From Graces Guide
of Liverpool and London
1913 Liverpool Shipping Co was formed by the merger of three Liverpool coaster companies - Powell Line, Bacon Line and Hough Line. It grew to be the largest coaster company in the world by 1939, acquiring c.60 other companies largely based around the West Coast of Britain. The names of its ships all ended in Coast.
1918 Acquired Laird Line
1920 Acquired G. and J. Burns
1935 Coast Lines became independent.
1943 Acquired Tyne-Tees Shipping Co
Post-war: the company began to decline.
1965 Part of the company was purchased by the Irish Government