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Blue Star Line

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May 1935.
1936. MV Australia Star.

The Blue Star Line was founded by the Vestey family to carry their chilled beef from Argentina and other South American countries. Responding to the development of refrigeration technology, they built up a worldwide food importation business, particularly frozen Chinese eggs and poultry.

1911 Blue Star Line was registered on 28 July.

1925 the company entered the South American passenger trade. After the Ottawa Conference, shipping operations were extended to Australia and New Zealand.

WW2 29 Blue Star ships and 646 people were killed.

1946 The Booth Steamship Co. was acquired

1946 Booth Line and Lamport and Holt Line were integrated with Blue Star Line

1954 Acquired a substantial holding in Airwork, the airline[1]

1967 the South American trade of Donaldson Line was acquired.

1968 Blue Star Port Lines Management was formed in order to rationalize the two companies' Australasian services.

1998 The company was sold to P & O Nedlloyd. P & O Nedlloyd was itself purchased by Maersk in 2005.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Jun 16, 1954
  • Blue Star Line [1]