NLB vessels

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Compiled by:
Bob Schrage
page update: 10-01-2021

NLB vessels through time from ca. 1850 to 1900

Remark: Names were re-used, sometimes many times, and the numbers shown in brackets after the names of some vessels are for reference only – they were not carried on the vessels as there was only one vessel of a given name at any one time.

NLB Duty:1852 - 1867
Construction:Wooden Sloop/Schooner, 48 x 12 x 7 feet, 32 Registered Tons
History:1852: Built by Robert Menzies & Sons Leith
1867: Sold to David Watson of Ardour, Mull, name unchanged
1870: Transferred to John C Watson of Ardour, name unchanged
1876: Now registered at Montego Bay, Jamaica
1879: Wrecked
NLB Duty:1854 - 1874
Construction:Iron Paddle, 182 x 25.3 x 14.8 feet, 524 Gross Tons, 296 Net Tons
History:1854: Built by Tod & McGregor, Glasgow and based at Leith
1874: Sold to George A Key, Kinghorn but retained registered Leith
1875: Renamed VALETTA prior to conversion to sailing barque, registered tonnage 464
1876: Sold to James W Robertson, Dundee, name unchanged
1880: Sold to Thomas Law & Co, Glasgow, name unchanged
1887: Sank after collision with the Glasgow steam tug FLYING SERPANT (260/86) off the Tuskar Rock, Ireland, while on passage from Point de Galle, Ceylon to Liverpool with a general cargo.
NLB Duty:1867 - 1875
Construction:Wooden Sloop, 46 x 16 x 8 feet, 29 Registered Tons
History:1867: Built by Archibald McMillan, Dumbarton, and employed as tender to Skerryvore Lighthouse, registered at Glasgow
1875: Sold to Edward Whiteway, Glasgow, name unchanged
1876: Sold to Thomas Stove, Lerwick, converted to a dandy, name unchanged
1880: Sold to Duncan MacKenzie of Skye, name unchanged
1893: Broken up.
NLB Duty:1867 - 1898
Construction:Wooden smack, 39 x 12 x 6 feet, 15 Registered Tons
History:1867: Built by Alexander Hall & Co, Aberdeen (255) and employed as a tender at Lerwick
1898: Sold to Angus Mathieson of Glasgow, name unchanged
1899: Sold to Thomas McShamrock of Portrush, Co. Antrim, name unchanged
1899: Sold to John A Henitton of Londonderry, name unchanged
1901: Sold to John Johnstone of Kindrum Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, name unchanged
1917: Broken Up
NLB Duty:1868 - 1876
Construction:Iron Paddle, 125.5 x 18 x 9.8 feet, 149 Gross Tons, 34 Net Tons. Lever, 2-cyl by R & W Hawthorn, 75 hp.
History:1868: Built by Wigham, Richardson & Co, Newcastle (50) and employed in the construction of the Dhuheartach lighthouse
1876: Sold to W H Crocker of Fleetwood, name unchanged
1884: Sold to H Hall, Fleetwood, name unchanged
1886: Sold to S Auberstin, Cardiff, name unchanged
1887: Sold to S Lord, Fleetwood, name unchanged
1887: Sold to Christopher Furness, West Hartlepool, name unchanged
1890: Sold to Direct Acting Jet Propulsion Co Ltd, West Hartlepool, name unchanged
1993: Rebuild as Twin-screw Steamer, Compound 4 -cyl by R. Dunlop & Bell, Liverpool, 130hp, tonnage now 167gross 76 net.
1894: Sold to John Wigham & Thomas Colling, Sunderland, name unchanged
1895: Sold to Thomas Maughan, Sunderland and renamed STARTFORTH
1896: Sold to Skinningrove Iron Co, Middlesbourgh, name unchanged
1900: Sold to Archibald Stewart, Glasgow, name unchanged
1905: Title of owners became Forth Steam vessel Co (Buchan & Hogg Managers)
1908: Purchased by Buchan & Hogg whilst lying at Port Glasgow
1914: Laid Up at Alloa
1915: Sold to Weymouth Diving & Towing Co Ltd, Weymouth, name unchanged
1917: Sold to Samuel W Oakley of London, name unchanged
1921: Sold to Edward T Murphy of London, name unchanged
1921: Sold to E Parker of London, name unchanged
1921: Sold to Woodruff & Co Ltd of London, name unchanged
1922: Sold to Thomas E Hill of Birkenhead, name unchanged
1923: Sold to Southampton vesselping Metal & Shingle Co Ltd, name unchanged
1924: Broken up in Holland.
NLB Duty:1869 - 1881
Construction:Iron Paddle Steamer, 129.8 x 19.4 x 10.7 feet, 181 Gross Tons, 86 Net Tons. Lever, 2 -cyl by builders, 70 hp
