Dundee Perth and London Line

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History

The correct name for this company was the Dundee Perth and London Shippng Co. Ltd. It was set up in 1826 through the merger of two previously competing Dundee companies the Dundee & Perth Shipping Company and the Dundee & Perth Union Shipping Company. After merging they had 23 ships. The company operated packets from Dundee to London and Liverpool and served Glasgow via the Forth & Clyde Canal and provided a lighterage service to Perth.

D P &L seem to have been early adopters of new technology and were soon into steamships with the purchase of a paddle tug followed by two paddle steamers in 1834. They took delivery of their first screw-driven steamer in 1854. A period of expansion followed and the Dundee and Hull Shipping Company was taken over in 1857. Towards the end of the 19th Century, D P& L established trade carrying currants and fruit from the Mediterranean and built passenger ships with 1st and 2nd class accommodation. They were early again in introducing the new triple-expansion steam engines providing a speed of 15 knots.

D P & L was incorporated in 1914 and many of its ships were requisitioned during WW1 - by the end of the war there were none left. After the war came further acquisitions - Dundee and Newcastle Steam Shipping Company and the Kirkcaldy Steamship Company. New routes were established to Lisbon, Seville, Antwerp and Barcelona. The fleet consisted of 12 ships by 1926. After further acquisitions of companies and routes the company was hit by the 1930s depression but survived.

WW2 disrupted services and 5 ships were requisitioned. D P & L ships took part in a number of unusual operations like the building of the PLUTO pipeline, rescue services in convoys and supply runs. Surprisingly only one ship was lost. After the war the company faced increased competition from road and rail for passenger services and re-entered the tramp market. With worsening conditions from the 1950s onwards passenger services were withdrawn. The coastal fleet was done to 4 ships by 1963; these were aging and gradually sold off.

Ship owning ceased in 1967. The company still exists in the form of the D P & L Group which still provides shipping, transport and handling services in Dundee and throughout the UK.

Ships

Arbroath Broughty Dundee (1919)
Dundee (1953) Glamis Gowrie (1941)
Gowrie (1944) London (1921 London (1950)
Perth

Arbroath

Arbroath
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers Dundee, Perth & London Sg Co Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Caledon Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. Ltd.
Shipyard Dundee
Country where built UK
Yard Number 347
Official Number 144715
Call Sign MKKY
Classification Society Lloyd's Register
Gross Tonnage 553
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 289
Length 167.9 Ft
Overall Length 176 Ft
Breadth or Beam 30.1 Ft
Depth 11.8 Ft
Draught N/K
Engine Type Diesel Engine
Engine Details 2SCSA oil engine with 4 cylinders of bore 13 3/8" and stroke 22 7/16"
Engine Builder British Auxiliaries Ltd
Engine Builder Works Glasgow
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 125 MN
Maximum Speed 9.5

Additional Construction Information

  • 1 deck and cruiser stern
  • Machinery aft

Career Highlights

Date Event
14 August 1935 Launched
September 1935 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 Valzell and owner to James Tyrrell 1962. Taken to Passage West November 1972 for breaking by Haulbowline Industries.

Broughty

Broughty
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers Dundee, Perth & London Sg Co Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Gideon Koster
Shipyard Groningen
Country where built Netherlands
Yard Number 234
Official Number 182564
Call Sign N/K
Classification Society N/K
Gross Tonnage 553
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage N/K
Length 57.9 Metres
Overall Length 63.2 Metres
Breadth or Beam 9.5 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 12

Career Highlights

Date Event
5 April 1955 Launched
June 1955 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 Abbas and owner to Stephenson Clarke Ltd 1964 at which time the vessel was converted to a LPG tanker 943 GRT/679 DWT. Change of name to Capo Cervo and owner to Cossira SpA di Nav 1968, change of name to Cryomar and owner to Cryomar - Cia di Nav SpA 1972, change of name to Minogaz 1 and owner to Minos Tank Sg Co 1981. Taken to Perama 25 July 1986 - work began by September 1987.

Dundee (1919)

Dundee (1919)
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers Dundee, Perth & London Sg Co Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Caledon Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. Ltd.
Shipyard Dundee
Country where built UK
Yard Number 268
Official Number 123348
Call Sign GSXQ
Classification Society Lloyd's Register
Gross Tonnage 1,381
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 562
Length 270.6 Ft
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 38.1 Ft
Depth 16.2 Ft
Draught N/K
Engine Type Triple-expansion Steam Engine
Engine Details Cylinders of bore 21", 34", 56" and stroke 39"
Engine Builder Caledon Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. Ltd.
Engine Builder Works Dundee
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 196 NHP
Maximum Speed 10

Career Highlights

Date Event
2 May 1919 Launched
20 June 1919 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 Laid down for the British Government as War Wensum. Completed for DPL as Dundee. Change of name to Alcora and owner to Mossgiel SS Co Ltd 1933. Wrecked 2 miles north of Rattray Head 30 October 1940 whilst en route from Seville to Tees with a cargo of cork, pyrites and general materials.

