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Dundee, Perth & London

Fact file

This fact file is a snapshot of the company between 1930 and 1945.


Dundee, Perth & London Shipping Company

Company flag

Company flagRed, with white St George`s Cross, Bue square in centre and the letters D P & L C in white.

[definition of flag terms

Major routes

London - Dundee (Scotland) and other UK coastal ports

Ship colours

Company ship

Black hull. Red funnels with black tops.


1826Dundee and Perth and Dundee and Perth Union Shipping companies merge to form Dundee, Perth & London. The two companies were rivals on the Dundee-London route.
1830The company`s first paddle steamers, Dundee and Perth ordered
1901The company opens a London terminal at Dundee Wharf, Limehouse. Dundee, Perth & London now carry coal, machinery, paper, whisky and other goods on their services, as well as passengers.
1920sThe company takes over Thomas Cowan`s sailings from Leith (Scotland) to Southampton. The company`s list of destinations expands to include Lisbon and Barcellona.
1931Scotland-London services stopped carring passengers
1961All cargo services to London are transferred to rail
1973The company wins a contract to operate an oil rig supply base in Dundee
Today, the company concentrates on shipping and transport. They also operate travel agencies, a marquee hire company and a recruitment service. 




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