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Houlder Brothers

History

Houlder Brothers & Co. was formed in 1856 in London and operated with chartered tonnage until 1861 when they aquired the Golden Horn. Originally sailings were made to the USA and later to New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific Islands.

In 1881 the company entered the River Plate passenger and cargo trade which was eventually to become their mainstay route. In 1902 the subsidiary Empire Transport Co. was established and in 1906 the Federal-Houlder-Shire Line was formed with Federal Line and Turnbull Martin's Shire Line to operate services betwen Glasgow, Liverpool, Manchester and Avonmouth to Australia and New Zealand, but this was later confined to Australia only.

In 1911 Furness, Withy & Co. purchased a 50% share in Houlder Bros and withdrew from the Federal - Houlder - Shire partnership. In 1914 the British Empire S.N. Co. was established and in 1915 the Furness-Houlder Argentine Line was formed. A substantial holding in Alexander Shipping Co. was purchased in 1937 and complete control aquired in 1947. Ore Carriers Ltd was founded in 1954 and Warwick Tanker Co in 1960.

The British Empire S.N. Co. was renamed Welldeck Shipping Co. in 1966. Empire Transport Co. was renamed Dee Navigation Co. in 1975. C. Y. Tung, Hong Kong took over Furness, Withy and associated companies in 1980 and the remaining Houlder Line ships were transferred to Furness, Withy (Shipping) Ltd.

Ships


Vessel Name Vessel Type Launched/Completed Tonnage DWT Builder
Argentine Transport Cargo 562,608 G. Feb 1944. Gross: 7288 Net: 4427 10900 New England Shipbuilding Corp. Maine
Baronesa Cargo 481,000 G. 1918 Gross: 8700 Net: 5508 9500 Sir Ralton Duxon & Co. Ltd. Middlesboro
Barton Grange Cargo 512,309 G. 27/06/1944. Yard No: 998 Gross: 7200 Net: 4272 9414 Lithgows Ltd. Port Glasgow
Buteshire Cargo 472,000 G. 16/03/1912. Yard No: 817 Gross: 5140 Net: 3190 8900 Palmers Shipbuilding & Iron Co. Ltd. Jarrow
Canonesa Cargo 457,000 R. 06/03/1920. Yard No: 449 Gross: 8286 Net: 5102 10800 Workman, Clark Ltd. Belfast
Charlbury No Info
Clutha River Cargo 860,202 G. June 1952. Yard No: 711 Gross: 12323 Net: 7061 18510 Hawthorne, Leslie & Co. Ltd. Hebburn
Condesa No Info
Derwent River No Info 1915 Gross: 4724 Net: 2984 Irvine Shipbuiders & Dry Dock Co. Ltd. West Hartlepool
Dunster Grange Cargo / Passenger 557,000 R. Jan 1928. Yard No: 622 Gross: 9373 Net: 5637 11135 Fairfield Shipbuilders & Engineering Co. Glasgow
El Paraguayo No Info
Elstree Grange No Info
Faraday No Info 1971?
Hardwicke Grange Cargo / Passenger 481,000 G. Oct 1921. Gross: 9005 Net: 5628 9500 Wm. Hamilton & Co. Ltd. Glasgow
Hardwicke Grange Cargo 464,670 R. March 1961. Yard No: 744 Gross: 10338 Net: 5702 10580 Hawthorne, Leslie & Co. Ltd. Hebburn
Hornby Grange Cargo / Passenger 562,000 B. 31/05/1946. Yard No: 683 Gross: 10785 Net: 6505 11821 Hawthorne, Leslie & Co. Ltd. Hebburn
Joya McCance Cargo 399,980 G. Oct 1960. Yard No: 1307 Gross: 11871 Net: 5910 16830 Wm. Gray & Co. Ltd. West Hartlepool
Kingsbury Cargo 562,827 G. June 1944. Yard No: 2378 Gross: 7246 Net: 4342 10940 Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyards Inc. Baltimore
Langton Grange Cargo 491,274 G. 30/09/1942. Gross: 7069 Net: 4975 9420 Lithgows Ltd. Port Glasgow
Ledbury Cargo 562,827 G. Oct 1943. Gross: 7271 Net: 4385 10940 Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyards Inc. Baltimore
Lynton Grange No Info 1937?
Malmesbury No Info
Marquesa No Info 1918?
Newbury No Info 1951?
Oaklands Grange No Info 1912??
Ocean Transport No Info March 1962. Gross: 8608 Net: 4919 13161 Hawthorne, Leslie & Co. Ltd. Hebburn
Oredian No Info 1955?
Oregis No Info 1955?
Oremina Cargo May 1956. Yard No: 1273 Gross: 6858 Net: 3010 9235 Hawthorne, Leslie & Co. Ltd. Hebburn
Oreosa Cargo 211,930 G. May 1954. Yard No: 1263 Gross: 6856 Net: 3267 8975 Wm. Gray & Co. Ltd. West Hartlepool
Orotava Bridge Cargo 2,342,000 G 1968 Gross: 28880 Net: 20614 50744 Doxford & Sunderland SB & E Co. Sunderland
Oswestry Grange Cargo / Passenger 692,400 G. 1952. Yard No: 708 Gross: 9406 Net: 5516 13390 Hawthorne, Leslie & Co. Ltd. Hebburn
Oswestry Grange No Info 1964 Gross: 5440 Net: 2725 Bartram & Sons Ltd. Sunderland
Ovingdean Grange Cargo 521,017 G. 30/06/1942. Yard No: 979 Gross: 7046 Net: 4024 9959 Lithgows Ltd. Port Glasgow
Princesa No Info 1918?
Queensbury Cargo 645,720 G. June 1953. Yard No: 350 Gross: 6175 Net: 3415 10650 Burnt Island SB Co. Ltd.
Rippingham Grange Cargo 564,000 G. 06/03/1943. Yard No: 653 Gross: 10364 Net: 622 11544 Hawthorne, Leslie & Co. Ltd. Hebburn
Royston Grange No Info
Royston Grange No Info 1959?
Shaftesbury Cargo 629,600 G. 1958 Gross: 8532 Net: 4799 12000 Burnt Island SB Co. Ltd.
St. Margaret No Info 1960?
Swan River Cargo 679,500 G. 1959. Yard No: 493 Gross: 9637 Net: 5354 Greenock Dockyard Co.
Tenbury No Info 04/09/1965. Gross: 8252 Net: 4600 Burnt Island SB Co. Ltd.
Tewkesbury Cargo 618,480 G. June 1959. Yard No: 388 Gross: 8532 Net: 4792 11900 Burnt Island SB Co. Ltd.
Thorpe Grange No Info 1889??
Thorpe Grange Cargo 644,871 G. May 1954. Yard No: 343 Gross: 8695 Net: 5120 12050 Bartram & Sons Ltd. Sunderland
Upwey Grange No Info 1925?
Urmston Grange Cargo 521,017 G. 02/09/1942. Yard No: 980 Gross: 7046 Net: 4192 9929 Lithgows Ltd. Port Glasgow
Westbury Cargo 639,210 G. Nov 1960. Yard No: 401 Gross: 8533 Net: 4788 Burnt Island SB Co. Ltd.