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Hugh Douglas (b Kilwinning 1890) fought in the first War and upon returning to Glasgow found he had no job with Lyle Shipping. He set up his own shipping business Douglas & Ramsey at 45 West Nile St Glasgow in 1923 and subsequently built 5 ships on the Clyde with Lithgow yards. These were all tramp ships for worldwide trade.

Three of these were lost in the 2nd War. The company also acted as agents for the US and UK government and managed several of their ships. Hugh Douglas was also heavily involved in the organisation and administration of convoys from the Scottish lochs for the Ministry of War Transport.

He died in 1955


•  At 13.37 hours on 26 Sep, 1940, the DARCOILA (Master William Anderson), dispersed from convoy OB-217, was torpedoed and sunk by U-32 west of Ireland. The master and 30 crew members were lost.

•  Te old TRIAINA was bought for £8950 and sold to breakers for £6537, supporting the building of DARLENY by Wm. Hamilton for Douglas & Ramsey.

•  Wilhelmina SS was a British cargo steamer of 7,135 tons built in 1909 and owned by Douglas & Ramsey, Glasgow- MATSON NAVIGATION CO. (PRESUME) MINISTRY OF WAR TRANSPORT. On the 2nd December 1940 when on route from NEW WESTMINSTER for LIVERPOOL in Convoy HX-90 and carrying a cargo of 6,365 tons general including 2,303 tons fish and 1,450 tons woodpulp when she was torpedoed by German submarine U-94 and sunk when 265 miles west of Bloody Foreland. 4 crew lost from a total crew of 38.

•  SS Darleny ?? Jointly owned with Carrick Shipping Co. Ltd.

•  single screw steamer Darcolm for Douglas and Ramsay, Glasgow

•  steamer Darsheil for a Glasgow company – details – for Douglas & Ramsay




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