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Glen Line

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1860s The Gow and McGregor families of Glasgow went into business as brokers and shipowners serving the Far East, marketing their service as Glen Line.

1910 The ship-owning side of the business was incorporated as Glen Line Ltd, with McGregor, Gow and Co as its managers

1911/2 Glen Line was acquired by Elder Dempster and Co, part of the Royal Mail group.

1920 Amalgamated with the Shire Line.

1931 On the collapse of the Royal Mail empire of Lord Kylsant, Glen Line was taken over by Alfred Holt and Co (Blue Funnel Line).

1972 the name of the parent changed to Ocean Transport and Trading Co.

1974 joined forces with Ben Line to operate Ben-Ocean Services.

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