Thomas Selby – service on various Indo-China Steam Navigation Co. Ltd ships

Robin Selby has sent the following information about his great-uncle Thomas Selby (1866-1937) during his time working for The Indo-China Steam Navigation Company Ltd (ICSNC) which had been established in 1873 as a subsidiary of Hong Kong based Jardine, Matheson & Co. Thomas worked for ICSNC from 1895 to 1908 when he was granted 12 months home leave and appears not to have returned.

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Robin writes: You will see that Thomas went to hospital for some time in 1900, and after that he was sent home in 1903 on special duty.  I surmise that he met his future wife while he was in hospital, and the ‘special duty’ was getting married.

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Stephen Davies adds: The Tungshing (a.k.a. Tung Shing and Tongshing) is the vessel that is most clearly attached to Selby’s name. It was built at Newcastle, UK. [refer to notes below]

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The Tungshing:
Launched: 28/01/1903
Completed: 28/04/1903
Builder: Wigham Richardson & Co
Yard: Neptune Yard, Low Walker
Yard Number: 402
Dimensions: 1869grt, 1173nrt, 2588dwt, 275.4 x 40.0 x 12.9ft
Engines: T3cyl (21, 34 & 56 x 42ins), 226nhp
Engines by: Wigham Richardson & Co, Low Walker
Propulsion: 1 x Screw, 11.5knots (trials)
Construction: Steel
Reg Number: 118263
Contract Price £31,326

Loss £692-2s-4d
28/04/1903 Indo-China Steam Navigation Co Ltd, London
11/01/1926 Sank in collision with Empress of Asia in Whangpoo River, Shanghai

The image shown on the home page of this article is of Thomas Selby during his time as mate on the Cutty Sark.

Related Indhhk articles:

  1. Indo-China Steam Navigation Company 1873-1974
  2. Indo-China Steam Navigation Company – 19th century supplementary information
  3. SS Tungshing, Indo-China Steam Navigation Company – Captain Thomas Selby
  4. Thomas Selby – Cutty Sark, Indo-China Steam Navigation Company and Bullivants
  5. Thomas Selby – his life on board the Cutty Sark


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