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1858 Founded in London by Robert Shaw and Walter Savill
One of two British companies that handled the New Zealand trade. Both companies mainly acted as brokers, advertising for passengers and cargoes for New Zealand and utilising chartered ships.
1873 the New Zealand Shipping Co was formed by local settlers, and took about one third of the expanding southbound trade but about half of the northbound cargoes, a serious challenge.
From 1879 Shaw, Savill and New Zealand Shipping Co jointly financed pioneer steamship voyages
1882 New Zealand Shipping Co successfully converted a sailing ship to carry a cargo of frozen meat to UK. These experiments produced a strong political campaign in New Zealand for a refrigerated steamer service to UK.
1883 As a result, a joint Mail Contract was awarded to Shaw, Savill and New Zealand Shipping Co
1882/3 Amalgamation of Messrs. Shaw, Savill and Co, of London, and the Albion Shipping Co, of Glasgow to form Shaw, Savill and Albion Co with a combined fleet of 31 sailing ships. Two steamers were ordered from William Denny.