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United Molasses Co

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1926 Company incorporated as public company on 1st January as a holding company for the British Molasses Co Ltd and the associated Pure Cane Molasses Co Ltd, and took over a fleet of 8 tankers[1]

1930 Arrangement between Distillers Co and United Molasses Co for exchange of shares[2].

1938 Distillers Co was the company's largest customer and the largest user of molasses in the world. In response to the government's tax on use of alcohol as a motor fuel (as supplied by Distillers), the company reduced its profit margins[3].

1939 Formed Athel Line as a private subsidiary to take over the company's tankers and barges[4]

1943 Acquired Weymann Motor Bodies.[5]

1949 United Molasses Co's Athel Line bought a controlling interest in Anchor Line and purchased the remaining shares in 1950.

c.1954 United Molasses Co bought a boatyard on the south side of the inner harbour at Lowestoft in Suffolk and modernised the facilities. The yard was renamed Richards (Shipbuilders) Ltd.

1955 Acquired E. N. Bray. [6]

1965 Tate and Lyle took over United Molasses Co; sold Anchor Line

1969 United Molasses Ltd purchased another yard: the Fellows Yard at Great Yarmouth.

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Sources of Information

  1. United Molasses [1]
  2. The Times, September 23, 1930
  3. The Times, December 17, 1938
  4. The Times, December 22, 1939
  5. The Times, August 16, 1943
  6. The Times, December 8, 1955