Hunting Line

Flag





History

The company Hunting and Pattison was set up in 1874 with offices at 38 Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne. This was a ship management company with the majority ownership of the ships vested in Charles Hunting. They carried general cargo including coal, guano, timber, fruit and fish. They got their first steamer in 1877 and had 10 of them by 1887 – Hunting ordered a very early tanker in 1889 to carry oil, and later two grain carriers. Business continued to build but the line was badly affected by WW1 and only had two ships left at the end of it.

After the war there was a significant building programme with two new ships, Oilfield and Wellfield ordered in 1923, Sylvafield and Tynefield in 1925 and Gretafield and Clydefield in 1928. The company managed to weather the storms of the depression in the early 1930s.

In 1938 the family firm diversified into other business areas including aviation. One of the new ventures was Aerofilms the aerial photography company.

During WW2 the fleet was put on Admiralty service and suffered many losses including Wellfield, Sylvafield, Tynefield, Gretafield, Creofield, Pontfield, Oilfield and Duffield.

In the years after WW2 the fleet was brought back up to 9 vessels and a further 14 were built over the following 10 years.

We believe that the company was sold to Fishers of Barrow in the early 80s.

Ships

Teesfield Tynefield

Teesfield

Teesfield
Click image for enlarged view

Basic Data

Item Value
Type Tanker
Original Owners and Managers Hunting (Eden) Tankers Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Furness Shipbuilding Co Ltd
Shipyard Haverton Hill
Country where built UK
Yard Number 500
Official Number 186892
Call Sign N/K
Classification Society N/K
Gross Tonnage 12,146
Deadweight (DWT) 18025
Net Tonnage 7,017
Length 525 Ft
Overall Length 556 Ft 5"
Breadth or Beam 71 Ft 5"
Depth 43 Ft 9"
Draught 30 Ft 6"
Engine Type Diesel Engine
Engine Details 2SA 6 cylinder Doxford type
Engine Builder Wallsend Slipway & Eng Co Ltd
Engine Builder Works Wallsend
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 6,600 BHP at 116 RPM
Maximum Speed 14

Additional Construction Information

  • Keel laid down 4 November 1957
  • 2 pumprooms with 4 pumps
  • Butterworth tank cleaning system
  • Stern discharge - 10"
  • Fitted with long range radio telephone

Career Highlights

Date Event
24 February 1959 Launched
29 August 1959 Completed

Crew and Capacity Information

Item Value
Crew N/K
Passengers N/K
Cargo Capacity 154,000 barrels

Status and Service History Information

Item Value
Status Broken Up
Service History Information Change of owner to Northern Petroleum & Bulk Freighters Ltd 1975. Taken to Inverkeithing 26 January 1978 for breaking by T.W.Ward.

Tynefield

Tynefield
Click image for enlarged view

Basic Data

Item Value
Type Tanker
Original Owners and Managers Hunting SS Co (1919) Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Sir James Laing & Sons Ltd.
Shipyard Deptford Yard Sunderland
Country where built UK
Yard Number 694
Official Number 149405
Call Sign GLZW
Classification Society Lloyds Register
Gross Tonnage 5,856
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 3,475
Length 395 Ft
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 54 Ft 5"
Depth 32 Ft
Draught N/K
Engine Type Diesel Engine
Engine Details 2SCSA 4 cylinder oil engine with bore 22 13/16" and stroke 91 1/4"
Engine Builder W. Doxford & Sons Ltd
Engine Builder Works Sunderland
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details 2 double-ended boilers operatint at 120 psi
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 640 NHP
Maximum Speed 10.5

Additional Construction Information

  • 2 decks
  • Machinery aft
  • Fitted with radio direction finding equipment

Career Highlights

Date Event
30 November 1925 Launched
26 January 1926 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 The vessel sank on 5 October 1941 after hitting a mine in the Suez Canal at km 153.3. Details of casualties can be found on the Benjidog Tower Hill website HERE. She had been en route from Abadan to Suez. The wreck was taken to Savona in 1953 for breaking by Vado.

Website designed and coded by Brian Watson using PHP, HTML & CSS.
I can be contacted via Feedback