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Shipping lines

Read stories of famous lines and learn how they developed to become shipping greats. Discover the lines that used Southampton and the ships they operated.
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Cunard Steamship Company / Cunard White Star

Founded by a North American, Cunard became one of the most famous British shipping lines of all with its `Queens`, but is no longer British-owned. Learn about its successes and failures.
 Picture of Cunard Ship
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Blue Funnel Flag  Blue Funnel Line

For locomotive engineer Alfred Holt, ship owning became the adventure of a lifetime. Find out how his ships outclassed others, and how his successors deserted the shipping business.
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Ropners

Stowing away on a ship to West Hartlepool cured young Robert Ropner of the urge to go to sea, and instead he became one of the most successful British tramp ship operator. Read his rags-to-riches story.
 Red and White Flag
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Oil Tanker  Shell

A dealer in shells persuaded the Suez Canal company to let his tankers take oil to the far east. Discover how this laid the foundations of one of the world`s great oil companies and tanker operators.
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Peninsular & Oriental (P&O)

From passenger liners to cruise ships and ferries, from tramps to bulkers, and cargo boats to containerships: learn how a historic shipping company survives and prospers in today`s much changed shipping industry.
 Peninsular and Oriental Passenger Liner
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Aberdeen & Commonwealth Line

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Anchor-Brocklebank Line

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Baltimore Mail Line

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Blue Star Line

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British & Continental

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British India Steam Navigation Company

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British Tanker Company

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Canadian Pacific

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Companhia de NavegaƧao Carregadores AƧoreanos

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Clyde Shipping Company

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Commonwealth & Dominion Line / Port Line

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Compagnie Generale Transatlantique

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Cory-Colliers

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Dundee, Perth & London Shipping Company

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East Asiatic Company

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Elders & Fyffes

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General Steam Navigation Company

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German East Africa Line

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Hamburg - American Line

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Hamburg - South American Line

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Holland Africa Line

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Holland America Line

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Imperial Airways

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Lamport & Holt Line

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Nederland Line

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New Zealand Shipping Company

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Norddeutscher Lloyd

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Orient Line

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Red Star Line

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Rotterdam Lloyd

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Royal Holland Lloyd

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Royal Mail Steam Packet Co / Royal Mail Lines

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Shaw, Savill & Albion Company

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Red Funnel (Southampton, Isle of Wight & South of England Royal Mail Steam Packet Company)

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Southern Railway Company

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Union-Castle Mail Steamship Company

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United States Lines

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White Star Line

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Woermann Line

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Canadian Pacific

Cunard Steamship Company / Cunard White Star

Imperial Airways

Peninsular & Oriental (P&O)

Red Funnel (Southampton, Isle of Wight & South of England Royal Mail Steam Packet Company)

Royal Mail Steam Packet Co / Royal Mail Lines

Union-Castle Mail Steamship Company

White Star Line

Quick quiz
Which British shipping line ignored classification society rules and did not insure all its ships?
 Cunard
Blue Funnel
Blue Star

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