Scilly Isles Steam Navigation Company

The Scilly Isles Steam Navigation Company provided shipping services between Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly from 1858 to 1872.[1]

Advert from the Cornish Telegraph 9 July 1862


The company was founded in 1858 by John Banfield, Thomas Johns Buxton, William Mumford Hoskin and James Phillips, shareholders in the Little Western Steamship Association.


The company operated two vessels.

SS ScotiaEdit

The steamship SS Scotia on loan for a few months in 1858 and 1859.[2]

SS Little WesternEdit

The Little Western was launched at Renfrew from the yard of James Henderson and Son on 4 November 1858.[3] She made her maiden voyage from Penzance to Scilly on 6 December 1858.[4] She was a steam schooner with a two cylinder iron screw.[5] She displaced 115 ( 148 ) tons gross; 67 tons net and was 115ft 9ins in length; 18ft 5 ins in breadth and 9ft 4ins in depth. On the winding up of the company in 1871, the ship was transferred to the West Cornwall Steam Ship Company.

She was wrecked on Southward Wells Reef, off Samson on 6 October 1872 while attempting to give assistance to a disabled brigantine ship, Due Fratelli.[2]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Ships monthly, Volume 10. 1975
  2. ^ a b McFarland, F (1927). "Shipwrecks of Scilly 1841 to 1880". Scillonian. 11.
  3. ^ "Launch at Renfrew". Glasgow Herald. Scotland. 5 November 1858. Retrieved 15 February 2016 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  4. ^ "Ship News". Greenock Telegraph and Clyde Shipping Gazette. Scotland. 11 December 1858. Retrieved 15 February 2016 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  5. ^ Railway and other steamers. Christian Leslie Dyce Duckworth, Graham Easton Langmuir. 1968

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