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INTERCOLONIAL STEAMSHIP Co

Formed in July 1896 based in Adelaide

Founding members of this concern were
W R Cave & Co, Gibbs Bright & Co., and George Wills & Co
Took over the Western Australian Government Railways coal contract in supplying Fremantle with coal from Newcastle, New South Wales, a contract held by H C Sleigh. At the time Sleigh won the contract but was caught short when the Newcastle miners went on strike from February 1896 until July 1896.
Intercolonial Steam Ship Company only chartered vessels in servicing the East - West coal run.
in 1897 they won two contracts in supplying coal to Geelong Gas Company and the Silverton Tramways. Upon the expiration and non renewal of those contracts the shareholders met in Adelaide and voted to 'wind-up' this concern on 27th January 1898
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ESKDALE
1893-1931
ASPHODEL
1890-1903
ALGONIA
1895-1904
ANDANIA
1895-1904
ESKDALE 2,996 gross tons, 1,926 net. Lbd: 320' x 42'1" x 20'9". (97.5 x 12.8 metres) Steel steamship built by C Connell & Co., Glasgow for Robert Mackill & Co., Glasgow. Cargo vessel powered by a triple expansion 3 cylinder engine producing 280 horsepower. Service speed of 8.5 knots. Was at Sydney in December 1895 when chartered by H C Sleigh for 6 months. Loaded coal for Fremantle from Newcastle, New South Wales on 31st December 1895. Given registry at Port Adelaide February 1896, she was advertised under the banner 'Blue Star Line' to the agency of H C Sleigh, eventually under the banner of the Intercolonial Steam Ship Co who took over the coal contract held by H C Sleigh at that time. From 1896 also advertised by Howard Smith Ltd who either took a charter on her or, acted as agents. Returned to Glasgow 1897. 1911 sold to Itaya Shosen KK renamed Dainichi Maru. 1926 sold to Kyuei Shokai KK. Wrecked on Onmai Saki 21 July 1931
ASPHODEL 2,674 gross tons, 1,730 net. Lbd: 310' x 41" x 23'5". Steel steamship / tanker built by A Stephen & Sons, Linthouse for J B Murray & Co., Glasgow. Held a triple expansion engine producing 240 nhp. As a 'freelance tramper' she was chartered by H C Sleigh in January 1896 and advertised for passengers to Fremantle along with her coal carrying obligations. With the coal strike by Newcastle miners in February 1896, H C Sleigh faced the improbability of supplying the coal contract to Western Australia and sought out W R Cave & Co, Port Adelaide in turning over that contract. April 1896 charter transferred to W R Cave & Co and in August 1896 transferred again to Intercolonial Steam Ship Co, Adelaide, all the while continuing her run in that trade. She was advertised under the banner 'Blue Star Line' to the agency of H C Sleigh up until August 1896. January 1898 Intercolonial Steam Ship Co wound itself up and sold it's Fremantle shore based holdings to McIlwraith McEacharn Ltd, transferring the charter of Asphodel simultaneously. Upon the charter being complete in April 1898, she sailed to England, never to return. 1900 sold to Lewis Luckenbach, New York. Vessel renamed Norfolk. 1902 altered into a tanker and renamed S V Luckenbach. Went missng 23 March 1903 after clearing Sabine pass on voyage Port Arthur for Marcus Hook, Philadelphia
ALGONIA 2914 gross tons. Cargo ship, 330 ft long. Built by J L Thompson, North Sands Sunderland for W Tapscott & Co., Liverpool & there registered. Between 1896-98 (exact dates unknown) chartered by Intercolonial Steam Ship Co. Since, vessel wrecked on July 6, 1904 at Tongmi Point, China - Hong Kong. Note: spelling of this vessel may vary as the Algoma (Miramar site) with perhaps the date of completion in error. I believe my Australian source and the 'Sunderland' pages are correct in this instance, she was built as the 'Andania' and I respectfully overlook the 'Miramar' website listing error on the basis it's founder R B Haworth is a highly admirable maritme historian and that site itself is a much appreciated source of valuable information
ANDANIA 2,876 gross tons. Lb: 94.5 x 13.1 metres. Cargo ship built by Pickersgill Southwick for Andania SS Co Ltd (E F & W Roberts), Liverpool. Single screw. Triple expansion engine. Between 1896-98 (exact dates unknown) chartered by Intercolonial Steam Ship Co. Wrecked Elbow Cay, Cuba 29 December 1904


