History of the Merchant Navy

Built
Acq’d
Tons
Length
Beam
Depth
Comments
Willowbank
1861
1885
882
190.0
32.0
20.0
An iron barque built by Wigham, Richardson & Co. at Newcastle, she was run down and sunk by the steamship City of Berlin off Portland on a voyage from Caleta Buena to Hamburg in December 1895.
Anne Main
1867
1886
499
156.6
28.0
16.8
An iron barque built by A Stephen & Co., Glasgow in, she
was wrecked on the Japanese Goto Island in 1895.
Thornliebank
1886
1492
244.5
37.6
21.5
After only a few years with Andrew Weir she finished her career as a coal hulk in Australia and was dynamited and sunk 10 miles S.W. of Rottnest Island near Perth in 1928.
Allegiance
1876
1887
1236
217.5
36.7
22.0
An iron ship built in Liverpool by W.H.Porter & Sons. On 12th December,1900 during a voyage from the Clyde to Sydney,NSW she caught fire and was abandoned, the crew being landed at Cape Town.
Francis Thorpe
1868
1888
1346
218.0
37.1
22.8
Built in iron by Richard Duck & Co. of Stockton she was wrecked at Salina Cruz while on a voyage from Montevideo to Salina Cruz in August, 1890.
Trongate
1878
1888
987
204.0
33.6
20.0
An iron barque built by Dobie & Co, Glasgow, she was sold on in 1909 and after a further career with several foreign owners was broken up in 1925.
Hawthornbank
1889
1369
231.3
36.1
21.6
Built by Russell & Co., Port Glasgow in steel she was sold on in 1910 and after a succession of ownerships was sunk by a German submarine in the North Sea on 25th April,1917.
Hazelbank
1889
1660
258.0
38.7
22.6
Built in steel by C.Connell & Co. she was unfortunate to end her life on the Goodwin Sands in October, 1890 nearing the end of a voyage from Port Townsend to Hull with a cargo of wheat.
Abeona
1885
1890
979
210.3
33.4
21.0
Built by A Stephen & Son as an iron ship she was
converted into a barque in 1894. She was lost on Thunderbolt Reef during a voyage from Barry to Algoa Bay on 4th Sept,1900.
Elmbank
1890
2288
279.0
41.9
24.2
A four masted barque built by Russell & Co.in steel she met her end on 10th January, 1894. Whilst being towed from Le Havre to Greenock she broke adrift from her tug and was wrecked on the Isle of Arran
Glenbreck
1890
1900
271.0
42.0
24.2
Built in 1890 by R.Duncan & Co, Port Glasgow, it was thought that she was only chartered by Andrew Weir. Sold on in 1901 she was posted missing on 18th May, 1901 during a voyage from the Tyne to Valparaiso under the Russian flag.
Comliebank
1890
2283
278.6
41.9
24.2
A four-masted barque built in steel by Russell & Co.she was sold on in 1913 and was finally lost when she was abandoned on a voyage from Bahia to Philadelphia on 27th January, 1919.
River Falloch
1884
1891
1637
257.8
38.2
23.2
Built by Russell & Co. the iron ship was sold on in 1909 and eventually broken up in June, 1922.
Dunbritton
1875
1891
1536
237.4
38.4
22.5
An iron ship built at Dumbarton by McMillan & Son she remained with the company until 1906 when she was abandoned while being towed from Hamburg to Leith.
Pomona
1867
1891
1252
229.2
34.2
22.8
Built as an iron ship by R Steel & Co. Greenock she was later converted into a barque. She foundered during a voyage from London to Algoa Bay in December, 1902.

Thistlebank

Cedarbank

Olivebank
Built
Acq’d
Tons
Length
Beam
Depth
Comments
Sardhana
1885
1891
1146
215.1
35.1
21.2
An iron barque built by Russell & Co., she was sold on in 1911 to Scandinavian owners and was abandoned at sea in July, 1918.
Ashbank
1891
2292
278.6
42.0
24.2
The first of three steel 4-masted barques built for the Pacific grain trade by Russell & Co., the Ashbank went missing on a voyage from Algoa Bay to Newcastle,NSW in May 1892.
Gowanbank
1891
2288
278.0
42.0
24.2
The second sister was abandoned near Cape Horn in April, 1896 whilst on a voyage from Barry to Iquique.
Thistlebank
1891
2430
283.7
42.9
24.2
The third sister was sold on in 1914 and sunk by German U-boat, U-24, on 30th June 1915 during a voyage from Bahia Blanca to Queenstown.
Beechbank
1892
2288
277.5
42.0
24.2
A 4-masted steel barque bulit by Russell & Co.was sold on in 1913 and finally broken up in 1924.
Fernbank
1892
1429
237.5
36.2
21.7
One of two steel barques built by A.McMillan & Son. Ended her career in Nov. 1902 when she was wrecked on Juan de Nova Island nearing the end of a voyage from Cardiff to Mozambique.
Oakbank
1892
1415
237.5
36.2
21.7
The second steel barque built by A. McMillan & Son was, in 1900, wrecked on Serrano Island near Iquique nearing the end of a voyage from Callao.
Olivebank
1892
2824
326.0
43.1
24.5
One of two steel barques built by Mackie & Thompson, Glasgow and considered to be the most famous of the fleet. She had to be scuttled to douse a fir at Santa Rosalia in February 1911. Raised and repaired she stranded at the same spot four months later. Sold on she continued to serve various shipowners until 8th Sept1939 when she was sunk by a mine off Jutland with the loss of all but 7 of the crew.
Cedarbank
1892
2825
326.0
43.0
24.5
The second steel barque built by Mackie & Thompson arrived on fire at San Francisco in July 1893 and had to be scuttled. Refloated and subsequently dismasted near Gough Island in 1897. Sold on in 1913 she was reported missing in May 1917 having sailed for Aarhus from Halifax,NS.
Laurelbank
1893
2397
283.0
43.0
24.4
One of two 4-masted barques built by Russell & Co. she went missing during a voyage from Shanghai to Portland which started on 31st October 1898.
Levernbank
1893
2400
282.9
43.0
24.4
The second barque built by Russell & Co. foundered 300 miles west of the Scilly Isles on 20th September, 1909 during a voyage from Bilbao to Cardiff.
Trafalgar
1877
1893
1765
271.5
39.3
23.4
Built by C.Connell & Co.,Glasgow as a 4-masted iron ship and converted into a barque. During a voyage from Batavia to Melbourne in December 1893 the master and all the officers died, presumably of fever. Command was taken over by the senior apprentice, William Shotton, who navigated the ship to Melbourne. The Trafalgar was finally lost on 11th November, 1904 near Pernambuco on a voayge from Sydney to Falmouth.
Clydebank
1894
893
195.2
32.2
19.2
Built by Birrell, Stenhouse & Co. at Dumbarton she was sold on in 1902. Damaged in a collision in the River Plate in August 1913 shewas still around in 1944 but her final demise is unknown.
Castlebank
1894
1656
246
37.4
22.6
A steel barque built by Russell & Co.she went missing on 24th September, 1896 during a voyage from Newcastle,NSW to Valparaiso.
Heathbank
1894
1661
246.6
37.5
22.7
The second steel barque built by Russell & Co.in 1894 went missing on 28th April, after leaving Rio de Janeiro for Newcastle,NSW in ballast.

