12.5

Career Highlights

Date Event
31 May 1946 Launched
August 1946 Completed

Crew and Capacity Information

Item Value
Crew N/K
Passengers N/K
Cargo Capacity N/K

Status and Service History Information

Item Value
Status Broken Up
Service History Information Completed for Barberry's SS Co. Ltd. as Baskerville. Change of name to Birmingham City and owner to Bristol City Line of Steamships Ltd. 1950, change of name to Semporna Bay and owner to Kinabatangan Sg Co Ltd. 1963, change of name to Victoria Bay 1965. Taken to Hong Kong 10 August 1969 for breaking by Lee Sing & Co

Bristol City

Bristol City

Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers Bristol City Line of Steamships
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder John Readhead & Sons Ltd
Shipyard West Yard, South Shields
Country where built UK
Yard Number 600
Official Number 301558
Call Sign N/K
Classification Society Lloyds Register
Gross Tonnage 5,887
Deadweight (DWT) 8630
Net Tonnage 3,230
Length 459.5 Ft
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 59.3 Ft
Depth 25.1 Ft
Draught N/K
Engine Type Steam Turbine
Engine Details Fitted with two steam turbines driving a single shaft
Engine Builder Parsons Marine Turbine Company
Engine Builder Works Wallsend, Newcastle
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 4,500 SHP
Maximum Speed 14

Career Highlights

Date Event
23 April 1959 Launched
August 1959 Completed

Crew and Capacity Information

Item Value
Crew N/K
Passengers N/K
Cargo Capacity N/K

Status and Service History Information

Item Value
Status Broken Up
Service History Information Change of name to Agelos Gabriel and owner to Gemini Compania Nav SA 1970. Taken to Split 3 April 1980 for breaking by Brodospas

Coventry City

Coventry City

Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers Bibby Tankers Ltd.
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Doxford & Sunderland S.B. & E. Co.,
Shipyard Pallion Yard, Sunderland
Country where built UK
Yard Number 873
Official Number 308672
Call Sign N/K
Classification Society Lloyd's Register
Gross Tonnage 7,643
Deadweight (DWT) 10720
Net Tonnage 4,450
Length 464 Ft 9"
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 63 Ft 7"
Depth 38 Ft 9"
Draught 28 Ft 10"
Engine Type Diesel Engine
Engine Details Sulzer 2SA 6 cylinder of bore 760mm and stroke 1500mm
Engine Builder Fairfield-Rowan Ltd.
Engine Builder Works Sunderland
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 9,600 bhp
Maximum Speed 17

Career Highlights

Date Event
21 February 1966 Launched
July 1966 Completed

Crew and Capacity Information

Item Value
Crew N/K
Passengers N/K
Cargo Capacity N/K

Status and Service History Information

Item Value
Status Broken Up
Service History Information This vessel is clearly marked Bristol City Line although this company is not listed as having been the owner so it presumed that she was on a bareboat charter. She was bult for Bibby Line Ltd. Change of owner to Bibby Tankers Ltd. 1973, change of name to Ilkon Dalio and owner to Brandts Sg. Liberia Ltd. 1974, change of name to Javron and owner to Cie de Nav D'Orbigny 1976, change of name to Bounty III and owner to Cie Tahitienne Maritime 1981. Taken to Kaohsiung 26 December 1986 for breaking by Chi Hsiang Steel Enterprise Co.

