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Old 10th December 2008, 20:14
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James Chambers - Mollers Of Hong Kong

James Chambers ships traded from Liverpool to New York, Mexico and Cuba and the Gulf of Mexico and also traded to the Far East and Pacific.

In 1944 Moller's of Hong Kong bought a controlling interest in the company and in 1946 James Chambers & Co ceased to exist.

Can anyone add further information to the history of either Company please?
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Old 10th December 2008, 20:47
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Sea Breezes of June through August 1973 has a history of James Chambers and "Sold East" by H. W. Dick and S. A. Kentwell gives a history of Mollers (ISBN 0 9599079 4 7).
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James Chambers - Moller Ltd

Dave, thankyou for the guidance. I shall seek out those reference books.

My interest in James Chambers (Lancashire Shipping Company) is in their pre-War joint service with Barber Lines and to understand if it was continued after the War by Moller Limited.

The building of several "Castle" ships after the War suggested that there was an intention/decision to continue which was for some reason retracted and the ships sold to other owners such as to PSNC (CUZCO, launched as THURLAND CASTLE).

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Mollers aka Chambers of Liverpool

Mollers bought the trading rights and goodwill of Chambers of Liverpool when that firm decided to go out of business following WW2. To serve the round the world trade from New York, which was the "line" service built up by Chambers, Mollers bought two "Woolworth carriers" and converted them back to cargo ships as "Muncaster Castle" and "Greystoke Castle". They were both American built C3 and hulls the accommodation was Liberty ship construction with an added main deck, with extra width added to suit the greater beam of the C3 hull. They were five hold with double gear at each hatch and retained the as-fitted turbine engines and boilers. The funnel was sited on what was the Liberty ship engine skylight. They had passenger accommodation included, of American standard, very spartan on what was the original Liberty ship main deck.
The crew were British officers, Malay sailors, Chinese catering. Indian firemen and the standard of catering was excellent. Quite a few of the junior engineers were recruited from the Hong Kong dockyards.
They carried out the designed trade for about two years until the outward cargo trade disappeared. Then they carried bulk coal out to Japan with anythng available back from the Far East back to the States. When this trade also fell away, both ships where on charter in the North Atlantic until being sold later in life to Ben Line.
Mollers also had built the "Penrith Castle" by Blyth D.D. & Shipbuilding and had the "Thurland Castle" also laid down for the service. Neither of these ships was every employed in their intended trade.
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I have mentioned elsewhere that Chambers were part of the international consortium that ran the Round-the-World, Westbound service that included Wilhelmsen, Fearnley & Eager, Silver Line and Bank Line, with the participation of the shoreside cargo brokers in the USA and Canada of Kerr Line, Boyd, Weir & Sewell and Barber.
I previously said that Maersk were also a participant but I was probably wrong in that Chambers were sold to Moller's of Hong Kong and I can't say with any certainly that this Hong Kong business was part of the Copenhagen A.P. Moller. Can anybody put me straight on this?
Their jointly-owned New York terminal was on Staten Island which in the 1970s was still owned by the R-T-W participants even although the service had been "Americanized" by President Lines in the late 1940s and the 'foreigners' squeezed out! Latterly the pier was used as a bus barn but under lease for the New York Transit Company and was on its way to being gentrified into expensive waterfront consortium housing.
The President Lines had faster ships and were more able to maintain the difficult extended schedule than the older units provided by the European partners. Apparently, Chambers and Silver Line fought this for a while by building and operating good quality, sophisticated and good-looking newbuildings but they were defeated by the Americanization of the line.
The Round-the -World service was conceived in the 1920s and was based on the main cargo flows between USA East Coast and the Far East; Bombay and West India and USA East Coast and the Far East and West India with San Francisco, Calcutta, Arabian Gulf, Red Sea and Mediterranean calls made on inducement depending on the particular interests of the individual partners.
In Bank Line's case, their American and Indian and American and Indian Branch Line, Bombay American Line, and American and Oriental Line were sectors of the R-T-W Joint Service.

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Alistair,
Mollers (Maersk Line) and Mollers (UK) Ltd, the Mollers with its operations base in Hong Kong, were completely seperate companies.
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Dave....
Thank you for clearing this point up. I shall not 'assume' again!
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This is what I got of the Lancashire Shipping Co. so Far.

