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Scottish Oriental Steamship Company

Post by Bill Harvey » Sun Jan 30, 2011 3:16 pm

For those members who are also members of Ships Nostalgia website the details of the extensive fleet of this little known company has been posted by a Dutch member 'Maritiem' today

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Re: Scottish Oriental Steamship Company

Post by Bill Harvey » Fri Jan 20, 2012 4:06 pm

Some deeper research into this company shows that it was controlled from Edinburgh by Ferguson, Davidson & Company, Merchants who had originally been at Leith. Origins back pre-1860.

15 of their 16 vessels were Clyde built and looking through old Mercantile Navy Lists their office was first stated at Fairfield, Govan before moving briefly to 141 St. Vincent St, Glasgow but in 1891 their registered office was relocated to Edinburgh.

The fleet, which had traded Hong Kong to Swatow and Bangkok, was sold to Nord-Deutscher Lloyd, Bremen reportedly at the end of 1899 and placed on the Bremen register 27th January 1900.

Other sources imply the sale was a year later at the end of 1900 (so maybe 27 Jan 1901 for Bremen vessel registry), which would be more in line with the timeline for liquidation of the company, as below.

The company itself was liquidated and a notice placed in the 17th May 1901 edition of the Edinburgh Gazette advised of the final liquidators meeting to be held 18th June 1901 for the report and account of winding up to be presented and decision as to disposal of records.

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UPDATED in red 31 Jan 2012

Post by Bill Harvey » Fri Jan 27, 2012 2:52 pm

Not 100% complete - research continuing


James S. Ferguson
William Ferguson
Thomas Ferguson
Henry Philip Cockburn
Ernest Archibald Davidson
John Henry Davidson
& others

Trading as

FERGUSON, DAVIDSON, & COMPANY
Merchants
Leith and later, Edinburgh


Per Edinburgh Gazette edition of Fri 4th May 1860
THE interest of HENRY PHILIP COCKBURN in the Firm of FERGUSON, DAVIDSON, & COy., Merchants, Leith, ceased at 31st December 1859.

HENRY PHILIP COCKBURN.
FREDERICK ANDREWS, Witness.
EDWARD ELFICK, Witness.

FERGUSON, DAVIDSON, & COy.
JAS. S. FERGUSON, Witness.
JOHN C. CRAWFORD, Witness.

Per Edinburgh Gazette edition of Fri 9th October 1863
THE Subscribers, as Executors of the Late Mr WILLIAM FERGUSON, Merchant, Leith, hereby intimate that, upon the 1st day of July 1863, they ceased to have any interest in, or connection with the Business carried on by MESSRS FERGUSON, DAVIDSON, & COMPANY, Merchants, Leith.

JA. FERGUSON.
JN. CKUICKSHANK, Bank Agent, Aberdeen, "Witness.
JOHN MORISON, Bank Agent, Aberdeen, "Witness.

WM. FERGUSON.
JN. CRUICKSHANK, Bank Agent, Aberdeen,"Witness.
JOHN MORISON, Bank Agent, Aberdeen,"Witness.

THO. FERGUSON.
GERARD VANDELINDE, Merchant's Clerk, London, Witness.
JOHN BENJIN. BEALE, Merchant's Clerk, London, Witness.


Per page 704 of the Edinburgh Gazette edition 10270 of Tuesday 7th July 1891
DISSOLUTION OF COPARTNERY
NOTICE is hereby given that Ernest Archibald Davidson has retired from the Firm of FERGUSON, DAVIDSON, & COMPANY, Merchants, No.4A St. Andrew Square, Edinburgh. His retirement takes effect from and after 30th June 1891.
The Business will continue to be carried on under the same name and at the same place by the remaining Partner John Henry Davidson, who is authorised to collect all debts due to and will pay all debts due by, the Firm.
Edinburgh, 6th July 1891.
E. A. DAVIDSON.
J. H. DAVIDSON.

Signed by the said Ernest Archibald Davidson and John Henry Davidson, in presence of-
GEORGE MUAT, Cashier to Messrs FERGUSON, DAVIDSON, & COMPANY, Merchants, No.4A St. Andrew Square, Edinburgh.
JAMES LINDSAY, Clerk to Messrs FERGUSON, DAVIDSON, & COMPANY, Merchants, No.4A St. Andrew Square, Edinburgh.



