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Robert Ropner built up a fleet of colliers
1874 Founded the Ropner Shipping Company in Hartlepool.
1904 Robert Ropner was created a baronet
1919 Public company incorporated under the control of Sir R. Ropner and Co
1949 Ropner Holdings Ltd was incorporated with the aim of amalgamating Ropner Shipping Co and Pool Shipping Co. Both companies held shares in Chartair Ltd, an air transport company with interests in repair and maintenance of engines and machines 
Ropner Holdings of Darlington
1966 Ropner Holdings diversified into insurance, hire purchase and engineering
1970 Ropner Holdings acquired its management company, Sir R Ropner and Co, from the Ropner family
1997 Jacobs Holdings, with interests in shipping and property, took over Roper Holdings, which had interests in shipping property and engineering; the engineering businesses were likely to be sold