C.Crawley Ltd – Fleet History

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C. Crawley Ltd was created at the end of 1923 by Thomas J. Metcalf and his wife Eileen Metcalf (nee Crawley). The company had a capital of £4000 in £1 shares held 2000 by each of the Metcalfs who were the only registered Directors. The purpose per the Articles Of Association was to acquire the assets etc of the business being operated by Mrs Eileen Metcalf under the auspices of Charles Crawley (her late father).

Company documents show this company continued until placed in “members voluntary liquidation” in 1999 and was finally dissolved on 27th December 2001. There were other offshoot companies mentioned in the directors other interests such as C. Crawley (Engineering) Ltd.

Over the impressive many year history of the company, C.Crawley have operated a vast number of vessels.     On this page I have done my best to document as many as i possibly can along with a photograph of each one.    There are however, some of which that I cannot find photographs of and would appreciate if anybody can help.    ~Ben

CAERNAVON – Ex Esso Caernarvon – built 1962 – sold to Alba Petroleum Kenya
FRANK C– Ex Shell Distrubutor – built 1972 – Sold 2004 as Whithaven – wrecked 2010 Lagos
BRUCESTONE – built 1964 – C.Crawley 1984-2008  Houseboat
AQUATIC – Ex Busby – built 1963 – Houseboat
TORDUCT – sold as houseboat 2013 – still for sale
AQUADUCT – ex Charcrest – built 1964 – broken up 2011 IPM Jetty C.Crawley 1989-2011
K/TOULSON – Built 1966 – sold 2013 –
MARPOL – built 1957 – broken up
ARTEMISIUM – Built 1963 – C.Crawley 1989 -1996 – broken up 2003
STEFAN SCOTT – Built 1955 – C.Crawley 1977-2008 – ex Vollenhove briefly named VIADUCT (2) Broken up Queenborough 2008 – Engine blew up
POLLY – Believed to be sister vessel of TORDUCT, built by Pollock as OILO 3 for Castrol –
TOMMY – Built 1963 – Houseboat, Essex
VIADUCT – Became Stefan Scott
FULFORD – C.Crawley 1991-1997 – sold to Scotland
DOVERIAN – C.Crawley 1993 – 1996 – Sold to Sweden
PERFECTO – Built 1967 – C.Crawley 1989-2000 – Sold to Nigeria
AQUA – C.Crawley (1985-19??) NO
AQUATOR (2) C.Crawley 1979-1985 – Sold to John.A.Flett, broken up 1986
AQUASEAL C.Crawley 1974-1975 – broken up 1976 Sittingbourne
AQUATIC (1) Built 1944 – C.Crawley 1973-1985 – broken up 1985
FOUNTAIN (2) Built 1951 – C.Crawley 1951-199x – Houseboat at Hythe
CUB H – Built 1932 – C.Crawley 1947-1964 – broken up 1964
CORONATION OF LEEDS – C.Crawley 1937-1941 – Exploded by Mine 1941
AQUATOR (1) – built 1915 – C.Crawley 1927-196x
AQUEDUCT (1) built 1915 – C.Crawley 1924-196x

VESSELS OWNED BY Thomas Metcalf & Mrs Ellen Metcalf

AQUA Built 1915 – broken up 1984
FOUNTAIN (1) Built 1905 – broken up 1950
AQUARIUM built 1895 – vanished by 1966 assume broken up

Other vessels owned by C.Crawley,details unknown or brief

DUTCH COURAGE – Possibly ex veenendaal? –
VASSEN -Sold to Crawley 1978
VEENENDAAL
19??: Completed as VEENENDAAL for NV Vereenigde Tankvaartrederij, Rotterdam
Sold to C.Crawley 1974
VARSSEVELD
19??: Completed as VARSSEVELD by ? for NV Vereenigde Tankvaartrederij, Rotterdam (Known to have traded for Crawley under original name) Sold to C.Crawley 1984
VINKEVEEN
19??: Completed as VINKEVEEN by ? for NV Vereenigde Tankvaartrederij, Rotterdam
VLIST
19??: Completed as VLIST by ? for NV Vereenigde Tankvaartrederij, Rotterdam
TORFEN
DUTCH PRIDE
VOORST –
sold to C.Crawley 1978 
EXTOM
EB SPEARING

Stan Mayes===================================================

CAERNAVON
photo by Tedingham

CAERNAVON - Photo by Tedingham

 

 Frank C
photo by Robert Smith

 

BRUCE STONE
photo by Hilmar Snorrason / credited

Bruce Stone 2002 Hilmar Snorrason Brucestone 224353_7993051666_3685_n 230738_7993066666_4447_n

AQUATIC
photo by Jonesy

aquatic 2008 jonesy

 

TORDUCT
photo: John White

John white 2009

 

AQUEDUCT
photo by Edward

aqueduct

Edward

K/TOULSON
photos by Bob Smith / Mike R

Bob Smith 1994 Mike Robinson

MARPOL
photo by Edward

MARPOL- EDWARD

ARTEMISIUM
photo by Bob Smith


Bob Smith 1992

STEFAN SCOTT ex Vollenhove/Viadcut (2)
photo: Ken Smith

Vollenhove BECAME STEFAN SCOTT

Stefan Scott scrapped 341836

TOMMY
photo by Bob Smith

TOMMY

ToMMY - bob smith 2007

FULFORD

fulford

DOVERIAN
photo by Frits
Frits 1995 DOVERIAN

PERFECTO
photo by Stan Mayes

PERFECTO 1996 STAN MAYES

AQUASEAL
(
seen here as previous name)

AQUASEAL 1974-1975

FOUNTAIN (2)
photo: Jonesy /David Ships

Fountain Jonesy FOUNTAIN Hythe 2009 DAVID SHIPS

VLIST

vlist1opdetheemssennah

VEENENDAAL/DUTCH COURAGE

photo below seems to show another Dourage Courage (different stern etc)
qs2ws7

veenendaal2alsdutchcour

VARSSEVELD
photo by Tedingham

TEDINGHAM2

car

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3 thoughts on “C.Crawley Ltd – Fleet History

    LESLIE R TOULSON said:
    April 16, 2016 at 9:02 am

    IT IS NICE TO SEE SOME OF METCALFS SHIPS & MY FAMILY HISTORY THANK YOU LES TOULSON

      Ray Barnett said:
      February 17, 2017 at 4:35 pm

      Hi Les I worked with your dad kenny back in the 60s. I was engineer Ray Barnett.

        MB Fountain, historic ship said:
        March 31, 2017 at 12:30 am

        Hi Ray, did you work with Fountain? It would be lovely to hear more about the Crawley ships. Please do get in touch. Ana

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