James Chambers started in 1865 his own shipping company after having been a partner for nine years in the White Star Line of Australian Packets (later famous as the White Star Line).
In 1867 James Chambers took over the Lancaster Shipowners Company a newly formed company in which he registered his sailing ships.

By the time of his death in 1877 the Lancaster Shipowners Company owned seven sailing ships and the business was then managed by his son Walter J. Chambers.
On fourteen November 1896 the Lancashire Shipping Co. Ltd was formed to take over from the Lancaster Shipowners Company.
At the turn of the century the fleet consisted of eight steamers and two sailing ships.
Some fifteen ships joined the Chambers fleet between 1900 and 1915.

Two ships were lost due enemy action during World War 1 and three ships were purchased during that period, while three German prize entered the fleet between 1919 and 1921.

During the second half of the 1920s five motorships were built for the company and by 1930 at the onset of the Great Depression the fleet numbered fourteen ships including eight steamers, but all the eight steamers were sold during the next six years.

The Round the World Service had several British and American competitors, including Prince Line from 1914, Silver Line from 1925 and the Bank Line.

Between 1937 and 1939 four new steamers were built.

During World War 2 Lancashire Shipping Co. Ltd lost five ships due enemy action.
The management of the company between 1923 and 1927 was done by James Chambers grandson and after his death in 1927 Samuel Chambers and his nephew Allan Chambers took command of the company.
Round the end of 1943 they realized that due increasingly heavy American competion the Round the World service could not be sustained after the war and they sold the remaining four motorships, three to Elder Dempster & Co. and one to J.A. Billmeir (Stanhope SS Co.).

In October 1944 Moller & Co. of Shanghai bought the trading rights and goodwill of James Chambers & Co. and in 1946 ended the management of James Chambers & Co.
To serve the round the world trade from New York, which was the line service built up by James Chambers & Co., Moller & Co. bought two escort carriers in 1947 and converted them back to cargo liners and one new building joined the fleet in 1949, although this ship never was employed in her intended trade.
In 1957 Moller & Co. now at Hong Kong sold the last Lancashire Shipping Co. Ltd ships to the Ben Line and closed this service.

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Sailing Ships

WARWICK CASTLE was built in 1863 by Robert Napier & Sons at Glasgow for Castle Mail Packet Co. as a three masted ship with a tonnage of 1171grt,. 1870 purchased by James Chambers & Co. for the Liverpool - Calcutta service not renamed, 1890 sold to A/S Cimbria, S. W. Brunn, Kolding, Denmark renamed CIMBRIA, by 1905 she was owned by P. L. V. Schiaffino of Genoa with the same name and was broken up in Italy during 1911.

HORNBY CASTLE (1) was built in 1877 by T.B. Royden and Son at Liverpool as DUNCAN COUPLAND for Lancaster Shipowners as a three masted ship with a tonnage of 1495grt, in 1881 renamed HORNBY CASTLE by James Chambers & Co., 1905 sold to Aas & Cappelen renamed HARALD, 15.8.1909 wrecked in the Mull of Oa, Islay.

LOWTHER CASTLE (1) was built in 1886 by Williamson at Workington, as a three masted ship with a tonnage of 1868grt, 1889 sold to H.H. Schmidt, Germany renamed MARIE, 1909 broken up at Harburg.

THURLAND CASTLE (1) was built in 1876 by Harland & Wolff Ltd, Belfast for James Chambers & Co. as a three masted ship with a tonnage of 1301grt, 1895 sold to C. Brewer & Co. renamed IOLANI, 3.5.1900 sunk in collision off Astoria, Oregon.

WRAY CASTLE (1) was built in 1889 by Williamson at Workington, as a three masted ship with a tonnage of 1891grt, 1901 sold not renamed, 1921 sold to Garthwaite renamed GARTHWRAY, 23.4.1923 wrecked off Santa Maria Island.

GREYSTOKE CASTLE (1) was built in 1886 by Williamson at Workington, as a three masted ship with a tonnage of 1878grt, 10.6.1896 wrecked on Cape Agulhas.

MUNCASTER CASTLE (1) was built in 1882 by Williamson at Workington, as a four masted barque with a tonnage of 2044grt, 29.5.189? sold not renamed, 1901 wrecked at Staten Island, Patagonia.

PENDRAGON CASTLE (1) was built in 1891 by Williamson at Workington, as a four masted barque with a tonnage of 2510grt, 1898 sold to H.H. Schmidt, Germany renamed LISBETH, 1927 scrapped.

