Records of John Stewart & Co Shipbuilders Ltd, shipowners, Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Cash books 1936-1974
  • Journals 1938-1972
  • Ledgers 1933-1972
  • Sale and purchase records 1949-1955
  • Voyage accounts 1937-1974
  • Render book and damage claims 1936-1975
  • Vessel ledgers 1924-1979
  • Summary of voyage accounts 1943-1971
  • Vessel diaries 1953-1975
  • Master and chief engineers logs 1947-1975
  • Fleet particulars 1925-1971
  • Wage abstracts 1941-1963
  • Insurance covers 1956-1962
  • Charter parties 1964-1974
  • Press cuttings 1898-1935
  • Specifications 1942-1970

Administrative / Biographical History

In 1910  , John Stewart , a sale and purchase broker from Glasgow, Scotland, purchased the vessel Corundum which sank in 1914. The Yewdale was purchased in 1923  and this was followed by the purchase of more ships. In the 1920s  , John Stewart purchased a number of war surplus engines and planned to sell them for use in tugs. When they did not sell Stewart had coasters built around them by Scotts of Bowling , shipbuilders and repairers, Bowling, West Dunbartonshire, Scotland . These were completed between 1928 and 1931  and their size and ability to carry heavy loads made them useful for the east coast coal trade to the river Thames in London and northern France. The company was incorporated as a limited liability company, John Stewart & Co Shipping Ltd , in 1934  . John Stewart died two years later and Ian and Edgar Macfarlane then purchased the company. During the 1939-1945 World War the majority of the company's ships continued to be active in the east coast coal trade. Although their first motorship was delivered in 1939  , the company continued to use steam up until 1960  . The company was acquired by Carita Investments Ltd , Dumfries, Scotland, in c1979 but continued to trade as John Stewart & Co Shipping Ltd until it was dissolved in 1991  .

Waine, C V and Fenton, R S,Steam Coasters and Short Sea Traders ( Albrighton , 1994  )


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Permanent loan : Carita Investments Ltd : Glasgow : May 1985 : ACCN 0066

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