Hugh Craig & Co, Belfast

LeeP
27th October 2008, 03:56
Hope somebody can help with information about any ships belonging to Hugh Craig & Co, operating in Belfast as coal merchants and steamship owner, head office 6 Royal Avenue Belfast, abt 1907.
I have found one ship, ss Ailsa Craig, built by Ailsa Shipbuilding Co, launched 06 September 1906, torpedoed and sunk 15 April 1918.
However, I believe the Company was operating as coal merchants from back in 1870's.
Does anyone know if there were any other ships or any other historical info about the Company and/or Craig family??
Cheers LeeP

BillH
27th October 2008, 08:07
Hope somebody can help with information about any ships belonging to Hugh Craig & Co, operating in Belfast as coal merchants and steamship owner, head office 6 Royal Avenue Belfast, abt 1907.
I have found one ship, ss Ailsa Craig, built by Ailsa Shipbuilding Co, launched 06 September 1906, torpedoed and sunk 15 April 1918.
However, I believe the Company was operating as coal merchants from back in 1870's.
Does anyone know if there were any other ships or any other historical info about the Company and/or Craig family??
Cheers LeeP
This company had several sailing vessels before venturing into steam.

I am away from my records at present but have details of some of the fleet which I will post later in about 10-11 hours from now

LeeP
27th October 2008, 09:35
Many thanks Bill.
Will check again later.
Cheers LeeP

BillH
27th October 2008, 17:53
This company had several sailing vessels before venturing into steam.

I am away from my records at present but have details of some of the fleet which I will post later in about 10-11 hours from now
The following is what I have on file.

No guarantee all sailing vessels have been accounted for but I believe the steamers are although all records are at various states of completion.

HUGH CRAIG & OTHERS.
Queens’ Quay
Belfast
18 - 1891)

From 1876 = the first Lloyd’s Register fleet list

BUSY ( - 1879) wooden barqentine
O.N. 37594. 160g. 148n. 93.3 x 24.0 x 12.0 feet.
1857: Launched by Young of Nova Scotia.

18 : Sold to Hugh Craig & Others, Belfast, registered at Plymouth.
1879: Sold to W. Pollock
1886: Re-enters ownership of H. Craig & Others.



ELGIN ( - 1881) wooden brig.
O.N. 8612. 148g. 136n. 82.3 x 22.9 x 12.5 feet.
1837: Constructed at New Brunswick.

18 : Sold to Hugh Craig & Others, Belfast,
1881:



INDIAN QUEEN ( - ) wooden barquentine
O.N. 37398. 125g. 113n. 91.4 x 22.6 x 8.7 feet.
1849: Constructed in the U. S. A.

18 : Sold to Hugh Craig & Others, Belfast,



SAM SLICK ( - ) wooden barquentine
O.N. 36556. 131g. 119n. 86.0 x 23.6 x 10.8 feet.
1859: Launched by McDonald, Nova Scotia.

18 : Sold to Hugh Craig & Others, Belfast,




MILTON ( - 1878) wooden brig
O.N. 37417. 157g. 143n. 86.7 x 23.8 x 12.0 feet.
1838: Constructed in Nova Scotia.

18 : Sold to Hugh Craig & Others, Belfast,
1878: Entry removed from Lloyds Register.



WILHELMINA AGATHA (1886 – 1887) wooden barquentine
O.N. 73489. g. 151n. 101.8 x 25.6 x 10.0 feet.
1856: Constructed at New York

1886: Sold to Hugh Craig & Company, Belfast.
1887: Stranded.



HUGH CRAIG & COMPANY (LTD).

1891 - 1975

HELEN CRAIG (1891 - )
O.N. 96270. 417g. 156n. 165.3 x 24.1 x 9.9 feet.
C.2-cyl. (21” & 42” x 30”) 68 hp engine manufactured by V. Coates & Company, Belfast.
1.1891: Completed by Workman Clark & Company Ltd., Belfast (Yard No ) for Hugh Craig & Company, Belfast.


M. J. CRAIG (1) (1898 – 1918)
O.N. 108623. 733g. 192n. 191.9 x 29.6 x 13.6 feet.
C.2-cyl. (24" & 48" x 36") 96 rhp engine manufactured by Dunsmuir & Jackson, Glasgow.
6.1.1898: Launched by the Ailsa Shipbuilding Company, Troon (Yard No. 69) for Hugh Craig & Company, Belfast.
4.1898: Completed.
13.9.1918: Whilst on a voyage from Ayr to Belfast with coal, was sunk with a torpedo by the German submarine UB 64, at a position 7 miles N. E. by E., from Black Head, Belfast Lough.


