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Ellerman's City Line

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April 1935.
1936. SS City of Manchester.

of 12 Moorgate Street, London

1901 The London, Liverpool and Ocean Shipping Co was registered on 24 June as the parent company for the revised Leyland organisation with John Ellerman holding 52% of the shares, as well as to acquire certain other shipping interests. In September it bought 50% of the shares of George Smith’s City Line and a month later 50% of Hall Line Ltd. John Reeves Ellerman personally bought the balance of the shares in the two companies. At the end of the year, a major restructuring of the group took place with all of Ellerman's holdings being sold to the parent for additional shares.

1902 The name was changed to Ellerman Lines[1]

PostWW2: as with other shipping companies, Ellermans declined

1973 the fleet was consolidated in Ellerman City Liners.

1983 the company, now down to 6 ships, was sold to the Barclay Brothers and reformed as Ellerman Holdings.

1985 Management buy-out

1987 Trafalgar House purchased the company which thereafter traded as Cunard-Ellerman to the Mediterranean

1991 Andrew Weir Shipping bought the Ellerman interests.

A few chartered ships still carry the Ellerman colours and City names on Mediterranean routes.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
  • Ellerman Lines [1]