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Paton & Hendry and John Gray Frew

Post by Bill Harvey » Wed Mar 13, 2013 11:37 am

I am hoping that someone may be able to assist me with my quest.

Triggered by a question posed by another site member, in relation to something he was working on, I am currently collating the fleets owned / managed by Paton & Hendry / Hendry, MacCallum & Co.

One of those fleets was The Home Trade Steam carrying Co.Ltd which somewhere around 1900 changed from Paton & Hendry management to that of John Gray Frew.

What I am trying to ascertain is if J. G. Frew was involved with Paton & Hendry prior to that point as he had vessels under his own name and I have also seen some as John G. Frew & others. He certainly was not in the partnership in 1911 when Paton retired and the business restyled as Hendry, McCallum & Co.

At present, including Frew, I have accounted for 66 vessels ranging from puffer to reasonable sized coasters albeit some relate to Frew managing single ship companies. All except one are Clyde built.

Some similarity in vessel names also gives reason to think there was an association as do some sequence of builds at the shipyards.

Coincidently both the Hendry McCallum and the Frew operations were in rapid decline post WW1 and had gone by circa 1924

Any pointers gratefully received.


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Re: Paton & Hendry and John Gray Frew

Post by E28 » Fri Mar 15, 2013 8:37 pm

ON 115689
Builder Messrs Scott & Sons. Bowling. Yard No 154
Launched 20 May 1902. Trials and completion June 1902
105' x 20.2' x 9.2'
Machinery Fisher & Co, compound engines 27hp. Engines aft, well deck amidships
For Glasgow Steam Coasters Co Ltd.
Paton & Hendry, managers, 60 St Enoch Sq, Glasgow.

There are grave fears that the steamer BURNBRAE, owned by the Glasgow Steam Coasters Company (Limited), 142 St Vincent Street, Glasgow, has been lost with all 6 hands.

BURNBRAE left Cardiff on the evening of 18th April, 1911, with a cargo of coal for Wexford & has not been heard of. The run from Cardiff to Wexford should have been accomplished in about 24 hours but the weather was very stormy during the night of the 18th, and it is feared that the vessel has foundered in the channel.

The crew of the BURNBRAE consisted of the following 6 men.
Archibald M'Fall. Master. 116 Watt St. Glasgow
A. Cameron. Mate. Pollock St. Glasgow
William Maxwell. Engineer. Leith
..Moore. Able seaman. NK
Another. Able seaman. NK
..M'Devitt. Fireman. NK

Corroboration of the fear that the vessel is lost comes from Pendine, on Carmarthen Bay, South Wales. There, a lifeboat and lifebuoy have been washed ashore, marked "ss BURNBRAE, of Glasgow".
Raid - Trade - Aid
Thats all folks. Sean. E28

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