The Trade Makers

BookThe Trade Makers

The Trade Makers

Elder Dempster in West Africa, 1852-1972, 1973-1989

Research in Maritime History, 19

2017

October 18th, 2017

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This journal reprints the history of the Elder Dempster company by Peter N. Davies, from 1852-1972, originally published in 1973. It includes an additional chapter, also by Peter Davies, on the history of the company from 1973-1989, covering its decline and final years. The purpose is to describe and analyse the economic history of the Elder Dempster shipping company and its predecessors, plus an account of West African and British economic backgrounds. The journal is divided into five parts, each concerning a different era in the company’s history. Part 1 covers the formation of the African Steam Ship Company (which would eventually merge and become Elder Dempster); Part 2 covers the expansion of Elder Dempster and the partnership with Alfred Lewis Jones; Part 3 explores major historical events and their impact on Elder Dempster, including the Great War, the transition from war to peace, and the end of the Royal Mail group; Part 4 concerns the establishment of Elder Dempster Lines Limited, the emergence of successful rival companies, the Second World War and post-war reconstruction, and prediction for the company for the 1970s and beyond, as this part concluded the first edition of the history; Part 5 is a retrospective look at the 1970s and 1980s, and tracks the decline of Elder Dempster.

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Cover1
Title Page3
Copyright Page4
Table of Contents7
Foreword13
Introduction (Second Edition)15
Foreword19
Preface21
Acknowledgments26
Introduction (Original)27
PART ONE: THE PIONEERS41
Chapter 1. Macgregor Laird43
Chapter 2. Alexander Elder and John Dempster61
PART TWO: ELDER DEMPSTER AND COMPANY81
Chapter 3. Alfred Lewis Jones83
Chapter 4. The West African Shipping Conference103
Chapter 5. Expansion and Diversification127
Chapter 6. The Effects of the Conference System159
PART THREE: ELDER DEMPSTER AND COMPANY LIMITED183
Chapter 7. Lord Kylsant185
Chapter 8. The Great War205
Chapter 9. Reconstruction and Change229
Chapter 10. The End of the Royal Mail Group255
PART FOUR: ELDER DEMSTER LINES LIMITED289
Chapter 11. The Reorganisation of the Company291
Chapter 12. The Second World War319
Chapter 13. Post-War Reconstruction337
Chapter 14. Recent Developments363
Chapter 15. The Future407
PART FIVE: THE END OF AN ERA423
Chapter 16. A False Dawn and Terminal Decline425
Appendices474
Bibliography605
Index617