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History

There was an early shipping company called Dene Steam Shipping Co. Ltd. It was the subject of a famous legal case in 1905 but very little other information has been discovered about it.

All the ships in The Allen Collection were owned by Dene Shipmanagement Co Ltd formed in 1933 to build the steamer Eskdene, which was delivered the following year. It is not known what, if any, connection this company had with the earlier one. The naming convention was for ships names to end with Dene.

The company’s title was shortened to Dene Management Co Ltd in 1935 and changed again in 1937 to Dene Shipping Co Ltd.

By 1939 the company owned 5 modern steamers and, during WW2, the Ministry of War Transport (MOWT) placed a further 5 ships with the company. After the war the company replaced its fleet with war built tonnage.

In 1956 Dene was operating 3 war built steamers when it was taken over by Silver Line.

Ships

Avondene Eskdene Exedene
Glendene Hallindene Oakdene
Riodene Tordene

Avondene

Avondene
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers Dene Sg Co Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder William Gray & Co
Shipyard Hartlepool
Country where built UK
Yard Number 1220
Official Number 182885
Call Sign N/K
Classification Society Lloyd's Register
Gross Tonnage 4,968
Deadweight (DWT) 8910
Net Tonnage N/K
Length 123.9 Metres
Overall Length 131 Metres
Breadth or Beam 17.2 Metres
Depth N/K
Draught N/K
Engine Type Triple-expansion Steam 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 10

Career Highlights

Date Event
23 April 1948 Launched
November 1948 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 Januda and owner to Malabar SS Co Ltd 1956. Taken to Bombay 9 March 1971 for breaking by Great Steel Corp.

Eskdene

Eskdene
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers Eskdene Sg Co Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Bartram & Sons
Shipyard South Dock, Sunderland
Country where built UK
Yard Number 271
Official Number 163535
Call Sign GWXM
Classification Society Lloyd's Register
Gross Tonnage 3,829
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 2,281
Length 371 Ft
Overall Length 384.1 Ft
Breadth or Beam 51.5 Ft
Depth 22.4
Draught N/K
Engine Type Triple-expansion Steam Engine
Engine Details Cylinders of bore 24", 40", 66" and stroke 45"
Engine Builder J. Dickinson & Sons Ltd
Engine Builder Works Sunderland
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details 2 single-ended boilers operating at 200 psi
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 327 NHP
Maximum Speed N/K

Additional Construction Information

  • Single deck
  • Fitted with radio direction-finding equipment

Career Highlights

Date Event
10 September 1934 Launched
October 1934 Completed

Crew and Capacity Information

Item Value
Crew 39 at time of loss
Passengers N/K
Cargo Capacity N/K

Status and Service History Information

Item Value
Status Sunk/foundered (Act of War)
Service History Information On 2 December 1939 the vessel was hit amidships by a torpedo fired by German submarine U-56 about 70 miles northeast of Tyne at position 56° 30' N 01° 40' W, but stayed afloat with a heavy list; her cargo of timber that had been loaded in Archangel. The 29 crewmen abandoned ship and were picked up by the Norwegian steam merchant Hild. She was located by an aircraft at position 56° 20' N 00° 15' W and towed back to the Tyne and beached on Head Sands. Later she was refloated, repaired and returned to service in October 1940. Change of owner to Dene Sg Co Ltd 1940. On 8 April 1941 Eskdene was again hit by torpedoes from submarine U-107 at position 34° 43' N 24° 21' W (southeast of the Azores) and sunk by 104 rounds of gunfire. The Master and crew of 38 were rescued by Penhale and landed at Pernambuco on 22 April 1941. She had been en route from Hull with a coal and general cargo.

Exedene

Exedene
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers Dene Sg Co Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Willam Gray
Shipyard West Hartlepool
Country where built UK
Yard Number 1247
Official Number 184478
Call Sign N/K
Classification Society N/K
Gross Tonnage 4,908
Deadweight (DWT) 8890
Net Tonnage N/K
Length 123.9 Metres
Overall Length 130.9 Metres
Breadth or Beam 17.1 Metres
Depth N/K
Draught N/K
Engine Type Triple-expansion Steam Engine
Engine Details Triple expansion engine with exhaust turbine
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 10

Career Highlights

Date Event
21 May 1951 Launched
August 1951 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 Jalamatsya and owner to Scindia SN Co Ltd 1958, change of name to Tai Fong and owner to Taiwan Maritime Tptn Co Ltd 1968. Taken to Kaohsiung 6 November 1969 for breaking by Keun Hwa Iron Steel Works.

Glendene

Glendene
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers Glendene Sg Co Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder William Gray & Co. Ltd.
Shipyard Sunderland
Country where built UK
Yard Number 1029
Official Number 161015
Call Sign GLTX
Classification Society Lloyd's Register
Gross Tonnage 4,412
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage N/K
Length 387.5 Ft
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 52.5 Ft
Depth 24.8 Ft
Draught N/K
Engine Type Triple-expansion Steam Engine
Engine Details Cylinders of bore 24 1/2", 40", 65" and stroke
Engine Builder Cen Mar Engineering Works Ltd
Engine Builder Works West Hartlepool
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details 3 single-ended boilers operating at 180 psi
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 360 NHP
Maximum Speed N/K

Additional Construction Information

  • Fitted with radio direction-finding equipment
  • 1 deck

Career Highlights

Date Event
18 October 1929 Launched
November 1929 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 Sunk/foundered (Act of War)
Service History Information Change of owner to Dene St Co Ltd 1940. Glendene was attacked by German submarine U-125 on 8 October 1942 whilst en route from Buenos Aries to the Mersey via Freetown with general cargo. She was struck by two torpedoes at position 4° 29' N 17° 41' W. The first caused an explosion in the engine room killing the chief engineer and two firemen. The second stuck No. 2 hold and caused another large explosion. The ship sank very quickly but most of the crew were able to get into lifeboats and the ship's jolly boat. The survivors were picked up by Agapenor but she was sunk as well and the survivors from Glendene were picked up by HMS Petunia and landed at Freetown. Information about those that lost their lives can be found on the Benjidog Tower Hill website HERE.