The aforementioned as proprietors of

Scottish Oriental Steamship Company Ltd.
Govan – Glasgow - Edinburgh.
1883 - 1901
Trading between Hong Kong, Swatow and Bangkok.

1890: Mercantile Navy List states offices at Fairfield, Govan, Lanarkshire and also at 141, St Vincent St, Glasgow.
1901: Mercantile Navy List states offices at 4A St. Andrew Sqr, Edinburgh.
1901: Edinburgh Gazette states offices at 4A St. Andrew Sqr, Edinburgh.

Autumn 1899: Fleet sold to Norddeutscher Lloyd, Bremen and the vessels entered in the Bremen ship register on 27.1.1900.

Per Edinburgh Gazette edition of 17th May 1901
THE SCOTTISH ORIENTAL STEAMSHIP
COMPANY LIMITED,

IN LIQUIDATION.

"NOTICE is hereby given, in pursuance of section 142 of the Companies Act, 1862, that a General Meeting of the Members of the above-named Company will be held at the Registered Office of the Company, 4A St. Andrew Square, Edinburgh, on Tuesday the 18th day of June 1901, at noon, 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 also of determining, by Extraordinary Resolution, the manner in which the books, accounts, and documents of the Company, and of the Liquidator thereof, shall be disposed of”.

J. H. DAVIDSON, Liquidator.

Dated the 15th day of May 1901.

The BT 110 reference number give beside ship detail is that of the closed ship papers at the National Archive at Kew.


The Fleet
1. MONGKUT (1883 - 1899) steel, passenger / cargo. BT 110/57/46
O.N. 86739. 1,354g. 859n. 240.3 x 34.1 x 22.8 feet
C.2-cyl. (28-5/8" & 56" x 36") by the shipbuilder. 175hp.
23.12.1882: Launched by John Elder & Co., Govan, Glasgow (Yard No. 272).
2.1883: Completed for Scottish Oriental Steamship Co. Ltd. (John H. Davidson of Ferguson, Davidson & Co., managers), Glasgow.
1891: Company offices and manager moved from Glasgow to Edinburgh.
1899: Sold to Norddeutscher Lloyd, Bremen, Germany.
1904: Sold to S. Ushi, Osaka, Japan and renamed SHIKOKU MARU.
1917: Sold to J. Kobayashi, Sakai, Japan and renamed KOTOBUKI MARU.
1921: Demolished.

2. KONG BENG (1883 - 1899) steel, passenger / cargo. BT 110/47/59
O.N. 87634. 1,359g. 862n. 240.3 x 34.1 x 22.8 feet
C.2-cyl. (28-3/4" & 55-3/4" x 36" ) by the shipbuilder. 175hp.
24.2.1883: Launched by John Elder & Co., Govan, Glasgow Yard No. 273).
3.1883: Completed for Scottish Oriental Steamship Co. Ltd. (John H. Davidson of Ferguson, Davidson & Co., manager), Glasgow.
1891: Company offices and manager moved from Glasgow to Edinburgh.
1899: Sold to Norddeutscher Lloyd, Bremen, Germany.
1904: Sold to K. Otsubo, Kobe, Japan and renamed TAIWA MARU.
25.6.1918: Wrecked off Tobishima east of Shikoku.


3. TAICHIOW (1883 - 1899) steel, passenger / cargo BT 110/78/66
O.N. 87648. 1,359g. 862n. 240.3 x 34.1 x 22.8 feet.
In 1930 244.5 x 33.3 x 22.5 feet
C.2-cyl. (28-7/8” & 56-1/16” x 36”) by the shipbuilder. 175nhp.
14.4.1883: Launched by John Elder & Co., Govan, Glasgow (Yard No. 275).
5.1883: Completed for Scottish Oriental Steamship Co. Ltd. (John H. Davidson of Ferguson, Davidson & Co., manager), Glasgow.
1891: Company offices and manager moved from Glasgow to Edinburgh.
1899: Sold to Norddeutscher Lloyd, Bremen, Germany.
1904: Sold to Kaigwai Boyeki K.K., Kishiwadahama and renamed TAISHU MARU.
1913: Sold to S. Sawaguchi, Hakodate, Japan.
1921: Sold to Koizumi Shinichi, Hakodate, Japan.
1923: Sold to Soma Gomei Kaisha, Japan.
1925: Sold to Wada Gonjiro, Japan. (O.N. 9113)
12.1932: Demolished in Japan.

