Records of Ross & Marshall Ltd, shipowners, Greenock, Inverclyde, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • General minutes 1907-1963
  • Directors' minutes 1907-1972
  • Board papers 1907-1964
  • Financial papers 1879-1981
  • Share records 1907-1917
  • Ledgers and journals 1874-1968
  • Vessel mortgages and bills of sale records 1902-1920
  • Admiralty contracts 1911-1912
  • Letter books 1883-1942
  • Correspondence 1963-1971
  • Vessel diaries 1880-1881

Administrative / Biographical History

Ross & Marshall , shipowners, was founded in 1872  by Alexander Ross and James Marshall in Greenock, Inverclyde, Scotland, though the amalgamation of their own businesses. Ross had acted as a coal merchant and lighter owner at Dock Breast, Greenock, while Marshall ran the Clyde Stevedoring Company. Ross & Marshall continued the original interests of the two partners, and expanded its business by entering the coasting trade to the Western Isles and Northern Ireland. It also became involved in salvage operations, and was associated with the British Marine Salvage Co Ltd , Glasgow, Scotland.

When the company moved to 28 Main Street, Greenock, it erected a slip and engine shop at Cartsdyke harbour, to build and maintain its own vessels. R Chambers & Co , a boat building company which had the adjoining slip, were acquired at a later date, and the facilities were used to slip and charter the company's five yachts.

Ross & Marshall also held a coaling and water supply contract to the Admiralty, holding in store some 4,000 tons of Welsh coal for the purpose. Private vessels were also supplied.

Ross & Marshall Ltd was incorporated as a limited liability company in 1907  to acquire the business of the original Ross & Marshall partnership. In 1965  , the company acquired the Irvine Shipping & Trading Co Ltd, Irvine, North Ayrshire, Scotland and 1969  , the company entered into an agreement with Hay Hamilton Ltd, shipowners, to form a new subsidiary company, Glenlight Shipping Ltd , who would operate their respective vessels. The Clyde Shipping Co Ltd , ship owners and shipping agents, Glasgow, Scotland, then acquired the company. Glenlight Shipping Ltd was transferred to become a subsidiary of Clyde Shipping Co Ltd and Ross & Marshall Ltd was dissolved in 1999  .


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Acquisition Information

Permanent loan : Clyde Shipping Co Ltd : Glasgow: October 1982

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