Falklandbank

Gifford

Trongate
Built
Acq’d
Tons
Length
Beam
Depth
Comments
Falklandbank
1894
1913
265.0
39.1
23.2
A full rigged ship built by Mackie & Thompson she sailed from Port Talbot for Valparaiso on 9th November, 1907. She was last seen in position 31 deg.S, 45 deg.W on 18th December.
Springbank
1894
2398
282.4
43.0
24.4
A 4-masted steel barque built by Russell & Co. she was sold on in 1916 and condemned in November, 1920 due to severe weather damage. As the Asrym she was the first sailing ship to pass through the newly completed Panama Canal.
Collessie
1891
1895
1468
236.0
36.0
21.9
A steel barque built by Russell & Co. she was wrecked on Coicoi Point 2 miles north of the Itata River, Chile in September 1901
Isle of Arran
1895
1918
263.3
39.0
23.0
A steel ship built by Russell & Co., she was managed for the Isle of Arran Ship Company. Sold on in 1915 she stranded on Drogheda Bar in March 1916 and on 2nd February, 1917, bound for Le havre out of Buenos Aires, she was sunk by a bomb placed on board by a German U-boat 100 miles south of the Old Head of Kinsale.
Loch Eck
1874
1895
1701
262.9
38.3
23.1
An iron ship built by C.Connell & Co. she stranded in Valparaiso and was a total constructive loss. Purchased and repaired by a S.American owner she was dismasted in 1898 and again in 1906. Was finally converted into a hulk.
David Morgan
1891
1896
1566
249.3
38.0
21.8
A steel barque built by Wm.Hamilton & Co, Port Glasgow. On 25th March, 1898 she sailed from Philadelphia to Nagasaki with a cargo of case oil and after passing the Deleware Breakwater was never seen again.
Loch Ranza
1896
1129
219.9
34.7
20.7
Built by Charles Connell & Co she was sold on in 1901 and was eventually broken up in July 1925.
Perseverance
1896
1896
1900
267.0
40.1
23.6
A steel ship built by A.McMillan & Son acquired ‘en spec’ on completion. Four years later she went missing on 20th February, 1900 during a voyage from Probolingo to Newcastle,NSW.
Thornliebank
1896
2105
269.7
40.5
23.6
A steel ship from the yard of Russell & Co.she was the last sailing ship to be built for Andrew Weir.
Gifford
1892
1898
2251
281.6
42.3
24.6
A 4-masted steel barque built by J.E.Scott & Co, Greenock. On 25th September, 1903 nearing the end of a voyage from Newcastle,NSW she stranded on Mussel Rock on the approach to San Francisco.
Forthbank
1877
1899
1438
246.9
37.1
21.1
Built by Dobie & Co, Glasgow as the iron ship Nebo she was sold on 1909 and on 23rd November, 1911 was wrecked on the Chincha Islands.
Gantock Rock
1879
1903
1611
255.5
38.3
20.6
An iron ship built by A.McMillan & Son at Dumbarton. She was sold on in 1890 but came back to Andrew Weir 4 years later under management. She was sold on again in 1915 and broken up at Kiel in 1924.
Mennock
1876
1903
822
188.4
32.1
19.2
Built at Govan by London & Glasgow Co. she was sold on and wrecked at Punta Lirquen in Febrary, 1923 during a tow.
Ellisland
1884
1908
2426
302.3
41.1
25.0
Built as a 4-masted iron ship by Oswald Mordaut & Co.,Southampton she was converted to a 4-masted barque in the early 1890’s. Described as one of the best looking ships in the fleet she left Newcastle,NSW on 9th July,1910 bound for Caldera and was posted missing.
Philadelphia
1892
1914
1805
255.0
38.9
23.0
The last sailing ship to be acquired was built at Geestermunde by J.C.Tecklenborg. A steel ship, she was sold on in 1915 and finally sunk by a submarine off the coast of Southern Ireland on 29th April,1917.