ALICE M. CRAIG (1900 – 1935).
O.N. 113505. 964g. 333n. 216.1 x 32.0 x 15.5 feet.
T.3-cyl. (17", 28" & 45" x 33") 142 nhp engine manufactured by Dunsmuir & Jackson, Glasgow.
23.10.1900: Launched by Ailsa Shipbuilding Company, Troon (Yard No. 89) for James Craig, Belfast.
17.12.1900: Registered in the name of James Craig trading as Hugh Craig & Company.
24.1.1935: Sold to Alfred H. Smith, Shenfield, Essex.
2.12.1935: Sold to Whalton Shipping Company Ltd., (Geoffrey R. Sutton, manager), Newcastle upon Tyne.
1936: Demolished at Newport by John Cashmore & Sons Ltd.
13.10.1936: Registry closed.


AILSA CRAIG (1906 – 1918)
O.N. 120718. 641g. 216n. 184.5 x 27.6 x 6.11 feet.
C.2-cyl. (20" & 44" x 30") 80 rhp engine manufactured by Muir & Houston Ltd., Glasgow.
6.9.1906: Launched by the Ailsa Shipbuilding Company Ltd., Troon (Yard No.156) for Hugh Craig & Company.
12.10.1906: Registered in the names of {James Craig 32/64 and John C. Craig 32/64} trading as Hugh Craig & Company.
15.4.1918: Whilst on a voyage from Cardiff to Granville with coal, was sunk with a torpedo by the German submarine UB 80, at a position 13 miles W. by N., from Portland Bill.
23.4.1918: Registry closed.


CLIFFSIDER (1921 – 1926)
O.N. 142497. 489g. 202n. 160.1 x 25.2 x 9.7 feet
T.3-cyl. (12”, 21” & 34” x 24”) 64 rhp engine manufactured by the shipbuilder.
5.1920: Completed by J. Lewis & Sons Ltd., Aberdeen (yard No. ) for Stewart Line Ltd., (Samuel Stewart & Company, managers), Belfast.
1921: Sold to Hugh Craig & Company, Belfast.
1926: Sold to G. T. Gillie & Blair Ltd., Glasgow and renamed BEAULY FIRTH



CLYDEBRAE (1918 - 1958) steel & iron steamship.
O.N. 98681. 534g. 231n. 175.2 x 26.7 x 10.7 feet.
As built: T. 3-cyl. (14”, 23” & 36” x 27”) 75 hp engine manufactured by Muir & Houston, Glasgow.
Post 1918: T. 3-cyl. (14.875”, 23.125” & 36” x 27”) 80mn engine manufactured by Douglas & Grant Ltd., Kircaldy.
5.11.1891: Launched as TOPAZ by Scott & Company, Bowling (Yard No. 87) for William Robertson, Glasgow.
12.1891: Completed.
1892: Sold to M. Langlands & Sons, Glasgow, and renamed PRINCESS SOPHIA.
1912: Sold to Clydeside Steam Ship Company Ltd., (James B. Couper, manager).
1913: Renamed CLYDEBRAE.
1916: Sold to Albert Chester, Middlesbrough.
2.10.1917: Damaged with a torpedo by a German submarine in the North Sea with the loss of five of her crew, including her master.
1917: Abandoned as a constructive total loss to the North of England Protecting & Indemnity Association (J. S. Todd, manager).
8.1918: Repaired and re-engined at Jarrow.
1918: Sold to James Craig, trading as Hugh Craig & Company Belfast.
1920/21: Owners restyled as Hugh Craig & Company Ltd., Belfast.
7.2.1958: Arrived at Dublin for demolition by Hammond Lane Metal Company Ltd.


M. J. CRAIG (2) (1921 - 1935)
O.N. 145417. 605g. 271n. 174.5 x 28.6 x 10.9 feet.
T.3-cyl. (14”, 23” & 38” x 27”) 57 rhp engine manufactured by Aitchison, Blair Ltd., Clydebank.
10.3.1921: Launched by Taw Shipyards Ltd., Barnstaple (Yard No. 20) for Hugh Craig & Company, Belfast.
6.1921: Completed.
1935: Sold to James Fisher & Sons Ltd., Barrow, and renamed POOL FISHER.
1951: Sold to Holderness Steamship Company Ltd., (T. Kettlewell & Sons Ltd., managers), Hull, and renamed HOLDERNILE.
23.4.1952: Whilst on a voyage from to collided with the Dutch vessel MEERKERK gt./ in the River Scheldt, and sank.