4. PHRA CHOM KLAO (1884 - 1899) steel, passenger / cargo ship.
O.N. 87380. 1,568g. 1,012n. 264.7 x 35.1 x 20.7 feet BT 110/189/33
C.2-cyl. (35-1/8" & 68-1/8" x 42") by the shipbuilder. 250hp.
27.12.1882: Launched by Caird & Co., Greenock (Yard No. 228).
1.1883: Completed for H. Stratton, Greenock.
1884: Sold to Scottish Oriental Steamship Co. Ltd. (John H. Davidson of Ferguson, Davidson & Co., manager), Glasgow.
1891: Company offices and manager moved from Glasgow to Edinburgh.
1899: Sold to Norddeutscher Lloyd, Bremen, Germany.
1904: Sold to K. Hasegawa, Kobe renamed KANJU MARU.
1906: Sold to Sakaida Kisen K.K., Sakaida.
1912: Sold to T. Yoshida, Toyonaka.
1913: Sold to Y. Hashiya, Toyonaka.
1920: Sold to Hashiya Goshi Kaisha, Hashidate.
1922: Sold to Chosen Yusen K.K., Jinsen.
1925: Renamed BUNMEI MARU.
15.7.1925: Wrecked off Saishuto.


5. PHRA CHULA CHOM KLAO (1884 - 1899) BT 110/189/34
Steel, passenger /cargo ship.
O.N. 87381. 1,568g. 1,012n. 264.7 x 35.1 x 20.7 feet.
C.2-cyl. (35-5/8" & 68-3/8" x 42") by the shipbuilder. 250hp.
22.2.1883: Launched by Caird & Co., Greenock (Yard No. 229).
1884: Completed for A. Clanchy, Greenock.
1885: Sold to Scottish Oriental Steamship Co. Ltd. (John H. Davidson of Ferguson, Davidson & Co., manager), Glasgow.
1891: Company offices and manager moved from Glasgow to Edinburgh.
1899: Sold to Norddeutscher Lloyd, Bremen, Germany.
1904: Sold to K. Hasegawa, Kobe, Japan and renamed MANJU MARU.
1913: Sold to K. Hashimoto, Nishinomiya.
12.1914: Sunk in collision with TOSAN MARU ( g./ ) at Moppo, Korea.

6. BANGKOK (1885 - 1899) steel, cargo.
O.N. 90050. 307g. 197n. 140.0 x 28.0 x 9.5 feet.
C.2-cyl. ( 15" & 30" x 18") by the shipbuilder. 100hp.
28.5.1885: Launched by John Elder & Co., Govan, Glasgow (Yard No. 294).
6.1885: Completed for Scottish Oriental Steamship Co. Ltd. (John H. Davidson of Ferguson, Davidson & Co., manager), Glasgow.
1891: Company offices and manager moved from Glasgow to Edinburgh.
1899: Sold to Norddeutscher Lloyd, Bremen, Germany.
1905: Sold to Riley, Hargreaves & Co., Singapore and converted into a barge.
1906: Hulked.

7. CHAMROEN (1888 – 1892) steel, cargo.
O.N. 95031. 418g. 257n. 160.4 x 28.1 x 10.6 feet.
C.2-cyl. ( 17" & 34" x 18") by the shipbuilder. 96hp.
1.12.1887: Launched by Ramage & Ferguson, Leith (Yard No. 81).
1.1888: Completed for Scottish Oriental Steamship Co. Ltd. (John H. Davidson of Ferguson, Davidson & Co., manager), Glasgow.
1891: Company offices and manager moved from Glasgow to Edinburgh.
1892: Sold to Siam Government, registered at Bangkok and British register closed.



