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Stephenson Clarke Line

History

Stephenson Clarke claim to be the oldest UK shipping company in existence. It started when brothers Ralph and Robert Clarke of North Shields purchased an interest in a 300-ton sailing vessel in 1730 and went on to buy up further ships. The family developed the business over the next 270-odd years and their inheritance is the present Ship Owning and Ship Management business of Stephenson Clarke Shipping Limited which is based in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Unfortunately there is little information available about the company between its early formation and the present time. There is one book about the company but it has not been possible to consult it in preparing this material.

The present company operates a fleet of modern single deck bulk Carriers, designed for ease of loading and discharging with large open hatches and holds and operate several small self load/unloading vessels of between 1250 dwt - 2800 dwt.

Ships names appear to be based on places in Sussex in the South of England.

Ships

Vessel Name Vessel Type Launched/Completed Tonnage DWT Builder
Arundel Cargo 221,500 G. Nov 1956. Yard No: 428 Gross: 3422 Net: 1754 4600 Austin & Pickergill Ltd. Sunderland
Beeding Cargo 73,987 G. Nov 1950. Yard No: 475 Gross: 1142 Net: 572 1597 Goole SB & R Co. Ltd. Goole
Borde Cargo 221,500 G. July 1953.Yard No: 416 Gross: 3401 Net: 1768 4550 S. P. Austin & Son Ltd. Sunderland
Bramber Cargo 118,800 G. June 1954. Gross: 1968 Net: 928 2480 S. P. Austin & Son Ltd. Sunderland
Emsworth Cargo 125,730 B. Dec 1971. Yard No: 333 Gross: 1784 Net: 929 2540 Burnt Island S.B. Co. Ltd.
Findon No Info
Gilsland Cargo 538,430 G. Oct 1961. Yard No: 398 Gross: 5222 Net:2639 8727 Burnt Island S.B. Co. Ltd.
Harting Cargo 129,004 G. Oct 1958. Yard No: 417 Gross: 1779 Net: 1175 2700 S. P. Austin & Son Ltd. Sunderland
Heyshott Cargo 205,500 G. Feb 1949. Yard No: 396 Gross: 2918 Net: 1586 4350 S. P. Austin & Son Ltd. Sunderland
Horsham Cargo 126,450 G. Aug 1949. Yard No: 814 Gross: 1759 Net: 1179 2735 Hall, Russell & Co. Aberdeen
Keynes No Info 1950?
Minster Cargo 231,020 G. June 1950. Yard No: 332 Gross: 3194 Net: 1739 4800 Burnt Island S.B. Co. Ltd.
Storrington Cargo 256,610 G. Dec 1959. Yard No: 390 Gross: 3809 Net: 2075 5015 Burnt Island S.B. Co. Ltd.
Portslade No Info Oct 1955. Yard No: 425 Gross: 1939 Net: 988 Austin & Pickergill Ltd. Sunderland
Pulborough No Info 1945
Pulborough No Info April 1965. Gross: 4995 Net: 2791 7665 Blyth Drydock & Shipbuilders Co.Ltd. Blyth
Rogate Cargo 201,641 G. March 1946. Yard No: 1184 Gross: 2849 Net: 1569 4140 Wm. Gray & Co. Ltd. West Hartlepool
Seaford No Info 1955?
Shoreham Cargo 121,625 G. Feb 1957. Yard No: 855 Gross: 1834 Net: 918 2350 Hall, Russell & Co. Aberdeen
Wilmington Cargo Sept 1969. Gross: 5689 Net: 3264 8975 Hall, Russell & Co. Aberdeen