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Aberdeen Line

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The Aberdeen Line was a British steamship company founded in 1824

1825 George Thompson set up the Aberdeen Line to operate timber and passenger ships between Aberdeen and Canada

By the late 1830s, the Aberdeen line was operating 12 ships, trading to places such as South America, the Mediterranean, and the South Pacific.

Plying between London and Australia via the Cape.

1854 Launch of the Aberdeen Clipper Line serving China and Australia[1]

1881 SS Aberdeen was the first steamer built for the line, which had previously been celebrated for its clipper ships.

1905 Aberdeen Line came under the joint control of White Star Line and Shaw, Savill and Albion Co but retained its own identity.

1926 The White Star Line obtained a controlling interest in George Thompson and Co, managers of the five liners of the Aberdeen Line.[2]

1928 White Star Line purchased the Australian Commonwealth Line and its fleet which was combined with that of the Aberdeen Line; the new combined fleet was renamed Aberdeen and Commonwealth Line[3]

1931 the Kylsant shipping group which owned White Star Line, collapsed.

1932 the Aberdeen Line was purchased by Shaw, Savill and Albion Co

1933 the fleet of the former Australian Commonwealth Line was also acquired; as a result the Aberdeen and Commonwealth Line was formed.

1936 Furness, Withy and Co took control of Shaw, Savill and Albion Co

1938 the Aberdeen name was dropped from the title

1957 the last of the Aberdeen ships was scrapped and the company disappeared.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Times Apr. 12, 1895
  2. The Engineer 1926/04/30
  3. The Times, Apr. 25, 1928
  • The Ships List [1]