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Two of the happiest trips I ever did were in the Sylvafield (Ex Empire Silver) in 1949 and the Thamesfield (T2) in 1950.

When I think of the best of my seafaring memories, those two ships, captains and crews, loom large.

I have a WSS history of Huntings which takes me up to the mid sixties, but after that the firm seems to have dropped off the edge of the earth.

I know that they bought the remnants of the Stag Line, and some of its remaining ships. But nothing else.

Can anyone enlighten me to their subsequent history up to, and including the end of the firm. I am surprised that so little information exists, since they were also active in oilfield and aircraft industries.

Regards, Joe
 

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Hi Joe,

I came across this book on the web unfortunately out of print. It is the 3rd Edition and I would imagine would bring you up to date.

Hunting & Son Ltd: The Fleet Past and Present of -- 3rd ed.



Author: Rowan M B H Hackman,
Publication No.: 0017 ISBN: n/a Publication Date: Oct 1969
Status: Out of Print


A 44-page booklet issued to all WSS members of the day. "The third edition of this history and the opportunity has been taken to re-check it completely and amend certain small errors in earlier editions and bring it completely up to date with information and photographs".

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God, I am really getting old. I stood by on the Thamesfield at Smith's Dock, but the "Edenfield" came up, and I signed on her on what turned out to be an eight month trip.

Sorry about that, there are days when I can't remember my kids names.

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From their heydays of owning 16 tankers in 1954 they diversified into bulkers and the number of ships reduced to eight ships by 1973.and by 1978, two ships.
In 1981 Stag line became a wholly owned subsidiary of Hunting Gibson Ltd
Huntings were in turn bought by James Fisher & Sons, Barrow in July 1982 and their sole remaining vessel the "Thamesfield" a 50200 DWT forest product carrier was registered under James Fisher in July 1984 and Hunting's Newcastle office was closed in March 1985 and moved to Barrow, bringing to an end the shipping interests of the Hunting fleet which started in 1874.
 

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hungry Huntings.

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Joe Rooney said:
Two of the happiest trips I ever did were in the Sylvafield (Ex Empire Silver) in 1949 and the Thamesfield (T2) in 1950.

When I think of the best of my seafaring memories, those two ships, captains and crews, loom large.

I have a WSS history of Huntings which takes me up to the mid sixties, but after that the firm seems to have dropped off the edge of the earth.

I know that they bought the remnants of the Stag Line, and some of its remaining ships. But nothing else.

Can anyone enlighten me to their subsequent history up to, and including the end of the firm. I am surprised that so little information exists, since they were also active in oilfield and aircraft industries.

Regards, Joe
Served my time with Huntings. Joined Wheatfield in 1963. My longest trip was on the Inverfield (14 1/2 months) Left the compan in 1970 when it was obvious the Company was in decline.
Regards,
Sam Guy
 

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Hi Jo,

My Grandad served on the MT Sylvafield, Frank Cook.

I'm trying to find pictures of the eight ships he served on, do you have any you could forward please.

Cheers

Marc
 

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Well, it certainly was bigger and better looking than my Sylvafield (ex Empire Silver), but the Sylvafield I sailed on, under Captain Pugesly and an almost total Geordie crew was, and still is my standard for a happy ship. Followed closely by the Edenfield.

One of the prior posts refers to "Hungry Huntings". Not in either of my admittedly only two Hunting ships. Thery were great feeders. And I think Pugesly, and his long serving Chief steward had a lot to do with that. Both liked their food, and made sure that we had the best that was available.

Good times, great memories!

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Wheatfield

1. “Wheatfield” Eden Tankers Ltd. Managers: Hunting & Son Ltd.
Built By: 1952 Furness Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. Haverton Hill-on-Tees
10464 gross 504.7 x 67.8 x 36.15ft. Doxford diesel O.P. 2-cycle 5500 b.h.p. 13kts.


2. “Inverfield” Hunting& Son Ltd.
Built by: 1958 Rickmers Werft Bremerhaven 10039 gross 504 x 60 x 41ft.
M.A.N. diesel 2 cycle 4680 b.h.p. 13 ¾ kts.

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been reading the threads with interest i have a freind who sailed on the thamesfield said she was about 50,000 tons anyone know where i can get photo of her
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if i got it right the thamesfield he sailed on was a bulker as he said it was the biggest log carrier he had seen he also sailed on the wearfield if that was the same company
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"Thamesfield" was an open-hatch bulker of 50,300 dwt built by Flensburger (hull 646) in 1977. She regularly traded to Tilbury with lumber in the 1970s and 80s. I believe she was on charter to Westwood, or was it Weyerhauser?
She was lost in 2001 as the "Guang Yuan"

I think I have a photo of her at Tilbury, but it's not yet scanned into my PC.

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Hi my workmate was on Huntings Inverfield working as a cook Fred Mitchell also known as 'slim' (though not anymore) is looking for anyone who remembers him particularly Chuck and Jimmy Black..thanks
 

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Thamesfield and others

I served on the Thamesfield ( timber) very soon after her maiden yoyage - she was a great ship - I also spent time on the Tynebridge,Tweedbridge and T2 tanker that ran in the baltic ( cant remember the name) ,she was laid up in the Tyne b4 going to scrap at Rosyth. Another I can remember the name was a salt carrier that ran from Cedros Island near Mexico to Vancouver - great if any one could fil the gaps-
 
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