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John S Monks Line

History

John S Monks was a Liverpool-based ship owning company. According to a post on Rootsweb by a member of the family, the Monks family had been in shipping since the late 1800s.

Joseph Monks stated with small Ketches in Warrington with his grandfather and father. In 1907 two of his sons James H and John S Monks started their own shipping company named James H Monks (Preston) Ltd. Operating out of the Old Harbours office in Preston, and moved to Liverpool two years later. John didn’t change the company name to John S. Monks Ltd until 1923.

The company continued under this name until it went into voluntary liquidation in 1963.

Ships

Agnes Ellen

Agnes Ellen
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers John S Monks Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Scott & Sons
Shipyard Bowling
Country where built UK
Yard Number 212
Official Number 127952
Call Sign MGSD
Classification Society Lloyds Register
Gross Tonnage 293
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 104
Length 130.4 Ft
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 23.1 Ft
Depth 10.1 Ft
Draught N/K
Engine Type Compound Engine
Engine Details Two cylinders of bore 17" and 36" and stroke 24"
Engine Builder Ross & Duncan
Engine Builder Works Glasgow
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details 1 single-ended boiler
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 77 RHP
Maximum Speed N/K

Additional Construction Information

  • 1 deck and well deck
  • Machinery aft

Career Highlights

Date Event
24 November 1908 Launched
December 1908 Completed

Crew and Capacity Information

Item Value
Crew 7 at time of loss
Passengers N/K
Cargo Capacity N/K

Status and Service History Information

Item Value
Status Unknown
Service History Information Went missing on a passage from Holyhead to Workington on 20 March 1940.

Bessie

Bessie
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers Joseph Monks & Co. Ltd.
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Scott & Sons
Shipyard Bowling
Country where built UK
Yard Number 147
Official Number 113457
Call Sign N/K
Classification Society N/K
Gross Tonnage 177
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 72
Length 95.2 Ft
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 21.6 Ft
Depth 10 Ft
Draught N/K
Engine Type Compound Engine
Engine Details Two cylinders
Engine Builder Ross & Marshall
Engine Builder Works Greenock
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power N/K
Maximum Speed N/K

Career Highlights

Date Event
21 February 1901 Launched
N/K 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 Wrecked, four miles SW of Douglas Head whilst en route from Preston to Castletown with a cargo of coal.

Cliffville

Cliffville
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers UK Government
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Scott & Sons
Shipyard Bowling
Country where built UK
Yard Number 370
Official Number 169406
Call Sign MFNJ
Classification Society Lloyds Register
Gross Tonnage 965
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 536
Length 197.6 Ft
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 34.1 Ft
Depth 13.2 Ft
Draught N/K
Engine Type Triple-expansion Steam Engine
Engine Details Cylinders of bore 15", 25 1/2", 41" and stroke 30"
Engine Builder Aitchison, Blair Ltd.
Engine Builder Works Glasgow
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 95 RHP
Maximum Speed 9

Additional Construction Information

  • 1 deck
  • Machinery aft

Career Highlights

Date Event
26 January 1944 Launched
March 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 the UK Government as Empire Marksman. Change of name to Afon Morlais and owner to Afon Lleidi SS Co Ltd 1948, change of name to Cliffville and owner to John S.Monks Ltd. 1956. Foundered at Glasgow on 12 May 1958 whilst en route from Liverpool to Glasgow with a cargo of grain and taken to Dublin 18 October 1958 for breaking by Hammond Lane Foundry.

Elizabetta

Elizabetta
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers John Bacon Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder George Brown & Co.
Shipyard Greenock
Country where built UK
Yard Number 71
Official Number 131382
Call Sign MDQC
Classification Society Lloyds Register
Gross Tonnage 335
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 130
Length 142.1 Ft
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 24.1 Ft
Depth 9.9 Ft
Draught N/K
Engine Type Compound Engine
Engine Details Cylinders of bore 15 15/16", 36" and stroke 24"
Engine Builder Gauldie, Gillespie & Co
Engine Builder Works Glasgow
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 70 RHP
Maximum Speed N/K

Additional Construction Information

  • 1 deck
  • Machinery aft

Career Highlights

Date Event
9 September 1911 Launched
September 1911 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 John Bacon Ltd. as Lord Bacon. Change of name to Elizabetta and owner to James Henry Monks (Preston) Ltd 1913, change of owner to John S.Monks Ltd 1924, change of name to Riverville 1934. Taken to Llanelly 10 December 1952 for breaking by J.E. Rees & Co.

