A Great British Liner and Tramping Success Story

The 4,354grt Silvercedar was built in 1924 by Doxford & Sons at Pallion. On 15th October 1941 she was torpedoed and sunk by U-553 in the Atlantic while on a voyage from New York to Liverpool carrying steel and general cargo. There were 26 survivors but 22 lives were lost.
The 4,354grt Silvercedar was built in 1924 by Doxford & Sons at Pallion. On 15th October 1941 she was torpedoed and sunk by U-553 in the Atlantic while on a voyage from New York to Liverpool carrying steel and general cargo. There were 26 survivors but 22 lives were lost.

A partnership was formed in 1908 between the brothers Stanley and John Thompson to act as the managing owners of the new St. Helen’s Steamshipping Co. Ltd. of London. The company owned one tramp, Wearmouth, which was soon renamed Silverbirch. The Thompson brothers were members of the famous Sunderland shipbuilding family of Joseph L. Thompson & Sons Ltd., and other members of the family owned tramps in Sunderland. Farringford was purchased from Charlton & Thompson in Sunderland to become Silverash, and the Burrell tramp Fitzpatrick was purchased in 1913 to become Silvercedar. The finances of the company were reorganised for expansion in 1912, and then a management contract was entered into in 1913 with the America-Levant Line, whose directors included Sir Alfred Allen Booth and the Catto family of shipowners. Former British tramps included the Burrell Fitzclarence renamed with ‘River’ names, and were used for Transatlantic services, a contract that was to run until 1930.

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rogersymes

Great to read about the history of my old company, Silver Line here (1976-1981). I sailed on the "ALVA" tankers, Seabridge bulkers, small chemi tankers and mini-bulkers under management, including some ships named in the article. Great experience for a cadet & young Mate from such a diversified fleet.

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