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L&N
20th May 2006, 01:20
I have seen reference to several Hong Kong-registered ships with names beginning with "Inch". Can anyone tell me what company this was? I would appreciate it very much.

Jay

Keltic Star
20th May 2006, 03:14
Am not 100% sure but think they would have been ships owned or managed by Inchcape Shipping Ltd.
See http://www.iss-shipping.com/

John Briggs
20th May 2006, 05:37
The "Inchxxx" ships belonged to Inch S S Company Ltd of Hong Kong which was a subsidiary of Williamson & Co. Ltd of Hong Kong. The company was formed in 1947 and finally finished in 1966 however some of the ships continued to trade with the same names but owned by the Douglas SS Company.

L&N
20th May 2006, 15:39
Keltic Star & John,

Thanks for the information. Appreciate it.

Jay

ganda
21st July 2006, 11:19
As someone has already noted, these ships with names like Incharran, Inchdouglas etc were ex WW2 Empire type liberty vessels acquired by Williamson of Hong Kong in 1947. I was radio officer on Inchleana. "Inch" believe is Gaelic for "island" Understand the owner was Leana Williamson of Napier New Zealand.
Cheers
Ganda

Dave Edge
22nd July 2006, 00:05
A New Zealander, Stewart Taylor Williamson, founded this company in Hong Kong in 1922. Following his death in 1950 it passed to his sister Magdalene (Leana) with management in the hands of several trustees, notably James Robertson Mullion of Mullion & Co. The Inch S.S. Company was formed as a subsidiary in 1947 and thereafter all Williamson ships bore 'Inch' names, the last of them being sold in 1975 shortly before Mullions also ceased shipowning. The "Inchleana" was built as "Empire Treasure" then became the "Gracia" of Donaldson Line then Blue Star's "Oregon Star". Sold to Williamson in 1955 and to Pakistan National Sg Corp in 1966 as "Tetulia" she was broken up at Karachi in 1969.

ganda
23rd July 2006, 11:32
Dave
Many thanks for this new info. I believe "Empire Treasure" lost her screw while in the north Atlantic during WW2 while freighting ordnance & was then involved in a very long & dangerous tow to Swansea.
Best regards
George

Fergie
6th March 2007, 04:38
I have seen reference to several Hong Kong-registered ships with names beginning with "Inch". Can anyone tell me what company this was? I would appreciate it very much.

Jay

This is Williamson & Co of Hong Kong. They had ships named Inchwells, Inchmull, Incharron, Inchkeith, Inchmay. These are about all I can remember. I sailed on Inchwells in 1948. Williamson was a New Zealander living in Hong Kong. The ships were mostly ex Empire vessels and all were tramps. Inchwells was chartered for 2 years at the time to Union Steamship Co of New Zealand. When the charter expired we sailed to Hong Kong and I left the company there.