Dundee (1953)

Dundee (1953)
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship (Ref)
Original Owners and Managers Dundee, Perth & London Sg Co Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Burntisland Shipbuilding Co. Ltd.
Shipyard Burntisland
Country where built UK
Yard Number 264
Official Number 182563
Call Sign N/K
Classification Society Lloyd's Register
Gross Tonnage 1,781
Deadweight (DWT) 2900
Net Tonnage 884
Length 258.5 Ft
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 43.1 Ft
Depth 18.9 Ft
Draught N/K
Engine Type Diesel Engine
Engine Details 2SCSA oil engine with 9 cylinders of bore 340mm and stroke 50mm
Engine Builder British Polar Engines Ltd
Engine Builder Works Glasgow
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power N/K
Maximum Speed 11

Career Highlights

Date Event
18 December 1953 Launched
22 April 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 Sunk/foundered (Peacetime)
Service History Information Change of name to Doron and owner to Mediterranean Lines (1967) Ltd 1966, change of name to Jupiter and owner to Demetra Sg Co Ltd 1973, change of name to Pylos and owner to Lefkas Sg Co Ltd 1975, change of name to Bronco and owner to Bronco (Marine) Co Ltd 1977, change of name to Karmella and owner to Pavilion Sg Co Ltd 1977, change of name to Vlyho and owner to Bronco (Marine) Co Ltd 1977. The vessel caught fire and sank at position 37° 05' N, 23° 45' on 15 September 1978.

Glamis

Glamis
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers Dundee, Perth & London Sg Co Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Caledon Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. Ltd.
Shipyard Dundee
Country where built UK
Yard Number 359
Official Number 144717
Call Sign GZDN
Classification Society Lloyd's Register
Gross Tonnage 555
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 280
Length 167.9 Ft
Overall Length 176 Ft
Breadth or Beam 30.1 Ft
Depth 11.8 Ft
Draught N/K
Engine Type Diesel Engine
Engine Details 2SCSA oil engines with 4 cylinders of bore 18 3/4" and stroke 22 7/16"
Engine Builder British Auxiliaries Ltd
Engine Builder Works Glasgow
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 125 NHP
Maximum Speed 10

Additional Construction Information

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

Career Highlights

Date Event
2 September 1936 Launched
October 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 Unknown
Service History Information Change of name to Romylia and owner to F.C.Georgopoulos & others 1961, change of name to Agios Spyridonas and owner to Stavros Kypraios & partners 1963, change of owner to E.Chaviaros & K.Diamantopoulos 1967, change of owner to Prodromos Varvakis & Co 1969, change of name to Zygosi and owner to Libra Ltd 1975, change of name to Solida and owner to Cypraea Stolida Sg Co Ltd 1976, change of name to Rola and owner to Union Progress Sg Ltd 1980. The vessel was deleted from the register in 1995 but her exact fate is not known.

Gowrie (1941)

Gowrie (1941)
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Coaster
Original Owners and Managers British Government
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Scott & Sons
Shipyard Bowling
Country where built UK
Yard Number 359
Official Number 168681
Call Sign BCLN
Classification Society Lloyd's Register
Gross Tonnage 872
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 458
Length 203 Ft
Overall Length 211 Ft
Breadth or Beam 33.2 Ft
Depth 11.7 Ft
Draught N/K
Engine Type Diesel Engine
Engine Details 2SCSA oil engines with 5 cylinders of bore 13 3/8" and stroke 22 7/16"
Engine Builder British Auxiliaries Ltd
Engine Builder Works Glasgow
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 156 NHP
Maximum Speed 10

Additional Construction Information

  • 1 deck and cruiser stern
  • Machinery aft

Career Highlights

Date Event
27 March 1941 Launched
July 1941 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 Completed for the British Government as Empire Cape. Change of name to Gowrie and owner to Dundee, Perth & London Sg Co Ltd 1945, change of name to Lochee 1948, change of name to Aghios Spyridon and owner to D.& S.Zoulis Bros & D.Vlachos 1966, change of owner to S.C.Vazeos 1969, change of name to Anwar and owner to Abdul-Razzak Sattout 1970. Deleted from register 1995; exact fate unknown.

