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Miller & Richards Ltd

Post by Bill Harvey » Wed Apr 27, 2011 5:58 pm

Some time ago I was researching the history of Comben Longstaff & Company Ltd, of London as another potential book but despite being well advanced I was beaten to the post by Ken Garrett

Having put my notes into archive I later bought Ken’s book with interest.

I was both surprised and puzzled that he made no mention of a Scottish company called Miller & Richards which I had unearthed in my research and which I believed then to have potentially been connected for reasons stated below.

The following is what I had collated, filed away and forgotten about until recently viewing some old back up CD’s.

So you can read, digest and make your own considered judgement. For myself there are too many coincidences for there not to be even a tentative link.


MILLER & RICHARDS

1892: David Russell, Alfred Tennant Miller & David Huskie, Leith.

1892: Russell, Miller & Huskie, Leith.

1897: Alfred Tennant Miller and Frederick Edward Lawrence Richards trading as MILLER & RICHARDS
11, West Nile Street - later - 102, Union Street GLASGOW

Circa 1907: BROOK STEAMSHIP COMPANY LTD, established

1914: Offices were moved to 87a & 88a Leadenhall St. London.

1915: M. & R. STEAMSHIP COMPANY LTD., incorporated.

1917: MILLER & RICHARDS incorporated as a LIMITED liability concern.

1918: M. & R. STEAMSHIP COMPANY LTD., liquidated by F. E. Richards.
Per London Gazette of 12.7.1918.
(Was the liquidator Frederick Edward Lawrence Richards above or another person?)

1918/19: Offices were opened also at 101 Waterloo Street, Glasgow.

1920: Last ships sold.

1920: Lloyd’s Confidential Index declared the company as having handled 15 vessels during their time.

London Gazette of 11 April 1922 a notice of liquidation of Miller & Richards Ltd, “A meeting to be held at Sussex-place House 87a Leadenhall Street London EC3 on Wednesday 17th May 1922 at 11am for the presentation of accounts and the manner of how the winding was conducted”- dated 5th April 1922 by A. T. Miller, Liquidator*.

*Note that only one partner acted as Liquidator. Had Richards already departed?

1926: Lloyd’s Confidential Index entry was removed as lapsed.





1919: A new company Richards, Longstaff & Company Ltd., appeared in London and commenced to manage ships from that date.

The Lawrence Sloane Richards in the “Richards – Longstaff” link has not been substantiated in Ken Garret’s Longstaff book as being the same Richards family although Ken did state that most of the initial capital was provided by L.S.Richards, his father albeit he did not state his full name and Frenchman Jules Roy.
However theoretically could it be that Lawrence Sloane Richards may have been a son of Frederick Edward Lawrence Richards.

Reasons for this theoretical belief are the facts that:-

1.(F.E.L.), (L.S.) Richards - a name in both company titles. Both people also having Lawrence as a Christian name.

2.“Brook” - a similar suffix to ship names albeit much later at the end of Richards, Longstaff shipowning era.

3.Brook Steamship Company Ltd. under Miller & Richards.

4.Brook Shipping Company Ltd. at the demise of Richards, Longstaff & Company Ltd. in shipowning.

5.Brook Shipping Company Ltd. was created and continued by Comben Longstaff & Company Ltd.


1934: Richards, Longstaff & Company Ltd. was succeeded in shipping by Comben Longstaff & Company Ltd.,

1980: Comben Longstaff & Company Ltd., was eventually acquired by F. T. Everard & Sons Ltd.after two intermediate owners.









TREGENNA (1892)
O.N. 67900. 1,332g. 864n. 245.0 x 32.7 x 18.0 feet.
C.2-cyl. engine made by the Shipbuilder.
13.1.1880: Launched by J. Readhead & Company, S. Shields (Yard No.156), for Edward Hain & Son, St. Ives.
16.1.1892: Sold to David Russell, Alfred Tennant Miller & David Huskie, Leith.
9.2.1892: Owners restyled as Steamship Tregenna Company Ltd., (Russell, Miller & Huskie, managers).
1897: Sold to the Tregenna Steamship Company Ltd., (Miller & Richards, managers), Glasgow.
29.11.1898: Sold to Steamship Ashgrove Company Ltd., (Alexander & Arthurs, managers), Glasgow.
7.3.1900: Sold to Robson, Brown & Sons Ltd., Sunderland.
1920: Sold to Soc. Anon.de Gerance et d'Armement, France, and renamed CAP LE HEVE.
1923: Sold to Rederi Aktiebolag Carrie, (G. F. Persson, manager), Sweden, and renamed CARRIE.
1925: Sold to Rederiaktiebolag Cecil, (same managers), Sweden.
1933: Sold to Gothenburg shipbreakers.