Gertie

Gertie
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers William Rowland
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Dublin Dockyard Co.
Shipyard Dublin
Country where built Ireland
Yard Number 37
Official Number 115333
Call Sign MCVP
Classification Society Lloyds Register
Gross Tonnage 341
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 132
Length 150 Ft
Overall Length 155.7 Ft
Breadth or Beam 24.2 Ft
Depth 10.2 Ft
Draught N/K
Engine Type Compound Engine
Engine Details Cylinders with bore 20" and 42" and stroke 27"
Engine Builder Ross & Duncan
Engine Builder Works Glasgow
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details 1 single-ended boiler operating at 130 psi
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 94 RHP
Maximum Speed 10

Additional Construction Information

  • 1 deck and well deck
  • Machinery aft
  • Cargo battens not fitted

Career Highlights

Date Event
4 October 1902 Launched
8 November 1902 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 Alfred Rowland 1906, change of owner to James Henry Monks (Preston) Ltd 1911, change of owner to John S.Monks Ltd. 1924. She struck a mine 2 miles North-East of Tuskar Rock on 8 December 1941 whilst en route from Port Talbot to Waterford with a cargo of coal.

Katherine

Katherine
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers Sully & Co.
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Fullerton & Co
Shipyard Merksworth Works, Paisley
Country where built UK
Yard Number 140
Official Number 81535
Call Sign N/K
Classification Society Lloyds Register
Gross Tonnage 255
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 65
Length 113 Ft
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 23 Ft
Depth 9.7 Ft
Draught N/K
Engine Type Compound Engine
Engine Details 2 cylinders
Engine Builder Ross & Duncan
Engine Builder Works Glasgow
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 43 HP
Maximum Speed N/K

Career Highlights

Date Event
10 May 1898 Launched
N/K 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 Change of owner to T.W.Ward Ltd. 1907, change of owner to John S. Monks & Co. Ltd. 1908. Wrecked in Dundrum Channel 21 December 1924 whilst en route from Maryport with a cargo of coal. Refloated 9 May 1925 and broken up

Isabel

Isabel
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers Joseph Monks & Co. Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Scott & Sons
Shipyard Bowling
Country where built UK
Yard Number 130
Official Number 109434
Call Sign MGFB
Classification Society Lloyds Register
Gross Tonnage 236
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 94
Length 100 Ft
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 23.1 Ft
Depth 10.8 Ft
Draught N/K
Engine Type Compound Engine
Engine Details Cylinders of bore 14", 29" and stroke 20"
Engine Builder Ross & Duncan
Engine Builder Works Glasgow
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 39 RHP
Maximum Speed N/K

Career Highlights

Date Event
18 May 1898 Launched
June 1898 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 Sank on 9 January 1913 off Lambay Island, County Dublin whilst en route from Garston to Balbriggan with a cargo of coal. Raised by salvor James McAusland December 1913 and returned to service. Change of owner to SS Isabella Co. Ltd 1914, change of owner to Andrew Anderson 1915, change of owner to Norman Clarkson & Edward Fell 1915, change of owner to The Cotton Powder Co Ltd 1916, change of owner to Importers Co Ltd 1916, change of owner to Algernon H. Philpot 1917, change of owner to Oakley, Sollas & Co 1917, change of owner to Oberon Shipping Co Ltd 1919, change of owner to Daman, Snell & Co Ltd 1919, change of owner to Suffolk Shipping Co Ltd 1920, change of owner to Alfred H Tucker & Richard Griffiths 1923, change of owner to Isabel SS Co Ltd. 1923. In 1924 the vessel was converted to a suction dredger. She was finally broken up near Penarth Dock 14 October 1949,

J & J Monks

J & J Monks
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers John S. Monks & Co. Ltd.
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Scott & Sons
Shipyard Bowling
Country where built UK
Yard Number 213
Official Number 127960
Call Sign N/K
Classification Society Lloyds Register
Gross Tonnage 283
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 98
Length 130.2 Ft
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 23.1 Ft
Depth 10 Ft
Draught N/K
Engine Type Compound Engine
Engine Details 2 cylinders
Engine Builder Ross & Duncan
Engine Builder Works Glasgow
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power N/K
Maximum Speed N/K

Career Highlights

Date Event
21 January 1909 Launched
N/K 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 Change of name to Anastasi and owner to Savvas Anastasi 1946. Wrecked on Walney Island 25 December 1946 whilst en route from Barry to Kilkeel.

Madie

Madie
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers John S. Monks & Co. Ltd.
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Scott & Sons
Shipyard Bowling
Country where built UK
Yard Number 202
Official Number 127916
Call Sign MGSJ
Classification Society Lloyds Register
Gross Tonnage 270
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 99
Length 125 Ft
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 22.6 Ft
Depth 9.7 Ft
Draught N/K
Engine Type Compound Engine
Engine Details Cylinders of bore 16", 34" and stroke 24"
Engine Builder Ross & Duncan
Engine Builder Works Glasgow
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 69 RHP
Maximum Speed N/K

Additional Construction Information

  • Refitted with a 5 cylinder oil engine by A/S Volund of Copenhagen in 1949

Career Highlights

Date Event
16 June 1908 Launched
July 1908 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 owner to C.Marquardt Partrederi 1946, change of owner to Rederi A/S/ 1963, change of owner to Alconia SA 1968. Exact fate not known but deleted from Lloyd's Register in 1985.