Gowrie (1944)

Gowrie (1944)
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers Fisser & van Doornum Reederei GmbH
Country First Registered Germany
Shipbuilder Verschure & Co
Shipyard Amsterdam
Country where built Netherlands
Yard Number 247
Official Number 180694
Call Sign GNNS (as Empire Galbraith)
Classification Society N/K
Gross Tonnage 1,923
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 935
Length 279.7 Ft
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 44.4 Ft
Depth 15.9 Ft
Draught N/K
Engine Type Compound Engine
Engine Details Compound engine with 2 cylinders of bore 16 9/16" and 2 cylinders of bore 35 7/16" - all of stroke 35 7/16"
Engine Builder Verschure & Co
Engine Builder Works Amsterdam
Engine Builder Country Netherlands
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power N/K
Maximum Speed 10

Additional Construction Information

  • 1 deck and cruiser stern

Career Highlights

Date Event
N/K Launched
July 1944 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 Fisser & van Doornum Reederei GmbH as Hendrik Fisser V. Taken over by the British Government and renamed Empire Galbraith 1945, change of name to Highland and owner to Currie Line 1946, change of name to Gowrie and owner to Dundee, Perth & London Sg Co Ltd 1959, change of name to Hermanos and owner to Cia Naviera Algeo SA 1963. Taken to Vado Ligure September 1969 for breaking by Vado Alti Forni e Acciaierie.

London (1921)

London (1921)
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers Dundee, Perth & London Sg Co Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Hawthorns & Co.
Shipyard Leith
Country where built UK
Yard Number 183
Official Number 144702
Call Sign GCRJ
Classification Society Lloyd's Register
Gross Tonnage 1,205
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 802
Length 250.5 Ft
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 35.3 Ft
Depth 16.87 Ft
Draught N/K
Engine Type Triple-expansion Steam Engine
Engine Details Cylinders of bore 20", 33", 53" and stroke 39"
Engine Builder Hawthorns & Co.
Engine Builder Works Leith
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 175 NHP
Maximum Speed 12

Additional Construction Information

  • 2 decks and shelter deck
  • Fitted for oil fuel
  • Fitted with echo sounding equipment

Career Highlights

Date Event
25 February 1921 Launched
May 1921 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 Holdfast on requisition by The Admiralty 1939 and used initially as a guardship, and from November 1942 as a cable vessel. Change of name to Empire Taw and owner to British Government 1946. Taken to Passage West September 1952 for breaking by Haulbowline Industries.

London (1950)

London (1950)
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers Dundee, Perth & London Sg Co Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Burntisland Shipbuilding Co. Ltd.
Shipyard Burntisland
Country where built UK
Yard Number 336
Official Number 182559
Call Sign N/K
Classification Society Lloyd's Register
Gross Tonnage 706
Deadweight (DWT) 1186
Net Tonnage 267
Length 212 Ft 6"
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 38 Ft 1"
Depth 21 Ft 1"
Draught N/K
Engine Type Diesel Engine
Engine Details 2SA oil engine with 8 cylinders of bore 340mm and stroke 1,280mm
Engine Builder British Polar Engines Ltd
Engine Builder Works Glasgow
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 1,280 BHP
Maximum Speed 12.5

Career Highlights

Date Event
20 December 1950 Launched
8 March 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 Other
Service History Information Change of name to Winsor Trader and owner to Winsor Tdg Co Ltd 1964, change of name to Topsail Star and owner to Topsail Sg Co Ltd 1967, change of name to Sophie Express and owner to Naviera Straule S de RL 1988, change of name to Princess Tarrah 1994, change of name to Ocean Alley and owner to Rochester Holdings Inc 1995. On 22-23 September 1998 she was damaged at Port au Prince during Hurricane 'Georges'. She was then towed to Miami, renamed Adolphus Busch I (perhaps not registered) and later sunk as an artificial reef.

Perth

Perth
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers Dundee, Perth & London Sg Co Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Henry Robb Ltd.
Shipyard Leith
Country where built UK
Yard Number 240
Official Number 144719
Call Sign GBBX
Classification Society Lloyd's Register
Gross Tonnage 964
Deadweight (DWT) 1430
Net Tonnage 759
Length 227 Ft
Overall Length 237 Ft
Breadth or Beam 36 Ft 2"
Depth 14 Ft 11"
Draught N/K
Engine Type Diesel Engine
Engine Details 2SCSA oil engines with 8 cylinders of bore 13 3/4" and stroke 22 7/16"
Engine Builder British Auxiliaries Ltd
Engine Builder Works Glasgow
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 250 MN
Maximum Speed 11

Additional Construction Information

  • I deck and cruiser stern
  • Machinery aft
  • Fitted with radio direction-finding and echo sounding equipment

Career Highlights

Date Event
8 July 1937 Launched
August 1937 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 Completed for Dundee, Perth & London Sg Co Ltd as Lochee. Change of name to Perth 1948, change of name to Manthos and owner to N.& K.Marcantonakis 1963, change of name to Vasilios and owner to Ioannis Konstantineas 1971, change of name to Georgios 1978. She ran aground on 22 September 1977 in the Red Sea whilst en route from Volos to Saudi Arabia carrying a cargo of tiles following an engine breakdown. She was refloated and towed back to Suez but whilst tied up at Port Tewfik the engine room was flooded and the ship declared a total constructive loss. The vessel was impounded due to unpaid salvage and agency fees and sank on 1 October 1979.

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