8. DEVAWONGSE (1888 - 1899) steel cargo.
O.N. 95032. 1,643g. 1,057n. 2,300d. 270.5 x 37.0 x 21.8 feet.
T.3-cyl. (22”, 36” & 57” x 42”) by the shipbuilder. 250nhp.
15.11.1887: Launched by Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co., Govan, Glasgow (Yard No. 327).
1.1888: Completed for Scottish Oriental Steamship Co. Ltd. (John H. Davidson of Ferguson, Davidson & Co., manager), Glasgow.
1891: Company offices and manager moved from Glasgow to Edinburgh.
1899: Sold to Norddeutscher Lloyd, Bremen, Germany.
1913: Sold to Devawongse Steamship Co., Hong Kong.
1916: Sold to Cheong Yue Steamship Co., Hong Kong.
1926: Sold to J. Riecken, Kiel.
1930: Sold to Chau Yue Teng, Macao and renamed LIMA.
1931: Demolished.

9. CHOW FA (1888 - 1899) steel cargo. BT 110/17/29
O.N. 95081. 1,646g. 1,055n. 2,600d. 270.5 x 37.0 x 28.1 feet
T.3-cyl. (22”, 36” & 57” x 42”) by the shipbuilder. 250nhp.
31.7.1888: Launched by Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co., Govan, Glasgow (Yard No. 334).
8.1888: Completed for Scottish Oriental Steamship Co. Ltd. (John H. Davidson of Ferguson, Davidson & Co., manager), Glasgow.
1891: Company offices and manager moved from Glasgow to Edinburgh.
1899: Sold to Norddeutscher Lloyd, Bremen, Germany.
1914: Laid up in Riouw (Dutch East Indies).
1919: Allocated to the Shipping Controller.
1922: Sold to Yah Kee & Co., Shanghai and renamed KUO HSING.
1926: Renamed HENG AN.
Xxxx: Sold to Great China Steamship Company, Shanghai. (Per LR 1930)
1930: Sold to Liu Tsen Kee, Shanghai and renamed TA HSIN.
3.4.1932: Wrecked Alceste Rock, Shantung Promontory.

10. SOMDETCH PHRA NANG (1890 - 1891) steel passenger / cargo.
O.N. 97660. 1,603g. 1,021n. 2,300d. 270.4 x 37.1 x 21.8 feet
T.3-cyl. (22”, 36” & 57” x 42”) by the shipbuilder. 250nhp.
18.6.1890: Launched by Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co., Govan, Glasgow (Yard No. 350).
7.1890: Completed for Scottish Oriental Steamship Co. Ltd. (John H. Davidson of Ferguson, Davidson & Co., manager), Glasgow.
1891: Company offices and manager moved from Glasgow to Edinburgh.
23.12.1891: Last spoken on a voyage from Surabaya to Hong Kong, went missing with 50 aboard. BT 110/75/24

11. PHRA NANG (1890 - 1899) steel cargo.
O.N. 97675. 1,603g. 1,012n. 2,300d. 270.4 x 37.0 x 21.8 feet
T.3-cyl. (22”, 36” & 57” x 42”) by the shipbuilder. 211nhp.
16.7.1890: Launched by Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co., Govan, Glasgow (Yard No. 351).
8.1890: Completed for Scottish Oriental Steamship Co. Ltd. (John H. Davidson of Ferguson, Davidson & Co., manager), Glasgow.
1891: Company offices and manager moved from Glasgow to Edinburgh.
1899: Sold to Norddeutscher Lloyd, Bremen, Germany.
1913: Sold to Phra Nang Steamship Co., Hong Kong.
1916: Sold to Cheong Yue Steamship Co., Hong Kong.
1926: Sold to Ip Sau Chi, Canton.
1931: Reported as demolished.

12. LOO SOK (1891 - 1899) steel passenger / cargo. BT 110/51/22
O.N. 98614. 1,604g. 1,022n. 2,300d. 270.1 x 37.0 x 21.8 feet
T.3-cyl. (22”, 36” & 57” x 42”) by the shipbuilder. 250nhp.
9.3.1891: Launched by Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co., Govan, Glasgow (Yard No. 359).
4.1891: Completed for Scottish Oriental Steamship Co. Ltd. (John H. Davidson of Ferguson, Davidson & Co., manager), Glasgow.
1891: Company offices and manager moved from Glasgow to Edinburgh.
1899: Sold to Norddeutscher Lloyd, Bremen, Germany.
30.10.1912: Wrecked on Valparaiso Shoal and beached on Bancauan Island, slipped off and sank.

