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London and Overseas Freighters

History

The company was founded by members of the Greek family Kulukundis who had long been involved with the shipping industry. They set up a shipping agency in London called Rethymnis & Kulukundis Ltd in 1920 and in 1936 the firm moved into ship owning. In 1940, three of the brothers - Manuel, George and Michael transferred their activities to New York, while John Kulukundis and a cousin Basil Mavroleon remained in London to run their ships under the control of the Ministry of War Transport.

After the war they recommenced business operations and moved into tramp tanker owning. London & Overseas Freighters Ltd was incorporated in 1948 taking over the vessels of three family-owned firms- the Putney Steamships Co Ltd, the Tower Steamship Co Ltd and the Dorset Steamship Co Ltd. These were all dry cargo carriers. It was decided to use the prefix 'London' in the names of the company ships and to display the coat of arms of the city on their bridges. The first of the new tankers was completed in 1950. The firm became a public company in 1951.

In the early 60's LOF was operating new dry cargo ships, tankers and ore carriers but the company profits were hit by the US blockade of Cuba. In the late 1960's they moved into very large crude carriers and acquired a shipbuilding firm –Bartram & Sons Ltd (they also owned an interest in Austin & Pickersgill Ltd). During the 1970's a rise in the price of crude oil and the nationalisation of the shipbuilding industry hit profits.

Things improved at the end of the 1980's with a reduction in worldwide shipping tonnage and a drop in the price of oil. In 1992, the company moved to Bermuda to minimise its tax payments. In 1997 it sold its Panamax tanker fleet and merged with the Norwegian shipping group, Frontline.

Note: The Allens included a vessel named Welsh Endeavour under London and Overseas Freighters, but on looking at her history I can find no association with this company so have omitted her from this page.

Ships

Avon Ranger

Avon Ranger

Basic Data

Item Value
Type Tanker
Original Owners and Managers Skibs A/S Abaco, Aruba, Astrea & Noruega
Country First Registered Norway
Shipbuilder J. L. Thompson & Sons Ltd.
Shipyard North Sands Sunderland
Country where built UK
Yard Number 673
Official Number 301243
Call Sign N/K
Classification Society Lloyds Register
Gross Tonnage 10,101
Deadweight (DWT) 13355
Net Tonnage 5,824
Length 475 Ft
Overall Length 503 Ft 6"
Breadth or Beam 67 Ft 8"
Depth 37 Ft 4"
Draught 29 Ft
Engine Type Diesel Engine
Engine Details 2SA oil engine with 4 cylinders of bore 670mm and stroke 2,320mm
Engine Builder William Doxford & Sons Ltd
Engine Builder Works Sunderland
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 4,400 BHP
Maximum Speed 14

Additional Construction Information

  • 2 pump rooms and 4 pumps with capacity 1,000 t/w/hour
  • Stern discharge 10"
  • Separate stripping system fitted
  • Victor Pyrate tank cleaning.
  • Fitted with long range radio telephone

Career Highlights

Date Event
23 May 1952 Launched
October 1952 Completed

Crew and Capacity Information

Item Value
Crew N/K
Passengers N/K
Cargo Capacity 128,000 barrels

Status and Service History Information

Item Value
Status Broken Up
Service History Information Completed for Skibs A/S Abaco, Aruba, Astrea & Noruega as Hoegh Ranger. Change of name to Avon Ranger and owner to Philtankers Ltd 1960, change of name to Kavo Yossonas and owner to Astro Navegante Cia Naviera SA 1965. Involved in a collision with Parnassos approximately 20 miles North of Calais on 12 June 1970 and taken to Hamburg in 15 September 1970 for breaking by Eisen u.Metall.