Hallindene

Hallindene
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers Dene Sg Co Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder William Gray & Co
Shipyard West Hartlepool
Country where built UK
Yard Number 1259
Official Number 184741
Call Sign N/K
Classification Society Lloyd's Register
Gross Tonnage 4,928
Deadweight (DWT) 8870
Net Tonnage N/K
Length 123.9 Metres
Overall Length 130.9 Metres
Breadth or Beam 17.2 Metres
Depth N/K
Draught N/K
Engine Type Triple-expansion Steam Engine
Engine Details Triple expansion steam engine with exhaust turbine
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 10.5

Career Highlights

Date Event
21 August 1952 Launched
December 1952 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 Jalamudra and owner to Scindia SN Co Ltd 1958, change of name to Prabhu Puni and owner to Tolani Pvt Ltd 1968, change of owner to Indoceanic Sg Co Pvt Ltd 1973, change of name to Tasneem 1975. Taken to India for breaking Q1 1977.

Oakdene

Oakdene
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers Oakdene Sg Co Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder William Gray & Co
Shipyard West Hartlepool
Country where built UK
Yard Number 1071
Official Number 166691
Call Sign GZDZ
Classification Society Lloyd's Register
Gross Tonnage 4,255
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 2,613
Length 385.5 Ft
Overall Length 397 Ft
Breadth or Beam 53.2 Ft
Depth 24.6 Ft
Draught N/K
Engine Type Triple-expansion Steam Engine
Engine Details Cylinders of bore 21", 33 1/2", 58" and stroke 42"
Engine Builder William Gray & Co
Engine Builder Works Central Engineering Works West Hartlepool
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details 2 single-ended boilers operating at 200 psi
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 289 NHP
Maximum Speed N/K

Additional Construction Information

  • 1 deck and cruiser stern
  • Fitted with radio direction-finding equipment

Career Highlights

Date Event
28 October 1936 Launched
December 1936 Completed

Crew and Capacity Information

Item Value
Crew 32 at time of loss
Passengers N/K
Cargo Capacity N/K

Status and Service History Information

Item Value
Status Sunk/foundered (Act of War)
Service History Information The vessel was attacked by German submarine U-105 on 6 May 1941 at position 6° 19' N 27° 55' W whilst en route from Cardiff to Buenos Aires with a cargo of coal. The master, 31 crew members and three gunners were picked up by HMS Dorsetshire.

Riodene

Riodene
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers Dene Sg Co Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder William Gray
Shipyard West Harlepool
Country where built UK
Yard Number 1197
Official Number 181576
Call Sign N/K
Classification Society Lloyd's Register
Gross Tonnage 4,860
Deadweight (DWT) 8910
Net Tonnage N/K
Length 123.9 Metres
Overall Length 131 Metres
Breadth or Beam 17.2 Metres
Depth N/K
Draught N/K
Engine Type Triple-expansion Steam 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 10

Career Highlights

Date Event
26 September 1946 Launched
February 1947 Completed

Crew and Capacity Information

Item Value
Crew 37 at time of loss
Passengers N/K
Cargo Capacity N/K

Status and Service History Information

Item Value
Status Wrecked
Service History Information Change of name to Silvertarn and owner to Silver Line Ltd 1951, change of name to Bharatbhushan and owner to Bharat Line Ltd 1954, change of name to Fortune Trader and owner to Phoenix Enterprise (Singapore) Ltd 1967. The vessel was wrecked at position 33° 55' N 129° 40' E in a blizzard on 4 January 1970 due to a defective rudder and the severity of the weather conditions. She had been en route from Moji to Chinwangtao in ballast. All members of the crew survived but the vessel was unsalvable and declared a constructive total loss.

Tordene

Tordene
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers Tordene Sg Co Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder William Gray & Co
Shipyard West Hartlepool
Country where built UK
Yard Number 1064
Official Number 164632
Call Sign GYTL
Classification Society Lloyd's Register
Gross Tonnage 4,271
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 2,614
Length 385.5 Ft
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 53.2 Ft
Depth 24.6 Ft
Draught N/K
Engine Type Triple-expansion Steam Engine
Engine Details Cylinders of bore 21", 33 1/2", 58" and stroke 42"
Engine Builder William Gray & Co
Engine Builder Works West Hartlepool
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details 2 single-ended boilers operating at 200 psi
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 289 MN
Maximum Speed 10

Additional Construction Information

  • 1 deck and cruiser stern
  • Fitted with radio direction-finding equipment

Career Highlights

Date Event
23 April 1936 Launched
May 1936 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 Polyana and owner to A/S Kristiansands Tankrederi 1947, change of owner to A/S Kristiansands Tankrederi & others 1949, change of name to Saltaro and owner to Rederi A/B Rex 1955. She was wrecked off Sheep Island, Walney Channel, Barrow on 29 November 1956 whilst en route from Lulea to Barrow with a cargo of iron ore. She was subsequently taken to Barrow for breaking by T.W.Ward.

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