The 19,917dwt tanker Hopemount was built in 1953 by Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson at Wallsend. In 1963 she was sold to Consonance Shipping and renamed Consonance and in 1973 she joined Conway Transport as New Way. On 14th April 1977 she arrived at Kaohsiung to be broken up by E. Chang Iron & Steel Works. (John B Hill collection)

This company was formed on 21st June 1904 with a subscribed capital of £12,000 with the vast majority of the shares held by shipbuilder Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd. with the objective of trading ‘spec’ ships built by them. Stamp, Mann & Co. were appointed managers of the first tramp Hopemount which was ready at the Wallsend yard in September 1904. A bank mortgage of £23,712 was taken out to provide the rest of the construction cost of £35,954. Hopemount was of 3,300 gross tons and 5,000 dwt and was a quite conventional three island tramp with five holds with no. 3 hold being the cross bunker hold between bridge and engineer accommodation. The centre island was extended to include no. 4 hatch and no. 5 hatch was in a well-deck. Hopemount was to make 43 voyages up to the outbreak of WWI, and since she was the only owned ship these voyages produced the following profits:-

Trading Profit  Net Profit       Dividend

1904/05     £2,259               £719                 5%

1905/06    £3,911                 £2,603            6%

1906/07    £2,027                £1,133

1907/08    £1,831                 £712

1908/09    £37                      (£901)

1909/10    £1,899                 £770

1910/11     £3,213                  £1,765            5%

1911/12     £8,711                   £4376            10%

1912/13    £8,201                   £4128            10%

1913/14    (£1,089)               (£1,267)

The cyclical nature of tramp trading is clearly shown, and the 43 voyages with many on the ‘Eternal Triangle’ to the Black Sea are now given in detail:-

  • 23.9.1904            Tyne (coal), Genoa, Sulina &  Mustendje (grain), Antwerp.
  • 17.12.1904          Tyne (ballast), San Lorenzo & Plate (grain), Liverpool.
  • 19.3.1905            Barry (coal), Marseilles, Newport.
  • 18.4.1905            Newport (coal), Marseilles, Bona, Rotterdam, Tyne.
  • 10.6.1905            Tyne (ballast), Rosario (grain), Las Palmas, Hamburg.
  • 25.9.1905            Barry (coal), Marseilles, Sulina  (grain), Antwerp.
  • 11.12.1905           Barry (coal), Las Palmas, Galveston (grain), Belfast.
  • 24.3.1906            Barry (coal), Civitavecchia,  Sulina (grain), Antwerp.
  • 23.9.1904            Tyne (coal), Genoa, Sulina & Mustendje (grain), Antwerp.
  • 17.12.1904           Tyne (ballast), San Lorenzo & Plate (grain), Liverpool.
  • 19.3.1905             Barry (coal), Marseilles, Newport.
  • 18.4.1905             Newport (coal), Marseilles, Bona, Rotterdam, Tyne.
  • 10.6.1905             Tyne (ballast), Rosario (grain), Las Palmas, Hamburg.
  • 25.9.1905             Barry (coal), Marseilles, Sulina (grain), Antwerp.
  • 11.12.1905            Barry (coal), Las Palmas, Galveston (grain), Belfast.
  • 24.3.1906             Barry (coal), Civitavecchia, Sulina (grain), Antwerp.
  • 23.6.1906             Newport (coal), Savona, Sulina (grain), Marseilles, Sulina (grain), Antwerp.
  • 16.11.1906            Tyne (coal), Mobile (cotton), Bremerhaven.
  • 11.2.1907              Cardiff (coal), Porto Ferraio, Tampa & New Orleans (grain), Hamburg.
  • 14.6.1907             Barry (coal), Naples, Novorossisk (grain), Brake.
  • 8.9.1907               Barry (coal), Leghorn, Sulina (grain), Antwerp.
  • 24.11.1907           Tyne (coal), Brunswick, Savannah (cotton), Bremerhaven, Tyne.
  • 6.2.1908               Tyne (coal), Genoa, Falmouth (F.O.), Cardiff.
  • 25.3.1908             Cardiff (coal), Leghorn, Falmouth (F.O.), Newport.
  • 29.4.1908             Newport (coal), Marseilles, Barry.
  • 4.6.1908               Barry (coal), Genoa, Falmouth (F .O.), Cardiff.
  • 13.7.1908              Cardiff (coal), Torre Annunciata, Marinpol & Novorossisk (grain), Kertch, Constantinople, Ferrol,                                                                    Rotterdam.
  • 15.10.1908          Tyne, Blyth (coal), Port Said, Constantinople, Kherson & Theodosia (grain), Algiers (bunkers), Leith.
  • 7.1.1909               Tyne (coal) ,Genoa, Ferrol               (ballast), Newport.
  • 21.2.1909            Newport (coal), Marseilles, Odessa (barley), Ferrol, Hamburg.
  • 8.6.1909              Newport (coal), Leghorn, Suez, Karachi (wheat), Birkenhead.
  • 13.9.1909            Cardiff (coal), Civitavecchia, Suez, Bombay (wheat), Algiers (bunkers), Hull.
  • 22.1.1910             Newport (coal), Marseilles, Newport.
  • 26.2.1910            Newport (coal), Naples, Constantinople, Azov (grain), Brake.
  • 16.5.1910             Barry (coal), Genoa, Barry.
  • 13.7.1910             Barry (coal), Leghorn, Constantinople, Braila (grain), Antwerp.
  • 22.10.1910          Tyne (coal), Malta, Alexandria (cottonseed), London.
  • 27.12.1910           Newport (coal), Naples, Novorossisk (grain), Bremen.
  • 7.4.1911               Tyne (coal), Leghorn, Constantinople, Azov (grain), Rotterdam.
  • 25.6.1911             Newport (coal), Marseilles, Carthagena, Rotterdam.
  • 13.8.1911             Newport (coal), Marseilles, Marinpol & Kertch (grain), Bremen.
  • 12.11.1911           Barry (coal), Port Said, Novorossisk & Odessa (grain), Liverpool.
  • 7.2.1912               Cardiff (coal), Santa Fe, San Lorenzo (grain), Hamburg.
  • 18.7.1912             Newport (coal), Alexandria, Karachi (wheat), Malta, Avonmouth.
  • 21.10.1912           Barry (coal), Alexandria, Karachi (wheat), London.
  • 8.2.1913               Barry (coal), Alexandria, Barry.
  • 29.3.1913             Barry (coal), Alexandria, Karachi (wheat), Portishead.
  • 24.7.1913             Barry (coal), Tenerife, Belize, New Orleans (cotton), Wilmington, Bremen, Nordenham.
  • 8.12.1913             Tyne (coal), Port Said, Bombay (wheat), Algiers (bunkers), Brixham, Aberdeen.
  • 16.4.1914             Barry (coal), Port Said, Theodosia (grain), Ferrol, Hamburg
  • 5.7.1914               Tyne (coal), Port Said, Gibraltar.

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