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Avenue Shipping Co

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Operator of worldwide cargo liners and occasional tramping services, of London

1924 the shipping agents Birt, Potter & Hughes established the Avenue Shipping Company as their ship-owning division. The shipping company’s name was derived from their London office at 2 Fenchurch Avenue.

During its brief existence, the company operated only a small number of ships

1934 company wound up

1954 the New Zealand Shipping Company revived the Avenue Shipping Company when a need arose to find use for their smaller part-refrigerated ships which had been replaced by new ships in the New ZealandZ-East Coast North America trade.

The new company was put under the management of Trinder Anderson & Company (which was not part of P&O) so that the ships might be more easily chartered to outside companies. The new company was floated on the stock exchange.

1955 Loss of c.£50,000 during their first year of operation, although the company saw profits increase over the next few years.

By 1957, Avenue Shipping had a total of seven ships in service. The new ships were an economic success, and even inaugurated a route from Australia to New Guinea.

1971 During the re-organization of the P&O Group, Avenue's remaining ships were absorbed into P&O General Cargo Division.

1976 Avenue Shipping was renamed P&O Overseas Holdings Ltd.

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Sources of Information

  • P&O Heritage [1]