maritiem
8th November 2007, 13:26
Name Built Builder History Tons
Inchearn 1943 Armstrong Whitworth & Co. Ltd, Newcastle Ex Empire Flag built for Ministry Of War Transport, managed by New Zealand Shipping Co., London, ex Carmia 1946 for Donaldson Line, ex Victoria Star 1954 for Blue Star Line, 1955 purchased by Williamson & Co., Hong Kong renamed Inchearn, transferred to Douglas Steamship Co., 1966 scrapped at Osaka. 7,024
Inchdouglas 1943 Wm. Doxford & Sons Ltd, Sunderland Ex Jersey Hart built for Morel Ltd, Cardiff, ex Stanpark 1945 for Stanhope SS Co. ( J.A. Billmeir & Co. ), ex Queen Elanor 1951 for T. Dunlop & Sons, Glasgow, 1956 purchased by Williamson & Co., Hong Kong renamed Inchdouglas, 1956 transferred to Douglas Steamship Co., 1970 scrapped at Kaohsiung. 7,275
Inchmull (1) 1918 Ames SB & DD Co., Seattle, Washington Ex Westport built for United States Shipping Board, ex Empire Nightingale for MOWT 1941, 1947 purchased by Williamson & Co., Hong Kong renamed Inchmull, 1948 sold to Scindia Steam Navigation Co, India renamed Jalamatsaya, 1953 sold to USA owner renamed Ricnat, 1953 scrapped at Bo'ness 5,665
Inchmull (2) 1919 Detroit Shipbuilding Co., Wyandotte, Michigan Ex Lake Inglenook built for United States Shipping Board, ex Empire Tern for MOWT 1940, 1946 purchased by Williamson & Co., Hong Kong not renamed, 1949 transferred to Inch Steamship Co. renamed Inchmull, 1953 sold to Cia. Sigma, Panama renamed Sigma Star, 1953 scrapped at Osaka.
Inchmull (3) 1941 Wm Doxford & Sons, Sunderland Ex Empire Spray built for Ministry Of War Transport, managed by West Hartlepool S.N. Co., 1942 purchased by Dutch Government renamed Gerard Dou managed by Rotterdamsche Lloyd,1946 purchased by Stoomvaart Mij. Rotterdam, 1947 renamed Marken,1955 sold to Williamson & Co., Hong Kong renamed Inchmull, 1966 transferred to Douglas Steamship Co.,1969 scrapped at Kaohsiung. 7,308
Inchstuart 1942 Burntisland Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Burntisland Ex Highland Prince, 1955 purchased by Williamson & Co., Hong Kong from Prince Line renamed Inchstuart, 1959 transferred to Douglas Steamship Co., 1969 scrapped at Hong Kong. 7,043
Inchona 1960 Austin & Pickersgill Ltd., Sunderland Ex Glanely, 1969 purchased from Atlantic Shipping & Trading Co. Ltd. (W.J. Tatem Ltd. managers) by Williamson & Co., Hong Kong renamed Inchona, transferred to Douglas Steamship Co., 1975 sold to Bardal Shipping Co., Greece and renamed Alekos K. 1978 sold to Alkistis Shipping Co. S.A., Greece and renamed Aries, 1987 broken up. 8,261
Inchleana 1943 Lithgows Ltd., Port Glasgow Ex Empire Treasure built for Ministry Of War Transport, ex Gracia 1946 for Donaldson Line, ex Oregon Star 1954 for Blue Star Line, 1955 purchased by Williamson & Co., Hong Kong renamed Inchleana, 1966 sold to National Shipping Corp., Pakistan renamed Tetulia, 1968 used as a barge, 1969 scrapped. 7,040
Incharran 1944 Wm. Gray & Co.Ltd, West Hartlepool Ex Empire Labrador built for Ministry Of War Transport, 1949 purchased by Williamson & Co., Hong Kong renamed Incharran, 1955 sold to Indo China Steam Nav. Co., London renamed Hosang, 1968 sold to C.T. Chu, Hong Kong renamed Golden River, 1970 scrapped. 3,539
Inchwells 1920 Pusey & Jones Co., Gloucester, N.J. Ex Ethan Allen built for United States Shipping Board, ex Empire Puma for Ministry Of War Transport, managed by Lyle Shipping Co., 1947 purchased by Williamson & Co., Hong Kong renamed Inchwells, 1951 sold to Bellavista Cia Naviera, Panama renamed Point Clear, 1952 sold to Cia di Nav. Stellamaris Soc.per Azioni, Genoa renamed Giacomo Piaggio, 1954 sold to Angelo Ravano di Enrico, Genoa renamed Enrichetto, 1958 sold to Panamanian Oriental SS Corp, Panama (O Wheelock, Marden & Co. )renamed Silvana, 1959 scrapped at Hong Kong. 7,777
Inchkeith 1923 J. Priestman & Co.Ltd, Sunderland Ex Barbara built for Cliffside Shipping Co. Ltd. Newcastle, ex Barbara Marie 1924, ex Portsea 1925 for Sea SS Co.Ltd, ex Cipro 1933 for Nivose Soc. di Nav, Italy, ex Stella 1937 for Lauro & Montella, Naples, 14.8.1941 captured by British warship, 1941 renamed Empire Planet for MOWT managed by Golden Cross Line, Cardiff, 1947 purchased by Williamson & Co., Hong Kong renamed Inchkeith, 2.3.1955 ashore Andaman Islands and declared total loss. 4,290
Inchmay (1) 1919 Todd Drydock & Construction Corp., Tacoma, Washington Ex Higho built for United States Shipping Board, ex Empire Gazelle for for Ministry Of War Transport, purchased by Williamson & Co., Hong Kong, 1947 transferred to Inch Steamship Co. renamed Inchmay, 1954 scrapped in Japan. 4,828
Inchmay (2) 1944 Short Brothers Ltd., Sunderland Ex Empire Cromer built for Ministry Of War Transport, ex Corrientes1946 for Donaldson Line, 1954 to 1954 Blue Star Line, London, 1954 purchased by Williamson & Co., Hong Kong renamed Inchmay, 1966 sold to National Shipping Corp., Pakistan renamed Kaukhali, 1968 scrapped at Karachi. 7,058
Inchcrag 1923 J. Readhead & Sons Ltd., South Shields Ex Steelville built for Balls & Stansfield Ltd, Newcastle, ex Francis Dawson 1937 for F.L.Dawson & Co, Newcastle, 8.3.1941 Fire damaged at Halifax, repaired as Empire Tyne for MOWT managed by F.L.Dawson & Co., 1947 purchased by Williamson & Co., Hong Kong renamed Inchcrag, 1952 scrapped at Hong Kong. 3,724
Inchmark 1918 Northwest Steel Co., Portland, Oregon Ex West Wauna built for United States Shipping Board, ex Empire Grebe, 1947 purchased by Williamson & Co., Hong Kong renamed Inchmark, 29.5.1949 aground at 07.05S 132.03E and total loss. 5,736
Inchstaffa 1940 Barclay Curle & Co, Ltd, Glasgow Ex Trevaylor, 1955 purchased by Williamson & Co., Hong Kong from Hain Steamship Co., 1966 sold to Rowan Shipping Corporation Ltd., Hong Kong, resold to Mullion and Co. Ltd., Gibraltar, and renamed Ardstaffa.,1967 sold to Southern Shipping and Enterprises Co. Ltd., Hong Kong and renamed Nankwang, 30.11.1967 stranded and sank off Woosung anchorage after breaking her anchor chain in heavy weather, on a voyage from Whampoa to Shanghai with a cargo of ore. 5,257

