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1874 Turnbull, Martin and Co was set up in Glasgow by James Turnbull. He transferred his ship Sandringham into the new company
The first 2 ships built for the company were Ayrshire and Buteshire.
1884 the partners in Turnbull, Martin joined with other Glasgow investors to set up the Elderslie Steam Ship Co Ltd to enter the New Zealand trade, managed by Turnbull and Martin
By 1897 Turnbull and Martin had phased out their 6 tramp steamers and ceased to own vessels directly.
1893 The name Shire Line was first used on sailings on the Glasgow/Liverpool/Manchester/London – Cape Town – Australia – New Zealand route.
1909 the combined fleet consisted of 7 Shire, 4 Houlder and 11 Federal ships plus 2 ships chartered from British India.
1910 Elderslie was taken over by a new company, Scottish Shire Line Ltd. Cayzer, Irvine and Co Ltd acquired a controlling interest in the new company, the balance of the shares being held by ex-Elderslie shareholders. Turnbull, Martin became the managers.
1917 Cayzer, Irvine and Co purchased Turnbull, Martin and the balance of the shares in Shire.
The company now operated as part of Clan Line
1967 Turnbull, Martin was closed.