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Hi,

My name is Sophie and I am an ancestor of William Rome and his Son Thomas Rome who were the owners of the Eyre Evans & Co shipping line. (They owned ships such as the Nagpore, Jessore and a number more) Thomas was also the Chairman of the Liverpool shipping and Harbour Board.

I was wondering if anyone might have more information on them, as my mum and I are trying to find out as much as we can.

Many thanks

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On a preliminary search I found a William Rome in the Lloyd's Register of Shipowners1877, operating from 5 Inner Temple, Liverpool. This was the earliest list of shipowners so harder to find vessels any earlier.

The vessels listed against his name were BELPORE, COIMBATORE, HARTFELL, MANGALORE, MYSORE, NAGPORE. The BELPORE was built in 1866

Then there was JESSOR built 1876 which was lost by collision in 1877, off Fastnet.
VELLORE also came along 1876
RAJORE in 1882
BARCORE in 1884
INDORE in 1885

It was circa 1887 before Eyre Evans & Co appeared as the registered owner of some of the vessels

circa 1899 the Romeo Shipping Company Ltd appeared with T. Rome as manager
 

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On a preliminary search I found a William Rome in the Lloyd's Register of Shipowners1877, operating from 5 Inner Temple, Liverpool. This was the earliest list of shipowners so harder to find vessels any earlier.

The vessels listed against his name were BELPORE, COIMBATORE, HARTFELL, MANGALORE, MYSORE, NAGPORE. The BELPORE was built in 1866

Then there was JESSOR built 1876 which was lost by collision in 1877, off Fastnet.
VELLORE also came along 1876
RAJORE in 1882
BARCORE in 1884
INDORE in 1885

It was circa 1887 before Eyre Evans & Co appeared as the registered owner of some of the vessels

circa 1899 the Romeo Shipping Company Ltd appeared with T. Rome as manager
Hi bill we have been looking for dates of when some of them came in to service and struggled. So this is great!

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Morning Sophie,

Given time, I will do some more digging for you. There are still a few resources I can tap into
 

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Romeo Shipping Co Ltd registered No 60986 was incorporated in 1899 and was dissolved before 1916.
The National Archive , Kew file reference BT 31 / 8388 / 60986
The National Archive , Kew file reference BT 34 / 1559 / 60986

London Gazette, edition 28199, page 8961 of 24th November 1908

The ROMEO SHIPPING COMPANY Limited.

A T Extraordinary General Meetings of the above named Company, duly convened, and held respectively on the l8th day of October, 1908, and the 2nd day of November, 1908, the subjoined Special Resolutions were duly passed and confirmed :—
1. " That the Company be wound up voluntarily; and that Thomas Rome and Thomas Parry, both of 5, Inner
Temple, Dale-street, Liverpool, Shipowners, are and they are hereby appointed joint Liquidators for the purposes
of such winding up."
2. " That the said Liquidators be and they are hereby authorized to consent to the registration of a new Company to be named 'The Barcore Ship Company Limited.'"
3. "That the draft agreement submitted to this Meeting, and expressed to be made between this Company and its Liquidators of the one part, and the Barcore Ship Company Limited of the other part, be and the same is hereby approved; and that the said Liquidators be and they are hereby authorized, if and when they think fit, pursuant to section 161 of the Companies Act, 1862, to enter into an agreement with such new Company (when incorporated) m the terms of the said draft, and to carry the same into effect, with such (if any) modifications as they think expedient."
Dated 23rd day of November, 1908.
T. ROME, Chaiiman

I can find no evidence of the Barcore Ship Co Ltd having been registered

London Gazette, edition 28262, page 4801 of 22nd June 1909

In the Matter of the Companies (Consolidation) Act 1908, and of the ROMEO SHIPPING COMPANY Limited.
THE creditors of the above named Company, whereof Eyre Evans and Co., of 5, Inner Temple, in the City of Liverpool, England, Shipowners, were Managers, and which owned the British ships " Barcore," " Indore," and " Rajore," whereof Thomas Home was the registered Managing Owner, are required, on or before the 20th day of August, 1909, to send their names and addresses, and the particulars of their debts and claims, to the
said Thomas Rome and Thomas Parry, both of 5, Inner Temple, Liverpool, England, the Liquidators of the said
Company; and, if so required, by notice in writing from the said Liquidators, are, by their Solicitors, or personally, to come in and prove their said debts or claims at such time and place as shall be specified in such notice, or in default thereof they will be excluded from the benefit of any distribution made before such debts are proved.—Dated this 18th day of June, 1909.
WEIGHTMAN, PEDDER, and CO., 18, Waterstreet, Liverpool, Solicitors for the above named Liquidators.