HALDON (1897)
O.N. 96606. 1,519g. 970n. 250.5 x 35.0 x 17.0 feet.
T.3-cyl. engine made by Blair & Company Ltd., Stockton.
15.6.1889: Launched by E. Withy & Company, W. Hartlepool (Yard No.163), for J. Holman & Sons, London.
7.1889: Completed.
1897: Purchased by Miller & Richards, Glasgow.
22.9.1897: Wrecked on Storkallegrund, Gulf of Bothnia during a ballast voyage from Swinemunde to Mo, Sweden.



Managed vessels


TREGENNA (1892 - 1898) see above.

CARISBROOK (1) (1897) iron
O.N. 82671. 1,630g. 1,030n. 256.8 x 34.6 x 19.4 feet.
C.2-cyl. engine made by Blair & Company Ltd., Stockton.
5.11.1881: Launched by Wm. Gray & Company, W. Hartlepool (Yard No.239), for Pearson & Foster, Whitby.
1884: Sold to J. Foster, Whitby.
1890: Owner restyled J. Foster & Company.
1891: Sold to Russell, Miller & Huskie Ltd., Glasgow.
1892: Sold to S. S. Carisbrook Company Ltd., (same managers), Glasgow.
1897: Managers restyled as Miller & Richards.
1897: Sold to C. G. Wickberg, Sweden, and renamed POLSTJERNAN.
1898: Owner restyled as Rederiaktiebolag Polstjernan, (C. G. Wickberg, manager).
24.12. 1901: Wrecked at Korso, South of Gronskar during a voyage from Burntisland to Stockholm with a cargo of coal.

YESTOR (1897 - 1900)
O.N. 97963. 2,582g. 1,652n. 300.5 x 38.6 x 20.6 feet
T.3-cyl. engine made by North Eastern Marine Engineering Company Ltd., Newcastle.
25.2.1891: Launched by Tyne Iron Shipbuilding Company Ltd., Newcastle (Yard No. 86), as CAPE COMORIN, for W. Milburn & Company, Newcastle.
4.1891: Completed. 1896: Sold to J. Holman & Sons, London, and renamed YESTOR.
1897: Purchased by S. S. Carisbrook Company Ltd., (Miller & Richards, managers), Glasgow.
1900: Sold to Eldon S. S. Company Ltd., (Sinclair, Walton & Company, managers), Cardiff.
1904: Sold to A. Mawson & Company, Cardiff.
1905: Owners restyled as Mawson Shipping Company Ltd., (A. Mawson & Company, managers), Cardiff, renamed KIRKWALL.
5.8.1908: Sunk in a collision off Ameland during a voyage from Huelva to Hamburg with a cargo of ore.


CARISBROOK (2) (1897 - 1905)
O.N. 108692. 2,151g. 1,350n. 290.0 x 42.0 x 19.1 feet
T.3-cyl. engine made by G. Clark Ltd., Sunderland.
17.7.1897: Launched by J. Blumer & Company, Sunderland (Yard No.140), for S. S. Carisbrook Company Ltd., (Miller & Richards, managers), Glasgow.
11.1897: Completed.
1905: Sold to The Brook Steamship Peredo, manager), Uruguay, and renamed SARDINERO.
1907: Transferred to Spanish registry.
1916: U. de La Torre appointed as manager.
23.2.1918: Captured by German submarine 54 nautical miles north from Casablanca and sunk with bombs placed aboard.


MAVISBROOK (1) (1899 - 1902)
O.N. 111208. 2,129g. 1,930n. 290.7 x 42.2 x 19.3 feet.
T.3-cyl. engine made by Central Marine Engineering Works, West Hartlepool.
6.6.1899: Launched by Wm. Gray & Company Ltd., West Hartlepool, (Yard No.585), for Miller & Richards, Glasgow.
7.1899: Completed.
1900: Sold to S. S. Tregenna Company Ltd., (Miller & Richards, managers).
1902: Sold to G. Lavarello fu P., Italy, and renamed NATALE L.
1926: Sold to Eredi di G. Lavarello.
1934: Sold to Alfio Napoli, and renamed ALFIO.
1944: Sunk as a block ship at Savona.
27.4.1945: Captured at Savona in a sunken and partially dismantled condition.
1949: Broken up on the sea bed.


