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Hearts of Oak
Shipping Co Ltd
The Temperley Line Fleets have their origins involved with
the British Colonial Steamship Co Ltd.,
which began in 1864 with ships leaving from Plymouth, Devon, England.
The Temperley family have been ship owners since before 1850.
From 1879 joint sailings were run with the King Line (Wm Ross & Co).
This lasted until 1893 when John Temperley (senior) retired.
Other ventures followed : J Temperley & Co
and The Temperley Steam Shipping Co Ltd
Details of their ships, below.
ARGOSY, ASCENDANT, BRIGELLA, CISSY, FARNLEY, IRONSIDES,
JOHN TEMPERLEY, NEWNHAM, ROSEMORRAN, OXFORD,
WEYMOUTH, CADUCEUS, WARWICK
JOHN TEMPERLEY, OXFORD, FARNLEY, CISSY, HENRY IV, EMPEROR,
NILE, ROSEMORRAN, NEWNHAM, WEYMOUTH, TALBOT, DELTA,
CADUCEUS, BRIDE, ESCORT, WARWICK, ASCENDANT
Steamship Fleet list of the Temperley Line
ATLAS, HECTOR, THAMES (1), ACHILLES, CLEOPATRA,
ERL KING, EMPEROR, MEDWAY, MANITOBAN, OTTAWA,
ST. LAWRENCE (1), DACIA, NYANZA, NIGER, TAGUS,
NILE, AVON, CLYDE, TWEED, SEVERN, THAMES (2), DELTA,
GAMMA, ST. LAWRENCE (2), VIKING, OCEAN KING
All described on the Ships List
There were a number of inter-related shipping businesses
controlled or managed by John Temperley.
Temperley, Carter and Darke
The Temperley Steam Shipping Co Ltd was formed in 1889.
Based in London; its vessels were managed by J Temperley & Co
The company's directors were
John Temperley Snr ( Retired 1893)
Joseph Temperley, London
(Captain John Lester Vivian Millett’s sister,
Mabel Elizabeth Vincent Millett
married Joseph Temperly in 1887.)
John Temperley Jr, London, shipowner, born 1857, Newcastle
(living at Shenfield, Essex in 1901; Died 1910 )
Samuel Johnson (of Sheffield)
Joseph Temperley 1853-1941 Ship owner of Chipstead
Other Temperley shareholders were
Frederick William Temperley born 1858, shipowner, Surbiton (Surrey)
Charles Temperley 1859-1927 shipowner, London
J Temperley & Co Ships
In 1899, The Temperley Steam Shipping Co Ltd
acquired another Temperley company –
United Steam Shipping Co Ltd, owners of the MELBRIDGE.
From 1904, the names of the ships appear
on the annual summary accounts for shareholders
The Temperley Steam Shipping Co Ltd Ships
Managed by Temperley
BEMBRIDGE was the only ship remaining in 1924,
when the Company was voluntarily wound up.
This was when Managing Director Captain J L Vivian Millett
wrote his account of his life at sea, and how he became
to be in such a position in the Company.
My thanks to
David Asprey, Ted Finch and John D Stevenson
for their help
19th December 2006