ASHLEY
1891-1904
GULF OF MEXICO
1883-1920
HUBBUCK
1886-1926
MOUNT HEBRON
1889-99
ASHLEY 2297 gross tons. Lb: 88.1 x 11.6 metres. Cargo vessel built by Craig Taylor, Stockton. Single screw. Triple expansion engine. Launched 15 October 1890 as the Azima for W H Loveridge & Co. Completed by Craig Taylor, Stockton January 1891 as the Ashley for North of Ireland Steam Ship Co Ltd (W R Rea), Belfast, Registered under British flag. Between 1896-98 (exact dates unknown) chartered by Intercolonial Steam Ship Co. Wrecked at Hambantota, Ceylon 6 September 1904
GULF OF MEXICO 3,172 gross tons, 2,059 net. Iron steamship, single screw built Dixon (Raylton) Middlesborough for Greenoch Steam Ship Co Ltd., Greenoch. Cargo only. Compounded engine. Between 1896-98 (exact dates unknown) chartered by Intercolonial Steam Ship Co. Chartered by Intercolonial Steam Ship Co in transporting coal from Newcastle New South Wales as well as taking steerage passengers from the east coast of Australia to the West Australian goldfields. Little else known except accomodation was well below standard. 1898 sold to Austro-Americana and renamed Vienna. 1900 sold to J White and renamed Vega. 1904 sold to Itaya GK and renamed Yahiko Maru. Wrecked Tsugaru Strait 2 May 1920
HUBBUCK 2,843 gross tons, 2,596 net. Steel steamship, single screw built by J L Thompson, North Sands Sunderland for Lund's Blue Anchor Line, England. 338 ft long, service speed 11 knots. Launched by Mrs Hubbuck. Placed on the London - Australia passenger-cargo run. Between 1896-98 (exact dates unknown) chartered by Intercolonial Steam Ship Co in transporting coal from Newcastle New South Wales as well as taking steerage passengers from the east coast of Australia to the West Australian goldfields. 1898 sold to Talbot SS Co, a US concern, with no change of name. In 1919, sold to Dutrus & Carsi, of Valencia, Spain, and renamed Eugenio Dutrus. April 26, 1926, wrecked at Los Cabezos Rocks, North Tarifa Andalusia, Spain
MOUNT HEBRON 2,560 gross tons. Lb: 91.4 x 12.7 metres. Cargo vessel built by McIlwaine MacColl, Belfast for Smith & Service, Glasgow. Single screw. Triple expansion engine. Between 1896-98 (exact dates unknown) chartered by Intercolonial Steam Ship Co. 1899 sold to A Deppe renamed Belgique. Foundered 6nm NW of the Casquets 10 November 1899


SHAFTESBURY
1890-1932
STRATHAVON
1890-1910
TANGIER
1888-1904
SHAFTESBURY 1,839 gross tons. Lb: 82.3 x 11.4 metres. Cargo vessel built by Craig Taylor at Stockton for North of Ireland S.S.Co Ltd (W R Rea), Belfast. Single screw, triple expansion engine. Service speed 8.5 knots. Between 1896-98 (exact dates unknown) chartered by Intercolonial Steam Ship Co. 1898 sold to Schmidt & Hansen, renamed Vesta. Wrecked off Mesane, North Russia 21 July 1932
STRATHAVON 2.672 gross tons. Lb: 298'9" x 41'2". (91.1 x 12.6 metres) Single screw. Triple expansion engine. Cargo vessel built by Russell & Co Cartsdyke Mid, Port Glasgow for William Burrell & Son, Glasgow. Between 1896-98 (exact dates unknown) chartered by Intercolonial Steam Ship Co, Australia. 1899 owned by Harvey & Co., St. John's, Newfoundland. 1902 owned by E Angelis, Piraeus, vessel renamed Karolos. Abandoned and sunk on 12 January 1910 off Scilly on passage Sulina for Londonderry with maize
TANGIER 1.880 gross tons. Lb: 80.8 x 11.3 metres. Single screw. Triple expansion engine. Cargo vessel built by W Doxford, Pallion Sunderland for the Angier Line (1887) Ltd, Port Adelaide. Between 1896-98 (exact dates unknown) chartered by Intercolonial Steam Ship Co. Wrecked Landaise coast 11 September 1904



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