History:1865: Built by Hepple & Co, North Shields for Joseph Ostens, North Shields
1869: Purchased, name unchanged , registered at Greenock, and based at Oban
1881: Broke from moorings in Erraid Sound, Mull, driven ashore and became a total loss.
NLB Duty:1874 - 1911
Construction:Iron Twin-Funnelled Paddle, 204.5 x 26.7 x 15.3 feet, 574 Gross Tons, 241 Net Tons. Compound, 2-cyl by builders, 353 hp, new compound, 2-cyl diagonal fitted by Gourlay Bros & Co, Dundee, 1898, 252 hp
History:1874: Built by R Napier & Sons, Glasgow (329)
1911: Sold to Samuel Galbraith of Glasgow, name unchanged
1911: Sailed from Granton for Glasgow for overhaul prior to sale to Brazil. Sale not completed and used as an accommodation vessel on the River Clyde
1915: Royal Navy accommodation vessel at Loch Ewe, West Scotland
1919: Sold to the Admiralty, name unchanged
1920: Sold to Burntisland vesselbuilding Co for use as accommodation vessel at Burntisland during construction of the new yard and renamed FAIROSE
1923: Broken up at Grangemouth by G & W Brunton
NLB Duty:1883 - 1895
Construction:Steel Paddle Steamer, 160.1 x 25.1 x 11.6 feet, 345 Gross Tons, 174 Net Tons. Compound, 2-cyl by builders, 181 nhp
History:1883: Built by Caird & Co, Greenock (233) and based at Oban, registered at Greenock
1895: Wrecked on Mull of Kintyre while on passage from Greenock to Oban on 28 September.
NLB Duty:1892 - 1931
Construction:Steel Twin-Screw Steamer,175.4 x 26.4 x 13.8 feet, 459 Gross Tons; 207 Net Tons. Triple expansion, 6-cyl by builders, 177 nhp
History:1892: Built by Fairfield vesselbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Glasgow (367) and based at Stromness
1931: To release name for new vessel, renamed ORPHIR
1931: Sold to William Marshall of Glasgow for conversion to salvage, name unchanged
1933: Sold to James M Stewart of Glasgow, name unchanged
1939: Sold to P Svolakis & Co, Colon, Panama, and renamed SOPHIA S
1940: Ran ashore at Constantsa, Romania resulting in damage to the engine
1940: Moved to Alexandria
1940: Hired at Alexandria by Ministry of War Transport
1941: Arrived at Haifa for repairs
1941: Sailed for Port Said
1941: Owners convicted of offences against immigration laws at Haifa and vessel forfeited to Palestinian Government
1941: Requisitioned by British Government
1941: Renamed DARIEN II and employed sailing between ports in Eastern Mediterranean out of Piraeus
1945: Requisitioned by the Ministry of War Transport, London and placed under management of Ellerman's Wilson Line Ltd of Hull, name unchanged
1948: Purchased by Ministry of Transport (Ellerman Wilson Lines Ltd, manager) from now Palestinian owners, name unchanged, and employed on sailings between Port Said, Famagusta, Malta, Tripoli and Tobruk
1948: Laid up at Port Said
1949: Sailed from Port Said for Piraeus
1949: Whilst at Trobruk, detained due to corrosion to bottom plate
1950: Arrived at Port Said and laid-up
1951: Sold to Italian vesselbreakers
1951: Arrived at Spezia for breaking up.
NLB Duty:1896 - 1940
Construction:Steel Twin-Screw Steamer, 175 x 28.1 x 13.8 feet. Triple, 6cyl by builders, 166 nhp
History:1896: Built by Gourlay Bros & Co. Dundee (171) and based at Oban
1939: To release name for new vessel renamed ASCOG
1940: Broken up by Clayton & Davie Ltd, Dunston-on-Tyne
Name:MAY (I)
NLB Duty:1899 - 1938
Construction:Steel Twin-Screw Steamer; 116 x 22.2 x11.7 feet, 242 Gross Tons, 96 Net Tons. Compound, 4-cyl by builders, 76 nhp
History:1899: Built by Hawthorns & Co Ltd, Leith (77) and based at Granton
1937: To release name for new vessel renamed DUNDRENAN
1937: Sold to P & W McLellan for £1,000 and broken up at Bo'ness

NLB vessels

Pharos (VI)
Pharos (VI), NLB Duty: 1874 - 1911

Signal, NLB Duty: 1883 - 1895

Pole Star (I), NLB Duty: 1892 - 1931

Hesperus (I)
Hesperus (I), NLB Duty: 1896 - 1940

May (I)
May (I), NLB Duty: 1899 - 1938 (near Port Charlote)

NLB vessels- Graeme Somner