Monksville

Monksville
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers Newry & Kilkeel SS Co Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Scott & Sons
Shipyard Bowling
Country where built UK
Yard Number 381
Official Number 180061
Call Sign N/K
Classification Society Lloyds Register
Gross Tonnage 405
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 146
Length 148.1 Ft
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 24.6 Ft
Depth N/K
Draught 10.4 Ft
Engine Type Triple-expansion Steam Engine
Engine Details Cylinders of bore 11 1/4", 20", 32" and stroke 24"
Engine Builder Aitchison, Blair Ltd
Engine Builder Works Glasgow
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 62 RHP
Maximum Speed 12 (with oil engine)

Additional Construction Information

  • Refitted with 6 cylinder oil engine made by Klockner-Humboldt-Deutz, Koln-Deutz 1967

Career Highlights

Date Event
20 August 1947 Launched
October 1947 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 Completed for Newry & Kilkeel SS Co Ltd as Ebony. Change of name to Monksville and owner to John S.Monks Ltd. 1958, change of name to George Callitsis and owner to Athanassios & Petros Callitsis 1964, change of name to Sinergasia and owner to George A.Callitsis Successors SA 1969, change of name to Filippos and owner to Loukos Bros & Philip Mavros 1970, change of name to Stavros T. and owner to Tsagala Bros 1983, change of owner to Dimiko NE 1992. Foundered at Eleusis on 30 May 1995 whilst discharging cargo and cut up in situ.

Riverville

Riverville
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers Wm.A.Phillips
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Taw Shipyards Ltd
Shipyard Barnstaple
Country where built UK
Yard Number 18
Official Number 143539
Call Sign MKQV
Classification Society Lloyds Register
Gross Tonnage 582
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 291
Length 174.5 Ft
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 28.6 Ft
Depth 10.9 Ft
Draught N/K
Engine Type Triple-expansion Steam Engine
Engine Details Cylinders of bore 14", 23", 38" and stroke 27"
Engine Builder Aitchison, Blair Ltd
Engine Builder Works Glasgow
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details 1 single-ended boiler operating at 180 psi
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 72 RHP
Maximum Speed 9

Additional Construction Information

  • 1 deck
  • Machinery aft
  • Cargo battens not fitted

Career Highlights

Date Event
24 February 1921 Launched
28 April 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 Completed for Wm.A.Phillips as Enid Mary. Change of owner to W.G. James 1934, change of owner to British Isles Coasters Ltd 1935, change of owner to Mersey Ports Stevedoring Co Ltd 1946, change of owner to Laverock Sg Co Ltd 1953, change of owner to Enid Sg Co Ltd 1955, change of name to Riversville and owner to John S.Monks Ltd. 1956. Taken to Preston 14 June 1960 for breaking by T.W. Ward.

Susetta

Susetta
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers Wm. Rowland
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Ailsa Shipbuilding Co
Shipyard Ayr
Country where built UK
Yard Number 125
Official Number 118089
Call Sign MCVQ
Classification Society Lloyds Register
Gross Tonnage 339
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 129
Length 150.2 Ft
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 24.4 Ft
Depth 10.4 Ft
Draught N/K
Engine Type Compound Engine
Engine Details Cylinders of bore 20", 42" and stroke 27"
Engine Builder Rose & Duncan
Engine Builder Works Glasgow
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details 1 single-ended boiler operating at 130 psi
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 95 RHP
Maximum Speed 11

Additional Construction Information

  • 1 deck and well deck
  • Machinery aft
  • Cargo battens not fitted

Career Highlights

Date Event
7 March 1904 Launched
2 April 1904 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 Wm. Rowland as William Rowland. Change of owner to Alfed Rowland 1907, change of owner to James Henry Monks (Preston) Ltd 1911, change of name to Susetta 1913, change of owner to John S.Monks Ltd 1924, change of name to Banksville 1934. Taken to Dublin for breaking by Hammond Lane Foundary 8 May 1957.

T.P. Tilling

T.P. Tilling
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers James Henry Monks (Preston) Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder J.Crichton & Co.Ltd
Shipyard Saltney
Country where built UK
Yard Number 294
Official Number 143645
Call Sign MKRY
Classification Society Lloyds Register
Gross Tonnage 461
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 178
Length N/K
Overall Length 142.3 Ft
Breadth or Beam 25.2 Ft
Depth 11.4 Ft
Draught N/K
Engine Type Triple-expansion Steam Engine
Engine Details Cylinders of bore 14", 22", 38" and stroke 24"
Engine Builder Lytham S.B & Engineering Co
Engine Builder Works Lytham
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power N/K
Maximum Speed 9

Career Highlights

Date Event
N/K Launched
June 1920 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 John S.Monks Ltd. 1923. Taken to Barrow 28 May 1954 for breaking by T.W. Ward


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