Gloucester City

Gloucester City

Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers Bristol City Line of Steamships Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder John Readhead & Sons Ltd
Shipyard West Yard, South Shields
Country where built UK
Yard Number 579
Official Number 186538
Call Sign N/K
Classification Society Lloyd's Register
Gross Tonnage 5,581
Deadweight (DWT) 8500
Net Tonnage 3,031
Length 449.4 Ft
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 58 Ft
Depth 25 Ft
Draught N/K
Engine Type Triple-expansion Steam Engine
Engine Details Triple expansion steam engine with cylinders of bore 27", 45", 76" and stroke 48" with low pressure turbine
Engine Builder John Readhead & Sons Ltd
Engine Builder Works West Yard, South Shields
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 4,600 ihp
Maximum Speed 13.5

Career Highlights

Date Event
29 June 1954 Launched
September 1954 Completed

Crew and Capacity Information

Item Value
Crew N/K
Passengers N/K
Cargo Capacity N/K

Status and Service History Information

Item Value
Status Wrecked
Service History Information Change of owner to Bristol City Line (Canada) Ltd. 1957, change of name to St. John and owner to The Finance Sg Co SA 1968. Wrecked Fort Dauphin, Madagascar 30 October 1968 whilst en route from Montreal to Djakarta with a general cargo after her moorings broke.

Halifax City

Halifax City

Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers Bristol City Line of Steamships Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Burntisland SB Co
Shipyard Burntisland, Fife
Country where built UK
Yard Number 406
Official Number 305228
Call Sign N/K
Classification Society Lloyd's Register
Gross Tonnage 6,533
Deadweight (DWT) 8580
Net Tonnage N/K
Length 125 Metres
Overall Length 134.1 Metres
Breadth or Beam 17.5 Metres
Depth N/K
Draught N/K
Engine Type Diesel Engine
Engine Details N/K
Engine Builder N/K
Engine Builder Works N/K
Engine Builder Country N/K
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power N/K
Maximum Speed 16

Additional Construction Information

Career Highlights

Date Event
17 March 1964 Launched
14 July 1964 Completed

Crew and Capacity Information

Item Value
Crew N/K
Passengers N/K
Cargo Capacity N/K

Status and Service History Information

Item Value
Status Broken Up
Service History Information Change of name to Thonburi and owner to Thai Maritime Nav. Co. Ltd. 1972, change of name to Nakornthon 1973. Taken to Bangkok 18 July 1986 for breaking by Kaew Sapcharden LP.

Montreal City (1945)

Montreal City (1945)

Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers Canadian Government
Country First Registered Canada
Shipbuilder Burrard
Shipyard Vancouver, BC
Country where built Canada
Yard Number 227
Official Number 176004
Call Sign VCMM
Classification Society N/K
Gross Tonnage 7,145
Deadweight (DWT) 10000
Net Tonnage 4,210
Length 424.6 Ft
Overall Length 442.5 Ft
Breadth or Beam 57.2 Ft
Depth 34.9 Ft
Draught N/K
Engine Type Triple-expansion Steam Engine
Engine Details Triple expansion steam engine with cylinders of bore 24 1/2", 37", 70" and bore 48".
Engine Builder Canadian Allis-Chalmers Ltd
Engine Builder Works Montreal
Engine Builder Country Canada
Boiler Details 3 single-ended boilers operating at 220 psi
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 505 MN
Maximum Speed 11

Additional Construction Information

Career Highlights

Date Event
N/K Launched
31 January 1945 Completed

Crew and Capacity Information

Item Value
Crew N/K
Passengers N/K
Cargo Capacity N/K

Status and Service History Information

Item Value
Status Broken Up
Service History Information Completed for the Canadian Government as Fairmount Park. Change of name to Montreal City and owner to Bristol City Line (Canada) Ltd. 1946, change of name to Huta Baildon and owner to Polish SS Co. 1959. The vessel was hulked at Gdansk in 1967 and broken up in 1980.