AILSA CRAIG (2) / CRAIGOLIVE (1921 - 1965)
O.N. 145417. 605g. 271n. 174.5 x 28.6 x 10.9 feet.
T.3-cyl. (14”, 23” & 38” x 27”) 72 rhp engine manufactured by Aitchison, Blair Ltd., Clydebank.
9.5.1921: Launched as AILSA CRAIG by Taw Shipyards Ltd., Barnstaple (Yard No. 27) for Hugh Craig & Company, Belfast.
5.8.1921: Completed as CRAIGOLIVE for Hugh Craig & Company Ltd.
1963: Owners acquired by Cawood Fuels (Northern Ireland) Ltd.
1965: Sold to Haulbowline Industries Ltd., passage West, Cork for demolition.
1.4.1965: Delivered at Passage West.


CRAIGAVON (1921 – 1927)
O.N. 145421. 682g. 276n. 180.0 x 28.9 x 10.8 feet.
T.3-cyl. (14”, 24” & 38” x 27”) 72 rhp engine manufactured by Aitchison, Blair Ltd., Clydebank.
7.1921: Completed by Dublin Shipbuilders Ltd., Dublin (Yard No. 110, 111 or 112 ) for Hugh Craig & Company Ltd.
26.10.1927: Departed Glasgow bound for Briton Ferry with a cargo of coal.
28.10.1927: Last sighted off Milford Haven and subsequently declared as missing.


CRAIGAVAD (1952 - 1965)
O.N. 146415. 681g. 287n. 185.5 x 28.6 x 10.7 feet.
T.3-cyl. 15”, 25” & 41” x 30”) 85rhp engine manufactured by Aitchison, Blair Ltd., Clydebank.
6.1924: Completed as SAINT KENNETH by Scott & Sons, Bowling (Yard No. ) for T. Heighton Ltd., (R. Harper & Company Ltd., managers), Dublin.
1952: Sold to Hugh Craig & Company Ltd., Belfast, and renamed CRAIGAVAD.
1963: Owners acquired by Cawood Fuels (Northern Ireland) Ltd.
1965: Sold to Haulbowline Industries Ltd., passage West, Cork for demolition.
3.7.1965: Delivered at Passage West.


CRAIGANTLET (1957 - 1965)
O.N. 161955. 827g. 410n. 195.0 x 31.1 x 11.9 feet
T.3-cyl. (15”, 25” & 40” x 27”) 90 rhp engine manufactured by Davey, Paxman & Company Ltd., Colchester.
8.1931: Completed as YEWARCH by J. Scott & Sons, Bowling (Yard No. 310) for John Stewart & Company, Glasgow
7.12.1940: Damaged by aircraft bombing and gunfire off Dudgeon Buoy, Humber Estuary.
1957: Sold to Hugh Craig & Company Ltd., Belfast, and renamed CRAIGANTLET.
1963: Owners acquired by Cawood Fuels (Northern Ireland) Ltd.
1965: Sold to Haulbowline Industries Ltd., passage West, Cork for demolition.
30.9.1965: Delivered at Passage West.


CRAIGMORE (1965 - )
25.10.1965: Launched by Richard Dunston, Hessle (Yard No. 830)





PINEWOOD (1978 – 1990)
O.N. 366431. 2,025g. 1,125n. 3,070d. 85.32 x 13.75 x 4,987 metres oa
16-cyl. 4 S.C.S.A. (222 x 292mm) 2,440 bhp Blackstone ESL16MK2 type engine manufactured by Mirrlees Blackstone (Stamford) Ltd., Stamford. 12 kts.
3. 1978: Completed by Scott & Sons (Bowling) Ltd., Bowling (Yard No. 454), for Cawoods (Northern Ireland) Ltd., Belfast.
1990: Sold to Coe, Metcalf Shipping Ltd., Liverpool, and renamed REDTHORN.
1996: Owners restyled as James Fisher & Sons (Liverpool) Ltd.

