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Coast Lines

History

Coast Lines was formed in 1913 from the merger of three Liverpool coaster companies and grew to be the largest coaster company in the world, though largely based around the West Coast of Britain until after WW2. Ships names all ended in Coast.

Through much of the period of its existence, coastal trading was in decline, which made the group's many takeovers easier to arrange. At its peak, it dominated West Coast trading, running most of the area's ferry routes, apart from those of the powerful railway companies and to the Isle of Man.

In 1917, Coast Lines was acquired by Lord Kylsant's Royal Mail Steam Packet group, remaining with them until the group's collapse in early 1930s. The break-up of Kylsant was slow but Coast Lines became independent again in 1935.

During the post-war period, the company failed to go into the vehicle ferry business and started to decline. Part of the company was purchased by the Irish Government in 1965, and the remainder went to P & O in 1971and became their Short Sea Shipping Division.

Ships

Vessel Name Vessel Type Launched/Completed Tonnage DWT Builder
Anglian Coast Cargo 65,800 G. Oct 1935 Yard No: 335 Gross: 599 Net: 269 940 S.P. Austin & Son Ltd. Sunderland
Adriatic Coast Cargo 95,280 May 1949 Yard No: 811 Gross: 1050 Net: 477 1553 Hall, Russell & Co. Ltd. Aberdeen
Aberdeen Coast No Info 1903 Gross: 1013 Londonderry SB & Eng. Co. Ltd.
Antrim Coast Cargo / Passenger 69,400 G. Feb 1939 Yard No: 364 Gross: 646 Net: 234 930 Ardrossan Dockyard Ltd. Ardrossan
Atlantic Coast Cargo / Passenger 93,000 G. July 1934 Yard No: 204 Gross: 890 Net: 475 1395 Henry Robb Ltd. Leith
Ayrshire Coast No Info 22/08/1922. Gross: 774 A & J Inglis, Ltd. Pointhouse, Glasgow
Baltic Coast No Info 27/11/1947. Gross: 1722 Ardrossan Dockyard Ltd. Ardrossan
British Coast Cargo / Passenger 93,150 G. Jan 1934 Yard No: 198 Henry Robb Ltd. Leith
Caledonian Coast Cargo / Passenger 106,518 B.. July 1948 Yard No: 803 Gross: 1265 Net: 637 1560 Hall, Russell & Co. Ltd. Aberdeen
Cambrian Coast No Info 1922 Gross: 761 Harland & Wolff Ltd. Govan.
Cambrian Coast No Info 1957 Gross: 502
Cardigan Coast Cargo 1913 Gross: 781: Dublin Dockyard Co. Ltd.
Cheshire Coast Cargo 103,768 G. March 1954 Yard No: 1251 Gross: 1202 Net: 469 1454 Cammell, Laird & Co. Ltd. Birkenhead
Cyprian Coast Cargo 32,620 G. 1936 Gross: 494 Net: 225 720 Hawthorn & Leslie Co. Newcastle
Clyde Coast Cargo 66,500 G. 1938.Yard No: 570 Gross: 511 Net: 253 845 NV Industries. "DeNoord", Ablasserdam
Cornish Coast No Info
Denbigh Coast No Info Mar-37 Gross: 481 NV Industries. "DeNoord", Ablasserdam
Devon Coast No Info 1909
Devon Coast Cargo / Passenger 67,000 B.. 30/05/1936. Gross: 646 Ardrossan Dockyard Ltd. Ardrossan
Dorset Coast Cargo 76,000 G. 13/01/1959 Yard No: 427 Gross: 1167 Net: 545 1360 Ardrossan Dockyard Ltd. Ardrossan
Durham Coast Cargo 07/12/1911 Gross: 209 Goole Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. Goole
Eastern Coast Cargo 10,300 B. 31/05/1922 Yard No: 601 Gross: 1246 Net: 556 1844 A & J Inglis, Ltd. Pointhouse, Glasgow
Essex Coast Cargo 88,600 G. July 1955. Gross: 892 Net: 376 1276 Ardrossan Dockyard Ltd. Ardrossan
Fife Coast No Info 1892 Gross: 781 Mc Illwaine & Mc Coll Ltd. Belfast
Frisian Coast Cargo 68,424 G. Dec 1937. Gross: 592 Net: 275 978 Schips Gideon V/L Koster Groningen, Netherlands
Gloucester Coast No Info
Gower Coast No Info
Hibernian Coast Cargo 120,983 G. May 1946 Yard No: 800 Gross: 1258 Net: 637 1560 Hall, Russell & Co. Ltd. Aberdeen
Highland Coast No Info 01/08/1912 Gross: 1094 Ramage & Fergusson Ltd. Leith
Hampshire Coast No Info
Irish Coast No Info
Kentish Coast No Info
Killarney Coast Passenger 1893 Gross: 1893 Harland & Wolff Ltd. Belfast
Lancashire Coast Cargo 97,353 G. April 1954 Yard No: 389 Gross: 1283 Net: 451 1535 Charles Hill & Co, Bristol
Lancashire Coast No Info 1913 Gross: 1104 Sir Wm. Raylton Dixon & Co. Ltd. Middlesborough
Mersey Coast Cargo 62,940 G. May 1938 Yard No: 569 Gross:509 Net: 244 845 NV Industries. "DeNoord", Ablasserdam
Monmouth Coast No Info 1924 Gross: 878 Irvine Shipbuiders & Dry Dock Co. Ltd. West Hartlepool
Nortern Coast No Info 16/11/1921. Gross: 1211 A & J Inglis, Ltd. Pointhouse, Glasgow
Ocean Coast Cargo / Passenger 113,100 B. Sept 1935 Yard No: 215 Gross: 1173 Net: 657 1790 Henry Robb Ltd. Leith
Orkney Coast No Info 1909 Gross: 781 Russell & Co. Glasgow
Pacific Coast No Info 1947
Pembroke Coast No Info 1912 Gross: 809
Scottish Coast No Info 1922 Gross: 744 A & J Inglis, Ltd. Pointhouse, Glasgow
Somerset Coast Cargo 92,000 B. 25/03/1920 Yard No: 592 Gross: 1353 Harland & Wolff Ltd. Govan
Southern Coast No Info 1911 Gross: 1961 Net: 1228 1438 Greenock & Grangemouth Dockyard Co. Grangemouth
Southern Coast No Info
Suffolk Coast No Info
Western Coast No Info 16/06/1951 Yard No: 476 Gross: 782 Net: 389 1238 Goole Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. Goole