London Gazette, edition 28428, page 7564 of 25th October 1910

The ROMEO SHIPPING COMPANY Limited.

NOTICE is hereby given, in pursuance of section 196 of the Companies (Consolidation) Act, 1908, that a General Meeting of the Members of the above named Company will be held at the registered office of the Company, 5, Inner Temple, Dale-street, Liverpool, on Monday, the 28th day of November, at three o'clock in the afternoon, for the purpose of having an account laid before them, showing the manner in which the winding up has been conducted, and the property of the Company disposed of, and of hearing any explanation that may be given by the Liquidator, and of fixing the Liquidator's remuneration; and also of determining, by Extraordinary Resolution, the manner in which the books, accounts, and do***ents of the Company, and of the Liquidator thereof, shall be disposed of.—Dated the 20th day of October, 1910.
T. ROME, THOS. PARRY,- Liquidators of the said Company
 

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Part 2

The following file relates to a legal action in 1875 and is held by TNA Kew


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Rome v Findlay. Parties: William Rome, trading as Eyre, Evans and Company v Thomas...
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Rome v Findlay.

Parties: William Rome, trading as Eyre, Evans and Company v Thomas Dunlop Findlay and James Findlay, sued as T D Findlay and Company. Case No: R64. Pleadings from: Kings Bench.

Date: 1875
Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English
Closure status: Open Do***ent, Open Description
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SHIPS These are all I have identified and may not be all inclusive.. I am curious that one, HARTFELL, did not end in ore

NAGPORE (1863 – 1882) Iron Sailing Vessel 3 Masted Ship
O.N. 47470. 1,209grt. 1,198nrt. 204.2 x 35.5 x 22.4 feet
16.9.1863: Launched by Barclay, Curle & Co. Ltd, Stobcross Yard, Glasgow (Yard No. 110) for William M Rome, Liverpool.
1882: Sold to F G Fry, Liverpool,
by 1890: Owned by Ship Nagpore Co Ltd (Alfred Fry manager), Liverpool
1894: Sold to Alfred Fry, Liverpool and reduced to a barque
1895: Sold to John Herron
1896: Sold foreign and British Registry closed.
By 1904: Owned by Jembarkship Nagpore’s Actierederi (Georg T Monsen), Norway
26.5.1907: While on passage from Mobile with lumber for Buenos Ayres wrecked on English Bank, River Plate.

HARTFELL (1863 – 1891) Iron Sailing Vessel 3 Masted Ship
O.N. 48832. 1,224grt. 1,194nrt. 215 x 35.4 x 22.4 feet
10.3.1864: Launched by Barclay, Curle & Co. Ltd, Stobcross Yard, Glasgow (Yard No. 111) for William M Rome, Liverpool.
19.4.1864: Registered at Liverpool
1886: Eyre Evans & Co., Liverpool
1891: Sold to H P Breckwoldt junior, Hamburg, Germany and renamed PIONEER
By 1904: A. Witte, Bremen, Germany as PIONEER
Final fate not yet known

MANGALORE (1864 - 1891) Iron Sailing Vessel 3 Masted Ship
O.N. 51013. 1,214 nrt 216.0 x 35.4 x 22.4 feet
5.10.1864: Launched by Barclay, Curle & Co. Ltd., Clydeholm Yard, Glasgow (Yard No. 116) William M Rome, Liverpool.
31.10.1864: Registered at Liverpool
1886: Eyre Evans & Co., Liverpool
7.7.1891: Wrecked at Valparaiso when outbound with wheat for UK.

