Publication : The British & Commonwealth Shipping Company Limited House Magazine

Scope and Content

  • House Magazine of the Clan Line Steamers Ltd, 1952;
  • House magazine of the British & Commonwealth Shipping Co Ltd, 1964-1970;
  • House Magazine of the B&C Group Clansman, 1970 - 1988.

Administrative / Biographical History

In 1900 Sir Donald Currie, the founder of the Castle Line, joined forces with the Union Line to form Union-Castle, and the Cayzer family, in 1956, merged their interests in Clan Line Steamers with those of Union-Castle to form The British & Commonwealth Shipping Co. Ltd. The Clan Line was founded by Charles Cayzer, later Sir Charles Cayzer Bt. in 1878. His grandson Sir Nicholas Cayzer Bt, and other members of the family take an active part in the management of the group, which is controlled by family interests.When founded in 1878, the Clan Line's first sailings were to India, but realising the possibilities of sailings to South Africa from the North of England, they inaugurated a service to Cape Colony. Regular operated to Australia, Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, South and East Africa. British & Commonwealth Shipping Co Ltd expanded into financial services in the 1980s before going into administration in the 1990s.


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Description compiled in line with the following international standards: International Council on Archives,ISAD(G) Second Edition, September 1999 and National Council on Archives,Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names

Scotland is the location of all place names in the administrative/biographical history element, unless otherwise stated.

Fonds level description created by Elva McLean, Volunteer, 29 March 2007. Catalogue converted to Encoded Archival Description by Elva McLean, Volunteer, 29 March 2007. Catalogue edited by Emma Anthony, Business Archives Volunteer, 28 January 2013.