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Kaye Line

History

Kaye, Son & Co. of London was founded in 1893 by Frederick Kaye. It traded from a London office as shipping agents and provided services in steamer management, coaling and insurance. It became a limited liability company in 1905. Frederick's son Sydney took over as Managing Director in 1918, with his father as chairman and the company opened a Liverpool office in 1918. The Royal Mail Steam Packet Co. and Furness Withy & Co. Ltd became major shareholders. The 'K' Steamship Co. Ltd was incorporated in 1919 and three steamers acquired. A further subsidiary 'Kaye Steam Navigation Co. Ltd' was formed in 1922 with further ships.

Frederick Kaye died in 1924 and his son becoming chairman. In 1926 the trading rights of R.P. Houston & Company in the UK/River Plate trade were acquired and the Liverpool office thereafter traded as R.P. Houston & Co. Ltd. The building of ships was financed by a partnership between Kaye, Son & Co. Ltd and the shipbuilders in the jointly owned Walmar Steamship Co. Ltd.

In 1930 another new company, The Kaye Transport Co. Ltd was formed. In 1934 The Coolham Steamship Co. Ltd was set up, and in 1937, the Marconi Steamship Co. Ltd. The company ran a regular liner service between the UK and the River Plate and managed the Jamaican vessels of the Jamaica Direct Fruit Line Ltd. It maintained an interest in worldwide trade and general tramping.

Sydney Kaye died in 1941 and his son Marsden in 1952. After that there were no further family members in the management. The company entered tanker operation in 1961 through the newly formed Kaye Tanker Management Co. Ltd.

In 1973 Kaye & Son was absorbed into the Furness, Withy Group. The Kaye connection ended with the sale of tanker 'Kayeson' in 1981

Ships

Margay

Margay
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers "K" SS Co Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Bartram & Sons
Shipyard Sunderlan
Country where built UK
Yard Number 309
Official Number 180901
Call Sign N/K
Classification Society N/K
Gross Tonnage 5,100
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 2,690
Length 420 Ft 5"
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 57 Ft
Depth 25 Ft 5"
Draught N/K
Engine Type Triple-expansion Steam Engine
Engine Details Cylinders of bore 24 1/2/2, 39", 70" and stroke 48"
Engine Builder N.E. Marine Eng Co (1938) Ltd
Engine Builder Works Sunderland
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power N/K
Maximum Speed 11.5

Additional Construction Information

  • Cruiser stern
  • Fitted with radio direction finding and echo sounding equipement

Career Highlights

Date Event
3 April 1946 Launched
July 1946 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 Star Pink and owner to Wing Tak SS Co (Hong Kong) Ltd 1962, change of name to Ocean Pink 1966, change of name to Maria Ana and owner to Pac-Trade Nav Co 1967, change of name to Velta and owner to Velta Cia Ltda 1969. The vessel foundered at approximate position 32° 07' N, 23° 26' W on 13 February 1971 whilst en route from Macapa to Bilbao with a cargo of manganese ore.

Margot

Margot
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers Walmar SS Co Ltd (Kaye, Sons & Co Managers)
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Lithgows Ltd
Shipyard Port Glasgow
Country where built UK
Yard Number 784
Official Number 149754
Call Sign GMTV
Classification Society Lloyds Register
Gross Tonnage 4,545
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 2,917
Length 385 Ft
Overall Length 397 Ft 5"
Breadth or Beam 52 Ft
Depth 26 Ft 6"
Draught N/K
Engine Type Triple-expansion Steam Engine
Engine Details Cylinders of bore 25", 42", 70" and stroke 48"
Engine Builder Rankin & Blackmore Ltd
Engine Builder Works Greenock
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details 3 single-ended boilers operating at 200psi
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 477 NHP
Maximum Speed 10

Additional Construction Information

  • 2 steel decks
  • Fitted for oil fuel

Career Highlights

Date Event
21 October 1926 Launched
December 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 Sunk/foundered (Act of War)
Service History Information The vessel was sunk on 23 May 1942 by a torpedo and gunfire from German submarine U-588 at position 39° 00' N, 68° 00' W. Details of the casualties can be found on the Benjidog Tower Hill website HERE. She was en route from New York via Trinidad for Alexandria with military stores.


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