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1861 James Nourse (1828-1897) commissioned his own ship Ganges to operate on the routes to the East Indies and Australia on which he had been sailing as master for others.
By 1865 had built up a fleet mainly carrying contract labour and some cargo
1897 After Nourse’s death, the fleet was operated by his executors
1903 The company was registered on 19 February, to acquire the business of shipowners of the firm of the same name. The sailing ships were gradually replaced by six steamships specially designed for the trade.
1917 Acquired by P&O.
Post WWI Some new and larger steamers were acquired. Cargo became more important and regular monthly sailings were maintained from Calcutta and Rangoon to the West Indies and Cuba via the Cape.
1959 the Nourse fleet turned to world-wide tramping services.
1964 The management and fleet were merged with that of the Hain Steamship Co Ltd, a much larger tramp operator. The new concern traded as Hain-Nourse Ltd until the re-organisation of the P&O Group in 1971