COIMBATORE (1865 - 1895) Iron Sailing Vessel 3 Masted Ship
O.N. 29929. 1,193 nrt. 215.8 x 35.1 x 22.5 feet
From 1893: 1,252grt. 1,167nrt
25.7.1865: Launched by Barclay, Curle & Co. Ltd., Clydeholm Yard, Glasgow (Yard No. 133) William M Rome, Liverpool.
28.8.1865: Registered at Liverpool
9.9.1865: Sailed from Glasgow for Nagapatam
1881: William Rome and others, Liverpool
1886: Eyre, Evans & Co, Liverpool
1895: A/S Coimbatore ( Martin Olsen manager), Porsgrunn - reg Porsgrunn
11.11.1905: Sailed Newcastle NSW for Algoa Bay with coal
25.12.1905: Collided with British barque ZINITA in Southern ocean 35.50S 11.15E, about 400nm ESE of Cape Town. She sank quickly with loss of 25 crew - only the lookout survived.

BELPORE (1866 - 1896) Iron Sailing Vessel 3 Masted Ship
O.N. 54987. 1,200nrt. 216.5 x 35.7 x 22.2 feet
From 1896: 1,291grt. 1,142nrt.
16.5.1866: Launched by Barclay, Curle & Co. Ltd., Clydeholm Yard, Glasgow (Yard No. 146) William M Rome, Liverpool.
29.6.1866: Registered at Liverpool
1881: Reduced to barque.
1886: Eyre Evans & Co., Liverpool
23.4.1896 : On passage Caleta Buena with nitrate for Ghent, was abandoned off Cape Horn

MYSORE (1869 – 1890) Iron Sailing Vessel
O.N. 58994. 1,664grt. 1,594 nrt. 248.4 x 40.1 x 23.8 feet
27.3.1869: Launched by G. R. Clover & Co., Birkenhead, (Yard No. 20) for William M Rome
4.1869: Completed
24.4.1869: Registered at Liverpool.
1886: Eyre Evans & Co., Liverpool
Missing since 4.1890

JESSORE (1876 – 1877) Iron Sailing Vessel 3 Masted Ship
O.N. 74538. 1,701 grt 246.1 x 40.0 x 23.9 feet
8.6.1876: Launched by Richardson, Duck & Company Ltd., Stockton on Tees. (Yard No. 220 ) for Wm M Rome
7.1876: Completed
16.8.1876: Registered at Liverpool
10.10.1877: Sank after a collision 90nm SSW of the Fastnet.

RAJORE (1883 - 1908) Iron Sailing Vessel Ship
O.N. 86274 . 2,102 grt. 1,946 nrt. 278.2 x 40.3 x 24.2 feet
18.11.1882: Launched by Mordaunt & Co., Woolston, Southampton (Yard No.199) for William M Rome
1.1883: Completed
15.1.1883: Registered at Liverpool
1886: Eyre Evans & Co., Liverpool
1899: Romeo Shipping Co. Ltd (T. Rome, manager) Liverpool
1908: British register closed, sold foreign
by 1918; J. Johnsen, Sandefjord, Norway
1923: Broken Up

BARCORE (1884 – 1909)
O.N. 87969. 2,134 grt. 2,082 nrt. 279.0 x 41.0 x 24.5 feet
10.4.1884: Launched by Richardson, Duck & Company Ltd., Stockton on Tees. (Yard No. 306 ) for William M Rome
5.1884: Completed
22.5.1884: Registered at Liverpool
1886: Eyre Evans & Co., Liverpool
1899: Romeo Shipping Co. Ltd (T. Rome, manager) Liverpool
1909: Sold to S. O. Stray & Co. Norway and renamed SONGVAAR
14.4.1912: Ran over her own anchor in Wardang Island anchorage, Spencer Gulf, South Australia and was condemned.

INDORE (1885 – 1907) Iron Sailing Vessel Ship
O.N. 91276. 2,146 grt. 2,082 nrt. 279.0 x 41.0 x 24.5 feet
7.11.1885: Launched by Richardson, Duck & Company Ltd., Stockton on Tees. (Yard No. 318 ) for William M Rome
12.1885: Completed
1886: Eyre Evans & Co., Liverpool
1899: Romeo Shipping Co. Ltd (T. Rome, manager) Liverpool
23.7.1907: Wrecked on Staten Island, Patagonia.
 