London Pride

London Pride

Basic Data

Item Value
Type Tanker
Original Owners and Managers London & Overseas Freighters Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Furness Shipbuilding Co. Ltd.
Shipyard Haverton Hill
Country where built UK
Yard Number 430
Official Number 184274
Call Sign N/K
Classification Society Lloyds Register
Gross Tonnage 10,776
Deadweight (DWT) 16325
Net Tonnage 6,277
Length 523 Ft
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 67 Ft 8"
Depth 36 Ft 1"
Draught 29 Ft 1 1/4"
Engine Type Diesel Engine
Engine Details 2SCSA oil engine with 5 cylinders of bore 670mm and stroke 2,320mm
Engine Builder North Eastern Marine Engineering (1938) Ltd.
Engine Builder Works Sunderland
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 5,500 HP at 114 rpm
Maximum Speed 12.5

Additional Construction Information

  • Keel laid down 25 May 1949
  • Engine aft
  • 1 pumproom with 2 pumps with a capacity of 800 t/wt/hour
  • Stern discharge 10"
  • Separate stripping system fitted
  • Victor Pyrate tank cleaning
  • Fitted with long range radio telephone

Career Highlights

Date Event
31 May 1950 Launched
26 September 1950 Completed

Crew and Capacity Information

Item Value
Crew N/K
Passengers N/K
Cargo Capacity 139,000 barrels

Status and Service History Information

Item Value
Status Broken Up
Service History Information Change of name to Platon and owner to Mayfair Tanker Co Ltd 1965. Taken to Shanghai for breaking 14 February 1970.

London Majesty

London Majesty

Basic Data

Item Value
Type Tanker
Original Owners and Managers London & Overseas Freighters Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Furness Shipbuilding Co. Ltd.
Shipyard Haverton Hill
Country where built UK
Yard Number 449
Official Number 184657
Call Sign N/K
Classification Society N/K
Gross Tonnage 12.132
Deadweight (DWT) 18100
Net Tonnage 7,081
Length 525 Ft
Overall Length 553 Ft 6"
Breadth or Beam 71 Ft 4"
Depth 39 Ft 3"
Draught 30 Ft 5 3/4"
Engine Type Diesel Engine
Engine Details Doxford 2SCSA 6 cylinder oil engine with cylinders of bore 670mm and stroke 2320mm
Engine Builder North Eastern Marine Engineering (1938) Ltd.
Engine Builder Works Sunderland
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 6,800 HP at 119 rpm
Maximum Speed 13

Additional Construction Information

  • Keel laid down 18 December 1950
  • Engine aft
  • 2 pump rooms and 4 pumps with capacity 1,600 t/w/hour
  • Stern discharge 10"
  • Separate stripping system fitted
  • Victor pyrate tank cleaning
  • Fitted with long range radio telephone

Career Highlights

Date Event
26 February 1962 Launched
26 June 1952 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 name to Constellation and owner to Constellation Carriers Corp 1964. Taken to Kaohsiung 9 September 1974 for breaking by Hua Eng Copper & Iron Co Ltd

London Cavalier

London Cavalier

Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers London & Overseas Freighters Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Austin & Pickersgill Ltd.
Shipyard South Dock Sunderland
Country where built UK
Yard Number 435
Official Number 358686
Call Sign N/K
Classification Society N/K
Gross Tonnage 9,210
Deadweight (DWT) 15139
Net Tonnage 6,091
Length 141 Metres
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 20.45 Metres
Depth 11.74 Metres
Draught 8.85 Metres
Engine Type Diesel Engine
Engine Details Sulzer 5RND68 2SA with 5 cylinders of bore 680mm and stroke 1250mm
Engine Builder Hawthorn, Leslie & Co. Ltd.
Engine Builder Works Sunderland
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 7,500 BHP
Maximum Speed 15

Additional Construction Information

  • Keel laid down 28 April 1972

Career Highlights

Date Event
6 September 1972 Launched
13 November 1972 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 Ordered as London Halberdier but completed as London Cavalier. Change of name to Asian Liner and owner to Asian Maritime Corp 1979, change of name to Silaga and owner to Kanaris Cia Naviera SA 1980, change of owner to Diamond Channel Sg Corp 1985, change of name to Socrates and owner to Olympos Sg Co Ltd 1987. Taken to Alang for breaking 11 June 1001.


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