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Runciman (London)

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1935 Runciman (London) Ltd set up a new company called Anchor Line (1935) Ltd to take over the fleet and services of Anchor Line, except those of Anchor-Donaldson and Anchor-Brocklebank, both of which ceased to exist. Philip Runciman became chairman.

1969 Walter Runciman and Co Ltd (which controlled Anchor Line Ship Management Ltd) acquired Currie Line Ltd and launched themselves into the bulk carrier trade.

1976 the Anchor Line Ltd structure was recast and had five operating divisions created:

  • Anchor Line Eastern Services Ltd (concerned with Eastern commercial activities)
  • Anchor Line Ship Management Ltd (handling the bulk carriers and any managed vessels)
  • Currie Line Ltd (concerned with European services, mainly with chartered tonnage, warehousing and road haulage)
  • George Gibson & Co Ltd (concerned with the gas tanker fleet)
  • Runciman Shipping Ltd (dealing with the administration).

2004 Currie Line Ltd appears to have been dissolved

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