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Nelson Line (Liverpool)

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of 98 Leadenhall Street, London

James Nelson, a butcher in County Meath, Ireland, expanded into cattle breeding and then began to export cattle to Liverpool, before opening an English chain of retail branches that was so successful that his Irish exports were insufficient to cope with the demand. As a result he sent his son Hugh to Argentina to find new sources of supply, leading in turn to the establishment of a shipping line to transport refrigerated meat to Liverpool and later to London for the expanding chain of retail outlets.

1890s Owned and managed by H. and W. Nelson

1898 The company was registered on 27 April. [1]

1913 Acquired by Owen Cosby Philipps's Royal Mail Steam Packet Co, the line's close rival in the route to Argentina; continued trading under its own name.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
  • Nelson Line [1]