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Letricheux & David  Ltd


While researching Swansea vessels  lost to enemy action in World War 1 the name of a shipping company called Letricheux & David kept cropping up and after a little research I thought it was worthy of a place in Swansea’s maritime history.

The first mention of the company that I found was a notice in the London Gazette stating that the company called Letricheux, Callier & David, based in Swansea and carrying out business as “Merchants and Shipbrokers” was dissolved by mutual consent on the 13th of February 1873.

In future the business of shipbroker will be carried out by Ferdinand Callier and the business of merchants by Adolphe Letricheux and Edmond David.

There is information regarding a company called Prevost & Letricheux trading as shipbrokers in 1860.Information from the Cambrian Index suggests this company traded up until 1871 and the next entry regarding Letricheux is in 1872, with mention of Letricheux, Callier & David

From information from the London Gazette dated May 14th 1878 it appears that Ferdinand Callier had entered into business with a William Edgar Williams, the company being called Callier & Williams, Shipbrokers, Coal Merchants and Commission Agents. Somewhere along the line this partnership split up and William Williams was declared bankrupt. An application for his discharge as a bankrupt was made on May 11th 1878.

Most of these companies trade appears to have been involved with the export of coal from Swansea to various French ports and the importation of wooden pit props, grain and potatoes back to South Wales

Letricheux & David's Office in the Powell Dyffryn Building

Below are Copies of the press cuttings
Letricheux & David Ltd

Notice is hereby given, that the Partnership heretofore subsisting between us the undersigned, Adolphus Letricheux, Ferdinhand Callier, and Edmond David, carrying on business as Merchants and Ship Brokers, under the style or firm of Letricheux, Callier, and David at Swansea, in the county of Glamorgan, was dissolved by mutual consent, as from the 6th day of February instant, and in the future the said business of Ship Broker will be carried on by the said Ferdinhand Collier, and the said business of Merchants by the said Adolphus Letricheux and Edmund David, by whom all debts due to and from the said late partnership of Letricheux, Callier, and David, will be received and paid – Dated the 13th day of February, 1873
A Letricheux
F Collier
E David
The Bankruptcy Act, 1869

In the County Court of Glamorganshire, Holden at Swansea. In the Matter of a Special Resolution for Liquidation by arrangement of the affairs of William Edgar Williams residing at 14 Herbert Place, Swansea in the County of Glamorgan, formerly in co-partnership with Ferdinhand Callier, trading under the style or firm of Callier and Williams as Ship Brokers, Coal Merchants, and Commission Agents now trading on his own account as a Ship Broker, Coal Merchant, and Commission Agent, at No. 1. Somerset Place
A GENERAL Meeting of the Creditors of the said William Edgar Williams is hereby summoned to be held at 10 Temple Street, Swansea on Friday, the 24th day of May instant, at three o'clock in the afternoon precisely. In accordance with the provision with the said act and the general rules made in pursuance thereof. The object of the meeting and the business proposed to be transacted thereat will be :- To consider the granting of the discharge of the said William E Williams – Dated the 11th day of May 1878

R G Cawker, Trustee.

At an Extraordinary General Meeting of the Members of the above named Company, duly convened, and held at Letricheux Buildings Adelaide Street, Swansea, on the 30th day of August 1929, the following Extraordinary Resolutions were duly passed

1 That it has been proved to the satisfaction of the Company that the Company cannot, by reason of its liabilities, continue its business, and accordingly that the Company be wound up voluntarily

2 That Sydney George Owen, of 56 Wind Street, Swansea, Chartered Accountant, be appointed the Liquidator of the Company for the purposes of such winding up

R David Burnie, Secretary


The Fleet


 S.S. Abermaid
Built 1883 sold 1908 and renamed Korsvik (as seen)


S.S. Abertawe.
No photo available.
Built  1884 by Palmers Shipbuilding & Iron Co. Newcastle upon Tyne
1336t grt.
Sold 1909 to Cie. Des Chargeures Francaise –Pisson & Cie., Paris


S.S. Buchaness
No photo available
Built 1909 and sold in 1919 to Reardon Smith, Cardiff


S.S. Dungeness
Built in 1904 and acquired by L&D in 1917
and sold to Reardon Smith 1920


S.S. HURLINESS (seen as Kilnsea)
Built in 1899 and acquired 1918 and sold to
Reardon Smith 1919


No Photo available
Built 1899 as S.S. Kelvingrove and acquired in 1920
Sold on in 1920 to Brynmor Steamship Co., Swansea

No Photo available
Built in 1900 for the English Steamship Co., Middlesborough,
which appears to be a subsidiary of L& D.
Sold to Reardon Smith in 1919


No photo available
Built 1900 by Wm. Gray & Co., at Sunderland
Acquired 1918 and sold to Reardon Smith 1919


Letricheux Line Vessels Lost in World War 1


S.S. Milo
1,4775 G.R.T.
Built 1903 by Campbeltown Shipbuilders and acquired 1917.
In collision June 22nd 1917 with unknown steamer 10 miles south of
St. Albans Head while on passage from Rouen to Cardiff in ballast.


S.S. Guildhall
2,609 G.R.T.
Built 1898 by Tyne Iron Shipbuilding Co. Lt., Willington Acquired in 1917
Torpedoed and sunk by U62 June 25th 1917 40 miles SWxW
Bishop Rock Lighthouse with 12 lives lost.


S.S. Tarbetness.
Built 1904 by Irvine Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. Ltd.  West Hartlepool
3,018 G.R.T.Acquired 1917
Torpedoed and sunk by U11O 12 miles S.W. of Caernarvon Lt/vl. March 7th 1918


S.S. Girdleness
Built 1905 by Ropner & Sons, Stockton on Tees.
Acquired 1918 (English Steamship Co.Ltd.,)
3,018 G.R.T
Torpedoed and sunk by U60 1.5 Miles NW of Cambeck Point, Bude Bay
May 2nd 1918 while on passage from Swansea with a cargo of Patent Fuel
2 Casualties


S.S. Saracen
No Photo
This vessel of 3,272 G.R.T. was built by John Priestman & Co.
Sunderland in 1917. She was lost on the morning of Boxing Day 1917
between Ushant and the coast of N.W. France. It is believed that this
vessel struck a mine that had been laid some months earlier in
the vicinity of the Isle of Wight. All the crew were saved


S.S. Orfordness
No Photo
This vessel of 2790 G.R.T. was built by  Ropner & Sons. Stockton on Tees
in 1906. She was acquired by Letricheux Lines in 1918 and operated by the
English Steamship Co.Ltd., which we assume was a subsidiary of Letricheux Lines.
On July 20th 1918, whilst on passage from Rouen to Barry in ballast,
she was torpedoed and sunk by U 60 2.5 miles WxN of Newquay in Cornwall
with the loss of 2 lives.

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