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Shaw, Savill and Albion Co

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of 34 Leadenhall Street, London.

1882 The company was incorporated on 10 November, to amalgamate the businesses of Messrs. Shaw, Savill and Co, of London, and the Albion Shipping Co, of Glasgow. [1]

1889 major dock strike in London caused the Line to move much of its refrigerated cargo to dedicated cargo carriers, often sailing to other UK ports.

1897 Shaw, Savill and Albion and New Zealand Line agreed to pool the carriage of meat and wool from New Zealand.

1905 White Star Line and Shaw, Saville and Albion took joint control of Aberdeen Line.

1913 The last sail service to New Zealnd.

1927 Lord Kylsant took control of White Star Line, which had a major interest in Shaw, Savill and Albion; this obliged the Line to buy all future ships from Kylsant’s Harland and Wolff yards.

1930 the British Government set up the Royal Mail Scheme to rescue as many as possible of the Kylsant companies.

1931 the Kylsant shipping group, which owned White Star Line, collapsed.

1932 the Aberdeen Line was purchased by Shaw, Savill and Albion Co. The fleet of the former Australian Commonwealth Line was also acquired. Together with P & O, Furness, Withy and Co, New Zealand Line and Orient Line, Shaw, Savill and Albion Co formed Aberdeen and Commonwealth Line and managed it.

1934 the Government funded the creation of Cunard White Star Line Ltd on the basis that all of the White Star Line's Australian assets were sold to Shaw, Savill and Albion Co.

1936 Furness, Withy and Co took control of Shaw, Savill and Albion Co

Postwar the company embarked upon a major rebuilding and expansion programme that resulted in the fleet reaching a peak of 33 ships in 1968. Also see Shaw Savill Line

Containerisation and airline competition afterwards reduced fleet numbers.

1980 Furness Withy was bought by the Hong Kong shipowner C Y Tung.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
  • Shaw Savill [1]