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Andrew Weir and Co

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Baltic Exchange Buildings, 21 Bury Street, London, EC3

1885 Andrew Weir first acquired a sailing ship in Glasgow. The name of Weir’s ships included the word "Bank" from the outset.

1896 His first steam ship was bought.

1905 Andrew Weir registered Bank Line. Bank Line operated services between Europe and the South Pacific.

1912 Last of the sailing ships were disposed of.

Bank Line lost many ships to enemy action in both WW1 and WW2.

1919 Andrew Weir and Co (Bank Line) and East Asiatic Co., Copenhagen, founded United Baltic Corporation, operating passenger and cargo services from Poland and the Baltic States to London.

1935 Robert MacAndrew was acquired by Andrew Weir and Co Ltd, as a subsidiary for their United Baltic Corporation.

2003 The Bank Line (South Pacific) service was sold to The China Navigation Co Ltd, the deepsea shipping arm of the Swire Group.


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Sources of Information

  • Bank Line [1]
  • MacAndrews Line [2]