Is this list complete ? does anybody the funnelmarking and the houseflag of the Inch Steamship Co.
Regards

Derringham
18th November 2007, 18:54
Hi Maritiem!
Your list should contain the Inchislay and the Inchjura, (ex-Tynebank). I worked for Williamsons from January 57 to August 58. We traded mostly in the Far East but did one trip to India and another to Rotterdam and Antwerp.

Derringham

Dave Edge
18th November 2007, 23:00
Williamson & Co had the traditional tramp ship funnel colours of 'black with a black top', although at one time the "Incharran" had six white W's round the funnel. Houseflag was white with a red propeller.

maritiem
21st November 2007, 15:25
Thanks for the funnel and houseflag reply.
Henk (Maritiem)

CAPILANO
21st November 2007, 15:57
INCHCASTLE: Built 1938 by Short Bros, Sunderland as ANGLO INDIAN for Lawther Latta (Nitrate Producers S.S.Co.Ltd)
1943 to Reardon Smith Line, Cardiff. 1948 renamed TACOMA CITY.
1954 to Williamsons Hong Kong, renamed INCHCASTLE
1966 to Wing On S.S Co., renamed LUCKY.
8/11/1969 Arrived Kaohsiung for breaking up
From 1943 to 1948 Government restrictions prevented Reardon Smith from renaming the vessel

maritiem
25th November 2007, 13:07
Hallo Capilano and Derringham thank you for the additional information, so I can get this shipping co's fleetlist more compleet.
Regards
Henk

gdynia
25th November 2007, 13:20
Henk

The house flag is at following
http://www.fotw.net/flags/hk~ship6.html

Derringham
7th December 2007, 21:34
Hallo Capilano and Derringham thank you for the additional information, so I can get this shipping co's fleetlist more compleet.
Regards
Henk

I am writing up my memoirs and your info on this company is very valuable. do you want more details from me? Are you writing a company history? Let me know and I'll put it all into Ships Nostalgia.

Derringham

maritiem
9th December 2007, 18:11
Hallo Derringham
I've made a small company history with fleetlist which is placed on the website The Shipslist http://www.theshipslist.com/index.html
If there is additional information I'll be glad to put it in to make it as complete as possible.
If you wish to have it let me know I made all the lists in word documents so I can sent you a copy.

Regards
Henk Jungerius

Geoff Walker
8th May 2009, 17:09
G'day

Ie. Inchwells, etc..Believed to be Willamsons of HongKong. Owned a number of China Coasters/Traders all begining with "Inch.." Active circa 1960's
Now no more I believe - sadly. Not sure but believe they may have been tied up with "Mullions" of Hong Kong

Geoff