LANCASTER CASTLE (1) was built in 1884 by Williamson at Workington, as a three masted ship with a tonnage of 2155grt, 1898 sold to H.H. Schmidt, Germany renamed MARGARETHA, 13.3.1909 sunk in collision.

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Name Built Builder Years of Service Tons
Egremont Castle (1) 1890 Palmers & Co. Shipbuilding & Iron Company, Jarrow Built for James Chambers & Co., 1896 transferred to Lancashire Shipping Co. Ltd, 1902 sold to Macbeth & Co., Sidney, NSW not renamed, 1907 sold to Wilh. Wilhelmsen, Norway renamed Heimdal, 20.6.1910 wrecked Sable Island, N.S. 2,877
Rose Castle (1) 1895 Wm Pickersgill & Sons, Sunderland Built for James Chambers & Co., 1896 transferred to Lancashire Shipping Co. Ltd, 1899 sold to F. de Abasolo, Spain renamed Arraiz, 1931 sold to Duro Felguera renamed Ciano, 1934 sold to Amaya renamed Axpe, 1936 scrapped at Bilbao. 2,816
Kendal Castle (1) 1896 Wm Pickersgill & Sons, Sunderland 1901 sold to Yandiola & Solano, Spain renamed Rosario, 1920 sold to Ballesteros renamed Ceferino Ballesteros, 1930 sold to Fabrica de Mieres renamed Mieres, 1955 sold to A. Garcia Munte Nuno renamed Garcia Munte, 1959 scrapped at Barcelona. 2,885
Middleham Castle (1) 1897 Wm Pickersgill & Sons, Sunderland 1904 sold to Heyne Hessenmuller, Germany renamed Hermine Hessenmuller, 1908 sold to August Bolten W. Miller’s Nachfolger, Hamburg, renamed Harz, 1914 seized by Russia to Imperial Russian Navy renamed Dobro, 1919 reverted to Germany, 1923 sold to Emil R.Retzlaff, Stettin renamed Fafner, 1931 sold to E. Bergmann, Estonia renamed Stella, 25.3.1934 sunk in collision. 3,062
Corby Castle (1) 1898 Wm Pickersgill & Sons, Sunderland 1908 sold to Braemount S.S. Co. Ltd (Sloan & Jackson), Glasgow renamed Braemount, 1912 sold to Furness, Withy & Co. Ltd for the Chesapeake & Ohio Co. renamed Albiana, 1913 sold to Sale & Co., London name unchanged, 1919 sold to Union Chartering Co. renamed Berriedale, 1921 sold to I.C. Ozanne renamed Brockdale, 1924 sold to F.J. Mundy renamed Cardiff, 1927 sold to G. Bozzo, Italy renamed Pellegro, 1934 scrapped. 3,607
Richmond Castle 1898 Wm Pickersgill & Sons, Sunderland 1906 sold to Deutsche Levante Linie, Hamburg, Germany renamed Paros, 1914 seized by the British at Alexandria not renamed, 17.8.1915 sunk by German submarine U.38 west of Bardsey Island. 3,605
Hornby Castle (2) 1899 Wm Pickersgill & Sons, Sunderland 1914 sold to A. Lederer, Austria renamed Libusse, 1915 seized by the British to A.D. Axarlis renamed Warren, 1.1.1917 torpedoed and sunk by German submarine. 3,712
Lowther Castle (2) 1900 A. MacMillan & Sons Ltd., Dumbarton 1912 sold to P. Regier & Son, Russia renamed Rossia, 1922 1922 purchased by Essex Steam Ship Co. (Meldrum & Swinson) from Sefton SS Co. Ltd renamed Essex Baron, 1928 sold to Lyn Shipping Co. not renamed, 1930 scrapped at Queenstown. 4,599
Penrith Castle (1) 1900 Wm Pickersgill & Sons, Sunderland 1916 sold to Atlantic and Eastern S. S. Co. Ltd. ( J. Glynn and Son managers), Liverpool and renamed Alaveno, 1922 sold to Kaye, Son and Co. Ltd. and renamed Kayak, 1926 sold to Anglo Maritime Shipping Ltd. (F. S. Edwards manager), London and renamed City of Patras, 1927 sold to Pandeli Bros. S.S. Co., Greece and renamed Zannis Pandelis, 13.3.1928 wrecked in English Roads, Bonavista Islands whilst on a voyage from Barry to Rio de Janeiro with a cargo of coal. 3,663
Thurland Castle (2) 1901 Bartram & Sons Ltd., Sunderland 1913 sold to Becchi & Calcagno, Savona, Italy renamed Fede, 1935 scrapped at La Spezia. 3,819
Wray Castle (2) 1904 Wm Pickersgill & Sons, Sunderland 1915 sold to Sale & Co. not renamed, 1915 sold to Houlder Middleton renamed Wisley, 1925 sold to Canada SS Lines renamed Welland County, 1925 sold to Essex Steam Ship Co. renamed Essex Isles, 13.1.1927 burned and sunk at Tampico. 4,399
Greystoke Castle (2) 1906 Wm Pickersgill & Sons, Sunderland 1927 sold to Xilas Bros, Greece renamed Michalios Xilas, 1936 scrapped at Savona. 3,828
Muncaster Castle (2) 1906 Wm Hamilton & Co. Ltd, Port Glasgow 1925 sold to W.S. Miller & Co. renamed Elsiston, 1935 scrapped at Rosyth. 4,757
Skipton Castle 1907 Wm Pickersgill & Sons, Sunderland 1928 sold to Kassos SN Co., Greece renamed Prionas, 1932 scrapped at Port Glasgow. 3,823