IRISBROOK (1902 - 1911)
O.N. 114002. 2,759g. 1,778n. 319.6 x 46.0 x 21.2 feet.
T.3-cyl. engine made by Blair & Company Ltd., Stockton.
28.10.1901: Launched by J. Blumer & Company, Sunderland, (Yard No.163), for S. S. Tregenna Company Ltd., (Miller and Richards, managers), Glasgow.
1.1902: Completed.
25.3.1911: Sunk in a collision off the Royal Sovereign Lightship during a voyage from Swansea and London to Manaos with general cargo.


CARISBROOK (3) (1907 - 1915)
O.N. 124208. 2,352g. 1,459n. 300.0 x 44.0 x 20.0 feet.
T.3-cyl. engine made by J. Dickinson & Sons Ltd., Sunderland.
24.7.1907: Launched by J. Blumer & Company, Sunderland (Yard No. 196), for The Brook Steamship Company Ltd., (Miller & Richards, managers), Glasgow.
8.1907: Completed.
21.6.1915: Captured & sunk with gunfire by the German submarine U38, 40 miles north from Kinnair during a voyage from Montreal to Leith with wheat.

ENNISBROOK (1) (1908 – 1913)
O.N. 124147. 2,823g. n. 96.8 x 14.2 metres
T.3-cyl. Engine.
29.10.1906: Launched by J. Blumer & Company, Sunderland (Yard No. 191), W. Anderson, Glasgow.
11.1906: Completed.
1908: Sold to The Brook Steamship Company Ltd., (Miller & Richards, managers), Glasgow.
1913: Sold to F. Matarazzo Steamshp Company Ltd, London and renamed F. MATARAZZO.
15.11.1916: Whilst on a voyage from Cardiff to Italy with coal was sunk with a torpedo by the German submarine U64 at a position 35.05N., 13.20E.

WYVISBROOK (1912 - 1920)
O.N. 133023. 3,158g. 1,964n. 332.5 x 48.7 x 21.9 feet.
T.3-cyl. engine made by North Eastern Marine Engineering Company Ltd., Sunderland.
15.2.1912: Launched by J. Blumer & Company, Sunderland (Yard No. 210), for The Brook Steamship Company Ltd., (Miller & Richards, managers), Glasgow.
3.1912: Completed.
13.2.1920: Sold to the Romney Steamship Company Ltd., (Fawcett, Coverdale & Company, managers), London, and renamed CAMBERLEY.
1926: Sold to Uyeno Kisen Goshi Kaisha, Japan, and renamed RYUTOH MARU.
1934: Renamed RYUTO MARU.
1939: Sold to Philippine Mokuzai Yusutu K. K., Japan.
29.12.1943: Sunk by submarine torpedo at a position 8.00N., 134.00E.


MAVISBROOK (2) (1912 - 1918)
O.N. 133004. 3,152g. 1,965n. 332.5 x 48.7 x 21.9 feet.
T.3-cyl. engine made by North Eastern Marine Engineering Company Ltd., Sunderland.
22.11.1911: Launched by J. Blumer & Company, Sunderland, (Yard No. 209), for S. S. Tregenna Company Ltd., (Miller & Richards, managers), Glasgow.
1.1912: Completed.
18.5.1916: Sustained weather damage & fire in bunkers.
25.5.1916: Grounded and refloated same day.
15.2.1918: Torpedoed and sunk without warning by the German submarine UB 50, at a position 50 miles S. E. by S.½ S. from Cabo de Gata. 18 of her crew including her Master were lost. She was on a voyage from Cardiff to Malta with coal.


NEVISBROOK (1913 - 1917)
O.N. 133149. 3,140g. 1,968n. 334.3 x 48.7 x 21.9 feet.
T.3-cyl. engine made by North Eastern Marine Engineering Company Ltd., Sunderland.
30.8.1913: Launched by J. Blumer & Company, Sunderland (Yard No. 219), 22/64th shares held The Brook Steamship Company Ltd., Glasgow, 42/64th shares by the shipbuilder. (Miller & Richards, managers),
9.1913: Completed.
1915: Purchased outright by The Brook Steamship Company Ltd.
20.7.1917: Sunk by the German submarine U 45, at a position 50.39 N., 11.42 W. She was on a voyage from La Goulette to Barrow with iron ore.