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Correction. MAGPORE official number should be 47570 and she was registered at Liverpool on 21st October 1863.
 

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Sophie,

I meant to ask as to what part of the country do you call home. I am on the border of East and West Midlands
 

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Sophie,

I meant to ask as to what part of the country do you call home. I am on the border of East and West Midlands
My family are on the outskirts of Peterborough, but I've moved up to Cardiff.

Thank you so much for finding all this out. What I've searched for for months, you managed to find in 2 days!
 

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Hello Sophie,,

I now live in Burton upon Trent alone, having lost my wife and her parents to Covid last year all within two weeks. I now throw my time into maritime research something I have enjoyed for thirty odd years with 28 books published... Now it fills the void.. Only too happy to help others not so much in the know, so to speak.
 

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Thank you Sophie,

During my trawl I spotted a photograph of one of the ships. I now need to go back through and recover a copy for you.. Tomorrow's task.
 

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So sorry to hear about your loss. It's been a horrible time this last two years.

I've always loved boats. Having spent 20 years in the Sea Cadets. So when my mum found out about Thomas Rome and his connection to the titanic (the boat that started my love of them) I had to look further into it.
All the information you have found is incredible. Would love to read some of your books if I could have the name you write under I will look into purchasing some

Sophie
 

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This pair now have had the wrinkles ironed out

NAGPORE (1863 – 1882) Iron Sailing Vessel 3 Masted Ship
O.N. 47570. 1,209grt. 1,198nrt. 204.2 x 35.5 x 22.4 feet
16.9.1863: Launched by Barclay, Curle & Co. Ltd, Stobcross Yard, Glasgow (Yard No. 110) for William M Rome, Liverpool.
21.10.1863: Registered at Liverpool
1882: Sold to F G Fry, Liverpool.
1883: Ship Nagpore Co Ltd., (Alfred Fry, manager), Liverpool
1894: Sold to Alfred Fry, Liverpool and reduced to a barque
1895: John Herron & Co., appointed as managers
1896: Sold to Jembarkship Nagpore’s Actierederi (Georg T Monsen, Stavanger, Norway
26.5.1907: While on passage from Mobile with lumber for Buenos Ayres wrecked on English Bank, River Plate.

HARTFELL (1863 – 1891) Iron Sailing Vessel 3 Masted Ship
O.N. 48832. 1,224grt. 1,194nrt. 215 x 35.4 x 22.4 feet
10.3.1864: Launched by Barclay, Curle & Co. Ltd, Stobcross Yard, Glasgow (Yard No. 111) for William M Rome, Liverpool.
19.4.1864: Registered at Liverpool
1886: Eyre Evans & Co., Liverpool
1891: Sold to H P Breckwoldt junior, Hamburg, Germany and renamed PIONIER
1903: Sold to A. Witte, Bremen, Germany
Missing since 4.1904
 

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Another vessel, omitted previously

VELLORE (1876 – 1898) Iron Sailing Vessel 3 Masted Ship
O.N. 76356. 1,703g. 1,631n. 246.4 x 40.0 x 23.9 feet
5.9.1876: Launched by Richardson, Duck & Company Ltd., Stockton on Tees. (Yard No. 221 ) for Wm M Rome
10.1876: Completed
25.10.1876: Registered at Liverpool
1886: Eyre Evans & Co., Liverpool (T. Rome subsequently manager)
1898: Sold to Skibs A/S Vellore (M. F. Stray), Kristiansand
1900: Sven O. Stray & Co., appointed as managers
1916: Sold to AS Excelsior (same managers) Kristiansand, Norway
23.12.1917: Whilst in ballast on a voyage from Le Havre for Delaware Breakwater, was captured by the German submarine UB 57, west of The Lizard and scuttled with explosives.
 

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Hi bill

Thank you so much for all of this it's been a great hope and I hope you've enjoyed looking into it.

We have found some items from the company in Liverpool maritime museum so will be making a visit there soon to look at them.

Would love to take a look at some of the books you've written what are the titles?
 
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