Dacre Castle (1) 1908 R. Craggs & Sons Ltd., Middlesborough 17th September 1912, while on a voyage from Yokohama to New York with a general cargo she was wrecked at Keelung harbour 4,261
Middleham Castle (2) 1910 Wm Hamilton & Co. Ltd, Port Glasgow 6.12.1917 heavily damaged in explosion at Halifax, repaired at New York, 1932 sold to Vogemann's Transport, Panama renamed Delia, 1934 sold to Wing Line renamed Bright Wings, 1939 sold to F. Grauds, Latvia renamed Everoja, 3.11.1941 torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U.203 near Belle Ile, Nfl. 4,534
Kendal Castle (2) 1910 Short Brothers Ltd., Sunderland 15.9.1918 torpedoed and sunk by German submarine near Berry Head. 3,855
Egremont Castle (2) 1911 Craig, Taylor & Co., Stockton on Tees 19.7.1925 wrecked Tuba Bataha Reef, Philippines. 5,294
Sizergh Castle 1903 Wm Pickersgill & Sons, Sunderland Ex Sirocco, 1913 purchased from W.& R. Thomson renamed Sizergh Castle, 1919 sold not renamed, 7.10.1919 abandoned and foundered in North Atlantic. 3,747
Bolton Castle (1) 1912 Wm Hamilton & Co. Ltd, Port Glasgow Completed as Dryden for Lamport & Holt, 1932 sold to Coumantaros Bros, Greece renamed Panagiotis Th. Coumantaros, 1939 sold to S.S. Niarchos renamed Evgenia, 18.5.1940 sunk by air attack off Dover. 5,300
Bowes Castle (1) 1913 J. Laing & Sons Ltd, Sunderland 18.8.1914 captured by German cruiser KARLSRUHE of Barbados and scuttled. 4,650
Bolton Castle (2) 1914 Wm Hamilton & Co. Ltd, Port Glasgow 1937 sold not renamed, 1939 sold to A. Ravano, Greece renamed Fidelitas, 1940 seized by the Germans, 27.11.1944 bombed and sunk in Sula Fjord near Aalesund. 5,826
Lowther Castle (3) 1914 Antwerp Engineering, Antwerp 1933 sold to G.N. Condylis, Greece renamed Condylis, 10.8.1942 torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U.660. 4,439
Rose Castle (2) 1915 Short Brothers Ltd., Sunderland 1917 sold to T. Lewis not renamed, 1920 sold to Dominion Shipping of Canada not renamed, 20.10.1942 damaged by German submarine U. 69, 2.11.1942 torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U.518 with the loss of 24 lives 7,546
Thurland Castle (3) 1914 Irvine's Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. Ltd., West Hartlepool Ex Corinthic, 1916 purchased from W.H. Cockerline renamed Thurland Castle, 1923 sold to H.W. Dillon & Sons renamed Hemisphere, 1926 sold to Kohun Kisen, Japan renamed Kohki Maru, 1930 sold to Ishihara GK renamed Nanshin Maru, 31.3.1943 wrecked. 4,736
Hornby Castle (3) 1914 Sunderland Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Sunderland Ex Pacific, 1916 purchased from W.H. Cockerline renamed Hornby Castle, 1929 sold to J.T. Galakis, Greece renamed Theodoros Galakis, 1930 renamed Aspasia, 15.8.1940 torpedoed and sunk by German submarine UA with the loss of 30 lives. 4,211
Pendragon Castle (2) 1908 Russell & Co., Port Glasgow Ex Inverkip, 1917 purchased from R.J. Rowat & Co. renamed Pendragon Castle, 1922 sold to Chofuku Kisen, Japan renamed Chofuku Maru, 6.2.1931 wrecked near Point Cloates, West Australia. 4,353
Wulsty Castle 1918 J. Blumer & Co., Sunderland 1921 laid up, 1925 re engined, 1929 laid up, 1936 sold to Rethymnis Kulukundis renamed Craggan Hill, 1938 sold to Cie. France Navigation renamed Bonifacio, 1939 sold to Compagnie Generale Transatlantique not renamed, 1942 seized by the Germans and passed to Italy renamed Campo Basso, 1943 shelled and sunk by HMS Nubian east of Keliba Island. 3,566
Dacre Castle (2) 1919 Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd., Newcastle Launched as War Lynx for the Shipping Controller and completed as Dacre Castle for Lancashire Shipping Co., 1937 sold to Brynymor SS Co. (Ambrose, Davies & Matthews), Swansea renamed Cefn Y Bryn, 1938 sold to Jugoslavenska Ploviba d.d, Susak, Yugoslavia renamed Kobac, 1938 sold to Prekomorska Plovidba, Susak renamed Lika, 1939 sold to Crest Shipping Co, London renamed Milcrest, 7.10.1942 sunk in collision with EMPIRE LIGHTNING. 5,278
