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of 12 Moorgate Street, London
1901 The London, Liverpool and Ocean Shipping Co was registered on 24 June as the parent company for the revised Leyland organisation with John Ellerman holding 52% of the shares, as well as to acquire certain other shipping interests. In September it bought 50% of the shares of George Smith’s City Line and a month later 50% of Hall Line Ltd. John Reeves Ellerman personally bought the balance of the shares in the two companies. At the end of the year, a major restructuring of the group took place with all of Ellerman's holdings being sold to the parent for additional shares.
PostWW2: as with other shipping companies, Ellermans declined
1973 the fleet was consolidated in Ellerman City Liners.
1983 the company, now down to 6 ships, was sold to the Barclay Brothers and reformed as Ellerman Holdings.
1985 Management buy-out
1987 Trafalgar House purchased the company which thereafter traded as Cunard-Ellerman to the Mediterranean
1991 Andrew Weir Shipping bought the Ellerman interests.
A few chartered ships still carry the Ellerman colours and City names on Mediterranean routes.