ENNISBROOK (2) (1914 - 1921)
O.N. 136697. 3,382g. 2,127n. 348.5 x 48.7 x 22.9 feet.
T.3-cyl. engine made by North Eastern Marine Engineering Company Ltd., Sunderland.
25.6.1914: Launched by J. Blumer & Company, Sunderland (Yard No. 224), 20/64th shares held by The Brook Steamship Company Ltd., Glasgow, 44/64th shares by the shipbuilder. (Miller & Richards, managers),
7.1914: Completed.
1916: Purchased outright by The Brook Steamship Company Ltd.
3.1921: Sold to C. Doresa & Co., London, and renamed SVORONO.
1926: Sold to D. A. Pateras, Greece, and renamed ANASTASSIOS PATERAS.
1938: Owner restyled as Anastassios Pateras & Sons.
3.7.1942: Sailed from Montreal, via Sydney N. S., for the U.K.
5.7.1942: Passed Father Point.
6.7.1942: Damaged by a submarine torpedo at a position 49.30N., 66.30W, and eventually sank at 49.12W., 66.55W.


HOLLAND (1915 - 1916) Steel "Turretdeck" steamship.
O.N. 123756. 3,828g. 2,438n. 350.3 x 50.1 x 22.4 feet.
T.3-cyl. engine made by the Shipbuilder.
1906: Completed by Wm. Doxford & Sons Ltd., Sunderland (Yard No. 370), for F. Drughorn Ltd., London.
27.8.1915: Purchased by The Brook Steamship Company Ltd., (Miller & Richards, managers), Glasgow.
24.11.1916: Sunk in a collision with steamer TERENCE, off Hythe on a voyage from River Tyne to St. Nazaire with coal.

collision date as per Lloyd’s Confidential Index although, the WSS Doxford Turrets book states 11.12.1916


DORISBROOK (1915 - 1918)
O.N. 139101. 3,431g. 2,146n. 348.5 x 48.7 x 23.3 feet.
T.3-cyl. engine made by North Eastern Marine Engineering Company Ltd., Sunderland
21.10.1915: Launched by J. Blumer & Company, Sunderland (Yard No.229), for M. & R. Steamship Company Ltd., (Miller & Richards, managers), Glasgow.
11.1915: Completed.
1917: Purchased by the Brook Steamship Company Ltd., (same managers).
9.2.1918: Whilst on Admiralty service as a collier transport and a voyage from Barry to Callao with coal sank at a position 5.48 S., 81.19 W., following a collision


WAR GNAT (1918 - 1919)
O.N. 142679. 5,272g. 3,206n. 400.0 x 52.4 x 28.4 feet.
T.3-cyl. engine made by Blair & Company Ltd., Stockton.
7.8.1918: Launched by Ropner & Sons Ltd., Stockton (Yard No. 526), for the Shipping Controller, (Miller & Richards Ltd., managers).
10.1918: Completed.
1919: Sold to Chargeurs Reunis, France, and renamed FORT DE VAUX.
30.11.1943: Sunk by torpedo off Freetown, Sierra Leone at an approximate position 06.50N., 12.50W.


WAR LINNET (1918 - 1919)
O.N. 142725. 5,276g. 4,833n. 400.1 x 52.3 x 28.4 feet.
T.3-cyl. engine made by the Central Marine Engineering Works, West Hartlepool.
21.10.1918: Launched by Craig Taylor & Company, Stockton (Yard No. 212), for the Shipping Controller, (Miller & Richards Ltd., managers), Glasgow.
1918: Completed.
6.1919: Sold to Lloyd Sabaudo Soc. Anon., Italy, and renamed MONCALIERI.
1933: Owners restyled as "Italia" (Flotte Riunite Cosulich-Lloyd Sabaudo Navigazione Generale), Italy.
1934: Owner restyled as Lloyd Triestino.
13.2.1941: Damaged by aircraft bombs and scuttled at Massawa. Refloated by British, condemned as a lawful prize, then scrapped.
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Re: Miller & Richards Ltd

Post by Magoonigal » Fri Apr 29, 2011 1:10 am

Interesting List, Bill.

Only one was scrapped, the rest had unfortunate ends.......

Very Interesting!!!
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Re: Miller & Richards Ltd

Post by Bill Harvey » Sun May 22, 2011 9:12 am

The potted history has been updated today following some more recent digging in old references sources

Bill

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