Lancaster Castle (2) 1919 Northumberland Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Howden on Tyne Launched as War Terrace for the Shipping Controller and completed as Lancaster Castle for Lancashire Shipping Co., 1936 sold to Stathatos & Co., Greece renamed Seapharer, 1938 sold to D.D. Stathatos, Greece renamed Eleni Stathatos, 28.1.1940 torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U.34. 5,625
Bowes Castle (2) 1913 J. C. Tecklenborg A.G., Geestemünde Ex Solfels built for DDG Hansa, Bremen, 1919 surrendered to Britain, 1920 sold to Lancashire Shipping Co., renamed Bowes Castle, 1931 sold to A. Lauro, Naples, Italy renamed Angelina Lauro, 1940 interned at Liverpool, 1940 seized by Britain, 1941 renamed Empire Advocate, 1945 scrapped. 5,821
Wray Castle (3) 1919 Rickmers Werft, Geestemunde Launched as Rickmer Rickmers , 1919 ceded to Great Britain and completed as Paria, 1920 purchased from British Government renamed Kendal Castle, 1932 sold to A. Lauro, Naples, Italy renamed Olimpia, 1943 seized by the Germans, 16.3.1943 sunk by British warships off Lissa, in Bocche di Cattaro. 6,025
Kendal Castle (2) 1919 Norddeutsche Werft, Wesermunde, Bremerhaven Launched as Mai Rickmers for Rickmers ceded to Great Britain and completed as Ultor, 1921 purchased from British Government renamed Kendal Castle, 1932 sold to Belgian National Shipping Line (A. Deppe), Belgium renamed Louis Sheid, 7.12.1939 stranded by Start Point and lost. 6,057
Penrith Castle (2) 1922 Ardrossan Dry Dock & Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Ardrossan 1927 sold to Les Cargos Algeriens, France renamed Djurdjura, 1940 seized by the Briyish at Falmouth, 13.6.1941 torpedoed and sunk by Italian submarine Brin. 3,460
Raby Castle 1925 Caledon Shipbuilding & Engineering Company Ltd, Dundee 1943 sold to J.A. Billmeir ( Stanhope SS Co.) not renamed, 1945 renamed Stanhall, 1951 sold to Wallem & Co., Hong Kong renamed Ami, 1956 sold to Kawasaki Kisen K.K., Japan renamed Hisakawa Maru, 1962 scrapped. 4,996
Corby Castle (2) 1918 Russell & Co., Port Glasgow Ex Virgilia, 1925 purchased from Cunard renamed Corby Castle, 1927 sold to Tatsuuma Kisen , Japan renamed Tatsuha Maru, 1938 renamed Tatuha Maru, 17.2.1944 bombed and sunk at Truk. 5,697
Greystoke Castle (3) 1928 Cammell Laird & Co. Ltd, Birkenhead 1943 sold to Elder Dempster & Co. not renamed, 1946 renamed Freetown, 1958 scrapped at Hamburg. 5,853
Muncaster Castle (3) 1928 Cammell Laird & Co. Ltd, Birkenhead 30.3.1942 torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U.68 with the loss of 24 lives. 5,853
Penrith Castle (3) 1928 Cammell Laird & Co. Ltd, Birkenhead 1943 sold to Elder Dempster & Co. not renamed, 1946 renamed Fantee, 6.10.1949 wrecked in fog on Scilly Islands, no lives lost. 6,369
Thurland Castle (4) 1929 Cammell Laird & Co. Ltd, Birkenhead 1943 sold to Elder Dempster & Co. not renamed, 1946 renamed Fulani, 1958 scrapped at Odense. 6,372
Lancaster Castle (3) 1937 J. Laing & Sons Ltd, Sunderland 14.4.1942 bombed and sunk in Murmansk roads with the loss of 9 lives. 5,172
Lowther Castle (4) 1937 J. Laing & Sons Ltd, Sunderland 27.5.1942 bombed and sunk in convoy PQ16 with the loss of 1 life. 5,171
Wray Castle (4) 1938 Wm Hamilton & Co. Ltd, Port Glasgow 3.5.1941 torpedoed and sunk by German submarine with the loss of 1 live. 4,253
Bolton Castle (3) 1939 J. Laing & Sons Ltd, Sunderland 5.7.1942 bombed and sunk. 5,203
Greystoke Castle (4) 1944 Seattle Tacoma Shipbuilding Corporation, Tacoma Ex HMS TROUNCER, 1947 purchased from USMC by Moller & Co. renamed Greystoke Castle, 1954 chartered to Shaw Savill & Albion renamed Gallic, 1957 sold to Ben Line, 1959 renamed Benrinnes, 1973 scrapped at Kaohsiung. 8,028
Muncaster Castle (4) 1944 Seattle Tacoma Shipbuilding Corporation, Tacoma Ex HMS PUNCHER, 1947 purchased from USMC by Moller & Co. renamed Muncaster Castle, 1954 chartered to Shaw Savill & Albion renamed Bardic, 1957 sold to Ben Line, 1959 renamed Bennevis, 1973 scrapped at Kaohsiung. 8,014
Penrith Castle (4) 1949 Blyth Dry Dock & Shipbuilding Co. Ltd, Blyth 1951 sold to Ben Line renamed Benmhor, 1973 scrapped at Kaohsiung. 7,731
Thurland Castle (5) 1951 Blyth Dry Dock & Shipbuilding Co. Ltd, Blyth Laid down as Thurland Castle for Moller & Co. but completed as Cuzco for Pacific Steam Navigation Co., Liverpool, 1965 sold to the Ben Line renamed Benattow, 1977 scrapped at Kaohsiung. 8,038