13. MACHEW (1894 - 1899) steel passenger / cargo.
O.N. 104531. 1,600g. 996n. 2,300d. 270.1 x 37.0 x 21.8 feet
T.3-cyl. (22”, 36” & 57” x 42”) by the shipbuilder. 250nhp.
2.6.1894: Launched by Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co., Govan, Glasgow (Yard No. 374).
7.1894: Completed for Scottish Oriental Steamship Co. Ltd. (John H. Davidson of Ferguson, Davidson & Co., manager), Edinburgh.
1899: Sold to Norddeutscher Lloyd, Bremen, Germany.
1914: Laid up at Surabaya.
1919: Allocated to the Shipping Controller (British India Steam Navigation Co.Ltd, managers).
1921: Sold to M. Sheriff & Co., Singapore.
1921: Reported as demolished at Bombay.

14. KEONG WAI (1895 - 1899) steel passenger / cargo. BT 110/46/95
O.N. 104612. 1,777g. 1,115n. 2,660d. 289.0 x 37.8 x 21.5 feet.
T.3-cyl. (22”, 36” & 57” x 42”) by the shipbuilder. 250nhp.
28.3.1895: Launched by Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co., Govan, Glasgow (Yard No. 383).
5.1895: Completed for Scottish Oriental Steamship Co. Ltd. (John H. Davidson of Ferguson, Davidson & Co., manager), Edinburgh.
1899: Sold to Norddeutscher Lloyd, Bremen, Germany.
1914: Laid up at Amoy.
1917: Seized by Chinese Government.
20.3.1917: Foundered in typhoon.
1918: Salvaged, repaired and renamed HWAH KUN for Chinese Government.
1924: Sold to Chang An Steamship Co., Shanghai and renamed HUA AN.
1935: Renamed HUA AN No.1.
1936: Sold to Hsin Chang An Steamship Co., Shanghai and renamed HSIN HUA AN.
8.1937: Scuttled as blockship at Shanghai or Kiangyin.

15. CHOW TAI (1896 - 1899) steel passenger / cargo. BT 110/483/31
O.N. 105973. 1,777g. 1,115n. 2,660d. 289.0 x 37.8 x 21.5 feet
T.3-cyl. (22”, 36” & 57” x 42”) by the shipbuilder. 250nhp.
17.12.1895: Launched by Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co., Govan, Glasgow (Yard No. 387).
2.1896: Completed for Scottish Oriental Steamship Co. Ltd. (John H. Davidson of Ferguson, Davidson & Co., manager), Edinburgh.
1899: Sold to Norddeutscher Lloyd, Bremen, Germany.
1914: Seized in Singapore by British.
1915: Requisitioned by the Admiralty.
1919: To The Shipping Controller.
1921: Sold to Luis Liano & Co., Santander and renamed JUAN ANTONIO.
1927: Sold to Antonio Larrea, Bilbao and renamed ANA MARIA.
1930: Sold to Soc. Metalurgica Duro-Felguera, Gijon.
1931: Renamed MOSQUITERA.
1935: Sold to Cia. Naviera Amaya SA, Bilbao.
Qtr-1.1939: Demolished at Bilbao.

16. WONG KOI (1896 - 1899) steel passenger / cargo.
O.N. 105974. 1,777g. 1,115n. 2,660d. 289.0 x 37.8 x 21.5 feet
T.3-cyl. (22”, 36” & 57” x 42”) by the shipbuilder. 250nhp.
4.12.1896: Launched by Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co., Govan, Glasgow (Yard No. 388).
2.1896: Completed for Scottish Oriental Steamship Co. Ltd. (John H. Davidson of Ferguson, Davidson & Co., manager), Edinburgh.
1899: Sold to Norddeutscher Lloyd, Bremen, Germany.
1914: Laid up at Belawan.
1919: Allocated to the Shipping Controller (British India Steam Navigation Co.Ltd, managers).
1921: Sold to Yah Kee & Co., Shanghai.
1922: Renamed TA CHUNG.
1932: Sold to Heng An Cheng Kee Steamship Co., Shanghai renamed YUNG LUNG.
1932 or 1939: Demolished in Japan. Dependent on source.
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Re: Scottish Oriental Steamship Company

Post by yorkieman » Fri Jan 27, 2012 7:48 pm

Bill, have added some cylinder sizes (in blue).
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Re: Scottish Oriental Steamship Company

Post by Bill Harvey » Sat Jan 28, 2012 6:10 pm

Thanks, George, appreciated.

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