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Houlder Line

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1926. The Motor Refrigerator Ship "Upwey Grange".
1960. "Royston Grange".

of 146 Leadenhall Street, London

1856 Houlder Brothers and Co was formed in London; operated with chartered tonnage until 1861 when they aquired the Golden Horn. First served the USA and later New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific Islands.

1881 Entered the River Plate passenger and cargo trade

1899 The company was registered on 16 March, to acquire and amalgamate the interests of the proprietors of a fleet of steamers. [1]

1902 established subsidiary Empire Transport Co

1906 the Federal-Houlder-Shire Line was formed with Federal Line and Turnbull Martin's Shire Line to operate services from Glasgow, Liverpool, Manchester and Avonmouth to Australia and New Zealand, later restricted to Australia alone.

1911 Furness, Withy and Co purchased a 50% share in Houlder Brothers and Co; the company withdrew from the Federal-Houlder-Shire partnership.

1914 the British Empire Steam Navigation Co was established

1915 the Furness-Houlder Argentine Line was formed.

1937 A substantial interest in Alexander Shipping Co. was purchased

1947 Complete control of Alexander Shipping Co was acquired.

1954 Established Ore Carriers Ltd

1960 Founded Warwick Tanker Co.

1966 The British Empire Steam Navigation Co was renamed Welldeck Shipping Co.

1975 Empire Transport Co. was renamed Dee Navigation Co.

1980 C. Y. Tung of Hong Kong took over Furness, Withy and associated companies; the remaining Houlder Line ships were transferred to Furness, Withy (Shipping) Ltd.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
  • Houlder Brothers [1]