LeeP
27th October 2008, 21:05
Fantastic work.....thank you so so much!!
I am researching my family "roots" and am descended from one of Hugh Craig's daughters. Her marriage & death certificates stated her father was a shipowner but I hadn't been able to find much info.
The details you have given me are invaluable and I am so thrillled!! It appears some of the vessels may have been named after family members so now I have more clues to follow up.
I am so interested in learning more about the work of the Company, its ships, premises, Craig family,etc, especially any photos, etc. so if anyone can give suggestions on where I should go from here I would be so grateful.
Thanks again for the prompt and wonderful response.
Cheers LeeP

BillH
27th October 2008, 21:17
Fantastic work.....thank you so so much!!
I am researching my family "roots" and am descended from one of Hugh Craig's daughters. Her marriage & death certificates stated her father was a shipowner but I hadn't been able to find much info.
The details you have given me are invaluable and I am so thrillled!! It appears some of the vessels may have been named after family members so now I have more clues to follow up.
I am so interested in learning more about the work of the Company, its ships, premises, Craig family,etc, especially any photos, etc. so if anyone can give suggestions on where I should go from here I would be so grateful.
Thanks again for the prompt and wonderful response.
Cheers LeeP
Lee,

Be aware of one vessel - AILSA CRAIG. Ailsa whilst a female name is also related to Scotland. AILSA CRAIG is a land mass off west Scotland

Bill

aleddy
28th October 2008, 04:32
WOW..that one hit me like Workman Clark & Co Shipbuilder of Belfast, I had not known of their existance until 1984 which is about 50 years after their closure.
Hugh Craig & Co. I had not heard of until this posting, Cawood Fuels, once again unheard of by me but then by that time I was long gone.
To ease my embarassment I must let you know that I had heard of Kelly Coal Boats as a preschooler and looked at them adoringly and longingly.
LeeP I'm very glad you asked the question and BillH that you had the answers
Cheers
Ted

BillH
28th October 2008, 08:01
WOW..that one hit me like Workman Clark & Co Shipbuilder of Belfast, I had not known of their existance until 1984 which is about 50 years after their closure.
Hugh Craig & Co. I had not heard of until this posting, Cawood Fuels, once again unheard of by me but then by that time I was long gone.
To ease my embarassment I must let you know that I had heard of Kelly Coal Boats as a preschooler and looked at them adoringly and longingly.
LeeP I'm very glad you asked the question and BillH that you had the answers
Cheers
Ted
John Kelly Ltd.
If all goes according to plan my book on their history will be published next year.
It is currently complete from my point of view and in the publishers hands

aleddy
29th October 2008, 01:14
I shall be watching out for that BillH but you should also let it be known on this site when it is published by who and title as I would have to get it thru Amazon
Cheers
Ted

DamianFegan
27th February 2009, 13:22
Hi

My 86 year old grandfather has been searching for information on the ship M J Craig for years. His father was onboard when she was torpedoed of Blackhead. If anybody would have pictures, ship logs or links to other sites this would be great.

Thanks

Damian

roy32
2nd September 2009, 09:25
I am trying to find out if my grandfather was a crew member of the Craigavon which was lost of Milford Haven on the 28th October 1927. Does anyone have any information regarding the crew of this vessel?

willier
5th September 2012, 21:37
Hugh Craig & Co was founded in 1842. Hugh died 25 Feb. 1873 He had 8 daughters and 5 sons.
Two sons James & John Clements Craig carried on the business until 1927 when John C. died. Limited Co. incorporated in 1944 with Capital of 50,000 but by that time there were no Craigs on the Board.
A 648 ton iron barque, built in Belfast 1885 was the Polly Woodside. She has been fully restored by National Trust of Australia and is exhibited in South Melbourne Docks. This was possibly the earliest vessel owned by the Craigs.

kathymc
22nd September 2013, 20:54
Roy
message me back re SS Craigavon.

thanks,
Kathymc

roy32
2nd October 2013, 12:36
Hi Kathy,

It's been a while since I was on this forum. Do you have any information about the SS Craigavon?

thanks

Roy32

Roy
message me back re SS Craigavon.

thanks,
Kathymc

kathymc
2nd October 2013, 19:46
Hello Roy

You were asking about crew of SS Craigavon. I have been looking for any information whatsoever regarding this. Sadly, my grandfather was a crew member. All were tragically lost.

I have seen a printed list online of crew members. Have you?

I wonder if your grandfather's name is on it.

Keep in touch and let me know

all the best,

Kathy