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Booker Line

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1835 Started trading between Liverpool and Georgetown[1] when George Booker and Richard Booker bought their first ship and established the Booker Line.

The company diversified into the distribution of goods rather than merely shipping them; later gradually disposed of its fleet of ships.

1911 The Imataka was built to the order of Booker Brothers, McConnell and Co by Sir Raylton Dixon and Co with engines by Blair and Co for the Booker Line, to run direct from Liverpool to Demerara[2]

By 1977 was operating 5 ocean-going ships carrying goods between UK and the Caribbean[3]

1983 Due to declining demand from Guyana, the 4 company-owned ships were laid up and the business conducted with chartered vessels[4]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Jun 12, 1962
  2. The Times, Sep 20, 1911
  3. Times, Mar 28, 1977
  4. The Times, Apr 22, 1983