Montreal City (1963)

Montreal City (1963)

Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers The Bristol City Line of Steamships Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Burntisland SB Co
Shipyard Burntisland, Fife
Country where built UK
Yard Number 402
Official Number 302480
Call Sign N/K
Classification Society Lloyd's Register
Gross Tonnage 6,502
Deadweight (DWT) 8300
Net Tonnage N/K
Length 125 Metres
Overall Length 134.1 Metres
Breadth or Beam 17.5 Metres
Depth N/K
Draught N/K
Engine Type Diesel Engine
Engine Details N/K
Engine Builder N/K
Engine Builder Works N/K
Engine Builder Country N/K
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power N/K
Maximum Speed 15

Additional Construction Information

Career Highlights

Date Event
16 August 1962 Launched
21 January 1963 Completed

Crew and Capacity Information

Item Value
Crew 36 at time of loss
Passengers N/K
Cargo Capacity N/K

Status and Service History Information

Item Value
Status Other
Service History Information Change of name to Ratchaburi and owner to Thai Maritime Nav Co Ltd. 1972. A major fire broke out in the No. 3 hold on 24 March 1973 while loading an additional 2,500 tons of rubber from a lighter in Pattani Bay, Southern Thailand. With the fire out of control, the vessel was abandoned and the 36 man crew swam about a mile to the shore. A Thai navy patrol boat pumped small calibre armour-piercing shells into the hull to make her sink and extinguish the fire. The scuttling took place at position 6° 57' 15" N 101° 14' 15" E on 25 March 1973. She sank on her port side in 30 ft of water. She had been en route from Bangkok to Japan with a cargo of jute and rubber.

New York City

New York City

Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers Bristol City Line of Steamships Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder John Readhead & Sons Ltd
Shipyard West Yard, South Shields
Country where built UK
Yard Number 587
Official Number 186544
Call Sign N/K
Classification Society Lloyd's Register
Gross Tonnage 5,603
Deadweight (DWT) 8500
Net Tonnage 3,066
Length 449.4 Ft
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 58 Ft
Depth 25 Ft
Draught N/K
Engine Type Triple-expansion Steam Engine
Engine Details Triple expansion steam engine with cylinders of bore 27", 45", 76" and stroke 48" and low pressure turbine
Engine Builder John Readhead & Sons Ltd
Engine Builder Works West Yard, South Shields
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 4,600 ihp
Maximum Speed 13.5

Career Highlights

Date Event
18 October 1955 Launched
January 1956 Completed

Crew and Capacity Information

Item Value
Crew N/K
Passengers N/K
Cargo Capacity N/K

Status and Service History Information

Item Value
Status Unknown
Service History Information Change of name to Avis Ornis and owner to Leopard Sg Co (1969) Ltd. 1968, change of name to Felicity and owner to Seamaster Sg Co Ltd. 1970, change of owner to Chinest Government 1972. Presumed broken up around 1972 - she was deleted from LLoyd's Register in 1992.

Toronto City

Toronto City

Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship (Ref)
Original Owners and Managers Bibby Line Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Doxford & Sunderland S.B. & E. Co.,
Shipyard Pallion Yard, Sunderland
Country where built UK
Yard Number 875
Official Number 308684
Call Sign N/K
Classification Society Lloyd's Register
Gross Tonnage 7,643
Deadweight (DWT) 10720
Net Tonnage 4,450
Length 464 Ft 9"
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 63 Ft 7"
Depth 38 Ft 9"
Draught 28 Ft 10"
Engine Type Diesel Engine
Engine Details Sulzer 2SA 6-cylinder of bore 760mm and stroke 1,500mm
Engine Builder George Clark & North Eastern Marine Ltd.
Engine Builder Works Sunderland
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 9,600 bhp
Maximum Speed 17

Career Highlights

Date Event
17 August 1966 Launched
November 1966 Completed

Crew and Capacity Information

Item Value
Crew N/K
Passengers N/K
Cargo Capacity N/K

Status and Service History Information

Item Value
Status Broken Up
Service History Information Change of owner to Bibby Bulk Carriers Ltd. 1972, change of name to Ilkon Polly and owner to Brandts Sg Liberia Ltd. 1974, change of name to Free Spirit and owner to Threadneedle SS Co Ltd. 1980, change of name to Panormos Horizon and owner to Javelin Maritime Co SA 1982, change of name to Kanika III and owner to Flowers Cove Sg Co SA 1985. Taken to Sachana 14 September 1985 for breaking by Dirubhai Shah & Associates