Sources:
Miramar
Travel of the Tramps, twenty Tramp fleets Vol. V, N.L. Middlemiss, Shield Publication, 2003.
The World's Merchant Fleets 1939, Roger Jordan, Chatham, 1999. Details 6,000 merchant ships sailing in 1939 together with details of ships lost in WWII.

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To complete the story the name Muncaster Castle was revived in 1977 for a container-equipped bulk carrier delivered to Castle Line (Mollers Ltd), Bermuda to operate on the Hong Kong Container Line service from the Far East to Venice. Sold in 1981 when Mollers ceased shipowning she is still trading as the Ju Bou Men.
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My father was apprenticed to Chambers circa 1920/21. He sailed on the Greystoke Castle of which I have a photo. I know little else about the shipping company.
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Thanks for the history of James Chambers (Lancashire Shppg Co), my interest is with the Moller part as I sailed with them in the 1970`s. The tale end of the fleet list missed one vessel though, the Bolton Castle.
Bolton Castle (4) 1949 Alex Stephen & Sons, Linthouse, Glasgow. Laid down as Bolton Castle for Mollers, sold on the stocks & launched in 1950 as Dunedin Star for Blue Star, becoming the Roland of Lamports in 1968, & sold out of the fleet in 1975. She arrived at Gadani for scrapping in 1978 as Jessica(?). This vessel was a very close sister of the Penrith & Thurland Castles of 1949/1951.
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