Abbey Line Shipping Company, of Cardiff, Records

Scope and Content

Cash book, 1931-1956; Petty cash books, 1931-1956.

Administrative / Biographical History

In 1907 Frederick Jones set up the Melrose Abbey Steamship Co. Ltd to acquire and operate the tramp steamer of that name. Two years later he launched a second vessel, the Tintern Abbey, and further vessels all bearing the 'Abbey' suffix. The vessels were primarily employed on the intermediate tramping trades to the Baltic and the Mediterranean. Following the Second World War, the firm was left with only one vessel, the Tintern Abbey, which rarely visited South Wales ports. The fall in freight rates that followed the Suez crisis eventually resulted in the last vessel being laid up at Barry in November 1957. Frederick Jones died aged 93 in 1961, but the Abbey Line continued as a Cardiff-based investment company run by his first son, Frederick.


Chronological within record series.

Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions.

Acquisition Information

Transferred from National Museum Wales, 26 Mar 2010

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Louise Cordery for the Glamorgan Archives, with reference to J Geraint and David Jenkins, Cardiff Shipowners, National Museum of Wales, 1996.

Appraisal Information

All records which meet the collection policy of the Glamorgan Archives have been retained.

Custodial History

Records were transferred from National Museum Wales, Collections Centre. Prior to that is unknown.


Accruals are not expected.

Related Material

1992/126 - Abbey Line Shipping Company accounts, prospectuses, memoranda of association; 1992/149 - Abbey Line Shipping Company papers, plans and photographs; 2002/176 - Abbey Line Shipping Company annual returns, 1983-1984 and balance sheets, 1916-1924; DXKT2 - Abbey Line Shipping Company papers.