J & A Davidson


The Allens lumped together a group of ships under the heading of 'Colliers'. I have now provided new pages for these colliers even though the numbers of ships involved is small. The Colliers page has been retained HERE, but now just lists the ships and provides redirects to their new locations. The importance of colliers through to the middle of the 20th Century should not be underestimated. Coal was used to heat homes, was used in the gas industry to make town gas, was the main fuel for electricity power stations, and was the fuel for steam ships. Gradually alternatives sources of fuel were developed, and colliers were phased out - in the UK at least.

Many of the companies owning and managing colliers have been difficult to track down - probably because they were quite small.

The one ship on this page had numerous owners with the last being J. & A. Davidson Ltd. This company was founded in Aberdeen in 1870 and still existed in 1964. They lost three ships between 1900 and 1917 but I don't have details.

I have been unable to locate a house flag for this company.




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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship/Collier
Original Owners and Managers Renwick, Wilton & Co Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder John Crown & Sons Ltd.
Shipyard Strand Slipway Monkwearmouth
Country where built UK
Yard Number 154
Official Number 130188
Call Sign MFGS
Classification Society Lloyds Register
Gross Tonnage 870
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 435
Length 200 Ft
Overall Length 206 Ft
Breadth or Beam 30 Ft
Depth 12 Ft 2"
Draught N/K
Engine Type Triple-expansion Steam Engine
Engine Details Cylinders of bore 17", 28", 46" and stroke 30"
Engine Builder N.E. Marine Engineering Co Ltd
Engine Builder Works Sunderland
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details 2 single-ended boilers operting at 180 psi
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 140 MN
Maximum Speed 8.5

Additional Construction Information

  • 1 deck - well deck

Career Highlights

Date Event
20 July 1914 Launched
August 1914 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 owner to Cambo Sg Co Ltd 1917, change of owner to Turner SN Co Ltd 1920, change of owner to Manor Line (London) Ltd 1921, change of owner to J. & A. Davidson Ltd 1924. Taken to Charlestown 12 April 1960 for breaking by Metal Industries.

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